Susan Wittig Albert

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General Information

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Name: Susan Wittig Albert

Pen Name: Robin Paige - when writing with her husband Bill Albert

Genre: Mystery, Adult and Young Adult

Born: 1940 in Maywood, Illinois






Illinois Connection

Albert was born in Maywood, Illinois and lived in Vermillion Counnty. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois in Urbana.

Biographical and Professional Information

Susan Wittig Albert is a New York Times bestselling author. She has written non-fiction and mysteries for both adults and young adults. When writing with her husband, Bill, they write under the pen name Robin Paige. Together, they have also written over 60 novels including books in the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys series. She serves as a co-editor of StoryCircleBookReviews and has edited several works including, What Wildness Is This: Women Write about the Southwest and With Courage and Common Sense: Memoirs from the Older Women's Legacy Circles.

The founder and current president of the Story Circle Network and a member of the Texas Institute of Letters, Albert currently resides in Bertram, Texas.

Published Works

Written as Susan Wittig Albert:

China Bayles Herbal Mysteries

  • Thyme of Death, Berkley Publishing Group, 1994
  • Witches' Bane, Berkley Publishing Group, 1995
  • Hangman`s Root, Berkley Publishing Group, 1995
  • Rosemary Remembered, Berkley Publishing Group, 1995
  • Rueful Death, Berkley Publishing Group, 1996
  • Love Lies Bleeding, Berkley Publishing Group, 1997
  • Chile Death, Berkley Publishing Group, 1998
  • Lavender Lies, Berkley Publishing Group, 1999
  • Mistletoe Man, Berkley Publishing Group, 2001
  • Bloodroot, Berkley Publishing Group, 2003
  • An Unthymely Death and Other Garden Mysteries, Berkley Publishing Group, 2003
  • Indigo Dying, Berkley Publishing Group, 2004
  • A Dilly of a Death, Berkley Publishing Group, 2005
  • Murder Most Crafty, Berkley Publishing Group, 2005
  • Dead Man's Bones, Berkley Publishing Group, 2006
  • China Bayles' Book of Days, Berkley Publishing Group, 2006
  • Bleeding Hearts, Berkley Publishing Group, 2007
  • Spanish Dagger, Berkley Publishing Group, 2008
  • Nightshade, Berkley Publishing Group, 2008
  • Wormwood, Berkley Publishing Group, 2009
  • Holly Blues, Berkley Publishing Group, 2010
  • Mourning Gloria, Berkley Publishing Group, 2011
  • Cat's Claw, Berkley Publishing Group, 2012
  • Widow's Tears, Berkley Publishing Group, 2013
  • Death Come Quickly, Berkley Publishing Group, 2014
  • Bittersweet, Berkley Publishing Group, 2015
  • Blood Orange, Berkley Publishing Group, 2016
  • The Last Chance Olive Ranch, Berkley Publishing Group, 2017

The Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter

  • The Tale of Hill Top Farm, Berkley Publishing Group, 2004
  • The Tale of Holly How, Berkley Publishing Group, 2005
  • The Tale of Cuckoo Brow Wood, Berkley Publishing Group, 2006
  • The Tale of Hawthorn House, Berkley Publishing Group, 2007
  • The Tale of Briar Bank, Berkley Publishing Group, 2008
  • The Tale of Applebeck Orchard, Berkley Publishing Group, 2009
  • The Tale of Oat Cake Crag, Berkley Publishing Group, 2010
  • The Tale of Castle Cottage, Berkley Publishing Group, 2011

Darling Dahlias Mysteries

  • The Darling Dahlias and the Cucumber Tree, Berkley Publishing Group, 2010
  • The Darling Dahlias and the Naked Ladies, Berkley Publishing Group, 2011
  • The Darling Dahlias and the Confederate Rose, Berkley Publishing Group, 2012
  • The Darling Dahlias and the Texas Star, Berkley Publishing Group, 2013
  • The Darling Dahlias and the Silver Dollar Bush, Berkley Publishing Group, 2014
  • The Darling Dahlias and the Eleven O'Clock Lady, Berkley Publishing Group, 2015

Stand Alone Titles

  • Work of Her Own: A Woman's Guide to Creating a Right Livelihood, Tarcher, 1992
  • Writing from Life: Telling the Soul's Story, Tarcher, 1997
  • Together, Alone: A Memoir of Marriage and Place, University of Texas Press, 2009
  • An Extraordinary Year of Ordinary Days, University of Texas Press, 2010
  • A Wilder Rose, Lake Union Publishing, 2014
  • Loving Eleanor, Persevero Press, 2016
  • The General's Women, Thorndike Press, 2017

Written under the pen name - Robin Paige

The Robin Paige Victorian-Edwardian Mysteries

  • Death at Bishop's Keep, Berkley Publishing Group, 1994
  • Death at Gallows Green, Berkley Publishing Group, 1995
  • Death at Daisy's Folly, Berkley Publishing Group, 1997
  • Death at Devil's Bridge, Berkley Publishing Group, 1998
  • Death at Rottingdean, Berkley Publishing Group, 1999
  • Death at Whitechapel, Berkley Publishing Group, 2000
  • Death at Epsom Downs, Berkley Publishing Group, 2002
  • Death at Dartmoor, Berkley Publishing Group, 2003
  • Death at Glamis Castle, Berkley Publishing Group, 2004
  • Death in Hyde Park, Berkley Publishing Group, 2005
  • Death At Blenheim Palace, Berkley Publishing Group, 2006
  • Death on the Lizard, Berkley Publishing Group, 2007

