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Miss Dimple Rallies to the Cause by Mignon F. Ballard

Posted By Claire on February 9, 2012

If you have read my review on Miss Dimple Disappears, you will know that I loved Mignon F. Ballard’s first book. Well, I loved this one too!

It’s so nice, at the end of a hectic, brain-stretching day, to curl up with a book that you can relax with and unwind to. I described the first Miss Dimple book as “a good old fashioned murder mystery” and this one is too. Think Agatha Christie rather than Patricia Cornwell; mysery versus thriller. That’s what this book is like.

Miss Dimple Rallies to the Cause is set in 1943 in the town of Elderberry, Georgia, the backdrop we know from the first book. It features Miss Dimple and other characters we know from the first book, such as teachers Charlie and Annie, and mixes a murder mystery with the story of these characters’ personal lives as they cope with the impact of the World War Two on their day-to-day lives. While on a school outing, Annie and her class discover a skeleton and a whole chain of events begins. Buddy Oglesby disappears, there is a shooting in the town, money disappears and Phoebe Chadwick is acting strangely… What is going on? Can Miss Dimple get to the bottom of it and bring normality back to Elderberry?

Well, I can’t tell you, that would spoil it, but Ballard draws all the different threads together brilliantly and it is a wonderful who-dunnit. Perfect for murder-mystery fans but also those interested in wartime small town America.


Miss Dimple Rallies to the Cause by Mignon F. Ballard
Format : Hardcover
Pages: 272
Publisher: Minotaur Books (November 2011)
ISBN-10: 0312614756
ISBN-13: 978-0312614751
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