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  Susan Wittig Albert & Bill Albert
MysteryPartners e-Letter  
September 3, 2013  

MysteryPartners e-Letter

  • Book Report
  • Lifescapes
  • Get Lucky!
  • All About Thyme
  • Susan's Memoirs

  • Book Report

    Susan has two books coming out this week, the standalone novel she's been working on for years, and a new mystery in the Darling Dahlias series!

    A Wilder Rose is the true story of Rose Wilder Lane, who transformed her mother—Laura Ingalls Wilder—from a farmer's wife and occasional writer into the world-famous author of the Little House books. "A nuanced, moving, and resonant absolute pleasure." —Kirkus Starred Review. If you're a fan of the Little House books, you'll want to read this fascinating story of the mother-daughter team that created them.and concealed their collaboration from the world. Available from online retailers only for now, and through the book's website.

    How you can help. Susan says "I'd love to have several hundred reader reviews of A Wilder Rose on Amazon,, Goodreads, and LibraryThing. A large number of reviews sends a positive message to readers, booksellers, and librarians and helps to ensure the book's wide availability. If you enjoy it, please take a moment to post a short review. Many thanks for your help!"

    The Darling Dahlias and the Texas Star is Number Four in Susan's new mystery series about a garden club in 1930s Alabama. Publishers Weekly has great praise for the book: "Aviation provides the theme for Albert's charming fourth Depression-era mystery...a winning cozy!" And Booklist, in a starred review, calls this "yet another exceptional series." If you haven't started the series yet, you're in for a serious treat—but you'd better get going. Susan is already at work on Book Five!

    Widow's Tears, China's 21st adventure (released last April), is also garnering plenty of praise. Readers are spellbound by the compelling story of the Galveston hurricane of 1900, and the mystery of the Blackwood House—featuring Ruby Wilcox, with China Bayles. "Goosebumps!" one reader wrote, and we agree.

    The Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter is now complete, with 8 books in the series. Here's a full list, so you can read them in order. If you'd rather listen than read, check out the audiobooks at, starting with The Tale of Hill Top Farm.

    The Robin Paige Victorian Mysteries, coauthored by Susan and her husband Bill, are now in eBook format. Begin reading this deeply-researched, multi-plotted 12-book series with Death at Bishop's Keep, set in 1894, and continue through Death on the Lizard, set in 1903. You'll find a list of all the books here, in the order of their publication.

    Works-in-Progress. Death Come Quickly, China's 22nd adventure, is on her editor's desk. Look for it in April, 2014. And Robin Paige (the Albert writing team) has started the research on another project, a WW2 espionage mystery. Will it become a book? That's still a mystery. Stay tuned—you'll be among the first to know!

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


    Susan writes regular reports about her life in the Texas Hill Country: writing, gardening, raising chickens, and coping with continuing drought.

    Get Lucky!

    Take a chance (or two or three) in Story Circle's semi-annual raffle! Susan has donated a cameo appearance in The Darling Dahlias and the Silver Dollar Bush (September 2014)—and there are 16 other great prizes.

    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.

    Susan's Memoirs

    If you enjoy Susan's fiction, her memoirs are a must-read—and a great gift.

    Who's Susan Albert?

    Susan Wittig Albert is the author of two recent memoirs: An Extraordinary Year of Ordinary Days and Together, Alone: A Memoir of Marriage and Place. Her fiction, which has appeared on the New York Times bestseller list, includes mysteries in the China Bayles series, the Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter, and a series of Victorian-Edwardian mysteries written with her husband, Bill Albert, under the pseudonym of Robin Paige. She is founder and past president of the Story Circle Network, a member of the Texas Institute of Letters, and Honorary President (2012-2014) of the Herb Society of America. More

    To find out what's going on in Susan Albert's life in the Texas Hill Country, read Susan's blog.

    Follow Susan on Facebook, Twitter, & Pinterest.

    A Wilder Rose

    Available now: Susan's new historical/biographical novel about Rose Wilder Lane's collaboration with Laura Ingalls Wilder in the writing of the Little House books.

    "Pitch-perfect... A nuanced, moving, and resonant novel... an absolute pleasure." —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

    Read a review on David Bowles' Top Shelf.

    The Darling Dahlias
    and the
    Texas Star

    The Texas Star herself—Miss Lily Dare, famous aviatrix and the "fastest woman in the world"—is bringing her Dare Devils Flying Circus to Darling. Unfortunately, she's also bringing a whole lot of trouble.

    Widow's Tears

    In Widow's Tears, a haunted house may hold the key to solving the murder of one of China's friends.

    After losing her husband, children, and beautiful home in the Galveston Hurricane of 1900, Rachel Blackwood built an exact replica of the house she lost. She later died there, still wrapped in her grief.


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