By Susan Wittig Albert
National bestselling writer Susan Wittig Albert returns to the small city of Darling, Alabama, within the 1930s—where the women of the Darling Dahlias backyard membership are whatever yet shrinking violets in terms of rooting out criminals…
The Texas big name herself—Miss Lily Dare, the “fastest girl within the world”—is bringing her Dare Devils Flying Circus to Darling. regrettably, she’s additionally bringing numerous difficulty. because the Dahlias arrange for the once a year Watermelon Festival—where they are going to current the well-known woman aviatrix along with her personal Texas famous person hibiscus—rumors are flying.
Dahlias president Liz Lacy learns that omit Dare has been threatened and her aircraft sabotaged. it sounds as if the daring and gorgeous barnstormer has made lots of enemies. And is it attainable she will be concerned with the husband of 1 of Darling’s neighborhood ladies?
As the Texas famous person barnstorms into city, Liz and Verna Tidwell supply to aid convey down a saboteur who might be propelled via revenge. ahead of it’s in every single place, there'll be lots of black eyes and darkish secrets and techniques revealed…
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Observed you final evening with that Texas megastar. really a few gal, ain’t she? appeared like you used to be havin’ yourselves a excessive ol’ time, again there within the subsequent to the final row, at the hours of darkness. ” Charlie paused, frowning. “Don’t recognize what you suggest, Greer,” he stated stiffly. “Oh, yeah? ” Greer’s laugh turned a vast leer. “Just do not forget that fogeys are lookin’ over your shoulder, and one or of ’em may hold stories. ” “Carry stories? ” Charlie requested, and instantly regretted his query. Greer lifted either eyebrows. “To that different girl you’re candy on. the one who makes hats. The missus advised me she heard that you simply and her are figurin’ on gettin’ hitched someday quickly. ” Charlie, who used to be in general lovely fast with a comeback, discovered that he had no prepared solution to this. the easiest he may possibly do used to be a muttered “Don’t think every thing you listen, Greer. ” “I’m simply repeatin’ what folks’re sayin’,” Greer spoke back cheerfully. As Charlie walked away, he started pushing his broom with a better power, whistling the music to “Falling in Love back. ” Gritting his enamel, Charlie rounded the nook and went into the publish place of work. “Here’s this week’s batch of newspapers,” he acknowledged to outdated Mr. Stevens, the put up grasp, and slid the field over-the-counter. “A little past due, ain’cha, Charlie? ” Mr. Stevens had furry white chin whiskers and wore sleeve garters and suspenders and a eco-friendly eyeshade. “Y’ ignored the morning mail run. bet you stayed up too overdue final evening along with your out-of-town ladyfriend, huh? ” He snickered. “I visible you and her, comin’ out of the image exhibit. ” Charlie bit his tongue. It didn’t pay to speak again to Mr. Stevens. “I’m a bit late,” he said stiffly. “But regardless of, as long as the papers exit the next day to come. ” “Oh, they’ll exit all right,” Mr. Stevens acknowledged. “But it will possibly now not be the next day to come. Tom Wheeler’s outdated vehicle broke down midway via his deliveries this mornin’ and needed to be towed. will be subsequent week prior to he will get it mounted. meanwhile, he’s puttin’ previous Fred to paintings. ” outdated Fred used to be Tom Wheeler’s horse, which he hitched to his buggy whilst his automobile wasn’t operating. “The put up workplace ain’t made from cash, you know,” he additional sternly. “The most sensible we will be able to do is the easiest we will be able to do. And the simplest we acquired right away is outdated Fred. ” Charlie nodded. there has been by no means any aspect in arguing with Mr. Stevens. He had, as soon as, and regretted it, whilst he realized that once their argument purely 1/2 the click run had reached his subscribers. now not that Mr. Stevens was once nasty. He was once simply prone to be irritable, and it was once greater to stick on his strong aspect for those who may, so he wouldn’t misplace your mailings—temporarily, after all. The lacking papers had arrived weeks overdue. The submit workplace consistently supplies, Mr. Stevens had informed him knowingly. The newspapers treated (and their ultimate supply date resting at the weary shoulders of outdated, gradual Fred), Charlie proposal once more approximately lunch, yet felt that he might particularly accomplish his moment goal with none extra hold up. He went out onto Rosemont, crossed Franklin, and walked prior the Darling discount rates and belief to the second one development at the block, Fannie Champaign’s Darling Chapeaux.