Titles at Your Library

Thyme of Death (China Bayles 1)

ISBN: 0425140989
Release Date: 1994-03-01

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Hangman's Root (China Bayles Mystery)

ISBN: 042514898X
Release Date: 1995-08-01

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Rosemary Remembered (China Bayles Mystery)

ISBN: 042515405X
Release Date: 1996-08-01

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Love Lies Bleeding (China Bayles Mystery)

ISBN: 0425166112
Release Date: 1998-11-01

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Lavender Lies (China Bayles Mysteries)

ISBN: 0425170322
Release Date: 1999-10-15

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Bloodroot (China Bayles Mystery)

ISBN: 0425188140
Release Date: 2003-01-07

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An Unthymely Death and Other Garden Mysteries: A Treasury of Stories, Herbal Lore, Recipes and Crafts (China Bayles Mystery)

ISBN: 0425190021
Release Date: 2003-06-03

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Indigo Dying (China Bayles Mystery)

ISBN: 0425193772
Release Date: 2004-01-06

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Murder Most Crafty

ISBN: 0425202062
Release Date: 2005-04-05

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Dead Man's Bones (China Bayles Mystery)

ISBN: 0425204251
Release Date: 2006-04-04

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China Bayles' Book of Days

ISBN: 042520653X
Release Date: 2006-10-03

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Bleeding Hearts (China Bayles Mystery)

ISBN: 0425214850
Release Date: 2007-04-03

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Nightshade: China Bayles #16 (China Bayles Mystery)

ISBN: 0425227030
Release Date: 2009-04-07

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Wormwood (China Bayles Mystery)

ISBN: 0425226093
Release Date: 2009-04-07

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Mourning Gloria (China Bayles Mysteries)

ISBN: 1410436179
Release Date: 2011-04-01

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Cat's Claw (A Pecan Springs Mystery)

ISBN: 0425245276
Release Date: 2012-03-06

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Widow's Tears (China Bayles)

ISBN: 0425255727
Release Date: 2013-04-02

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Bittersweet (China Bayles)

ISBN: 042525562X
Release Date: 2015-04-07

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The Last Chance Olive Ranch (China Bayles Mystery)

ISBN: 0425280039
Release Date: 2017-04-04

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The Tale of Hill Top Farm (The Cottage Tales of Beatrix P)

ISBN: 0425201015
Release Date: 2005-10-04

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The Tale of Holly How (The Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter)

ISBN: 0425206130
Release Date: 2006-07-05

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The Tale of Hawthorn House (The Cottage Tales of Beatrix P)

ISBN: 0425223280
Release Date: 2008-09-02

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The Tale of Briar Bank (The Cottage Tales of Beatrix P)

ISBN: 0425223612
Release Date: 2008-09-30

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The Tale of Applebeck Orchard (The Cottage Tales of Beatrix P)

ISBN: 0425229777
Release Date: 2009-09-01

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The Tale of Oat Cake Crag (The Cottage Tales of Beatrix P)

ISBN: 9780425236611
Release Date: 2010-09-07

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The Darling Dahlias and the Confederate Rose (Darling Dahlias Mysteries)

ISBN: 0425247767
Release Date: 2012-09-04

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The Darling Dahlias and the Silver Dollar Bush

ISBN: 0425260607
Release Date: 2014-09-02

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An Extraordinary Year of Ordinary Days (Southwestern Writers Collection)

ISBN: 0292723067
Release Date: 2010-09-15

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A Wilder Rose: A Novel

ISBN: 1477849602
Release Date: 2015-03-17

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Death at Bishop's Keep (Robin Paige Victorian Mysteries, No. 1)

ISBN: 0425164357
Release Date: 1998-07-01

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Death at Rottingdean

ISBN: 0425167828
Release Date: 1999-03-01

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Death at Dartmoor (A Victorian Mystery)

ISBN: 0425189090
Release Date: 2003-03-04

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Death in Hyde Park (Robin Paige Victorian Mysteries, No. 10)

ISBN: 0425201139
Release Date: 2005-02-01

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Death at Blenheim Palace (An Edwardian Mystery)

ISBN: 0425202372
Release Date: 2006-02-07

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Death on the Lizard (Robin Paige Victorian Mysteries, No. 12)

ISBN: 0425210391
Release Date: 2007-07-03

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Literary Awards

What Wildness is This: Women Write About the Southwest

  • Willa Award for Creative Nonfiction, 2009

A Wilder Rose

  • Best Indie Fiction List, Kirkus, 2013

Loving Eleanor

  • Best Book List, Kirkus, 2016
  • Starred Review, Kirkus, 2016
  • Silver Medal for Gay/Lesbian/Bi/Trans Fiction, Independent Publishers, 2016
  • Romance Winner, Indie Ebook Awards, 2016
  • Winner for LGBTQ Fiction, Best Book Awards, 2016

  • Susan was honored at the 2005 Illinois Authors Book Fair sponsored by the Illinois Center for the Book and the Illinois State Library in Springfield, Illinois.

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

Speaking Engagement Availability: Yes, contact author via Email: or by writing to:

Susan Wittig Albert

P.O. Box 1616

Bertram, TX 78605

External Links

Susan Wittig Albert on WorldCat


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