“Ayelet Waldman has given birth to a fresh new franchise with her Mommy-Track mysteries. Juliet Applebaum is smart, fearless, and completely candid about life as a full-time mom with a penchant for part-time detective work.”—Sue Grafton
A public defender turned stay-at-home mom, Juliet Applebaum is bored with playdates and trips to the park—so near the end of her second pregnancy, she gets off the mommy track to track down a murderer. . . . Juliet isn’t too surprised when her feisty, tantrum-throwing two-year old daughter doesn’t get into Hollywood’s premier preschool—but she’s shocked and suspicious when the school’s principal is killed in a hit-and-run accident. Against the advice of her screenwriter husband, and with her rambunctious toddler in tow, Juliet heads to the local playground to dig up some dirt on a disgruntled studio executive whose daughter wasn’t offered a place in the school. But she has some surprising new suspects to consider when her investigation takes her into a seedy on-line newsgroup—and the most dangerous parts of the human heart.
“[Juliet is] a lot like Elizabeth Peters’s warm and humorous Amelia Peabody—a brassy, funny, quick-witted protagonist.”—Houston Chronicle
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Series:||Mommy-track Series , #1|
|Product dimensions:||4.23(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.67(d)|
About the Author
Ayelet Waldman currently lives with her writer-husband Michael Chabon and four children.
Date of Birth:December 11, 1964
Place of Birth:Jerusalem, Israel
Education:Wesleyan University, 1986; Harvard Law School, 1991
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I have always been a fan of Independent bookstores and when I found this book on the shelf, it caught my attention from the start. I had not heard of the author before but after reading the first page I knew it was going to be a hoot. And I will tell you, it did not disappoint. This is a great debut to what I think will be a fun-filled series. Juliet Applebaum and her little girl Ruby are the star of this book. Juliet is pregnant again, she is full time mom and amatuer slueth on the side when murder calls. She has all the knowledge of the law as she was a public defender before pregnancies. So when things go awry and a murder takes place she is determined to find out who the killer before they find out she is sleuthing and come after her. The twist and turns will keep you on your seat in eagerness to see what will happen next. You won’t want to put it down. Ruby is witty and sassy and Juliet is wiry and fun. You will be laughing out loud with every page. A witty and humorous read that will have you up late in the night reading.
This isavery good and intresting book!! I really enjoy reading this book!!
I found this book to be a nice break from the more deep and involved mystery novels out there. Like many of the other reviewers I too had figured out the actual murderer half way through reading. Although it was predictable and I felt that it lacked some detail, Nursery Crimes did make for some easy and enjoyable reading. I will read the next book in the series, however if it does not raise the bar slightly from it's very juvinile level I will have to abandon the series and return to more adult type reading.
This is a very poor mystery. The characters are stereotypical (do we need yet ANOTHER wacky former lawyer sticking her nose unattractively into other people's business?) and uniformly unlikable; even the protagonist's 2 year old daughter is revolting. The solution to the 'mystery' is telegraphed very early on; this, coupled with the fact that the heroine's antics also pall very early, made the book excruciating to work through. Frankly, I think this author should refund my money with interest for pain and suffering!