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Miss Dimple Disappears: A Mystery (Miss Dimple Kilpatrick #1)

3.52  ·  Rating Details  ·  436 Ratings  ·  88 Reviews
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
Paperback, 272 pages
Published September 27th 2011 by Minotaur Books (first published 2010)
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Big changes have come to the small Georgia town where Miss Dimple has taught first grade for 40 years. Since World War II broke out, the men have been leaving, many former students and some never to return. For third-grade teacher Charlie Carr, that means a decided lack of men. For now her beau Hugh is still around but she knows it's only a matter of time before her overcomes his mother's objections and marches off to war. She isn't sure how she feels about that or making a commitment to him. Sh ...more
Terri Lynn
I read the most recent book in this series first Miss Dimple Picks a Peck of Trouble and am now trying to play catch up. I liked this one even better than that one! This series is set during World War 2 in a small North Georgia town where everyone knows everyone else and Miss Dimple has taught first grade for years.

I especially like the interactions among the women in this town. They remind me a lot of the women in the small town my grandparents lived in who were always so supportive and nosy an
Jan 08, 2016 Donna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. Very simple and classic but entertaining. Loved the characters and you find yourself getting wrapped up in their lives. There is a mystery but at times it seems to be put on the back burner, so to speak but the author puts it back in just at the right time. When I finished I felt like I had read a Nancy Drew book. Loved the simplicity of this book. Kept my interest the whole time.
I really enjoyed this. It was a bit slow in parts but I powered through and really liked how the author tied up all the strings at the end. It was interesting to get a peek into WW II Georgia, USA. I've read several other books that take place around this time but take place in England or elsewhere. The author seemed very faithful to the historical background. The variety of town characters were really what kept me reading the book. They were very well drawn and I was kept guessing as to who the ...more
Miss Dimple Disappearser.
An exciting mystery set in a small Georgia town during WWII. Miss Dimple is kidnapped by enemy spies to be used as ransom for plans her brother is working on. The entire town begins trying to figure out where Miss Dimple is and who is behind this. Meanwhile Miss Dimple, held captive in the basement of an old house, thinks of many clever ways to let people know where she is.

I enjoyed this book both for the mystery itself and the lives of the characters during the war, wh
Mar 13, 2013 Pauli rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Quick and fun read. I liked the characters and want to remember to read more of this series. It's not as intense as some of the WWII mysteries I've read.
Aug 25, 2010 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: cozy mystery lovers
Recommended to Lisa by: Dawn Dowdle
Shelves: mysteries
I loved the Augusta Goodnight series, this is new.

Miss Dimple Disappears
Mignon Ballard
c. Dec 2010
ISBN 9780312614744
Hardcover $23.95

Mignon Ballard, author the delightful Augusta Goodnight series, sets off on a different tack with her new mystery series set in Georgia during WWII.

Told in 1940 charm, spies are everywhere and Elderberry’s grade school boys are on the case – or at least one in particular. Willie Elrod is convinced he saw his former first grade teacher, Miss Dimple Kilpatrick,
Oct 28, 2012 Julia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
It's hard to believe that Mignon Ballard is an established author. This book struck me more as someone's attempt at a first novel.

The outline is good: The book is set in a small town in the United States during World War II. When first grade teacher Dimple Kilpatrick goes missing and the police department doesn't seem to be doing enough, two of the other teachers take on the search.

Unfortunately, the book jumps around without a clear viewpoint character. A lot of characters were named, but I fo
Becky Galambos
Jan 06, 2016 Becky Galambos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm kind of glad I accidentally read the second book first, not realizing it was a sequel. You don't really get a sense of Miss Dimple as a detective in this book, as she's rather indisposed during the majority of the book. Good introduction to most of the characters, especially Annie and Charlie are shaping up to be favorites. I do wonder if she took that quilt she was piecing in captivity home with her and finished it? The quilter in me wants to know.
Apr 15, 2016 Madge rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The suspenseful buildup to the ending was beautifully done and very enjoyable. Perhaps, too wonderfully so, that when the story finally reached its end, it almost felt like a gentle letdown. Overall, I thought the book was well-written, with each character so realistically developed; the plot was an obvious labour of love. My favourite would be little Willie; without his antics, there would have been no spies, Luckies, and clues for a conclusion.
Sep 06, 2014 Stitchywoman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, fiction
Along the lines of a cozy mystery. I did get the sense of what it was like to live during the war with rationing and air raid drills, making do or doing without. I also found Miss Dimple interesting, if perhaps a little ahead of her time. I liked the fact that she was not a wilting flower but also wasn't bold beyond reason. The mystery kept me guessing although I was able to piece some of it together. I look forward to reading the next book in the series.
Sep 16, 2011 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great quick read mystery book. The characters are friendly-set in a small town during WW2.

