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Death Gets a Time-Out (Mommy-Track Mysteries) Hardcover – July 1, 2003

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Ayelet Waldman currently lives with her writer-husband Michael Chabon and four children.
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Product Details

  • Series: Mommy-Track Mysteries
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Hardcover; 1 edition (July 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425190145
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425190142
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,626,122 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Rocklin on August 12, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I've read all of Ayelet Waldman's Mommy Track mysteries and this one may be the best yet. Juliet Applebaum is at work again, to clear the name of her best friend's step-brother. She must discover what went on in the past to figure out what has happened in the present. In the course of her investigation, she begins to wonder if she won't clear her friend's step-brother only to find out that her friend is the killer!
The usual humor of Ms. Waldman's mysteries is in full flow here. Juliet is someone you'd love to have as a friend in the good times and would hope to have as a champion in the bad times.
This is an exceedingly fun series.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Cathy Goodwin TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 11, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I was hooked as soon as I read page one, and had trouble putting down the book until the end. This is a tribute to Ayelet Waldman's skill as a writer as well as her likeable heroine.
The ending is pretty easy to guess (well, except for the exact villain, and by the end it didn't matter which of two or three possibles was actually guilty). The heroine remains charming -- the kind of person you'd want to know as a neighbor, a "normal," unglamorous mom on the edge of the Hollywood scene. The plot elements actually seem a little stale: true/false memories, rehab center with psychiatrist who's a little too cozy with his patients, cult, ex-hippies with names like Polaris and Jupiter.
Still, I read the book all the way through and I never once felt the urge to pull out the blue pencil and second-guess the writer or the editors. And we get some comic relief with vignettes of family life from the mommy perspective. Juliet's children are typical little terrors. Her husband, Peter, is almost too good to be true.
This is a cozy mystery, deftly plotted, perfect for an escape, by a real pro. With fresher plot ingredients and a little more character depth, would be five stars.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on July 2, 2003
Format: Hardcover
She went from a public defender to a stay-at-home mom but now that her two children are older, Juliet Applebaum is going into partnership with Al Hockey, a former investigator for the public defenders. They are opening up a private detective agency housed temporarily in Al's garage until they bring in enough money to have a real office. At a Hollywood charity function, Juliet runs into her good friend Lilly Green, a famous actress who is in desperate need of her firm's discrete services.
Lilly's stepbrother Jupiter Jones is accused of killing his stepmother Chloe, the wife of Polaris Jones who is the head of the Church of Cosmological Unity. Chloe was blackmailing Lilly and she asked Jupiter to help her put a stop it. She believes that Jupiter may have killed Chloe because of their close bond but when Juliet starts investigating she comes to believe that Jupiter didn't kill Chloe and that makes the real killer exceeding anxious to stop the investigation even if it means murdering again.
Although the subject matter of survivor guilt and repressed memories is very serious topics, Juliet's interactions with her husband and children bring a note of much need of humor to the somber story line. Readers will be particularly tickled to realize that Juliet is pregnant again and her reaction to this unexpected event is truly memorable. DEATH GETS A TIME-OUT is darker in tone than the previous works in this series but it is just as good.
Harriet Klausner
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Booked4Life on March 31, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This entry in the mommy-track mystery series follows Juliet as she tries to be a good mommy, wife, and detective--with morning sickness interruptions.

Juliet detects in various interesting places, including a drug treatment clinic for the very rich, a strange Raellian-like cult, Hollywood, a Mexican commune in the 60's, and among the Pasadena politicos.

An interesting mystery with lots of interesting twists.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Maddi Hausmann Sojourner on August 13, 2003
Format: Hardcover
In _Death Gets a Time-Out_, Ayelet Waldman has finally hit her stride as a mystery writer. Her first book introduced mommy-track nosy sleuth Juliet Applebaum, featuring snappy dialogue, good intial scene-setting, but ultimately it didn't deliver in either plot or as a mystery. The second book well-captured the haze of the new mom, but when we found out whodunit, I had too many flashbacks to the first book. Book three broke chose a new type of murderer but lacked a sense of place and wasn't consistent in describing Juliet's kids.
Here, she did everything right. If you enjoyed any of Waldman's three previous "Mommy-track Mysteries" then _Time-Out_ will delight you because it has it all; twisty plot strands that keep raising more and more questions, plenty of suspects and their deliberate misinformation. The characterization that made the first book so fresh, Juliet's relationship with her family and her musings on how she's not a mom who Does It All, is kept going in almost every chapter. And Waldman finally did some homework on Life in LA this time; Juliet appears to live there in this book. I loved the scene where she's on her cell phone to another cell phone and notices her caller's freeway is moving faster. I hope she gets a better copy editor to catch mistakes like "Cedar's Sinai" which show she doesn't live there or Elect X for "City Counsel" signs that meant too much time in court instead of on the neighborhood streets. This book is too good to have silliness like that staining it.
Juliet's racking up the miles on the mom-mobile, driving from a recovery center for wealthy addicts to a religious center based on astrology, with stops in on her movie-star friend whose staff wear khakis.
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