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Write Yourself Out Of This One                                                                   (Book 12) Coming Soon!

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This mystery will be hard to put down once you begin.

An unpredictable, captivating mystery that draws in not only Sam, but the reader as well, as page after page of strange, threatening incidents begin to take place that make no sense at all.

Confusion, misdirection, and red herrings seem to be popping up everywhere. Why the funereal death threats with a timeline attached to them suddenly appear at her front door? Why the challenge to write herself out of something she knows nothing about?

Then a startling secret is thrown at Sam when she discovers her reputation is also on the line, which unexpectedly includes her beginning to question Clay’s betrayal in their relationship. If proven true, the end result would be heartbreaking to bear.

Sam feels herself turning into the one thing she vowed would never happen again, someone susceptible, someone vulnerable, and has no choice, but to go the one place that will give her the answers she needs—the truth, even if it killed her.

She had to challenge everything before her world unraveled into the predicted—her death.

With a handful of clues, including a mysterious note that somehow disappears, Sam must work to solve her own mystery to decipher what all of it means before that death date, literally written in stone.

Write Yourself Out of This One is the 12th book in Peggy’s, Samantha Jamison mystery series. If you enjoy an original story with twists and page-turning curveballs that leap from the page with snarky humor thrown in, to throw the reader off their game, then you will love Edelheit’s suspenseful mystery.

The story begins here…

Diamonds Are Not A Girl’s Best Friend
(Book 11)

 

 

This book is based on a true problem in the Diamonds industry. Sam ends up in a double-blind conspiracy in a gem of a mystery, involving antique canes and counterfeit diamonds after discovering the death of a friend of hers, a famous French chef with a bloody cane next to his body. Who killed him? Why?


Saving Sindia
(Book 10)

 

 

 

Samantha gets caught between her own personal journal and an Historical mystery that have parallels to help her discover what made her into what she is today while delving into this mystery that is decades old.


The Puzzle 
(Book 1)

This delicious mystery, ingeniously weaved layers of clever lies, laced w/wit & style, grips readers from page one to a startling end. “The author has a gift for veiling characters with a subtle but lingering suspicion. I wish I could say I figured it out, but the hallmark of a great mystery is to be kept guessing until the last page & that’s what happened here.”

Not satisfied by the authorities’ cut-and-dried non-answers, Samantha takes matters into her own hands under the cover of being the grieving widow who wants nothing more than to start over by opening an antique shop to solve a death, her husband’s.

“So much more than your run of the mill small-town murder mystery.”

No one suspects a thing when she moves to Highlands, North Carolina, a small town in the Blue Ridge Mountains. But they’re mistaken. She’s really there to solve what that car crash was all about, who was involved, and who might have killed Stephen.

“The story is solidly built on Sam’s own questions about her husband’s death, beginning with a letter to him and traveling a fairly entertaining journey to find the answers.”

Samantha does not know a thing about solving anything, let alone her own mystery involving her husband. She’s an author. So after his suspicious death, little did she know, she would step into a minefield that soon has her reeling, as she begins to methodically back the layers of treachery, lies, and misleading information.

“The narrative, the pacing, was all there.”

Stephen told Sam he was flying out on a business trip. What was he doing driving in Highlands where they had a vacation log home in the woods? Plus, his laptop was missing. He never parted with it. Who had stolen it? What information was on it?

“Peggy Edelheit masters humorous mystery with Samantha Jamison.”

Sam quickly gets sucked into Stephen’s past in a heart-pounding mystery, with three shrewd and cunning seventy-something seniors, and is cautious of, but attracted to Clay, a handsome, but highly suspicious neighbor, who owns a bookstore in town.

“The mystery and thriller aspect of this book keeps the readers on their toes from the first pages to the final pages.”

But then those four are eventually added to Sam’s suspect list, and that list keeps growing. With so many layers of deceit, who can Samantha really trust, especially after she discovers she’s at the core of this mystery—but why?

“I simply loved the way the author developed the plot which was pretty interesting by the way.”

This delicious mystery, ingeniously weaved layers of clever lies, laced with wit & style, grips readers from page one to a startling ending. “The author has a gift for veiling characters with a subtle but lingering suspicion. I wish I could say I figured it out, but the hallmark of a great mystery is to be kept guessing until the last page, and that’s what happened here.” 


