- Series: An Allison Campbell Mystery (Book 4)
- Paperback: 278 pages
- Publisher: Henery Press (May 3, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1635112230
- ISBN-13: 978-1635112238
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 24 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,992,415 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Fatal Facade (An Allison Campbell Mystery) (Volume 4) Paperback – May 3, 2017
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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.
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As to Fatal Façade, it is my favorite of all of the Allison Campbell books, but I believe I have said that with each one since the first. Perhaps it was the setting in Italy that made this book so enticing, or the dark foreboding qualities of the story, which I loved. The characters are so well written and described and having read the previous books, is especially rewarding for insight to give you the background stories which are important if you are someone who likes to read a series in order. But I don't think it is absolutely necessary as the author gives a great deal of information about the characters pasts and problems. That aside, the story is one that I enjoyed due to the adventure of the story and a unique location which I will probably never get to experience, so the travel aspect is very enticing to me. For those who like to try to figure out the whos and whys of a murder mystery, this is one that is going to challenge you. It is deep, witty, and complex and very entertaining in many ways. The problems and fear of the characters is palpable, thanks to Ms. Tyson's wonderful descriptions and clever dialogue. I will never reveal story details to ruin it for someone else, but I will just say that if you want quality mystery reading with an ending that I doubt you will untangle much in advance of the ending, then this is a book/series for you. Hoping for more in this series which I found early on and led me to Ms. Tyson's sensational second series in her delightful Greenhouse Mystery series. You cannot go wrong reading anything written by this talented author.
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!