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Lavender Lies

(1999)
(The eighth book in the China Bayles series)
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In a letter written exclusively for bn.com shoppers, Susan Wittig Albert discusses the key plant in her latest China Bayles herbal mystery, Lavender Lies. According to Wittig, lavender is an amazing plant: It can induce sleep, calm nerves, sooth headaches, even cure those pesky stomach grumbles, as Ms. Albert demonstrates with a scrumptious cookie recipe. So scroll down, eat up, and enjoy!

A Letter from Susan Wittig Albert

If you're a lover of lavender, you're not alone in your passion. The sharply clean, refreshing scent of its delicate flowers and silver-gray foliage was cherished in early times by the Egyptians (who used it to make mummies), the Phoenicians, the Greeks, and the Romans, and by gardeners everywhere.

Lavender grows best under its native conditions -- that is, where it can have bright sun and excellent drainage. If lavender doesn't like your moist, shady garden, try it in the hot dry, gravelly space between the curb and the sidewalk where everything else fries to a crisp. If you live north of the Mason-Dixon line, you'll need to plant a winter-hardy variety and toss a mulch blanket around it in winter. To harvest, pick the spikes just as the flowers are about to open, watching for snakes and fairies. (Sicilians used to believe that fairies took the form of snakes and wound themselves around the lavender plant.) Hang in a dark place to dry. Your closet is good, particularly because you can visit it often and sniff to your heart's delight. You can also use it in your bath, or to flavor cookies and cakes, make tangy vinegars, and brew fragrant teas.

Lavender's healing properties have been known and exploited for centuries. It has been used to soothe headaches, calm the nerves, relieve anxiety, quiet indigestion, induce sleep, relax sore muscles, and kill germs. Recent research shows that the plant contains a powerful antiseptic. Scientists have also confirmed that the scent of lavender lulls you to sleep by slowing the central nervous system. Other research suggests that the plant may have anti-cancer potential as well, triggering a self-destruct mechanism that helps cancer cells destroy themselves.

All this, and pretty, too!

A LAVENDER RECIPE

Lavender Cookies:2 eggs1/2 cup shortening1 cup sugar1 tsp. lavender flowers1 1/2 cups flour2 tsp. baking powder1/2 tsp. salt

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cream together eggs, margarine, sugar, and lavender until well mixed. Sift flower, baking powder, and salt together. Add to creamed mixture and stir until blended. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 10 minutes.

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Used availability for Susan Wittig Albert's Lavender Lies

Hardback Editions

June 2001 : USA Hardback
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Title: Lavender Lies: A China Bayles Mystery
Author(s): Susan Wittig Albert
ISBN: 0-7862-3162-9 / 978-0-7862-3162-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Pr
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


October 1999 : USA Hardback
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Title: Lavender Lies (China Bayles Mysteries)
Author(s): Susan Wittig Albert
ISBN: 0-425-17032-2 / 978-0-425-17032-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Berkley Hardcover
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Paperback Editions

October 2000 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Lavender Lies (China Bayles Mystery)
Author(s): Susan Wittig Albert
ISBN: 0-425-17700-9 / 978-0-425-17700-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Berkley
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Audio Editions

March 2000 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Lavender Lies
Author(s): Susan Wittig Albert
Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
Availability: Amazon CA   


May 1999 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: Lavender Lies
Author(s): Susan Wittig Albert
ISBN: 1-56511-332-2 / 978-1-56511-332-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Highbridge Co
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

October 2000 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Lavender Lies (China Bayles Book 8)
Author(s): Susan Wittig Albert
Publisher: Berkley
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA