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

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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...
Kindle Edition, 304 pages
Published (first published July 5th 2011)
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Fayedmeyer
Having recently read a disappointing cozy by a different author set during the Depression, I was hesitant at first about reading this. I'm really glad I did, though, because it is an excellent book and I think I have a new favorite series!

I haven't been reading SWA's books for very long, but I already know that you can expect a thoroughly researched and engaging story when picking up one of her works. I was so impressed by the amount of detail in this book. So much great history!

The mystery itse
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Sally
Some reviewers think this second book in the Darling Dahlias series is better than the first, but I liked the first one better. The Al Capone connection in this one seemed a little too far-fetched, and I didn't feel that the characters and life of Darling, Alabama was as interesting. Susan Wittig Albert's approach to novel-writing is as obvious to me in this series as it was when I read several of her books (The Beatrix Potter tales, and the Kate and Charles Sheridan mystery series), in that she ...more
Joan
This cozy mystery series has interesting plots and great character development. Still a little confusing on who each of the characters are but at least there is a list with descriptions in the front of the book. This book includes Al Capone! Enjoy.
Marci
This is the second book in a series, but I felt comfortable immediately in this one without feeling the need to stop and read the first one to get oriented. I like the setting and the characters very much. The mystery is not too difficult, but the point seems more to be to develop the lives of the various members of the gardening club in this tiny Alabama town at the beginning of the Great Depression. It has something of the feel of And the Ladies of the Club . . . which I liked hugely. It is su ...more
Alice
Pleasant read. continuing story line
Michelle
(3.5 stars) This is the second book in the Darling Dahlias series and focuses on naked ladies, both the flower and two young women who have moved in with the elderly recluse, Miss Hamer. One of the women goes by Nona Jean, and is purportedly Miss Hamer's niece. However, Verna thinks she is one of the Naughty and Nice Sisters that she and her deceased husband saw in the Follies in New York. Lizzy hopes to write a story for the paper about her, but is thwarted when Nona vehemently denies being Lor ...more
Fred
This is the second in The Darling Dahlias series. I really enjoy all of Susan's books and don't think I could put one ahead of the others.

It's 1930 and the residents of Darling, Ala. are still reeling from the stock market crash and a record drought that has so adversly affected the cotton crop. Darling is a small town and everyone helps each other and that is helped by an effective grapevine. the story basically starts when Miss Harmer, a recluse, has niece and her friend move in with her. But
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Alannah Davis
This is the 2nd book in a cozy mystery series about the Darling Dahlias, a group of small-town, Southern ladies in 1930s Darling, Alabama.

I love Susan Wittig Albert's work, but up until now I've only read her series about China Bayles (the modern-day Texas lawyer who sours on the big-city life and becomes a small-town herbalist - but still manages to find a lot of excitement playing sleuth with all the murders in Pecan Springs).

I bought this book because I happened to be at my town's Hallmark s
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Ronna
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
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Judy Iliff
While I'm sad there will be no more Beatrix Potter books, Susan Wittig Albert has another series hit on her hands with the Darling Dahlias!

1930s - bootlegging, depression, gangsters and their molls, drought. Everyone was affected and that includes the people of Darling, Alabama. Unmarried women were expected to stay and take care of their parents. Some did and some didn't.

Liz, president and the Darling Dahlias, moved into her own house in the first book. Her mother, who lives across the street,
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Heidi
"I wasn't sure that I was going to enjoy this new series by Susan Wittig Albert. The Great Depression does not seem like a particularly entertaining time period, but I agree with the author that this period of our own history has a particular relevance and inspiration for the current day. The way people responded to economic downturn is motivating, illuminating, and gives you pride in the American spirit, at least at a point in history when that spirit was distinctly less whiny. Many of the meth ...more
Christine
It’s 1930 and Darling, Alabama, along with the rest of the nation, is trying to recover from the crash of the stock market. Verna Tidwell, Elizabeth “Liz” Lacy, and Ophelia Snow lead the Dahlias (the town’s garden club) to help cheer up residents by adding color and beauty to the town through their various gardening projects.

There are two newcomers in town, Nona Jean Jamison and her reclusive friend Miss Lake, and rumors about the two ladies are flying around the town. Verna is convinced she had
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Janet McCord
Even though I was very skeptical at first as to how the author would bring some of Al Capone's gang to Darling, Alabama, by the end I was convinced and enjoyed a very thrilling tale worthy of a radio detective series of the period! What a fun outing with the Darling Dahlias and I think I enjoyed this second book in the series even better than I did the first. Once you step back into Darling and get reacquainted with all the characters it's just like coming home. I could feel myself sitting on th ...more
Mandolin
Relative peace reigns in Darling, Alabama in 1930, despite the chaos that exists in the rest of the country following the stock market crash and onset of the Great Depression. Though many have suffered financial loss, the town's members have been able to maintain their positive outlook, for their close friendships and family ties have given them a firm foundation to weather this current storm. The members of Darling's Garden Club, the Dahlias, are no different. They see part of their mission as ...more
Leya
This is the second book of the latest mystery series written by Susan Wittig Albert. This series is set in Depression era Alabama. Susan Wittig Albert is one of my favorite mystery authors, I love both her historical and her contemporary books. She has a wonderful sense of humor that show in both settings. Humor in a cosy mystery is must have for me, and I think that is what keeps me reading the authors books.

