Fatal Facade by Wendy Tyson
Fatal Facade (An Allison Campbell Mystery Book 4) Cozy Mystery/Suspense 4th in Series Henery Press (June 13, 2017) Paperback: 278 pages ISBN-13: 978-1635112238 E-BOOK ASIN: B06XP2QG4P
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.Books in the Allison Campbell Mystery Series:
1.) What inspired you to write Fatal Facade?
I knew I wanted to write a classic, closed room type of mystery, and I wanted to put Allison in an unfamiliar setting. I’d been to Europe in 2011, 2012, and again in 2015 and each time I’d been intrigued by the Alpine regions of France, Austria, Italy, and Slovenia. What a great spot for a mystery! I had a general sense of story—a reclusive Hollywood has-been trying to reinvent herself, an imposing castle, a colorful cast of international characters, formidable mountains lurking in the background. When we visited South Tyrol in Italy, I knew I had my setting, and the story came together from there. In fact, I documented my research journey to the Italian Dolomites (with pictures) in for International Thriller Writers’ e-zine, The Big Thrill: http://www.thebigthrill.org/2016/03/author-guided-tour-wendy-tyson-discovers-the-italian-dolomites/
2.) What was your favorite part to write about in this story?
The characters. I had a lot of fun creating Elle Rose, her wacky family, and the often unlikable ex-pats and Hollywood wannabes who inhabited the castle at various points in time. And the setting was basically a character in this novel, so I enjoyed the interaction between Allison, the other characters, and the fictional town of Bidero, Italy and Castle San Pietro.
3.) Do you have a favorite place to write at?
We split our time between Pennsylvania and Vermont. In Vermont, I have a modest home in the Green Mountains on a few acres of wooded hillside. My husband built me a deck off the back of the house, and it has a mountain view. I love writing on that deck, especially when the weather’s cool and the bugs aren’t being particularly ambitious.
4.) What do you like to do in your spare time?
I love spending time with my family—my sons, husband, and dogs. My eldest recently got married, so I have a daughter now, too! I also love traveling, and I think planning “off the beaten path” trips for my family is half the fun. Aside from traveling and family time, I enjoy organic gardening, cooking, hiking, and the beach.
5.) One random fact that you usually don't tell anyone?
As much as I appreciate the advent and popularity of the e-book, I’m still a fan of paper. In fact, I don’t own an e-reader. There’s something about the feel of a book, the smell of paper, and the sound of turning pages, that make me happy. We have an entire wall of our living room devoted to books. I’m a reading junkie.
6.) Any new upcoming projects? If so can you tell us about it?
I write two series, the Allison Campbell Mystery Series and the Greenhouse Mystery Series. The third Greenhouse mystery, SEEDS OF REVENGE, comes out November 14, 2017. I’m working on the fourth Greenhouse mystery now, ROOTED IN DECEIT, and that will be out in 2018. I have a short story in an anthology that will be released in 2018 as well.
About The Author 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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