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The Big Nap: 03/17/20

The Big Nap

The Big Nap by Ayelet Waldman is the second of the Mommy-Track mystery series. Juliet Applebaum is feeling overwhelmed by her newborn. This second child isn't sleeping well and is constantly hungry. Since Juliet is breastfeeding, she's being run ragged.

A chance encounter at a local Hasidic bakery results in a babysitter and a well needed nap. Unfortunately, the babysitter goes missing and no one seems willing to do anything to find her. Juliet decides to investigate.

A lot of time and many pages are spent on Juliet wrapping her head around why anyone would want to be Hasidic, especially for the women she meets. It's a weird gate keeping tangent that serves primarily as filler.

Looking strictly at how the clues are presented and what leads Juliet choses to follow, The Big Nap is structurally similar to Hold The Cream Cheese, Kill The Lox by Sharon Kahn (2002). Both rely on lengthy, expensive travel driven by vague red herrings. In both cases, the solution is at home with a solution obvious to the attentive reader.

The third book is A Playdate with Death (2002).

Three stars

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