The Darling Dahlias and the Texas Star

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Berkley Publishing Group, Sep 3, 2013 - Fiction - 320 pages
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National bestselling author Susan Wittig Albert returns to the small town of Darling, Alabama, in the 1930s?where the Darling Dahlias, the colorful ladies of a garden club, are anything but shrinking violets when it comes to rooting out criminals?

The Texas Star herself?Miss Lily Dare, the ?fastest woman in the world”?is bringing her Dare Devils Flying Circus to Darling. Unfortunately, she's also bringing a whole lot of trouble. As the Dahlias prepare for the annual Watermelon Festival?where they will present the famous female aviatrix with her own Texas Star hibiscus?rumors are flying.

Dahlias president Liz Lacy learns from newspaperman Charlie Dickens that Miss Dare has been threatened and her plane sabotaged. Apparently the bold and beautiful barnstormer has made plenty of enemies. And is it possible she may even be involved with the husband of one of Darling's local ladies?

And speaking of wings, the new cook at Myra May's Darling Diner can fry a chicken and whip up a sweet potato meringue pie like nobody's business. But why is she keeping her past such a mystery?

As the Texas Star barnstorms into town, Liz and Verna Tidwell offer to help bring down a saboteur who may be propelled by revenge. Before it's all over, there will be plenty of black eyes and dark secrets revealed?

Includes Southern-Style Depression-Era Recipes!

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Review: The Darling Dahlias and the Texas Star (The Darling Dahlias #4)

User Review  - Mary Rohrbeck - Goodreads

First book in this series that I've read. A nice, quick read with interesting characters. I was disappointed that it didn't have more information on gardening, like Albert's other series about herbs. Read full review

Review: The Darling Dahlias and the Texas Star (The Darling Dahlias #4)

User Review  - Maureen Hetzel - Goodreads

Cozy mystery is perfect for a cloudy damp day meant for curling up with a good book. And this continued the string of fun returns to the garden club of Darling AL where members have great skills in solving mysteries. Read full review

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About the author (2013)

Susan Wittig Albert grew up on a farm in Illinois and earned her Ph.D. at the University of California at Berkeley. A former professor of English and a university administrator and vice president, she is the author of the China Bayles Mysteries, the Darling Dahlias Mysteries, and the Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter. Some of her recent titles include Widow's Tears, Cat's Claw, The Darling Dahlias and the Confederate Rose, and The Tale of Castle Cottage. She and her husband, Bill, coauthor a series of Victorian-Edwardian mysteries under the name Robin Paige, which includes such titles as Death at Glamis Castle and Death at Whitechapel.

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