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Miss Dimple Disappears (Miss Dimple Kilpatrick #1)

3.55  ·  Rating details ·  539 Ratings  ·  104 Reviews
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 ...more
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Published November 23rd 2010 by Minotaur Books (first published 2010)
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Kim
Apr 06, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars, looking forward to reading the others!
QNPoohBear
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
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Sara
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
Donna
Jan 04, 2016 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.
Pauli
Mar 13, 2013 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.
Judy Aulik
A promising series beginning. I had inadvertently spoiled this for myself by having read a later installment in the series first. Don't do this!
Beloved school teacher Miss Dimple is kidnapped in a most peculiar captivity: the mystery stems more from learning why she was taken than whether she'd survive. A lot of the book is a bit choppy, as Ballard's strength does not lie in subtle, natural character development. Instead, her strength is in microscopic descriptions of settings and in a way of l
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Kate
May 26, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars
I enjoyed this cozy mystery but moreso for the family and friendships, as well as the descriptions of the time period, than for the mystery itself.
Elsie
Jun 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is probably really a 3.5, but clean, with clean language. That carries a lot of weight these days.
Donna
Jan 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-suspense
Again, I love the whole series. Great descriptions, real depiction of country life and interesting, believable characters.
Diane Davis
Aug 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
LOved it, can't wait to read the next in the series...
Cindy
Feb 06, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting mystery and WWII era tale. Narrated well by author(?). Recommended.
Jan
Oct 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, fiction
I chose to read this book because of the title. I loved the name Miss Dimple! It was a little slow at first, but then I really got into it and enjoyed it tremendously. The characters were engaging and the plot had some twists and turns. It takes place in a small town in Georgia during WWII in the year 1942. One of the main characters, Charlie Carr, is a teacher like Miss Dimple, and has a brother in the war, possibly in North Africa. She has a beau that leaves for Navy medic training. She’s not ...more
Debbie
Mar 06, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Set in small-town Georgia USA in 1942, this first in the Miss Dimple Kirkpatrick series sees the steady-as-a-rock first grade teacher kidnapped.

I remember being a little disappointed in this, but I can’t recall anything else about it. Many readers, though, highly praise the details of the setting.

3 stars
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Lisa
Jul 27, 2010 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
Minotaur
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,
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Julia
Oct 26, 2012 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
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Meg Graham
Miss Dimple is a straight laced elementary school teacher who is suddenly kidnapped. The story takes place during the second world war which was why it looked interesting to me. The story dragged a bit sometimes but it kept my interest.
Melissa
Sep 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
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Donna
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
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Debbie
Dec 03, 2010 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
Susan
Dec 12, 2010 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
Jane
Dec 06, 2011 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
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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
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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
Sandy
Feb 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The world is at war and in the small town of Elderberry, GA the local first grade teacher, Miss Dimple, disappears. Two other teachers at the school, Annie & Charlie, find themselves attempting an investigation of their own while the local police appear to sit on their thumbs.

I enjoyed this trip through small town America during WWII. The young women deal with beaux, war brides and rationing. There is a motley crew of characters that I look forward to learning more about as the series progre
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Sue
Jul 26, 2012 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 02, 2013 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
Madge
Apr 13, 2016 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.
Stitchywoman
Sep 01, 2014 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.
Lynn
Jan 01, 2016 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!
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Mignon Franklin Ballard grew up in a small town in Georgia, and now lives in Fort Mill, South Carolina.
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