A Playdate With Death

A Playdate With Death

by Ayelet Waldman
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A Playdate With Death by Ayelet Waldman

From the national bestselling author of The Big Nap and Nursery Crimes.
In between planning playdates and playing dress up, Juliet finally gets some much-needed kid-free time, working out at the local health club. It’s going well. She’s losing weight. She’s even happy—until her personal trainer commits suicide.
A cheerful aspiring actor, Bobby Katz seemed to have it all—and Juliet can’t believe he died at his own hand. She suspects there’s a more sinister explanation—and that it may lie with his grieving fiancée, a recovering addict who just fell off the wagon. Or with his birth mother, a woman he recently started to look for. Always up for a task that will get her out of the house, Juliet keeps running down secrets—until, at last, she runs into the truth.
“Smoothly paced and smartly told.”—The New York Times Book Review
“Sparkling . . . swift and engaging.”—Publishers Weekly
“Juliet’s got charm, spunk, and . . . a reason to get out of the house.”—Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425191040
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/01/2003
Series: Mommy-track Series , #3
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 696,415
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.80(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

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


Berkeley, California

Date of Birth:

December 11, 1964

Place of Birth:

Jerusalem, Israel


Wesleyan University, 1986; Harvard Law School, 1991

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A Playdate with Death (Mommy-Track Mysteries Series) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a suprising example of an author of whom I had never read before. Very short but keeps you guessing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I first saw this book I thought that it was probably going to be really cheesy. The title just made it sound dumb. I took the book home anyway and just started reading it. I could not put it down! I read it cover-to cover in only a few hours. This is an excellent story that is easy to relate to. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good story that is easy to read. A definite page-turner!
Guest More than 1 year ago
She is on indefinite leave from her job as a public defender but Juliet Applebaum isn¿t satisfied being a stay at home mom to her two children. The only time she is truly happy is when she can fit a murder investigation into her hectic schedule. When her friend and trainer is found dead the police rule it a suicide but Juliet¿s instincts go into overdrive.

In Juliet¿s expert opinion, Bobby was a laid back, easygoing guy with no apparent reason to kill himself. She convinces his girlfriend to give her Bobby¿s computer to see if there is anything on it that would give a clue to her trainer¿s state of mind before he died. She discovers that Bobby was searching for his biological parents and when Juliet starts questioning those involved in the search, somebody reacts by threatening her family.

A PLAYDATE WITH DEATH is an intricate cozy that stars a protagonist that is impossible to dislike. Her frustrations and troubles with being a stay at home parent add comic relief to a very serious and believable story line. Ayelet Waldman is a natural storyteller who has created such an intricate mystery that readers will want to finish the book in one sitting while obtaining other Mommy-Track novels.

Harriet Klausner