A couple of years ago I launched a new mystery series, The Darling Dahlias. The series is set in the 1930s, when times are tough, jobs are scarce, and people are worried about what lies ahead.
But the ladies of the fictional town of Darling, Alabama, are determined to keep their spirits up, their families fed, and their town beautiful. They belong to a garden club called "The Dahlias," which (next to Beulah's Beauty Bower, the Darling Diner, and the party line) is the most important of the town's social centers. The Dahlias have a clubhouse, a flag, an overgrown garden, and a weekly column in The Darling Dispatch, written by Miss Elizabeth Lacy. And like many other women of that era, they are experts in gardening, cooking, sewing, saving money, and making do, cheerfully.
The Dahlias are also experts in solving mysteries, which is a very good thing, because their books are chock-a-block full of them. I don't want to spill the beans, but there's enough excitement to keep the Darling Dahlias in full bloom all summer long. And even though there are a few Bad Apples in Darling (wouldn't be a mystery without them, would it?), the harvest all comes right in the end.
The first three books, The Darling Dahlas and the Confederate Rose, The Darling Dahlias and the Cucumber Tree, and The Darling Dahlias and the Naked Ladies are available in print, ebook, and audio.
The Darling Dahlias and the Texas Star will be out in September, 2013. I'm currently working on The Darling Dahlias and the Silver Dollar Bush.
The Dahlias and I will be inviting you to join in some of the fun of this new series. So stay tuned, and stay in touch.