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86 Avenue du Goulet (A Samantha Jamison Mystery Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Peggy A. Edelheit
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REVIEWERS: "original style" "protagonist talks turns around and talks to the reader."
"You come away feeling like you know the people in her books personally."
“This 3rd novel by Peggy Edelheit is like the first 2, hard to put down!”
“I like the twists and turns in the plots. The characters are fun and believable.”
"I have read everyone of her books and love them all.”
“The villain's identity was a well-kept secret until the end.”
"The third Samantha Jamison Mystery is a fast-moving, unpredictable, totally enjoyable novel.”
"Never saw the end coming! I can't wait for the next adventure!”
***In between writing novels all I wanted was to visit my friend, Martine, enjoy the sun, the Mediterranean and the French Riviera. But then Martine insisted I come sooner to help her, saying she'd explain in more detail once I arrived. Strange things were going on in the mysterious gardens of 86 Avenue du Goulet next door. I agreed. But once there after renting this empty villa, I became ensnared in a deadly maze of misdirection, hostility, lies and a history of buried secrets and intrigue: a French gardener, a cat lady and the mysterious house of red light.

Product Details

  • File Size: 358 KB
  • Print Length: 255 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1937387747
  • Publisher: Telemachus Press, LLC (January 4, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005OR33TO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #297,565 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Over too soon! February 6, 2012
I could have continued reading this mystery for days enjoying Ms. Edelheit's vivid description of the French Riviera...sad to have finished 86 Avenue du Goulet! This thriller was nothing short of what we do for our friends....never estimate a vacation! Immediately, when Samantha was intrigued by so many unanswered questions from Martine, she just had to put her sleuthing skills to work....Brief and to the point chapters just invite you to read further and further....just a little more...waiting for the friendly Samantha Jamison entourage to make their appearance.....and they did with a French flair!!
But bones....human or animal....who was The Cat Lady?....who owned the van? Who really was Luc ?? With Martha and her colorful personality, Clay and his persistency, Sam was determined to meet her neighbors in the surrounding mountainside with their mysterious draw....Curat and Villa Palmarose had their secrets but she would not rest until they unfolded to help solve this mystery... Knowing how Ms. Edelheit surprises her readers with her "WOW" endings, (and she speaks to us often), I kept searching for clues....and came up "clueless". How could this be.... And could the mystery of what Sam is feeling for Clay beginning to unfold just as she begins to feel her independence by going to Europe alone???? Could this relationship evolve into something very real for Samantha? Could there be an analogy of the luxury that the Riviera holds to the sadness within it's grand homes?????? Isn't that what life is always telling us??? Don't judge a book by it's cover.....look inside this one for it is a will LOVE the ending... Where are we going next...packing soon? C'est bon...oui!!!!! Thanks so much for sharing your writing talents with all of us!!!!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The French Riviera? Pack my bags, Pierre! January 22, 2012
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What could be better for a writer's retreat than to rent a neighboring villa in the French Riviera next to her friends Martine ad and her husband Jean? However, Samantha soon learns that with the invitation comes a challenge as her friends ask her to help them unravel a dreadful mystery--one that involves the disappearance of pets in the neighborhood who've been buried in the garden of Sam rented villa.
Soon Sam's American lady friends arrive to share in Sam's bounty and the excitement of the French Riviera experience. All of these American friends have been part of her previous Samantha Jamison Mysteries and they are as excited about being in France as they are about the prospects of a new "caper."
There's more, of course, the American man she thought she'd left behind shows up just when she's warming up to a handsome Frenchman. And the neighbors, in spite of the loss of their own beloved pets, aren't exactly warming to the nosy American. Of course, nothing is as it seems, and Sam's investigations soon uncover hateful rumors of adultery, reputations ruined, and eventually murder.
Naturally, Samantha helps bring all these separate stories together, finding the clues that solve the mystery and it was perfectly done.
I really loved the descriptions of this part of the word--the author did a terrific job of giving us readers a traveling guide on the area, the views of the sea from the hillside homes where all the aforementioned secrets were hidden behind high walls.
I also enjoyed this author's unique and very original style, especially when her protagonist talks turns around and talks to the reader. I thought the author's clever chapter headings, i.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Viva la' Samantha December 7, 2011
Another adventure with Samantha Jamison and her endearing entourage, uncovering mysteries cross the Atlantic in the beautiful country of France. This 3rd novel by Peggy Edelheit is like the first 2, hard to put down! Samantha and friends are all a hoot as they vacation and solve murder mysteries, all in the same breathe. Would love to cast these characters when the Samantha sagas become movies in the near future. Peggy Edelheit has an amazing vivid imagination as she keeps the reader on the edge of their seat till the final page. I cannot wait till novel #4 is in print for they keep getting more interesting and exciting as you come to know the array of characters as your personal friends.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars One star: for me for finishing it. November 14, 2013
By Jean4
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Totally implausible, from start to finish. Loose threads, amazing (or should I say unbelievable?) coincidences, exaggerated characters... Sam dithers through the chapters, asking herself endless questions, "Who was the...?", "How did he..?", "why would she...?" This is presumably to build up suspense, but the only thing i got was a headache, as she never answers her own inquiries, but barrels on to the next improbable situation. The star I gave this book was really for myself, for finishing it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Lovely Time in the Riviera January 26, 2012
By Winslow
Peggy Edelheit's engaging, appealing characters (especially the unusual Samantha), her unique writing style, and her surprising, twisting plots are a great, fun read. This one's different from her earlier two (which I also enjoyed) in that we're swept away to a lovely village on the Riviera coast for a vacation - which of course turns out to be another mystery to solve. I enjoy being swept up into Samantha's convoluted, intriguing, humorous, kind, smart mind - and look forward to her next adventure with real pleasure.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Short chapters were written like incomplete thoughts
I have now read over 200 Kindle books, this is first I did not finish. Short chapters were written like incomplete thoughts, very distracting. Read more
Published 2 months ago by S. C. Travis
3.0 out of 5 stars Sadly not as pleased as I've been with her first two books
It was okay but not as good as her first novel....very jumpy and hard to follow yet way too predictable... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Kindle Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars 86 Avenue
Too many silly characters for me. I will probably read another of her novels to see if I can appreciate these characters.
Published 8 months ago by JoAnn Turnquist
5.0 out of 5 stars Series is a great one
I love the chaos of getting a result. the Mix of "detectives" is a riot. Fun, fun reading. Would like to see something set in Colorado
Published 15 months ago by P. germaine
5.0 out of 5 stars French Life
Anything divulging French life that's actually familiar to my own experiences there provides some sort of enjoyment, for me. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Stephen G. Shapiro
5.0 out of 5 stars Good reading!
This is the third of Ms Edelheit's books I've read and enjoyed. I like the twists and turns in the plots. The characters are fun and believable.
Published 21 months ago by redhatflusher
5.0 out of 5 stars Love these books
I have read everyone of her books and love them all. You come away feeling like you know the people in her books personally. Look forward to more from her. Read more
Published 21 months ago by dlmcm
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
This is the third in the series and I can't wait for number four. It's a funny some what romanic mystery. A combination I just love. Peggy Eelheit never disapoints me.
Published 21 months ago by letsgoke
4.0 out of 5 stars Samantha Jamison
This story takes the main character out of her NC setting and so is a bit different! She is a great character and the plot is interesting, but I can't wait for the next book to be... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Suz
5.0 out of 5 stars Charming style and locale
The author's style of writing and captivating chapter titles, coupled with the descriptions of the locale which made it seem as though I were there in the south of France with the... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Sandra Novelly
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More About the Author

