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Susan Wittig Albert

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  • Loving Eleanor | Susan Wittig Albert

    Loving Eleanor

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Susan Wittig Albert
    • Narrated By Karen White
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    When AP political reporter Lorena Hickok - Hick - is assigned to cover Eleanor Roosevelt in the 1932 campaign, the two women become deeply involved. Their relationship begins with mutual romantic passion, matures through stormy periods of enforced separation and competing interests, and warms into an enduring, encompassing friendship documented by 3,300 letters.

    Beth says: "ELeanor"
  • Nightshade: A China Bayles Mystery | Susan Wittig Albert

    Nightshade: A China Bayles Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Susan Wittig Albert
    • Narrated By Julia Gibson, Tom Stechschulte
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    In this 16th entry in Susan Wittig Albert’s long-running mystery series, China is finally on the verge of finding out the truth about her father’s death. But her reservations about letting her half-brother Miles hire her husband prove all too accurate when she discovers Miles has a hidden agenda.

    Montana says: "A Little Slow for Me..."
  • The Darling Dahlias and the Texas Star | Susan Wittig Albert

    The Darling Dahlias and the Texas Star

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Susan Wittig Albert
    • Narrated By Peggity Price
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    National best-selling author Susan Wittig Albert returns to the small town of Darling, Alabama, in the 1930's, where the Darling Dahlias, the colorful ladies of a garden club, are anything but shrinking violets when it comes to rooting out criminals. The Texas Star herself, Miss Lily Dare, the "fastest woman in the world" is bringing her Dare Devils Flying Circus to Darling. Unfortunately, she's also bringing a whole lot of trouble. As the Dahlias prepare for the annual Watermelon Festival, where they will present the famous female aviatrix with her own Texas Star hibiscus, rumors are flying.

    Linda Louise says: "GREAT STORY OF THE DARLING DAHLIAS"
  • The Darling Dahlias and the Cucumber Tree | Susan Wittig Albert

    The Darling Dahlias and the Cucumber Tree

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Susan Wittig Albert
    • Narrated By Peggity Price
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    Nominated for both the Agatha and Anthony awards, national best-selling author Susan Wittig Albert introduces a garden club of lady sleuths in Depression-era Alabama. The Darling Dahlias have just inherited a new clubhouse and garden, complete with two beautiful cucumber trees. But before long, these genteel ladies must unravel the mystery about what’s buried beneath one of these trees and the enigma of the dead body that soon turns up.

    J. Byerly says: "Reminiscent of a more simple way of life"
  • The Darling Dahlias and the Eleven O'Clock Lady | Susan Wittig Albert

    The Darling Dahlias and the Eleven O'Clock Lady

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Susan Wittig Albert
    • Narrated By Peggity Price
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    The 11-o'-clock lady has always been one of garden club president Liz Lacy's favorite spring wildflowers. The plant is so named because the white blossoms don't open until the sun shines directly on them and wakes them up. But another 11-o'-Clock Lady is never going to wake up again. Rona Jean Hancock - a telephone switchboard operator who earned her nickname because her shift ended at 11, when her nightlife was just beginning - has been found strangled with her own silk stocking.

    Vivian says: "Good writer"
  • The Darling Dahlias and the Silver Dollar Bush | Susan Wittig Albert

    The Darling Dahlias and the Silver Dollar Bush

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Susan Wittig Albert
    • Narrated By Peggity Price
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    It's the spring of 1933 and times are tough all over. The only businessman not struggling is moonshiner Mickey LeDoux, though he still has to steer clear of federal agents. But banks are closing all over the country, and the small town of Darling is no exception. Folks are suddenly caught short on cash and everyone is in a panic.

    Elisabeth says: "What's a cozy mystery without the mystery?"
  • Blood Orange | Susan Wittig Albert

    Blood Orange

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Susan Wittig Albert
    • Narrated By Julia Gibson
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    It's mid-April in Pecan Springs, and China is renting her guest cottage to Kelly Kaufman, who needs a temporary place to live as she contends with a very acrimonious divorce from her husband, Rich. One nasty point of dispute is her part ownership of the Comanche Creek Brewing Company, which she is refusing to sell. At the same time, as a nurse employed by a local hospice, Kelly has discovered instances of suspicious practices.

