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WaterBrook Press When Zeffie Got a Clue, Cozy Mystery Series #3

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?
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Customer Reviews for When Zeffie Got a Clue, Cozy Mystery Series #3
Review 1 for When Zeffie Got a Clue, Cozy Mystery Series #3
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5 out of 5
5 out of 5

Date:December 8, 2008
I have found a new favorite author! I could hardly put "When Zeffie Got a Clue" down. I enjoy Peggy Darty's style! I am sure to be reading everything she writes.
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Review 2 for When Zeffie Got a Clue, Cozy Mystery Series #3
Overall Rating: 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5

Date:August 5, 2008
Peggy Darty has become one of my favorite cozy authors to read. She also has a tight storyline with engaging characters and a mystery that will keep you guessing throughout. This latest addition featuring the gang from Summer Breeze did not disappoint. The mystery was really good because once again, the reader is kept guessing as to who the killer really was. This story was like a cold case being reopened years later. Therefore there are many suspects, including several who I myself guessed wrong. Zeffie was a cute character and I liked her. She wasn't annoying like a lot of bright little kids are normally portrayed in books. My absolute favorite part of reading this story was when Christy would visit the barbecue place. I envied her so much for the huge platters of ribs and sweet tea that she would get. I would get hungry every time it was mentioned. If I could get sucked into the story, I would definitely be tagging along with her when she ate there. I was geeked to read about Christy and Dan getting back together. I missed him in the 2nd book and it was good to see that he was able to keep up with her sleuthing habits in this one. These stories are perfect for those who love mystery but hate gritty suspense. It's perfect for a read on a lazy summer day. I do hope there will be more books featuring Christy and the residents of Summer Breeze. I will be anxious to make another trip down there.
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Review 3 for When Zeffie Got a Clue, Cozy Mystery Series #3
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3 out of 5
3 out of 5

Date:April 17, 2008
This is my first cozy mystery to read by Peggy Darty and Im sure it wont be my last. The author says The cozy mystery is, by far, my favorite, because this genre allows the reader to participate in solving the mystery. I did like that about reading this book. I really liked the town in Florida called Summer Breeze. Its a place you definitely want to stay for a while. Zeffie is the most adorable little girl that everyone falls in love with and wants to take home. She meets the main character Christy at her store called I Saw It First Shop dont you just love that name? I also like what there store does. Christy explains to Zeffie What we like to do here is rework something thats lost its purpose and make it pretty again. I think every town needs one of these shops; I think God allows us to be re-worked once we have been lost our purpose as well.This cozy mystery reminded me of a good Nancy Drew mystery. Zeffie hands Christy a clue that reopens a case from years ago. This case was personal for Christy. The man that was murdered saved her life. With the clue she is determined to track down this killer if that is the last thing she does. You will love this town and the Characters as well. It really makes me want to read the other books in this series. Nora St.Laurentwww.psalm516.blogspot.com
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Review 4 for When Zeffie Got a Clue, Cozy Mystery Series #3
Overall Rating: 
4 out of 5
4 out of 5

Date:April 2, 2008
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Michelle Sutton
I don't normally read cozy mysteries, but this one was fun and it held my interest. The title was intriguing and once I got involved in the story and got to know the characters I wanted to finish the book. It had a nice hook and pulled me in. Nothing was edgy or compelling in a suspenseful sense. There were no graphic descriptions or things that made me cringe (not that I like that). There was nothing heart-wrenching or spiritually moving. It was just a nice read. Kind of like a Matlock murder mystery. The characters were well done, the writing was good, and it gave me the warm fuzzies - especially the subplot involving Zeffie. Maybe I would have felt even more attached to the characters if I had read the previous two books in the series. I dunno. Overall I'd say this book is a winner, because not once did I dread picking it up to finish the story. That's a great book!
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Review 5 for When Zeffie Got a Clue, Cozy Mystery Series #3
Overall Rating: 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5

Date:March 30, 2008
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Creative Madness Mama
Zeffie is a sweet little girl in an unfortunate point of circumstances in her young life and Christy, the local mystery writer/murder solver of the area of Summer Breeze, Florida is able to jump into detective mode and seek out answers to find for Zeffie's questions as well as others that are closer to home from her own youth.This is the first Christian cozy mystery that I have read, and it really makes me thirst for more. The overall story is riveting and near impossible to put down once started. There are many different emotions and as a reader, one really gets pull into everything that is going on and debates all of the clues themselves.I really recommend this book if you have a few hours to spare and jump in to see if you can help Christy and Zeffie find what they are looking for!
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Review 6 for When Zeffie Got a Clue, Cozy Mystery Series #3
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4 out of 5
4 out of 5

Date:March 25, 2008
When Zeffie Got A Clue, dont you just love the title? I did and thats what made me pick up book three of Peggy Dartys Cozy Mystery series, where we find mystery writer Christy Castleman at work alongside her somewhat eccentric aunt, Bobbi Bodine in the I Saw It First Junk Shop. As the story opens, eight-year-old Zeffie Adams brings into the shop an old jewelry box she received from her mother. Zeffie is hoping to receive enough money from the sale of the box to help pay for her grandmas many medical bills. Taken by Zeffies vulnerability, Christy generously pays Zeffie for the box and begins work on refurbishing it for resale. When Christy removes the worn lining, she finds an appraisal for jewels belonging to Annabel Strickland, the mother of Kirby Strickland who was shot to death years ago in an unsolved case that was labeled a burglary gone wrong. Believing Kirbys killer stole this box, Christy sets out to locate the person who gave the box to Zeffies mother with the hope that this trail will eventually lead to the killer. When things get interesting and dangerous, and even when Christys boyfriend, encourages her to back off for her own safety, Christy, because of her fondness for Kirby who saved her from drowning once, moves forward in search of the killer. The mystery moves along at an even pace, with enough interest to keep you reading until the book leads to a very satisfying conclusion. This entertaining mystery has many elements of a good cozya smallish town, people who know one another, some quirky characters, and an amateur sleuth tracking down a killer. Also in cozy style, the mystery unfolds slowly so you have time to savor the characters in the book while appreciating the strong leading character, Christy. Darty displays Christys fine personal qualities through the relationships with the other characters, most notably with Zeffie when her grandmother passes on and the elderly retired housekeeper now alone and lonely at the nursing home.
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