Susan Wittig Albert

1 Loving Eleanor

Author : Susan Wittig Albert
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books 
Price :  $5.99
Release Date :  2016-02-01
Description :  When AP political reporter Lorena Hickok—Hick—is assigned to cover Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt, the wife of the 1932 Democratic presidential candidate, the two women become deeply, intimately involved. Their relationship begins with mutual romantic passion, matures through stormy periods of enforced separation and competing interests, and warms into an enduring, encompassing friendship that ends only with both women’s deaths in the 1960s—all of it documented by 3300 letters exchanged over thirty years.<br /><br /> Now, <i>New York Times </i>bestselling author Susan Wittig Albert recreates the fascinating story of Hick and Eleanor, set during the chaotic years of the Great Depression, the New Deal, and the Second World War. <i>Loving Eleanor</i> is Hick’s personal story, revealing Eleanor as a complex, contradictory, and entirely human woman who is pulled in many directions by her obligations to her husband and family and her role as the nation’s First Lady, as well as by a compelling need to care and be cared for. For her part, Hick is revealed as an accomplished journalist, who, at the pinnacle of her career, gives it all up for the woman she loves. Then, as Eleanor is transformed into Eleanor Everywhere, First Lady of the World, Hick must create her own independent, productive life.<br /><br /> Drawing on extensive research in the letters that were sealed for a decade following Hick’s death, Albert creates a compelling narrative: a dramatic love story, vividly portraying two strikingly unconventional women, neither of whom is satisfied to live according to the script society has written for her. <i>Loving Eleanor</i> is a profoundly moving novel that illuminates a relationship we are seldom privileged to see and celebrates the depth and durability of women’s love.<br /><br /> Praise for <i>Loving Eleanor</i><br /> &#xa0;<br /> Susan Wittig Albert has done it again with another engaging, rich portrait, this time of women in love. Drawn from history, the love story of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and journalist Lorena Hickok is full of excitement, drama and pathos. Women of great intelligence and deep feelings, Eleanor and Lorena move from lovers to lifelong friends in the context of the most turbulent times of the 20th Century. As same-sex relationships finally move toward full acceptance in our culture, Albert's book reminds us that love has always been love, no matter the partners. —Robin Gerber, author of <i>Leadership the Eleanor Roosevelt Way</i><br /> &#xa0;<br /> Susan Wittig Albert has, with imagination and deep knowledge of the historical record, supplied the missing pieces of the love story of Eleanor Roosevelt and Lorena Hickok. Here is everything we wish we knew. I couldn't put it down. —Leila Rupp, Professor of Feminist Studies, UC Santa Barbara, author of <i>A Desired Past: A Short History of Same-Sex Love in America</i><br /> &#xa0;<br /> <i>Loving Eleanor</i>, Susan Wittig Albert's novelized memoir of Lorena Hickok's intimate relationship with Eleanor Roosevelt, is both richly nuanced and impressively detailed. Drawn from the thirty years of correspondence Hickok donated to the FDR Library toward the end of her life, Hick’s voice felt utterly authentic to me, always real, raw and compelling. Hick is a dichotomy—a tough, streetwise Associated Press reporter, and a tender, devoted friend and lover. This is not only an important book, but a great read. <i>Loving Eleanor</i> deserves to be at the top of your reading list! —Ellen Hart, author of <i>The Grave Soul</i><br /> &#xa0;<br /> This birds-eye view of the FDR years is engaging from the first sentence. With Eleanor Roosevelt's long-time lover as its narrator, <i>Loving Eleanor</i> navigates the catastrophes of the era and the heartbreak of women loving women in an unwelcoming time. —Rebecca Coffey, author of <i>Hysterical: Anna Freud's Story</i><br /> <i></i> About the Author<br /> Susan Wittig Albert is the <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author of over 50 adult novels and works of nonfiction, as well as 60+ novels for young adults. She and her husband Bill Albert live in the Texas Hill Country. She is the founder and president of the Story Circle Network and a member of the Texas Institute of Letters. www.susanalbert.com

2 The Last Chance Olive Ranch

Author : Susan Wittig Albert
Genre :  Cozy  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers  Women Sleuths 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2017-04-04
Description :  <b>In this exciting mystery from <i>New York Times </i>bestselling author Susan Wittig Albert, China Bayles fears for her husband’s life as an escaped convict targets him...</b><br /> <b>&#xa0;</b><br /> Max Mantel, the killer McQuaid put away years ago, has busted out of the Huntsville prison and appears to be headed for Pecan Springs. McQuaid knows there’s only one way to stop the vengeful convict—set a trap with himself as bait.<br /> &#xa0;<br /> China wants to stay by her husband’s side and keep him from harm. But McQuaid&#xa0; insists that she get out of town and go to the Last Chance Olive Ranch, where she’s agreed to teach a workshop on herbs.<br /> &#xa0;<br /> When China and her best friend arrive at the ranch, she learns the owner, Maddie Haskell, has her own troubles. She inherited the ranch and olive oil business from the late matriarch, Eliza Butler, but Eliza’s nephew is contesting the will. <br /> &#xa0;<br /> While China throws herself into helping Maddie, McQuaid’s plan backfires when Mantel executes a countermove he never saw coming. Now McQuaid’s life is not the only one at stake—and this time may really be <i>his </i>last chance...

