Susan Wittig Albert Books

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Susan Wittig Albert is an American mystery writer. She has two pen names Robin Paige and Carolyn Keene and she comes from the Vermillion county, Illinois in the US. Albert grew up in Illinois before moving to Bismarck where she graduated from the University of Illinois as well as achieving a PHD from the university of California. Albert Hausa husband called Bill who she has co-written books with as well as three children, eight grandchildren and the great grandchildren. Susan Wittig.

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Order of China Bayles Series

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1 Thyme of Death 1992 Description / Buy
2 Witches' Bane 1993 Description / Buy
3 Hangman's Root 1994 Description / Buy
4 Rosemary Remembered 1995 Description / Buy
5 Rueful Death 1996 Description / Buy
6 Love Lies Bleeding 1997 Description / Buy
7 Chile Death 1998 Description / Buy
8 Lavender Lies 1999 Description / Buy
9 Mistletoe Man 2000 Description / Buy
10 Bloodroot 2001 Description / Buy
11 Indigo Dying 2003 Description / Buy
12 Dilly of a Death 2004 Description / Buy
13 Dead Man's Bones 2005 Description / Buy
14 Bleeding Hearts 2006 Description / Buy
15 Spanish Dagger 2007 Description / Buy
16 Nightshade 2008 Description / Buy
17 Wormwood 2009 Description / Buy
18 Holly Blues 2010 Description / Buy
19 Mourning Gloria 2011 Description / Buy
20 Cat's Claw 2012 Description / Buy
21 Widow's Tears 2013 Description / Buy
22 Death Come Quickly 2014 Description / Buy
23 Bittersweet 2015 Description / Buy
24 Blood Orange 2016 Description / Buy
25 The Last Chance Olive Ranch 2017 Description / Buy
26 Queen Anne's Lace 2018 Description / Buy
27 A Plain Vanilla Murder 2019 Description / Buy
28 Hemlock 2021 Description / Buy
29 Forget Me Never 2024 Description / Buy

Order of China Bayles Series Collections

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1 An Unthymely Death and Other Garden Mysteries 2003 Description / Buy
2 China Bayles' Book of Days 2006 Description / Buy

Order of The Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter Series

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1 The Tale of Hill Top Farm 2004 Description / Buy
2 The Tale of Holly How 2005 Description / Buy
3 The Tale of Cuckoo Brow Wood 2007 Description / Buy
4 The Tale of Hawthorn House 2007 Description / Buy
5 The Tale of Briar Bank 2008 Description / Buy
6 The Tale of Applebeck Orchard 2009 Description / Buy
7 The Tale of Oat Cake Crag 2010 Description / Buy
8 The Tale of Castle Cottage 2011 Description / Buy

Order of Crystal Cave Series

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1 NoBODY (Short Story) 2019 Description / Buy
2 SomeBODY Else (Short Story) 2019 Description / Buy
3 Out of BODY (Short Story) 2019 Description / Buy

Order of The Darling Dahlias Series

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1 The Darling Dahlias and the Cucumber Tree 2010 Description / Buy
2 The Darling Dahlias and the Naked Ladies 2011 Description / Buy
3 The Darling Dahlias and the Confederate Rose 2012 Description / Buy
4 The Darling Dahlias and the Texas Star 2013 Description / Buy
5 The Darling Dahlias and the Silver Dollar Bush 2014 Description / Buy
6 The Darling Dahlias and the Eleven O'Clock Lady 2015 Description / Buy
7 The Darling Dahlias and the Unlucky Clover 2018 Description / Buy
8 The Darling Dahlias and the Poinsettia Puzzle 2018 Description / Buy
9 The Darling Dahlias And The Voodoo Lily 2020 Description / Buy
10 The Darling Dahlias and the Red Hot Poker 2022 Description / Buy

Order of Victorian Mysteries Series as Robin Paige

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1 Death at Bishop's Keep 1994 Description / Buy
2 Death at Gallows Green 1995 Description / Buy
3 Death at Daisy's Folly 1997 Description / Buy
4 Death at Devil's Bridge 1998 Description / Buy
5 Death at Rottingdean 1999 Description / Buy
6 Death at Whitechapel 2000 Description / Buy
7 Death at Epsom Downs 2001 Description / Buy
8 Death at Dartmoor 2002 Description / Buy
9 Death at Glamis Castle 2003 Description / Buy
10 Death in Hyde Park 2004 Description / Buy
11 Death at Blenheim Palace 2005 Description / Buy
12 Death on the Lizard 2006 Description / Buy

