OPEN MEETINGS: A JILLIAN HILLCREST MYSTERYby Joyce T. Strand
Jillian Hillcrest is having lunch with a reporter colleague when a woman enters and begs him not to print anything she’s told him because they will kill her if he does. A few days later, the reporter tells Jillian that the woman was killed
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PR Executive Jillian Hillcrest joins with a local reporter to investigate the suspicious death of an informant.
Jillian Hillcrest is having lunch with a reporter colleague when a woman enters and begs him not to print anything she’s told him because they will kill her if he does. A few days later, the reporter tells Jillian that the woman was killed in his hometown in a car crash that the police ruled as an accident caused by driving while under the influence of alcohol. Although Jillian is busy promoting her Silicon Valley biotech company to the community, she is drawn into the reporter’s investigation of his hometown’s police department in a remote area north of wine country in the Napa-Sonoma region in California. Coincidentally, her neighbor Cynthia Anderson, a former police officer of the San Francisco Police Department, wonders about the untimely death of her policeman husband 20 years earlier as part of the same police department. Meanwhile, Jillian’s ex-husband hovers over her to reverse the “ex” status. They all encounter far more than anticipated.
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Meet the Author
Joyce T. Strand is the author of the Jillian Hillcrest mysteries, ON MESSAGE and OPEN MEETINGS. Much like Jillian, Joyce 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 and brochures to publicize her companies.
Joyce has been a mystery fan since she read her first Nancy Drew and Hardy Boy stories as a child. She has always enjoyed the challenge of following clues to solve a mystery before it is revealed. Therefore Joyce relished the transition from writing marketing copy to writing fiction.
Today she writes and publishes two blogs, is a reporter for a regional wine magazine, and is working on her third Jillian Hillcrest mystery. She lives with her two cats and collection of cow statuary in Southern California.
Joyce 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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All the qualitites of a great mystery/thriller. Open Meetings by Joyce T Strand was inspired by real events. Mysteries and thrillers are my favorite novels and this one did not let me down. The Brown Act is a California law that requires government meetings to be Open Meetings. As we lose journalism as we knew it and investigative journalism seems to be coming obsolete, who will be the Watchdogs if the citizens are kept in the dark? The government is able to run amok, politicians becoming little more than dictators over their domains. Does any of this sound familiar to current events? I found myself quickly getting involved with Jillian. I knew bad things were heading her way and wondered why she recklessly met them head on. My answer – who could really believe that corruption, conspiracy and danger could touch them in such a tragic and evil way. I fell in love with Chad. His humor and determination to make Jillian happy knew no bounds. He lived life to the fullest and wanted only to share it with her. Open Meetings has all the qualities for a great mystery/thriller, with some romance thrown in for good measure. The writing was easy reading and I finished it in one sitting. The story was riveting, thought provoking and it down right pissed me off. I had to know what would become of Jillian and I am eagerly anticipating helping Jillian solve more mysteries. I won a signed paperback of Open Meetings in a Joyce T Strand giveaway back in August of last year. She signed the book – “Enjoy helping Jillian solve her second mystery.” All I can say is, I sure did Joyce and I am looking forward to helping her solve more of them.
Ok take all the time you need! When you decide ill be on wolf mountain res. 2