The Darling Dahlias and the Poinsettia Puzzle By Susan Wittig Albert: Review/Giveaway

Dec 8, 2018 | 2018 Articles, Mysteryrat's Maze, Sandra Murphy

by Sandra Murphy

Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a copy of The Darling Dahlias and the Poinsettia Puzzle, a link to purchase it from Amazon, and an indie bookstore where a portion of the sale goes to help support KRL.

It’s 1934, and the folks in Darling, Alabama, still need a bit of help now and again to keep food on the table. It’s hard to recover from the Great Depression. Liz has had her hours cut at Mr. Mosely’s law office. She’s got a book to write, but that’s no guarantee of money. Her former boyfriend, well, he got another girl in trouble and married her, but she’s passed away, leaving a motherless baby. He thinks Liz should marry him, quit her job, and take over the house and mothering instead.

Mildred and Earlynne are opening a new bakery, a daring venture in this economy. Earlynne, she makes the best pastries a body’s ever tasted. Mildred is money person, figuring out the pricing and all. The thing is, neither one of the them can bake a loaf of bread that’s edible, and bread is a staple of a bakery’s business.mystery book cover

Charlie Dickens, over at the newspaper, has got a lead on a hot story. He used to be an investigative reporter but then inherited a small-town paper and because of the economy, couldn’t find a buyer for it. Now he’s stuck—unless this story gets the attention of bigger papers. His hot lead also introduces him to an informant with a story that could turn things upside down.

Violet and Myra May’s little girl, Cupcake, is about as cute as that Shirley Temple and just as talented. That little girl is the apple of everyone’s eye when she sings and dances. When Liz finds out there’s a plot to take Cupcake away from Violet and Myra, and well, the whole town, she can barely breathe at the thought of it.

Early on, Liz had a crush on Mr. Mosely, but that’s all past now. When a stranger comes to town looking for writers for a nationwide project, he zeros in on Liz as his first choice. Will she say yes? On top of the job, he’s a good looking man and attentive too.

Susan Wittig Albert tells the story of a small town, down on its luck but full of hope for the future. Her characters become friends as readers stroll down the street, hear the old printing press clang, smell the pastries and cookies warm from the oven, stop at the hat shop to see the latest style, and pause to smell the flowers the Darling Dahlias plant in their community garden. Take a step back in time to meet them—the mystery is good, the company better.

Enjoy “The Garden Gate by Elizabeth Lacy” (President of the Darling Dahlias Club) which provides fascinating insights into poinsettias including Aunt Hetty’s Favorite Fertilizer. And a Lagniappe, a little something extra, recipes include Pecan Tassies, Holiday Bread Pudding with Rum Sauce, Forgotten Cookies, Ambrosia, and Eggnog that doesn’t come out of a cardboard container (and it has rum in it!).

Albert also writes the China Bayles mysteries set in Texas, the Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter, the Robin Paige Victorian-Edwardian series, and historical standalones that include A Wilder Rose, Loving Eleanor, and The General’s Woman.

To enter to win a copy of The Darling Dahlias and the Poinsettia Puzzle, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “poinsettia,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen December 15, 2018. U.S. residents only. If entering via email please include your mailing address (so if you win we can get the book sent right out to you), and if via comment please include your email address. You can read our privacy statement here if you like.

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Sandra Murphy lives in the shadow of the Arch in St. Louis Missouri. She writes about eco-friendly topics, pets and wildlife for magazines and reviews mysteries and thrillers for KRL. A collection of her short stories, published by Untreed Reads, From Hay to Eternity: Ten Tales of Crime and Deception can be found at all the usual outlets. Each one is a little weird and all have a twist you won’t see coming.

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  1. Thanks for the review, and the chance to win this book. I would love to read it.

    faithdcreech at gmail dot com

  2. I would love to win & start reading this series.

  3. I have been waiting to read this book! I love everything Miss Albert writes! Thank you for giving away a copy of this new book.

  4. I love reading about the Depression era.
    Donah42 at aol dot com

  5. I love everything she writes – thanks for the chance.

  6. Thanks for the chance to win the latest book in the Darling Dahlias series. I’m sure we’d both enjoy it very much. crs(at)codedivasites(dot)com

  7. This is a new to me author but it sounds like something I would love! Thanks for the chance!


  8. Glad there is a new one – great series – thanks for the contest – trwilliams 69 at msn dot com

  9. This book sounds interesting can’t wait to read it! Thanks for the chance.

  10. I was introduced to Susan Wittig Albert by a dear friend from the church I worked at. Susan’s books are always a good read that will hold your attention. Thanks for the chance to enter your giveaway. robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com

  11. I love this Era of the 30’s and 40’s. I know I would like this mystery…

  12. Another new series to me. Sounds like an interesting read.

  13. Sounds delightful — esp because I grew up on Dahlia Lane!

  14. A series I haven’t started reading yet, I love the author’s other series…thanks for the chance to win!

  15. We have a winner!


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