 Without Any Warning 
(Book 2)

Laugh out-loud dialogue, gossip, innuendo, clichés, and rumors fly with humor and intrigue involving Sam’s past: two linked mysteries with her as the main target. “I love a good sense of humor, and Peggy Edelheit has one of the best. Her writing style reminds me of Janet Evanovich and her Stephanie Plum series…downright hysterical.”

“Edelheit has a way of effortlessly weaving humor and intrigue into a fun mystery novel.”

Author, Samantha Jamison rents a boardwalk beach house at the Jersey shore for R&R and to write, wishful thinking. She has no clue what’s about to happen next.

Without any warning, utter chaos takes over when her old college roommate, Mona, shows up at her door unannounced, as do a string of non-stop guests. Sam is then swept up in a new puzzle linking the FBI, Mafia, and a secretive CD everyone is after.

Sam must find it first or she’ll end up like her husband, Stephen—dead.

“This riveting page-turner is adrenaline-fueled and jam-packed with pitch-perfect tête-à-têtes and flows seamlessly into Edelheit’s follow-up sequel to The Puzzle.”

What is on the disc that puts Sam in jeopardy? Why does everyone think she has it, including her friend, Mona? Is she lying too? Mayhem abounds in this fast-paced and hilarious mystery sequel with its non-stop, effortless tongue-in-cheek exposés.

“This particular volume is right up there in my opinion with the best of Edelheit’s work – her signature strokes of blunt comedy and humor are present as much as they have ever been and the storyline (which in this particular book involves a coastal setting imbued with hush, hush rumors in which Sam is the target) is exactly what I’ve come to expect – crisp, engaging, entirely readable for a full range of audiences, and fully entertaining from start to finish.”

Can Sam survive this fast-paced developing mystery? Can she solve it? Nothing less than that would not be this Peggy’s style when she ties up those loose ends, would it? The pages fly by right up until Peggy’s usual razor-sharp, surprising finale.

“Peggy A. Edelheit brings humor to the mystery genre in an excellent way. She makes it her mission to lead you down, turn after turn, keeping you guessing on the outcome until you think that you cannot take it anymore, then she slides in the humor…”

86 Avenue du Goulet 
(Book 3)

From page one, this French Riviera mystery captivates and keeps you on the edge of your seat, as it takes you on a thriller of a rollercoaster ride filled with suspense. “Just as you think you have the plot points figured out, Edelheit throws in an unexpected twist that has you questioning the direction you thought the novel was going, a technique used by some of the best mystery writers around.”

A friend of Samantha’s, Martine, calls to tell Sam something is afoot in her French Riviera neighborhood. “Come quick!” she pleads. Sam had just finished writing her latest mystery novel and her schedule was clear. Why not visit and help her friend out? So Sam rents the villa next door to find out exactly what is going on. The two-story stone French villa built in the 1950s has rambling, mysterious gardens and pathways, which come with an intriguing past that soon plays into the mystery.

“Suspense, adventure, and, or course, humor ensue in a way that only Edelheit can write.”

Sam becomes swept up in villa’s history, misdirection, hostility, threats, and secrecy, including a French gardener, a cat lady, and the house of red light across the way.

“Sam is likeable, smart, tenacious, funny as heck, and relatable, easily one of my favorite protagonists in a long time.”

But who is telling her the truth and who isn’t? To figure it all out, Sam must untangle an intricate web of lies, ignore the hostility, and begin digging up those buried secrets herself.

“The dialogue is one of the most riveting parts of Edelheit’s writing style, as is her penchant for ending chapters on a cliffhanger…which will certainly keeps you turning the pages.”

By digging into everyone’s past, including Martine’s, Sam is quickly challenged at every turn and discovers retaliation plays into everything, including her own safety

“The humor Peggy throws into her stories is one of the best parts. It always adds such a light tone to the story, regardless of how intense the mystery is. I found myself at the edge of my seat in suspense, laughing, and gasping in surprise.”

So how does Sam solve this when she barely speaks French? With humor, of course!

“I love how the pieces of the puzzle fall together just giving enough clues without ever giving the murderer away until the very end. Peggy has clearly done it again in this remarkable page-turner thriller that can’t be put down.”

