Killer Image: An Allison Campbell Mystery

Killer Image: An Allison Campbell Mystery

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by Wendy Tyson
     
 

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CLEVERLY REVEALING PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER...

"An edgy page-turner that pulls the reader into a world where image is everything and murder is all about image. Great start to a new series!" - Erika Chase, Author of The Ashton Corners Book Club Mysteries

Philadelphia image consultant Allison Campbell is not your typical detective. She's more familiar with the rules

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CLEVERLY REVEALING PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER...

"An edgy page-turner that pulls the reader into a world where image is everything and murder is all about image. Great start to a new series!" - Erika Chase, Author of The Ashton Corners Book Club Mysteries

Philadelphia image consultant Allison Campbell is not your typical detective. She's more familiar with the rules of etiquette than the rules of evidence, prefers three-inch Manolos to comfy flats and relates to Dear Abby, not Judge Judy.

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 in a place where image is everything, the ability to distinguish the truth from the facade may be the only thing that keeps Allison alive.

Praise for KILLER IMAGE:

"Wit, charm, and deliciously clever plot twists abound in Wendy Tyson's Killer Image, first in her new series of mysteries featuring intrepid image consultant Allison Campbell. The author has a knack for creating characters with heart, while keeping us guessing as to their secrets until the end. Readers will eagerly await her next book in the series." - Mary Hart Perry, Author of Seducing the Princess

"This cleverly revealing psychological thriller will keep you guessing...as the smart and savvy Allison Campbell (love her!) delves into the deadly motives, twisted emotions and secret intrigues of Philadelphia's Main Line." - Hank Phillippi Ryan, Mary Higgins Clark, Agatha, Anthony and Macavity Award-Winning Author of The Wrong Girl

"Nancy Drew gets a fierce makeover in Wendy Tyson's daringly dark, yet ever fashion-conscious mystery series, beginning with Killer Image. Tyson imbues her characters with emotional depth amidst wit, ever maintaining the pulse rate." - Deborah Cloyed, Author of What Tears Us Apart and The Summer We Came to Life

"An intriguing psychological thriller. The book reminded me of Jonathan Kellerman's Alex Delaware series...I loved the book, it's dark and hopeful at the same time. Five stars out of five." Lynn Farris, Mystery Books Examiner for Examiner.com

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781938383601
Publisher:
Henery Press
Publication date:
10/01/2013
Pages:
326
Sales rank:
877,680
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.68(d)

