The Darling Dahlias and the Eleven O'clock Lady

The Darling Dahlias and the Eleven O'clock Lady

A Darling Dahlias Mystery

Book - 2015
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New York Times bestselling author Susan Wittig Albert transports readers to the summer of 1934, when a sensational murder shakes up the small Southern town of Darling, Alabama-and pulls in the ladies of the Darling Dahlias' garden club, who never let the grass grow under their feet when there's a mystery to solvea The eleven 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 Eleven 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 eleven, when her nightlife was just beginning-has been found strangled with her own silk stocking in a very unladylike position. Gossip sprouts like weeds in a small town, and Rona Jean's somewhat wild reputation is the topic of much speculation regarding who might have killed her. As the Darling Dahlias begin to sort through Rona Jean's private affairs, it appears there may be a connection to some skullduggery at the local Civilian Conservation Corps camp. Working at the camp, garden club vice president Ophelia Snow digs around to expose the truthabefore a killer pulls up stakes and gets away with murder. Includes Southern-style Depression-era Recipes
Publisher: New York :, Berkley Prime Crime,, ©2015.
ISBN: 9780425260623
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY ALB
Characteristics: xi, 304 pages ; 22 cm.


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Apr 28, 2018

I love this series. I’m not a gardener but the Darling Dahlias could convince me to take it up. I have always admired Susan Wittig Albert’s ability to incorporate history and real life people into fiction. Her research shows in the details and her books can be equally considered crime, historical and cosy.

Jan 17, 2016

The plot was very good. Lots of details like years of cars and furnishings of houses. However it ties everything together to the time frame and I remember those days tho I lived in Texas.

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