A Playdate With Death - Mommy Track, #3 Author:Ayelet Waldman No one ever said motherhood was a walk in the park, but Juliet Applebaum is doing her best. She's been showing up (more or less) on time to pick up her daughter from preschool. She's trying (in vain) to discourage her two-and-a-half-year-old son's interest in firearms. And between planning playdates and playing dress up, she's even managed to fi... more »t in some much-needed kid-free time, working out with a personal trainer at the local health club. It's going well. She's losing weight. She's even happy -- until her trainer commits suicide.
A charming, cheerful aspiring actor, Bobby Katz seemed to have it all -- and Juliet just can't believe he died at his own hand. She suspects that there's a much more sinister explanation -- and that it may lie with Bobby's parents, who never told him he was adopted. Or with his grieving fianc?e, a recovering addict who just fell off the wagon. Or with his birth mother, a woman he had recently started to look for--who had gone to great lengths to ensure that she would never be found. 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....« less
Ayelet Waldman had a great idea when she came up with the idea for the "Mommy-Track" mysteries. The main character in this series is Juliet Applebaum, an attorney who has decided to be a stay-at-home mom. Between wiping up the assorted messes that her two toddlers are constantly making, ferrying her kids to school and playdates, and tending to her other assorted "mommy duties," Juliet solves murders. What has made this series enjoyable thus far is that Juliet is usually witty and self-deprecating and the mysteries have been fun.