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, neighborly, nosy, and flawed. This is the seventh book in the series, and the first book that I am reading and reviewing. It can be read as a stand- alone, and I would be interested in reading the others.
Alcohol is now legal, but bootlegging still exists, and is a big business by the swamps, and prison. It is fascinating to hear reference to Party phones, the automobiles of the time, and the way people had different complications. Although times were less complex, there still were hardships. There were financial hardships after the Depression. There is talk of a “New Deal” that promises more jobs. There is news of Kidnappings for money. Since money is hard to come by, there is an old broken- down phone system, and some businesses might have to close. One of the limited partners in these businesses doesn’t want to provide the monies necessary to improve and keep these things running.
To top it off, the “Lucky Four Clovers” the town’s winning quartet is having problems of its own. The Women’s “Darling Dahlias”, the local garden club helps boost the morale, by making pies, and being a support system to one another.
In addition, the town is faced with a murder. There are a few characters that could be suspect. In a small town, it is hard to keep secrets and information from getting out.
The women of this town are hardworking, resourceful, enterprising , and creative with the lack of funds. I appreciate that the author discusses the roles of women during the depression, family, friendships, neighbors, and community.
I would recommend this cozy mystery to readers that appreciate mystery, and fiction. I received an Advanced Reading Copy for my honest review.