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 something yet shrinking violets by way of rooting out criminals…
The Texas megastar herself—Miss Lily Dare, the “fastest girl within the world”—is bringing her Dare Devils Flying Circus to Darling. regrettably, she’s additionally bringing plenty of hassle. because the Dahlias arrange for the yearly Watermelon Festival—where they are going to current the well-known woman aviatrix along with her personal Texas megastar hibiscus—rumors are flying.
Dahlias president Liz Lacy learns that leave out Dare has been threatened and her aircraft sabotaged. it seems that the daring and lovely barnstormer has made lots of enemies. And is it attainable she can be concerned with the husband of 1 of Darling’s neighborhood ladies?
As the Texas big name barnstorms into city, Liz and Verna Tidwell supply to aid carry down a saboteur who can be propelled by means of revenge. prior to it’s in every single place, there'll be lots of black eyes and darkish secrets and techniques revealed…
INCLUDES SOUTHERN-STYLE DEPRESSION-ERA RECIPES!
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Again to entrance, a number of inches outdoor the hub. Could’ve been performed with a hacksaw blade. ” Charlie made a low, whistling noise via his enamel. “Yeah, correct. ” pass over Dare regarded glum. “If I had controlled to get off the floor and the blade had snapped off within the air, the airplane might have instantly turn into unflyable. the top of the Texas famous person. ” She laughed a low, throaty snort, with out entertainment. “A becoming finish, a few might say. besides, the test was once relatively very shrewdpermanent. Devilish, you may say. it might have worked—if I hadn’t gotten fortunate. ” Now, Lizzy proposal, there has been an undertone of whatever in her voice. worry, used to be it, that she had nearly been killed? Or pleasure, on the close to omit? She considered the nameless letter that Mildred had confirmed her. A negative individual . . . she has to be stopped. She started to want she had instructed Charlie approximately it. probably there has been a connection among the sabotage and the letters. “When did this occur? ” Charlie requested. “At a few aspect after I parked the Jenny on Saturday, whilst the Pensacola express was once over. i used to be making plans to take a neighborhood photographer up on Sunday afternoon, to get a few aerial pictures for the neighborhood actual property barons. i noticed it then. ” She smiled ruefully. “If it had labored, it should were a two-fer, I’m afraid. Me and my passenger either. ” Charlie frowned. “The aircraft wasn’t locked up? ” “You’ve gotta be kidding. ” one other snicker. “You understand what these hangars are. They’re just like the shed the place I parked the airplane this morning. Open to the general public. Danny Murphy used to be purported to be on watch, yet he didn’t see it ensue. ” “Rex had entry to the shed, of course,” Charlie stated. “I advised you,” pass over Dare snapped. “Leave him out of it. He’s no longer concerned. besides, there are others at the crew. Danny, Scooter, Clem. And Angel, after all. ” part lower than her breath, she additional, “Oh, convinced, there’s Angel. Little omit Show-off. That woman does love the highlight. ” Charlie nodded. “Right. So how did you ensue to note it? Don’t inform me you frequently fee the bottom of the propeller. ” “Not rarely. I check out for chips at the counsel and cracks at the innovative, convinced, and that i was once having a look beautiful rigorously, after that enterprise with the water within the gasoline tank. yet whoever performed this actual soiled trick acquired careless. ” She chuckled. “Didn’t hassle to wash up the sawdust. ” “Sawdust? ” Charlie requested. She nodded. “I occurred to look down and observed lines of it at the ground—not a lot, barely enough to make me curious. Then it was once a question of having a look as much as see the place it had come from. ” “So you needed to exchange the prop. ” She nodded. “It arrived the day past morning, and Rex put in it. He’ll be the following in a number of hours, with Angel. Danny and Scooter are using the truck. Clem is flying his Stearman. He doesn’t stunt with it, but when we get a good crowd, we’ll use it for rides. ” Charlie gave her a slender glance. “Any suggestion who may have sawn that propeller, Lily? ” “Your wager is pretty much as good as mine. ” leave out Dare heaved an exaggerated sigh. “I push myself lovely demanding.