3 Blood Orange

Author : Susan Wittig Albert
Genre :  Cozy  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers  Women Sleuths 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2016-04-05
Description :  <b>In the newest China Bayles Mystery in the <i>New York Times </i>bestselling series, China comes to the aid of a nurse who ends up in the hospital...</b><br /> &#xa0;<br /> It’s mid-April in Pecan Springs, and China is renting her guest cottage to Kelly Kaufman, who needs a temporary place to live as she contends with a very acrimonious divorce from her husband Rich. One nasty point of dispute is her part ownership of the Comanche Creek Brewing Company, which she is refusing to sell.<br /> &#xa0;<br /> At the same time, as a nurse employed by a local hospice, Kelly has discovered instances of suspicious practices. Even more disturbing, she suspects that a patient was murdered. Kelly’s knowledge could be dangerous, and she wants to get guidance from China on what to do.<br /> &#xa0;<br /> But on her way to China’s house, Kelly is forced off the road and critically injured, putting her in a medically induced coma. Now it’s up to China to determine who wanted her out of the picture. Was it her soon-to-be ex? His new lover—who happens to be the sister of China’s friend Ruby? Or someone connected with the corruption at the hospice?<br /> &#xa0;<br /> China owes it to her friend to uncover the truth—but she may be putting her own life at risk...<br /><br /><i>From the Hardcover edition.</i>

4 Cat's Claw

Author : Susan Wittig Albert
Genre :  Cozy  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers  Women Sleuths 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2012-03-06
Description :  <b>As the first female police chief in Pecan Springs, Texas, Sheila Dawson has cracked many a mystery in collaboration with local sleuth China Bayles. Now Sheila puts her smarts to work, sifting through secrets to find a killer on the prowl… </b><br /><br />Larry Kirk, Pecan Springs’ computer guru, has been shot dead in his kitchen. At first Sheila believes it to be suicide, but further investigation reveals that Kirk’s death wasn’t self-inflicted. And the truth is reinforced by her friend China Bayles’ news—Larry recently asked her for legal advice in regards to a stalker. <br /><br />As a police chief in a male-dominated force, Sheila meets many challenges, especially when her theories rock the boat in high-profile cases like that of George Timms, who was caught breaking into Larry’s shop. Now that Larry is dead, Sheila is sure the burglary is connected to the murder. But when Timms disappears instead of turning himself in, Sheila must prove she’s got what it takes to hunt down a predator who’s loose on the streets of Pecan Springs…

5 Mourning Gloria

Author : Susan Wittig Albert
Genre :  Cozy  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers  Women Sleuths 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2011-04-05
Description :  <b>Susan Wittig Albert, “who consistently turns out some of the best-plotted mysteries on the market,”* delivers the charm and suspense in her latest herbal treat, <i>Mourning Gloria</i>. Now ex-lawyer and current herbalist China Bayles must stop a killer whose evil is burning through Texas… </b><br />China is&#xa0;relishing the scents, produce, and even the showers of spring. She’s also busy hosting Pecan Springs’ Farmers’ Market. It brings additional customers to her herb shop Thyme and Seasons. And residents find rare ingredients they wouldn’t otherwise find in the supermarket. Everybody wins…<br /><br />But as the town bustles back to life in the warmth of the season, one woman’s life is tragically brought to an end. China happens upon a burning house trailer and hears a woman screaming for help. The evidence leaves no doubt that it’s arson homicide—but who would commit such a ghastly crime?<br /><br />An&#xa0;intern-reporter at the local paper<i>,</i> Jessica Nelson, is assigned to cover the story. Drawn into the case by its similarity to her own tragic loss—Jessica’s family died in a fire—she soon finds herself deeply involved and in danger. And when Jessica disappears, China becomes determined to help find her, before she becomes headlines herself…<br /><br />*<i>Houston Chronicle</i>

6 Bittersweet

Author : Susan Wittig Albert
Genre :  Cozy  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers  Women Sleuths 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2015-04-07
Description :  <b>New from the author of <i>Death Come Quickly </i>and <i>Widow's Tears</i><br />This Thanksgiving, be grateful for China Bayles—who teams up with an old friend to solve a complex case of theft and murder in a South Texas ranching community…</b><br /><br />It’s Thanksgiving in Pecan Springs, and China is planning to visit her mother, Leatha, and her mother’s husband, Sam, who are enthusiastically embarking on a new enterprise—turning their former game ranch into a vacation retreat for birders. She’s also looking forward to catching up with her friend, game warden Mackenzie “Mack” Chambers, who was recently transferred to the area. But Leatha calls with bad news: Sam has had a heart attack.<br /><br />How will Leatha manage if Sam can’t carry his share? She does have a helper, Sue Ellen Krause. But China discovers that Sue Ellen, who is in the process of leaving her marriage to the assistant foreman at a large trophy game ranch, is in some serious trouble. Before Sue Ellen can tell China the full story, her car veers off a deserted road and she is killed.<br /><br />Meanwhile, when a local veterinarian is shot in what appears to be a burglary at his clinic, Mack Chambers believes his murder could be related to fawns stolen from a nearby ranch. As Mack follows the trail, China begins to wonder if Sue Ellen’s death may not have been an accident, and if there’s a connection to the stolen animals. But their search for the truth may put their own lives in danger…<br /><br /><i>From the Hardcover edition.</i>

