Search Results: "Susan Wittig Albert"


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THE DARLING DAHLIAS AND THE NAKED LADIES by Susan Wittig Albert
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 5, 2011

"Not the most difficult mystery to solve, but still literate and well-researched, with recipes and cleaning tips appended."
Fresh from their maiden voyage (The Darling Dahlias and the Cucumber Tree, 2010, etc.), members of the Darling Dahlia Garden Club solve a second crime. Read full book review >

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THE DARLING DAHLIAS AND THE TEXAS STAR by Susan Wittig Albert
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 3, 2013

"Another Mystery Lite stuffed with Southern charm and authentic Depression-era recipes."
Even the Great Depression can't keep the Darling Dahlias down for long. Read full book review >

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SPANISH DAGGER by Susan Wittig Albert
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 3, 2007

"Albert's 16th (after Bleeding Hearts, 2006, etc.) complements the obligatory herbal lore and recipes with one of her best mysteries to date."
An herbalist and a Rottweiler solve a series of crimes. Read full book review >

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ROSEMARY REMEMBERED by Susan Wittig Albert
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"The ingredients in Bayles's fourth case (Hangman's Root, 1994, etc.) are familiar enough, but they're combined with an herbalist's taste—and with enough humor and deftness to make this Albert's strongest book yet."
It isn't bad enough that lawyer-turned-herbalist China Bayles discovers the body of her accountant Rosemary Robbins; she also has to deal with her live-in Mike McQuaid's suspicion that Rosemary was shot by recently freed wife-killer Jake Jacoby—who just might have tried to get at McQuaid, the ex-cop who arrested him, by killing the woman he thought was Bayles. Read full book review >

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DEAD MAN’S BONES by Susan Wittig Albert
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 5, 2005

"Devotees of China's adventures (Indigo Dying, 2003, etc.) will enjoy more quality time with the denizens of Pecan Springs. Even newcomers who don't get into the Texas Hill Country spirit will pick up some recipes and a lot of herbal lore."
The latest interruption in the lives of China Bayles, Esq., her best bud Ruby Wilcox, her husband, college teacher/private eye Mike McQuaid, and his son Brian, 14, is . . . Brian's discovery of skeletal remains at an archaeological site. Read full book review >

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NIGHTSHADE by Susan Wittig Albert
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 2008

"The conclusion to the trilogy exploring China's relationship with her father (Spanish Dagger, 2007, etc.) does a fine job of bringing together all the bits and pieces, even for those who have not read the first two installments."
A fresh fatality forces China Bayles, herbalist, ex-lawyer and amateur sleuth, to confront the mystery of her emotionally distant father's death. Read full book review >

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THYME OF DEATH by Susan Wittig Albert
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"A stodgy beginning of a proposed series."
A debut overloaded with good intentions—among them, to create, in lawyer-turned-herbalist China Bayles, a character as strong, forthright, and compelling as Kinsey Millhone or V.I. Warshawski—but, here, there's little follow-through. Read full book review >

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BLOODROOT by Susan Wittig Albert
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 9, 2001

"Albert stretches both herself and her well-adjusted, politically correct heroine to their limits by slotting China into the role of Hamlet, haunted by generations of melodramatic Ophelias demanding revenge."
Lawyer-turned-herbalist China Bayles (Mistletoe Man, 2000, etc.) has long disowned the maternal side of her family history, distressingly connected as it is to an antebellum slave-owning plantation and her mother's alcoholic weaknesses. Read full book review >

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MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 3, 2003

"Minimal sleuthing, poorly tended plots, but the green-thumb crowd will probably be charmed by the gardening tidbits in those lushly planted sidebars."
Ever-so-slight tales, six reworked from Country Living Gardener magazine's Web site, featuring pudgy middle-aged sleuth China Bayles, Texas herb-store proprietor, and her chums. Read full book review >

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Loving Eleanor by Susan Wittig Albert
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"This warm, extensively researched novel will entrance readers and inspire them to look further into the lives of two extraordinary women."
New York Times bestselling author Albert (The Darling Dahlias and the Silver Dollar Bush, 2015, etc.) returns to historical fiction in this intimate exploration of the relationship between Eleanor Roosevelt and journalist Lorena Hickok. Read full book review >

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CAT'S CLAW by Susan Wittig Albert
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 6, 2012

"Sheila walks off with top honors in China's latest (Mourning Gloria, 2011, etc.). As usual, the solid mystery is supplemented with herbal wisdom and local Texas recipes."
A police chief and an amateur sleuth combine their talents to solve a series of crimes. Read full book review >

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THE DARLING DAHLIAS AND THE CUCUMBER TREE by Susan Wittig Albert
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 6, 2010

"The creator of herbalist China Bayles (Holly Blues, 2010, etc.) begins a new historical series equally full of intriguing characters, garden lore and recipes that adds nostalgia for the good old days, even if they weren't so good after all."
Who better to investigate a 1930 murder than members of the local garden club? Read full book review >