The Darling Dahlias and the Poinsettia Puzzle (The Darling Dahlias, #8)
It’s Christmas, 1934, and the citizens of Darling, Alabama, are unwrapping a big package of Christmas puzzles.  Mildred Kilgore and Earlynne Biddle are planning to open a bakery on the square—if they can come up with the right recipes. Charlie Dickens faces two of the biggest puzzles of his career as an investigative reporter, and one of them involves his wife. Cute little Cupcake’s talent as a singer and dancer makes her a tempting target for an unscrupulous exploiter; Lizzy must enlist the Dahlias to protect her, while she herself is confronted by a romantic puzzle. And Sheriff Norris is forced to reopen a puzzling mystery that the town thought was solved and follow a string of clues that lead to a deadly situation at the nearby prison farm. Once again, NYT best-selling author Susan Wittig Albert takes us to a place where real people have courage, respect their neighbors, and dream of doing their best, even when they’re not sure what that is. She reminds us that Christmas is a celebration of friendship, community, and what’s right with the world. There’s nothing puzzling about that.​Bonus—Liz Lacy’s Garden Gate column on poinsettias, plus the Dahlias’ collection of traditional sweet Southern goodies for the holiday table, garnished with some cookery history. Reading group questions, more recipes, and Depression-era background at www.DarlingDahlias.com.

The Darling Dahlias and the Poinsettia Puzzle (The Darling Dahlias, #8) Details

TitleThe Darling Dahlias and the Poinsettia Puzzle (The Darling Dahlias, #8)
Author
ReleaseOct 16th, 2018
PublisherPersevero Press
ISBN-139780996904070
Rating
GenreMystery, Historical, Historical Fiction, Adult, Cozy Mystery, Fiction

The Darling Dahlias and the Poinsettia Puzzle (The Darling Dahlias, #8) Review

  • Glen
    January 1, 1970
    I won this book in a goodreads drawing.A book that lets the story get in the way of the plot. A small town in Alabama during the depression is the setting, and the authors writes in a Harper Lee type style where the writing never really gets to the point, but goes around and around in circles, until you forget what the heck is even going on. There's a mystery in there someplace, but you might miss it.
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  • Betsy
    January 1, 1970
    Another entertaining entry to the series with a real mystery investigation and more romance than usual. Sheriff Buddy, with help, determines who has committed a murder in an undercover operation. As always, the Dahlias are busy too, including a new bakery and a jigsaw puzzle contest as part of the festive holiday season. But all is not bright since Cupcake (Dorothy), Violet's niece, is at the center of a potential scam, which Dorothy's father may be contemplating. It definitely adds a measure of Another entertaining entry to the series with a real mystery investigation and more romance than usual. Sheriff Buddy, with help, determines who has committed a murder in an undercover operation. As always, the Dahlias are busy too, including a new bakery and a jigsaw puzzle contest as part of the festive holiday season. But all is not bright since Cupcake (Dorothy), Violet's niece, is at the center of a potential scam, which Dorothy's father may be contemplating. It definitely adds a measure of tension to the story.I always enjoy the Darling Dahlias series, partly for its historical setting, and partly for the characters, who are interesting without being pretentious.
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  • Lynn
    January 1, 1970
    Oh, it is swell to be back in Darling Alabama!The Darling Dahlias series is one of my favorite series. This book, the 8th in the series, did not disappoint. It included corruption at a prison, murder, a jigsaw puzzle contest, protection of a beloved child of Darling and the opening of a bakery. There was much more than this.It is set in Darling Alabama during the Depression and revolves around the women of the Darling Dahlias gardening club. Liz Lacy is featured more than the other Dahlias. It i Oh, it is swell to be back in Darling Alabama!The Darling Dahlias series is one of my favorite series. This book, the 8th in the series, did not disappoint. It included corruption at a prison, murder, a jigsaw puzzle contest, protection of a beloved child of Darling and the opening of a bakery. There was much more than this.It is set in Darling Alabama during the Depression and revolves around the women of the Darling Dahlias gardening club. Liz Lacy is featured more than the other Dahlias. It is 1934 and Christmas is almost here. This is one series that I pre-order and am caught up on. The friendship of the Dahlias, their character and the stick togetherness of the group make this series a very relaxing and enjoyable read. The times are tough but they don't dwell on it. They adapt. A person who likes action packed thriller type books would probably find this series too slow for them. It is a series to savor, to sit back, relax and visit again with the Darling characters. I love this series!This book could be read as a stand alone but for the characters and history I would start at the beginning.