7 Queen Anne's Lace

Author : Susan Wittig Albert
Genre :  Women Sleuths  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers 
Price :  $13.99
Release Date :  2018-04-03
Description :  <b>A present day ghost leads China Bayles to a secret from Pecan Springs's past in this haunting mystery from <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author Susan Wittig Albert.</b><br /><br />While helping Ruby Wilcox clean up the loft above their shops, China comes upon a box of antique handcrafted lace and old photographs. Following the discovery, she hears a woman humming an old Scottish ballad and smells the delicate scent of lavender.... <br /><br />Soon, strange happenings start to occur in Thyme and Seasons: misplaced items, a ringing bell, and the appearance of lavender sprigs in odd places. When a customer mentions seeing a mysterious woman picking flowers nearby and then suddenly disappearing, China must finally admit what Ruby has always known--their building is haunted. But by whom?<br /><br />As China investigates, the tragic story of a woman in one of the old photographs unfolds. Annie Laurie was a young widow who'd lost both her husband and her child in the same day. She manages to survive through her lace-making business and finds happiness again only to have a suspicious death overshadow her new life.<br /><br />China delves into Annie's century-old mystery and realizes that solving it could have unimaginable repercussions in the here and now.

8 Holly Blues

Author : Susan Wittig Albert
Genre :  Cozy  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers  Fiction & Literature  Women Sleuths 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2010-04-06
Description :  China Bayles isn't happy when a Texas wind blows her husband's ex-wife, and the mother of China's stepson, into her herb shop. Sally is known to have a split personality and fall into constant trouble with the law, but she claims she has nowhere else to turn. Now its up to China to weed out whatever it is Sally's running from before the truth catches up to them all.

9 The Darling Dahlias and the Cucumber Tree

Author : Susan Wittig Albert
Genre :  Women Sleuths  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers  Historical 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2010-07-06
Description :  The country may be struggling through the Great Depression, but the good ladies of Darling, Alabama, are determined to keep their chins up and their town beautiful. Their garden club, the Darling Dahlias, has just inherited a new clubhouse and garden, complete with two beautiful cucumber trees in full bloom. <br /><br /> But life in Darling is not all garden parties and rosemary lemonade. <br /><br /> When local blond bombshell Bunny Scott is found in a suspicious car wreck, the Dahlias decide to dig into the town's buried secrets, and club members Lizzy, Ophelia, and Verna soon find leads sprouting up faster than weeds. The town is all abuzz with news of an escaped convict from the prison farm, rumors of trouble at the bank, and tales of a ghost heard digging around the cucumber tree. If anyone can get to the root of these mysteries, it's the Darling Dahlias.

10 Lavender Lies

Author : Susan Wittig Albert
Genre :  Women Sleuths  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers  Fiction & Literature  Family 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  1999-10-15
Description :  Texas herbalist China Bayles must put her upcoming nuptials on the back burner when a murder investigation entangles her friends and neighbors.

11 Chile Death

Author : Susan Wittig Albert
Genre :  Women Sleuths  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  1998-11-01
Description :  Ex-lawyer turned herbalist and amateur sleuth China Bayles attends a chili cookoff where a womanizing judge dies of an allergic reaction to peanuts. And since everyone knows peanuts don't belong in a bowl of Texas chili, China knows something suspicious is afoot...

12 The Darling Dahlias and the Confederate Rose

Author : Susan Wittig Albert
Genre :  Women Sleuths  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2012-09-04
Description :  <b>National bestselling author Susan Wittig Albert returns to the small town of Darling, Alabama, in the 1930s—and the Darling Dahlias, the ladies of a garden club who aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty solving mysteries…</b><br />Just in time for the Confederate Day celebration, the Darling Dahlias are ready to plant Confederate roses along the fence of the town cemetery. Of course, Miss Dorothy Rogers, club member and town librarian, would be quick to point out the plant is in fact a hibiscus.<br /><br />The Confederate rose is not the only thing that is not what it first appears to be in this small Southern town. Earle Scroggins, the county treasurer, has got the sheriff thinking that Scroggins' employee Verna Tidwell (also the Darling Dahlias’ trusted treasurer) is behind a missing $15,000. But Darling Dahlias president Liz Lacy is determined to prove Verna is not a thief.<br /><br />Meanwhile Miss Rogers has discovered her own mystery—what appears to be a secret code embroidered under the cover of a pillow, the only possession she has from her grandmother. She enlists the help of a local newspaperman, who begins to suspect the family heirloom may have larger significance.<br /><br />With missing money, secret codes, and the very strange behavior of one resident, Darling, Alabama, on the eve of Confederate Day, is anything but a sleepy little town...<br /><br /><b>Includes Southern-Style Depression-Era Recipes</b>

13 Bloodroot

Author : Susan Wittig Albert
Genre :  Women Sleuths  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2001-10-01
Description :  Lawyer-turned-herbalist China Bayles returns to the Deep South, where her family’s legacy of silence is at last broken—and the past finally, unforgettably, speaks the truth…<br />A frantic phone call from her mother brings China back to her family’s Mississippi plantation—a place she’d forsaken long ago. But the late-spring air is thick with fear—and from the moment of her arrival, China knows that something has gone desperately wrong at Jordan’s Crossing. An ancient property deed has surfaced—and the man who uncovered it has mysteriously vanished. And as the fates and fortunes of two very different families collide in frightening, unpredictable ways, China must face disturbing new questions about her family’s past—and her own future…