A Lethal Time 
(Book 4)

From the first page, this slowly unfolding mystery grabs hold of you. Yet the laughs slide in with ease, as this impossible, yet plausible tale latches onto you and doesn’t let up until that last page with Peggy’s shocking, cliffhanger ending. “I would say it’s a blend of the genius of Sherlock Holmes with just the right amount of romance and humor added to the mix.”

Sam travels to Sanbornton, New Hampshire with Clay to house sit for a friend, and for a romantic getaway, just the two of them. Little did she know, that CRAZY was about to happen with an odd phone call in the early morning hours. The stranger’s voice on the line said, “Hey, someone stole my woods, and I need your help!”

“Edelheit does a great job of focusing on the plot and characters without getting lost in too many of the unnecessary details, or relying heavily on innuendos to grab people’s attention.”

A dead body is discovered in the abandoned house next door. Forget romance, people are showing up left and right as she becomes entangled in this baffling mystery, featuring a hidden valuable artifact collection, antique books, a motorcycle rally, horses, and extortion, and oh, so much more.

“There is no denying Peggy Edelheit is a humorous and creative writer. Her Samantha Jamison Mysteries are unique thrillers that only Sam would find herself involved with, but also the delightful people in her life that adds enough drama to keep it funny.”

Everyone Sam meets becomes a suspect when she’s warned to stay out of it all. But she finds it harder and harder as each turn of events unfolds complicating the facts.

“With so many twists and turns in the plot, every time you have that aha moment, you end up scratching your head, going darn it!! Beware of Chapter 28, you will get the laugh of a lifetime. I so enjoy these books, as it is hard to find a really good mystery story these days.”

What does a home invasion murder have anything to do with Sam? Who would want to sideswipe Sam with a pickup while she’s riding a horse? The threats are real, but who is stalking, who? Initially, Sam was just trying to find the thief that stole the neighbor’s woods, but it soon turns into something ugly, a murder mystery instead, Sam’s upcoming one, that she’s scrambling to prevent. Will Sam solve this mystery before her lethal time comes knocking?

“Only Edelheit can, that what begins as a simple, romantic getaway, turn it upside down into yet another mystery for Samantha to solve. As with all her books, the intermixing of humor and quick wit along with the quick flow of events has the reader on the edge of their seat and wanting more.”

Mouth Of The Rat 
(Book 5)

This “Worthy Netflix substitute!” is a rat’s nest of connected scenarios, an action-packed, hilarious fast-paced mystery involving murder, drugs, an ex-wife, an antique car collection, and the FBI. “With her exquisite talent of writing her characters in such a manner that they leap off the pages at you, Edelheit can tell a story unlike any other out there.”

Out of the blue, Samantha’s friend, Mona, calls. She was frantic. “Marc is dead! Sam, come quick!” Sam is speechless. …Who is Marco? 

“Peggy is a remarkable mystery writer that has a unique ability to write captivating rich mysteries laced with humor that keeps her readers entertained.”

After arriving, Sam finds out Mona’s deceased husband, Marco was desperate to do whatever he could to protect his antique car collection from his former wife. So Marco marries Mona, before he is killed by some nefarious people he’s dealt with, giving Mona the legal right to protect his car collection after his demise, which his former wife is hell bent on taking, maybe even willing to kill for to get it. “A hilarious Boca mystery.”

“Peggy Edelheit delivers once again, with a thrilling, amusing and tongue-in-cheek thriller that vacillates between ridiculous and riveting, like many of her books.”

But there is one major negative; this was Florida, a senior haven. Sam’s too young to blend in, pry into the details, and interview witnesses without causing suspicion. So who can help Sam before Mona is next on the kill list? Who was the rat with the kiss of death?

Sam’s crew, seniors Martha, Hazel, and Betty, experts in that field, arrive to ferret out some clues, a plus, with Martha proclaiming, “That’s because seniors thrive of gossip and hearsay, that and the obituaries…”

“Overall, “Mouth of the Rat” is another confirmation from Edelheit that she definitely knows how to write a great crime novel. Thumbs up!”

“Did not disappoint, and turned out to be another, ‘don’t want to put down’ murder mystery.”

“One thing I did enjoy was the witty remarks in what was supposed to be a crime mystery. I found myself laughing at the wrong times, but it just made the book even better.”

