It’s no mystery, Mignon Ballard has done it again. February 4 marked the debut of her latest in the Miss Dimple sleuth series, “Miss Dimple Picks a Peck of Trouble.”

July peach picking in 1944 is one of the few peaceful things you can do in Elderberry, Georgia during wartime, but for Miss Dimple Kilpatrick this is interrupted when she hears a scream nearby.

Once again Miss Dimple and her colleagues take us back to a time when community members came together as a family to wish and wait for their loved ones to come back from the War. A mix of murder, intrigue, NuGrape sodas and southern summertime heat make “Miss Dimple Picks a Peck of Trouble” a delightful read.

“I would love to have had a teacher like Miss Dimple,” said Ballard. “The closest I ever came was my fourth grade teacher at the old Calhoun School Misses Eddie Mae Lang. She was very little like Miss Dimple really but she loved us and we knew it! She would read wonderful stories to us. She was a widow and had children of her own,” she said.

When asked why she chose to have her Miss Dimple mysteries take place during World War II she answered, “Because I remember the second World War as a child. It took up our childhood. It was all we knew,” said Ballard.

After years away from Calhoun, Ballard has returned to her native home.

“There are so many good things about Calhoun. I’ve always loved Calhoun and I’ve missed it very much. I was born and raised here, my parents Bernard Franklin and Mignon Harlan Franklin were born and raised here also,” she said.

Ballard spends her time writing, visiting family and catching up with old friends on her daily walks about town.

Ballard will be the guest speaker at the Harris Art Center the evening of February 27th. She will be promoting “Miss Dimple Picks a Peck of Trouble,” so save the date to get your very own signed copy or bring your book with you! This is her 22nd book.You may purchase Mignon Ballard’s books online and at major book sellers such as Barnes and Noble and