The Darling Dahlias and the Naked Ladies
Susan Wittig Albert, known for her China Bayles Mysteries has a new series set in the 1930's in the small town of Darling, Alabama. In the Darling Dahlias and the Naked Ladies, a very well dressed woman with lots of makeup and platinum hair comes to town to live with her aunt after many years of living elsewhere. Although some of the ladies in the Darling Dahlias gardening group have heard she is Norma Jean Jamison who grew up in a nearby county, one of the ladies recognizes her as a member of a vaudeville team called Naughty and Nice Sisters who were in the Ziegfield Frolic years before. When she changes her hair from platinum to drab brown and changes her style of dress the garden club ladies realize Norma Jean is hiding from someone. They get curious, get involved and learn that she is being hunted for by Al Capone. The ladies get together to protect her and the fun begins.