Stop by to learn more about Peggy and her Samantha Jamison Mystery Series, Vol. 1-7 and to read her occasionally humorous blogs. She loves to hear from readers. Her whodunit mysteries are about an author, Samantha Jamison, aka Sam, who writes about how she gets caught up in mysteries of her own with a touch of humor. Peggy also wrote a true French memoir, Vol. 5.5, The Riviera Is Burning, about her own frightening experiences fleeing the French Riviera fires.
How did Peggy get started writing mysteries?
After years of mentally ignoring certain voices and their personal stories in her head that were interfering with her daily life, Peggy finally let them have their say, especially after her future protagonist, Samantha, finally gave her an ultimatum of either putting it all down on paper, or it could get ugly. Recognizing the alternative might not be pretty; Peggy finally gave in and has been fortunate enough to do so ever since. Now and then when they are all sitting around Peggy's imaginary mental table arguing with her and vying for her attention to air their grievances, Peggy still finds herself putting her foot down. After all, who's the author here, right?
Peggy's main goal is to entertain her readers with a laugh or two and hopefully distract them for a few hours getting lost in the pages of her imaginary world of her amateur sleuth, Samantha Jamison to help Sam figure out the 'whodunit'.
Peggy has three sons, lives with her husband and Miniature Schnauzer. She spends her time between Buck's County, PA and South Florida.

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