The Big Nap Author:Ayelet Waldman Ever since her four-month old son was born, Juliet hasn't slept for more than fifteen minutes at a stretch. (Has she given birth to some sort of mutant vampire? She's beginning to wonder.) It's been ages since she took her three-year-old daughter to the park. (Just one more reason why she's a front-runner for the "Worst Mother of the Year" award... more ».) Her workaholic husband is spending way too much time with his perky, oh-so-pretty producing partner. (Juliet's sure her own post-pregnancy pounds are at least partly to blame.) She's started answering the door topless. (Don't even ask.) And now her son's babysitter--a beautiful young Hasidic woman--has vanished.
Juliet can't help wondering if Fraydle was fleeing something even scarier than her screaming, squalling charge. Like her upcoming arranged marriage, maybe? It's certainly possible Especially since Juliet saw her furtively chatting with a non-Hasidic man shortly before she disappeared. Or perhaps something much more sinister has occurred. Why else would Fraydle's family be so reluctant to call in the police? To find out the truth, Juliet, with her overtired kids in tow, will have to travel from her havoc-filled home in Los Angeles to a Hasidic enclave in Brooklyn. In search of answers. In pursuit of Justice. And in desperate need of a big, long nap....« less
One of Waldeman's "mommy track" mysteries. Juliet Applebaum has left the public defender's office to be a stay at home mom, but she can't keep her hands out of the waters of crime. She thinks hiring a mother's helper will alleviate her stress, but after the Hasidic girl show up one time and then mysteriously disappears, Juliet is compelled to find out where she went. I enjoyed this book, as Juliet juggles caring for a toddler and infant with solving mysteries in a deft and humorous way.