    A Craft says: "loved it"
  • The Darling Dahlias and the Naked Ladies | Susan Wittig Albert

    The Darling Dahlias and the Naked Ladies

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Susan Wittig Albert
    • Narrated By Peggity Price
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    When strangers Nona Jean Jamison and Miss Lake roll into town, the rumor mill starts grinding. It seems that these two women may be the infamous Naughty and Nice Sisters from the Ziegfeld Frolic—specializing in dancing nearly naked! But when Nona denies this association, the Dahlias, who suspect she’s being more than just modest, begin digging around for the truth.

    J. Byerly says: "Sweet and Southern"
  • The Darling Dahlias and the Confederate Rose | Susan Wittig Albert

    The Darling Dahlias and the Confederate Rose

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Susan Wittig Albert
    • Narrated By Peggity Price
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    In the wake of the upcoming Confederate Day celebration, the Dahlias set out to solve a rash of mysterious occurrences. They' re ready to tackle the secret code embroidered on a family heirloom and suss out why one local resident is acting quite strange - yet nothing prepares them for one of their own being accused of stealing county funds.

    Byron says: "1930's Alabama ladies in troubles again!!"
  • The Tale of Hill Top Farm | Susan Wittig Albert

    The Tale of Hill Top Farm

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Susan Wittig Albert
    • Narrated By Virginia Leishman
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    It's 1905, and to recover from the loss of her fiance, Potter moves into a small farmhouse in Sawrey. Populated by colorful characters, both humans and critters, her new life is full of promise. That is, until a villager dies and murder is suspected. Now it's up to this amateur sleuth to find a killer roaming the English countryside.

    Tracy says: "Rich wonderful characters. Delightful"
  • Bittersweet: China Bayles, Book 23 | Susan Wittig Albert

    Bittersweet: China Bayles, Book 23

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Susan Wittig Albert
    • Narrated By Julia Gibson
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    For more than 20 years, Susan Wittig Albert has been delivering "some of the best-plotted mysteries on the market" (Houston Chronicle). In Bittersweet, China is hoping to spend a peaceful Thanksgiving in Pecan Springs. But the holiday turns treacherous after a deadly accident. And when a local vet is shot, China and game warden Mack Chambers suspect a connection to fawns stolen from a nearby ranch.

    Jody Shellen says: "good"
  • Spanish Dagger: A China Bayles Mystery | Susan Wittig Albert

    Spanish Dagger: A China Bayles Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Susan Wittig Albert
    • Narrated By Julia Gibson
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    In this 16th entry in the best-selling China Bayles series, our teashop owning heroine discovers a dead body while gathering herbs by the railroad tracks. On top of that, her brother unearths new evidence suggesting their father's death was no accident, and China is soon dragged into both mysteries.

    Katherine says: "Not her best"
  • A Wilder Rose | Susan Wittig Albert

    A Wilder Rose

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Susan Wittig Albert
    • Narrated By Mary Robinette Kowal
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    The Little House books, which chronicled the pioneer adventures of Laura Ingalls Wilder, are among the most beloved books in the American literary canon. Lesser known is the secret, concealed for decades, of how they came to be. Now, best-selling author Susan Wittig Albert reimagines the fascinating story of Laura's daughter, Rose Wilder Lane, an intrepid world traveler and writer who returned to her parents' Ozark farm, Rocky Ridge, in 1928.