14 Mistletoe Man

Author : Susan Wittig Albert
Genre :  Women Sleuths  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2000-10-01
Description :  In this “intelligently plotted and deliciously descriptive tale” (<b>Publishers Weekly</b>), national bestselling author Susan Wittig Albert tells the story of a woman’s search for justice<b>—</b>and of her struggle to reconcile the demands of her business with the desires of her heart…<br />Former big-city lawyer China Bayles worked hard to make her Texas herb shop, Thyme and Seasons, a success. Now business is booming at her charming new tea room, Thyme for Tea<b>—</b>but China is too distracted to revel in her latest entrepreneurial triumph. When she’s not trying to spend more time with her new husband and stepson, she’s worrying about her best friend, Ruby, who just hasn’t been herself lately. To further complicate matters, China has to round up a supply of mistletoe, the season’s most popular herb. It seems an easy enough task<b>—</b>until her chief supplier turns up dead…

15 Wormwood

Author : Susan Wittig Albert
Genre :  Women Sleuths  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2009-04-07
Description :  <b>Evil can worm its way into the purest of hearts...</b> <br /><br /> China Bayles needs rest, and a historic Shaker village in Kentucky seems the ideal place for it. There she can learn about the intriguing, dwindling Shaker culture and its medicinal herbs. Unfortunately, the village is plagued with misfortune and strife. China wonders if, with the help of some age-old journals full of scandal, she can get to the bottom of it. But after a shocking death occurs during her stay, China will plunge into the archives of another time to connect the sins of the past with a modern-day murder.

16 The Darling Dahlias and the Eleven O'Clock Lady

Author : Susan Wittig Albert
Genre :  Historical  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers  Women Sleuths 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2015-09-01
Description :  <b><i>New York Times</i> bestselling author Susan Wittig Albert transports readers to the summer of 1934, when a sensational murder shakes up the small Southern town of Darling, Alabama—and pulls in the ladies of the Darling Dahlias’ garden club, who never let the grass grow under their feet when there’s a mystery to solve…</b><br /><br />The eleven o’clock lady has always been one of garden club president Liz Lacy’s favorite spring wildflowers. The plant is so named because the white blossoms don’t open until the sun shines directly on them and wakes them up.<br /><br />But another Eleven O’Clock Lady is never going to wake up again. Rona Jean Hancock—a telephone switchboard operator who earned her nickname because her shift ended at eleven, when her nightlife was just beginning—has been found strangled with her own silk stocking in a very unladylike position.<br /><br />Gossip sprouts like weeds in a small town, and Rona Jean’s somewhat wild reputation is the topic of much speculation regarding who might have killed her. As the Darling Dahlias begin to sort through Rona Jean’s private affairs, it appears there may be a connection to some skullduggery at the local Civilian Conservation Corps camp. Working at the camp, garden club vice president Ophelia Snow digs around to expose the truth…before a killer pulls up stakes and gets away with murder.<br /><br /><b>Includes Southern-style Depression-era Recipes</b><br /><br /><i>From the Hardcover edition.</i>

17 The Darling Dahlias and the Texas Star

Author : Susan Wittig Albert
Genre :  Historical  Books  Fiction & Literature  Mysteries & Thrillers  Women Sleuths 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2013-09-03
Description :  <b>National bestselling author Susan Wittig Albert returns to the small town of Darling, Alabama, in the 1930s—where the Darling Dahlias, the colorful ladies of a garden club, are anything but shrinking violets when it comes to rooting out criminals…</b><br /><br />The Texas Star herself—Miss Lily Dare, 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. As the Dahlias prepare for the annual Watermelon Festival—where they will present the famous female aviatrix with her own Texas Star hibiscus—rumors are flying.<br /><br />Dahlias president Liz Lacy learns from newspaperman Charlie Dickens that Miss Dare has been threatened and her plane sabotaged. Apparently the bold and beautiful barnstormer has made plenty of enemies. And is it possible she may even be involved with the husband of one of Darling’s local ladies?<br /><br />And speaking of wings, the new cook at Myra May’s Darling Diner can fry a chicken and&#xa0;whip up a sweet potato meringue pie like nobody’s business. But why is she keeping her past such a mystery?<br /><br />As the Texas Star barnstorms into town, Liz and Verna Tidwell offer to help bring down a saboteur who may be propelled by revenge. Before it’s all over, there will be plenty of black eyes and dark secrets revealed…<br /><br /><b>Includes Southern-Style Depression-Era Recipes!</b>

18 Love Lies Bleeding

Author : Susan Wittig Albert
Genre :  Women Sleuths  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  1997-11-01
Description :  The newest in the nationally bestselling series--a "fast-paced and absorbing" tale (<b>Midwest Book Review</b>). Ex-lawyer and herb-shop proprietor China Bayles is investigating the mystery of retired Texas Ranger shot dead with his wife's gun...and at the same time trying to sort out some mysteries about her own relationship after she overhears a suspicious phone conversation...

