The Darling Dahlias and the Cucumber Tree – Book 1

“Cozy fans will be delighted to learn that the prolific Albert—known for her clever puzzles, engaging characters, love of nature, and outstanding historic research—is debuting yet another exceptional series.”
–Booklist Starred Review

The country may be struggling through the Great Depression, but the good ladies of Darling, Alabama, are determined to keep their chins up and their town beautiful. Their garden club, the Darling Dahlias, has just inherited a new clubhouse and garden, complete with two beautiful cucumber trees in full bloom.

But life in Darling is not all garden parties and rosemary lemonade.

When local blond bombshell Bunny Scott is found in a suspicious car wreck, the Dahlias decide to dig into the town’s buried secrets, and club members Lizzy, Ophelia, and Verna soon find leads sprouting up faster than weeds. The town is all abuzz with news of an escaped convict from the prison farm, rumors of trouble at the bank, and tales of a ghost heard digging around the cucumber tree. If anyone can get to the root of these mysteries, it’s the Darling Dahlias.

Read Chapter 1 – The Darling Dahlias and the Cucumber Tree

 

Praise for The Darling Dahlias and the Cucumber Tree

“The author of the popular China Bayles mysteries brings a small Southern town to life and vividly captures an era and culture—the Depression, segregation, class differences, the role of women in the South—with authentic period details. Her book fairly sizzles with the strength of the women of Darling.”
—Library Journal Starred Review

“A nostalgic first in a new Depression-era mystery series…Albert combines great period detail with surefooted sleuthing that should satisfy fans and attract new ones.”
—Publishers Weekly

“This sweet book captures the true tone of a small town.”
—New Orleans Times-Picayune

“Albert…hits all the right notes in this series debut. The plot’s believable, the Southern color brims with authenticity, and the characters are charmingly and realistically drawn… The Darling Dahlias and the Cucumber Tree blooms with success, and here’s hoping the ladies have many more opportunities to dig into crime.”
—Richmond Times-Dispatch

“Excellent timely regional Depression Era mystery that brings to life the atmosphere of a period in which people are concerned over the economy that has left no chicken in almost any pot.”
—Follow The Clue