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  • Joyce
    January 1, 1970
    4 starsThis is another delightful “Darling Dahlias” novel. In it we meet the (mostly) kindly and generous people of Darling, Alabama during the depression era of 1934. They share; they donate and get along well for the most part. Two of the ladies are opening a new bakery. They can’t agree on most things, but have been fast friends all their lives. The local editor and reporter for the newspaper has some puzzling new thing to, well – investigate. A little girl who sings and dances enchantingly m 4 starsThis is another delightful “Darling Dahlias” novel. In it we meet the (mostly) kindly and generous people of Darling, Alabama during the depression era of 1934. They share; they donate and get along well for the most part. Two of the ladies are opening a new bakery. They can’t agree on most things, but have been fast friends all their lives. The local editor and reporter for the newspaper has some puzzling new thing to, well – investigate. A little girl who sings and dances enchantingly may go to Hollywood on her talent. Another puzzle pops up when a suicide turns out to be a cleverly planned murder. Sheriff Norris and his deputy are faced with this conundrum. These are charming books that describe the small town of Darling with all of the color and liveliness it deserves. The small shops, the struggling residents and the enduring friendships between these special women are all brilliantly imparted to the reader. It is a relaxing way in which to spend an afternoon. I enjoy these little books and look forward to reading the next in the series.I want to thank NetGalley and Perservero Press/IBPA for forwarding to me a copy of this very good book for me to read, enjoy and review.
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  • Debbie
    January 1, 1970
    The Darling Dahlias takes you back to an idealized Depression-era South where simple activities bring great joy and hardship makes people closer rather than tear them apart. It's a nice place to visit.
  • Bonnye Reed
    January 1, 1970
    Author giftpub date October 15, 2018received November 1, 2018Persevero Press
  • Di
    January 1, 1970
    The Darling Dahlias are back in a satisfying storyWhen I’m reading a Darling Dahlias story I never want it to end, and this one is no exception. It has everything: romance, mystery, recipes, bootlegging, and even a shootout. On top of it all, it’s Christmas in Darling, Alabama. If you want a story that makes you feel good, this is the one to choose.
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  • Nancy
    January 1, 1970
    I received this book in a Goodreads giveaway. It is the 8th book in the series, which takes place in Darling, a small town in Alabama during the Great Depression. It is now December, nineteen thirty four, a town where “nothing unusual ever happens” according to the locals. The story focuses on members of the Darling Dahlias, a garden club, and has continuing story lines from the previous books, which might make it difficult if a reader were to choose this book to read first. There is a club “ros I received this book in a Goodreads giveaway. It is the 8th book in the series, which takes place in Darling, a small town in Alabama during the Great Depression. It is now December, nineteen thirty four, a town where “nothing unusual ever happens” according to the locals. The story focuses on members of the Darling Dahlias, a garden club, and has continuing story lines from the previous books, which might make it difficult if a reader were to choose this book to read first. There is a club “roster” at the beginning which introduces the characters and some of the story lines. Having read all the previous books, I enjoyed returning to the stories and characters and catching up. Jigsaw puzzles and timed puzzle solving tournaments are a craze in the US and it is no different in Darling. This theme loosely ties the book together as the club members are practicing piecing puzzles together quickly in order to participate in a tournament. The book has a leisurely pace, but having read all the previous books, I found it easy to pick up the story line. There is a mystery thread left from the previous book which is solved in this one, but the stories about life in a small town in the Deep South are a big part of the book. Ms. Albert is the author of many books, both fiction and non-fiction, and writes a good story. I enjoyed the book, and hope she continues with this series.