19 Dilly of a Death

Author : Susan Wittig Albert
Genre :  Cozy  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers  Women Sleuths  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $8.99
Release Date :  2004-01-06
Description :  China Bayles is in a pickle. The daughter of her best friend, Ruby, has turned up on her doorstep, pregnant and in need of a place to live. And her otherwise sensible husband has announced that he's bored with teaching and ready for a career change." "Say "hello" to P.I. Mike McQuaid and Associates. There aren't actually any "associates" - unless you count Ruby and China, of course. But the title does have a nice, official ring to it. His first client is Phoebe the Pickle Queen, owner of the biggest little pickle business in Texas. According to Phoebe, her plant manager is embezzling, and she wants McQuaid to follow the money." Meanwhile, Pecan Springs is hosting the annual Picklefest - and this year, China and Ruby are on the planning committee, along with Phoebe. But just days before the festival starts, the Pickle Queen disappears. Some say she sold her business and split; others think the answer may lie with her missing boyfriend. It's up to McQuaid and China to search for the Pickle Queen - and for clues in a case that promises to leave a very sour taste.

20 Spanish Dagger

Author : Susan Wittig Albert
Genre :  Cozy  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers  Women Sleuths 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2007-04-03
Description :  While harvesting yucca plants to make paper, China Bayles finds a body-cause of death: unknown. It seems that the simple lives of many residents of Pecan Springs hide complex and dangerous pasts. And now, while also unraveling secrets that hit close to home, China must set the record straight- and find a killer.

21 Dead Man's Bones

Author : Susan Wittig Albert
Genre :  Women Sleuths  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2006-04-04
Description :  <i>Susan Wittig Albert’s exciting mysteries have been praised as “unique” (<b>Seattle Post-Intelligencer</b>) and “fascinating” (<b>Booklist</b>). Now, a dead man’s bones are uncovered—and Texas ex-lawyer and herbalist China Bayles must dig into a pair of murders separated by time but connected by motive…</i> <br />When China’s teenage son finds some skeletal remains during a local cave dig—remains that show a not-so-accidental death—it’s a disturbing development. But China doesn’t let it distract her from the opening of the new community theater donated by the elderly Obermann sisters. Unfortunately, the haughty, bullying Jane Obermann—and her frail, frightened younger sister—made the donation with a condition: that the first production be a play written by Jane about their aristocratic family history.<br /><br />The premiere party ends with a bang when a ne’er-do-well local handyman is shot dead by Jane while breaking into the Obermann estate. It seems like a clear-cut case of self-defense. But China senses something else going on behind the scenes. Now, the key to catching a killer might be the mysterious bones in the cave—a clue from the past that could help China solve a mystery in the present…

22 The Darling Dahlias and the Silver Dollar Bush

Author : Susan Wittig Albert
Genre :  Historical  Books  Fiction & Literature  Mysteries & Thrillers  Women Sleuths 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2014-09-02
Description :  <b>National bestselling author Susan Wittig Albert takes readers back in time to small-town Darling, Alabama, in the 1930s—where the Darling Savings and Trust has just closed and the women of the Darling Dahlias’ garden club are betting their bottom dollar there’s going to be trouble… </b><br /><br />It’s the spring of 1933 and times are tough all over. The only businessman not struggling is moonshiner Mickey LeDoux, though he still has to steer clear of federal agents. But banks are closing all over the country, and the small town of Darling is no exception. Folks are suddenly caught short on cash and everyone is in a panic.<br /><br />Desperate to avoid disaster, several town leaders—including Alvin Duffy, the bank’s new vice president—hatch a plan to print Darling Dollars on newspaperman Charlie Dickens’ printing press. The “funny money” can serve as temporary currency so the town can function. But when the first printing of the scrip disappears, the Darling Dahlias set out to discover who made an unauthorized withdrawal.<br /><br />Meanwhile County Treasurer Verna Tidwell questions whether she can trust Alvin Duffy—and the feelings he stirs up inside her. And Liz Lacy learns her longtime beau may be forced into a shotgun wedding. Seems other troubles don’t just go away when there’s a crisis. There’ll be no pennies from heaven, but if anyone can balance things out, folks can bank on the Darling Dahlias…<br /><br /><b>Includes Southern-Style Depression-Era Recipes </b>

23 Indigo Dying

Author : Susan Wittig Albert
Genre :  Women Sleuths  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2003-01-07
Description :  China Bayles heads to the tiny town of Indigo, Texas, to teach a Colors to Dye For workshop. But she quickly discovers that Indigo is a town with more than its share of dark secrets-secrets that someone thinks are worth killing to keep.

24 The Darling Dahlias and the Unlucky Clover

Author : Susan Wittig Albert
Genre :  Women Sleuths  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2018-03-06
Description :  <b>NYT bestselling author Susan Wittig Albert returns to Depression-era Darling, Alabama . . .</b><br /><br /> ​where the ladies of the Dahlias, the local garden club, are happy to dig a little dirt!<br /><br /> In the seventh book of this popular series, it looks like the music has ended for Darling’s favorite barbershop quartet, the Lucky Four Clovers—just days before the Dixie Regional Barbershop Competition. Another unlucky break: a serious foul-up in Darling’s telephone system—and not a penny for repairs. And while liquor is legal again, moonshine isn’t. Sheriff Buddy Norris needs a little luck when he goes into Briar Swamp to confront Cypress County’s most notorious bootlegger. What he finds upends his sense of justice.<br /><br /> Once again, Susan Wittig Albert has told a charming story filled with richly human characters who face the Great Depression with courage and grace. She reminds us that friends offer the best of themselves to each other, community is what holds us together, and luck is what you make it.<br /><br /><i>Bonus features</i>: Liz Lacy’s Garden Gate column on “lucky” plants, plus the Dahlias’ collection of traditional Southern pie recipes and a dash of cookery history. Reading group questions, more recipes, and Depression-era info @www.DarlingDahlias.com<br /><br /> “Captivating . . . Charming characters, a fast-paced plot, and a strong sense of history help make this a superior cozy.” —<i>Publishers Weekly</i><br /><br /> “The author of the popular China Bayles mysteries brings a small Southern town to life and vividly captures an era and culture—the Depression, segregation, class differences, the role of women in the South—with authentic period details. Her book fairly sizzles with the strength of the women of Darling.” —<i>Library Journal</i> Starred Review&#xa0;

