For those who do not yet know, Miss Dimple is a first-grade teacher in the tiny town of Elderberry, Georgia. It’s the 1940’s and while the men of the town are off fighting in WWII, the women are taking care of the home front. But the home front is about to get some shocking news.
Peggy Ashcroft, a student of Dimple’s, had just been on the playground jumping rope with her classmates when the following day she simply comes up missing. The townspeople gather to hunt for Peggy, but as night comes they get ready to put everything on hold. Miss Dimple, however, continues. Going off on her own, she soon discovers Peggy in the home of an artist, Mae Martha Hawthorne and her companion Suzy, who has been living with Martha in order to help her recover from an injury.
Peggy is fine but ill, and the two women help get the child back home. Sometime later Miss Dimple receives a worrisome call from Suzy and she, along with her friends, rush to the cabin to discover that Mae Martha has been killed. The authorities immediately suspect Suzy, who apparently disappeared after she made the phone call. But Miss Dimple thinks that the girl is just afraid, seeing as that her family is Japanese and America is at war with Japan. On instinct, Miss Dimple goes looking for the real killer, and a cast of characters from Mae Martha’s nephews to a handyman to several neighbors become suspects.
Whether Mae Martha’s death has to do with a valuable painting that many would like to get their hands on; or the fact that Suzy is a Japanese spy, remains to be seen, and only Miss Dimple will be able to find the answer.
A very well-written cozy with a great plot, this author writes with extraordinary humor and heart when it comes to the beloved ‘small town life’ during the harsh time of War.