Hilltop Sunset by Joyce T Strand, a Brynn Bancroft Mystery
Brynn Bancroft learns that a former employee who beat her nearly to death has returned to stalk her and her friend, Jillian Hillcrest, also a former victim. Recently divorced, Brynn turns to a new love interest only to encounter additional unwelcome issues. Meanwhile, short-timer Brynn, who has resigned from her Silicon Valley company, becomes bored fulfilling her remaining responsibilities there. She begins to prefer supporting the launch of her ex-husband's new hilltop winery while waiting to move to her next position. Between her stalker and her new love interest, Brynn faces a series of life-threatening events.
Her most recent novel, HILLTOP SUNSET, is the first of a new series featuring protagonist Brynn Bancroft, a financial guru in transition to winemaker from corporate executive. Brynn Bancroft is a minor character in Strand’s novels ON MESSAGE, OPEN MEETINGS, and FAIR DISCLOSURE—three mysteries solved by Jillian Hillcrest, a publicist whose boss was Chief Financial Officer Brynn Bancroft.
Much like her protagonist Jillian Hillcrest, Strand headed corporate communications at several biotech and high-tech companies in California’s Silicon Valley for more than 25 years. Unlike Jillian, however, she did not encounter murder in her career. She focused on writing by-lined articles, press releases, white papers, and brochures to publicize her companies and their products.
Fondest Christmas Memory...
"My late husband was a bit of a “bah humbugger” at Christmas time. Therefore, one year when he procrastinated getting a Christmas tree, I assumed it was due to his usual grumpy self during the holidays. As the day approached, he placed a tiny artificial tree on a table in our crowded living room, annoying me even more since I like tall trees which required him to move furniture. So when the doorbell rang I responded with an annoyed “What do you want?” to the man standing in front of me with what turned out to be the seat to my new Yamaha conservatory grand piano. Yes, he surprised me — and he placed the tiny tree on top of it — after moving furniture to make room for the most awesome gift ever!"
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