Tuesday, February 5, 2013

"Miss Dimple Suspects"

Mignon Franklin Ballard, an accomplished mystery writer, lives in Fort Mill, South Carolina.

She is the author of several acclaimed mysteries. Her latest series features revered first grade teacher, Miss Dimple Kilpatrick, during the years of World War II.

Ballard applied the Page 69 Test to Miss Dimple Suspects, the latest novel in the series, and reported the following:
Page 69 in Miss Dimple Suspects plops the reader right down in the middle of a dialog between the police and Miss Dimple and Charlie, and it reveals one of the main reasons why Suzy becomes the chief suspect.

Peewee, the Sheriff’s deputy, has discovered an empty metal candy box on top of an oak wardrobe in Suzy’s room. Miss Dimple and Charlie recognize the box as the one in which the murdered woman kept the earnings from her paintings, but they hesitate to share this information with the authorities.

Finally, Miss Dimple admits that Mrs. Hawthorne kept her money in a box much like the one he had found. At Charlie’s suggestion, they search the house for another box like the first that might contain the money, but none is found.

This is not looking good for Suzy, Miss Dimple thinks. The fact that she seems to have disappeared further incriminates the young woman, but fortunately for her, Miss Dimple Kilpatrick is on her side.
Learn more about the author and her work at Mignon Ballard's website.

My Book, The Movie: Miss Dimple Rallies to the Cause.

The Page 69 Test: Miss Dimple Rallies to the Cause.

Writers Read: Mignon F. Ballard (December 2011).

--Marshal Zeringue