Monday, April 15, 2013
Review: Miss Dimple Suspects by Mignon F Ballard
Title: Miss Dimple Suspects
Author: Mignon F. Ballard.
Mystery Series (Historical) 1940's
In Elderberry, Georgia a child is missing and the whole town wants to find her safe and sound. It's December and the nights are cold.
Miss Dimple sets off into a hilly search and the incoming darkness does not help her cause.
Little Peggy Ashcraft is one of her student and she will not give up. She finds Peggy in the woods and Peggy is in no shape to walk.
As luck would have it Miss Dimple stumbles upon the home of an artist Mae Martha and her companion Suzy and it's lucky that Suzy knows what she is doing because Miss Dimple is too cold and exhausted to be of much help.
Peggy and Miss Dimple eventually make it home. Peggy is still recovering but Miss Dimple feels fine and wants to thank Mae Martha and Suzy so she enlists her two favorite fellow teachers Charlie Carr and Annie Gardner to return to the cabin in the woods. All is well and they even buy some of Mae's paintings.
Later they decide to return again and that is when they find the body of Mae Martha and Suzy is nowhere to be found.
From here on it's a hunt for the murderer. The worst of it is that Miss Dimple fears the murderer is too close to home and she doesn't mean Suzy as Mae Martha had relatives on that hill and was a famous artist.
Miss Dimple Suspects is a historical cozy with a traditional flair. I loved every page and the characters are charming, endearing plus it's such a feel good mystery that makes it a pleasure to read all the ups and downs of the homefront in 1940.
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