Susan Wittig Albert

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Susan is the author/co-author of biographical/historical fiction, mysteries, and nonfiction. Now in her 80s and continuing to write, she says that retirement is not (yet) an option. She publishes under her own imprint. Here are her latest books.

A PLAIN VANILLA MURDER, #27 in the long-running China Bayles/Pecan Springs series.

Two Pecan Springs novella trilogies: The Crystal Cave Trilogy (featuring Ruby Wilcox): noBODY, SomeBODY Else, and Out of BODY; and The Enterprise Trilogy (featuring Jessica Nelson): DEADLINES, FAULTLINES, and FIRELINES.

THE DARLING DAHLIAS AND THE POINSETTIA PUZZLE #8 in the Darling Dahlias series, set in the early 1930s in fictional Darling AL

THE GENERAL'S WOMEN. Kay, Mamie, and Ike--the wartime romance that won a war b
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Susan Wittig Albert I don't believe in it, Ev! I tell my writing students: Write what you want to find out, what you want to learn, what you want to explore. Write to dis…moreI don't believe in it, Ev! I tell my writing students: Write what you want to find out, what you want to learn, what you want to explore. Write to discover, rather than to report. If you always "write what you know," how can you ever grow into something new, different, challenging?

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Susan Wittig Albert There's a new Dahlias mystery (#6) coming in September, The DDs & the Eleven O'Clock Lady. Miss Potter's series is completed; the wedding book (The Ta…moreThere's a new Dahlias mystery (#6) coming in September, The DDs & the Eleven O'Clock Lady. Miss Potter's series is completed; the wedding book (The Tale of Castle Cottage) was the final chapter in the series.

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In Bloom This Week: Evening Primroses

The pink blooms cascading down our creek bank this week belong to the evening primrose (Oenothera biennis). It’s not just pretty, though. It’s an all-around useful plant. I’ve read that primrose leaves can be cooked like greens–maybe I’ll add a few to the next batch of kale. The roots can be boiled like potatoes and […]

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The Darling Dahlias and the Cucumber Tree (Mystery & Thrillers)
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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. But life in Darling is not all garden parties and pretty dresses. 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 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.
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" Julia, when Hick wrote publicly about ER (her dearest friend), she presented the image of the First Lady that she and ER had worked out over the cours ...more "
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This enchanting 1957 cat-memoir by May Sarton may be the grandmother of the current litter of cat-cozies, a fact that may or may not endear it to you, depending on how you feel about cats and cozies. I ran across it on my shelf last week and sat down ...more
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“One person's weed is another person's wildflower.”
Susan Wittig Albert, An Unthymely Death and Other Garden Mysteries

“The worst thing about talk ... is that there's no way to lay it to rest. Every fresh breeze brings a new speculation.”
Susan Wittig Albert, The Tale of Hill Top Farm

“Does that mean you're prepared to deal with whatever turns up? People aren't sometimes. When they learn the real truth, they're all of a sudden content to live with a lie.”
Susan Wittig Albert, Wormwood

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Denise Swanson Scumble River series
 
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Victoria Laurie Abby Cooper series
 
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“The writer must have a good imagination to begin with, but the imagination has to be muscular, which means it must be exercised in a disciplined way, day in and day out, by writing, failing, succeeding and revising."

[The Writer's Digest Interview: Stephen King & Jerry B. Jenkins (Jessica Strawser, Writer's Digest, May/June 2009)]”
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“Stories nurture our connection to place and to each other. They show us where we have been and where we can go. They remind us of how to be human, how to live alongside the other lives that animate this planet. ... When we lose stories, our understanding of the world is less rich, less true.”
Susan J. Tweit, Walking Nature Home: A Life's Journey

“The truest art I would strive for in any work would be to give the page the same qualities as earth: weather would land on it harshly, light would elucidate the most difficult truths; wind would sweep away obtuse padding. Finally, the lessons of impermanence taught me this: loss constitutes an odd kind of fullness; despair empties out into an unquenchable appetite for life.”
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“The birds and I share a natural history. It is a matter of rootedness, of living inside a place for so long that the mind and imagination fuse.”
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“The most important thing is to hold on, hold out, for your creative life, for your solitude, for your time to be and do, for your very life.”
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Janice Just read your message. I do love my library work, and love my fanzine writing. hope you have a great Christmas. Happy New Year.


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Susan Albert Janice wrote: "Thank you for friending me. I've worked in a public library for over 30 years, and noticed how popular your books have been at my branch. I usually don't enjoy mysteries because many are so violent..."

Thank you, Janice. Always nice to hear from a librarian!


Janice Thank you for friending me. I've worked in a public library for over 30 years, and noticed how popular your books have been at my branch. I usually don't enjoy mysteries because many are so violent, but I have enjoyed skimming thru yours. Have a great day.


message 4: by John (last edited Sep 20, 2016 11:57AM)

John Bohnert Did you know that the long-awaited third volume of Blanche W. Cook's Eleanor Roosevelt is being published November 1, 2016?


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Susan Albert Stephanie wrote: ""And thus the riddle of the sphinx
A spider web that floats like gossamer"
Hello! Stephanie"


Have one of those gorgeous webs outside my kitchen window, spun by a Golden Orb spider...


Stephanie Foster "And thus the riddle of the sphinx
A spider web that floats like gossamer"
Hello! Stephanie


Melissa (ladybug) Thank you for becoming my friend on Goodreads. :)


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