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.

Order of China Bayles Series

1Thyme of Death 1992Description / Buy
2Witches' Bane 1993Description / Buy
3Hangman's Root 1994Description / Buy
4Rosemary Remembered 1995Description / Buy
5Rueful Death 1996Description / Buy
6Love Lies Bleeding 1997Description / Buy
7Chile Death 1998Description / Buy
8Lavender Lies 1999Description / Buy
9Mistletoe Man 2000Description / Buy
10Bloodroot 2001Description / Buy
11Indigo Dying 2003Description / Buy
12Dilly of a Death 2004Description / Buy
13Dead Man's Bones 2005Description / Buy
14Bleeding Hearts 2006Description / Buy
15Spanish Dagger 2007Description / Buy
16Nightshade 2008Description / Buy
17Wormwood 2009Description / Buy
18Holly Blues 2010Description / Buy
19Mourning Gloria 2011Description / Buy
20Cat's Claw 2012Description / Buy
21Widow's Tears 2013Description / Buy
22Death Come Quickly 2014Description / Buy
23Bittersweet 2015Description / Buy
24Blood Orange 2016Description / Buy
25The Last Chance Olive Ranch 2017Description / Buy
26Queen Anne's Lace 2018Description / Buy
27A Plain Vanilla Murder 2019Description / Buy
28Hemlock 2021Description / Buy

Order of China Bayles Series Collections

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

Order of The Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter Series

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

Order of Crystal Cave Series

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

Order of The Darling Dahlias Series

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

Order of Victorian Mysteries Series as Robin Paige

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

Order of Susan Wittig Albert Standalone Novels

1A Wilder Rose 2013Description / Buy
2Loving Eleanor 2016Description / Buy
3The General's Women 2017Description / Buy

Order of Susan Wittig Albert Non-Fiction Books

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

Susan Wittig Albert doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is Hemlock and was released on September, 7th 2021. It is the newest book in the China Bayles Series.

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