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Killer Image: An Allison Campbell Mystery 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Darker than I thought it would be, but I loved the characters and the ending. Well-written and fast-paced.
EdieN More than 1 year ago
Our library book group leader chose KILLER IMAGE by Wendy Tyson for our December book discussion. I was so excited as we know Wendy and her family since she was a little girl and was eager to read this book. Our entire family is reading this book. Our daughter finished it first and loved it. I finished it last month (I couldn't put it down and took it with me everywhere I went) and loved it. The main character is Allison Campbell, a Philadelphia Image Consultant who helps her clients to reinvent themselves. One of her clients turns out to be a very prominent Congressman's 15 year old daughter Maggie, whose behavior is oppositional, and into Wicca (goth and witches). When Maggie is accused of a double murder, Allison gets involved and endangers herself to prove the truth and Maggie's innocence when all evidence points to Maggie as the killer. You must read this book. All the characters come together along the way so don't get bogged down by saying that there are too many characters. I can't wait to tell Wendy at our book group meeting how much I enjoyed this book and am awaiting the next one of the series. Edythe Newman & family
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book if you like mysteries this is a great one to pick up. Fast paced, action starts right on page one and does not stop till the last page . A real page turner ! I just hope there's more to come from ms Tyson 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book from start to finish, and am reading the 2nd one now.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Killer Image is the first in what I hope will be a long series of Allison Campbell mysteries! Not only does the mystery keep you guessing until the end, but the character development  creates a great introduction to Allison and her team. I definitely recommend this to readers who are tired of the commercial, mundane storylines out there. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is totally "my cup of tea". This book is well-written, engrossing and fast paced. I found myself drawn in to the characters and their complexity and how beneath their "images" they were not exactly what you saw upon first look, including the heroine, Allison Campbell herself!
RandeeBaty More than 1 year ago
Killer Image is about Allison Campbell, an image consultant. I find that to be a fascinating profession. I think I could use one. This is not a cozy mystery. It's grittier than that. Allison Campbell gets involved with a murder investigation when her former mother-in-law's divorce attorney is killed. That seems a long way around to get involved but the divorce attorney has also represented a number of Allison's clients and she had worked with his ex-wife. There are a lot of overlapping relationships. I'm finding it hard to describe the plot for some reason but it wasn't because I didn't enjoy the book. I really did. I will put out the warning that there is quite a lot of discussion of Wicca. I know there are people that will want to know that before reading. I liked the secondary characters as much as I liked Allison. Her employee, Vaughn, and his brother were two of my favorite. All of what will probably make up the regular cast of characters in this series were likeable. The bad guys were definitely dislikeable. There was a too much amateur investigating without bringing the police in on their suspicions which is why it is 4 stars instead of 5. It had good atmosphere and I'll be anxious to see where these characters go next. I received this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book grabbed my attention on the first page and kept me captivated through the end. The story is intriguing and the characters are very real...vulnerable, likeable and humanly flawed. I anxiously await Ms. Tyson's next release.
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings A great mix of chick lit and mystery had me reading this book in only one day!  Allison was such a great character, she had wit and realism and I wouldn't mind trying out her profession!  She is oddly connected to a murder that is not only in her neighborhood, but connected through a few people (maybe a little too connected).  And she forgoes her day job to help find the killer while also trying to protect a client/girl.   The twists and turns in the mystery were perfectly timed.  I had an inkling about the killer, but wasn't quite satisfied with my guess and I loved that.  It wasn't obvious, but also wasn't completely out of left field - Wendy Tyson hit the right notes for me in this book.  I will be on the look out for the next in this series.
JerseyGirlBookReviews More than 1 year ago
In her debut novel Killer Image, author Wendy Tyson weaves a riveting multi-faceted tale of mystery and romance interwoven with a psychological thriller twist, that keeps the reader sitting on the edge of their seat. Set in the ritzy Main Line section of Philadelphia, this fast paced story follows the investigative adventure of Allison Campbell, an image consultant turned amateur sleuth, as she tries to clear her teen client, Maggie McBride, who has been accused of the ritualistic murder of a local divorce attorney. Killer Image is filled with an intriguing cast of characters who all have skeletons in their closet, haunting pasts and long held secrets; mix in some dysfunctional family drama and a subtle romance; and enough clues and suspenseful twists and turns, and you have a gripping tale that will keep the reader drawn in and guessing how the the murder mystery will be solved. The author draws upon her hometown knowledge to provide a richly detailed description of Philadelphia's Main Line and surrounding areas as the backdrop to this intricate and edgy storyline that has many layers and takes the reader on one heck of a thrill ride. Killer Image is an entertaining mystery that is hard to put down and will leave the reader wanting to follow Allison's next adventure. Killer Image is the first book in the Allison Campbell Mystery series.
MariaD1 More than 1 year ago
Fantastic Start to a New Mystery Series I received a complimentary copy of this book as a part of a book tour in exchange for a fair and honest review. I rated it 5 out of 5 stars. When I first signed on to review Killer Image by Wendy Tyson, I thought I would be reviewing a “cozy mystery”. While Killer Image is indeed a mystery, it’s also so much more; it’s a second chance romance, and it’s a psychological thriller. A well developed heroine, interesting and somewhat quirky secondary characters and good dialogue kept me turning the pages to discover what would happen next. Set in both upscale and rundown neighborhoods in modern day Philadelphia, Ms. Tyson gives us her story from multiple points of view. A successful Image Consultant and owner of her own business, Allyson Campbell, works for executives and ex-wives who need to reinvent themselves to enter the work place and society. When a local congressman and his wife, ask Allison to take their teenage daughter, Maggie, on as a client, Allison’s first impulse is to say no, she only works with adults. Begging Allyson for help, and offering a more than healthy fee, the congressman refuses to take no as an answer. Agreeing to meet with Maggie, to see if they can work together, Allyson soon finds herself neck deep in a murder investigation where her client is the prime suspect.  Ms. Tyson does an excellent job developing her characters and letting us get to know them through glimpses into their own points of view. While Allyson remains the central character, and primary point of view, we get to know Vaughn, her young African American assistant, who’s got major secrets of his own, Mia Campbell, Allyson’s former mentor and former mother in law, who at first is a person of interest in the murder investigation, Jason Campbell, Allyson’s ex-husband who wants a second chance and Maggie McBride, the Goth dressed teenage girl, who is at the center of both the murder investigation and a reluctant trip down memory lane for Allyson.  Ms. Tyson’s world building is well done and is a major part of this first book in the series. Allyson has secrets, some major fears and unconscious desires she needs to address. While trying to get to know her reluctant client, Allyson finds herself questioning her “career choice” and how well she knows the people in her life. Realizing she needs to face her past, Allyson is also forced to deal with her family issues and what caused her to walk away from a career as a psychologist.  Will Allyson and her group of assistants discover the identity of the real killer before both Maggie and Allyson become the killer’s next victims? Will Allyson give romance a second chance? You’ll have to read Killer Image to find out, I loved it and can honestly say that this is one of the few mysteries I’ve read where I actually had tears in my eyes at the end of the story. I can’t wait to read what happens to Allyson and all of the people in her life next.
