The Darling Dahlias

8 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 478 ratings

The Darling Dahlias and the Cucumber Tree Publisher's Summary

Nominated for both the Agatha and Anthony awards, national best-selling author Susan Wittig Albert introduces a garden club of lady sleuths in Depression-era Alabama. The Darling Dahlias have just inherited a new clubhouse and garden, complete with two beautiful cucumber trees. But before long, these genteel ladies must unravel the mystery about what’s buried beneath one of these trees and the enigma of the dead body that soon turns up.

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  • Book 1

    • The Darling Dahlias and the Cucumber Tree

    • By: Susan Wittig Albert
    • Narrated by: Peggity Price
    • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 123
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 99
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 100

    Nominated for both the Agatha and Anthony awards, national best-selling author Susan Wittig Albert introduces a garden club of lady sleuths in Depression-era Alabama. The Darling Dahlias have just inherited a new clubhouse and garden, complete with two beautiful cucumber trees. But before long, these genteel ladies must unravel the mystery about what’s buried beneath one of these trees and the enigma of the dead body that soon turns up.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Reminiscent of a more simple way of life

    • By J. Byerly on 05-23-11

    Regular price: $20.26

  • Book 2

    • The Darling Dahlias and the Naked Ladies

    • By: Susan Wittig Albert
    • Narrated by: Peggity Price
    • Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 71
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 60
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 62

    When strangers Nona Jean Jamison and Miss Lake roll into town, the rumor mill starts grinding. It seems that these two women may be the infamous Naughty and Nice Sisters from the Ziegfeld Frolic—specializing in dancing nearly naked! But when Nona denies this association, the Dahlias, who suspect she’s being more than just modest, begin digging around for the truth.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Sweet and Southern

    • By J. Byerly on 05-20-12

    Regular price: $20.26

  • Book 3

    • The Darling Dahlias and the Confederate Rose

    • By: Susan Wittig Albert
    • Narrated by: Peggity Price
    • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 64
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 57
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 57

    In the wake of the upcoming Confederate Day celebration, the Dahlias set out to solve a rash of mysterious occurrences. They' re ready to tackle the secret code embroidered on a family heirloom and suss out why one local resident is acting quite strange - yet nothing prepares them for one of their own being accused of stealing county funds.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • 1930's Alabama ladies in troubles again!!

    • By Byron on 04-23-13

    Regular price: $20.26

  • Book 4

    • The Darling Dahlias and the Texas Star

    • By: Susan Wittig Albert
    • Narrated by: Peggity Price
    • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 57
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 50
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 53

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • GREAT STORY OF THE DARLING DAHLIAS

    • By Linda Louise on 11-06-13

    Regular price: $20.26

  • Book 5

    • The Darling Dahlias and the Silver Dollar Bush

    • By: Susan Wittig Albert
    • Narrated by: Peggity Price
    • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 48
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 47
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 48

    It's the spring of 1933 and times are tough all over. The only businessman not struggling is moonshiner Mickey LeDoux, though he still has to steer clear of federal agents. But banks are closing all over the country, and the small town of Darling is no exception. Folks are suddenly caught short on cash and everyone is in a panic.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • What's a cozy mystery without the mystery?

    • By Elisabeth on 09-23-14

    Regular price: $24.49

  • Book 6

    • The Darling Dahlias and the Eleven O'Clock Lady

    • By: Susan Wittig Albert
    • Narrated by: Peggity Price
    • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 49
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 46
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 46

    The 11-o'-clock lady has always been one of garden club president Liz Lacy's favorite spring wildflowers. The plant is so named because the white blossoms don't open until the sun shines directly on them and wakes them up. But another 11-o'-Clock Lady is never going to wake up again. Rona Jean Hancock - a telephone switchboard operator who earned her nickname because her shift ended at 11, when her nightlife was just beginning - has been found strangled with her own silk stocking.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Good writer

    • By Vivian on 11-05-15

    Regular price: $24.49

  • Book 7

    • The Darling Dahlias and the Unlucky Clover

    • By: Susan Wittig Albert
    • Narrated by: Peggity Price
    • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 41
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 39
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 38

    It looks like the music has ended for Darling's favorite barbershop quartet, the Lucky Four Clovers, just days before the Dixie Regional Barbershop Competition. Another unlucky break comes when there's a serious foul-up in Darling's telephone system - and not a penny for repairs. And while liquor is legal again, moonshine isn't. Sheriff Buddy Norris needs a little luck when he goes into Briar Swamp to confront Cypress County's most notorious bootlegger - and what he finds upends his sense of justice.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Love this series

    • By R. Johnson on 03-24-18

    Regular price: $34.99

  • Book 8

    • The Darling Dahlias and the Poinsettia Puzzle

    • By: Susan Wittig Albert
    • Narrated by: Peggity Price
    • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25

    Mildred Kilgore and Earlynne Biddle are planning to open a bakery on the square - if they can come up with the right recipes. Charlie Dickens faces two of the biggest puzzles of his career as an investigative reporter, and one of them involves his wife. Cute little Cupcake's talent as a singer and dancer makes her a tempting target for an unscrupulous exploiter. Lizzy must enlist the Dahlias to protect her while she herself is confronted by a romantic puzzle. And Sheriff Norris is forced to reopen a puzzling mystery that the town thought was solved. 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Love the Darling Dahlias

    • By Sandy Morris on 12-17-18

    Regular price: $34.99