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Deadly Assets
     

Deadly Assets

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by Wendy Tyson
 

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DARK AND EDGY WITH LAYERS OF INTRIGUE...

"Tyson creates a tense, engrossing tale by weaving vivid descriptions with thrilling threads of family secrets, greed and the shadow of an unknown threat. The Allison Campbell mystery series is not to be missed!" – Laura Morrigan, Author of the Call of the Wilde Mysteries

Sub-Genre Tags: Suspense, Crime

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DARK AND EDGY WITH LAYERS OF INTRIGUE...

"Tyson creates a tense, engrossing tale by weaving vivid descriptions with thrilling threads of family secrets, greed and the shadow of an unknown threat. The Allison Campbell mystery series is not to be missed!" – Laura Morrigan, Author of the Call of the Wilde Mysteries

Sub-Genre Tags: Suspense, Crime Fiction, Women Sleuths, Thriller
An eccentric Italian heiress from the Finger Lakes. An eighteen-year-old pop star from Scranton, Pennsylvania. Allison Campbell's latest clients seem worlds apart in every respect, except one: Both women disappear on the same day. And Allison's colleague Vaughn is the last to have seen each.

Allison's search for a connection uncovers an intricate web of family secrets, corporate transgressions and an age-old rivalry that crosses continents. The closer Allison gets to the truth, the deadlier her quest becomes. All paths lead back to a sinister Finger Lakes estate and the suicide of a woman thirty years earlier. Allison soon realizes the lives of her clients and the safety of those closest to her aren't the only things at stake.

Praise for DEADLY ASSETS:

"The mystery is firm and well-explained, and great fun to follow, but it's the rich relationships Tyson has created that this reader will carry away from the book...I will be following Allison Campbell and her cohorts with a great deal of interest in all the books to come. There had better be a lot more." – Stephanie Jaye Evans, Author of the Sugar Land Mystery Series

"Tyson delivers again with the clever, savvy, and charming Allison Campbell. With a cast of phenomenal characters, dark family secrets, and witty writing, Deadly Assets is sure to please mystery-lovers." – Fresh Fiction

"A mystery is only as good as its characters, and Deadly Assets is filled with vivid people who will keep readers turning the pages to find out what happens to them...Allison herself is savvy and likable, with an unusual job that promises many satisfying installments in this well-written series. Highly recommended!" – Sandra Parshall, Agatha Award-Winning Author of the Rachel Goddard Mysteries

"The book is well-crafted and hard to put down...The descriptions are beautiful, I found myself re-reading certain passages, often, just savouring the setting and closing my eyes to envision the scene...The characters leap out of the pages and wring your emotions as you follow them through the intricate web of family secrets, corporate transgressions, and rivalries that have lasted generations...Take a trip to the bookstore and pick this one up. You won't regret it." – The Big Thrill, International Thriller Writers

"No sophomore slump for Wendy Tyson. Two totally different clients, two mysterious disappearances, two sets of suspects, and lots of possibilities all make for a tightly woven mystery with lots of twists and turns." – Fiction Addiction Books

"Tyson crafts characters who are real and we can believe in which makes us willing to follow them anywhere. Excellent page turner. Can't wait for the next installment." – Shannyn Schroeder, Author of the O'Leary Series Contemporary Romances


Books in the Allison Campbell Mystery Series:

KILLER IMAGE (#1)
DEADLY ASSETS (#2)
DYING BRAND (#3) May 2015

Part of the Henery Press Mystery Series Collection, if you like one, you'll probably like them all...

Editorial Reviews

International Thriller Writers - The Big Thrill
"The book is well-crafted and hard to put down...The descriptions are beautiful, I found myself re-reading certain passages, often, just savouring the setting and closing my eyes to envision the scene...The characters leap out of the pages and wring your emotions as you follow them through the intricate web of family secrets, corporate transgressions, and rivalries that have lasted generations...Take a trip to the bookstore and pick this one up. You won't regret it.
The Big Thrill
"The book is well-crafted and hard to put down...The descriptions are beautiful, I found myself re-reading certain passages, often, just savouring the setting and closing my eyes to envision the scene...The characters leap out of the pages and wring your emotions as you follow them through the intricate web of family secrets, corporate transgressions, and rivalries that have lasted generations...Take a trip to the bookstore and pick this one up. You won't regret it.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940149797820
Publisher:
Henery Press
Publication date:
07/17/2014
Series:
An Allison Campbell Mystery , #2
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
2,104
File size:
509 KB

Meet the Author

Wendy Tyson’s background in law and psychology has provided inspiration for her mysteries and thrillers. 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. Wendy’s short fiction has appeared in literary journals, including KARAMU, Eclipse, A Literary Journal and Concho River Review.