rhonda1111RL More than 1 year ago
My review 4 STARS I was surprised at how much I liked Killer Image. It sucks you into the story and characters and I did not want to put it down. Who expects a image consultant to look into a murder? Most of the characters at first glance I thought I did not really like them but they developed at a slow pace and the more they are fleshed out the more I liked most of them. The Plot is a simple idea at first glance. A politician hires a image consultant to work with his 15 year old before his runs again for office. The teen is later a suspect of a murder of a divorce lawyer. Everyone we meet is hiding secrets from others some really big ones and some you wonder why are they hiding them. The characters are built slowly, a little by little. Till they seem real and you care for many of them and others you want to slap or kick them when they are down. Others you cheer for. Allison is a image consultant. She is divorced and lives alone. She has issues with dogs, her parents and a girl from her past Violet. Her mentor was her ex-mother-in-law. She has not spoken with her for a couple of years. Vaughn works for Allison and he is keeping two big secrets from her. He does some P.I. type for her and her business manager. Maggie is 15 year old rebellious teen. Her father is a Congressman and is planning to run for U.S. Senate seat. She is a witch. Knows that Allison is her last chance before boarding school. She does not want to cooperate with her. She dresses all in black. She is spoiled rich kid at first. It shows you at first glance can be hiding a lot and the more you get to know a person the more you care about them. They could be hiding a lot of hurt, or sins. I can't wait for another Allison Campbell Mystery. I was given this ebook to read and asked in exchange to give honest review for the blog tour by Netgalley, Henry Press and author.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
After a traumatizing experience with one of her previous clients Psychologist Allison Campbell has taken her career in a new direction. She has become an image consultant helping adults with everything from self esteem to current fashion. She works with those at crossroads in their lives. She moves in a world of powerful executives, wealthy, and eccentric ex-wives. Women heading back into the workforce after a divorce or the children are off to school, anxiety of public speaking, and general confidence boosting. Creating a better public image for her clientele. She works with adults – no children – until now. Congressman and White House hopeful Hank McBride and his wife Sunny have convinced her she is their 15 year old daughter’s only hope. Maggie doesn’t fit the cookie cutter image of a politician’s daughter and her behavior and Goth sense of style needs to be rectified immediately and they will pay a large sum of money to Allison if she can make it happen. After meeting Maggie, Allison breaks her own rule, hoping she can help Maggie because she realizes there is much more to her story than poor fashion sense and teenage angst. But she never expected the girl would be accused of the ritualistic murder of a local divorce attorney. While Allison tries to prove Maggie’s innocence it reignites a lot of memories of another young girl she tried to help and failed. As much as she wants to let go of the past and not get any further involved in the murder investigation she can’t help herself from landing right in the middle of it all. Dollycas’s Thoughts This was so not what I expected this story to be. It is edgy and dark and absolutely fantastic. What a debut for this new series!! The plot has many layers. The characters so well created. There are so many twists and turns, it is an emotional roller coaster ride. I am really impressed Allison Campbell. A very smart protagonist with the ability to really think on her feet. I am anxious to see her continue to evolve in future stories. This subject matter could be a bit heavy but the author tempers that with a touch of romance and a bit of humor. When I was first approached about this book I was expecting a cozy mystery. This is definitely not a cozy mystery. I would call it the “edge of your seat” kind of book and a book you should plan to read all at one time because it is extremely hard to put down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Debut author Wendy Tyson is poised to take the mystery and thriller world by storm. Allison Campbell runs First Impressions, an image consulting company in the heart of Philly's Main Line neighborhood. Her usual clientele is divorcees trying to find themselves outside of their previous lives, but when she is asked to help out a young goth girl that is an embarrassment to her politically aspiring father, Allison goes against her gut and takes her on. When her client is then accused of a cult-like murder, Allison must trust her instincts and her assistant to solve the case and clear the girl. An absolutely riveting twisted tale that truly kept me turning the pages way past my bed time. The plot is surprising and the characters are rich and developed, even the second tier clients are fabulously full. If you love an intensely well-written page-turner with surprising plot twists and characters that are fresh and yet familiar, you need to get a copy of KILLER IMAGE immediately.
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Very bad book. Allison (the main character) is extremely unlikeable. Such important work -- image consultant, ugh. She is disdainful of the rich main line characters, but aspires to be one. She purports to be caring about her clients, but brushes off her poor sister (the caretaker of her parents) as if she is selfish to intrude on Allison's very busy life. Too many characters with subplots everywhere. The cartoonish finish is laughable.
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I NEVER quit before I finish a book; I made an exception for this convoluted mess. Too many tortured sterotypical characters. Too many trite plot lines.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Killer Image is the debut novel by Wendy Tyson. I thought her murder mystery was extremely well written and I loved her detailed character descriptions.  She makes it so easy for you to visualize each character.  This book was a real page turner for me and kept me on the edge of my seat. I look forward to reading more novels by this talented author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Camp has been moved to result four! This is now the leaders den.
TessT More than 1 year ago
Sorry Ms. Tyson, but this book was just not my cup of tea. I think that this book was a bit too hardcore, maybe I misunderstood when I thought I requested a cozy mystery. Although I wasn't crazy about this book, I'm sure that readers who like things a bit edgier, will love it.  I was very confused when we are introduced to 11 people within the first 2 chapters. Trying to keep track of all of them, and then bringing more people in, this reader felt the need for a score card! I have always said that I never met a book I didn't like, but sadly, I can't say that anymore.