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  • Debbie Maskus
    January 1, 1970
    I have read Susan Wittig Albert's other series and a few of the Darling Dahlias' series. The story line creates excitement for the new bakery, the jigsaw puzzle contest, the dilemma of Cupcake, the love life of Liz, the suicide turned murder, and moonshining, but too many cooks spoil the bread. Too many events and too many characters confuse the reader, and then Albert references other books in the series in order to explain situations. While this evoked an interest, this reader felt that Albert I have read Susan Wittig Albert's other series and a few of the Darling Dahlias' series. The story line creates excitement for the new bakery, the jigsaw puzzle contest, the dilemma of Cupcake, the love life of Liz, the suicide turned murder, and moonshining, but too many cooks spoil the bread. Too many events and too many characters confuse the reader, and then Albert references other books in the series in order to explain situations. While this evoked an interest, this reader felt that Albert crammed the other books down the throat, at times. I felt that Albert did a good job mentioning the hardships following the Depression, but all these hardships seemed candy-coated. The new technology in ballistics aided the Sheriff, but again, I felt that danger and trouble remained hidden. Albert needed to limit her topics and develop her settings and characters, but still the book exposed me to a world that I did not understand.
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  • M. White
    January 1, 1970
    Great addition to the Darling Dahlias seriesThis story returns us to Darling, Alabama in December of 1934, where the ladies of the Darling Dahlias Garden Club are busy with holiday activities. However, along with the fun is the discovery of political corruption, the threat to the safety of a beloved child, and the continuing struggle to recover from the depression. Albert has created and continues to develop fascinating characters in a setting that gives the reader a real feel of small town depr Great addition to the Darling Dahlias seriesThis story returns us to Darling, Alabama in December of 1934, where the ladies of the Darling Dahlias Garden Club are busy with holiday activities. However, along with the fun is the discovery of political corruption, the threat to the safety of a beloved child, and the continuing struggle to recover from the depression. Albert has created and continues to develop fascinating characters in a setting that gives the reader a real feel of small town depression era life. This is a thoroughly enjoyable read and I am very grateful to Goodreads for selecting me for an ebook ARC.
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    This has been about my favorite of Albert's series, but this episode is rather blah. The main "mystery" part is the solution to the crime that was left unresolved in the last book, and unless you've just re-read the last one, some of the details are probably a bit misty. There's also a threat to adorable toddler Cupcake, and her two foster mothers, Violet and Myra May, that is partially resolved but that may slop over into the next book. And Liz Lacy's love life gets more complex and then, sudde This has been about my favorite of Albert's series, but this episode is rather blah. The main "mystery" part is the solution to the crime that was left unresolved in the last book, and unless you've just re-read the last one, some of the details are probably a bit misty. There's also a threat to adorable toddler Cupcake, and her two foster mothers, Violet and Myra May, that is partially resolved but that may slop over into the next book. And Liz Lacy's love life gets more complex and then, suddenly, a lot simpler. A jigsaw-puzzle solving contest doesn't really add much to the excitement, nor does a new bakery in town.
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  • Christine
    January 1, 1970
    The Darling Dahlias have been among my favorites and this current book keeps them at the top of my list. In The Darling Dahlias and the Poinsettia Puzzle, the residents of Darling, Alabama are competing in a Christmas jigsaw puzzle contest. As usual there is much going on: Earlynne Biddle and Mildred Kilgore are planning to open a bakery. The only problem is neither of them knows how to bake bread. They can bake all sorts of pastries and sweets, but not bread. Then someone threatens three-year-o The Darling Dahlias have been among my favorites and this current book keeps them at the top of my list. In The Darling Dahlias and the Poinsettia Puzzle, the residents of Darling, Alabama are competing in a Christmas jigsaw puzzle contest. As usual there is much going on: Earlynne Biddle and Mildred Kilgore are planning to open a bakery. The only problem is neither of them knows how to bake bread. They can bake all sorts of pastries and sweets, but not bread. Then someone threatens three-year-old Cupcake and the residents rally to solve the problems. Another delightful treat from the people of Darling and how they manage their lives in the 1930s.
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  • Angela
    January 1, 1970
    This is such a great series. I think it is my favorite of all the series by Mrs. Albert. I love the setting and the history. I feel like it gives me a glimpse of my grandparents lives as they both grew up in Alabama (Mobile and a small town like Darling). The stories in this one were entertaining but built on the previous books in the series so I would recommend reading in order. I cannot tell you how happy I am with the ending of this book. That is one personal development I have been waiting f This is such a great series. I think it is my favorite of all the series by Mrs. Albert. I love the setting and the history. I feel like it gives me a glimpse of my grandparents lives as they both grew up in Alabama (Mobile and a small town like Darling). The stories in this one were entertaining but built on the previous books in the series so I would recommend reading in order. I cannot tell you how happy I am with the ending of this book. That is one personal development I have been waiting for and I can't wait to see what happens next there! Can't wait for the next book.
