“This is a truly unique and enjoyable series of reinvention and, oddly enough, acceptance.” – Kings River Life Magazine
Allison Campbell accepted a dream assignment: a visit to the Italian Dolomites to help Hollywood socialite Elle Rose reinvent herself. A guest cottage on the grounds of Elle’s historic castle promises to be a much-needed respite from Allison’s harried life on the Philadelphia Main Line, and the picturesque region, with its sharp peaks, rolling pastures, and medieval churches, is the perfect spot from which to plan her upcoming wedding.
Only this idyllic retreat is anything but peaceful. There are the other visitors—an entourage of back-biting expats and Hollywood VIPs. There’s Elle’s famous rock star father, now a shadowy recluse hovering behind the castle’s closed doors. And then there’s Elle’s erratic behavior. Nothing is as it seems. After a guest plummets to her death from a cliff on the castle grounds, Allison’s trip of a lifetime turns nightmarish—but before she can journey home, Allison must catch a killer.
“Nancy Drew gets a fierce makeover in Wendy Tyson’s daringly dark, yet ever fashion-conscious mystery series….Tyson imbues her characters with emotional depth amidst wit, ever maintaining the pulse rate.” – Deborah Cloyed, Author of What Tears Us Apart
“The Allison Campbell mystery series is not to be missed!” – Laura Morrigan, Author of the Call of the Wilde Mysteries
Related subjects include: cozy mysteries, women sleuths, whodunit mysteries (whodunnit), murder mystery series, amateur sleuth books, mysteries and thrillers, suspense.
Books in the Allison Campbell Mystery Series:
KILLER IMAGE (#1)
DEADLY ASSETS (#2)
DYING BRAND (#3)
FATAL FACADE (#4)
Part of the Henery Press Mystery Series Collection, if you like one, you'll probably like them all…
Author Bio: 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 on a micro-farm with her husband, three sons and three dogs. Wendy’s short fiction has appeared in literary journals, and she’s a contributing editor and columnist for The Big Thrill and The Thrill Begins, International Thriller Writers’ online magazines. Wendy is the author of the Allison Campbell Mystery Series and the Greenhouse Mystery Series.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Title: Fatal Facade - Allison Campbell Mystery Book 4 Author: Wendy Tyson Publisher: Henery Press Published: 6-13-2017 Pages: 278 Genre: Mystery; Thrillers & Suspense Sub-Genre: Women Sleuths; Cozy Mystery; Amateur Sleuths ASIN: B06XP2Q4P ISBN: 9781635112238 Reviewed For: NetGalley and Henery Press Reviewer: DelAnne Rating: 4.5 Stars Allison Campbell is off to help Elle Rose. The fact that she has to go to the Italian Dolomites to it is all gravy or so Allison believes when she arrives at the castle. There are snobbish ex-pats, elite Hollywood types who are ready to kill each other and last but not least, Allison's father is in residence as well. Her joy in the picturesque countryside and the peace she hoped to feel are nowhere in sight. When a guest falls over the cliffs and it was no accident Allison can't wait to return t-to the safety and peace of home, but first there is a murderer to find. Alison continues to grow with each new offering. The other characters are unique in their own rights. Their cattiness and fears. They come together to create a cast that bring the story to life. Tyson delivers a vibrant story that moves swiftly and smoothly. A great read to be savored and enjoyed. My rating is 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Another Allison Campbell read wherein she is hired to "reinvent" Elle Rose, the daughter of an aging rock star who loves to really party and whose antics have had her in the limelight more times than she would like. This one takes place in Italy and right before Allison shows up, Elle's husband is found dead at the bottom of a cliff. The police say it was accidental, but after another death shortly thereafter, was it? The story is full of quirky characters all staying at Elle and her father's castle due to a filming of a movie in Italy. Something is definitely going on at this castle and Allison fears for herself and her niece who is staying there with her. A really good story that is both creepy with the characters and the setting that I really enjoyed reading. This is one of my favorite cozies and I was very excited when I saw that I had been approved to read this. Thanks to Henery Press and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
Dollycas’s Thoughts This story takes us off to Italy when Image Consultant Allison Campbell takes on Elle Rose as a client. Elle lives in a castle near the Italian Dolomites and has offered Allison, Jason and Grace, Allison’s niece, a guest cottage on the property. Since Jason needs to go to Austria for his new job it seems like an ideal assignment. She never imagined the castle would be crowded with so many people all there supposedly to work with Elle’s father. A father who is apparently very ill and who is rarely seen. Allison is dismayed by her clients behavior and unwillingness to put in the work to upgrade her image. In fact she is thinking about quitting. Then one of the guests is found dead at the bottom of a sheer cliff. The death looks suspicious and the authorities demand Allison not leave town. She decides to do a little investigating herself with Vaughan and Jamie’s help. Everything they uncover leads them in several directions but they all know there is a killer in the castle. I must first address the setting – a castle and vast grounds that include several cottages, a spa, a pool, woods with hiking trails up and down and around the Dolomites. A picturesque place that for me would be a very hard place to leave. But then with a killer on the lost, probably not so idyllic, right now. All the characters I loved from previous stories are back. Not everyone is in Italy though. Mia and Vaughn arrive a few days after Allison, Jason and Grace. They relationship is still a little rocky and Allison and Jason may take the plunge into marriage again. Jamie has stayed home but he uses his skills pretty well from there. I really enjoy the way the characters continue to grow in each book in this series. They are very engaging and believable. The search for the killer was much like a closed room mystery. It has to be someone staying on the property. Between the guests and the staff there are plenty of suspects. The motive for the murder was very hard to determine and it could be connected to another recent death. Seriously at one time or another throughout the story I had then all pegged as the murderer. Heck, one of the goats could have pushed her off the cliff. It is only when some key information is discovered that things start to make sense. Tyson had us on a twisty trail to figure out this mystery and I loved it. This trip to Italy was a Perfect Escape! You should book your trip today!