WHEN ZEFFIE GOT A CLUE
A cold case murder is just warming up
It's an ordinary day 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 for 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 caution 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 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?
published in 2008
My thanks to my public library for keeping me supplied in quality retro reads
An enthralling cozy mystery sweetened with faith and romance. Little Zeffie is a scene stealer all the way through. Absolutely love where this story takes her. And Christy has the perfect inquiring mind so necessary for an amateur sleuth. Yes, it drives her parents and boyfriend a little crazy, but they love her anyway. And so did this reader as I followed her exploits -- asking questions, chasing down clues, facing danger -- right along with her. The perfect page-turner of a mystery to curl up with on a chilly autumn evening (or any other time.)
When Zeffie Got a Clue is the third book in this cozy mystery series. Though it was preceded by When the Sandpiper Calls and When Bobbie Sang the Blues -- two books I haven't read -- I had no trouble following along with this one. Zeffie reads perfectly fine as a standalone -- other then the progression of the romance, I guess, which would have developed throughout all the books. But nothing to spoil this read.
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