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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

My Review

As facebook reminded me today (Sunday)-I had read and reviewed another of the Joyce T. Strands books about 1 year ago, Fair Disclosure. (I really loved it! http://www.mikishope.com/2013/11/book-reviewgiveaway-fair-disclosure.html ). I then read and reviewed Hilltop Sunset ( http://www.mikishope.com/2014/11/50-amazonpaypal-2-winners-ww-hilltop.html ). Then I read and reviewed Landscape for Murder ( http://www.mikishope.com/2015/12/50-amazonpp-1st-25-amazon-gcpp-2nd-ww.html ). A bit out of order but then any of these can be read as stand alone. These books are based on real life events according to the author-but are totally fictionalized.

Brynn has finally learned to trust people and to make friends. She is also beginning to realize that love is possible--she wants to get her ex back again. An old college acquaintance suddenly reappears in her life and asks for help-which Brynn is more then happy to give. And Jared (her ward-her ex boyfriends son) has plenty on his plate as well.

There are many twists and turns-some you will see coming--others not so much. But I can almost guarantee that once you start reading this you will not want to put it down!


Brynn Bancroft’s enjoyment at running her former husband’s winery is overcast by a rash of troubling burglaries and her inability to reconnect with her ex. When she receives an urgent phone call from an old college friend requesting that she speak to an investor, she welcomes the interruption. Unfortunately, her friend’s business activities intrude on her routine. Then her ex-husband threatens her marriage hopes when he considers selling the winery. When the burglaries escalate, a sense of foreboding plagues her, hinting at trouble to come.

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About Brynn Bancroft
Brynn Bancroft evolved from the Jillian Hillcrest mysteries where she served as Jillian’s manager while Chief Financial Officer of Harmonia Therapeutics in Silicon Valley. A shapely blonde with a MENSA IQ, she had an affair with the CEO of the company.

Unfortunately for Brynn, the CEO’s wife figured out that the two were involved and asked Brynn to leave the company, which she agreed to do.

In the meantime, her husband, Liam—not unfamiliar with extramarital affairs himself but also understanding that Brynn grew up in an abusive household- grew tired of waiting for Brynn to commit to their relationship and asked for a divorce. At the same time, he solicited her assistance in developing his new winery in Sonoma County, Calif.

As the protagonist in HILLTOP SUNSET, Brynn begins to shed her past and her behavior of protecting herself by blocking emotions. We watch her transition from a shallow uncaring person to someone who starts to understand the emotions of friendship and love.

At the same time, much like Jillian—who occasionally shows up in the Brynn Bancroft mysteries—Brynn, too, attracts mystery and murders as she grows to enjoy life at her ex-husband’s Hilltop Sunset Winery.

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Hilltop Sunset: A Brynn Bancroft Mystery

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-changing events.

Read an excerpt here

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Landscape For Murder: A Brynn Bancroft Mystery

A friend’s murder. An unconnected cast of suspects, including the victim’s missing adult daughter. As if that wasn’t enough, Brynn Bancroft’s winery has been broken into. Can she deal with her co-owner ex and help the police find her friend’s murder so she can finally overcome her own troubled past and enjoy family life with her teenage ward?

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About the Author

Joyce T. Strand is the author of who-done-it contemporary and historical mysteries set in San Francisco, Napa-Sonoma wine regions of California, or Ventura, California.

Her most recent novels, Hilltop Sunset and Landscape for Murder, feature protagonist Brynn Bancroft, a financial guru in transition to winemaker from corporate executive. Brynn Bancroft is a minor character in Strand’s first three novels On Message, Open Meetings, and Fair Disclosure—three mysteries solved by Jillian Hillcrest, a publicist in Silicon Valley whose boss was Chief Financial Officer Brynn Bancroft.

Her first historical mystery, The Judge's Story, tells the story of a Superior Court Judge with a passion for social justice as well as the law who strives to discover the truth behind the mystery of a robbery-murder in a small California town in 1939.

All of her novels are inspired by actual events and/or real people, although they are definitely fictionalized.

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.

She lives with her two cats and collection of cow statuary in Southern California, and enjoys exploring and writing about the growing wine region in the Ramona Valley near San Diego.

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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Gladys Parker said...

All of these books sound awesome to read. I like that they include real life events (she tries to get back with her ex husband) people do that, I like it.

Beck Valley Books said...

I absolutely love the covers in this series, so glad you enjoyed the read, thanks for sharing your review today xx

Anita Anderson said...

This would be an awesome read while I'm at the hairstylist. I entered and RT.

zim said...

I love the cover with wine bottles in it. It speaks volumes to the book. I was also drawn to your summary of the person trying to get her husband back. That is one angle or theme I've never read about in fiction.

Jamie said...

This sounds like a great book! You had me at "sunset" and "wine"! :)

Buzz4Mommies said...

Sounds like the twists and turns of this book will keep me turning those pages, great review!

Neely said...

This sounds super interesting. I will check it out and read more about it. Always love your reviews.

Unknown said...

This sounds like a great series to read this winter while snugged under a blanket!

Divya @ EatTeachBlog said...

I would buy this simply because there are wine bottles on the front cover of one of the books, hahaha :) Silly reason. But wine gets me ;)

Erin S said...

These books all sound so great. I need to find time to read a good book again

Anonymous said...

I'm not in to wine drinker , I like tea.

Unknown said...

Such an intriguing plot. It's been a while since I've read a really good book.

Unknown said...

I don't really have a favorite wine. I like red, sweet wines the best, but I don't know names. I have never been too a winery.

Anonymous said...

I love wine! I love anything about wine! This sounds like a interesting series! I will definitely consider adding it to my TBR list.

Sara said...

I don't drink so I don't like wine.

Judy Thomas said...

I don't drink very much but my sister's homemade Feijoa wine is delicious.

Michelle said...

I like Riesling. I have been to many wineries in NAPA and one in Portugal but I don't remember which ones.

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