Image of The Darling Dahlias and the Confederate Rose (Darling Dahlias Mysteries)

THE DARLING DAHLIAS AND THE CONFEDERATE ROSE

Image of The Darling Dahlias and the Confederate Rose (Darling Dahlias Mysteries)

Albert expertly weaves three mysteries into one engaging novel in this third entry in her Depression era-set series. We learn more about newspaperman Charlie Dickens, and all of the club ladies come into sharper focus. The historical detail is spot-on, and the story moves at a good pace. While there is perhaps a little too much time devoted to backstory, this is, overall, a solid, well-plotted mystery with likable characters.

The Darling Dahlias Gardening Club is never at a loss for a project, whether it’s weeding the vegetable plot they maintain for the townsfolk or solving little mysteries around town. When member Dorothy Rogers’ pillow is mauled by a cat, she discovers mysterious symbols done in needlepoint that may be a historical cipher. And Angelina Biggs is acting very oddly. But the group’s biggest concern is Verna Tidwell, who stands accused of embezzling a large sum of money from the county coffers, a crime the girls are sure she did not commit. (PRIME CRIME, Sep., 304 pp., $24.95)

Reviewed by: 
Robyn Glazer