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Thursday, December 3, 2015

Christmas Advent 2015 - Day 3 - Landscape for Murder: A Brynn Bancroft Mystery by Joyce T Strand

Landscape for Murder by Joyce T Strand
A Brynn Bancroft Mystery

A friend’s murder. An unconnected cast of suspects, including the victim’s missing adult daughter. As if that wasn’t enough, Brynn Bancroft’s winery has been broken into. Can she deal with her co-owner ex and help the police find her friend’s murder so she can finally overcome her own troubled past and enjoy family life with her teenage ward?

About Brynn Bancroft
Brynn Bancroft evolved from the Jillian Hillcrest mysteries where she served as Jillian’s manager while Chief Financial Officer of Harmonia Therapeutics in Silicon Valley. A shapely blonde with a MENSA IQ, she had an affair with the CEO of the company.

Unfortunately for Brynn, the CEO’s wife figured out that the two were involved and asked Brynn to leave the company, which she agreed to do.

In the meantime, her husband, Liam—not unfamiliar with extramarital affairs himself but also understanding that Brynn grew up in an abusive household- grew tired of waiting for Brynn to commit to their relationship and asked for a divorce. At the same time, he solicited her assistance in developing his new winery in Sonoma County, Calif.

Much like Jillian--who does appear in the Brynn Bancroft mysteries--Brynn, too, attracts mystery and murders as she grows to enjoy life at her ex-husband’s Hilltop Sunset Winery.

Other Mysteries
Hilltop Sunset (a Brynn Bancroft Mystery)
Fair Disclosure (a Jillian Hillcrest Mystery)
Open Meetings 
(a Jillian Hillcrest Mystery)
On Message (a Jillian Hillcrest Mystery)

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Joyce T. Strand is the author of who-done-it mysteries set in the San Francisco Silicon Valley and Napa-Sonoma wine regions of California.

Her most recent novel, Landscape for Murder, follows Hilltop Sunset which was 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, Joyce 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.

Strand has been a mystery fan since she read her first Nancy Drew and Hardy Boy stories as a teenager. She admits that in between reading Agatha Christie, Ian Fleming, Erle Stanley Gardner, and John McDonald in her youth, she also checked out Tolstoy, Steinbeck, Faulkner, and Dostoyevsky, but her love of the “puzzle” always drew her back to the latest fictional detective. Today she favors John Grisham, Louise Penney, Linwood Barclay, Michael Connelly, and Stieg Larsson. She has always enjoyed the challenge of following clues to solve the puzzle of a mystery before it is revealed.

Joyce lives with her two cats and collection of cow statuary in Southern California, and seeks out and attends as many Broadway musicals and other stage plays as possible.

She received her Ph.D. from the George Washington University, Washington, D.C. and her B.A. from Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA.

The first thing Joyce thinks of at the thought of Christmas is...
Decorating the Christmas tree with ornaments collected over my lifetime reminding me of years past and the family and friends I shared. It always makes me smile!

What makes Christmas special for Joyce...
Seeing friends and family and remembering past Christmases when I bring out all the ornaments and decorations. Oh, and the gifts. I really like the gifts.

Joyce's Christmas Wish for 2015…
Good health and a best seller.

Hover over each Christmas bauble for more great books

Sharon x

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  1. Sounds like a great book! I love the detail on the author.


  2. Awww, I really need to read books more. I'm so consumed by my laptop, phone and social media that the only thing I really read is blogs or my timeline haha! It's lovely that you treasure the Christmas decorations you've collected over the years and can enjoy the memories every year.

    Barbie Sparkles | Beauty, +SizeFashion and Lifestyle Blog


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