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Susan Wittig Albert

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Susan Wittig Albert was born in Illinois in 1940. In 1985, she changed careers from working as the vice president and an English professor at Texas State University to becoming a full-time writer. During the mid- to late-1980s, Albert was a ghostwriter for the Nancy Drew mystery series. She wrote visa mer the acclaimed "Work of Her Own: How Women Create Success and Fulfillment off the Traditional Career Track" in 1992. Under the pseudonym of Robin Paige, Albert and her husband, Bill Albert, co-authored a twelve-volume mystery series set in late Victorian/Edwardian England. Albert writes the bestselling China Bayles mystery series, which features as its main character a Texas herbalist who had been a criminal attorney in Houston. Albert also writes the Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter historical fantasy series, which is set in England during the early twentieth century. (Bowker Author Biography) visa färre

(eng) Robin Paige is the pseudonym of husband-and-wife writing team Susan Wittig Albert and Bill Albert. As each also writes separately, this pseudonym should not be combined with either of the individual authors.

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Verk av Susan Wittig Albert

Thyme of Death (1992) 1,002 exemplar
Witches' Bane (1993) 690 exemplar
The Tale of Hill Top Farm (2004) 643 exemplar
Hangman's Root (1994) 610 exemplar
Chile Death (1998) 599 exemplar
Lavender Lies (1999) 595 exemplar
Rosemary Remembered (1995) 591 exemplar
Mistletoe Man (2000) 573 exemplar
Bloodroot (2001) 566 exemplar
Rueful Death (1996) 563 exemplar
Love Lies Bleeding (1997) 547 exemplar
Indigo Dying (2003) 546 exemplar
A Dilly of a Death (2004) 541 exemplar
Dead Man's Bones (2005) 533 exemplar
Bleeding Hearts (2006) 501 exemplar
Spanish Dagger (2007) 486 exemplar
Nightshade (2008) 429 exemplar
The Tale of Holly How (2005) 420 exemplar
Wormwood (2009) 402 exemplar
The Tale of Cuckoo Brow Wood (2006) 357 exemplar
Holly Blues (2010) 354 exemplar
The Tale of Hawthorn House (2007) 327 exemplar
The Tale of Briar Bank (2008) 282 exemplar
Mourning Gloria (2011) 272 exemplar
The Tale of Oat Cake Crag (2010) 265 exemplar
Cat's Claw (2012) 253 exemplar
A Wilder Rose (2013) 243 exemplar
The Tale of Applebeck Orchard (2009) 242 exemplar
Widow's Tears (2013) 230 exemplar
The Tale of Castle Cottage (2011) 195 exemplar
Death Come Quickly (2014) 174 exemplar
Blood Orange (2016) 167 exemplar
The Last Chance Olive Ranch (2017) 152 exemplar
Bittersweet (2015) 150 exemplar
Loving Eleanor (2016) 134 exemplar
Queen Anne's Lace (2018) 122 exemplar
China Bayles' Book of Days (2006) 120 exemplar
Writing from Life (1997) 113 exemplar
A Plain Vanilla Murder (2019) 102 exemplar
Hemlock (2021) 67 exemplar
The General's Women (2016) 46 exemplar
Work of Her Own (1992) 36 exemplar
The Crystal Cave Trilogy (2019) 27 exemplar
NoBODY (2019) 11 exemplar
SomeBODY Else (2019) 10 exemplar
Out of BODY (2019) 8 exemplar
Herbs & Plants of the Bible (1996) 4 exemplar
Someone Always Nearby (2023) 2 exemplar
China Bayles Collection (2009) 1 exemplar

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Paige, Robin
Austin, Texas, USA
Illinois, USA
Bertram, Texas, USA
University of California, Berkeley (Ph.D.)
university professor
university administrator
Albert, Bill (husband)
Paige, Robin (shared pseudonym)
Story Circle Network
Robin Paige is the pseudonym of husband-and-wife writing team Susan Wittig Albert and Bill Albert. As each also writes separately, this pseudonym should not be combined with either of the individual authors.



A little more than 4 stars, I really enjoyed this! Although it was fiction, most was based in fact (as noted in her works used listed). It was really fascinating to hear/see that period of time through a different lens, tying and interweaving the many events together.
Fatula | 15 andra recensioner | Oct 2, 2023 |
"You're not practicing that focus pocus on me," I said. "If you have to tell fortunes, Ruby, start with Justine." Across the table, Justin Wyzinski looked up from the lavender stems she was attempting to braid. "Palm reading is only a parlor game, China. Just superstition. Play along- it won't hurt you." She tossed the braid onto the table with an impatient gesture and leaned back in her white wicker chair. "Isn't there something else I can do besides making these ridiculous lavender hearts? Ruby's are perfect? Mine are hideously deformed. "… (mer)
taurus27 | 8 andra recensioner | Sep 21, 2023 |
It’s the early 1990s and China Boyles, disenfranchised lawyer and enthusiastic herbalist, has escaped to the fictional town of Pecan Springs, Texas where she acts as the town’s herbalist, selling herbs and items that smell like herbs. When her good friend dies, apparently by suicide, China is suspicious. More deaths ensue as clandestine relationships and financial arrangements are revealed.
Thyme of Death ticks all the boxes for a cozy mystery: somewhat amateur detective, very grisly murders, and police who act as a foil to the main character’s investigations. The chief of police in this small town, though, is only mildly obstructive; despite his slightly repulsive demeanor and habitual suspicion when dealing with China, the Chief holds a grudging respect for China. That respect is reciprocated, as China frequently tells her friends not to underestimate the Chief’s abilities.
There’s a bit of romance as well (not with the Chief), and toward the end of the book, possibly a hint of greener pastures for China in that department.

The book has two drawbacks: Most glaringly, dialect is used as shorthand to indicate that a character is somehow unpleasant or unintelligent. When a (presumably uneducated) townsperson uses the word “TV,” it’s depicted as “tee-vee” in dialogue; and when a character uses the word “thang” (in italics) instead of “thing,” the reader knows China does not respect that character. This is an unpleasant and ineffective literary device; I paused at every usage while trying to figure out how “tee-vee” would sound different than “TV.”
The second drawback? I figured out who the killer was early on, and was disappointed to see how long it took China and her cohorts to reach the same conclusion.
This series is still active with 28 titles, the most recent published in 2021. I’m giving it three stars; it’s a series I’ll probably continue, both because I mostly enjoyed the debut novel and because I’m looking forward to watching how technology unfolds as China moves from 1990s snail mail and home phones (they weren’t calling them land lines then) to the uber-connected wireless world of the 21st century.

… (mer)
CatherineB61 | 44 andra recensioner | May 31, 2023 |
She has taken one of the shop owners in the China Bayles series and endowed her with some premonitory powers. Very cool. Should be a series!!!!
lhaines56 | 1 annan recension | May 9, 2023 |



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Susan K. Hoermann Author photo
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