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Shirley: Ms. Wittig Albert's Darling Dahlia series is a winner. It's a wonderful historical cozy series set in small town Darling, Alabama in the late 1930's. This recipe for success is as follows:
Mix some old time Southern charm with half a peck of nefarious deeds, half a peck of elderly southern belles, half a peck of great depression gardening and cooking tips. Then a pinch of southern civil rights in the 30's, a pinch of wonderful eccentric personalities, maybe more than a pinch of crafty criminals. Mix all this up in a big giant bowl and top with believable characters and you have the Darling Dahlia series. She even seasons with some true southern historical facts.
The ladies of Darling are back in this book and they are all trying to help their friend Verna who is under suspicion of embezzling funds from the County Commissioner's office. With Myra May and Violet on the switchboard, and an old newshound by the name of Charlie Dickins, and their own southern common sense the Dahlias have all they need to put an end to this threat to one of their own.
These books are just so much fun to read. I can't wait for the next one. With this series and the China Bayles series, Ms. Wittig Albert is one of my favourite cozy writers right now. She ranks right up there with M.C. Beaton and Carolyn Hart in my opinion.