The Darling Dahlias and the Naked Ladies (Darling Dahlias Series #2)

The Darling Dahlias and the Naked Ladies (Darling Dahlias Series #2)

by Susan Wittig Albert

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The Darling Dahlias and the Naked Ladies (Darling Dahlias Series #2) by Susan Wittig Albert

From the national bestselling author of the China Bayles Mysteries—the second novel in a new series featuring the ladies of a garden club in Darling, Alabama, who also dabble in digging through clues—the Darling Dahlias.

As Darling’s town librarian is fond of saying: “Naked Ladies is not a respectable name for a plant.” A lily by any other name would certainly smell as sweet—and look just as beautiful as the Naked Ladies decorating Miss Hamer’s lawn…

It seems Miss Hamer’s house may also be home to naked ladies of a different sort. Rumors sprout that the elderly recluse’s visiting niece and her friend are actually the Naughty and Nice Sisters from the Ziegfield Frolic, known for dancing nearly naked.

When a well-dressed man from Chicago arrives, asking about the mysterious ladies, the Dahlias begin to suspect it may be more than modesty that’s causing both women to lie low. Someone is covering up something sinister…

Includes Southern-Style Depression-Era Recipes!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425251362
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/03/2012
Series: Darling Dahlias Series , #2
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 217,605
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Susan Wittig Albert grew up on a farm in Illinois and earned her Ph.D. at the University of California at Berkeley. A former professor of English and a university administrator and vice president, she is the author of the China Bayles Mysteries, the Darling Dahlias Mysteries, and the Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter. Some of her recent titles include Widow’s Tears, Cat’s Claw, The Darling Dahlias and the Confederate Rose, and The Tale of Castle Cottage. She and her husband, Bill, coauthor a series of Victorian-Edwardian mysteries under the name Robin Paige, which includes such titles as Death at Glamis Castle and Death at Whitechapel.

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Danville, Illinois


Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley

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“Colorful characters and evocative period details will keep cozy fans absorbed.”—Publishers Weekly

“As always in any Susan Wittig Albert’s series including this one, the reader feels transplanted in time and place as the meticulous interwoven tidbits bring to life late 1930.”—The Mystery Gazette

“Well-researched.”—Kirkus Reviews

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The Darling Dahlias and the Naked Ladies 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very slow in pace, but beautifully written. Captures the Southern hospitality found in rural Alabama both in the 1930s as well as today. Much better than the previous book in the series but still a great deal of room to improve. I will try the next book, too. Stephanie Clanahan
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RonnaL More than 1 year ago
This charming group of women friends from Darling, Alabama are back again in THE DARLING DAHLIAS AND THE NAKED LADIES.  Calling themselves a 'garden club', these women are much more as their lives intertwine in joyous times, times of sorrow, and in an inquisitive spirit that sets them in the center of all mysterious events in town. Seen around town is a stranger that looks just like a partner in the vaudeville team of the 'Naughty and Nice Sisters'.  Though she claims to be someone else, the Dahlias become suspicious when she shows up at the beauty shop to cut and dye her beautiful long blond hair to a deep brown----and she buys a red wig also.  She's supposedly staying with her hometown aunt, but suspicion increases when she wants to buy an expired sleeping prescription for that same aunt.  When a tough looking , hard speaking strange man starts asking questions about this same lady, the Dahlias go into action. Once again, Alberts keeps these 'girls' very sweet and southern, while showing their intelligent curiosity as  true friends, one and all.  Depression era descriptions are spot on, and descriptions of flowers and food bring the reader right into the center of the Darling Dahlias' sleuthing activities.  Fun read of an earlier time and woman's relationships.
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harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1930, the country remains in a deep depression that hammers even small towns like Darling, Alabama; destitution is around every corner. One of the women who lost everything to the stock market collapse is the mother of Lizzy, the president of the Darling Dahlias club. Lizzy's biggest problem is to keep mom from moving into her house. This becomes a secondary concern when Miss Nona Jean Jamison and her friend Miss Lake come to town from Chicago to take care of her invalid aunt Miss Hamer. The Darling Dahlias' treasurer Verna Tidewell recognizes Miss Jamison as Lorelei La Mate who performed nearly naked in the burlesque show the Ziegfeld Frolic. Her companion Miss Lake stars in her own show and is never seen without a veil covering her face. Mr. Gold arrives in Darling looking for the two women. Miss Jamison learns of the male outsider but denies she is the one he seeks to Lizzy. Mademoiselle President decides to learn who the two Chicago females are really up to and why they came to her sweet home Alabama when each is a city gal. By doing so this Darling Dahlia finds she is also trying to prevent a hired gun from killing the visitors. This Depression Era regional thriller is a fun amusing satirical tale as the Chicago culture of gangsters and strippers invade a small town. As always in any Susan Wittig Albert's series including this one (see The Darling Dahlias and the Cucumber Tree), the reader feels transplanted in time and place as the meticulous interwoven tidbits bring to life late 1930. Dizzy Lizzy and her eccentric Darlings want to insure that the Day Chicago Dies in not in Sweet Home Alabama Harriet Klausner