October, 1944. It has been a challenging season for Elderberry's favorite first grade teacher, Miss Dimple Kilpatrick. A beloved former student was recently killed in the war, her brother has become distant, and her friend Odessa, the cook at Pheobe's rooming house, has taken a leave of absence to care for a relative.Read more...
October, 1944. It has been a challenging season for Elderberry's favorite first grade teacher, Miss Dimple Kilpatrick. A beloved former student was recently killed in the war, her brother has become distant, and her friend Odessa, the cook at Pheobe's rooming house, has taken a leave of absence to care for a relative. Still, when Dimple's librarian friend, Virginia, finds a young woman, Dora, on the library porch looking for a place to spend the night, soft-hearted Dimple brings her back to Phoebe's and offers her food and a warm coat. But when Dimple is trying to find her a place to sleep, the young girl disappears.
The next morning, Miss Dimple answers a knock on the door expecting it to be the girl. Instead, she is greeted by greeted by a somewhat disheveled young woman with lustrous hair and a sunrise of a smile who claims she has been assigned to fill in at the house. Augusta Goodnight, a guardian angel who has been summoned from a well-deserved rest after a series of troublesome earthly duties, has taken up at Phoebe's.
When Dora is discovered dead - murdered - the real reason for Augusta's "assignment" becomes clear, at least to Augusta. Reluctantly, Miss Dimple teams up with Augusta to find out who the killer is.
- ISBN-13: 9781250083630
- ISBN-10: 125008363X
- Publisher: Minotaur Books
- Publish Date: August 2016
- Page Count: 272
Series: Miss Dimple Mysteries #3
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-06-20
- Reviewer: Staff
Guardian angel Augusta Goodnight, the star of Ballard’s paranormal cozy series, lends celestial support to first-grade teacher Miss Dimple Kilpatrick in the author’s feel-good fifth WWII-era mystery (after 2014’s Miss Dimple Picks a Peck of Trouble). One afternoon in October 1944, Miss Dimple spots a frightened stranger, Dora Westbrook, on the porch of the Elderberry, Ga., library. When Miss Dimple learns that Dora has no place to stay, she takes the poor woman to her friend Phoebe Chadwick’s boarding house for a hot meal. Dora winds up seeking shelter at the local Presbyterian church, and the next morning the part-time sexton finds her dead body on the floor below the steeple ladder. Did she attempt to climb the ladder and take a fatal fall? With the guidance of the otherworldly Augusta, Miss Dimple searches for answers. Ballard expertly weaves the lives of her endearing small-town characters with details of the wartime home front. Agent: Laura Langlie, Laura Langlie Agency. (Aug.)