When Bobbie Sang the Blues, A Cozy Mystery #2  -     By: Peggy Darty
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When Bobbie Sang the Blues, A Cozy Mystery #2

WaterBrook Press / 2007 / Paperback

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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.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: WaterBrook Press
Publication Date: 2007
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1400073308
ISBN-13: 9781400073306
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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?

Author Bio

Peggy Darty is a popular speaker and the award-winning author of twenty-seven novels. When Bobbie Sang the Blues returns readers to Summer Breeze, Florida, the setting of the critically acclaimed cozy mystery When the Sandpiper Calls. Peggy and her husband split their time between the Colorado Rockies and the Florida seashore.


Christy Castleman finds herself questioning everything she knows about her family in Peggy Darty’s newest novel When Bobbie Sang the Blues. When Christy’s aunt, Bobbie, moves into town and is suspected of the murder of her ex-husband Eddie, Christy is challenged with the difficult task of proving her innocence. Learning of Bobbie’s dysfunctional past, however, doesn’t help Christy’s case and also places her in a confused emotional whirlwind. How well does she really know her family? Emotionally drained, Christy seeks refuge and support from those who are closest to her, including her parents, brother, and ex-boyfriend. With the support of these loved ones, Christy is determined to solve the mystery and prove that her aunt could not be guilty of this vicious crime.
Despite some unrealistic dialogue, Peggy Darty’s ability to develop each character, both emotionally and spiritually, gives the reader a complete understanding of the situation at hand. The past of the main characters brings to the story a new perspective and continually leaves the reader questioning who can be trusted. For instance, Bobbie admits an alcoholic addiction. Another character, Wiley Smith, informs Christy that he previously had a confrontation with Eddie that cost him his job. He confesses that he, too, was happy that someone “did him in.” There are many other characters who have some type of hatred toward Eddie for previous encounters or present conflicts. This, in turn, presents many possible murderers. Yet, the police decide that Bobbie still remains the primary suspect due to hidden evidence. Christy begins her own investigations in spite of the police, starting with Wiley and Jack, Bobbie’s new boyfriend and one of Christy’s closest friends.
Although the development of each character’s personality remains strong, the plot lacks scope and a strong drive. It starts off slow and doesn’t gain much momentum until Roseann Cole, Eddie’s girlfriend, returns to Summer Breeze, Florida to confront Christy. The ending reveals the answers to this haunting mystery in a few, short chapters, leaving the reader questioning if the author could have spent more time on the final events rather than the beginning.
Christy’s strength and determination to uphold her family’s reputation become one of the greatest examples of love that any Christian family could strive to attain. Hardened hearts are softened as these trying times call for forgiveness from all parties. Christy’s compassion for her family and surrounding community is unquestioned and flawlessly displayed. Without a doubt, any reader can become emotionally attached to a character such as Christy.
Overall, When Bobbie Sang the Blues is a book that would be most enjoyable to young women who are looking for an example of someone who can remain strong and prove that even small town nobodies can make a difference when they put their mind to it. For those who love a quick beginning and drawn out end, then this novel would be best left on the shelf. However, those who like mysteries with a subplot of growing love, this book is for you. – Katlyn Smith, Christian Book Previews.com

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  1. Colorado
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    May 4, 2007
    Donita K. Paul
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Peggy has done it again. I loved following Christie Castleman's into the next stage of her romance. And I fussed at her and scolded when she did what I didn't think prudent. I rejoiced at her discoveries and held my breath when the villain had her cornered.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    February 26, 2007
    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!
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    November 30, 2006
    Harriet Klausner
    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 someones trash into another persons 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.Bobbies 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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