The Darling Dahlias and the Unlucky Clover

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I have read many of Susan Wittig Albert's series but this is the first in the Darling Dahlias series for me.  It is set in the south during the 1930's and is reminisce of the typical small Alabama town. 4 ladies call themselves the Darling Dahlias and try to make sure everyone on town has plenty to eat and local projects get done. And of course they love to gossip.  The local barber shop quartet known as the Four Clovers are preparing for a regional competition and all of a sudden they are two men short. One sick and one dead.  A good detective story with unusual sleuths.  I received a copy of the ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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I really enjoy this series; the characters are so very real and should you live in a small town [like I do], you can find variations of these characters all over. Therefore, when one of them does something COMPLETELY STUPID, it makes you just want to yell and harumph at them [which I may or may not have done when this happened in this book - no, I will not tell you, you will have to find out on your own]. Sigh. It was the only part of the book that felt...false?...is that the word I am looking for? I just am unsure that after all this character has been through, that they would behave this way. But perhaps I am wrong.

You once again get to see Buddy in action and much more of his deputy...

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I love this historical mystery placed in early 1930's in a fictional small town in Southern Alabama. The Dahlias are a group of friends committed to their community, their friends and families. This is a fun trip back to a simpler time in life . The Southern culture and recipes here are wonderful.
It's 1934 in the small town of Darling, Alabama and The Darling Dahlias Garden Club members have a strong sense of community and work hard for their town. But some things have gone wrong that may not be easy for the Dahlias to solve.
The town is recovering from the great depression and as things are looking up many problems arise in the town that take the Dahlias attention from...

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Another winner. I love this author and her books never disappoint me.
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I'm sorry. Just could not finish this book. Bored me. I just could not get interested and involved.
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The Darling Dahlias and the Unlucky Clover is an enjoyable cozy, historical mystery with a strong sense of place (the American South during the Great Depression), but I found there was less focus on the Dahlias and a lot of loose ends compared to previous books. I'm looking forward to reading the next in the series.
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After reading a couple of other books by Susan Wittig Albert (A Wilder Rose, Loving Eleanor and The General's Women) was I curious about her works. So, I was thrilled when I the chance to read The Darling Dahlias and the Unlucky Clover, book seven in The Darling Dahlias series.

As a new reader to this series can I conclude that I besotted in this series. Yes, utterly charmed and in need of the previous books. From the very first page was I intrigued by the story and engrossed in the mystery of one the missing man, a member of the Lucky Four Clover quartet. To be honest, I would have read this book without the mystery, I was so charmed by all the characters, their lives in the little...

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This story shares great history with a light mystery.

Liz Lacy, one of the Dahlia Darlings, is the part time secretary to a lawyer. They have gotten a call from a local woman whose husband has gone missing. A day later the wrecked car and body are found. The deputy and sheriff realize quickly that what may look like an accident was something more sinister. Now they have to figure out why and who considering the deceased had several people in town unhappy with his business dealings.

While Liz talks to town folk trying to unravel the mystery from the view of her office, the author shares a wealth of details regarding the lifestyle in 1934. There are descriptions of cars, clothing...

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It's 1934 in the small town of Darling, Alabama and economically things are starting to look a bit better. The Darling Dahlias Garden Club members have a strong sense of community and support for each other and work hard for their town. But some things have gone wrong that may not be easy to fix: the Lucky Four Clovers may have to drop out of the Dixie Regional Barbershop Competition, the telephone system and some businesses in Darling are in dire need of repairs and the limited partner who refuses to chip in any money is missing.

The Darling Dahlias and the Unlucky Clover is the seventh book in the Darling Dahlias series, but the first one I have read. Having read any or all of...

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Everything is going along swimmingly in the small town of Darling, Al. Though they are still in the throes of the depression, the townsfolk in 1934 Darling have kept their spirit and are making do with what they have, grateful for everything they do have. The town garden ladies, the Darling Dahlias, who make up the bulk of the book’s characters are keeping things moving, planning and preparing for the Dixie Regional Barbershop Competition, involving their own favorite barbershop quartet, the Lucky Four Clovers. Then, a well-known local is found dead. The original conclusion is that there was a horrible accident, resulting in the death, but Sheriff Buddy Norris and his deputy begin to have...

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I had not read anything by this author, so I was pleased that NetGallery offered me the chance to start with this one. Note that I read an ARC so the published product may vary from what I read. Thanks to NetGallery, the publisher and author for allowing me to read this in exchange for my honest opinion.

