Mignon F. Ballard
Meet Miss Dimple
It is 1942, and most of the men in the town of Elderberry, Georgia, have gone to war. One frosty morning just before Thanksgiving, young schoolmistress Charlie Carr and her fellow teachers are startled to find that the school custodian, Wilson “Christmas” Malone, has neglected to stoke the furnace or empty the wastebaskets—and then is found dead in a broom closet, the apparent victim of a heart attack. But when Miss Dimple Kilpatrick, who is as dependable as gravity and has taught Elderberry first graders—including Charlie—for nearly forty years, disappears the following day, town residents are shaken down to their worn, rationed shoes. Knowing that Miss Dimple would never willingly abandon her students, Charlie and her friend Annie begin sleuthing—and uncover danger surprisingly close to home.
“Ballard’s series launch offers plenty of wonderful nostalgia and the heartbreak that only war can bring.” –Library Journal
“Ballard writes with great warmth and sassy humor.” –Publishers Weekly
“The details of small-town life are completely engaging. Genre veteran Ballard fills her story with wonderful characters and warm humor.” –Booklist