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Stranger at Sunset Paperback – September 14, 2014
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Amazon US/UK Best Seller
- 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
About the Author
Excerpted from an interview with Loren Kleinman of The Huffington Post.
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.
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Several aspects about this psychologically-based mystery intrigued me when I read the synopsis. I love the tropics and the setting that is so wonderfully described is in the Caribbean. The Sunset Villa Estate, a resort in Jamaica, has been damaged by Hurricane Sandy and the owners are struggling to make a comeback. Some of the guests are friends of the owners, invited to be part of the restoration of not only the resort itself, but also its star-quality rating.
To that end, one guest is unwanted. Matthew is a travel writer who, on a previous visit, wrote a review of the resort that was scathing. The owner’s plan is to cater to his whims in the hopes that he will have a better experience and write a credible review. A prominently featured guest is tasked with determining if Matthew is as maladjusted as he seemed to be during his first visit. Dr. Kate Hampton, a psychiatrist who is a friend of the owners, is up to the job though struggles with her own inner demons and with having an eidetic memory, what some see as a gift, though to her, it’s a curse. In Kate, Baylee has created an alluring, complicated character.
It was the diversity of personalities within each character—how they interacted with each other—that I most enjoyed. Each one is quite memorable and added very distinct flavors to the story. I thought the author was masterful in the way she chose to weave the narration of the story. It was immensely fascinating to grasp the nuances within her quirky, engaging characters through the eyes of different narrators, especially those of Kate.
This is a great read, one that I highly recommend.
I won't talk about the plot--many of the reviews go into how it works out into a great story--but the characters are all worth getting to know. The main character, Kate, is of course my favorite. I would love to meet her.
I've read all of Eden Baylee's works and she is such a talented writer one can only wish they were sitting next to her while she works just to watch a professional creating magic.
Stranger at Sunset enthralled me from the first paragraph and kept me guessing throughout. I will not get into detail for fear of spoilers, but I was completely stunned at the ending. There is a mischievous, unexpected twist laced through the entire plot that left me floored and envious of the author's skill. YOU NEED TO READ THIS BOOK!
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