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The Darling Dahlias and the Cucumber Tree (Darling Dahlias, Bk 1)
The Darling Dahlias and the Cucumber Tree - Darling Dahlias, Bk 1
Author: Susan Wittig Albert
The country may be struggling through the Great Depression, but the good ladies of Darling, Alabama, are determined to keep their chins up and their town beautiful. Their garden club, the Darling Dahlias, has just inherited a new clubhouse and garden, complete with two beautiful cucumber trees in full bloom. — But when a local blond bombshell is ...  more »
PBS Market Price: $8.09 or $4.19+1 credit
ISBN-13: 9780425242162
ISBN-10: 0425242161
Publication Date: 7/5/2011
Pages: 304
Rating:
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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3.8 stars, based on 19 ratings
Publisher: Berkley
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
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reviewed The Darling Dahlias and the Cucumber Tree (Darling Dahlias, Bk 1) on + 56 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
This is the first Susan Wittig Albert book that I have ever read but it seemed a good place to start since it is the first book in a new series by the prolific author.

The Darling Dahlias and the Cucumber Tree is about as cozy as cozy gets. The setting for this book is rural Darling, Alabama in 1930 and a band of middle-aged (30-55) garden club members are the sleuths. The author takes quite a bit of time to actually get to the mystery (page 95 of a 280 novel) but there are several diversions that account for little side mysteries along the way. Overall, there is nothing to dislike in this book. It is quaint and cozy and moves along at a leisurely pace toward a neatly tied package at the end. The characters are varied and likable with a few quirks to keep things interesting. I'll happily pick up the second book in this series as soon as it is published. Sometimes a little fluff is exactly what a person needs when choosing her next book.
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Helpful Score: 2
This book is probably the "coziest" cozy I've ever read. I enjoyed it. The garden club members are a diverse group of women, enough so that they each get their own personality, and the author developed each one just enough so that you liked them (or didn't) but weren't overwhelmed by one person. A number of the women were living independently; had jobs, were homeowners and business owners, not needing a man to provide for them, and, in this time period, I found it refreshing.

In addition to solving the mystery, they talk about being homeowners, sex outside of marriage, and other "taboo" subjects (for that day). I would like to see Myra May and her "roommate" come out of the closet, at least to their close friends, perhaps that will be a book or two down the road. These gals are forward thinking, independent and smart.

It was a little odd that not a one of them consulted with the police and managed to solve the entire crime, for the police, without ever talking to them, but it wasn't "bad" odd, just different from all other cozies I've read, where someone, somewhere, gets info from the police.

Looking forward to the next book.
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Helpful Score: 1
I enjoyed the read - it was light, the period details were interesting and the cast of characters shows promise for an ongoing story line. Having a garden club of women is interesting and a little different than the BFFs the herbalist series circles around.
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reviewed The Darling Dahlias and the Cucumber Tree (Darling Dahlias, Bk 1) on + 24 more book reviews
I really enjoy this author's books. She tells a terrific story and the character building throughout the book keeps you engaged and wanting to keep reading.
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One of them warm, cozy books that you want to curl up and read on a lazy day.

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