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The Puzzle (Samantha Jamison Mystery Book 1) by [Edelheit, Peggy A.]
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Book 1 of 11 in Samantha Jamison Mystery (11 Book Series)

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Length: 346 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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TOP 100 REVIEWER: 
"Author Peggy A. Edelheit has managed (in a writing range that is solid) to create what every author of romance adventurers want - a character so balanced and so real that all who read her series (of which this is book 1) end up saying 'Everybody loves Samantha'. 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."
REVIEWER: 
"Run off the road, chased through the woods, threatening calls, letters, emails, trapped in an ice storm, has a KNOCK DOWN DRAG OUT FIGHT (that on was really good) She spies. Oh boy, everything but the kitchen sink! A true "suck you in" mystery, but also a walloping lot of great fun! I LOVED IT!"
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"Romance with a touch of humor" 

From the Author

Excerpt:
My Letter To My Dead Husband
Stephen,
For the first time I find I'm at a loss for words to describe exactly how I feel. I need somewhere to park my anger, and even though you'll never read this, I need something tangible in my hands, written in black and white. When I look back, I thought we had some kind of life together: maybe not a great one, but, at least in the beginning, one I thought was worth my emotional investment. Now I'm not so sure. The big shocker? I didn't expect to be a widow. It stopped me cold. How and why did this happen? It now dictates my search for the truth, regardless of what that truth might turn out to be. I need a better understanding of where things went wrong. Initially, I felt vulnerable. But not for long. Not when I learned of your betrayal. Not when I discovered your deception. Not when I realized you used your lies and my anxiety to manipulate me. Why did you do it? Enough of my naiveté and making excuses for your odd behavior! Our last conversation, your confusing remarks, still bewilder me. What strange bedfellows we ultimately became: me with my ignorance and you with your secretive duplicity. It still takes my breath away.
Samantha

I felt like I was losing it after rereading the letter I'd written, still wondering if learning the truth about Stephen would be the death of me. Little did I know that it would be the death of him that would force unspoken issues to the surface. I paused to sip my wine, thinking it through. I wasn't writing the great American novel, just another book about commitment and making choices.
Pretty straightforward, right?
No. Not this time. All bets were off. I thought by venting my hurt and anger, I could finally move on, but it didn't help. My concentration still stunk. Everything had become a jumbled mess. My fiction and reality had merged. I sighed whenever I looked up and saw that damn clock ticking away, reminding me my novel was behind schedule. I had to figure this out. I flipped open my laptop, giving my book another shot. But the haunting memories stopped me...
No! Go with it. Don't fight it. Remember. Get it all out there. Then make a decision.
I breathed in deeply and began typing...
* * * * *
After Stephen's death, I remembered how doubt and fear shadowed me as I proceeded down the hall, trying to feel brave. Listening carefully, I moved slowly by the first room, then the second, stealing a quick look in each. Stephen's death did that to me, made me uneasy, ever since I discovered there were no lifetime guarantees on anything or anyone. Those were just words that made you feel safe and secure. I flicked on the landing light then the hallway switch off, tentatively glancing behind me. But all I heard was that same conversation resounding from our past.
"I don't have time right now!" snapped Stephen. "I've got to catch that plane. Let's get a move on or I'm going to miss it. We'll sit down and talk when I get back."
I knew the drill. "That's the problem. You always say that!"
He turned back to me, grabbing my shoulders. "I'm sorry. I swear this time I mean it. I have to tie up a few loose ends and have a feeling everything will then go my way. And if it doesn't, well you know me, I'll still manage to cover all my bases."
I searched his intense, unreadable eyes, not willing to let it go. "But what about me? Us?"
Stephen smiled. "We'll always have us," he reasoned.
Was I overreacting? I tried yet again. "But, Stephen...."
His smile abruptly vanished as he released me. "Samantha, don't push. This is important to me. Now drop it!" He glanced down at his watch. "Let's go!" He turned, grabbed his bag and walked out toward the car calling over his shoulder, "Are you coming? You have to drop me off at the airport, remember?"

I had stood there staring down that hallway, still hearing his words. How could I forget them and all the anger that still lingered? I remembered closing my eyes briefly, taking a deep breath and moving on. How many times had I gone that way? It was always twenty-four, and then six footsteps: so predictable, just like our arguments. I had descended to the landing and was about to swing to the right and go down those last steps, but stopped. Something had caught my eye so I turned to the left.
There on the wall hung a familiar picture, another reminder of my former life, the one that used to include Stephen and me. I was still trying to piece together something I may have overlooked. How could I have been so oblivious? What I had assumed was secure had been unexpectedly reduced to nothing. Poof! Right for the jugular! Just like that!
Stephen, why did you lie? Were you dishonest with me from the beginning?
These concerns were long overdue. I was finally questioning his motives and confronting mine. How could I ever hope to change my future if I didn't understand Stephen's past?
* * * * *

Product details

  • File Size: 804 KB
  • Print Length: 346 pages
  • Publisher: Telemachus Press, LLC; 3 edition (January 13, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 13, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003PPCSTI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #300,322 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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