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When Zeffie Got a Clue (Christy Castleman)

3.24 of 5 stars 3.24  ·  rating details  ·  78 ratings  ·  19 reviews
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 wo ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published March 18th 2008 by WaterBrook Press (first published 2008)
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Cozy mysteries are a comfortable fit for Christian fiction. By nature there is no gore, outright violence, or anything else too disturbing. They're light and fun, as we follow casually along until we find the murderer. When Zeffie Got a Clue fits right in with a page turning plot that won't give us nightmares.

Christy is a Christian, her father is a pastor, and her life is safe and predictable in the peaceful town of Summer Breeze, Florida. She's on her second try at romance with Dan, and things
Jessie Weaver
When Zeffie Got a Clue is the third installment in prolific author Peggy Darty's cozy mystery series set in Summer Breeze, Florida. Christy Castleman has just started a business alongside her eclectic Aunt Bobbie, who refurbishes antiques with her special touch.

Christy works two days a week when she isn't writing mystery novels, and one quiet day a young girl comes in with a jewelry box to sell. After hearing little Zeffie's story and sending her away with far more than Christy thinks the box is
Jun 25, 2011 Jenn rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people with heart conditions who can't take any excitement
Recommended to Jenn by: I was tricked by the cover art.
This is a terrible book. There is nothing mysterious about this so-called "mystery" at all. I had never heard of "cozy mysteries" before. They should be renamed "lame mysteries". Aside from all the Christian rhetoric, it is so poorly written. Terrible use of diction throughout. Example- use of the word "dodging" twice in the same paragraph; "dodging" to avoid rain drops and then "dodging" to avoid rain puddles. And aren't most puddles made of rain? There is so much stating the obvious, that it b ...more
Nora St Laurent
This is my first cozy mystery to read by Peggy Darty and I’m sure it won’t 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. It’s 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 ...more
Mar 30, 2008 Margaret rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who enjoys a good mystery
Recommended to Margaret by: CFBA
When I was younger I loved mysteries. I love to read them and watch them on various television shows or movies. My mother, my sisters, and I all watched Murder She Wrote together when I was really young and I can still remember the popcorn on the floor... Peggy Darty has made a really believable mystery stand out in this When Zeffie Got a Clue. I found out the hard way that this is the third in a series, and although I have not read the others and was able to understand the plot completely, th ...more
The book was poorly written and could be aimed at a juvenile audience. The cozy mystery was a bit too 'goody-goody' with antiquated sex role portrayal, annoying repetition, and stilted, unrealistic dialogue.
I would go so far as to say the book was boring with cardboard characters and plot and a setting that played little or no part in the story's development. The best part of the book was the cover.
I definitely would NOT read another book by this author!
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 m ...more
Mystery set in the Florida panhandle area. Christy Castleman has helped her small town local police department solve a couple of mysteries prior to becoming involved in a cold case that happened 12 years earlier. A clue comes into Christy's hands which reopens the case and Christy feels that she needs to help solve the mystery since the victim had once saved her life.

It is a good mystery, but the main plot line has several subplots revolving around it which can be a bit distracting as they take
Christy, a published author and unauthorized sleuth. Christy lives near her parents in Summerbreeze, Florida and becomes involved in Zeffie's life after purchasing a jewelry box given to Zeffie from her mother. Zeffie lives with her grandmother locally. The jewelry box had been stolen during a robbery and was connected to an unsolved murder. The optimism regarding planning Zeffie's future after her grandmother was taken ill was inspiring. I was disappointed that there were not any additional boo ...more
Isah  Ragondo
Nice plotted story.. Boring at first but gets interesting the more you read. I am in love with Dan and he is the only reason I kept reading the whole series, kidding. I love the book and I think you should try it too.
Cute cozy mystery about a jewelry box and its ties to a cold case murder. Part of a series but you don't need to read the others to enjoy this one.
It is nice to read a book that has no swearing and sex, which is why this book gets 4 stars. As far as content goes, it was just ok, though.
Judith Guyot
Interesting story but went on too long. However, I hadn't figured out the culprit until I was told at the end.
Aug 04, 2012 Gwen added it
Enjoyed! Zeffie is a little girl who unwittingly provides a clue that reopens a cold case...murder!
Dec 12, 2012 Amy marked it as to-read
Quick read. Enjoyable characters that explain a little too much, obvious villan.
Jun 15, 2009 Elaine added it
book 3 in the Christy Castleman Mysteries series
ok little mystery. Slightly quick to end.
Sue johnson
Light, satisfying mystery. Good read for beach.
Aug 25, 2011 PWRL marked it as to-read
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Peggy Darty is the award-winning author of 27 novels, as well as numerous novellas and articles. Her credits include Random House/Waterbrook, Zondervan, Multnomah, Guideposts, Barbour, Bantam and Sunn Classic Films. She has worked in film, researched for CBS, and taught in writing workshops around the country.
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