Wednesday, December 10, 2014

"Hilltop Sunset: A Brynn Bancroft Mystery," by Joyce T. Strand

Just released! This cozy mystery from Joyce T. Strand kicks off her new Brynn Bancroft mystery series.

Hilltop Sunset: A Brynn Bancroft Mystery, by Joyce T Strand
Price: $3.99
299 pages, with a 4.6-star rating from 25 reviews

"This book grabs you instantly and just makes you keep reading! It's hard to put it down. I love a good mystery (even more when there's a little romance mixed in) but the fact that it's set right here in BEAUTIFUL Northern California just adds to the intrigue! You can't help but feel for Brynn and all she's been through and as the story evolves you really care for her well being and what the eventual outcome will be. The character development in this book is done so well! I thoroughly enjoyed it and I would really like to read the other books in this series. I'd honestly give it more than 5 stars if I could!" -- Amazon reviewer

A mystery set in wine country pitting financial exec Brynn Bancroft against a determined stalker, a troubled love interest, and career clashes.

Brynn Bancroft learns that a former employee who beat her nearly to death has returned to stalk her and her friend, Jillian Hillcrest, also a former victim. Recently divorced, Brynn turns to a new love interest only to encounter additional unwelcome issues. Meanwhile, short-timer Brynn, who has resigned from her Silicon Valley company, becomes bored fulfilling her remaining responsibilities there. She begins to prefer supporting the launch of her ex-husband’s new hilltop winery while waiting to move to her next position. Between her stalker and her new love interest, Brynn faces a series of life-threatening events.


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Meet the Author

Joyce T. Strand is the author of who-done-it mysteries set in the San Francisco Silicon Valley and Napa-Sonoma wine regions of California.

Her most recent novel, HILLTOP SUNSET, is the first of a new series featuring protagonist Brynn Bancroft, a financial guru in transition to winemaker from corporate executive. Brynn Bancroft plays a minor role in Strand’s novels ON MESSAGE, OPEN MEETINGS, and FAIR DISCLOSURE—three mysteries solved by Jillian Hillcrest, a publicist whose boss was Chief Financial Officer Brynn Bancroft.

Much like her protagonist Jillian Hillcrest, Strand headed corporate communications at several biotech and high-tech companies in California’s Silicon Valley for more than 25 years. Unlike Jillian, however, she did not encounter murder in her career.

She focused on writing by-lined articles, press releases, white papers, and brochures to publicize her companies and their products.

Strand lives with her two cats and collection of cow statuary in Southern California, and seeks out and attends as many Broadway musicals and other stage plays as possible.

She received her Ph.D. from the George Washington University, Washington, D.C. and her B.A. from Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA

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