Thursday, April 12, 2007

Peggy Darty's When Bobbie Sang the Blues ~ Reviewed

When Bobbie Sang the Blues
By Peggy Darty
Published by WaterBrook Press
ISBN 978-1-4000-7330-6

One woman's trash is another woman's mystery …

When mystery writer Christy Castleman's Aunt Bobbie storms into town, she brings a burst of wild wind to quiet Summer Breeze, Florida—and new life to the junk she scavenges for her trash-to-treasure shop.

Bobbie enjoys restoring beauty to flawed items, and her free-spirited approach to life attracts a range of Summer Breezers, including members of the local Red Hat chapter and crusty widower Jack. Bobbie's battered red truck becomes a familiar sight around the coastal hamlet—loaded down with such odd items as a huge old pickle barrel—and her electric presence lights up the Blues Club in the evenings.

But the fin and games turn deadly when Eddie Bodine, Bobbie's ex-husband, is found dead in her pickle barrel. As compelling evidence mounts against Bobbie, can Christy expose the real killer before lively Aunt Bobbie is locked away for good?

Sequel to When the Sand Piper Calls, When Bobbie Sang the Blues is filled with quirky characters, mysterious happenings and enough plot twists to keep you turning pages. I thought I had the culprit figured out, but then a twist came along that made me think—Ah-ha! Now I've got it—that is until another character had the perfect motive. Sheesh.

Darty's settings are yet another character in her writing, an intriguing backdrop to her mysteries. Without overdoing description, she creates a town where I’d like to take a vacation—from the old pirate ship wreck to Miz B's Family Restaurant where the locals gather. A warm, fun-filled read perfect for an afternoon in the hammock with a glass of lemonade, When Bobbie Sang the Blues won't disappoint you.

Reviewed by Ane Mulligan

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