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Aviation provides the theme for Albert's charming fourth Depression-era mystery set in Darling, Ala. (after 2012's The Darling Dahlias and the Confederate Rose). As the members of the Darling Dahlias garden club prepare to host the annual Watermelon Festival, they are excited that they have persuaded barnstormer Lily Dare (aka the Texas Star), who has been compared to Amelia Earhart, to perform with her flying group, the Dare Devils, at the festival. Mildred and Roger Kilgore, Darling's leading citizens, are hosting a black-tie gala, at which the Dahlias plan to present Lily with a Texas Star hibiscus. Alas, as the festival opening day draws near, reports of sabotage to Lily's plane and her possible involvement with a local lady's husband spell trouble for the air show. Lizzy Lacy, the Dahlias' president, soon finds herself and her committee dealing with more than just event planning in this winning cozy. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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Veteran series author Albert, known also as half of the Robin Paige writing team, shows her superb research techniques by bringing readers into Depression-era Alabama. The Darling Dahlias garden club is in charge of the Watermelon Festival, including coordinating Lily Dare's stunt flying show. The diner loses a cook and gains the mysterious Raylene, whose secrets provide the biggest shocks in the book. Liz and Verna try to help recurring character Mildred by staying at her house with Lily, who was having an affair with Mildred's husband and may have shaken down the husband for money. There is no murder in this story, but no one will miss it among the fascinating details of life in the Depression and intrigues among both series regulars and visitors to the town. Remedies and recipes of the time add interest as readers will see how people make do with less, Depression-style.--Alessio, Amy Copyright 2010 Booklist