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About Susan Wittig Albert
As a writer, I work in three genres, mystery, historical fiction, and memoir. My mysteries include the China Bayles Herbal Mysteries and The Darling Dahlias, about a Southern garden club in the 1930s, as well as an eight-book series, the Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter, and the 12-book series that my husband Bill Albert and I coauthored under the pseudonym of Robin Paige.
My historical fiction includes THE GENERAL'S WOMEN, a wartime romance about Ike's love affair with Kay Summersby; LOVING ELEANOR, about the intimate friendship of Eleanor Roosevelt and Lorena Hickok; and A WILDER ROSE, about the mother-daughter team that produced the Little House books. A WILDER ROSE is currently under option for film.
Bill and I live in the Hill Country of Central Texas, where I write, garden, raise chickens, and practice the fiber arts. You can find out more in my two memoirs: TOGETHER, ALONE: A MEMOIR OF MARRIAGE AND PLACE; and AN EXTRAORDINARY YEAR OF ORDINARY DAYS.
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The tenth title in The Victorian Mysteries series sure to delight fans of Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christie.
Queen Victoria is dead, long live King Edward! Kate and Charles Sheridan are attending the new king's coronation ceremony when an anarchist blows himself up in Hyde Park, with a bomb that was obviously meant for the Royals.
Now, it's up to Kate and Charles to discover who is threatening the crown, and how a brash and arrogant American author named Jack London is involved. Who are the terrorists and what dangers do they really pose? Are the anti-terrorists even more frighteningly dangerous? What happens to truth and innocence when Scotland Yard conspires to spin a spider's web of lies and false evidence?
If you think these are only contemporary questions, join Kate and Charles Sheridan as they are unwillingly dragged into the real world of turn-of-the-century terrorism.
The ninth title in The Victorian Mysteries series sure to delight fans of Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christie.
Charles and Kate are summoned to Scotland on a mysterious errand for the Crown. Upon their arrival, they discover they will be staying at Glamis Castle, the most historic castle in Scotland, a place haunted by shadows and dark secrets. They learn that Prince Eddy, who had been heir to the throne until his supposed death in 1892, is still alive, ten years later. Only now the prince has gone missing - on the very morning that the body of one of his servants was found, her throat slashed. Now, Charles and his clever Kate must find Eddy and clear him from suspicion of murder, while keeping his true identity a secret.
The third title in The Victorian Mysteries series sure to delight fans of Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christie.
Sir Charles Sheridan is many things – an amateur scientist, a renowned photographer, and a skilled detective. And due to Victorian customs, he will soon become a baron, making Irish-American penny-dreadful writer Kate Ardleigh an unsuitable candidate for a wife. But even as custom keeps them apart, murder seems to bring them together . . .
The Countess of Warwick, Lady Frances Brooke (known to all as Daisy), is the subject of endless gossip about her fiery temperament, willful ways, and decidely unladylike behavior. But what happens during a weekend house party at her Easton estate is uglier than any rumor – especially because Bertie, the Prince of Wales and Daisy’s current lover, has joined the party.
First, a stableboy is killed. Then a nobleman is murdered at the Easton folly, the small, decorative garden building that is Daisy’s well-known trysting spot. Anxious to avoid scandal, the Prince of Wales asks Sir Charles to identify the killer – and Charles finds himself in need of the talents of Miss Ardleigh.
The first title in The Victorian Mysteries series, sure to delight fans of Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christie.
Kathryn Ardleigh is everything the Victorian English gentlewoman is not: outspoken, free-thinking, Irish-American, and a writer of penny-dreadfuls, sensational tales of adventure, romance, and crime-and-detection.
When she takes possession of Bishop’s Keep, the Ardleigh estate in Essex England that she has inherited, she shocks the household and captures the attention of amateur detective Sir Charles Sheridan. Sir Charles is interested in the developing forensic sciences: toxicology, ballistics, fingerprints, X-ray, and crime scene photography.
Soon there is something to interest both Kate and Sir Charles: a recently-dead body just uncovered at a nearby archaeological dig. The investigation provides the perfect research background for Kate’s next novel. But the inquisitive writer may be digging too deep–especially when the trail leads her into a secret occult society known as the Order of the Golden Dawn.
The second title in The Victorian Mysteries series sure to delight fans of Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christie.
In Death at Bishop’s Keep, Kathryn Ardleigh captured the interest of amateur detective Sir Charles Sheridan as they solved their first case together.
Now the death of a local constable and the disappearance of a child have Kate and Charles once again on the trail of deadly greed and criminal mischief. They team up with the shy, uncertain (but tactful and deeply perceptive) Miss Beatrix Potter to discover who killed the constable in Mr McGregor’s garden and kidnapped the constable’s daughter.
Helping with this urgent task or blundering clumsily into the way are Miss Potter’s animal companions, Mrs Tiggywinkle and Jemima Puddleduck, as well as the beastly Mr Tod and Mr Brock.
The eighth title in The Victorian Mysteries series sure to delight fans of Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christie.
