17 November, 2016

@joycetstrand @beckvalleybooks Overcast Sunset by Joyce T.Strand Book Review!


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.
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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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My Thoughts
This is the first Brynn Bancroft Mystery I have read but not the first book by Joyce Strand. This story is about a woman who messed up her marriage because of her infidelities, but is still in love with her Liam, her ex. They are co owners of a winery, along with their vintner,  that is fairly successful. When Liam tells them that he is thinking of selling, Brynn is concerned for various reasons. She likes having Liam around and hopes to someday win him back. Wayne the vintner, loves what he does creating exceptional wines that if the business was sold, he would not stay.

Brynn and Liam have taken under their wing, a teenager, Josh, who's father is in jail and facing prison time for murder he says he did not commit. Josh is also an amateur detective working with the local police department in trying to solve the thefts of solar panels from different wineries in the area. Along with that, wine is being stolen by the cases also from wineries in the area. The FBI is also working on trying to figure out this case and bring the thieves to justice.

Brynn's friend Madison along with her significant other, Blake, become houseguests of Brynn's. Brynn had not seen Madison in 15 years. Madison has plans of opening a wine store in the area and is looking for investors. There is an accident and Blake is badly burned and is Brynn's houseguest so he can recover.

Enter a lot of shady characters that has Liam and Brynn trying to figure out the rash of thefts and who is a good guy and who is a bad guy, and there are a lot of them. This story takes the reader into the world of wine. There is danger out there for Brynn and she finds that she does not know who to trust.

This story is very believable as are the characters, all flawed in their own way, but Brynn has hopes that her life will get back on track with Liam and that Josh will be able to fight his demons over his father. I loved the story and look forward to the next book, a Emily Lazzaro mystery, Emily is one of the characters in Overcast Sunset.

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Sharon Martin said...

Sounds like an intriguing read! Thanks for sharing your review xx

Joyce Strand said...

Thank you so much for taking the time to read and review Brynn's latest mystery. I''m pleased you enjoyed it. I appreciate your reviews of my books and hope you'll enjoy the Emily Lazzaro mysteries as well as future historical ones. Again, thank you.

Kathleen Kelly said...

My pleasure Joyce, yes I do enjoy all of your stories! I look forward to reading the next series!

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