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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Susan Wittig Albert  

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

Genre: Adult and Young Adult Mystery

Audience: Adult; Young Adult;

Born: 1940 in Maywood, Illinois

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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.

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Titles At Your Library

Thyme of Death (China Bayles 1)
ISBN: 0425140989

Berkley. 1994

Nominated for both an Agatha and an Anthony Award, Susan Wittig Albert’s novels featuring ex-lawyer and herb-shop proprietor China Bayles have won acclaim for their rich characterization and witty, suspenseful stories of crime and passion in small-town Texas.

Now, when China’s friend Jo dies of an apparent suicide, China looks behind the quaint façade of Pecan Springs and takes a suspicious look at everyone. And though she finds lots of friendly faces, China is sure that one of them hides the heart of a killer.

Witches' Bane (China Bayles 2)
ISBN: 0425144062

Berkley. 1994

Herb shop owner China Bayles is shocked when Halloween hijinks take a gruesome turn...

In a small Texas town, what starts as a little festive Halloween fun ends in a brutal murder. And lawyer-turned-herbalist China Bayles is even more shocked when her friend Ruby, a New Age expert in tarot and astrology, becomes the prime suspect after a minister accuses her of witchcraft. Now it’s up to China to unmask the real killer...

Hangman's Root (China Bayles Mystery)
ISBN: 042514898X

Berkley. 1995

Ex-lawyer turned herbalist China Bayles must solve a hair-raising murder in this mystery from New York Times bestselling author Susan Wittig Albert.

When a prominent animal researcher is found hanged in the midst of angry protests against his experiments, suspicion falls on biology professor Dottie Riddle. Known as the Cat Lady of Pecan Springs, Dottie's sympathy for strays—and the victim's distaste for them—gives the police reason to think she may be capable of murder. But China doesn't think so. She hires a lawyer for Dottie and starts looking around for clues. But she soon discovers that digging up old evil is a dirty and dangerous business...

Rosemary Remembered (China Bayles Mystery)
ISBN: 042515405X

Berkley. 1996

Something about the murder of an accountant just doesn't add up in this China Bayles mystery from New York Times bestselling author Susan Wittig Albert.

China's herb shop in Pecan Springs wasn't a big business, but it kept her busy. So she brought her taxes to Rosemary Robbins, an accountant who reminded China a bit of her former self—preoccupied, distracted, maybe a bit overstressed. Still, Rosemary always seemed pleasant, and China wished she could get to know her better. Now, though, the chance is gone.

Driving out to Rosemary's house on an errand, China discovers her accountant has been murdered. With one abusive ex-husband and plenty of former clients in the picture, there's no shortage of suspects. And with a vengeful ex-convict on the loose, there's plenty for China to worry about. And as the evidence unfolds, she's more determined than ever to make the killer pay...

Rueful Death (China Bayles Mystery)
ISBN: 0425159418

Berkley. 1997

Herbalist China Bayles must solve a mother of a murder in this mystery from New York Times bestselling author Susan Wittig Albert.

In search of respite, China takes off to St. Theresa's Monastery with her friend Maggie, a former nun. The goal is a brief, tranquil retreat—but there's a conflict at the convent. The mother superior has recently died, and a battle over the future of St. Theresa's suggests that her sudden demise might not have been accidental. Now, China's quest for a replenished spirit takes second place to a more earthbound pursuit: catching a killer...