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July 14, 2010  
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MysteryPartners e-Letter

  • Book Report
  • Robin Paige's Books
  • Lifescapes
  • Bill Albert's Woodwright Shop
  • All About Thyme
  • Herb Snips

  • Book Report

    An Extraordinary Year of Ordinary Days
    Susan's latest nonfiction book will be released in September by the University of Texas Press. Here's what the publisher has to say about the book:
    In An Extraordinary Year of Ordinary Days, best-selling mystery novelist Susan Wittig Albert invites us to revisit one of the most tumultuous years in recent memory, 2008, through the lens of 365 ordinary days in which her reading, writing, and thinking about issues in the wider world—from wars and economic recession to climate change—caused her to reconsider and reshape daily practices in her personal life. more...

    Together, Alone: A Memoir of Marriage and Place
    In this memoir, published last year by the University of Texas Press, Susan tells the story of her marriage to Bill, the life they have built together on their Texas homestead, and her efforts to strike a balance between the intimacy of marriage and the serenity of solitude. On the book's website, you can read the prologue and the first chapter, watch a trailer, check out the book reviews, click through photo albums, and listen to some lovely music.

    A New Mystery Series
    The first mystery in Susan's latest series, The Darling Dahlias and the Cucumber Tree, has just been released, to readers' delight and critical acclaim. You won't want to miss this heartwarming new book, which earned a coveted starred review from Booklist.

    Wormwood Wins IHA Book Award
    Wormwood, the story of China Bayles' visit to a Kentucky Shaker village, has won the coveted 2010 Book Award of the International Herb Association. The award is given biannually to books that contribute to the knowledge, information, use, or enjoyment of herbs. It was granted to Wormwood in recognition of the novel's importance as a literary documentation of the remarkable achievements of the Shaker herbalists. (If you haven't added this book to your collection yet, we're offering a special incentive!)

    Your purchase of Susan's books, as always, supports the work of the Story Circle Network. Thank you!

    Robin Paige's Books

    Robin Paige's Victorian/Edwardian series is now available on Kindle. If you're an e-book reader, you can build a complete collection. (Death at Gallows Green will be available in e-format in the next few weeks—we'll keep you posted.)


    There's always something going on in the fields and woods of the Texas Hill Country, where Susan and Bill have made their home for the last 25 years. For the latest news about the garden, the books, and life in the country, visit Lifescapes, Susan's blog.

    Bill Albert's Woodwright Shop

    For years, Bill has been making turned vases and bowls from the trees he harvests at Meadow Knoll: mesquite, pecan, hackberry, and elm. You can read about his craftwork and view some pieces on his new website. He'll be updating it with new vases and bowls and more articles about his work, so please bookmark the site and return often.

    All About Thyme

    If you haven't subscribed to Susan's free herbal eletter, All About Thyme, you're missing something totally unique and very special. You can read the latest edition and subscribe here.

    Herb Snips: A Sunny Idea

    A sunny spot plus a handful of herbs brewed in a glass jar equals a pitcher of tasty tea. To brew your herbal sun tea, pick several handfuls of tea herbs, wash and bruise them, and place in a large glass jar filled with spring water. Place the jar where it will receive 4-6 hours of direct sunlight. When the taste pleases you, strain and refrigerate. Mint makes a fragrant sun tea, alone or blended with pineapple sage. Try rose geranium leaves with lavender, or brew up a bouquet of lively lemony herbs: lemon basil, lemon thyme, lemon balm, lemon verbena, lemongrass.

    Read more herb snips.


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    An Extraordinary Year of Ordinary Days

    Click to read more about Susan's memoir, An Extraordinary Year of Ordinary Days.

    Together, Alone

    Click to read more about Susan's memoir, Together, Alone: A Memoir of Marriage and Place.

    Watch the trailer

    The Darling Dahlias and the Cucumber Tree

    The Darling Dahlias and the Cucumber Tree

    The Tale of
    Oat Cake Crag

    The Tale of Oat Cake Crag

    "Charming...Albert does a fine job of recreating the wistful, nostalgic mood of Potter's children's books." —Publishers Weekly

    In 1911, the Water Bird, England's very first hydroplane, began making test flights on Lake Windermere—much to the consternation of the neighbors, the farmers, and the animals of the Land Between the Lakes. This is the story of what happened to the Water Bird, and who was responsible, and why. And yes, there is a dragon in this story: Thorvaald is back from his round-the-world Dragon Census assignment—just in time for another magical adventure!

    The Tale of Oat Cake Crag is also the continuing story of the blossoming romance between Miss Beatrix Potter and her solicitor, Will Heelis—and a pair of other village romances, for good measure. You won't want to miss all the goings-on in Sawrey!

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