The 1930s are tough, but the ladies of the Dahlias Garden Club of Darling, Alabama, are determined to keep their chins up, their families fed, and their town beautiful. But before long, they find themselves searching for a buried treasure, an escaped prisoner, a stolen car, and clues to the mysterious death of Bunny Scott.
China and her friend Martha Edmond visit a Kentucky Shaker village and are pulled into a deadly crime and a bitter history of loss.
A burning haystack, a footpath closing, a mysterious ghost, and big doings at The Brockery, where the venerable Bosworth Badger begins to think about handing over the Badger’s precious Badge of Authority to the younger generation. And important developments in various village romances.
In An Extraordinary Year of Ordinary Days, novelist Susan Wittig Albert invites us to revisit one of the most tumultuous years in recent memory, 2008, through the lens of 365 ordinary days, when her reading, writing, and thinking about world issues—from wars and economic recession to climate change—caused her to reconsider and reshape daily practices in her personal life.
China and McQuaid team up to solve a mystery and put an old family skeleton (and a very fresh corpse) to rest.
An antiquities collector dies in what looks like an accident (but is it)? An intrepid badger takes a winter swim in Moss Eccles Tarn. And an ambitious teenage dragon discovers that there’s more to life than guarding a golden treasure. Meanwhile, the villagers are mystified by a tangle of intrigues–and Miss Potter is troubled by hints of a romance.
What happens when Ruby falls in love with a cloak-and-dagger man with a past life full of secrets?
An abandoned baby has turned up on the doorstep at Hill Top Farm and Miss Potter must find out who she is. Meanwhile, Jemima Puddleduck is mortified by the book Miss Potter has written about her. How would you like the whole world to know that you were so foolish as to lay your eggs in a fox’s back parlor?
In this beautifully written memoir, the author of the popular China Bayles mysteries meditates on what it means to be married to a person and a place while needing to be alone, in solitude. How do we balance our desire for private time with our need for community? How do we give ourselves fully and intimately to a place, while at the same time satisfying the desire to reach out to far horizons?
How do women experience the vast, arid, rugged land of the American Southwest? The Story Circle Network, a national organization dedicated to helping women write about their lives, posed this question, and nearly three hundred women responded with original pieces of writing that told true and meaningful stories of their personal experiences of the land.
The wrong kind of love leads to bleeding hearts, ruined lives, desperate fear—and murder.
Guglielmo Marconi’s new wireless telegraph is making news and wreaking havoc in the telegraph industry, so it’s no wonder that someone is out to steal his secrets and put him out of business. Charles Sheridan is on the case, while Kate has another mystery to solve. The book features the young Marconi, Oliver Lodge, and the gorgeous landscape of Cornwall.
Miss Potter is shocked to discover that her new home at Hill Top Farm is overrun with rats, while in nearby Far Sawrey, mild-mannered vicar Samuel Sackett also finds himself plagued with unwanted visitors: a cousin and his wife who have long overstayed their welcome. Rats, cats, fairies, and a lady with a mysterious past.
The bones in a cave have a story to tell, and hold a clue from the past that could help China solve an urgent mystery in the present.
Kate and Charles visit the Duke and Duchess of Marlborough at Blenheim Palace. But all is not well, for the guest list includes the exotic, erotic Gladys Deacon, the Duke’s lover, and the party ends in an apparent kidnapping and murder. Featured: the Duke’s cousin, Winston Churchill, and a young Ned Lawrence, later known as Lawrence of Arabia.
Everyone in Sawrey likes Ben Hornby. So when Beatrix finds the shepherd dead in the meadow and suspects foul play, while the village animals are deeply concerned about the fate of Old Ben’s missing sheep. Although she’s distracted by duties at the farm and the sad plight of the young girl who lives at Tidmarsh Manor, Miss Potter must get to the bottom of this.
A dilly of a mystery, especially if you like pickles. And even if you don’t, you’re sure to smile (and maybe hiss) at China’s pickle jokes.
A bomb meant for England’s new King Edward and Queen Alexandra reveals a terrorist plot and raises the urgent question: in a world of spies and counter-spies, who are the real terrorists? When Jack London, American author and known Socialist, is drawn into this multi-layered plot, Kate and Charles have plenty of untangling to do.
Spiced with gentle mystery and peopled with earthy and endearing villagers, The Tale of Hill Top Farm introduces Miss Beatrix Potter at a time of crisis, just after the death of her fiancé, Norman Warne. With help from her little family of animal friends, Beatrix sets out to win the human hearts of the village she plans to make her home.
