Mama Rocks the Empty Cradle and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Qty:1
  • List Price: $7.50
  • Save: $0.75 (10%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Only 1 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
Mama Rocks the Empty Crad... has been added to your Cart
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: Eligible for Amazon's FREE Super Saver/Prime Shipping, 24/7 Customer Service, and package tracking. 100% Satisfaction Guarantee.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Mama Rocks the Empty Cradle Mass Market Paperback – November 2, 1999


See all 3 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Mass Market Paperback
"Please retry"
$6.75
$2.69 $0.01
Best%20Books%20of%202014

Special Offers and Product Promotions

  • Take an Extra 30% Off Any Book: Use promo code HOLIDAY30 at checkout to get an extra 30% off any book for a limited time. Excludes Kindle eBooks and Audible Audiobooks. Restrictions apply. Learn more.

  • Explore more great deals on 1000's of titles in our Deals in Books store.

  • Get a $100 Amazon.com Gift Card: Get the Discover it card and get a $100.00 Amazon.com Gift Card* after your first purchase within 3 months. Learn more.

Frequently Bought Together

Mama Rocks the Empty Cradle + Mama Pursues Murderous Shadows + Mama Cracks a Mask of Innocence
Price for all three: $20.25

Buy the selected items together

Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought

NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Holiday Deals in Books
Holiday Deals in Books
Find deals for every reader in the Holiday Deals in Books store, featuring savings of up to 50% on cookbooks, children's books, literature & fiction, and more.

Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (November 2, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553577204
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553577204
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.5 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,859,544 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

There's lots of Southern honesty and grit on display in Nora DeLoach's latest book about Atlanta-based paralegal Simone Covington and her mother, a social worker in Otis, South Carolina, who can't help getting involved in murders. Mama Candi (named for her golden complexion, like candied yams) might appear to be cozy and comfortable on the surface--ready to whip up a splendid meal or quiet a crying child at a moment's notice--but underneath she's as tough and sharp-edged in her own way as her urban daughter.

"She was a tall girl whose head strutted two sets of weave," says Simone about Cricket Childs. Mama Candi elaborates: "Her complexion was mocha and her green dress fit her body like a wet suit. Cricket had a good figure except for a narrow behind that stuck out like a wad of chewing gum." Mama might have been somewhat less acerbic in her description, especially after Cricket is found dead and her baby girl missing. But both the Covington women are tough and shrewd survivors of a society that tries to force women, particularly African Americans, into molds. Other adventures of the Covington women include Mama Stalks the Past, Mama Traps a Killer, Mama Saves a Victim, and Mama Stands Accused. --Dick Adler --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From Publishers Weekly

Atlanta paralegal Simone Covington returns home to Otis, S.C., to aid her worldly-wise mother, a caseworker for the Department of Social Services, after a bunion operation. As in earlier books in the series (Mama Stalks the Past, 1997, etc.), Simone ends up helping her Mama solve a murder. Daughter and mother are puzzled when an addle-brained woman turns up in a grocery store with another woman's baby. But isn't the mother, Cricket, a bit harsh when she threatens to kill Birdie if the woman touches her child again? Although Simone remembers Cricket as a foul-mouthed, party-loving person, Mama contends that she is suitably maternal. When Cricket is killed and baby Morgan goes missing, the town gossips come out in force. As they've done since Simone's childhood, Mama and daughter set out to find the culprit, collecting and dissecting hearsay and innuendo. Meanwhile, Simone's father's dog begins presenting him with infants' skulls. Alarmed at what might be in store for Morgan, the two women must tangle with a malevolent mysogynist, climb Birdie's family tree and finally wade through the secrets of an old cemetery before they can find the killer and retrieve the infant. DeLoach continues to show considerable strength in her warm characterization of Mama and her clan. She is less adept at managing her convoluted plot, though she deserves considerable credit for again demonstrating that the conventions of the English cozy can be transplanted successfully to the African American South.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

4.0 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 4, 1998
Format: Hardcover
MAMA ROCKS THE EMPTY CRADLE Nora DeLoach Bantam, Dec 1998, $21.95, 208 pp.
Simone Covington returns to her hometown of Otis, South Carolina to help her mother when Mama undergoes bunion surgery. However, before Mama can recover, a neighbor, Cricket Childs, is murdered and the young woman's baby is missing.
In spite of the need to stay off her feet, Mama, using her daughter as her legs, begins to investigate what happened to the infant and who killed the young lady? She quickly links the past to the present and begins to uncover the mystery in her inimitable, down home style.
Like the previous novel in this series (MAMA STALKS THE PAST) this entry is a brilliant regional mystery that will absolutely provide 100% pleasure to sub-genre fans. Mama is the great Southern philosopher who readers will adore and cherish. Simone, with her flaws and growth in MAMA ROCKS THE CRADLE, adds depth to the tale. Who-done-it in Americana has never been better than in Nora DeLoach's cozy.

Harriet Klausner
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brenda VINE VOICE on July 19, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
MAMA ROCKS THE EMPTY CRADLE is the second title in this mystery series.
After reading MAMA ROCKS THE EMPTY CRADLE, I decided like Mama's daughter Simone, to shoot straight from the hip and tell you like it is. It's a winner! Only the select few in this world are known by a single name, and in the cozy mystery world, if she isn't already, Grace (Candi) Covington will be affectionately known as "Mama." Nora DeLoach has created an amusing, charming set of characters for her series; each one is as lively as the next.
Mama's personality is the comfortable kind that makes a stranger want to sit down and tell his/her story, but in this mystery the wee ones at Mama's doorstep can't tell their stories, nor can the Labrador retriever that dragged the baby skulls home. So when an infant that was nabbed once before is taken again after the mother is murdered, Mama and Simone fear for the baby's life. Because of her surgery Mama's comings and goings are limited, but as Simone finds out in sleuthing, cooking, and her private life, Mama's advice isn't.
Most definitely a good read! The plot is well built, the characters memorable, and paths the author leads the readers down are creative. Mama is the Sherlock Holmes of the African American South and Simone is her Watson!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 2, 1999
Format: Hardcover
The southern setting is charming. The plot had potential. However, the characters need more depth and if you blinked you would have missed the ending. This book doesn't quite fulfill it's promise. The best part was the description of the food!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Margaret H VINE VOICE on April 9, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
One of Mama's clients (Mama's a social worker.) turns up murdered and her baby is missing; then Papa's dog starts bringing home something he dug up in his nightly excursions - skulls of infants. In this close-knit family, daughter Simone has taken time off from her job as a researcher for one of Atlanta's top lawyers to help Mama while she recuperates from surgery. Now she and Mama also have a mystery to solve. The mystery is fun, but reading about life in a small southern town and Mama's excellent home cooking is just as much fun.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again