The Darling Dahlia and the Naked Ladies

 The Darling Dahlias and the Naked Ladies, by Susan Wittig Albert

In 1930s Darling, Alabama, the ladies of the Darling Dahlias garden club garden, cook, sew, “make do”, and solve mysteries. Their first appearance was The Darling Dahlias and the Cucumber TreeThe latest excitement in town is the arrival of Nona Jean Jamison and her friend Lily Lake, come to stay with Nona Jean’s reclusive aunt. They are rumored to be the Naughty and Nice Sisters from the Ziegfeld Frolics, and are followed to town by a nosy man from Chicago, who may be an investigator or connected to Al Capone. Liz Lacy, along with Verna, Bessie, and Myra Mae investigate, while coping with domestic dramas along the way. The colorful characters seem real, as does the setting.  The naked ladies turn out to be beautiful lilies that bloom above a naked stalk. For more about the Dahlias, visit their web site.

For more Depression era mysteries, try Jill Churchill’s Grace and Favor series, beginning with Anything Goes. For more about Al Capone, read Get Capone, by Jonathan Eig.


One thought on “The Darling Dahlia and the Naked Ladies

  1. Thanks for the Get Capone recommendation. For those of us addicted to HBO’s Boardwalk Empire this time period is newly fascinating – both as a fictional setting and for its real life inspired characters.

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