Author to speak about mystery writing


Author Susan Wittig Albert will speak about reading and writing mysteries at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Manhattan Public Library.

The talk will be free to the public on the library’s second floor auditorium.

Linda Knupp, assistant director for the library, said the timing of Albert’s visit is good because mystery is a popular genre, and the library already has 19 of her titles on hand.

“She’s on a book tour, co-sponsored by Claflin Books, promoting her new mystery novel ‘Spanish Dagger,'” Knupp said.

“After the talk, there will be books available for purchase and signing, along with a question-and-answer period.”

According to, Albert has been writing since 1985 when she left her job as the first female vice president of Southwest Texas State University.

She has written nearly 50 books during her career as an author.

In 1992, Albert wrote the first in a series of mystery novels featuring herbalist China Bayles, a former successful Houston criminal attorney.

In the series that now has 16 books, Bayles abandoned her career and opened an herb shop in Pecan Springs, a small university town located halfway between Austin and San Antonio, Texas, while she still solves murders.