“Edelheit makes a fast-paced and easy to read story. She creates likable characters which only add more depth to the overall story and mystery.


Death Knell In The Alps
(Book 6)

“This mystery is laced with spies, double spies, old murders needing to be solved and a personal twist connection to Clay (Sam’s favorite gumshoe) and his past, making it one super exciting ski ride down an unknown slope, never knowing where the trail leads.” Caught in the middle, even Sam, a mystery writer, couldn’t make this stuff up!

Clay invites Sam on an expense-free skiing trip to the Swiss Alps then is mysteriously absent upon her arrival. But suspicion soon kicks in when this unusual invite turns into intrigue with a creepy in-your-face message that was left hanging in Sam’s shower the day of her arrival at the hotel. Like many times before, it’s usually the why that always draws Sam in, as she soon realizes this would be no ordinary vacation.

“I honestly loved this Samantha Jamison book and the way the author builds a plausible murder case with realistic characters and clues spread throughout the novel.”

Clay reveals a shadowy past, which involves treachery, attempted murder, and spies with his own questions. As a young US spy, why was Clay’s grandfather assassinated during World War II? Many years later, as an investigative reporter, why did Clay’s own father decide to look into his father’s death? Clay has his suspicions about all of it.

“The amount of detail the author provides as support in the story is magnificent and allows me to imagine a very clear picture of the setting and actions taking place.”

“Edelheit’s descriptions of places and events bring everything alive and her wit will make you laugh your way through this book…and all of her books.”

Sam’s friend from the past, Mona shows up unexpectedly to join the crew and help them in this “tongue-in-cheek mystery,” with a hair-raising, cliffhanger ending leaving Samantha dangling as the final target.

Will the Death Knell toll in the Swiss Alps for Sam?


No Hope In New Hope
(Book 7) 

 

 

This romantic rendezvous to New Hope was too convenient. We’re staying with who? No B&B? So in spite of one cagey, fine-looking gumshoe and this unexpected invite from friends of his, I’m skeptical. Of course, I’m suspicious of just about everything to begin with: hence the mystery novelist in me constantly stumbling into another situation that didn’t necessarily serve my best interests.


The Lush Life 
(Book 8)

“Edelheit’s style is once again engaging and fast-paced,” in The Lush Life.

After selling their art gallery to someone else, Clay learns his friends, Alicia and Chris Worth are thinking of leaving New Hope, while taking a trip to Europe for a month to collect some personal art. Clay is considering buying their big stone house.

“A whole lot of hilarious,” soon begins when Clay is suddenly called away on some undercover detective case, Clay promises them Sam would babysit their house, while they are gone. As an incentive, they offered Sam a cash bonus and a chance to live the lush life to sway her decision.

“The author, Edelheit, strategically uses gossip, rumors, and false accusations in her dialogue to increase suspicion and suspense.”

Sam is left with one big question would Sam survive it?

“In this team-based mystery novel, with instantly lovable, quirky characters,” Sam soon finds herself left alone with the ladies to babysit the big house until Clay gets back, a fact she reconciles is likely not that bad a deal when she considers it how luxurious a lifestyle she’d be living.

“With the right balance, with hilarious character and twisted mystery,” Scarlett O’Hara and Bret Butler, characters from novels in the house’s elaborate and overflowing library begin to turn up at the front door, along with her old friend, Mona, who seems to be engaged again, while suspecting that she is likely up to something and that something is a whole lotta no good!

“Lush life or untimely death?” What is going on?

Is the expansive library Clay is about to inherit from the former owners the magnet? Though the characters in the library are fictional, her surprise visitors are quite real.

And when Sam is shoved down a set of stairs, poisoned, and shot at, she suspects the danger to be just as real, too real to ignore.

Why is everyone so interested in the library?

“Expect the unexpected, expect to laugh out loud (a lot) and expect to see returning “bad guys” in this newest installment in the series.” 

“A mystery that will make you laugh until the last page.”


Too Close For Comfort 
(Book 9) 

 

 

Samantha is back in physical rehab from her latest mystery and is approached by a potential client that leads her & her sleuthing cohorts back in time 10 years, back to a journal of hers to solve a mystery involving the present near an area known as the “Pine Barrens.” When sparks and innuendo fly between her & Tony, a new addition to the crew, it becomes Too Close For Comfort and more!

