The Darling Dahlias and the Confederate Rose – Book 3

The Dahlias (the premiere garden club of little Darling, Alabama) are at it again, trying to solve a whole bouquet of mysteries. Verna’s in a terrible jam over money missing from the county treasury, Beulah must find out why Angelina Biggs’ hair is falling out, and Bessie is trying to solve the puzzle of Miss Rogers’ real identity. Just who is the Confederate Rose?

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The Darling Dahlias and the Naked Ladies – Book 2

The Darling hometown ladies (Liz, Verna, Bessie, and Myra Mae) meet Miss Lorelei LaMotte, the famous Ziegfeld Frolics dancer–in disguise. She is followed by a mysterious member of the notorious Al Capone’s gang. It looks like big-city crime is about to invade little Darling—and not even the indomitable Dahlias can stop it!

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The Darling Dahlias and the Cucumber Tree – Book 1

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.

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Wormwood – Book 17

China and her friend Martha Edmond visit a Kentucky Shaker village and are pulled into a deadly crime and a bitter history of loss.

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An Extraordinary Year of Ordinary Days

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.

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The Tale of Briar Bank – The Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter – Book 5

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.

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Together, Alone

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?

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What Wildness Is This: Women Write about the Southwest

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.

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Death on the Lizard – A Robin Paige Victorian Mystery – Book 12

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.

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Death At Blenheim Palace – A Robin Paige Victorian Mystery – Book 11

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.

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The Tale of Holly How – The Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter – Book 2

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.

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Death in Hyde Park – A Robin Paige Victorian Mystery – Book 10

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.

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The Tale of Hill Top Farm – The Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter – Book 1

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.

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Indigo Dying – Book 11

Colors to Dye For, a deep-dyed mystery, and a true-blue China & Ruby collaboration that helps to save historic Indigo from destruction.

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Death at Glamis Castle – A Robin Paige Victorian Mystery – Book 9

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.

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Death at Dartmoor – A Robin Paige Victorian Mystery – Book 8

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.

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Bloodroot – Book 10

Bloodroot takes China on a difficult journey into her past, and into the bloody roots of her family’s Southern history.

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Death at Epsom Downs – A Robin Paige Victorian Mystery – Book 7

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.

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Death at Whitechapel – A Robin Paige Victorian Mystery – Book 6

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.

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Death at Rottingdean – A Robin Paige Victorian Mystery – Book 5

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.

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Death at Daisy’s Folly – A Robin Paige Victorian Mystery – Book 3

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.

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Writing From Life

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.”

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Rueful Death – Book 5

China learns about forgiveness and discovers some hard truths about her own limitations. Grace, forgiveness, and the mystery of community.

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