25 The Tale of Hill Top Farm

Author : Susan Wittig Albert
Genre :  Cozy  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers  Women Sleuths  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2004-09-28
Description :  The author of Peter Rabbit and other tales, Beatrix Potter is still, after a century, beloved by children and adults worldwide. In this first Cottage Tale, Albert introduces Beatrix, an animal lover and Good Samaritan with a knack for solving mysteries. With help from her entourage of talking animal friends, Beatrix sets out to win over the human hearts of Sawrey, where she's just bought an old farm--and plans to stay.

26 Nightshade

Author : Susan Wittig Albert
Genre :  Women Sleuths  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers  Fiction & Literature  Family 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2008-04-01
Description :  <b><i>New York Times</i> bestselling author Susan Wittig Albert takes China Bayles on a trip down memory lane, where one fresh murder and several cold cases force her to face her dark past…</b><br /> &#xa0;<br />China’s herb shop and catering business may be thriving, but she’s still reeling from her father’s death—and isn’t remotely interested in her half-brother Miles’s investigation of it. Although, when fate forces her to get involved, China realizes it’s time to bring the past to light—or else it will haunt her the rest of her life.<br /> &#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0; &#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0; <br /> But China and McQuaid discover that Miles may have been keeping as many secrets as he seemed determined to uncover—for starters, knowledge of&#xa0;the whereabouts of their father’s wrecked car, a key piece of evidence. How deep do the layers of secrecy go? And who has a stake in concealing the truth after sixteen years? <br /> &#xa0;<br /> Piecing together clues, China and McQuaid embark on a wild goose chase, tracking down evidence that might link several cold-case murders to her father’s death. But the closer they get to untangling the story, the more China longs for answers she may never get...<br /><br /><i>From the Paperback edition.</i>

27 AN Unthymely Death

Author : Susan Wittig Albert
Genre :  Cozy  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers  Women Sleuths 
Price :  $1.99
Release Date :  2003-06-03
Description :  Now readers can join China Bayles in ten puzzling cases—and get a taste of her world. This delightful collection features loads of wonderful herbal tidbits on everything from rosemary to feverfew to catnip; recipes for such to-die-for dishes as a Deadly Chocolate Valentine, Ruby's Applesauce Mint Bread, China's Five-Spice Chicken and Veggie Stir-Fry, and McQuaid's Tex Mex-and a host of creative ideas for garden and home. It's a one-of-a-kind collection featuring a one-of-a-kind sleuth—who's worth spending some "quality thyme" with!

28 The Tale of Castle Cottage

Author : Susan Wittig Albert
Genre :  Historical  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers  Fiction & Literature  Historical 
Price :  $3.99
Release Date :  2011-09-06
Description :  <b>The latest in the Cottage Tales series-starring Miss Potter herself! </b><br />It's the heart of summer in 1913, and Beatrix is eager to marry her fiancé, solicitor William Heelis. But there are a few obstacles blocking the happy couple's path to the altar, like the troubled remodeling of Castle Cottage-Will and Beatrix's future home...

29 The Tale of Oat Cake Crag

Author : Susan Wittig Albert
Genre :  Cozy  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers  Women Sleuths  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2010-09-07
Description :  Miss Beatrix Potter has returned to Near Sawrey, where her friend Grace has been receiving anonymous letters that threaten her good name and her plans to marry. Beatrix must investigate quietly so as not to arouse village gossip. There is also the matter of Beatrix's own romantic future-as she's been offered a second chance at love.

30 Rosemary Remembered

Author : Susan Wittig Albert
Genre :  Women Sleuths  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  1995-11-01
Description :  <b>Something about the murder of an accountant just doesn't add up in this China Bayles mystery from <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author Susan Wittig Albert.</b><br /><br />China's herb shop in Pecan Springs wasn't a big business, but it kept her busy. So she brought her taxes to Rosemary Robbins, an accountant who reminded China a bit of her former self—preoccupied, distracted, maybe a bit overstressed. Still, Rosemary always seemed pleasant, and China wished she could get to know her better. Now, though, the chance is gone. <br /><br />Driving out to Rosemary's house on an errand, China discovers her accountant has been murdered. With one abusive ex-husband and plenty of former clients in the picture, there's no shortage of suspects. And with a vengeful ex-convict on the loose, there's plenty for China to worry about. And as the evidence unfolds, she's more determined than ever to make the killer pay...<br /><br /><i>From the Paperback edition.</i>

31 The Tale of Applebeck Orchard

Author : Susan Wittig Albert
Genre :  Mysteries & Thrillers  Books  Historical  Women Sleuths 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2009-09-01
Description :  After his haystack was torched, Mr. Harmsworth barricaded a common path through his orchard. But witnesses-both human and animal-claim a ghost perpetrated the deed. And the ghost has a message that Miss Potter hopes to figure out.