    STS says: "The Author Chose Her Angle And Ran With It"
  • Widow's Tears | Susan Wittig Albert

    Widow's Tears

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Susan Wittig Albert
    • Narrated By Julia Gibson, Morgan Hallett
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    Best-selling author Susan Wittig Albert is especially beloved for creating herbalist and ex-lawyer China Bayles, hailed by Publishers Weekly as “in a class with lady sleuths V.I. Warshawski and Stephanie Plum.” In Widow’s Tears, China has urgent business to discuss with Ruby, a friend gifted with extrasensory perception. Meeting Ruby at a supposedly haunted house, China soon uncovers a mystery that may be linked to a deadly robbery that very night.

    Laura says: "History and a Ghost Story Combined"
  • Bloodroot | Susan Wittig Albert

    Bloodroot

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Susan Wittig Albert
    • Narrated By Julia Gibson
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    In Bloodroot, best-selling author Susan Wittig Albert transports listeners to a haunted house oozing with family secrets.

    When a man dies soon after her Great Aunt Tullie bashes his head with her cane, China's estranged mother frantically calls for her daughter's help. Rushing to her family's Mississippi plantation, China must determine if Tullie is guilty of homicide. She must also face the possibility of developing the same terrifying disease that tortures Tullie.

    Sheryl says: "THE BEST OF THE CHINA BAYLES SERIES"
  • Mistletoe Man | Susan Wittig Albert

    Mistletoe Man

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Susan Wittig Albert
    • Narrated By Julia Gibson
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    As the Christmas decorating season approaches, Thyme & Seasons proprietor China Bayles feels overwhelmed. While she tries to balance her new roles of wife and step-mom with the demands of her thriving herbal shop, her business partner and best friend, Ruby, mysteriously disappears. Soon China's cantankerous mistletoe supplier Carl turns up dead. With Ruby missing and friends suspected of murder, China must investigate before tragedy strikes again.

    Robin Nystrom says: "Drab reading"
  • The Tale of Cuckoo Brow Wood | Susan Wittig Albert

    The Tale of Cuckoo Brow Wood

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Susan Wittig Albert
    • Narrated By Virginia Leishman
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    It is 1907, and in her Lake Country village, Beatrix Potter is about to encounter both woodland magic and an intriguing mystery. As she helps some village children look for fairy folk, she stumbles upon evidence that a flame-haired stranger may have dangerous plans.

    Kristina says: "Loved it."
  • The Tale of the Oat Cake Crag: The Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter | Susan Wittig Albert

    The Tale of the Oat Cake Crag: The Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Susan Wittig Albert
    • Narrated By Virginia Leishman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Works by best-selling author Susan Wittig Albert have been nominated for the Agatha and Anthony awards. In The Tale of Oat Cake Crag, Miss Beatrix Potter is frustrated by distractions near her home. As the noisy test flights of a hydroplane disrupt her concentration, Beatrix investigates a string of bizarre letters threatening a friend’s reputation. Then life becomes even more complicated when the body of the hydroplane project funder is found at the foot of Oat Cake Crag.

    Byron says: "A must read for Beatrix Potter fans!"
  • Mourning Gloria | Susan Wittig Albert

    Mourning Gloria

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Susan Wittig Albert
    • Narrated By Julia Gibson, Theresa Plummer
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    This 19th mystery in the China Bales series is a cozy herbal treat from national best-selling author Susan Wittig Albert. While Pecan Springs bustles back to life in the warmth of spring, one woman’s life is tragically brought to an end. Assigned to cover the story, an intern from the local paper gets too deeply involved. When she disappears, China is determined to find her—before the young journalist becomes headlines herself.

    Finnabair says: "Great story, bad pronunciation"
  • Lavender Lies | Susan Wittig Albert

    Lavender Lies

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Susan Wittig Albert
    • Narrated By Susan Wittig Albert
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    When local real estate shark Edgar Coleman is murdered and "good riddance" is the response from every Pecan Spring resident, China Bayles quickly learns that Coleman was no stranger to adultery and blackmail. China's fiancé, the interim police chief, is immersed in the investigation, and the suspect list grows steadily longer. China puts her honeymoon plans aside and starts hunting for the killer. As her investigation gets underway, she digs up dirt and secrets on people she knows.

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