The Darling Dahlias and the Naked Ladies by Susan Wittig Albert
(Darling Dahlias Mysteries)

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From the national bestselling author of the China Bayles Mysteries—the second novel in a new series featuring the ladies of a garden club in Darling, Alabama, who also dabble in digging through clues—the Darling Dahlias.

As Darling’s town librarian is fond of saying: “Naked Ladies is not a respectable name for a plant.” A lily by any other name would certainly smell as sweet—and look just as beautiful as the Naked Ladies decorating Miss Hamer’s lawn…

It seems Miss Hamer’s house may also be home to naked ladies of a different sort. Rumors sprout that the elderly recluse’s visiting niece and her friend are actually the Naughty and Nice Sisters from the Ziegfield Frolic, known for dancing nearly naked.

When a well-dressed man from Chicago arrives, asking about the mysterious ladies, the Dahlias begin to suspect it may be more than modesty that’s causing both women to lie low. Someone is covering up something sinister…

Includes Southern-Style Depression-Era Recipes!
 

About Susan Wittig Albert

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Susan Wittig Albert grew up on a farm in Illinois. A former professor of English and a university administrator and vice president, she is the author of the China Bayles mysteries, a family-friendly mystery series set in the early 1900s featuring Beatrix Potter, and the Darling Dahlias series. She lives in Bertram, Texas.
 
Published July 5, 2011 by Berkley. 304 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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When flashy young Bunny Scott is killed in a car wreck that turns out to be murder, club officers Lizzy Lacy, Ophelia Snow and Verna Tidwell put aside their latest project—restoring the extensive grounds of a little house the club has inherited—and use what they’ve picked up from detective novels...

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The Dahlias are busy getting ready for the Confederate Day Celebration by preparing to plant a batch of Confederate roses, which are really hibiscus, at the local cemetery when their attention is called to the plight of Verna Tidwell, who’s accused of stealing $15,000 from the town coffers.

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One is Miss Hamer’s niece Nona Jean Jamison, whom Verna recognizes as Lorelei LaMotte, the naughty half of the Ziegfeld Follies Naughty and Nice Sisters.

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Fresh from their maiden voyage (The Darling Dahlias and the Cucumber Tree, 2010, etc.), members of the Darling Dahlia Garden Club solve a second crime.

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Set in 1931 Darling, Ala., Albert’s captivating third Darling Dahlias mystery (after 2011’s The Darling Dahlias and the Naked Ladies) finds the ladies of the Darling Dahlias garden club planning a rose planting in honor of Confederate Day.

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In May 1930 in Alabama, the ladies of Dahlia try to stay optimist during the Great Depression at a time when the local Darling Savings and Trust may go bust.

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