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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A brand-new mystery in the "exceptional" (Booklist) series by the national bestselling author.

Rumors are sprouting in Depression-era Darling, Alabama. The town's newest visitors, Nona Jean Jamison and Miss Lake, may be the Naughty and Nice Sisters from the Ziegfeld Frolic, who specialize in dancing nearly naked.

The Dahlias suspect more than modesty when Nona denies her association. They'll have to dig through clues to get to the root of the mystery...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425241288
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/05/2011
Series: Darling Dahlias Series , #2
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

A former English professor, Susan Wittig Albert now writes full- time at her home in the hill country outside Austin, Texas. She also writes a popular Victorian mystery series with her husband Bill, under the pseudonym Robin Page.

Date of Birth:


Place of Birth:

Danville, Illinois


Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley

What People are Saying About This

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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 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Romonko on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I am a long-term lover of the China Bayles series, so I when I heard about Ms. Albert's new depression-era series set in Alabama, I had to try it. This is actually the second book in this series, so now I have to read the first one because I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I love the ladies in the book and I love the setting. As in the China Bayles' series there is lots about plants and cooking in this book, but these delightful topics are intermingled with murder, mayhem and in this case gangsters. The book appears to be really authentic with the correct depression lingo and slang, and these ladies are a hoot! If you want a few hours to escape into a delightful new world, hurry and try this series.
dd196406 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Loved this book. Can't wait to read more in the series. The characters are so fiesty and fun and the setting is very familiar to someone who knows southern Alabama. Love the time period of Depression-era 1930s. Highly recommended.
NewsieQ on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It¿s October 1930 and the Darling Dahlias gardening club has lots of work to do; but that doesn¿t stop them from checking out two newcomers to their town of Darling, Alabama. The new arrivals have arrived to help an elderly recluse, Miss Hamer. But Verna Tidwell recognizes Miss Hamer¿s niece, Nona Jean Jamison, from a most unlikely place ¿ a burlesque house in The Big Apple. Verna swears the woman¿s stage name was Lorelei LaMotte and she was one half of the Naughty and Nice Sisters, a vaudeville dancing duo. When a stranger with a northern accent arrives in Darling and starts nosing around, asking about Nona, the Dahlias are suspicious. Might he be a federal agent ¿ or something more sinister?Lizzy Lacy, president of the Darling Dahlias has another worry that hits closer to home. Her domineering mother is about to lose her home to foreclosure ¿ it seems she gambled away all her late husband left her on the stock market -- and wants to move in with Lizzy. Lizzy can¿t believe her lovely little house, purchased to get her away from Mommie Dearest, will be invaded by her meddling mother. Can she figure out a way to keep that from happening without her mother winding up on the street.The Darling Dahlias and the Naked Ladies is second in a series by the popular and prolific mystery writer Susan Wittig Albert, who is at the top of my list of all-time favorite mystery writers. And this is a sweet series, cozy to the nth degree. These are not mysteries with blood and guts or sad endings. They¿re light, well written and not too taxing ¿ and just perfect for a relaxing few hours at the end of a grueling day, week or season. Brew up some herb tea, put on your comfiest sweats and curl up with the Dahlias.
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