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Author: Susan Wittig Albert Narrator: Peggity Price Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Darling Dahlias Series Release Date: January 2013 ISBN: 9781449867003
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The country may be struggling through the Great Depression, but the good ladies of Darling, Alabama, are determined to keep their chins up and their town beautiful. Their garden club, the Darling Dahlias, has just inherited a new clubhouse and garden, complete with two beautiful cucumber trees in full bloom.

But life in Darling is not all garden parties and rosemary lemonade.

When local blonde bombshell Bunny Scott is found in a suspicious car wreck, the Dahlias decide to dig into the town’s buried secrets, and club members Lizzy, Ophelia, and Verna soon find leads sprouting up faster than weeds. The town is all abuzz with news of an escaped convict from the prison farm, rumors of trouble at the bank, and tales of a ghost heard digging around the cucumber tree. But if anyone can get to the root of these mysteries, it’s the Darling Dahlias.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Albert...hits all the right notes in this series debut. The plot’s believable, the Southern color brims with authenticity, and the characters are charmingly and realistically drawn...The Darling Dahlias and the Cucumber Tree blooms with success, and here’s hoping the ladies have many more opportunities to dig into crime.”

    Richmond Times-Dispatch

  • “Readers will enjoy getting to know the spunky ladies of the club.”

    RT Book Reviews

  • “Albert combines great period detail with surefooted sleuthing that should satisfy fans and attract new ones.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Cozy fans will be delighted to learn that the prolific Albert—known for her clever puzzles, engaging characters, love of nature, and outstanding historic research—is debuting yet another exceptional series.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “The author of the popular China Bayles mysteries brings a small Southern town to life and vividly captures an era and culture—the Depression, segregation, class differences, the role of women in the South—with authentic period details. Her book fairly sizzles with the strength of the women of Darling.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “The creator of herbalist China Bayles begins a new historical series equally full of intriguing characters, garden lore, and recipes that adds nostalgia for the good old days, even if they weren’t so good after all.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cranbery | 4/29/2011

    " This was a great little cozy will love the characters! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna | 4/24/2011

    " Very cozy, VERY slow, although deliberately so, I think, to reflect the setting. Excellent period detail and fun. There are an awful lot of characters and sub-plots to keep track of. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 4/10/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book - it even had some recipes!!! I am very much looking forward to the next Darling Dahlias mystery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erika | 3/11/2011

    " Cute story. Took me a while to get into it seeing as it was a little heavy on flowers and all things gardening, but had some fun characters and a good mystery. Nice light read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenness | 1/24/2011

    " The Darling Dahlias are a group of women belonging to a garden club in the town of Darling, Alabama. Light reading and light mystery, but fun. the story follows this group of women as they make do during the early years of the depression. Light hearted and enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne | 11/16/2010

    " Susan Wittig Albert's new series about a ladies gardening club who do a little sleuthing on the side. Very good period mystery set in 1930, small-town Alabama. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carah | 11/9/2010

    " Am reading through Albert's books. She is an entertaining writer, always creating characters that the reader takes interest in. These Southern belles are charming and believable, and although I solved the mystery well before the ending, I did like it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lpage1479 | 11/9/2010

    " I didn't like this series as much as her other three. The characters were charming, but it seemed obvious to me who the killer was. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 NancyL | 11/1/2010

    " I selected this book because of Goodreads' recommendations. It reminded me of the Miss Julia books which I love. Any more recommendations by Susan Wittig Albert? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Natalie | 10/31/2010

    " I love stories of the southern women and how they stick together and figure things out...this story takes place in the early 1930's and was entertaining and easy to read. I look forward to the next in the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leslie | 10/20/2010

    " Small town garden club 1930s--cozy, cozy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Britt, | 10/14/2010

    " Almost didn't read this one, but that would have been a mistake! I quickly got lost in Albert's quaint conversational style. A great cozy mystery. "

About the Author

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.