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The Darling Dahlias and the Unlucky Clover (The Darling Dahlias #7)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  332 Ratings  ·  92 Reviews
It looks like the music has ended for Darling’s favourite barbershop quartet, 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 ...more
Hardcover, 260 pages
Published March 6th 2018 by Persevero Press
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EuroHackie No. The local barbershop quartet is called the "Lucky Clovers," and there is a running theme of four leaf/lucky clovers throughout the story, hence…moreNo. The local barbershop quartet is called the "Lucky Clovers," and there is a running theme of four leaf/lucky clovers throughout the story, hence the cover.(less)

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Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Jan 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2018
After reading a couple of other books by Susan Wittig Albert (A Wilder Rose, Loving Eleanor and The General's Women) was I curious about her works. So, I was thrilled when I the chance to read The Darling Dahlias and the Unlucky Clover, book seven in The Darling Dahlias series.

As a new reader to this series can I conclude that I besotted in this series. Yes, utterly charmed and in need of the previous books. From the very first page was I intrigued by the story and engrossed in the mystery of on
Dec 10, 2017 rated it liked it
I generally do not read this genre of story, but to my surprise, it was quite interesting. A novel set in a charming town of Darling where even the time of Great Depression, cannot repress the people of this town. Then a murder occurs and the Sheriff investigates...
The story takes its own gentle twists and turns, down the pages. There is both suspense and humor, and that makes this an easy read.
Characters are from different fields of life and are well developed.
This is the 7th book in the Darli
Jan 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Darling Dahlias And The Unlucky Clover is the seventh book in the Darling Dahlias series.

I’ve read all of the Susan Wittig Alberts mystery series books and the series written as Robin Page and wonderful books they all are. Albert is one of the truly great wordsmith writing today. All of her books are all very well-plotted and all have a well-developed cast of believable characters.

I’m so glad that this series found a new home and that there will be more to come. This series just makes it int
Mar 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was very happy to see that Susan Albert wrote another Darling Dahlia Book. This was the seventh book. I have enjoyed all seven books that take place in Darling Alabama during the early 1930's. A prominent resident of Darling was found dead in his Pierce Arrow car. It had crashed down an embankment. Questions start to arise if it was really an accident or murder.

The book contains a roster at the beginning identifying the members of the Dahlia gardening club.
I don't believe that one has to star
Linda Zagon
Feb 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
My Review of "The Darling Dahlias and the Unlucky Clover" by Susan Wittig Albert

I appreciate the intriguing way that Susan Wittig Albert, Author of "The Darling Dahlias and the Unlucky Clover", weaves her charming, delightful and mysterious story and colorful characters together.

The timeline of this story is around the depression in Darling, Alabama. The genres for this story are mystery, cozy mystery, fiction with some historical fiction.

The author describes her characters as quirky, likeable,
Mar 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
I've read another series by this author which I enjoy immensely but this was my first foray into this one and I was very pleased with it. I love period mysteries and this one didn't disappoint. Set in the 1930's during the great depression you are introduced to a group of ladies in a gardening club who make the most of life no matter the times. Follow along as they deal with one piece of bad news after another. Even though times are hard they always find a way. This was a truly fun read, it was ...more
Jody Hamilton
I've been a big fan of the previous Darling Dahlias books but this latest offering missed its mark. The resolution of the mystery was not complete so I can only hope it continues into the next book. Additionally, the newspaper publisher, Charlie, has a little mystery of his regarding regarding his wife's finances which was never resolved.

Much of the charm of these books comes from the Darling Dahlias interactions with each other but there wasn't much of that in these books. Most of the character
Jennie Rosenblum
Jan 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is the seventh in the series but the first one of the series that I have read. The author writes in a couple of genres and shows talent in each. This series is based in the 1930’s in a small town named Darling in Alabama. From the beginning letter to the reader to the ending recipes for pies this book made me happy. The main characters are mostly charming ladies from the Darling Dahlias, a gardening club. As always with this author the subject matter and time period are well researched ...more
Apr 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another story in the delightful Dahlias and their era during the depression and in this case the new deal of President Franklin Roosevelt's presidency. There is a group of men who make up a quartet of singers who compete in a contest that they enter sponsored in their own towns. The Dahlias investigate when one of the singers disappears. Each Dahlia investigates after the missing member is found dead.
I was delighted to return to the people and setting of Darling but this book has no real ending at all. It’s half a book.
Pamela Priest
Oct 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have been an avid reader of Ms. Albert's books for many years, and I am so grateful she decided to continue this series. I feel like I am right there in the book with her characters, because they are real, and her depression period facts are well researched. My parents were raised during the depression, so I've heard the stories, and these books continue to add details to the stories. There are many elements I love about this book, and Ms. Albert's books in general. She spins a good tale that ...more
Feb 04, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was definitely my least favorite in the series so far. The first quarter of the book was just reintroducing the characters and their backstories, which I already knew. The mystery was uninteresting and very slow paced. Hopefully the next one is better.

I received this Kindle copy from Goodreads Giveaways.
Dawn Michelle
I really enjoy this series; the characters are so very real and should you live in a small town [like I do], you can find variations of these characters all over. Therefore, when one of them does something COMPLETELY STUPID, it makes you just want to yell and harumph at them [which I may or may not have done when this happened in this book - no, I will not tell you, you will have to find out on your own]. Sigh. It was the only part of the book that felt...false? that the word I am looking f ...more
Oct 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 stars

What a charming novel. The book opens with a letter to the reader. This seems like a warm and friendly way to introduce Ms. Wittig Albert’s new book.

It’s 1934 in Darling, Alabama and we’re in the middle of the Great Depressions. But the irrepressible citizens of Darling can’t be kept down for long. The local barbershop quartet the Lucky Four Clovers are about to compete in the Regional Barbershop Competition.