This book is the 7th in the series of Darling Dahlias, but it reads mostly like a stand-alone. There is a “letter to the users” prologue, followed by a descriptive list of characters, both of which helped ease me into the story without feeling I had to go back to previous books to figure out what is going on.

The story takes place in the 1930’s, which is an era I don’t often...

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Alright book, really slow until the investigation picked up. Investigation didn't quite end the book, and feels like we should have clarification on why it happened. Recipes at the end of the book was pretty awesome though.
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I've read another series by this author which I enjoy immensely but this was my first foray into this one and I was very pleased with it. I love period mysteries and this one didn't disappoint. Set in the 1930's during the great depression you are introduced to a group of ladies in a gardening club who make the most of life no matter the times. Follow along as they deal with one piece of bad news after another. Even though times are hard they always find a way. This was a truly fun read, it was great to see how a mystery could be solved in a time without cellphones, and the internet. I loved the southern setting and the sayings, being from the south I always get excited...

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Lots of interesting facts about this period of time. Enjoyed the song lyrics. The pie recipes are great. The mystery's conclusion was unsatisfactory. It may be addressed in the next book, but doubt that I read it. This is the only one in this series that I have read. I really enjoyed Susan Wittig Albert's mystery series several years ago. Thought I would give this series a try when it was offered on NetGalley.
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The Dahlias are busy planning their garden and hoping to hear the Lucky Clover quartet sing at the local community hall. As the Clovers are preparing to enter the next level of competition, one of their singers has throat problems and another one disappears, only to be found dead. Whitney Whitworth, the not sympathetic part-owner of several small businesses, is missing and when he is found dead, some dark stories about his life begin to be revealed. When it appears his wife may be involved in his murder, the Dahlias rally to find the real killer.
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Although I adore Susan Wittig Alberts' stand alone books, I had not looked into her serial historical novels. Shame on me. The Darling Dahlias and the Unlucky Clover, though stand alone, is #7 the the Dahlias series and a hoot. Think Miss Seaton with a deep southern accent and the best pecan pie recipe ever. Set in an imaginary small town in southern Alabama in the early 1930's, the Dahlias are a loose group of women, both stay-at-homers and working women, who do their best to keep Darling, Alabama on the straight and narrow. And looking great, with their floral gardens everywhere. But don't set them apart from the serious stuff - These are tough ladies when their community...

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I follow the author's China Bayles series, which I really enjoy, but have only read a couple of the books in this series. I found the information at the beginning of the book very helpful in reminding me of the background of the Darling Dahlias gardening group and the other important characters in the series. It would be easily skimmed by returning readers who are already familiar with the main characters, but it's great for those reading for the first time.

The cozy mystery brings the reader back in time to depression era Darling, Alabama. The charming main characters put aside their gardening to investigate a murder in their small town. I like the characters and the way the...

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This charming little cozy is the 7th in the Darling Dahlias series. It's my first one in the series but certainly won't be my last as I intend to track down, and read, the earlier books.

Set in Depression-era, small town Alabama and featuring a number of members of the town's gardening club, the Darling Dahlias, this book reads at a slow pace. I don't mean this as a criticism but it was a quieter, slower time and the book mirrors that. Beyond the interesting mystery involving the death of a member of the town's barbershop quartet, the Lucky Four Clovers, the book offered great insights into the times.

I absolutely loved it and would encourage fellow cozy fans to...

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My Review of "The Darling Dahlias and the Unlucky Clover" by Susan Wittig Albert

I appreciate the intriguing way that Susan Wittig Albert, Author of "The Darling Dahlias and the Unlucky Clover", weaves her charming, delightful and mysterious story and colorful characters together.

The timeline of this story is around the depression in Darling, Alabama. The genres for this story are mystery, cozy mystery, fiction with some historical fiction.

The author describes her characters as quirky, likeable, neighborly, nosy, and flawed. This is the seventh book in the series, and the first book that I am reading and reviewing. It can be read as a stand- alone, and I would be...

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The Lucky Four Clovers barbershop group is going to a competition for the grand prize in barbershop singing. But they aren't counting on trouble. First one has throat problems and can't sing. The next one ends up in an upside down car, dead. What's going on?

Presevero Press and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you). It will be published March 6th.

There's a new sheriff in town who is learning his trade. He has a good deputy and he's got a good head but he has to think things through, he's not fast on his feet. He also has the help of the Darling Dahlias whether he wants it or not.

With small town gossip, bribes being paid, and...

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