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Publisher's Summary

Nominated for both the Agatha and Anthony awards, national best-selling author Susan Wittig Albert introduces a garden club of lady sleuths in Depression-era Alabama. The Darling Dahlias have just inherited a new clubhouse and garden, complete with two beautiful cucumber trees. But before long, these genteel ladies must unravel the mystery about what’s buried beneath one of these trees and the enigma of the dead body that soon turns up.
©2010 Susan Wittig Albert (P)2011 Recorded Books, LLC
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5 out of 5 stars
By J. Byerly on 05-23-11

Reminiscent of a more simple way of life

If you love to escape the "hurry, hurry, full of chaos, always on the run" lifestyle that seems to be demanded of us today, perhaps you will enjoy this as much as I did. It's a "meandering" slice of life story about a group of ladies in a small Alabama town set in the Great Depression era....their personalities, their gardens, their families, their "making do", their gossip at the beauty parlor and more. I loved getting to know them and listening as they solved the mysteries of a murder and bank embezzlement. It's southern and sweet and reminded me of stories my mother and grandmother told of how they the south, of course. If you love gardening, you will find particular delight in Ms. Albert's book. I'm a great fan of her China Bayles series that is full of herbs and flowers and gardening wound through the mysteries. A pleasant, easy listening book....just what I needed. (Mrs. B)

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9 of 9 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Cheri on 06-21-12

A Cozy for Lovers of the Cozy

Where does The Darling Dahlias and the Cucumber Tree rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The Darling Dahlias and the Cucumber Tree ranks in the upper third of the audiobooks I've listened to so far. I'm happy to see that the second book in the series, The Darling Dahlias and the Naked Ladies, has been added to Audible.

What other book might you compare The Darling Dahlias and the Cucumber Tree to and why?

The Darling Dahlias is a cozy series. Although the time period is different, it reminds me of the Laura Childs series, or getting back to the era of The Great Depression, the Rhys Bowen Royal Spyness mystery series, with regard to the tone. They are easy to read and very entertaining. The goal is not to shock the reader with violence and gore, but rather to entertain within a setting of personal interest (scrapbooking, tea, The Depression Era, etc.).

What about Peggity Price’s performance did you like?

Peggity Price is an excellent reader. She has a good voice that is pleasant to listen to and easy to understand. She gives "character" to the characters!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Not necessarily "moved me," but the mental image of the ladies in the boarding house watching the ghost in the yard of the Dahlias new clubhouse, and the landlord getting out her late daddy's shotgun, is priceless!

Any additional comments?

If you're looking for social significance or a story with graphic descriptions of violent acts, then cozies are not your cup of tea ... and The Darling Dahlias won't satisfy. If you're looking for a light, fun, entertaining read that incorporates your passion for gardening, The Darling Dahlias will leave you ready for more.

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