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The Darling Dahlias and the Confederate Rose (Darling Dahlias Mysteries) Hardcover – September 4, 2012

4.7 out of 5 stars 70 customer reviews
Book 3 of 5 in the Darling Dahlias Series

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Praise for the Darling Dahlias novels:

 

“[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.”

Richmond Times-Dispatch

“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)

About the Author

Susan Wittig Albert grew up on a farm in Illinois and earned her Ph.D. at the University of California at Berkeley. A former professor of English and a university administrator and vice president, she is the author of the China Bayles Mysteries, the Darling Dahlias Mysteries, and the Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter. Some of her recent titles include Widow’s Tears, Cat’s Claw, The Darling Dahlias and the Confederate Rose, and The Tale of Castle Cottage. She and her husband, Bill, coauthor a series of Victorian-Edwardian mysteries under the name Robin Paige, which includes such titles as Death at Glamis Castle and Death at Whitechapel.
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Product Details

  • Series: Darling Dahlias Mysteries
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; First Edition edition (September 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425247767
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425247761
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #830,595 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Susan Albert is one of my favorite authors and I wait with eager anticipation for each new book. The Darling Dahlias and the Confederate Rose does not disappoint. As the third book in the series I was hooked from the first page. Her injection of a little history makes her books seem very realistic. The Dahlias are a great cast of characters and you will want to know them all. If you decide to read this book I recommend you read The Darling Dahlias and the Cucumber Tree first, the first book in the series as it will help you to get to know the Dahlias. I have read all of Susan Albert's books and some twice. I think if you choose any of her books you will enjoy them as much as I do.
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Ms. Wittig Albert's Darling Dahlia series is a winner. It's a wonderful historical cozy series set in small town Darling, Alabama in the late 1930's. This recipe for success is as follows:

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.
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This series is set in the South around the Depression and I love reading about women who garden, raise vegetables and interact with their friends and neighbors during hard times. They cook, they work and they are lovely and so much fun to read about. I'm always sorry when Susan Wittig Albert's books end. It's a time with values which are so wonderful!
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The Darling Dahlias have become another one of my favorite series. I love those southern ladies and their friendships with one another. I love reading about their food, their work, their club and how the town seems to function around the ladies. Susan Wittig Albert does a super good job with all of these ladies. I can picture myself in the diner eating the lunch special or helping the ladies at the club house. If I had one of the telephone jobs at the diner, I know I would listen in to everybody's conversation. The book is written during a nicer, quieter, calmer time in history and it is good to get to go back there with the ladies. Thank you Ms. Albert
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I fell in love with the Darling Dahlias with the 1st book and anxiously awaited the release of #3 - 'The Darling Dahlias and the Confederate Rose'. Maybe in a former life, I lived during that era and in the south because I feel like I belong there. Ms. Albert weaves a wonderful, intriguing story while incorporating the lives of the townspeople, the surrounding area and gives the reader a glimpse into life during those years. I loved the story-line and could not wait to hear more about the Confederate Rose. It grabbed my attention from the beginning to the very end and I couldn't put it down until I finished it - and that happened way too soon. I'm ready for the next adventure of the Darling Dahlias!
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The Darling Dahlia series is unique & unlike any others I've read . There are quite a few central characters, but they are fleshed out and the stories weave between them very well. The setting and time period drive the plot- each book has centered around an important or newsworthy event during the 1930's. The stories are entertaining and educational, also, which is a fun way to learn something new .
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 .
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Susan Wittig Albert has been a favorite of mine for many years.
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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So disappointed. I had really looked forward to this book. The plot was simple and predictable. Almost like the author didn't write it because it wasn't up to her standard. I've been a huge Albert fan since the first China Bayles and loved the first two Dahlia books. Next time I'll not spend the money, I'll use the library.
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