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DEADLY ASSETS 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would read again very enjoyable
AMarin More than 1 year ago
I read the first Campbell novel, KILLER IMAGE, and loved it. This one is even better. Lots of twists and turns. I couldn't wait to read to see what happened next.
Anonymous 13 days ago
RandeeBaty More than 1 year ago
Allison Campbell, image consultant, and all her friends are back and they have an intriguing mystery on their hands. Two clients of First Impressions image consulting have disappeared on the same trip with Vaughn, Allison's business manager. While there doesn't seem to be any way it could be related to Allison and her business, it did happen on their watch and it will cause trouble for Vaughn if they aren't found. One is a 60 year old Italian wine heiress and the other, an 18 year old rising pop star with seemingly nothing in common. Allison, Vaughn and Mia, Allison's ex mother-in-law get begin trying to find these two women and the path just gets more murky and dangerous as they go. There are dark family secrets, mob connections, mysterious private detectives and connections back to Italy. I was sure I knew what was going on several different times but then was proven wrong. It's not an over-difficult mystery but it does have twists and turns along the way. I enjoyed the plot and the characters very much. The relationships between the main group of characters is one of the biggest strengths of this series so far. I really can feel the bonds between them. This is one of those books I looked forward to getting back to every time I had to set it down. My only reason for not giving it the full five stars is that you do have to suspend disbelief a number of times. As with most stories about amateur sleuths, I never can figure out why people answer their questions. I wouldn't. If a random person shows up at my door telling me they are investigating a disappearance, I'm not letting them in my house. I'm shutting the door and calling the police. It's also hard to image a professional at the level Allison is shown to be could just take off from her business from days at a time to investigate these disappearances, much less be willing to spend all the money she spent on rental cars, hotels and new clothes. All that said, I still loved the story. Interesting mystery, strong women, good inter-personal dynamics, just suspend your disbelief and enjoy the story. I've already started on the third one. This book was provided by Netgalley for review but my reviews always reflect my true feelings.
InspirationalAngel531 More than 1 year ago
Title: Deadly Assets - Allison Campbell Mystery 2 Author: Wendy Tyson Published: 7-22-14 Publisher: Henery Press Pages: 306 Genre: Mystery, Thrillers & Suspense Sub Genre: Cozy Mystery, Women Sleuths ISBN: 9781940976211 ASIN: B00LWFWYGU Reviewer: DelAnne Reviewed For: NetGalley . Allison Campbell's two newest clients have one thing in common, both disappeared following spending time with Vaughn, Allison's Partner in First Impressions. Allison has just spent time with 60 year old Binimi heiress, Francesca Binimi and her family over dinner. It was not hard to see no one wanted Francesca to take over leadership of Binimi Enterprises. Trying to bring 18 year old rising pop-star Tammy Edwards out of her shell was hard work. Did they walk away on their own or did someone take them? Were they taken by the same person? If so what was the common thread? When police look to Vaughn as their prime suspect Allison, Vaughn and Mia (Allison's former mother-in-law) investigate to prove her innocence and to find out the truth of what happened to the two women. The closer they get to answers it seems the more danger surrounds them and those they care for. If Allison is not careful she could be the next one to disappear. Wendy Tyson writes a lively, fast paced story with interesting and likable characters that pulls you in and keeps you glued to your seat as you try to follow the clues to figure out what happened and why. Clues and revealed information is provided to point you to the answers as well as a few false leads to keep it from being too easy. Pick up Deadly Assets for a promise of an afternoon of reading pleasure.
MarnieMai More than 1 year ago
DEADLY ASSETS by Wendy Tyson, book 2 of the Allison Campbell series, is a must read for all mystery and book lovers.  This thriller was a real page turner and kept me wondering how everything would tie together.  Again, Ms. Tyson was terrific in successfully building on the characters she originated in Killer Image as well as introduce new characters with strong character development. For those who enjoy a sophisticated mystery with developed characters, you will love DEADLY ASSETS.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So often I find the second book in a series fails to deliver on the promise of the first. This is most definitely not the case with Wendy Tyson's DEADLY ASSETS. The story is tightly woven and the characters even more developed than in the first. As a reader, I thoroughly enjoyed getting to delve more into Vaughn, Mia, Jamie, and, of course, Allison. The mystery (or mysteries but I don't want to give anything away!) truly kept me guessing and I was almost sorry when it was resolved because I just kept wanting to read more. Pick this up and you won't be sorry.
mysterybook_nerd98 More than 1 year ago
This is the first Allison Campbell story I have read. The mystery kept me guessing, the characters are well developed and likable. I really liked Vaughn's brother Jamie. It kept my interest so I've decided to read more of Allison's adventures. So don't chicken out- get the book.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