32 The Tale of Holly How

Author : Susan Wittig Albert
Genre :  Mysteries & Thrillers  Books  Women Sleuths  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2005-07-05
Description :  Everyone in Sawrey likes Ben Hornby. So when Beatrix finds the shepherd dead in the meadow and suspects foul play, she wonders who would have done such a thing. A trio of village cats has an idea: When Ben breathed his last, his sheep must have seen his killer before scattering. So they set out to find the far-flung flock. Although she’s distracted by duties at the farm and the sad plight of a young girl, Beatrix must get to the bottom of this. As the stories intertwine, Beatrix and the creatures realize that, to solve this case, all of Sawrey, both the two- and four-legged inhabitants, must work together...

33 The Tale of Cuckoo Brow Wood

Author : Susan Wittig Albert
Genre :  Cozy  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers  Fiction & Literature  Historical 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2006-06-27
Description :  Miss Potter's new hometown of Holly How is having its share of troubles, and three children, favorites of Beatrix, are counting on the help of the fairies of Cuckoo Brow Wood. Now, with her signature tact, Beatrix must work with her friends-human and animal-to set things right.

34 The Tale of Hawthorn House

Author : Susan Wittig Albert
Genre :  Cozy  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2007-09-04
Description :  Miss Beatrix Potter finds the abandoned Baby Flora?and a scarab ring?on her doorstep. An investigation reveals that the ring was pawned and reclaimed by a resident of the vacant and supposedly haunted Hawthorn House. Now Beatrix and her animal friends are left pondering these utterly puzzling happenings.

35 The Tale of Briar Bank

Author : Susan Wittig Albert
Genre :  Mysteries & Thrillers  Books  Historical  Fiction & Literature  Historical  Women Sleuths 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2008-09-30
Description :  Near Sawrey, the seat of Miss Beatrix Potter?s country home, has been abuzz ever since Mr. Wickstead met his death under a tree limb. Many believe it had to do with a treasure he had dug up. And only Pickles, his dog, knows what happened. Meanwhile, Miss Potter faces dilemmas in her love life and with her parents. But she has no time to muse, what with helping humans and animals alike?and this little matter of murder.

36 Bleeding Hearts

Author : Susan Wittig Albert
Genre :  Women Sleuths  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2006-04-04
Description :  When local football coach and hero Tim Duffy is accused of improper behavior, lawyer-turned-herbalist China Bayles investigates, following a trail of obsession and murder that may lead to her own doorstep.

37 Widow's Tears

Author : Susan Wittig Albert
Genre :  Women Sleuths  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers  Fiction & Literature  Ghost 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2013-04-02
Description :  <b>Herbalist and ex-lawyer China Bayles is “in a class with lady sleuths V. I. Warshawski and Stephanie Plum” (<i>Publishers Weekly</i>). &#xa0;In <i>Widow’s Tears</i>, a haunted house may hold the key to solving the murder of one of China’s friends… </b><br /><br />After losing her family and home in the Galveston Hurricane of 1900, Rachel Blackwood rebuilt her house a hundred miles inland and later died there, still wrapped in her grief.<br /><br />In present-day Texas, Claire, the grandniece of Rachel’s caretaker, has inherited the house and wants to turn it into a bed-and-breakfast. But she is concerned that it’s haunted, so she calls in her friend Ruby—who has the gift of extrasensory perception—to check it out.<br /><br />While Ruby is ghost hunting, China Bayles walks into a storm of trouble in nearby Pecan Springs. A half hour before she is to make her nightly deposit, the Pecan Springs bank is robbed and a teller is shot and killed.<br /><br />Before she can discover the identity of the killers, China follows Ruby to the Blackwood house to discuss urgent business. As she is drawn into the mystery of the haunted house, China opens the door on some very real danger…

38 Starting Points

Author : Susan Wittig Albert
Genre :  Biographies & Memoirs  Books 
Price :  $4.99
Release Date :  2011-06-03
Description :  If you&#39;re a woman who writes or a woman who would like to write, if you&#39;ve ever journalled just for yourself or written family history for your descendants, if you long to tell your own story to your family and friends or to the world, this book will help you get started and keep writing each and every week for a whole year. These writing prompts, by best-selling author and founder of Story Circle Network, Susan Wittig Albert, bring you a wealth of wisdom from famous women and starting points to help you take those wise words and write your own stories and your own wisdom.

39 Death Come Quickly

Author : Susan Wittig Albert
Genre :  Women Sleuths  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2014-04-01
Description :  <b>In this thrilling mystery in the&#xa0;<i>New York Times&#xa0;</i>bestselling series, <b>herbalist and ex-lawyer China Bayles finds herself on the trail of&#xa0;</b>a nearly fifteen-year-old cold case… </b><br /><br /> When China and Ruby’s friend Karen Prior is mugged in a mall parking lot and dies a few days later, China begins to suspect that her friend’s death was not a random assault. Karen was a filmmaker supervising a student documentary about the almost fifteen-year-old murder of a woman named Christine Morris and the acquittal of the man accused of the crime. Is it possible that the same person who killed Christine Morris targeted Karen?<br /><br /> Delving into the cold case, China learns the motive for the first murder may be related to a valuable collection of Mexican art. Enlisting the help of her San Antonio lawyer friend Justine Wyzinski—aka the Whiz—China is determined to track down the murderer. But is she painting herself into a corner from which there’s no escape?