 

 

 

The Riviera Is Burning
(My Memoir) 

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This is my story of fleeing fire as dread, fear, and then panic set in. It left an indelible mark on my psyche, a dent in my usual resiliency against the unexpected and a permanent fear of fire.

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14 Responses to Novels

  1. Thanks for the follow on Twitter. Your books look so interesting. I’m an NC native so I happen to love that local color…and, of course, I’m a sucker for a good mystery with a woman protagonist. Sounds like you have all the ingredients for success! Congratulations and every wish for a good holiday this year.
    Deborah/TheBookishDame

    • Deborah, Thank you for your comments. They are greatly appreciated. With each book, I am trying to show how my protagonist, Samantha, is growing and changing and taking chances she never thought possible. Thank you for your good wishes! Have a wonderful and safe holiday. Peggy

  2. Donna Zabicki says:

    I love your books and all the charactures. I am glad you do not go in for all the sex that some authors do and really does nothing for their story line. I like my mind to do the imagining. Samantha is gaining knowledge with each mystery she is in and I love the funny moments you write in. Some are laugh out loud funny! Keep up the good writing. I will be looking forward to all your books.
    P.S. Please do not get ride of Clay, he is too good to “write out”!

    • Donna,
      Sorry I missed your comment due to website problems. I am so glad your enjoying my books. Your support means so much to me. I had fun writing them, although now and then Sam has ideas of her own and I have to put my foot down. Don’t worry, I don’t think I will be writing Clay off anytime soon. He is the perfect sizzling hot/cold foil for Samantha. Thank you for your reviews, also. I really appreciate your take on my books. And thanks for stopping by.
      P.S. Keep an eye out for Vol. 5, The Mouth Of The Rat, coming out in the near future.
      Peggy

  3. Nancy Smith says:

    Hi, I have just finished reading the first five Samantha Jamison mysteries and absolutely loved them. I also just downloaded version 5.5 and look forward to reading that as well. I would like to know when the next Samantha Jamison book will come out?

    • Hi, Nancy.
      I’m glad to hear you enjoyed the Samantha Jamison Mystery Series so far and am looking forward to hearing your comments on what you thought of The Riviera Is Burning, my personal French memoir.
      As far as when Volume 6 will be released, I am hoping to get that mystery out by sometime this summer, but life has a way of slowing that process down from time to time. I also have to deal with some of my pushy characters, who are always trying to upstage each other with dialogue and stunts, but they never fail to keep it interesting. Sometimes I can’t type fast enough!
      Thanks for stopping by to share your comments. They are greatly appreciated.
      Regards, Peggy

  4. loving the concept of this series of books, hope to get around to reading or indeed review them at some point
    Good luck
    “AFBR”

  5. D. Lee Jortner says:

    These look like just my style. I love the simple covers also.
    I am working on my first “cozy” YA mystery, and appreciate all the work you have done to write so many. I look forward to reading them

    http://livingwritingteaching.blogspot.com/

    • Thanks so much for the compliments. I appreciate them. I do hope you enjoy the reads. They are all dear to my heart, like children…chuckle. Wishing you the best with your YA mystery pursuit.
      Warm regards, Peggy 🙂

  6. michelle curtis says:

    Peggy I have just finished reading your books and I was hooked can’t wait for your next one

    • Michelle,
      I’m so glad you have enjoyed my mysteries so far. It is so nice to hear from someone who has loved the series so much. It means a lot to me. I was laughing, writing and editing Volume 8 today. And as usual, Sam’s crew is caught up in another mystery with their clever sleuthing acumen. Sometimes I have a hard time keeping up with their dialogue and humorous one-liners…chuckle.
      Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy my blogs on my website.
      Warm regards, Peggy

  7. Susan Howell says:

    I have just finished the first five books of the series. I like Samantha Jamison and the little old ladies. How they are always getting into trouble and mischief. Can’t wait to read the rest of the series.

    • Susan,
      I’m so glad you are enjoying my mystery series. I’m finally catching up with emails and workload as I broke & fractured my ankle on August 5th researching my 8th mystery, The Lush Life, which has finally gone live on Amazon. Going down 150 narrow steps had its hazards… It’s so nice to hear from readers and so appreciate you taking the time to post your kind comments.
      Warm regards, Peggy

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