Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Review: Miss Dimple and the Slightly Bewildered Angel: A Mystery (Miss Dimple Kilpatrick #5) by Mignon F. Ballard

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1255 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books (Aug. 2 2016)
  • Sold by: Macmillan CA
  • Language: English

Book Description

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.

About the Author

Mignon Franklin Ballard grew up in a small town in Georgia, and now lives in Fort Mill, South Carolina.

My Review

Miss Dimple and the Slightly Bewildered Angel: A Mystery is the fifth Miss Dimple Kilpatrick by author Mignon F. Ballard. This is the first book by Mignon Ballard that I have read.

I really enjoyed this delightful book. It was a pleasure to read. It was interesting to be taken back to days of World War II in rural Georgia. I enjoyed the setting as I have traveled around the area looking at homes on the Antebellum Trail.

Miss Dimple lives in a boardinghouse with other teachers in a small Georgia town. A young woman, Dora, is murdered. Dora had been by the boardinghouse earlier looking for somewhere to stay then disappears before they can set her up with lodging. And a mysterious young woman shows up on the doorstep, just in time to fill in for Odessa who has been called away. How come Augusta Goodnight is such an amazing cook and how does she know so many people? Augusta is the slightly bewildered angel referred to in the title.

Good mystery...I was puzzled for quite some time. Great setting...time and place. Interesting characters. Well written. Great read.

Highly recommend  Miss Dimple and the Slightly Bewildered Angel: A Mystery.

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