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At the start of Ballard's delightful fourth WWII-era mystery featuring Elderberry, Ga., first-grade teacher Miss Dimple Kilpatrick (after 2013's Miss Dimple Suspects), a scream causes Miss Dimple to pause while she's picking peaches in an orchard one summer morning. She soon learns that pretty 18-year-old Prentice Blair, who was working alone at the nearby Peach Shed, has disappeared. Could Prentice's lanky, good-natured boyfriend, Clay Jarrett, with whom she recently broke up, be involved in some way? When Prentice's body is found by the old mill, where she and Clay liked to neck, things look bad for Clay. Eccentric "Mad Hattie" McGee, who says she witnessed Prentice's abduction, could exonerate Clay, but can you trust the word of a woman who claims that Nazi spies are after her and that she knows the location of buried Confederate gold? Plenty of period Southern charm will satisfy cozy fans. Agent: Laura Langlie, Laura Langlie Agency. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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In the latest installment in this excellent series set in 1940s rural Georgia, schoolteacher Miss Dimple thinks she hears a cry for help while picking peaches but decides it was something else. Later, a young woman is discovered missing, then murdered. Prentice left behind a heartbroken ex-boyfriend whom the police believe is the killer. Miss Dimple disagrees. Eccentric Hattie mumbles about gold and seeing Nazis before someone kills her, too. Miss Dimple soon realizes that a previous death ruled accidental is also related. Under the cloud of waiting to hear news from the men fighting in WWII, Miss Dimple and her fellow teachers learn who is behind the murders in their close community. Ballard infuses emotion and empathy into a very intelligent, believable mystery. Fans of Rhys Bowen may also appreciate this appealing and engagingly written series.--Alessio, Amy Copyright 2014 Booklist
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Teacher Miss Dimple Kilpatrick puts her sleuth hat on for the fourth time (after Miss Dimple Suspects) when a young local woman is found dead, and subsequently, the Klan makes its appearance in the tight-knit Georgia community. This cozy historical is perfect for World War II buffs interested in the home front scene. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.