- Paperback: 307 pages
- Publisher: McCloughan and Schmeltz; First edition (July 3, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0983926212
- ISBN-13: 978-0983926214
- Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,218,202 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Open Meetings: A Jillian Hillcrest Mystery Paperback – July 3, 2012
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"'Open Meetings' is a riveting mystery and thriller that won't be easy to put down, highly recommended." -The Midwest Book Review
About the Author
Joyce T. Strand, much like her fictional character, Jillian Hillcrest, served as head of corporate communications at several biotech and high-tech companies in Silicon Valley spanning more than 25 years. Unlike Jillian, however, she did not encounter murder. Rather, she focused on publicizing her companies and their products. 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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Top Customer Reviews
Can't wait for the 3rd in the series.
PR Executive Jillian Hillcrest is back and smack dab in the middle of another mystery. With the second installment in her Jillian Hillcrest Mystery series, Joyce Strand easily pulls her fans back into the fray as Jillian and her sidekicks work to solve another crime.
Still in recovery mode after her narrow escape from death, Jillian Hillcrest is back to her job of PR Executive at Harmonia, fielding stockholders, juggling preparations for a panel on which she is sitting, and planning a fundraising event. When meeting with her journalist friend for lunch they are interrupted by a woman pleading with him to keep a recent conversation out of print for fear of her life. Miles brushes the lady off, only to find out about her death from an accident a few days later. A death the police in Troutville are blaming on her driving while drunk.
The day of the fundraiser arrives with Jillian surrounded by her ex-husband Chad, neighbor Cynthia and her friend Miles all taking part in the dance contest. In a six degrees of separation moment Chuck Baldwin, Chief of Police from Troutville arrives to be Cynthia's dance partner. A man Miles has known since childhood, and who had been a dear friend of Cynthia and her late husband from the time they were partners on the force. Incidentally the Chief of Police in the same town where Miles' friend has just died.
Miles turns up missing after looking into the suspicious deaths of several Troutville residents as a result of alcohol related deaths. Unable to pull herself from a family emergency, former police detective Cynthia enlists Jillian to drive to Troutville and see if she can locate their friend. When in the town Jillian finds herself questioning the activities of the police department and some of it's less than stellar officers and lands herself in a pile of hurt in the process.
Joyce Strand seamlessly incorporates characters and references to her previous book 'On Message.' However not so much that a reader would be lost if they were to pick up `Open Meetings' first. Tense situations and touches of humor create a five star read that will have you shouting at the book to warn Jillian of what awaits her around the next corner.
Disclaimer: This book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.
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.
I give it 5 stars for suspense with characters you love.