During a speech to the Sassy Snowbirds Red Hat Society in her hometown of Summer Breeze, Fla., young mystery novelist Christy Castleman shows the ladies the Victorian glass bottle she found on the beach that morning--and the eerie note inside. When someone recognizes the handwriting, the message in the bottle becomes more than a prank, and the search is on for local realtor Marty McAllister. When she is found murdered in the same way as a doctor in a neighboring community, the quiet town of Summer Breeze tenses with the possibility that a serial killer is on the loose.

Incurably curious, Christy unearths clues even the police don't have. But will she recognize the killer before her curiosity has fatal consequences? Christy little suspects how directly her faith in God will impact the outcome.

Darty crafts a fun read with a sleek, understated plot loaded with irony. Occasionally awkward word choices and phrasing distract only a little from a thoroughly likeable heroine and the other intriguing characters of her fictional community. (Oct., 304 pp., $16.99)
Reviewed by: 
Jill Elizabeth Nelson