*I received an advanced reader’s copy of this book to be part of this blog tour. This does not impact the content of my review.
Book: The Darling Dahlias and the Unlucky Clover (The Darling Dahlias #7)
Author: Susan Wittig Albert
Published: March 6, 2018
Publisher: Persevero Press
Source: Historical Fiction Book Tours
NYT bestselling author Susan Wittig Albert returns to Depression-era Darling, Alabama…where the ladies of the Dahlias, the local garden club, are happy to dig a little dirt!
In the seventh book of this popular series, it looks like the music has ended for Darling’s favorite barbershop uiquartet, the Lucky Four Clovers—just days before the Dixie Regional Barbershop Competition. Another unlucky break: a serious foul-up in Darling’s telephone system—and not a penny for repairs. And while liquor is legal again, moonshine isn’t. Sheriff Buddy Norris needs a little luck when he goes into Briar Swamp to confront Cypress County’s most notorious bootlegger. What he finds upends his sense of justice.
Once again, Susan Wittig Albert has told a charming story filled with richly human characters who face the Great Depression with courage and grace. She reminds us that friends offer the best of themselves to each other, community is what holds us together, and luck is what you make it.
Bonus features: Liz Lacy’s Garden Gate column on “lucky” plants, plus the Dahlias’ collection of traditional Southern pie recipes and a dash of cookery history. Reading group questions, more recipes, and Depression-era info at www.DarlingDahlias.com.
My rating: 3 Stars
It was okay. Recommend to some.
A cute, cozy mystery that leaves you wanting more.
I picked this book up expecting a cozy small-town historical mystery and that’s just what I got. Not having read any Dahlia’s books before put me at a very slight disadvantage – there are a few mentions of things that occurred in previous books – but not so much that I couldn’t follow along.
The characters were all introduced fairly well, but my-oh-my there are a lot of characters to try and keep track of. Names, relationships, occupations, likes, dislikes, histories. It was a bit much at times.
They mystery was interesting and fun to follow along with. But without giving away any spoilers, it wasn’t really solved. The motivation for the crime was never shared. I was left with a lot of unanswered questions.
All in all, it was an entertaining read a little outside of my usual field.
About the Author
Susan Wittig Albert is the NYT bestselling author of over 100 books. Her work includes four mystery series: China Bayles, the Darling Dahlias, the Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter, and the Robin Paige Victorian mysteries. She has published three award-winning historical novels, as well as YA fiction, memoirs, and nonfiction. Susan currently serves as an editor of StoryCircleBookReviews and helps to coordinate SCN’s online class program. She and her husband Bill live in the Texas Hill Country, where she writes, gardens, and raises a varying assortment of barnyard creatures.
Blog Tour Schedule
Wednesday, February 28
Review at Back Porchervations
Thursday, March 1
Review at A Chick Who Reads
Saturday, March 3
Review at Cup of Sensibility
Monday, March 5
Review at Peppermint Ph.D.
Wednesday, March 7
Review at Linda’s Book Obsession
Thursday, March 8
Interview at Jorie Loves a Story
Monday, March 12
Feature at Susan Heim on Writing
Wednesday, March 14
Interview at Passages to the Past
Thursday, March 15
Review at A Bookaholic Swede
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