ZOE LUCKY

and the GREEN GABLES' MYSTERY

by M. Carol Coffey

 

Book Details

OAKLAND BURGLAR ESCAPES WESTERN PENITENTIARY

When Zoe's dad, a policeman, is killed in a shoot-out, Zoe and her mom move from their country home to the college town of Oakland (a suburb of Pittsburgh, PA). Shortly after they settle into their apartment, Zoe sees the newspaper photo of the Oakland burglar and she recognizes the escapee. To add to the drama, her mom is working night turn and she is facing her home alone fears.

Zoe receives Paki, a plucky African Gray parrot, for her 13th birthday and he helps her set aside her fears and meet new friends. Toby, a blue-eyed charmer, shows Zoe around Oakland and is her sidekick through some spine-tingling adventures. With her first kiss, Toby is her first love.

Miss Jahari, Zoe’s upstairs neighbor, is a professor of African Studies at PITT and she helps Zoe understand Paki's warnings.

Because their apartment house is painted a pukey pea soup color, Zoe names it Green Gables. The burglar breaks into their apartment and Detective Tracy of the Oakland police heads up an undercover operation. When the burglar returns the second time, Mom wants to pack up and move. In spite of the turmoil, Zoe wants to stay and solve the mystery. Toby and Miss Jahari help Zoe put together pieces of the puzzle and clues and suspects are coming out of the woodwork.

BUT, will Zoe be able to solve the Green Gable's mystery before the burglar makes his final return?

 

Book Excerpt

CHAPTER 1 -– AWFUL LUCKY

The headline, a one-inch eye opener, hit home:

OAKLAND BURGLAR ESCAPES WESTERN PENITENTIARY

When I saw the prison photo, my stomach did flip flops. Even though we had only lived in Oakland for a short time, I recognized the face. The burglar looked like the man who haunted my worst nightmares.

 

About the Author

M. Carol Coffey

Because of her love of 'The Burgh' (Pittsburgh, PA), ZOE LUCKY and the Green Gables' Mystery is set in her favorite suburb, Oakland (a cultural center of libraries, museums, concert halls and higher learning). The author, Carol Coffey, attended TAM O'SHANTER Art Classes at the Carnegie Library of Oakland from grade school through high school. After classes she and classmates would roam the library, museums and music hall of the Carnegie Complex. The University of Pittsburgh Cathedral of Learning being right around the corner, they would visit the exotic nationality rooms, search for hidden passageways and peek at the peregrine falcon's nest outside the top steeple. It was natural for Carol to bring this scenario to light in her book, ZOE LUCKY and the Green Gables' Mystery.

Carol Coffey has written a monthly column as Editor for the Pittsburgh Woman's Magazine.

As a bird and animal lover, Carol is a member of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, the Audubon Society and the National Wildlife Federation.

Carol has been a public speaker for 20 years. She has also entertained and sang professionally and been a guest on TV and radio shows.

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Also by M. Carol Coffey

ZOE LUCKY and the MYSTERY OF THE PINK PEARL NECKLACE
The Secrets of Solomon and the Queen of Sheba
 

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