The Darling Dahlias and the Unlucky Clover

Pub Date   |   Archive Date 10 Apr 2018

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I really enjoyed the period setting of the book and it's positive portrayal of female friendships. The characters are (mostly) easy to like but i got frustrated that liz was encouraged to get back together with her cheating ex...she could do so much better! The ending felt a bit rushed but overall a good book for a wet afternoon.
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One of the best of the series. History is actually recoded through the plot and characters.
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Susan Wittig Albert has been one of my favorite authors since I first picked up one of her China Bayles herbal mysteries. The Darling Dahlias and the Unlucky Clover is the first time I've read one of her Darling Dahlias books and I had no expectations going in other than what I always get from her books: trivia, great characters, and a crime or two. With that in mind, I didn't know if I could jump into a Dahlias story at book seven; but since the first herbal mystery I read wasn't the first book (I went back as soon as possible). I had no reason to worry. She gives a break down of the garden club members up front. Reading about this era of the 1930s through Wittig Albert's prose made me...

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4 stars What a charming novel. The book opens with a letter to the reader. This seems like a warm and friendly way to introduce Ms. Wittig Albert’s new book. It’s 1934 in Darling, Alabama and we’re in the middle of the Great Depressions. But the irrepressible citizens of Darling can’t be kept down for long. The local barbershop quartet the Lucky Four Clovers are about to compete in the Regional Barbershop Competition. The phone lines get messed up and Mr. Whitworth of the Lucky Four Clovers is killed. Although prohibition has ended, there are still moonshiners creating their own special brew. The local Sheriff is on the trail of one who is operating in the Darling area. He even...

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I have been an avid reader of Ms. Albert's books for many years, and I am so grateful she decided to continue this series. I feel like I am right there in the book with her characters, because they are real, and her depression period facts are well researched. My parents were raised during the depression, so I've heard the stories, and these books continue to add details to the stories. There are many elements I love about this book, and Ms. Albert's books in general. She spins a good tale that you can't put down, and you don't ever want to end. I know times were tough, but it makes me want to live in Darling with the Darling Dahlias. The extras she gives us are amazing, too: the pie...

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What a lovely book! I love the Darling Dahlias mysteries and I like the personal stories and well as the historical setting and the descriptions of how people lived. This is a good mystery with a little cliffhanger that let hope for a development in book that will come soon. Really enjoyed it! Tnx to Netgalley and the publisher!
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The Darling Dahlias have returned in Unlucky Clover. All our favorite people, Liz, Myra, Ophelia, Miss. Rogers and the rest of the Darling Garden Club members. Best of all, there are a few "small" cliffhangers, which means, more Darling Dahlias stories. This series is a wonderful insight to the lives of ordinary people during an extra ordinary time in America, the 1930's. How people lived, coped and managed is inspirational. Today, we worry when our smartphones aren't working. In Darling, they were upset because the telephone exchange, being overloaded, would cut out calls!! Susan Witting Albert is an excellent storyteller. All of the Dahlias fans look forward to the next selection, and...

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I found this to be a charming story from the get-go. Susan Wittig Albert starts the story with a letter from her characters to the reader and it is small touches like this that made me feel comfortable as a reader entering this world for the first time. This book was a pleasure to read, and a well-written example of a mystery that relies on plot for its effectiveness instead of shock.
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