An eccentric Italian heiress from the Finger Lakes. An eighteen-year-old pop star from Scranton, Pennsylvania. Allison Campbell’s latest clients seem worlds apart in every respect, except one: Both women disappear on the same day. And Allison’s colleague Vaughn is the last to have seen each. Allison’s search for a connection uncovers an intricate web of family secrets, corporate transgressions and an age-old rivalry that crosses continents. The closer Allison gets to the truth, the deadlier her quest becomes. All paths lead back to a sinister Finger Lakes estate and the suicide of a woman thirty years earlier. Allison soon realizes the lives of her clients and the safety of those closest to her aren’t the only things at stake. Dollycas’s Thoughts Oh this one is so good!!! Allison’s clients couldn’t be more different. When they both disappear on the same day and their only connection seems to be her company Allison jumps in with both feet to get to the truth. Francesca hasn’t left her home in years but when her brother falls ill she has to take over the family business. She needs Allison’s help so that she can show the family and their shareholders she is up to the task. Tammy has been chosen to be on a television singing show. She has a beautiful voice but Allison is hired by her “manager” to help with her social skills and in the fashion/hair makeover departments. Allison knew she had her work cut out for her with both women but never thought they would just disappear without a trace. Both of these women have families that go way beyond the normal eclectic/quirky levels. Wendy Tyson has created some of the best characters I have read lately. She has allowed Allison, Vaughn, Jason and Mia to grow since Killer Image, the first story in this series. Tyson puts her characters in some very unexpected situations with some masterful twists. Allison does not let her fear of her own physical safety hold her back and at times I was so scared for her! You will not believe who she is taking on in her quest to find the truth! This is one of those books where you sit down to read and hold on tight because you will stay up late reading until you reach the very end. DYING BRAND, the 3rd book in this series comes out May 2015 and I can’t wait!
Melysse More than 1 year ago
First of all, it’s important to know that Deadly Assets is the second Allison Campbell mystery. When a representative of the publisher contacted me, because I’d reviewed another of author Wendy Tyson’s novels late last year, I was actually sent a copy of book one, Killer Image, as well. I read both books back-to-back over the last few days, and loved them both. Tyson excels at writing mysteries that are grounded in real life, plausible situations. You never feel that her stories are complete fantasy, and some of the chill you get while reading them is because so many of the characters could be people you know. As well, she populates her novels with diverse characters – Allison herself, Allison’s ex-mother-in-law Mia, who is dating Christopher Vaughn (known by his last name) who is also Allison’s colleague in her image consulting firm, and happens to be African-American, and his computer genius brother who happens to be quadriplegic – these are just a few. This makes you really believe that the novels take place in a real version of Pennsylvania. Both novels, and Deadly Assets especially, are also incredibly well plotted. While it’s true that I was able to solve each cast slightly before Allison herself did, that’s only because we, as readers, see a bit more of the big picture than she does as a character. Still, I was never disappointed by any of the twists or turns that took place, and when Allison was in jeopardy, while I knew she was unlikely to die (this is a series, after all) I also knew that Tyson had no qualms about giving her serious injuries. Where Killer Image included the requisite first-novel-in-a-series exposition of character backstory, Deadly Assets focused mainly on the current story. This in no way made the second book hard to follow, as there was enough backstory to understand the flavor of each recurring character. In fact, it could very easily be read as a standalone novel without the reader feeling like anything was missing, though reading them in order will increase your enjoyment, as it did mine. If you’re looking for a mystery series that has believable characters, plausible storylines, and a great mix of character and action – especially if you’re looking for such a series in which women are the crime solvers and not only the victims, you must – must – read Wendy Tyson’s Allison Campbell series. Deadly Assets was just published this week, and I’m already itching for book three.
rhonda1111RL More than 1 year ago
4 STARS Deadly Assets has twists and turns some I saw and others I did not. Did not want to put the book down till I was through. Allison Campbell and those close to her are back in this second mystery. I like Allison and friends. Allison Campbell owns her own business. She is a image consultant. She is divorced to Jason who is her boyfriend. She bought her business from her Mia her mother-in-law. Vaughn works with Allison. He takes care of his twin brother. He changed his life after his brother got shot when they were teenagers. They have two new clients. One a Italian heiress from Finger Lakes. The second is a shy eighteen year old from Scranton, Pennsylvania. They both go missing on the same day and the last one to see them last was Vaughn. Neither family really wants to involve the police. Vaughn is interviewed though. Allison, Vaughn, Mia and Jamie are not going to just let go. They are determined to find out where the women are. Are they even connected? There are lots of secrets, mob, someone is following Allison. There is danger around them. There is a love scene. Not sure what I think of the ending. It works though. I look forward to seeing what happens next with Allison and her friends. I was given this ebook by Net Galley & Henery Press. In return I agreed to give Deadly Assets a honest review and be part of Deadly Assets blog tour.