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  • Diane
    January 1, 1970
    I received a copy of this through the Goodreads Giveaway Program. All the other books I've read by Susan Wittig Albert have been in the China Bayles series. I loved them and was looking forward to reading this selection.If you like historical mysteries with wonderful characters, a plot that unwinds throughout the story, and a small town of yesteryear, you'll enjoy this book.All the references to historical figures fleshes it out and easily anchors you in the time period.
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  • Lynda
    January 1, 1970
    Darling, Alabama Darling is a lovely little town now in the just post-depression time in Alabama; a town where everyone agrees “nothing ever happens”. Except, of course, when all sorts of things are happening from new beaus to tricky murders involving the local prison, from a new bakery to a game of “hide the Cupcake”, and freezing weather for our Darling Dahlias’ gardens. I love this series, perhaps because I can remember when my hometown was just as small.
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  • Ruth Ellen
    January 1, 1970
    The Dahlias are once again gracing us us with their wisdom and friendship. Liz gets a disturbing phone call from Los Angeles. The sheriff has to settle a murder suicide case that is not adding up. The Dahlias join a contest to put a puzzle together for charity. And finally, Charles Dickens has to find a replacement for Ophelia when she get a job with the WPA. Read and see how it all turns out.
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  • Yvonne
    January 1, 1970
    I always look forward to reading a new book from the series. It feels like catching up with old friends. I get a glimpse into their lives, how their friendships have changed. Don't get me wrong, their problems aren't heart stopping thrillers, but that's partly what's grand about it. A comforting, warm book.
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  • Leslie Ferrari
    January 1, 1970
    Another cozy saga from the Dahlias. This story highlights Liz, with a smaller emphasis on events in the lives of Earlynne, Mildred and Violet. A quick read, excellent for a cross country flight. Interesting enough to hold your attention and leave you with a warm fuzzy feeling.I did receive this in a Goodreads drawing.
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  • Patricia
    January 1, 1970
    I was given a copy of this book to read in exchange for a review.It is always a delight to read about the Dahlias. Their friendships and support of each other is so good to read about. Even during the hard times of the Depression they can find ways to help each other and inspire us to be move inventive with our own friends.I recommend this book very much.
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  • Nancy
    January 1, 1970
    A sweet little story set in 1930’s in the small town of Darling , Alabama. This was a light mystery with some giggles. Amongst the things going on, besides moonshine, 2 little lady’s are trying to start a bakery, and another group of women are preparing for their annual Christmas puzzle contest. Life in a small town when everyone seems to rely on each other...friendship at its best!
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  • Marissa
    January 1, 1970
    Goodreads Kindle Copy WinIt is 1934, Mildred and Earlynne plan to open a bakery as Christmas approaches but their help is also needed in the community. Surrounded by different puzzles as the town people come together.A warm hearted read that brings together people.
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  • Mary
    January 1, 1970
    I just love this series, that takes place in Darling Alabama during the depression. The story tells about the ladies of the Dahlias garden club a group of southern ladies who garden, bake and help out in their community. Such a refreshing heartwarming story.
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  • sylvia Dobbs
    January 1, 1970
    My second Darling Dahlias BookA very enjoyable story but I think you have to read the others in the series. I felt I missed a great portion of the book without this background .
  • Molly
    January 1, 1970
    I love this cast of characters!
  • Sharon Bezrutczyk
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoy the books about the dahlias.. I remember listened to my parents talk about some of these times.
  • Muriel
    January 1, 1970
    This was my first book of this series and I was p,easantly surprised. A fun weekend read.
  • Judy Scholl
    January 1, 1970
    Rambling. Then when got to the mystery part, barely touched on it.
  • Virginia Adi
    January 1, 1970
    absolutely enjoyable!
  • Karen Hackett
    January 1, 1970
    I love this series!!!
  • Nanci
    January 1, 1970
    Finally answered some questions that had been left open - in an utterly annoying way - in the previous book.
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