Reviewed by Darcie Gudger
When Bobbie Sang the Blues by Peggy Darty
"...a good addition to any sleuth-minded reader's library."
What makes cozy mysteries so appealing is the weird way people die. When Bobbie Sang the Blues is no exception.
Bobby Bodine needs a change of pace. Breaking free from an abusive husband, she moves herself and her trash-to-treasure business to the quiet town of Summer Breeze Florida.
With the help of her niece, Christy Casteman, she rents one of those public storage spaces for her belongings. Knowing her stuff is safe, Bobbie hunts for the perfect retail space.
All seems well until her ex-husband, Eddie, is found dead. In her storage unit. Stuffed into an antique pickle barrel.
Bobbie falls under suspicion. After all, the body was found in her unit. Roseann, Eddie’s flavor of the month, accuses Bobbie of stealing his stash of ten grand.
Christy, a mystery novelist, is convinced her aunt is innocent. Her confidence in Bobby erodes as Bobbie’s whereabouts the night of the murder can’t be pinned down.
Blues dragged a bit at the beginning. I kept wondering when the corpse would make an appearance. I willed myself to stick with it and my perseverance paid off. When suspicions are roused, and the bad guys feel threatened the act of page turning becomes more compulsive. What I came to realize was that Darty was saving it for the end. Whoa. Squeamish readers can experience an adrenaline rush without fear of loosing lunch. The lack of blood, is what makes When Bobbie Sang the Blues a true cozy.
The mystery isn’t all that’s taking place. Darty weaves in interesting sub-plots and even a bit of romance to satisfy a broad range of readers.
Faith is also handled well. Not in-your-face preachy stuff. Darty embeds it into her character’s decision-making processes and behavior which leads enriches the subplot.
When Bobbie Sang the Blues is a good addition to any sleuth-minded reader’s library.
Darcie Gudger is a freelance writer currently working on a young adult novel while trying to solve all the mysteries of motherhood with her adopted son, Kyle. In her spare time, she coaches the 2A Colorado State Champion Sheridan High School colorguard, judged equipment for the Rocky Mountain Colorguard Association and sings for the Bear Valley church choir and worship team. An adventure-seeker who lives and writes in the shadow of the Rocky mountains, Darcie loves hiking, camping, cycling, photography and keeping her husband guessing. Visit Darcie online at her blog, Joy in the Litterbox.