Order of Susan Wittig Albert Standalone Novels

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1 A Wilder Rose 2013 Description / Buy
2 Loving Eleanor 2016 Description / Buy
3 The General's Women 2017 Description / Buy
4 Someone Always Nearby 2023 Description / Buy

Order of Susan Wittig Albert Non-Fiction Books

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1 Work Of Her Own 1992 Description / Buy
2 World Literature 1993 Description / Buy
3 Writing from Life 1997 Description / Buy
4 With Courage and Common Sense 2003 Description / Buy
5 What Wildness Is This: Women Write about the Southwest 2007 Description / Buy
6 Together, Alone: A Memoir of Marriage and Place 2009 Description / Buy
7 An Extraordinary Year of Ordinary Days 2010 Description / Buy
8 Starting Points 2014 Description / Buy

Susan Wittig Albert Anthologies

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1 Country Living Gardener February 2001 2001 Description / Buy
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Susan Wittig Albert started a career being a professor of English at the university of Texas. She left in 1985 to become a full time novelist. She has written over 110 books and has co-written over 60. Some of her more famous work includes; The Darling Dahlia’s series, China Bayles series and The Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter. She has also written the “Nancy Drew Mysteries” under the name Carolyn Keene. Susan has written many books for adults using her own name and various pen names as well as 60 books for young adults in her own name. She is an esteemed writer with a strong talent for mysteries, although she has written non-fiction and text books as well. Albert has also published two memoirs; ‘An Extraordinarily Year of Ordinary days’ and ‘Together, Alone, A memoir of marriage and place’ .

‘The Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter’ are based on children’s author and illustrator Beatrix Potter. These are mystery books with a collection of 8. In 1905 Beatrix brought a farm in the Lake District in England. The books follow her story and the adventure she had moving away from London to have an independent life with new hopes and loves.

Susan Wittig Albert Books in Movies/TV:

While none of the series or books that Susan has written under her own name have made it to TV or movies, the Nancy Drew Mysteries have in various formats.

There was a 2007 movie entitled Nancy Drew, as well as the TV show The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries.

Susan Wittig Albert Awards:

In the 1990’s she wrote her first novel of the China Bayles series, a book called ‘Thyme of Death’ it then went on to win two national mystery awards: The 1992 Agatha and the 1993 Anthony in the best first novel category. She has also won the New York Times for bestselling author for her novel ‘Loving Eleanor’ (2016)

Best Susan Wittig Albert Books:

Susan Wittig Albert’s best books at the moment are: ‘Loving Eleanor’, ‘A Wilder Rose’ and ‘Bittersweet’.

Loving Eleanor: This is a historical book based on the story of Lorena Hickok and Eleanor Roosevelt and their intimate relationship. . Their relationship eventually warms into an enduring friendship that sadly ends with the deaths of both of them in the 1960’s. 3300 letters over thirty years document their relationship. ‘Loving Eleanor’ is a powerful moving novel set during the Great Depression, the New Deal and the Second World War. Albert has created a wonderful, detailed book capturing the human side of the First Lady and the stigma and difficulties women who loved other women shared during a very chaotic time period. Susan really captures the essence of love in ‘Loving Eleanor’ and with her imagination and extensive knowledge she has managed to fill in the gaps about Hickok and Eleanor’s same sex relationship.

A Wilder Rose is another of Susan Wittig Albert’s incredible historical stories based on Rose Wilder Lane. Miss Lane was a world traveller, journalist and published magazine writer. In 1928 she returned to her elderly parents’ farm, built them a home and changed the farmhouse into a writing retreat where she later transformed her mother Laura from a farm wife to a writer. She sold magazine articles to pay bills. Then she lost her money and Laura wrote her autobiography ‘Pioneer girl’ Susan Wittig Albert helps to unravel many unanswered questions in this book with a deep insight into the book-writing business. Albert follows clues and leads the readers straight to middle of this literary mystery.

Bittersweet is a novel from the China Bayles series. It is the 23rd book in the series and is a mystery novel about a woman called China who helps to work out mysterious deaths or incidents. China is a herbalist. All of Susan’s China Bayles books are names after herbs and spices. ‘Bittersweet’ is based in a south Texas ranching community. China and her friend have to solve a complicated case of theft and murder, set around thanksgiving. This book has a compelling look at the ethics of canned hunting.

When Does The Next Susan Wittig Albert book come out?

The next book by Susan Wittig Albert is Forget Me Never and will be released on June, 4th 2024. It is the newest book in the China Bayles Series.

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