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The Darling Dahlias and the Confederate Rose (Darling Dahlias Mysteries) Hardcover – September 4, 2012
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“[Albert] hits all the right notes…The plot’s believable, the Southern color brims with authenticity, and the characters are charmingly and realistically drawn...Here’s hoping the ladies have many more opportunities to dig into crime.”
“As always in any Susan Wittig Albert’s series including this one, the reader feels transplanted in time and place as the meticulous interwoven tidbits bring to life late 1930.”
—The Mystery Gazette
“This sweet book captures the true tone of a small town.”
—Times-Picayune (New Orleans)
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Bill and I live in the Hill Country of Central Texas, where I write, garden, raise chickens, and practice the fiber arts. You can find out more in my two memoirs: TOGETHER, ALONE: A MEMOIR OF MARRIAGE AND PLACE; and AN EXTRAORDINARY YEAR OF ORDINARY DAYS.
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Mix some old time Southern charm with half a peck of nefarious deeds, half a peck of elderly southern belles, half a peck of great depression gardening and cooking tips. Then a pinch of southern civil rights in the 30's, a pinch of wonderful eccentric personalities, maybe more than a pinch of crafty criminals. Mix all this up in a big giant bowl and top with believable characters and you have the Darling Dahlia series. She even seasons with some true southern historical facts.
The ladies of Darling are back in this book and they are all trying to help their friend Verna who is under suspicion of embezzling funds from the County Commissioner's office. With Myra May and Violet on the switchboard, and an old newshound by the name of Charlie Dickins, and their own southern common sense the Dahlias have all they need to put an end to this threat to one of their own.
These books are just so much fun to read. I can't wait for the next one. With this series and the China Bayles series, Ms. Wittig Albert is one of my favourite cozy writers right now. She ranks right up there with M.C. Beaton and Carolyn Hart in my opinion.
I think one of the richest nuggets in these for modern readers to note is a group of ladies who don't give up on one another, even the irritating ones. Their overall caring for others accounts for their being so ongoing and overall successful in their gardening club and community efforts and their lives. Quitting on people and pulling away from them doesn't come into the option list when there are problems, even chronic ones, or when things get tough. And they are happier and better adjusted for it.
Think of Bessie sharing her family home with such a disparate group and thriving in it while making a difference to those whose lives she touches. If she hadn't cared, a "weak entry" like Miss Rogers wouldn't have had such a transformation in her life. Think of Beulah and her mission of beautifying women, which is not about herself, but the women around her. Overall, there are more givers than takers in this mix, which always creates an inviting scene.Read more ›
The Darling Dahlias takes place during the depression in Darling, Alabama, a delightful small community.
The Darling Dahlias Garden Club had inherited a Victorian house from Dahlia Blackstone and they are still busy bringing it back to it's original beauty. The have a nice vegetable garden that provides the members with fresh vegetables, with enough left over to sell at the farmers market on Saturdays. The are also busy, right now, propagating the Confederate Rose, which Miss Rogers is quick to point out, is really a Hibiscus mutabilis, which they plan to plant around the cemetery to honor the Confederate soldiers that buried there.
But really concerns them at this time is that Verna Tidwell, manager of the office of the County probate clerk and treasurer, has been asked to take a leave of absence. The state auditors have done an audit of the counties treasure's accounts and have found that $15,000 is missing. The previous treasurer recently passed away and his death was called from natural causes. But the word also going around is that he had had alcohol and being as he was a teetotaler, this is thought to be suspicious. The ladies of the garden club aren't sure who they can trust, so set off to get to the bottom of the story and save Verna's reputation.
And other reputation that are being, possibly, ruined would be Beulah Trivette. Beulah owns Beulah's Beauty Bower, the premier beauty salon in Darling. It seems that Angelina Biggs, whose husband manages the hotel in town, has been on a terror lately.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Goes well with coffee and a fire... and I learned about a tiny piece of southern history. Enjoy and take a break from modern times.Published 29 days ago by Carol Kane Neilson
These are not complex or hard-to-figure-out mysteries, but the town of Darling and it's characters are like a little vacation in the past. It's a lovely series!Published 7 months ago by alex
I've gotten hooked on this series. I plan to read all of them.Published 7 months ago by Mildred Calzaretta
This is a thoroughly enjoyable series. I've read all the books and eagerly await the next one.Published 9 months ago by Randolyne Allison
The Darling Dahlias have become another one of my favorite series. I love those southern ladies and their friendships with one another. Read morePublished 12 months ago by E. Ervin