A mystery writer’s sleuthing skills are tested by a real-life murder.
Author Christy Castleman’s dashing aunt, Bobbie Bodine, blows into sleepy Summer Breeze, Fla., after her divorce from petty crook Eddie Bodine. Bobbie wows the locals when she sings at the Blues Club and is bursting with ideas for her reclaimed junk shop, I Saw It First. But clouds soon gather. Eddie and his girlfriend Roseann turn up at the club to accuse Bobbie of stealing a stash hidden in their vacuum cleaner, now aboard the moving van heading for Summer Breeze. Eddie’s threats bring on one of Bobbie’s angina attacks, and Christy’s sometime boyfriend Dan and her old friend Jack toss him out of the club. When Eddie’s body is found stuffed into a pickle barrel in her storage unit, Bobbie is in a pickle with the cops. The police suspect Bobbie when they find that a lethal combination of Viagra and angina pills were the cause of death. Both Christy (When the Sandpiper Calls, not reviewed) and her brother Seth have an uneasy relationship with their minister father and seemingly perfect mother, but they all pitch in to try to find a killer who could be anyone from Eddie’s checkered past.
A run-of-the-mill cozy with pleasant characters and some good ideas for dealing with all that junk stored in the attic.