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by Peggy Darty

  • ISBN: 1410419339
  • Author: Peggy Darty
  • ePub ver: 1671 kb
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  • Rating: 4.6 of 5
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 445
  • Publisher: Thorndike Pr; Large print edition (September 16, 2009)
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  • Category: Bibles
  • Subcategory: Literature & Fiction
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Peggy Darty’s book When Zeffie Got a Clue, a cozy mystery, deals with perseverance against the odds. Christy Castleman helps her aunt Bobbie run a small trash-to-treasure shop, which is where little Zeffie brings in a jewelry box to sell.

Peggy Darty’s book When Zeffie Got a Clue, a cozy mystery, deals with perseverance against the odds. It happens to contain a clue to the decades-old murder of Kirby Strickland.

When Zeffie Got a Clue book. Peggy Darty's Florida cozy mystery series. Cozy mysteries draw the reader in to the story and the characters like a "home town" and family. Christy Castleman has helped her small town local police department solve a couple of mysteries prior to becoming involved in a cold case that happened 12 years earlier. A clue comes into Christy's hands which reopens the case and Christy feels that she needs to help solve the mystery since the victim had once saved her life.

When Zeffie Got a Clue Christy Castleman Series.

Peggy Darty is the award-winning author of twenty-seven books, including two other cozy mysteries set in Summer Breeze, Florida: When the Sandpiper Calls and When Bobbie Sang the Blues. Darty and her husband call Alabama home but spend a great deal of time in Colorado, Montana, and on Florida’s Emerald Coast. When Zeffie Got a Clue Christy Castleman Series.

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But complicated questions form when Christy rips out the box’s lining and uncovers a clue to a cold case murder mystery from eight years ago. Despite warnings from her family and handsome boyfriend Dan Brockman, Christy decides to do a little detective work of her own. After all, the infamous murder happened close to her grandmother’s farm.

It's an ordinary afternoon in Summer Breeze, Florida, when a young, wide-eyed girl steps into I Saw It First, the trash-to-treasure shop Christy Castleman opened with her Aunt Bobbie. Clutching a jewelry box, Zeffie Adams tells Christy she needs money to pay her grandmother's medical bills, prompting Christy to offer the curious visitor more than the box is worth. But soon Christy finds there is more to the small box than someone wants her to know.
Comments (7)

This is the last in the series about a female mystery writer solving mysteries in the town where she lives. I enjoyed all three books with interesting characters, a little mystery, a little romance, and a few surprises. Fun read.
Cozy mysteries draw the reader in to the story and the characters like a "home town" and family. This series has the added bonus of spiritual truth giving the stories real strength and blessing. A wonderful read for a very troubling 2016.
She really captures my attention from the start and keeps it! Keeps me guessing till the end! This is my third book by this author.
A clean read, but the plot is not particularly compelling. The idea of a clue in an old jewelry box was interesting. Okay.
I enjoy mysteries. I enjoy the suspense. I enjoy the problem-solving. I enjoy the deduction. I enjoy the break-through when the motive comes together with the clues and the detective gets her criminal! However, I don't enjoy the bad dreams that inevitably follow for me. (I'm such a sensitive gal, I suppose!) So, I was a little leery about reading Peggy Darty's "When Zeffie Got a Clue". But this mystery was fun and entertaining. It was not gory and graphic. The reader was drawn into the mystery and its solution, but Darty keeps the story fairly relaxed and not terribly intense.

The story line is logical and really not too predictable. (This is another problem with mystery novels--who wants to know who-done-it before the end of the book?) Several characters are suspects--and with good reason--yet I couldn't guess the perpetrator & motive for sure until the near end of the book. (Ok--maybe I'm just not so smart...but in some books, I do figure it out far too soon...) This made for a great read--enjoyable and captivating!

I appreciated the Christian flavor of the book, as well. While it's not "preachy", Darty's book sends messages with Biblical basis and she keeps the scenes & conversations "clean".

Oh, and I might add that I have not read the first two books in this series but didn't feel behind as to what was happening or who the characters are. Darty does a good job bringing a new reader up to speed....

Overall, it was a great read! Thanks for the free copy to review, Waterbrook Press!
Faith fiction fans of the cozy mystery genre who have enjoyed Peggy Darty's "A Cozy Mystery" series will find the third installment, WHEN ZEFFIE GOT A CLUE, chugs along in the same gentle vein as its predecessors.

In the first book, WHEN THE SANDPIPER CALLS, Darty introduced amateur sleuth and author Christy Castleman, a young single woman living a stone's throw from her parents in her Florida panhandle hometown of Summer Breeze, Florida. If you haven't read SANDPIPER and WHEN BOBBIE SANG THE BLUES, stop reading here. You'll enjoy the storyline of ZEFFIE more by reading the series in order.

This latest episode has a sweeter-than-sugar beginning. In WHEN BOBBIE SANG THE BLUES, Christy's Aunt Bobby Bodine was opening a new shop, I Saw It First, a "trash-to-treasures" sort of establishment where Bobby bought old items and made them interesting and saleable. As the new story opens, it's almost Christmas. Christy is staffing the shop when Zeffie Adams, a young elementary-aged waif shows up with cheap jewelry box to sell. As Christy gently probes the girl for an explanation, she discovers the box once belonged to Zeffie's deceased mother. Zeffie, who now lives with her grandmother, is selling it to help pay for her grandmother's medical bills.

Christy generously pays Zeffie more than the box is worth and makes it her mission to ensure Zeffie is taken under the wing of numerous people in the small town of Summer Breeze. Heartstrings, prepare to be tugged!

In a bit of a credibility stretch, Christy discovers a piece of paper under the lining of the jewelry box that holds a clue to a long-ago unsolved murder --- coincidently, the murder of one of Christy's long-ago friends, Kirby Strickland, who had once saved her from drowning. The plotline follows Christy as she tried to solve the murder. Christy also continues her romance with Dan Brockman, her on-again, off-again boyfriend --- and this time, it looks like a proposal might be in the offing.

Darty does a good job leaving the identity of the killer in question right up until the closing pages. Is it R.J. Wentworth, the owner of a Florida marina, who married Kirby's girlfriend, Julie Clark, after Kirby died? What about Vince Brown and his wife, Ellen, Kirby's sister, who inherited the business and palatial house after Kirby's death? Another suspect, Wayne Crocker, is a ladies man with conquests up and down the coast and a successful boat broker with past ties to Kirby. Della, a housekeeper who quit soon after the murder and Rueben Foster, an alcoholic painter employed by the victim's family, also leave question marks in Christy's mind.

The faith themes are strong. As Christy, a pastor's daughter, gazes on a crystal angel figurine in her bedroom, she prays, "God, please help us bring this murderer to justice."

Overdescription can slow things down ("Sunlight bounced off the girl's long blond hair, forming a gauzy halo that lit her face and exaggerated the wisdom and sorrow in her green eyes.") The dialogue can become stiff ("Christy Castleman! It's been ages. I enjoy your books, and I see your grandmother often.") Wordiness also can slow down the pacing: "She would find the person who had killed Kirby. She was onto the killer, and the killer knew it. She knew it too."

But readers of the series will be delighted to discover the ongoing relationships developing between the characters in the tropical setting of Summer Breeze. It's nice to see the character of Bobbie making a return appearance as well. Tender-hearted readers will root for a happily-ever-after ending for Zeffie, and Darty doesn't disappoint. Darty knows what her readers want, and she delivers redemption, a neatly-wrapped up conclusion, and plenty of question marks about the identity of the killer as the plot unfolds in WHEN ZEFFIE GOT A CLUE.

--- Reviewed by Cindy Crosby

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