The Darling Dahlias and the Poinsettia Puzzle

The Darling Dahlias and the Poinsettia Puzzle

by Susan Wittig Albert

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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

Product Details

BN ID: 2940161563861
Publisher: Persevero Press
Publication date: 10/16/2018
Series: Darling Dahlias Series , #8
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 66,907
File size: 852 KB

About the Author

Susan Wittig Albert is the NYT best-selling author of over 100 books. Her work includes four mystery series: China Bayles, the Darling Dahlias, the Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter, and the Robin Paige Victorian mysteries. She has published three award-winning historical novels, as well as YA fiction, memoirs, and nonfiction. Susan currently serves as an editor of StoryCircleBookReviews and helps to coordinate SCN's online class program. She and her husband Bill live in the Texas Hill Country, where she writes, gardens, and raises a varying assortment of barnyard creatures.

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Place of Birth:

Danville, Illinois


Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley

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The Darling Dahlias and the Poinsettia Puzzle 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous 9 months ago
Loved the story as usual, but also learned a lot about the history I’d hadn’t known.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
KTempleton More than 1 year ago
It’s Christmas in Darling, AL and the Dahlias are getting ready for the community puzzle competition. Mildred and Earlynne are preparing for the grand opening of their bakery. Meanwhile, the police department is trying to solve the mystery of some questionable events at the nearby prison. This book 8 in the series but my first book. I had no problems following the story so the book can definitely be enjoyed as a stand-alone mystery. The characters are realistic, unique, and quirky. The book takes place in 1934 Alabama, being an Alabamian I learned a lot about life during this time in places that I have been often. The storyline grabbed me from the beginning and held my attention until the end. The friendships and other relationships felt real and the well placed red herrings keep the mystery intact. I enjoyed reading this book and look forward to reading more of this series. I voluntarily agreed to read a copy of this book supplied by Netgalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own and in no way have been influenced.
TarynLee More than 1 year ago
I love a good period mystery and this series doesn't disappoint, the author truly takes you back to the time period and with her descriptions it's easy to picture all that is going on. In this next book of the series you'll find yourself entranced by so many different things like a bakery opening, a jigsaw puzzle contest and an exploiter of children just to name a few. Can the ladies keep a young girl safe from someone who only looks to use her? Will the bakery opening go off without a hitch and will the recipes being used be exciting enough for the customers? Will a mystery brought back to the forefront be solved or will it remain and open case to the sheriff? There are many mysteries to be solved in this new read and as you work your way through the clues you'll feel the Christmas spirit that the Dahlias emit throughout the read. The Dahlias face so many different things but as a group when they work together things seem to have a way of turning out. The mystery of the book is a wonderful way to get your mind working and keeping you interested but the friendships in the book will be what brings you back for more. I look forward to seeing the Dahlia's friendship at work and where life takes them next!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have not read the previous Dahlia books but I was surprised how quickly all the pieces fit together just like their puzzles. From spunky Liz to the adorable Cupcake I felt I knew the characters. Set in Alabama during the depression you get an appreciation for how hard life was and this spirited community makes the best of what little they have. Murder, puzzle clubs, child abduction, moonshiners and new bakery owners all collide and somehow it works so well! I really loved this charming story and I intend to continue reading more of the Dahlias!!! .
Delphimo More than 1 year ago
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.