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Nursery Crimes (Beeler Large Print Mystery Series) Hardcover – Feb 2004


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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Thomas T Beeler; Lrg edition (Feb. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 157490552X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1574905526
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 15.9 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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When the head of her two-year-old daughter's school is killed in a hit-and-run "accident," Juliet Applebaum, a public defender turned stay-at-home mom, finds herself investigating the murder of the preschool principal. A first novel. Reprint. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark Baker TOP 500 REVIEWER on 18 April 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Juliet Applebaum is at loose ends in her life. After her daughter Ruby was born, she decided to put her career as a public defender on hold because she wasn't giving enough to either her career or her family. Yet she's restless spending all her time at home with her two year old daughter.
Trying to get Ruby into the best nursery school in Los Angeles doesn't go well. But that night the founder, Abigail Hathaway, is run down by a car. Juliet is positive she knows who the killer is. But when she starts investigating, she finds that it might not be as simple a case as she thought. Does she still remember enough of her training to successfully build a case against the killer?
I enjoyed this debut novel. Juliet is a likable heroine who struggles with her desire to do what's best for her daughter and soon to be born son and the desire to continue a job she loves. Occasionally, she borders on whining, but she also knows she's made the right choice for now. The plotting was good, although I felt Juliet was a little dumber then need be at the end. Still, I only saw the ending coming a few pages before she did.
I'm definitely going to continue to check in on this family and see where they go from here. Ayelet Waldman has the potential for a great series with these characters.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Fun start to a new series 13 Sept. 2002
By Mark Baker - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Juliet Applebaum is at loose ends in her life. After her daughter Ruby was born, she decided to put her career as a public defender on hold because she wasn't giving enough to either her career or her family. Yet she's restless spending all her time at home with her two year old daughter.
Trying to get Ruby into the best nursery school in Los Angeles doesn't go well. But that night the founder, Abigail Hathaway, is run down by a car. Juliet is positive she knows who the killer is. But when she starts investigating, she finds that it might not be as simple a case as she thought. Does she still remember enough of her training to successfully build a case against the killer?
I enjoyed this debut novel. Juliet is a likable heroine who struggles with her desire to do what's best for her daughter and soon to be born son and the desire to continue a job she loves. Occasionally, she borders on whining, but she also knows she's made the right choice for now. The plotting was good, although I felt Juliet was a little dumber then need be at the end. Still, I only saw the ending coming a few pages before she did.
I'm definitely going to continue to check in on this family and see where they go from here. Ayelet Waldman has the potential for a great series with these characters.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Working Pregnant Woman Wanted Juliet to Stop Whining Already 6 Sept. 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
As I am a big mystery fan and almost 9 months pregnant with a toddler at home, I was really happy to bump into this novel. Until I started to actually read it. Juliet is a horrible whiner, her child is an incredible brat, and her husband is almost like wallpaper, just there for background. The solution is obvious, and even so, Juliet still doesn't solve the crime so much as bump into the solution by accident. While she bumbles around, the reader has to listen to her complain about everything she encounters, most annoyingly her weight, which is described as a "leviathon" 170 pounds (yeah, right -- the woman is about to deliver!), and her struggles with being a stay at home Mom. She manages to insult both stay at home moms and working Moms while she's at it, which is quite a trick. And if this isn't bad enough, she is a primer for bad parenting. (My personal favorite parenting moment was when she tried to "persuade" her toddler that she wanted a big girl bed. Anyone who has ever had a toddler knows that way lies madness.)
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A mystery starring an endearing stay at home mom -what fun! 13 July 2001
By Kcorn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I read this one in a single gulp and had a blast doing so. Author Ayelet Waldman has created a wonderful new sleuth in Juliet, a stay at home mom with a toddler, a woman dying to go back to work - until she becomes pregnant with her second child and her career plans are put on hold. Resigned to staying at home, Juliet is less than perfect on the domestic front, finding life with a toddler hard to take at times. As Juliet herself says, " I wasn't any June Cleaver. I did all the things mothers aren't supposed to do. I yelled. I was sarcastic. I let her watch TV". Clearly, Juliet needs an outlet besides mothering. Then Juliet's daughter, Rudy ("half adorable..angel, half street urchin from hell") fails to ace the admissions interview at the Heart's Song school. Shortly afterwards, the principal of the school killed and Juliet has a new mission - she decides to solve the crime. The details are what set this book apart from the average mystery - Juliet's frustration living among overly ambitious parents striving to get their toddlers into the best schools, her difficulty balancing her desire for a career with her decision to stay home and her humorous attempts to solve a crime without alienating every "suspect" ( in other words, she isn't the most tactful detective). Waldman catches the subtle nuances of suburban life (albeit suburban Hollywood life) perfectly. I hope to see more from this new author and am looking forward to getting her next book, The Big Nap.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Looking forward to the next in this excellent series 19 Dec. 2001
By tamara - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I hate it when moms get asked the question, "Do you work?" Heck yes! Juliet Applebaum, the heroine of this wonderful series, can add another dimension to her answer ... she's also an (unofficial) private investigator. In this story, Juliet becomes suspicious when the principal of an elitist L.A. nursery school is mowed down in a "hit and run." Braving berserk studio executives, internet intrigue, doubting friends, skeptical L.A. cops (who think stay-at-home moms suffer from a dubious intellect), Juliet solves the crime.
What makes this book so delicious is Juliet's sense of humor and honesty. She freely admits that her daughter can be darn annoying and that she is ambivalent, even resentful, of leaving her job as a Harvard-trained public defender to stay at home with her pre-schooler and soon-to-be born son. She acknowledges the joys of marriage and motherhood, too, but her free and funny expression of competing thoughts is refreshing. The other characters are also very realistic and fascinating (including a Hollywood A-list best friend who has her own motive for undermining Juliet's investigation.) L.A. with its celebrity-worshipping milieu serves as a riveting backdrop for the action.
Although I solved the mystery about a chapter before Juliet did (and I'm no sleuth), I still found the book very much worth reading. Juliet is an immensely likable character and I found myself wishing she were real because I know I would enjoy her company.
An interesting literary aside: Ayelet Waldman, the author, is married to Michael Chabon, acclaimed author of Wonder Boys and The Adventures of Kavalier and Clay.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Terrific first mystery! 4 Sept. 2001
By Reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is a smart, funny, well-written book. The main character is Juliet Applebaum, a former federal public defender, now a stay-at-home mom, who's married to a screenwriter. She's pregnant with their second child and bored out of her skull, so when the headmistress of a prestigious Hollywood preschool is killed in a hit-and-run on the very day she turns down Juliet's two-year-old daughter for admission, Juliet decides to investigate. Waldman's characters are well-drawn and believable, and her swipes at Hollywood are funny without being mean-spirited. I did figure out whodunnit a chapter or so before Juliet did (which may have been because I recently read another mystery in which a similar character was the culprit), but this was such a good book, I didn't mind. I've already ordered the second book in the series, THE BIG NAP, and can't wait for it to get here.
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