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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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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.
This book was centered around a noteworthy confederate heroine from the civil war. It was another small town story , with the Dahlia gardening club members and their lives.The point of view from the '30s in the south regarding the civil war & the historical background make this book elevate far beyond most in the " cozy mystery" genre. It is an intelligent and interesting quick read.
I recommend the Darling Dahlia books to anyone who likes light mysteries - you will enjoy these more if you read them in chronological order .
The Darling Dahlias series gives a terrific look at life in the
southern small town at the time of the depression. The nuggets
of information about the Civil War were very interesting. my
favorite books are the ones that I learn something from, be it
geography, history or cultures of other places. I highly recommend
this "cozy" mystery tale.
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Cute, old timely story with a surprising ending ending that was historically related.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
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 6 months 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 12 months ago by alex
I've gotten hooked on this series. I plan to read all of them.Published 13 months ago by Mildred Calzaretta
This is a thoroughly enjoyable series. I've read all the books and eagerly await the next one.Published 15 months ago by Randolyne Allison