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When Bobbie Sang the Blues    by Peggy Darty order for
When Bobbie Sang the Blues
by Peggy Darty
Order:  USA  Can
WaterBrook Press, 2007 (2007)
* *   Reviewed by Jessica Weaver

Summer Breeze is a quiet Florida town where mystery writer Christy Castleman lives in peace and solitude - until her aunt Bobbie Bodine breezes into town and causes a commotion. Bobbie is a lovable but wild divorcee who spends her first few days in Summer Breeze singing at a local blues club and finding ways to bring her 'junk to gems' shop from Memphis to her new hometown.

In the middle of a presentation to the Red Hats Society on how to turn an old post into a beautiful, red-and-purple coat rack, Bobbie is arrested for the murder of her ex-husband, Eddie. Christy can't believe that her lively aunt would do such a thing, and sets her mystery-loving brain to work over who really may have committed the crime.

As Christy unearths many possible suspects she gets caught in the feuds between her mom and Bobbie, as well as trying to revive her love life with ex-boyfriend Dan. A sweet and unassuming heroine, Christy is a pleasant character and the reader will root for her, both to catch Dan and solve the mystery.

I thought the clues that exposed the true murderer were a little too forthcoming, but doubted my suspicions as more and more possibilities piled up. All in all, this is a cozy mystery with fun characters and a romantic overtone. When Bobbie Sang the Blues is the sequel to When the Sandpiper Calls, and I hope many more will follow in this entertaining series!

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