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Susan Wittig Albert

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  • The Last Chance Olive Ranch | Susan Wittig Albert

    The Last Chance Olive Ranch

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Susan Wittig Albert
    • Narrated By Julia Gibson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    In the exciting new mystery from the New York Times best-selling author, China Bayles fears for her husband's life as an escaped convict targets him. A killer McQuaid put away years ago has busted out of Huntsville Prison and appears to be headed for Pecan Springs. China wants to stay by her husband's side and keep him from harm, but McQuaid insists that she get out of town and go to the Last Chance Olive Ranch, where she's agreed to teach a workshop on herbs.

    Mary Crews says: "Thin China"
  • 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.

    Sara says: "The Author Chose Her Angle And Ran With It"
  • The General’s Women: A Novel | Susan Wittig Albert

    The General’s Women: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Susan Wittig Albert
    • Narrated By Christine Williams
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    Set during the chaotic years of World War II, The General's Women tells the story of the conflicted relationship between General Dwight Eisenhower and Kay Summersby, his Irish driver/aide, and the impact of that relationship on Mamie Eisenhower and her life in Washington during the war. Told from three alternating points of view (Kay's, Ike's, and Mamie's), the novel charts the deepening of the relationship as Ike and Kay move from England to North Africa to England, France, and Germany before and after the Normandy landing.

    Free Range Clickin' says: "Excellent book, flawed production as an audiobook"
  • 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"
  • Holly Blues: A China Bayles Mystery | Susan Wittig Albert

    Holly Blues: A China Bayles Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Susan Wittig Albert
    • Narrated By Julia Gibson, Linda Stephens, Ed Sala
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Author Susan Wittig Albert turns up the suspense in her 18th China Bayles mystery. Just as the holiday season begins, so does the drama, when China's husband’s ex-wife, Sally, appears, begging for help and a place to stay. ’Tis the season of giving, so China opens her home to Sally. But when troubling phone calls start, China knows she’ll need to dig up the truth before Christmas turns deadly.

    K.D. Keenan says: "Blues, Indeed"
  • Bleeding Hearts: A China Bayles Mystery | Susan Wittig Albert

    Bleeding Hearts: A China Bayles Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Susan Wittig Albert
    • Narrated By Julia Gibson
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    The high-school principal asks China to secretly investigate the popular football coach who led the Panthers to six state championships. Soon after China confirms the coach's predilection for teenage girls, one of his victims turns up dead and suspicion falls upon the lecherous coach.

    Kathi says: "Great mixture of characters and plot"
  • 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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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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"
  • 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"
  • 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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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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"
  • 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 Applebeck Orchard: The Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter | Susan Wittig Albert

    The Tale of Applebeck Orchard: The Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Susan Wittig Albert
    • Narrated By Virginia Leishman
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    In this sixth volume, Miss Potter must help the denizens of Near Sawrey solve a particularly knotty problem. After a suspicious fire consumes his haystacks, Farmer Harmsworth barricades the common path through his Applebeck Orchard. Tabitha Twitchet and her Cat Council are all in a tizzy when woodland creatures claim the fire was the work of a lantern-bearing specter.

    Lynn says: "Always one of my favorites!"
  • 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"
  • Chile Death | Susan Wittig Albert

    Chile Death

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Susan Wittig Albert
    • Narrated By Susan Wittig Albert
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    China Bayles gave up jurisprudence to settle down in small-town Texas and set up shop as an herbalist. But crimes that need solving keep coming her way, so China's back in action in this seventh book of the best selling, critically-acclaimed herbal mystery series. The story centers around an annual chili cook-off where a judge dies of a severe allergic reaction...to a peanut. Everyone knows peanuts don't belong in a bowl of Texas chili, so it's up to China to uncover the truth.

  • 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 Briar Bank: The Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter | Susan Wittig Albert

    The Tale of Briar Bank: The Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Susan Wittig Albert
    • Narrated By Virginia Leishman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    In this fifth delightful entry, Anthony and Agatha Award nominee Susan Wittig Albert re-imagines Beatrix Potter wearing her sleuthing cap as the village of Sawrey lies buried beneath a blanket of Christmas snow. While she and her animal friends investigate a puzzling death, Miss Potter wonders if she can acknowledge her fondness for Mr. Heelis and still remain loyal to her fiancé’s memory.

    MummyCooke says: "Enchanting & Fun"
  • 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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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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?"
  • 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!"
  • 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"
  • 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."
  • A Dilly of a Death | Susan Wittig Albert

    A Dilly of a Death

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Susan Wittig Albert
    • Narrated By Julia Gibson
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    Popular author Susan Wittig Albert and her China Bayles Herbal Mysteries have been hailed for their intelligent plots and quirky characters. China is a member of the Pecan Springs, Texas Picklefest planning committee. When the Pickle Queen disappears just days before the festival, China and her husband P.I. Mike McQuaid relish searching for the clues in this dilly of a case. This exciting whodunit is packed with plenty of pickle jokes, folklore, and homespun recipes.

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