When Kate and Charles journey to legendary Glamis Castle in Scotland to rescue a Royal who has been thought dead for nearly ten years, they find themselves in the middle of a murder investigation and a plot to topple the monarchy. Their inquiry takes place amid rising British tensions with imperial Germany, adding an espionage angle to the murder.
Dartmoor, 1901. Lord Charles is conducting a fingerprint project at the prison and Kate is finding inspiration for her new Gothic novel. Arthur Conan Doyle is there, too, working on his soon-to-be famous thriller, The Hound of the Baskervilles. The Sheridans team up with Doyle to stymie a prison escape and solve a murder of supernatural proportions.
Bloodroot takes China on a difficult journey into her past, and into the bloody roots of her family’s Southern history.
Lord Charles Sheridan has launched an investigation into a jockey’s recent (and mysterious) death, while his wife, Kate, puzzles over the long-ago theft of Lillie Langtry’s jewels. But soon the Sheridans can’t help wondering if the two events are connected. Horse-doping, theft, and murder among the Fast Set.
What’s Christmas without mistletoe? What’s life without Ruby? Join China as she faces both of these difficult questions.
Kathryn Ardleigh Sheridan and her husband, Lord Charles, are called on when scandal threatens Jennie Jerome Churchill. Her son Winston’s political future is jeopardized by a blackmailer who claims that his father Randolph was the notorious Jack the Ripper–and that the Royal Family was behind the crimes.
China and McQuaid are finally getting married. Or are they? Mystery, murder, and a wet ‘n’ wild wedding.
Kate Ardleigh Sheridan and her newly-titled husband Charles are seeking the calm of a seaside holiday in Rottingdean. But when a coast guardsman’s body is found on the beach, the town is suspected of plying its ancient trade of contraband smuggling. A writer named Rudyard Kipling helps them discover a more dangerous contemporary truth.
A chile cookoff in Pecan Springs–the perfect setup for a murder. A firecracker of a mystery. Hot stuff, folks!
Newlyweds Charles and Kate Sheridan host an auto exhibition at Kate’s ancestral home, attended by Europe’s foremost investors and inventors. But competition, speed, and money prove more explosive than gasoline for one auto builder. Now the Sheridans must unravel the mystery before the carnage spreads.
China discovers that the roots of avarice, ambition, and desire run deep. When even good cops go bad, it’s time to learn a tough lesson in love.
The Countess of Warwick, known as Daisy, is the subject of endless rumors about her unladylike ways and temperament. But what happens during a weekend party at her Easton estate is uglier than any rumor. Two bloody murders prompt the Prince of Wales, Daisy’s lover, to tell Charles Sheridan to discover the truth–quickly.
From the book: “Our stories must be told, so that the women who come after us will know that their foremothers were more than just the characters in men’s tales, that we are dimensional, intentional beings with minds of our own, wills of our own, dreams of our own. Our stories must be told. My story, your story, women’s stories. And you and I are the only ones who can tell them, because we are the only ones who have lived them.”
China learns about forgiveness and discovers some hard truths about her own limitations. Grace, forgiveness, and the mystery of community.
Something about the murder of an accountant just doesn’t add up for China Bayles.
The death of a constable and the disappearance of a child set Kate Ardleigh and Sir Charles Sheridan onto the trail of deadly greed and criminal mischief. And with the help of a shy young woman named Beatrix Potter, Kate and Charles aim to uncover the dark secrets of Gallows Green.
A mystery with an attitude. Animal rights, academic politics, and murder—a potent mix that’s sure to brew up a pot of trouble.
Kate Ardleigh–an outspoken, free-thinking, Irish-American writer of penny-dreadfuls–has inherited the family estate: Bishop’s Keep, in Essex, England. Soon after her arrival, a recently-dead body is unearthed in a nearby archaeological dig, giving Kate an idea for a novel–and an introduction to amateur detective Sir Charles Sheridan.
China and Ruby discover that the supernatural isn’t funny, and that Halloween can call up a terrifying brand of evil.
If you feel discouraged about your worklife, Susan’s book will help you. It tells her own personal story—the career she left, the reasons why, the contentment she found in new work and a new life. It also tells the stories of over a hundred other women who left positions of leadership and authority to create work that expresses more deeply who they are as women. You will be inspired by these career-leavers and find in them the practical guidance you need to take this courageous step on your own.