National best-selling author Susan Wittig Albert returns to the small town of Darling, Alabama, in the 1930's, where the Darling Dahlias, the colorful ladies of a garden club, are anything but shrinking violets when it comes to rooting out criminals.
The Texas Star herself, Miss Lily Dare, the "fastest woman in the world" is bringing her Dare Devils Flying Circus to Darling. Unfortunately, she's also bringing a whole lot of trouble. As the Dahlias prepare for the annual Watermelon Festival, where they will present the famous female aviatrix with her own Texas Star hibiscus, rumors are flying.
Dahlias president Liz Lacy learns from newspaperman Charlie Dickens that Miss Dare has been threatened and her plane sabotaged. Apparently the bold and beautiful barnstormer has made plenty of enemies. And, is it possible she may even be involved with the husband of one of Darling's local ladies?
And speaking of wings, the new cook at Myra May's Darling Diner can fry a chicken and whip up a sweet potato meringue pie like nobody's business. But why is she keeping her past such a mystery?
As the Texas Star barnstorms into town, Liz and Verna Tidwell offer to help bring down a saboteur who may be propelled by revenge. Before it's all over, there will be plenty of black eyes and dark secrets revealed.
©2013 Susan Wittig Albert (P)2013 Recorded Books
RETIRED & LOVING IT.
I DID NOT THINK SUSAN COULD OUT DO HERSELF FROM HER LAST DAHLIA BOOK, SHE PROVED ME WRONG. ABSOLUTELY, A GREAT LISTEN. PLEASE KEEP THIS SERIES COMING. BRAVO.
I admit it .... I'm biased. I LOVE Ms. Albert's cozy mysteries. If you're a fan of Andy and Mayberry or "down home" style, I believe you would enjoy this lovely little series. I recommend that you listen in order and get to know the ladies of Darling, Alabama surviving and thriving during the Great Depression. Ms. Albert writes the most wonderful stories of family and homemaking and strong friendships and laughter and mystery and by the end of the first book, you feel like the Dahlias are friends. The narrator, Ms. Price, as always, does a beautiful job of giving each lady her own distinct southern voice ... just the right amount of "southern".... not fake like so many narrators imitating the accent. Don't miss the author's interesting little history lesson at the end of the story as well as the bonus recipes for skincare and more. The only problem is it's always over much too soon. haha (Also recommend Ms. Albert's China Bayles mystery series -- so good!) Mrs. B.
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