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  Susan Wittig Albert & Bill Albert
Partners in Crime MysteryPartners e-Letter  
June 3, 2008  
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  • Book Report
  • Out and About
  • Lifescapes
  • Herb Snips
  • All About Thyme
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    Book Report
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    Nightshade is blooming.... Readers and critics alike love the new China Bayles mystery. Go here to discover some surprising facts about the fascinating nightshade family, check out a recipe, and read the first chapter of Susan's latest novel. It's in your local bookstore now, or you can order your very own signed copy here.

    Susan's Book Club Friends is a group of book clubs that read and enjoy her mysteries and other works. It's easy to register your club—and you can pick from a whole bouquet of benefits! Details here.

    If you missed the Nightshade Blog Tour, don't dispair. The drawings have concluded, but Susan's interesting posts and readers' comments are all still available. Check them out here You'll learn lots about the China Bayles series and about the art and craft of writing mysteries, and you'll get to meet some fascinating bloggers.

     

    Out and About

    It's early days yet, but we've already started thinking about next April's book tour. If you live in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, and Ohio and would like to invite Susan to speak to your group, you can read all about it here.


     

    Lifescapes
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    A new writing project, springtime flowers, and summertime heat. There's always something going on at Meadow Knoll. You can keep up with the happenings on Susan's blog, Lifescapes, for pictures.

     

    Herb Snips: Herbal Sun Teas

    Ice-cold drinks are part of summertime fun, and sun-brewed herbal teas are sooo easy. Fill a clean wide-mouth gallon jar with handfuls of well-washed herbs, fill with water, cover, and place in the sun for 6-8 hours, shaking or stirring occasionally. (Kids love to pick the leaves and watch the color deepen.) Here are some delightful combinations:
    • ½ cup each of the leaves and flowers of peppermint, bee balm, and applemint

    • 3-4 green tea bags, plus ½ cup each of chamomile flowers, lemon verbena and spearmint leaves

    • ½ cup each peppermint, rosemary, and lemon balm leaves, 3 sage leaves

    When the tea is brewed, strain and add honey or sugar. Pour over ice and garnish with an herb sprig. Be sure to refrigerate any left-overs.

    Read more herb snips.

     

    All About Thyme
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    All About Thyme is a weekly celebration of herbs, spices, and the changing seasons. It's all about the plants that have given us pleasure, seasoned our food, healed our bodies, and fed our souls. It's about our calendar, too, and the many ways that herbs have connected our human lives to the changing times and passing seasons. Oh, and did we say it's FREE? Check it out!

     

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    Nightshade
                   
    Nightshade
                   
    "The best of small-town Texas."
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    The Tale of Briar Bank

    The Tale of Briar Bank

    Join Beatrix Potter, the residents of Near Sawrey, and the animals of the Land Between the Lakes, as they band together to solve the mystery of Briar Bank.

    Click to read more or to preorder the book.

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    Have boots, will travel!


    Check out the information for Susan's 2009 book tour.

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    Take a Trip
    to the Lakes!

    The Tale of Hawthorn House


    All four of the Cottage Tales are now available from Recorded Books, narrated by acclaimed British actor/musician Virginia Leishman—a treat for the ears and the imagination! Also available: six China Bayles mysteries: Bleeding Hearts, Bloodroot, Dead Man's Bones, A Dilly of a Death, Indigo Dying, Mistletoe Man.

    To read this e-letter on our website, click here: mysterypartners.com/Newsletters/080603.html

    This newsletter is a publication of Partners in Crime, (P.O. Box 1616, Bertram TX 78605-1616). It is provided free, via e-mail, to anyone, worldwide. ©2008 Bill & Susan Albert

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    This newsletter is written and edited by Peggy Moody & Susan Wittig Albert.


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