Today I am reviewing Deadly Assets by Wendy Tyson.
About the book (from the publisher): An eccentric Italian heiress from the Finger Lakes. An eighteen-year-old pop star from Scranton, Pennsylvania. Allison Campbell’s latest clients seem worlds apart in every respect, except one: Both women disappear on the same day. And Allison’s colleague Vaughn is the last to have seen each.
Allison’s search for a connection uncovers an intricate web of family secrets, corporate transgressions and an age-old rivalry that crosses continents. The closer Allison gets to the truth, the deadlier her quest becomes. All paths lead back to their sinister Finger Lakes estate and the suicide of a woman thirty years earlier. Allison soon realized the lives of her clients and the safety of those closest to her aren’t the only things at stake.
My review: This is the second book in a series about Image Consultant Allison Campbell. (I reviewed the first, Killer Image, here.) Allison’s business is based in the Philadelphia area, specifically the wealthy Main Line. Allison has a successful business, she’s written a successful book, and she has a busy life with many clients. This time around, Allison is drawn into a mystery involving the disappearance of two of her clients. Since her assistant, Vaughn, is the last person to have seen both of them, the need to solve both mysteries and clear Vaughn’s name becomes her number one priority.
Tyson creates a tightly-woven plot, with all sorts of twists and turns. She manages to give us all sorts of details, none of them superfluous, that paint a vivid picture of time and place. Doing that isn’t easy. The author has to weave in all the threads, all the necessary plot points, all the descriptive details, in a way that doesn’t become lecture-like. Tyson manages this beautifully. I was caught up in the plot immediately and was riveted right up to the final pages, where there were unexpected plot developments that took me by surprise. I love that.
The basic cast of characters is back: Allison, Vaughn, Vaughn’s brother, Jamie, Mia (the former owner of the business) and her son Jason, who is Allison’s ex-husband, and now her boyfriend. They were fleshed out rather nicely in Killer Image, but we learn even more about them in this new book in the series. I like it when there is more to be discovered about recurring characters. With a plot that revolves around family secrets, missing persons, and the Russian Mob, this book packs plenty of punch. I look forward to the next book in the series.
About the author: Wendy Tyson’s background in laws 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 with her husband, three kids and two muses, dogs Molly and Driggs. Wendy’s short fiction has appeared in literary journals, including KARAMU, Eclipse, A Literary Journal and Concho River Review. Deadly Assets is the second novel in the Allison Campbell Series.
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Thank you to Henery Press for supplying a copy of Deadly Assets in return for my honest review.
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