The China Bayles Herbal Mysteries

Rosemary Remembered (#4)

China discovers that business can be murder when her look-alike accountant, Rosemary Robbins, is killed -- in the front seat of McQuaid's truck! Was it a case of mistaken identity? With an abusive ex-husband and plenty of former clients on the suspect list, China has plenty of investigating to do -- with the help of new friend Sheila and a New Age channeler of a spirit who calls herself Lo Que Sabe. But it is Ruby and her Ouija board who comes up with the winning clue.

Discussion questions for Rosemary Remembered
Warning! Contains spoilers (plot hints).

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  • "Albert's strongest book yet." —Kirkus
  • "The best of small-town Texas." —Library Journal
  • "One of the best-written and well-plotted mysteries I've read in a long time." —L.A. Times

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"Rosemary is for remembrance," according to Shakespeare—and so it is, in more ways than one. Rosemary has been used for centuries to preserve everything from meat (it's a tasty natural with lamb) to the human body (the Egyptians used it in embalming). Now, scientists are discovering that it may actually preserve memory, and are using it to treat Alzheimer's patients! Brew up some rosemary tea, use it in meat and vegetable dishes, or try sniffing its memorable aroma.

Rosemary Biscuits
Ruby makes the best rosemary biscuits in the world. She serves them at breakfast with strawberry jam, or cuts them small and serves with ham roll-ups for appetizers. She says they're fast, and special enough for company dinner. This recipe makes about 15 tender, flaky biscuits.
  • 2 cups flour
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1½ tsp sugar
  • 2 tblsp butter
  • 1 tblsp fresh rosemary leaves, chopped fine or 1 tsp crumbled dried rosemary
  • ¾ cups milk

Preheat your oven to 400°. Grease and flour a baking sheet. Sift the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and sugar together. Cut the butter into the dry ingredients. Add the rosemary and the milk and mix together into a soft dough. On a lightly floured board, roll out dough ½" thick. Cut into 1½" squares and place close together on the baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes. Cool on a rack, or serve hot.

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