Wednesday, April 2, 2008

When Zeffie Got A Clue

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing

When Zeffie Got a Clue
WaterBrook Press (March 18, 2008)

Peggy Darty

This book introduced a new term to me, 'cozy mystery'. While I've read a lot of them, I'd never heard the term. It refers to a mystery that takes place in a relatively contained area (e.g., a small town)with very little, if any, violence portrayed in the text. It involves an amateur sleuth who investigates among suspects who probably know each other. In the end the puzzle is resolved.

This book adds a lot of suspense as the perpetrator follows the main character, Christy (an author of mystery books), through her investigation. It takes place in a small coastal town on Florida's Emerald Coast near Destin and Panama City. Zeffie is an adorable young girl who unwittingly finds a clue that reopens a case that has long been put on the shelf.

This is a great beach book. It is the third in a series and it would probably be best to read the other two books, When the Sandpiper Calls and When Bobbie Sang the Blues, first. There were a few points that I presume would have been much easier to understand.


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 and her Aunt Bobbie have opened. Clutching a jewelry box, Zeffie Adams tells Christy she needs money to pay her grandmother’s medical bills, prompting Christy to offer this curious visitor more than the jewelry box is worth–or so she thinks.

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. How risky could it be to take the jewelry box back to the Strickland plantation and ask around about it?

Soon Christy finds there is more to the small box than someone wants her to know. A jewelry theft. A mansion murder. Dangerous family secrets buried in history. Can Christy convince others to let go of the past before it’s too late?


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. She has worked in film, researched for CBS, and led writing workshops around the country. Darty and her husband call Alabama home but spend a great deal of time in Colorado, Montana, and on Florida’s Emerald Coast.

You can purchase this book at Amazon.

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