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Miss Dimple Disappears by Mignon F. Ballard

Posted By Claire on November 12, 2011

I’ve been going through a phase of reading historical mysteries and it’s been great fun because I’ve been exposed to new authors and a whole new genre.

“Miss Dimple Disappears” by Mignon F. Ballard is set in Georgia in 1942, the Second World War so four hundred years away from my usual reading matter! In this mystery, Elderberry School caretaker Wilson “Christmas” Malone is found dead in the broom closet and teacher Miss Dimple disappears, leaving a note saying that she’s gone to look after her sister who’s been taken ill. The only thing is, nobody knew she had a sister!

The community is baffled and young teacher Charlie Carr and her best friend Annie decide to try and get to the bottom of Christmas’s death and Miss Dimple’s disappearance. Charlie just knows that Miss Dimple would never leave her class, her colleagues and her community like that. Can Charlie solve the case and find Miss Dimple? Is there evil lurking in the usually friendly town? What about Willie Elrod’s claim that Miss Dimple was kidnapped by aliens or spies? What is going on and just how does Charlie feel about her beau, Hugh, who has just signed up?

I don’t want to give any more details as I don’t want to spoil the book

This book really was a joy to read, just what my rather fried brain needed at the end of a day! I’d describe it as a good old fashioned murder mystery, you know, like the good old days before gruesome forensic science details became the norm. Calling it a murder mystery is not completely accurate as the reader is also given details of what small town America was like during the war, during rationing, and the daily lives and problems of the characters form a major part of the story. Nostalgia, charm, humour, mystery, murder, love, heartbreak and suspense – perfect ingredients. I’m just thankful that the next Miss Dimple book comes out this month!

Coming soon: Miss Dimple Rallies to the Cause – out 22nd November 2011.

Miss Dimple Disappears by Mignon F. Ballard
Format : Paperback
Pages: 272
Publisher: Minotaur Books (September 2011)
ISBN-10: 0312626827
ISBN-13: 978-0312626822
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