Saturday, December 15, 2018
Book Review: 'Death Knell In The Alps' by Peggy A. Edelheit
Author Peggy A. Edelheit has managed (in a writing range that is solid) to create what every author of romance adventures wants – a character so balanced and so real that all who read her series (of which this is book 6) end up saying ‘Everybody loves Samantha1’. Samantha Jamison is an author/sleuth and it is because of her well-sculpted personality that she manages to attract every one who comes across the good fortune of reading either all or some of this series.
Peggy jump starts this 6th book of the Samantha Jamison Mysteries – DEATH KNELL IN THE ALPS – with her own vigor that revs up the story and explains the location: ‘I had just hung up from talking to Clay, who’d be arriving four days late. Not because of his bookshop, The Bookworm, back in Highlands, North Carolina, but from his PI sideline. That gumshoe owed me a nice dinner for all this stress. I had just hung up from talking to Clay, who’d be arriving four days late. Not because of his bookshop, The Bookworm, back in Highlands, North Carolina, but from his PI sideline. That gumshoe owed me a nice dinner for all this stress. Was that mutilation somehow connected to Clay? Was I over-reading it? Initially, Clay alleged he needed my help, but with what? “All expenses paid,” he’d said. “Bring along the girls.” That last part should have made me skeptical. But after all we’ve been through in the past, including my husband’s suspicious death, and afterward our extremely personal on-and-off relationship, I agreed. Now after seeing that visual in my shower, I was having second thoughts about this trip. I recalled our shared history and being involved in and eventually solving a few mysteries since we met. If you’d asked me about my trust factor back when I first met Clay, I would’ve said you’re crazy. Was Clay testing that trust again? First off, why did Clay invite me to the Swiss Alps? He said, “Bring your skis.” I didn’t own any. Oh, I’ve skied many times before, but never took it seriously. I couldn’t even throw snowballs straight. The one thing I could do was ride a sled, but even then the odds weren’t always in my favor. I was usually one curve away from disaster. While questions lingered about Clay’s unusual invite to Switzerland, my curiosity kicked in too.’ So right off the bat we feel the clues coming, the place is set, and the next installment begins.
It is that kind of background early on in her books that makes Peggy’s Samantha books sparkle. Add to the romantic and physical aspects some very well considered mystery development and you have another terrific outing with our favorite author/sleuth. ‘I should've been suspicious when my crew and I were invited on an expense-free ski trip to Switzerland. Instead of Swiss chocolates, a creepy in-your-face message hanging in my hotel shower greeted me. What kind of vacation was this?’
Hop on for another quick read that will entertain you during and after your accompanying Samantha Jamison. Peggy A Edelheit’s books are habit forming – in the best sort of way. Grady Harp, August 16
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