40 The Darling Dahlias and the Naked Ladies

Author : Susan Wittig Albert
Genre :  Mysteries & Thrillers  Books 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2011-07-05
Description :  <b>A brand-new mystery in the "exceptional" (<i>Booklist</i>) series by the national bestselling author. </b><br /><br />Rumors are sprouting in Depression-era Darling, Alabama. The town's newest visitors, Nona Jean Jamison and Miss Lake, may be the Naughty and Nice Sisters from the Ziegfeld Frolic, who specialize in dancing nearly naked. <br /><br />The Dahlias suspect more than modesty when Nona denies her association. They'll have to dig through clues to get to the root of the mystery...

41 Rueful Death

Author : Susan Wittig Albert
Genre :  Mysteries & Thrillers  Books  Women Sleuths 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  1996-11-01
Description :  <b>Herbalist China Bayles must solve a mother of a murder in this mystery from <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author Susan Wittig Albert.</b><br /><br />In search of respite, China takes off to St. Theresa's Monastery with her friend Maggie, a former nun. The goal is a brief, tranquil retreat—but there's a conflict at the convent. The mother superior has recently died, and a battle over the future of St. Theresa's suggests that her sudden demise might not have been accidental. Now, China's quest for a replenished spirit takes second place to a more earthbound pursuit: catching a killer...<br /><br /><i>From the Paperback edition.</i>

42 China Bayles' Book of Days

Author : Susan Wittig Albert
Genre :  Gardening  Books  Lifestyle & Home 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2006-10-03
Description :  Readers of the China Bayles mystery novels are familiar with the usefulness and wonder of the many herbs the amateur sleuth sells in her beloved Thyme and Seasons shop. Compiled by national bestselling author Susan Wittig Albert at the request of her fans, <b>China Bayles' Book of Days</b> gathers together tidbits and treasures about plants and reveals ways you can put more green into your daily life.<br />Featuring 365 days of recipes, crafts, gardening tips, remedies, and more, this special volume is a personal calendar of the legends and lore of herbs and also features brand-new essays from the author, clues from China's mysteries, and some special contributions by the irrepressible members of the Myra Merryweather Herb Guild, Pecan Springs's oldest civic organization.

43 Together Alone

Author : Susan Wittig Albert
Genre :  Biographies & Memoirs  Books  Science & Nature  Nature 
Price :  $19.99
Release Date :  2009-09-01
Description :  What does it mean to belong to a place, to be truly rooted and grounded in the place you call home? How do you commit to a marriage, to a full partnership with another person, and still maintain your own separate identity? These questions have been central to Susan Wittig Albert’s life, and in this beautifully written memoir, she movingly describes how she has experienced place, marriage, and aloneness while creating a home in the Texas Hill Country with her husband and writing partner, Bill Albert. Together, Alone opens in 1985, as Albert leaves a successful, if rootless, career as a university administrator and begins a new life as a freelance writer, wife, and homesteader on a patch of rural land northwest of Austin. She vividly describes the work of creating a home at Meadow Knoll, a place in which she and Bill raised their own food and animals, while working together and separately on writing projects. Once her sense of home and partnership was firmly established, Albert recalls how she had to find its counterbalance—a place where she could be alone and explore those parts of the self that only emerge in solitude. For her, this place was Lebh Shomea, a silent monastic retreat. In writing about her time at Lebh Shomea, Albert reveals the deep satisfaction she finds in belonging to a community of people who have chosen to be apart and experience silence and solitude.

44 An Extraordinary Year of Ordinary Days

Author : Susan Wittig Albert
Genre :  Biographies & Memoirs  Books  Science & Nature  Nature 
Price :  $24.99
Release Date :  2010-06-04
Description :  Amplified with reading lists and quotations from a wide diversity of writers, best-selling mystery author Susan Wittig Albert’s thoughtful and thought-provoking journal of the tumultuous year 2008 is a must-read for everyone fascinated by the writing life and the writer’s role in society.

45 With Courage and Common Sense

Author : Susan Wittig Albert
Genre :  Biographies & Memoirs  Books 
Price :  $24.99
Release Date :  2003-11-01
Description :  Women who were sixty or older at the turn of the twenty-first century have lived through some of recent history’s most momentous moments—and yet these women often believe that their personal lives and stories are insignificant, not worthy of being recorded for future generations. To change that perception and capture some of these life stories before they are lost, the Story Circle Network, a national organization dedicated to helping women write about their lives, developed the Older Women’s Legacy (OWL) Circle Memoir Workshops. During the first two years of the project (1998–2000), nearly 500 older women participated in workshops that offered them the opportunity and encouragement to reflect on and create written records of their lives. With Courage and Common Sense presents an extensive selection of memoirs from the OWL Circle project. Organized thematically, they describe women’s experiences of identity, place, work, family life, love and marriage, loss and healing, adventures great and small, major historical events, and legacies to keep and pass along. Taken as a whole, the memoirs chronicle far-reaching changes in the ways that women participated in the world during the twentieth century. They show how women learned to surmount obstacles, to courageously make the most of the opportunities that came their way, and to move quietly and wisely beyond the limits that were imposed upon them.



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