Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Killer Image by Wendy Tyson

Author: Wendy Tyson
Publisher: Henery Press
Date of publication: October 2013

As Philadelphia’s premier image consultant, Allison Campbell helps others reinvent themselves, but her most successful transformation was her own after a scandal nearly ruined her. Now she moves in a world of powerful executives, wealthy, eccentric ex-wives and twisted ethics. 

When Allison’s latest Main Line client, the fifteen-year-old Goth daughter of a White House hopeful, is accused of the ritualistic murder of a local divorce attorney, Allison fights to prove her client’s innocence when no one else will. But unraveling the truth brings specters from her own past. And in a place where image is everything, the ability to distinguish what’s real from the façade may be the only thing that keeps Allison alive.

I actually really enjoyed this book.  I'm not usually too much into straight mysteries but the synopsis sounded interesting. I'm glad I read it.  I enjoyed the characters as much as the mystery.  Allison Campbell is an image consultant   She helps people better themselves in both their professional and personal lives.  Her only exception is that the won't work with kids.  The reasons for this are slowly revealed over the course of the book as she draws comparisons between her new client Maggie and a long lost client.  

I liked Allison a lot.  She has molded herself into a something that is far from her childhood.  Her life is very ordered, or as ordered as she can get.  She has a sister that she doesn't really get along with, ailing parents, and an ex-husband who she still has feelings for.  I really felt for her when she as she struggles with the guilt she felt over what happened 10 years before.  The ending of the book was very bittersweet but gave her some much needed closer.

The story has a great mystery.  There are a lot of characters in the beginning, but the story-line is well planned out so that the puzzle of how they fit comes together seamlessly.  I was only partially right in who the killer was, so that made the book more enjoyable.   I definitely recommend this one.  I look forward to reading more adventures with Allison Campbell!

About the author:

Wendy Tyson wrote her first story at age eight and it’s been love ever since. When not writing, Wendy
enjoys reading other people’s novels, traveling, hiking, and playing hooky at the beach – and if she can combine all four, even better. Originally from the Philadelphia area, Wendy has returned to her roots and lives there again with her husband, three kids and two muses, dogs Molly and Driggs. She and her husband are passionate organic gardeners and have turned their small lot into a micro farm. Killer Image is Wendy’s first novel in the Allison Campbell mystery series. The Seduction of Miriam Cross is her first Delilah Percy Powers mystery.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I'm glad you enjoyed this one! Thanks for being on the tour.