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Mignon F. Ballard

Autor de Angel at Troublesome Creek

23+ Obras 980 Miembros 35 Reseñas 2 Preferidas

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Créditos de la imagen: Mignon Ballard and Kathy Hogan Trocheck with Justine Veatch at SEBA

Series

Obras de Mignon F. Ballard

Angel at Troublesome Creek (2001) 134 copias
Shadow of an Angel (2002) 128 copias
Miss Dimple Disappears (2010) 102 copias
The Angel Whispered Danger (2003) 92 copias
An Angel to Die For (2000) 78 copias
Too Late for Angels (2005) 67 copias
Deadly Promise (1641) 44 copias
Miss Dimple Suspects (2013) 36 copias
Cry at Dusk (1987) 17 copias
Raven Rock (1986) 13 copias
The War in Sallie's Station (2001) 12 copias
Final Curtain (1992) 11 copias
The Widow's Woods (1991) 9 copias
Minerva Cries Murder (1993) 8 copias
The Christmas Cottage (2007) 4 copias
How Still We See Thee Lie (2013) 3 copias
Aunt Matilda's Ghost (1978) 3 copias

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Etiquetado

Conocimiento común

Nombre legal
Ballard, Mignon Franklin
Fecha de nacimiento
1934
Género
female

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The books in this series are hard to describe. They're both a tiny bit twee and interesting studies of small-town America during WWII. I pick one up every once in awhile when I'm jonesing for a Homefront setting.

The mystery should have been better for me; it had the right elements: reclusive artist murdered, and paintings gone missing, but it just failed to hook me. I love the characters though (except Miss Dimple; she's a little too Mary Poppins for me to really like her); Charlie, Annie, Virginia... they're all of their time and fun to read about. And I really appreciated Ballard's choice of innocent suspect: a Japanese American woman freshly graduated from medical school, forced to hide after her family in California is sent to a 'relocation camp'; she was acting as the artists companion/nurse when the murder occurred. Ballard uses the story to spotlight the horrible situation these American citizens found themselves in because of their heritage, something I don't see written about very much.

Generally, not a bad book; I enjoyed it enough, but I didn't love it.
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murderbydeath | 3 reseñas más. | Jan 25, 2022 |
Set in small-town Northern Georgia during WWII, this series gives a great sense of time and place; it reminds me a lot of that old TV series Homefront (early 90's?).

As for the mystery though, it was o.k., but overly-convoluted. If Ballard had been able to structure it differently it would have worked a lot better, but as is, it's more than a little hard to follow. A skeleton is discovered during a school outing, the money from a bond rally goes missing, the town slacker goes missing, Miss Dimple's landlady is getting mysterious notes and someone is shot during the follies.

There are a lot of characters in this book and, told in third person, from the POV of several of them, the first few chapters felt like a hot mess - I couldn't keep anybody straight. Even after they sorted themselves out I never felt entirely confident about who was who as the POV shifted - I had to remind myself often about how someone was related to everyone else. Each chapter starts with the internal dialogue of one of the characters, but it's never the same one, and they all remain unnamed. This is likely done on purpose because it's the criminal, but when it wasn't, it became overly confusing.

The author kept using rifle and shotgun interchangeably; for someone who knows the difference, this is a big deal: a rifle shoots a single bullet at a time; a shotgun shoots a single shell full of tiny bullets (called buckshot) that spray outwards soon after exiting the barrel. So, when a shotgun was reported missing, but later someone was shot and had a single bullet wound, it messed with the plot and my head; until the terms were used interchangeably again and it became obvious what was going on, I thought there were two weapons.

Still, I enjoyed the story and the characters. The series is "Miss Dimple" but really the mystery solving is a team effort on the part of the women holding everything together while the war rages on. At the end it becomes clear that there are several threads of mischief running through Elderberry at the same time, but really, I stuck around to see if Will would show up for Charlie one last time before being shipped off.
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murderbydeath | 3 reseñas más. | Jan 25, 2022 |
I liked that the main character was a teacher, but she was characterized as the stereotypical old "school marm" She was the unmarried "know-it-all" that the whole town turned to in order to have their problems solved. She was supposed to be the worldly character who taught the town not to show racism toward Japanese-Americans in WWII, but at one point she tried to explain why the containment camps were set up on the Pacific Coast. It was a decent mystery though and I'll try another in the series.… (más)
 
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jguidry | 3 reseñas más. | Jan 11, 2021 |
Another delightful Miss Dimple mystery. A stranger comes to town, who seems frightened and then disappears. Then she's discovered murdered. Who killed the stranger and why? Miss Dimple and her crew are determined to find out who this woman was and why she was killed in their town of Elderberry. Who could have done such a thing? Another stranger comes to town, this one seemingly out of nowhere but she is a wonderful cook and helps Miss Dimple come to terms with a tragedy from her past as well as helps her and her friends to solve the mystery.… (más)
 
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MichelleConnell | 3 reseñas más. | Sep 26, 2018 |

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