Miss Dimple Picks a Peck of Trouble
Elderberry, Georgia is far away from the war in Europe during the summer of 1944, but the residents in this small town are pulled together by the common bonds of having loved ones fighting over in Europe. Another common bond is the town sleuth, Miss Dimple, and her teacher friends, who love to put their heads together and solve mysteries.
This latest mystery hits very close to home as an 18-year-old girl is abducted and later found murdered. Prentice had recently broken up with her boyfriend, so he is suspected. The girl had also been nervous following her aunt’s death, so perhaps she saw something that might have cast a more sinister light on whether it was an accident. A quirky woman in the community may have witnessed something relating to the deaths, and when she is found murdered as well, Miss Dimple and her friends work even harder to find the killer.
Although I like a good mystery, I found there to be too many related characters introduced with only vague connections to the case or to a growing suspect list. Perhaps all of these characters were important in the other Miss Dimple books, and are more familiar to readers of the series, but I found it confusing.