'A sentence to Dartmoor Prison is a sentence to a living hell…'
Lord Charles Sheridan and his American wife, Kate, have heard some truly awful things about Britain’s most notorious prison. But Dartmoor and its mist-shrouded environs hold special appeal for both Sheridans. Kate hopes to find inspiration for her new Gothic novel, while Charles plans to implement a fingerprinting program at the prison—and arrange a meeting with one of its most infamous inmates, Samuel Spencer. He’s convinced that Spencer—a Scotsman who admitted to killing his wife—is, in fact, innocent. What’s more, he believes he has the evidence to prove it. But Spencer continues to maintain his own guilt—and, as if to confirm it, he soon stages a daring prison escape. Lord Charles and his acquaintance Arthur Conan Doyle are most perplexed by this odd turn of events. And when a body turns up on the moor, it’s up to the two men—and the clever Kate—to discover if the missing convict is connected to this murderous new case...
The fourth title in The Victorian Mysteries series sure to delight fans of Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christie.
Newlyweds Charles and Kate Sheridan have moved into Kate's ancestral Georgian home Bishop's Keep, where Kate plans to devote herself to her writing and Charles to the responsibilities of the landed gentry. He agrees to host an automobile exhibition and balloon race at Bishop's Keep attended by Europe's foremost investors and inventors, among them the young Mr. Charles Rolls and Henry Royce.
But speed, competition, and money prove to be more explosive than gasoline—and for one automobile builder, more deadly...
The seventh title in The Victorian Mysteries series sure delight fans of Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christie.
It's Derby day at Epsom downs, and the Sheridans are on the scene - Charles to take photographs, Kate to gather information for her latest novel. But the race becomes life-and-death when one of the jockeys doesn't make it to the finish line...
Meanwhile, Kate puzzles over the long-ago theft of an actress's jewels. But soon the Sheridans can't help wondering if the two strange events are, somehow, connected.
The sixth title in The Victorian Mysteries series sure to delight fans of Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christie.
Kathryn Ardleigh is becoming accustomed to the high-society circles of her husband, Lord Charles Sheridan. She has found a kindred spirit in Jennie Jerome Churchill, an American who married the second son of the Duke of Marlborough. But Jennie faces a serious scandal that threatens the political future of her 23-year-old son Winston. She is being blackmailed by someone who claims to have proof that Winston's father was the notorious Jack the Ripper...
Out of the still-smoldering ashes of a fatal arson fire . . .
The Enterprise has a new lease on life, but nobody knows how long that will last. Will there be a newspaper tomorrow? There’s plenty of work on Jessica Nelson’s crime desk, but when she learns of a hot lead in the cold-case arson deaths of her parents and twin sister, she knows she has to investigate it.
The story pulls her into the death of a cop, requires her to face her own phobic fear of fire, and introduces her to a man—much too old for her—who is passionately committed to using fire to protect the wilderness.
Will this bring her any closer to a killer who has eluded the police for over twenty years—and who threatens to start another deadly, catastrophic wildfire?
WHAT READERS SAY about Susan Wittig Albert’s novella trilogies
--“LOVED this novella! It had all the page-turning elements of Susan's mysteries in a short, satisfying read for a rainy Saturday morning.”
--“The storyline keeps you engaged from the very beginning.”
--“I enjoyed losing myself into this story and am very much looking forward to the next one.”
--“ I really like this author. Her stories are easy to read and fun. She is so descriptive that I feel like I'm in the towns she writes about and know exactly what the characters look like.”
The fifth title in The Victorian Mysteries series sure to delight fans of Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christie.
Lord and Lady Sheridan (Charles is now Baron of Somersworth) have taken a house for a few quiet weeks in the late summer of 1897, in the sea-coast village of Rottingdean. Long known as Smugglers' Village, the hamlet sits on a labyrinth of ancient tunnels. When the body of a coast guard is pulled out of the Channel, Kate and Charles suspect that the town is still plying the illicit trades of its past. With the help of Rudyard Kipling (who is just beginning his novel Kim), they discover that something is rotten in Rottingdean...
The fatal faults of the past can’t be buried deep enough to hide them from a friend’s heart.
It’s beginning to seem inevitable: Pecan Springs’ only newspaper is folding and crime reporter Jessica Nelson and the rest of the Enterprise staff are losing their jobs. Whose fault is it? Can anything be done to stop it?
At the same time, Jessica herself is struggling with a secret born from the arson deaths of her family: a debilitating fear of fire that threatens her ability to do her work.
But those aren’t the only frightening issues on Jessica’s plate. Her friend Ruby Wilcox, developing her psychic skills with the help of the secretive director of the paranormal psychology lab at the university, is compelled to dig up a long-buried secret from her past—and begs Jessica and China Bayles to help. What will they find? Whose fatal fault will they uncover? Can the killer finally be held to account for a long-forgotten murder?
WHAT READERS SAY about Susan Wittig Albert’s novella trilogies
--“A quick and thoroughly engaging read, with just enough of Pecan Springs and its familiar faces to feel like you're there in town, but exploring a different neighborhood.”
--“A page turner I couldn’t put down.”
--“I thoroughly enjoyed this adventure and am looking forward to the next one.”
--“A very readable book with familiar and likable characters.”