- International Mystery and Crime
- Literary Fiction - Psychological
- Crime Fiction - Murder
"One of the most inventive murders I have ever come across in years of reading crime fiction ... it will send a particularly icy chill up the spines of male readers." - Crime Fiction Lover
"Features one of the most original, chilling and impossible to forget murder scenes I've ever read." - J. A. Greenwood, award-winning author
"Kate Hampton is a New York City psychiatrist and one of the most interesting characters I have met in a long time." - Long and Short Reviews
"Stranger at Sunset by Eden Baylee is one of those novels that starts off as a slow burn and gradually builds to an intense inferno." - The Avid Book Collector
"The plot is multi-layered, unfolding slowly at first and building up speed ... The realism here is stunning." - Darcia Helle, Vine Voice
About the Author
Loren Kleinman (LK): You are a literary erotica writer originally. How did you make the shift to writing a mystery novel?
Eden Baylee (EB): I've written short stories and flash fiction in multiple genres including: thriller, mystery, and romance. Given that, it was not a huge leap to write a mystery. I started with erotica as I've been reading it since I was 11, but I also knew I would not write it forever.
LK: Why did you decide to make your main character a psychiatrist?
EB: I've had a love for psychology ever since studying Freud and hold a strong fascination for what goes on in people's minds. At one time, I even considered going into the field. As I enjoy dissecting motivations of my characters, Dr. Kate Hampton seemed the ideal protagonist. She is caring and helpful, but she also has a dark side. It's what makes her a unique character. She's not someone readers will easily forget.
LK: Can readers expect any erotica in the pages of your new thriller?
EB: Parts of it are sensual and sexy, but I would not classify any of it as erotic. The motivation of the story is to arouse a mysterious, uncertain atmosphere, eliciting a sense of conflict, suspense, and anticipation in the reader. Erotica has another purpose. It arouses libido, which is something different altogether.
LK: What do you consider the major elements of a good mystery/thriller?
EB: Great characters. I believe a story exists because the characters make it happen. Even though mystery/thrillers are genre fiction, it doesn't imply you can have a great story at the expense of great characters. Stranger at Sunset is not a traditional mystery. From a reader's perspective, the story stimulates mood with a focus on moral conflict. What I'm exploring are the characters' motives and how they see the world, which is different from how you and I may see it.
Read the full interview: Eden Baylee is a Stranger at Sunset on The Huffington Post, 8/25/14.