A Playdate with Death (Mommy-Track Mysteries Series)

A Playdate with Death (Mommy-Track Mysteries Series)

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by Ayelet Waldman
     
 

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Public defender turned stay-at-home mom Juliet Applebaum is back in top form, investigating the mysterious death of her personal trainer...in-between taming tantrums, planning playdates, and playing dress-up with her two rowdy kids.  See more details below

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Public defender turned stay-at-home mom Juliet Applebaum is back in top form, investigating the mysterious death of her personal trainer...in-between taming tantrums, planning playdates, and playing dress-up with her two rowdy kids.

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Publishers Weekly
The challenges of motherhood don't hold a candle to the challenge of sleuthing for Juliet Applebaum, the heroine of Waldman's third sparkling "mommy-track" mystery (Nursery Crimes; The Big Nap). Once an L.A. assistant district attorney, now a "somewhat unwilling stay-at-home mom," Juliet uses her legal skills to look into the death of Bobby Katz, her personal trainer. The police write it off as a suicide, but no one close to Bobby, including his fianc e, Betsy, a recovering (barely) drug addict, and his uptight parents, believes that theory. Juliet juggles investigating the case with parenting her two small children, the still-breast-feeding Isaac and his older sister, Ruby. The swift and engaging plot revolves around questions of heredity and genetics. Juliet's palpable, refreshingly honest dislike for the mundane realities of parenting should resonate with many. Juliet is more mom than detective, but there's a sense she wishes it were the other way around. If much of the author's spin on the "joys" of motherhood is familiar, in one interesting thread Juliet tries to fathom her son's desire for a toy gun. Later there's a neat contradiction when Juliet goes to a range and discovers she likes shooting. This witty and well-constructed novel probably won't satisfy serious crime fans who expect passion and intensity (though some minor characters display plenty), but those with a taste for lighter mystery fare are sure to relish the adventures of this contemporary, married, mother-of-two Nancy Drew. Agent, Mary Evans. (June 4) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Why would buff personal trainer Bobby Katz commit suicide when he was happily in love with Betsy, the fiancee he'd met through Narcotics Anonymous, saving for their wedding, bidding on a set of golf clubs on the Internet, and awaiting delivery of a new Palm Pilot? Former public defender turned full-time mom Juliet Applebaum (The Big Nap, 2001, etc.), who counted herself lucky to be one of his clients, decides he might have been murdered. Her snooping puts her in touch with his e-mail buddy "Louise," who'd been helping Bobby track his birth parents-to the dismay of his adoptive family, who'd kept his adoption a secret from him until their other son blurted out the truth. With help from p.i. and gun enthusiast Al Hockey, Juliet locates Bobby's birth mom, a virulently anti-Semitic married woman, whose affair long years ago with a Jew passed the Tay-Sachs gene on to Bobby. Or did it? Could a Gentile be a Tay-Sachs carrier? As Juliet learns more about the disease, and delves more deeply into Bobby's birth and adoptive families and NA friends, she endangers not only her own kids, but slow-to-react Al, before the LAPD comes to agree that Bobby was emphatically not a suicide. Funny tidbits about bringing up toddlers and the liberal mom's dilemma over giving her kids toy guns to play with. Juliet's got charm, spunk, and-given her new partnership with Al-a reason to get out of the house.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425184738
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/04/2002
Series:
Mommy-Track Mysteries Series, #3
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.54(w) x 8.46(h) x 0.93(d)

Meet the Author

Ayelet Waldman currently lives with her writer-husband Michael Chabon and four children.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Berkeley, California
Date of Birth:
December 11, 1964
Place of Birth:
Jerusalem, Israel
Education:
Wesleyan University, 1986; Harvard Law School, 1991
Website:
http://www.ayeletwaldman.com

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