Book Review – When Zeffie Got a Clue – Rating: 7 out of 10

Book CoverWhen Zeffie Got a Clue, by Peggy Darty

How I came to read this book:

I recently joined the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance, and this book is currently on tour. Coincidentally, it’s published by WaterBrook Press – another group I have done blog tours with. Just loving every minute of it!!

Score Summary

  • Content: 9
  • Writing Style: 9
  • Re-readability: 5
  • Busy Mommy Scale: 5


This is a new author for me. It’s a nice leisurely story. I was kept in suspense, which was good. I usually end up guessing mysteries ahead of time. This book is the third in a series. I will probably try to purchase them, though I prefer not to know endings ahead of time. I do love “back story”. I loved the characters. I enjoyed my time reading, spending time in Summer Breeze.

Writing Style

Easy to read. A lot of adjectives. I know it’s important to set a picture in the first few pages, but it slowed me down, trying to make sure I got all the bits envisioned before proceeding. You never know what pieces are important when reading a mystery.


I’ll keep this around for a while, especially if I end up buying the two predecessors, because I like sets, but I doubt I will feel the need to read this one again in the future. It’s probably one I’d pass on so others can enjoy.

Busy Mommy Scale

This kind of book is better suited for weekends and evenings. Though the chapters weren’t huge, it’s hard to read mysteries in bits and pieces.

About The Author:

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.

About The Book:
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 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 warnings 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 the 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?