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
|1||Thyme of Death||1992|
|6||Love Lies Bleeding||1997|
|12||Dilly of a Death||2004|
|13||Dead Man's Bones||2005|
|21||Death Come Quickly||2014|
|24||The Last Chance Olive Ranch||2017|
Order of China Bayles Series Collections
|1||An Unthymely Death and Other Garden Mysteries||2003|
|2||China Bayles' Book of Days||2006|
Order of Kathryn Ardleigh Series
|1||Death at Bishop's Keep||1994|
|2||Death at Gallows Green||1995|
|3||Death at Daisy's Folly||1997|
|4||Death at Devil's Bridge||1998|
|5||Death at Rottingdean||1999|
|6||Death at Whitechapel||2000|
|7||Death at Epsom Downs||2001|
|8||Death at Dartmoor||2002|
|9||Death at Glamis Castle||2003|
|10||Death in Hyde Park||2004|
|11||Death at Blenheim Palace||2005|
|12||Death on the Lizard||2006|
Order of Pecan Springs Series
Order of Susan Wittig Albert Non-Fiction Books
|1||Work Of Her Own||1992|
|3||Writing from Life||1997|
|4||With Courage and Common Sense||2003|
|5||What Wildness Is This: Women Write about the Southwest||2007|
|6||Together, Alone: A Memoir of Marriage and Place||2009|
|7||An Extraordinary Year of Ordinary Days||2010|
Order of Susan Wittig Albert Standalone Novels
Order of The Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter Series
|1||The Tale of Hill Top Farm||2004|
|2||The Tale of Holly How||2005|
|3||The Tale of Cuckoo Brow Wood||2007|
|4||The Tale of Hawthorn House||2007|
|5||The Tale of Briar Bank||2008|
|6||The Tale of Applebeck Orchard||2009|
|7||The Tale of Oat Cake Crag||2010|
|8||The Tale of Castle Cottage||2011|
Order of The Darling Dahlias Series
|1||The Darling Dahlias and the Cucumber Tree||2010|
|2||The Darling Dahlias and the Naked Ladies||2011|
|3||The Darling Dahlias and the Confederate Rose||2012|
|4||The Darling Dahlias and the Texas Star||2013|
|5||The Darling Dahlias and the Silver Dollar Bush||2014|
|6||The Darling Dahlias and the Eleven O'Clock Lady||2015|
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.