Friday, February 8, 2019

Book Review: 'Mouth of the Rat' 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 5) 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 5th book of the Samantha Jamison Mysteries – MOUTH OF THE RAT – with her own vigor that revs up the story and explains the title: The meaning of the name Boca Raton has always aroused curiosity. Many people wrongly assume the name is simply Rat’s Mouth. The Spanish word boca, or mouth, often describes an inlet, while raton means, literally, mouse. The term Boca de Ratones
or Boca Ratones was a navigational, referring to a rocky or jagged inlet, but the original location of Boca de Ratones was Biscayne Bay near present-day Miami Beach, according to eighteenth century maps. By the beginning of the nineteenth century, the term was mistakenly applied to the current Lake Boca Raton, whose inlet was closed throughout most of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The “s” and later the “e” were dropped from this title by the 1920s, yet the correct pronunciation remains Rah-tone.’ Very typical of Peggy’s respect for her audience to include information such as this – and a fine springboard for her mystery.

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. Oh yes, a hint of where Samantha is going in this edition - ‘Mona is frantic. "Marco is dead! Come quick!" Who's Marco? I had a week to solve it, but began to think it was unsolvable. It involved murder, drugs, an ex-wife, and an antique car collection. Who did it? Male/Female?.’

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, July 16

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