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About the Author

Susan Wittig Albert grew up on a farm in Illinois and earned her Ph.D. at the University of California at Berkeley. A former professor of English and a university administrator and vice president, she is the author of the China Bayles Mysteries, the Darling Dahlias Mysteries, and the Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter. Some of her recent titles include Widow’s Tears, Cat’s Claw, The Darling Dahlias and the Confederate Rose, and The Tale of Castle Cottage. She and her husband, Bill, coauthor a series of Victorian-Edwardian mysteries under the name Robin Paige, which includes such titles as Death at Glamis Castle and Death at Whitechapel.
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Product Details

  • Series: China Bayles Mystery (Book 4)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (August 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 042515405X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425154052
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #388,327 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I live in the Hill Country of Central Texas, on 31 acres, where I write, garden for food (passionately), raise chickens, and practice the fiber arts. I am concerned about issues of global warming, energy depletion, and food production. You can find out more about my life in my memoirs: Together, Alone: A Memoir of Marriage and Place; and An Extraordinary Year of Ordinary Days.

I'm traditionally published as a mystery author with Berkley Prime Crime. I have two continuing series: the China Bayles Herbal Mysteries and The Darling Dahlias, about a Southern garden club in the 1930s. You might also enjoy my eight-book series, the Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter, and the series that my husband Bill Albert and I coauthored under the pseudonym of Robin Paige.

I'm also an author-publisher. A WILDER ROSE is a novel about the mother-daughter team that produced the Little House books, based on the diaries and journals of Rose Wilder Lane and the letters of her mother, Laura Ingalls Wilder. (There's an extensive READER'S COMPANION for this book, available at www.aWilderRoseTheNovel.com.) The book is now available from Lake Union Publishing.




Customer Reviews

I love her characters.
C. Morse
The actual crisis point in the book had little to do with the rest of the story, but it seemed to fit, even if it did make solving the murder a bit of an anticlimax.
D. J. Taylor
This series give the reader a continuing story of mystery, fun and good clean reading.
Elizabeth Chipman

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 28, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
When China's accountant, Rosemary, is killed, China tries to figure out who the murderer is. There are several possibilities which adds to the suspense. Along the way China discovers how much she loves her boyfriend's teenage son, Brian. Like the rest of us, China doesn't realize how much she loves someone until she almost loses them. It's a great story!!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mamalinde on June 9, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
So far my favorite China Bayles book, this clever herbal mystery reads beautifully. From a stubborn air conditioner to step-child issues to murder, trekkies and channeling, and a host of wonderfully quirky characters, everything fits together neatly and truly works. The later books have more herbal lore included, which I missed a bit in this one, and Ms. Wittig Albert provided enough clues for the reader to puzzle out the mystery. Nonetheless, it was a delightful and enjoyable read.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By pompfis_hoppi on August 3, 2003
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China finds her (and nearly everybody else's) accountant shot in McQuaid's blue truck, which they had borrowed to Rosemary. This happens shortly after a convicted killer, who McQuaid helped to put behind bars and who threatened to get even, was relased. Rosemary happens to resemble China at first glance and she was driving McQuaid's truck. Who shot Rosemary who was recently divorced from an abusive husband (who happens to manage a gunshop) and was involved with one of the local hotel co-owners? Did anybody really know Rosemary? Did she have a secret agenda? Why has the man she was involved with gone on a fishing trip shortly before Rosemary was killed? The hotel co-owner's brother-in-law (who owns the other half of the hotel) sends McQuaid after him to bring him back, but where did Jeff really go?
China, who in the meantime has moved in with McQuaid, Brian and all his animals, is not only busy preparing a conventionof herbalists in Pecan Springs but also busy to find out about the motif for Rosemary's murder as well as her killer.
Even though Pecan Springs is fictional, everyone who knows the Texas Hill County will immediately feel familiar with places and people. Susan Wittig Albert gets better and better! I think it is a good idea to make references to previous novels, because readers not familiar with them will know what has happened before and can start with any book of this series. Read this book and you will get hooked
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By C. Morse on October 27, 2005
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This is the fourth China Bayles mystery I've read, since I'm reading them in the order published. These books keep getting better and better. While her first three books were great, this one, "Rosemary Remembered," is her best yet. I love her characters. China Bayles keeps growing on me and now I feel like I know her personally. I just love her best friend Ruby. What a great character! And I enjoy watching China's relationship with McQuaid and his son evolve. Susan Wittig Albert has done a marvelous job of creating an entire town and true-to-life characters to populate it. I highly recommend this book to all mystery lovers.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. Schwartz on March 19, 2001
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I have been reading the China Bayles series, and this is the fourth book in the series. I strongly recommend that you begin at the beginning and read them in order. It's not necessary in order to enjoy this book, but it helps. Then you will see how much gentler China is becoming. She is certainly not as "hard-bitten" a heroine like VI Warshawski or Kinsey Mallone, but I like her because she is the way she is. This is a good series and, as always, there is lots of good plant information in this book. Unfortunately, I figured out "who-donuit" about 1/2 way through the book, but it didn't spoil the story. I hope that in subsequent books in the series, which I will be reading, Ms. Albert does not leave such glaring clues. I like being held in suspense until the end.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Karen Potts on August 7, 2004
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Rosemary Robbins is China Bayles' hard-working accountant. When China runs an errand to Rosemary's house, she finds her dead from several bullet wounds. There are no lack of suspects, as Rosemary has an angry ex-husband and two women who are jealous of her new relationship with a man named Jeff. Then, there's a man that China's live-in boyfriend McQuaid helped put away, who is now out of jail. China and her friends do some investigating, despite the fact that McQuaid does not want her to become involved. Before it's over, her friend Ruby convinces her to consult with Ondine, who uses Ouiji boards and communicates with the dead. This book seemed to delve into the occult more than was necessary, but it did develop the relationship between China and McQuaid's son, Brian.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "bibliofiend" on March 18, 2002
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As with the first three books in this series, I still ask myself how come somebody who owns a store seems to have so much time to run around doing other things. But, getting beyond that, this has definitely been my favorite to date. In this one, after finding the body of Rosemary Robbins (who ran the store a few doors down from China), China seems to feel she owes it to Rosemary to find out who killed her. So once again, instead of letting the police do their job, she throws herself into the thick of things. So, you've got one dead body, one person missing, McQuaid out of the country trying to track down said missing person, an ex-con McQuaid helped put away recently released and threatening to come after McQuaid's son Brian (who has been left in China's care while McQuaid is out of the country), and McQuaid's ex-wife suing for custody of Brian. All in all, a big improvement over her previous books, and a lot of stuff happening. Of course, let's not forget the never-ending tidbits of knowledge regarding various herbs, which I think adds a pleasant side to each of these stories.
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