The Darling Dahlias and the Confederate Rose

The Darling Dahlias and the Confederate Rose

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National bestselling author Susan Wittig Albert returns to the small town of Darling, Alabama, in the 1930s--and the Darling Dahlias, the ladies of a garden club who aren't afraid to get their hands dirty solving mysteries...

Just in time for the Confederate Day celebration, the Darling Dahlias are ready to plant Confederate roses along the fence of the town cemetery. Of course, Miss Dorothy Rogers, club member and town librarian, would be quick to point out the plant is in fact a hibiscus.

The Confederate rose is not the only thing that is not what it first appears to be in this small Southern town. Earle Scroggins, the county treasurer, has got the sheriff thinking that Scroggins' employee Verna Tidwell (also the Darling Dahlias' trusted treasurer) is behind a missing $15,000. But Darling Dahlias president Liz Lacy is determined to prove 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, on the eve of Confederate Day, is anything but a sleepy little town...

Includes Southern-Style Depression-Era Recipes

Publisher: New York : Berkley Prime Crime, c2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780425247761
Characteristics: xii, 286, [1] p. ; 22 cm.


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Jun 15, 2016

Great series set during the great depression in small town Texas. Women in a gardening club solve local issues

Sep 01, 2015

This series by Susan Wittig Albert is boring. The plot is very simple and there is so much detail about events that mean nothing (filler really). With much tighter editing, this could have been a decent short story.

May 18, 2014

Very enjoyable. Well developed characters. People you'd want to know.

Mar 01, 2013

So cozy it has recipes in the back even thought I honestly didn't remember anyone cooking or eating at any point (I checked...they do, but only in passing). This author is suitable for your grandma or 7-year-old to read.


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Sep 23, 2013

GinaMWright thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over


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