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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (294 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Susan Wittig Albert Narrator: Peggity Price Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Darling Dahlias Series Release Date: September 2012 ISBN: 9781470320522
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Just in time for the Confederate Day celebration, the Darling Dahlias are ready to plant Confederate roses along the fence of the town cemetery. Miss Dorothy Rogers, club member and town librarian, is quick to point out the plant is a hibiscus...

The Confederate rose is not the only thing that isn’t what it first appears to be. Earle Scroggins, the county treasurer, has the sheriff thinking that Scroggins’ employee Verna Tidwell, who is also the Darling Dahlias’ trusted treasurer, is behind missing county funds. But Darling Dahlias president Liz Lacy is determined to prove that Verna is not a thief.

Meanwhile, Miss Rogers has discovered her own mystery—what appears to be a secret code embroidered under the cover of a pillow, the only possession she has from her grandmother. She enlists the help of a local newspaperman, who begins to suspect the family heirloom may have larger significance.

With missing money, secret codes, and the very strange behavior of one resident, Darling, Alabama, is anything but a sleepy little town...

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Albert expertly weaves three mysteries into one engaging novel…The historical detail is spot-on, and the story moves at a good pace.…A solid, well-plotted mystery with likable characters.”

    RT Book Reviews (4 stars)

  • “Charming characters, a fast-paced plot, and a strong sense of history help make this a superior cozy.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “As in the other entries in this series, the Dahlias use friendship and careful observation to resolve the crises and bring calm back to Darling. Their daily lives are evocatively created by Albert, using her extensive research into the era as well as her sensitive writing.”

    Booklist

  • “[An] unruffled retro whodunit…As usual, Albert plumps up her…mystery with plenty of charm and period detail.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynn Holland | 2/7/2014

    " Fun, cozy mystery! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Connie | 2/5/2014

    " A delightful little mystery with a lot of home spun characters. I grew up in a small town and can surely relate to that small town feeling that everyone knows everything. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 NVTony | 2/1/2014

    " Always enjoy authors cozy mysteries. This is no exception. Especially liked historical perspective. Characters have substance & story moves without stretching into contrived. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kitty Tomlinson | 1/19/2014

    " Vera, one of the Darling Dahlias, who works as an assistant to the county clerk at the courthouse is accused of embezzlement. Good series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nanci | 1/18/2014

    " A good book for what it is. It's a cozy - nothing to think too much about. I use these as nice little palate cleansers between other books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Violet | 1/18/2014

    " When was the last time you read a book that was just fun? This was one of those books. A mystery with twist and turns, interesting characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 1/14/2014

    " This series is set during the Depression (1931 for this book) in a small town named Darling in south Alabama. The Dahlias are a gardening club who grow both flowers to beautify the town and food to feed them. It's not necessary to read the books in order (this is the 3rd in the series) as Ms. Albert gives pertinent information that you might have missed if you haven't read one of the previous books. The characters are diverse and very human. They grow on you so that you care what happens to them. This book has one main mystery and a couple of side mysteries. The side mysteries are quickly resolved so they don't take too much attention from the primary mystery but they keep the action flowing and the book interesting. A fun read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 gertt | 1/12/2014

    " The Darling Dahlias Series is fun to read...a little mystery, a little history, and interesting characters. Enjoy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brenda at MyShelf | 1/8/2014

    " I think this is my favorite in the series.... 3 different threads keep the ladies and towns people busy..... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristen | 12/12/2013

    " Historical mystery set in the South during the 1930's. Third book in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol Brouwer | 12/11/2013

    " My favorite is the series so far! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lbaker | 12/6/2013

    " I enjoy this series set in the 1930's, you can tell the author does her research regarding food, gardening and politics of the 1930's. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leslie | 12/4/2013

    " Cute. Kinda like Fried Green Tomatoes. Summer beach reading kinda thing. Nothing offensive but nothing to write home about either. Not as much gardening in it as I expected. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joan | 11/16/2013

    " Another well written book in this series. The women and the time of the Depression are well portrayed. The way the women work through and solve the problems are fun and seem true. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sallee | 11/5/2013

    " I enjoyed this 3rd in a series of the Darling Dahlias. Deceit, theft, historical treasure and the personalities of the Dahlias made this cozy mystery a comfort read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 A. Lieberson | 7/24/2013

    " A nice cozy with good characters. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karen | 7/14/2013

    " Sweet town and sweet characters, but just the bare essentials of plot. Was not a happy romantic ending possible with all those spinsters and the unmarried newspaper editor? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie | 4/25/2013

    " A little too much Confederacy rah rah for my taste. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Edwina | 2/22/2013

    " It was an entertaining read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura Lee | 1/13/2013

    " Another cute story, tho I liked the second installment better. Fun facts, recipes and some laughs. Easy read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel Graves | 12/24/2012

    " Somehow not as gripping as the others in the series. Maybe because there are three small mysteries instead of one big dramatic tense one? still it's a good read that I finished in an afternoon. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 11/27/2012

    " I enjoyed this book,especially the true historical information regarding the Civil War. "

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About the Author
Author Susan Wittig Albert

Susan Wittig Albert is the author of the acclaimed China Bayles mysteries. The first book in the series, Thyme of Death, was nominated for both an Agatha Award and an Anthony Award for Best First novel. Throughout her career, Wittig has written over sixty novels. She cowrote the Robin Paige Victorian Mysteries with her husband, Bill Albert, and wrote a number of Nancy Drew novels under the pen name Carolyn Keene.  She has also written a number of nonfiction works and a memoir entitled Together, Alone: A Memoir of Marriage and Place. Before becoming a full-time novelist, Wittig worked as a university English professor. She lives in Texas.

About the Narrator

Peggity Price has worked extensively in television and stage, both on and off-Broadway and in regional theatres for over thirty years. She has performed in Australia and Poland and has directed plays for the Barter Theatre and the apprentice company for the Humana New Play Festival at The Actors Theatre of Louisville. Ms. Price is the cofounder and artistic director of the Blue Horse Repertory Company.