The Darling Dahlias are getting ready for the annual talent show, when two ladies move
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Jeannie and Louis Rigod
What was life like in Darling (fictional town,) Alabama in November of 1930? This book will take you to the actual streets and daily lives via the Darling Dahlias, a women's Garden Club.

Ms. Albert, has a wonderful method of writing Historical Fiction that makes you a part of the times. She not only researches her times, implements in use, language, foods, cost of living, but throws in a time-related mystery or two for good measure.

This novel has us wondering who the two new ladies in town are.
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Janice
I liked the second book better than the first in this new series, probably because I was comfortable with the characters after having just read the first book! There is an advantage to waiting for book two before reading book one...in some cases. Enjoyed the characters and still fun reading about the 30's. "Big Berta, a 1920 green Chevrolet touring car, was ten years old and on her fifth set of tires and her second carburator, but she still had a good many miles left in her. Driving was pleasant ...more
Andrea

This one was even better than the first book in the series and it was
full of wonderful descriptions, characters and mysteries. Susan Wittig Albert has created a delightful place of fiction and yet brings in some very real historical figures into her story. Again there recipes, household hints and gardening information. So if someone enjoys gardening and cooking they are sure to enjoy these stories set in this little town where the ladies of the Darling Dahlias are the super sleuthes and they ca
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Jose Santos
Este é o segundo volume da escritora norte-americana Susan Witting Albert tendo como personagens principais, as senhoras do clube de jardinagem da pequena cidade de Darling. Desta vez as suas atenções são desviadas da jardinagem pela chegada à cidade de duas estranhas personagens. As suas atitudes suspeitas levam-nas a duvidar de que sejam quem dizem que são. Ao decidirem fazer umas investigações, vêem-se envolvidas com capangas do gangster de Al Capone e, ao mesmo tempo, descobrem um noivo que ...more
Joyce
I have enjoyed all of Susan Wittig Albert's mystery novels and also enjoyed this one very much. Having lived in the South in the past, I particularly enjoyed Albert's emphasis on using language authentic to that region of the country in the 1930's---the time in which the story of the novel took place. That was probably my favorite feature of the book. However, Albert's style of developing the characters is another feature I thoroughly enjoy in her novels. As always, there was a mystery in her bo ...more
Erica Hasselbach
My dad bought this book for me knowing that it was part of a series just because he remembered that as a child I disliked that there were flowers called "Naked Ladies."

So even though the book was purchased as an inside joke, it was an enjoyable read.
The addition of recipes in the book is very cute too.
Lynn
An excellent read! I typically am not wild about what reviewers classify as a "cozy" mystery...but the Darling Dahlias series is definitely an exception for me! I loved this book! Couldn't put it down! While it was a wonderful glimpse into the past and small-town southern life and relationships, it definitely contained well-planned mysterious clues and resolutions; perhaps what impressed me most--enough complexity to create real suspense while retaining that "cozy" ease of readability and just p ...more
Judy Goodnight
Aug 09, 2011 Judy Goodnight rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: cozy mystery lovers
This book is the second in the 1930's Alabama garden club series. In this book, two mysterious ladies have come to town from Chicago and are staying with the town's most noted recluse. Ladies of the Darling Dahlias garden club are attempting to confirm who the two ladies are. Is one of them truly Miss Hamer's niece? Are the two of them actually entertainers who performed risque dances for Flo Ziegfeld in New York City? Is the man in town asking questions about them an FBI man or is he in cahoots ...more
Ann Boytim
A funny book about southern ladies. This group are all involved in a gardening club in a small town in Alabama. Set in the age of the depression and prohibition. Two strange ladies come into town and the Darling Dahlias are hot to find out about their past. Gangster Al Capone is involved.
Ann
Two new woman have moved into Darling and rumors are flying that they are actually the Naughty and Nice Sisters of Ziegfeld fame. The Dahlias are bound to dig up the truth one way or another. I love this series and all of the Dahlias are wonderfully written.
Sharon
I read this first in this series and was hooked. Reminds me a bit of "Steel Magnolias" only more genteel ( having a quietly appealing or polite quality).

Good story-telling and a pleasant read. If you like Cozy Mysteries, this is a good one.
Sfdreams
The sequel to the first Darling Dahlias book did not disappoint! If anything, it was even better.

Ms. Albert sprinkled it with history of the period, as well as compelling subplots. There were new characters introduced, that I hope will make appearances in future books of the series.

Again, I was transported to that time. My mother was born in 1930, so I get a sense of what she might've gone through as I am reading. And the writing is superb--it is very evocative of the times. There was a list of
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Shirley Schwartz
What a cozy treat!

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
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Pam
ALBERT, Susan Wittig -- The Darling Dahlias & The Naked Ladies 11/01/11 4.5/B+
Mystery/2011/Berkley/272 pgs
#2 in Darling Dahlias Garden Club series
1930's/ Southern Alabama
Darling Dahlias -- residents of Darling's garden club
1st lines: Elizabeth Lacy opened the small shed behind the Dahlias' clubhouse & stowed the rakes, hoes, & spades inside.
Comments: Delightful cozy series. Darling has 2 new residents who have moved from Chicago to take care of an older relative. Verna recognizes the
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Donna Zigmont
I must admit I enjoyed this book as much if not more than the previous book in the series.The author did a great job of creating the characters and the town as well.If it were a real place I'd almost want to live there.And I love the characters.
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