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THE DARLING DAHLIAS AND THE CONFEDERATE ROSE by Susan Wittig Albert

THE DARLING DAHLIAS AND THE CONFEDERATE ROSE

By Susan Wittig Albert

Pub Date: Sept. 4th, 2012
ISBN: 978-0-425-24776-1
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime

A third unruffled retro whodunit for the ladies of the Darling Dahlias garden club.

Despite their ability to grow some of their food and barter for needed items, life isn’t easy for the citizens of Darling, Ala., during the Great Depression. But it’s harder for some folks than others. 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. Darling president Liz Lacy, who works for a lawyer, enlists the help of a few close friends to prove Verna’s innocence. In the meantime the reticent Miss Rogers, town librarian and Dahlia member, has discovered a mystery of her own. Miss Rogers was left in an orphanage as a young child, her only possession a pillow that belonged to her grandmother, Rose. Now that a pesky tomcat has ripped the knitted cover, Miss Rogers finds that the pillow has been embroidered with a series of unusual symbols. The editor of the local newspaper takes on the task of researching the pillow and comes up with a remarkable discovery.

As usual, Albert (The Darling Dahlias and the Naked Ladies, 2011, etc.) plumps up her wisp of a mystery with plenty of charm and period detail.