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In The Cradle Robbers, the sixth Mommy-Track mystery featuring a lovable defense attorney turned stay-at-home mom and part-time detective, Juliet Applebaum is faced with her most heartrending case yet: a mother whose newborn baby has been stolen.
When Juliet hears from her office assistant a story about an incarcerated woman whose infant son has been allegedly kidnapped by a questionable foster care agency, her conscience tells her to investigate even though her potential client is penniless, serving a lengthy prison term, and a recovering drug addict. After talking with the imprisoned mother, Sandra Lorgeree, Juliet -- with her four-month-old daughter, Sadie, in tow -- begins to sort out the woman's shadowy past. It turns out that Sandra's drug-addicted boyfriend belongs to a prominent San Francisco family that has essentially excommunicated him. When Sandra is suddenly stabbed to death in prison, Juliet vows to find the cradle robbers…
Besides the witty titles, Waldman's Mommy-Track novels (Nursery Crimes, The Big Nap, A Playdate with Death, et al.) are remarkable in large part because of their protagonist's utter authenticity. Yes, married couples with kids struggle with intimacy issues. Yes, working mothers all over the world have to deal with sleep deprivation, dirty diapers, breast pumps, spittle on their work clothes, daycare, etc. And that's why these novels are so utterly readable: Anyone with children will be able to relate to Juliet and her daily dilemmas. Throw in some great whodunit plotlines and you've got yourself a truly entertaining mystery series -- baby wipes and sippy cups not included. Paul Goat Allen