"It's 1942, almost a year since the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, and the residents of the small town of Elderberry, Georgia, have been rattled down to their worn, rationed shoes. For young teacher Charlie Carr, life and love aren’t going exactly as planned—her head dictates loyalty to the handsome corpsman, Hugh, but whenever she thinks of her best friend’s beau, Will, her heart does the Jersey Bounce. Cha
I had hoped that this would be similar to the Maisie Dobbs series, but it wasn't. This was a cozy mystery, which isn't really my genre. It was all right, set in the 1940s in a very small town, as the characters all try to figure out why beloved first grade teacher, Miss Dimple, vanishes.
Ann aka Iftcan
WWII era cozy mystery. The Miss Dimple of the title is a first grade teacher of "a certain age" who lives in a small NC town. There is a quirky cast of characters, the usual tension among the characters who have sons/lovers/grandsons/husbands away fighting in Europe or the Pacific.
Sep 16, 2014 Carol rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this up by mistake thinking it as another series I read. Oh well! It was a good story set in WWII in a small Georgia town, the problem is there is to little excitement through out the book - it's all packed into the last 20 pages so it was a little slow.
Dec 12, 2010 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-georga
Charlie Carr is teaching school in her hometown of Elderberry, GA. She'd like to be contributing more to teh war effort, but with her sister away and her brother overseas, it's left to Charlie to keep her mother going. Still , there's plenty of fun to be had on the home front until beloved first grade teacher Miss Dimple Kilpatrick disappears. No one in the boarding house where she's lived for so long knows where she's gone, but readers are aware she's been kidnapped. Charlie and her friend Anni ...more
Jan 18, 2016 Lynn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
First of a series and very enjoyable. Ballard does an excellent job with setting and the sense of the time is particularly well done. The interactions of the young teachers and their neighbors and family in this small town felt so authentic. I saw it classified as a cozy but it is one that escapes being cloyingly cute and has a slight feeling of briskness that was effective. I will definitely seek out more by Ballard!
Trite, peppered with obvious and intentional references to the 40s that just didn't feel natural to the storytelling, and rushed with pure exposition at the end. Gee whiz, a boring read for me even on a dreary Sunday. One star rating caveat: I really just can't stand cozy mysteries in general.
Jul 27, 2011 Debbie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A pleasant story about small town Georgia during WWII. Sixty some year old Miss Dimple, Elderberry Elementary's long time first grade teacher disappears. What follows is no one person looking for her. The main character of the series, if it is to be a series, is another first year teacher at the school who had Miss Dimple herself in first grade. She wonders about Miss Dimple's disappearance but doesn't do anything about it until the end of the book. Mostly she thinks about her boyfriend and her ...more
Bev Monson
This was a charming book that I was a little sad to see end. The mystery was low-impact, but the development of the characters and the book's nostalgic look into its time in history (WWII) was what I found appealling. The pace is relaxed, and it took me a few chapters to get into the story, but by the end I was looking forward to what was going to happen next. In fact, as it ends, there are a few strings left undone, which made me check to see if there is another installment to the story coming. ...more
Donna Brown
Nov 12, 2014 Donna Brown rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
An old time mystery where people had to figure out the clues. I enjoyed it and will send to my mother (who only gets books I know she will read.)
Feb 04, 2016 Danni rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like this book. It was a lot of fun. Miss dimple was delightful. I will be looking for more from this author.
The Library Lady
Frankly I wouldn't have been unhappy if Miss Dimple hadn't reappeared. She is a prototypical spunky-old-maid-schoolteacher-with-endearing-eccentricties. Only I didn't find her endearing, but downright annoying.

What drew me into this book were the rest of the townsfolk struggling on the home front during WWII. They are reminiscent of characters in Fannie Flagg's books, and that is what kept me reading this and reading the sequel. I'm just putting up with Miss Dimple the way the townsfolk put up w
Jan 18, 2012 Jane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Miss Dimple Disappears, the first book in a series by Mignon F. Ballard, is a gentle and enjoyable read set in Georgia during World War II. The author does a good job of capturing the times and introducing us to a wide cast of quirky, plucky, and secretive characters. The mystery is not the point here; the relationships are.

My one complaint about this book is the jacket. There is a spoiler about something that doesn't happen until page 193 of a 262 page book! So if you like a quiet cozy mystery
Jul 13, 2014 Beth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sort of War World Two comes to Mayberry but with slightly more twists. I'll give the series a chance.
Sep 18, 2012 Sue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Everyone’s favorite first grade teacher Dimple Kilpatrick vanishes while out for a morning walk. The entire town of Elderberry, Georgia gets involved in the search for her. Ten year-old Willie Elrod is sure that Nazi spies have kidnapped her. Her colleagues Charlie and Annie think that Willie has a vivid imagination – but it is 1942 and Miss Dimple is missing, so they track down clues as well. This is a charming story filled with mystery, romance, and a real feel for life on the home front durin ...more
Janet McCord
Oct 07, 2013 Janet McCord rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-book
As a new series to me, this was a real delight. Set in a small town in Georgia during the early years of WWII it is full of characters...and real characters! Even though "nothing ever happens in Elderberry" this first story is full of murder, kidnappings and enemy spies who plan sabotage! Of course the heroine, Miss Dimple, long-time first grade teacher is the one kidnapped but she remains redoubtable and unflappable in the face of danger. The other townspeople we are introduced to are interesti ...more
Meg Bossert
Very good story - suspenseful!!
Apr 03, 2014 J M rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hooked on this series. most enjoyble
Sherry Schwabacher
Sweet little cozy, set in WWII era, small town Georgia.
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