Diamonds are Not a Girl’s Best Friend ISBN: 9781945330698, Telemachus Press, Book 11, Samantha Jamison Mystery Series by Peggy A. Edelheit.
As usual, Samantha (Sam) becomes involved in solving an immensely complicated mystery. This time once again it is in New Hope but now entails the theft of an antique cane. Emil, the renowned French Chef who recently has sold his famous Bistro, has become interested in these unique items and has begun a local group of similarly interested collectors. He has invited the group, along with Sam and her geriatric mystery-solving co-workers, to his home for a showing of his latest purchase. They arrive early to discover Emil unconscious with severe head wounds and the diamond encrusted merchants’ cane missing. Upon regaining consciousness, Emil can recall nothing of the occurrence. Sam and her partners embark upon ferreting out and pursuing clues in their unique manner with the help of Clay and Tony and even Tony’s mother who enters the action upon escaping from the mental institution.
The author again involves her quirky characters in a fast-moving romp replete with duplicity, deception and murder as it winds toward a conclusion. She further has provided interesting details about an unusual object for collectors as well as some interesting facts about diamonds, faux and real. A slight lack of editing detail not noticed in other of the series unfortunately is apparent in this volume and the plot appears to be somewhat more contrived than usual. But again, she has projected her zany group into the often hare-brained activity so appealing to readers of this seemingly well-received series
3* Another amusing (with reservations) romp by the regular, along with new, zany characters.