The phone lines get messed up and Mr. Whitworth of the Lucky Four Clovers is kil
This was such an odd reading experience for me. I thoroughly enjoyed the original Dahlias series, and was ecstatic when I discovered there was a new one, but I came out of the reading experience mostly disappointed. None of the plot lines are really resolved, not even the cover mystery (not really - there is an explanation, but it is a suspiciously neat one, derived from the characters basically running into each other and gossiping about the accident). The mystery was most disappointing, and no ...more
J.D. Dehart
Oct 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I found this to be a charming story from the get-go. Susan Wittig Albert starts the story with a letter from her characters to the reader and it is small touches like this that made me feel comfortable as a reader entering this world for the first time.

This book was a pleasure to read, and a well-written example of a mystery that relies on plot for its effectiveness instead of shock.
Karen Cleary
Mar 23, 2018 rated it liked it
I was disappointed, as I've really enjoyed this series so far. Susan Albert had decided not to write any more of the Darling Dahlias, but has changed her mind. There were so many loose ends left at the end of this book that it looks like there will be a follow-up. I'd rate it 3 1/2 because of the major unresolved mystery: spoiler alert - who killed the prison warden? (I'm guessing the prison manager ordered him to kill Whitworth, then shot the warden to keep him from talking when the sheriff's d ...more
Mary Ellen
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read it in one sitting. I really enjoy the Darling Dahlias.
Mar 15, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction-albert
I thought this was the best of the Darling Dahlias books so far--until it stopped without resolving major story lines. Why was the man killed? What will Liz decide to do? How will the sheriff figure out what's going on with the prison farm and the bootlegger, and how is that tied to the death? Yes, it's a series, but usually the major plot points are not left hanging until the next book, if indeed they are picked up there. Disappointing.
Oct 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a lovely book! I love the Darling Dahlias mysteries and I like the personal stories and well as the historical setting and the descriptions of how people lived. This is a good mystery with a little cliffhanger that let hope for a development in book that will come soon.
Really enjoyed it!
Tnx to Netgalley and the publisher
Ruth Feathers
First, full disclosure: I won my copy through a Goodreads giveaway. I'm not sure if I received a finished copy, because it seems like I'm missing chapters that would explain things like Charlie's wife's mystery. I liked the book, my copy just feels unfinished.
Bonnye Reed
Oct 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
GNab Although I adore Susan Wittig Alberts' stand alone books, I had not looked into her serial historical novels. Shame on me. The Darling Dahlias and the Unlucky Clover, though stand alone, is #7 the the Dahlias series and a hoot. Think Miss Seaton with a deep southern accent and the best pecan pie recipe ever. Set in an imaginary small town in southern Alabama in the early 1930's, the Dahlias are a loose group of women, both stay-at-homers and working women, who do their best to keep Darling, ...more
Mar 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Darling Dahlias and the Unlucky Clover tells the story of the ladies in a garden club in Depression era Alabama. The book gives glimpses of their lives and follows them as they solve a mystery.

I love historical fiction, southern fiction, and mysteries, and cannot believe I am only now discovering the Darling Dahlias series! This book was such a delight. I grew up in the Deep South, and love the nostalgic, evocative small town that comes to life in this book. I could almost smell honeysuckle
Mar 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Everything is going along swimmingly in the small town of Darling, Al. Though they are still in the throes of the depression, the townsfolk in 1934 Darling have kept their spirit and are making do with what they have, grateful for everything they do have. The town garden ladies, the Darling Dahlias, who make up the bulk of the book’s characters are keeping things moving, planning and preparing for the Dixie Regional Barbershop Competition, involving their own favorite barbershop quartet, the Luc ...more
Elizabeth Amber Love
Nov 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The review was also made possible through an advanced copy offered by NetGalley.

The main cast of ladies are also diversely employed: a legal secretary, a reporter, diner owners, a fashion mogul, telephone exchange owners and operators, and stay at home wives. They're busy with civic responsibilities like the pie bakes and supporting the barbershop quartet, the Lucky Clovers. There's exploration into the pressure about how old a woman is and when she's expected to marry and have children; the aud
Apr 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is set in 1934 in Dahlia. The local garden club is involved in everything the town does. The local singing group is having bad luck just when they had a good chance of winning , the town’s telephone system is overloaded and people are out of work. Liquor is legal again but the bootleggers are selling it without paying the taxes. With all this happening the garden group gets involved with a murder. Interesting story of the 1930’s.
Jan 27, 2018 rated it liked it
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Barbara Senteney
Nov 25, 2017 rated it liked it
I thought everything about this story was average, the characters didn't excite me or bring an emotional response. It was very slow paced , and I had a hard time getting into it, because it had little appeal.
Patti Smith (Peppermint Ph.D.)
Mar 06, 2018 rated it really liked it

I'm a sucker for anything written about the South...especially Mississippi and Alabama.
Throw in a ladies' group, a mystery, some history, and a comforting series, and I'm all yours.

First Impressions

I was a little worried at first because The Darling Dahlias and the Unlucky Clover is the 7th book in the "Darling Dahlias" series. I've read a lot of series in the past. Sometimes I need to start from the beginning and sometimes not. It just depends.
I did appreciate the Susan Wittig's "Club Ros
The Lit Bitch
Mar 19, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

I have only read one book by Susan Wittig Albert and for me it was just ok….a little too cozy for my taste. So why read another one by her? I’ll tell you why, she has written so many books and has so many fans that I am willing to go on a little faith and see if something else by her appeals to me.

This book came across my desk for review and I was willing to give it a shot based on the fact that Wittig Albert has so many fans and I am bound to find something that I like in her works. S
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