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When Bobbie Sang the Blues: A Cozy Mystery (Cozy Mystery - WaterBrook Press #2) [Paperback]

By Peggy Darty (Author)
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Overview
Christy's free-spirited Aunt Bobbie loves collecting oddities for her new trash-to-treasure shop in Summer Breeze, Florida. She's the most popular eccentric in town---until a body is discovered in her pickle barrel! Now the community's turned sour, and Bobbie is suspect number one. Can Christy find the real killer and free Bobbie from her "dill"-emma? 352 pages, softcover from Waterbrook.

To the joy of her niece mystery writer Christy Castleman and the chagrin off her pious strait-laced sister and Minster brother-in-law, Bobbie Bodine comes to Summer Breeze for the first time in three or four years. Bobbie is a free spirit who enjoys turning someone?s trash into another person?s treasure. As such she has opened up a shop in town to do so. Unbeknownst to Bobbie is that her former spouse Eddie and his girlfriend Roseann Cole are following her and now her niece because he believes she stole $10,000 from him and he needs it back to pay off a dangerous IOU in which his body is collateral. Unbeknownst to Eddie is that enforcer Tony Paneda is stalking Bobbie too because he expects Eddie to show up shortly. Everything comes to a head when someone murders Eddie with Bobbie as the prime suspect. The local Red Hatters who have adopted her and her niece begin to investigate because none of them trust the police to look past Aunt Bobbie. Bobbie?s attitude that you can be deeply religious but also enjoy life to the fullest refreshes the inspirational amateur sleuth sub-genre as like her niece and much of the townsfolk her lust for life is infectious. The whodunit investigation starts toward the middle of the strong story line as initially the audience meets the key players and how they relate to one another. Peggy Darty provides a delightful charmer as Christy and the Red Hatters (mindful of Fern Michaels? Sisterhood) try to prove that Aunt Bobbie did not kill her late mate. Harriet Klausner

Publishers Description
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, I Saw It First.
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, crusty widower Jack, and Christy's roguish brother, Seth. 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 fun 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 and the Red Hatters expose the real killer before lively Aunt Bobbie is locked away for good?

Citations And Professional Reviews
When Bobbie Sang the Blues: A Cozy Mystery (Cozy Mystery - WaterBrook Press #2) by Peggy Darty has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Publishers Weekly - 12/11/2006
  • Kirkus Reviews - 12/15/2006 page 1244
  • Romantic Times - 02/01/2007 page 71


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Item Specifications...


Studio: WaterBrook Press
Pages   352
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.44" Width: 5.3" Height: 0.93"
Weight:   0.68 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 31, 2007
Publisher   WaterBrook Press
Series  Cozy Mystery - WaterBrook Press  
Series Number  2  
ISBN  1400073308  
ISBN13  9781400073306  


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More About Peggy Darty


Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! 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."

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A wonderful cozy mystery  Mar 20, 2007
Christy Castleman is a mystery writer in the town of Summer Breeze, Florida, whose life seems to be going just the way she wants it. That is, until her recent breakup with boyfriend Dan Brockman and a surprise visit from Christy's kooky aunt, Bobbie Bodine, turn her world upside-down.

Bobbie plans to open an antique shop, but can't resist singing the blues at a local club. After her songs are over, Bobbie's ex-husband confronts her and demands money that he believes she stole. The next day, he is found dead in Bobbie's storage unit. This unleashes a series of events, culminating in Bobbie's arrest and sending Christy on a mission to discover the real killer.

Meanwhile, Dan sends Christy conflicting signals, inviting her on a picnic to take her mind off of things, then telling her he has a date with another woman. Christy shakes off this news with a newfound independence and continues her search for the killer. As she does so, she finds out some truths about her family that open her eyes to the fact that no one is perfect, not even her aunt Bobbie.

I won't spoil the ending, but this cozy mystery ended with a satisfactory punch. I suspected the killer approximately halfway through, but Darty's effective use of scenes with other suspects kept me guessing until the end.

The imagery and dialogue used in this novel is fresh and fun, adding to the cozy atmosphere. Although the suspense in this book will keep you on your toes, Darty's masterful use of words and plot creates a light touch that doesn't scare, even when the reader is confronted with the real killer.

The inspirational focus of this novel was handled with an expert touch and was not preachy in the least. I would recommend this book to inspirational readers and non-inspirational readers alike, as it is fun, fast-paced and fantastic.

Armchair Interviews says: When Bobbie Sang the Blues is a deliciously fun mystery that will keep you guessing but not keep you frightened.
 
Another cozy winner  Feb 26, 2007
A year has passed since Christy Castleman solved her first murder in her hometown. Now as she's beginning to get settled down once again when her eccentric aunt comes to town. The exact opposite from Christy's mother, Aunt Bobbie has dreams about opening up a one of a kind antique store and recruitsChristy to help her fulfill her wish. But then Bobbie's ex-husband is found dead in a pickle barrel inside the storage unit that belongs to Bobbie making her the number one suspect. Amid few clues and evidence that all point to her aunt,Christy once again uses her mystery novel skills to find out out who the real killer is.

Another winner from Peggy Darty! I enjoyed this book even more than the first. Bobbie is a great character because she's so spontaneous that you don't know what she's going to do next and I love her idea for a trash=treasures shop. She is a complete opposite of Christy's mother. While one strives for perfection, the other chooses to live for the day. Because of these differences, the two have been at odds over the years and it was nice for them to finally resolve their conflict. My favorite part of the book was when Christy had to go into character in trying to find out who the killer was. While she was in a dangerous situation, I found her airhead-ness a hoot simply because it was so out of character for her. Once again I was surprised at who the actual killer was. I prefer mystery stories when the culprit is someone we have already been introduced to, and not some random person we have no connections to, and this story doesn't disappoint. I'm also really happy for Jack's character as well. From the last book you could see he was lonely after his son's death, and now he has a reason to be happy again. The only thing I found confusing was that at the beginning of this book Christy and Dan are no longer a couple. At the end of Sandpiper they have begun their relationship, here it is already on the outs, without much of an explanation. I just felt like I was missing something as they both try to figure out their relationship. As for the rest of the story, it's superb. This is one of the best cozy mystery series out there, and I can't wait for another!
 
inspirational amateur sleuth   Feb 23, 2007
To the joy of her niece mystery writer Christy Castleman and the chagrin off her pious strait-laced sister and Minster brother-in-law, Bobbie Bodine comes to Summer Breeze for the first time in three or four years. Bobbie is a free spirit who enjoys turning someone's trash into another person's treasure. As such she has opened up a shop in town to do so.

Unbeknownst to Bobbie is that her former spouse Eddie and his girlfriend Roseann Cole are following her and now her niece because he believes she stole $10,000 from him and he needs it back to pay off a dangerous IOU in which his body is collateral. Unbeknownst to Eddie is that enforcer Tony Paneda is stalking Bobbie too because he expects Eddie to show up shortly. Everything comes to a head when someone murders Eddie with Bobbie as the prime suspect. The local Red Hatters who have adopted her and her niece begin to investigate because none of them trust the police to look past Aunt Bobbie.

Bobbie's attitude that you can be deeply religious but also enjoy life to the fullest refreshes the inspirational amateur sleuth sub-genre as like her niece and much of the townsfolk her lust for life is infectious. The whodunit investigation starts toward the middle of the strong story line as initially the audience meets the key players and how they relate to one another. Peggy Darty provides a delightful charmer as Christy and the Red Hatters (mindful of Fern Michaels' Sisterhood) try to prove that Aunt Bobbie did not kill her late mate.

Harriet Klausner


 

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