... we are talked through 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.
The writing establishes ... an excellent sense of expectation from page one, where a brief and ominous episode with binoculars already whets our curiosity.
As a wise person once told me, ‘Write as if every word costs you a dollar.’ That is how Baylee crafts her prose. She adeptly builds suspense at every turn.
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!
Eden Baylee proves that providing detail isn’t about how many words you write, but about which words you choose and how you put them together.
Right from the start ... the reader knows that a murder has taken place. But who was the victim? Who was the murderer? And who stood by and watched it all?
Baylee has chosen a familiar structure for this excellent debut mystery, gathering a disparate group of people in a restricted location and charting their interactions.
I loved the way the author sketched her characters, from a beautiful, sophisticated psychiatrist, to ... a manipulative sociopath in the form of a magazine reviewer.
[Baylee’s] novel is analogous to a breakfast at Tiffany’s, that prepares you for dining at a 3 star Michelin restaurant in France. In other words, it’s ‘bloody delicious!’
I don’t want to talk much about the story, except that it’s ... reminiscent of classic Agatha Christie setups - maybe a wink to the old masters?
The novel opens with a fine noir scene, which could have been straight out of Dashiell Hammett, and then Ms. Baylee’s dark lens pans back to give us a view ...
Baylee’s first novel was a delight from start to finish ... Just when you think you’ve figured out the story Eden takes a hard shift to the left.
The sites and sounds of the Caribbean are well described ... you can almost imagine sitting on a sun-drenched beach with a cool drink in your hand as you read.
The tension among the guests was excellent and added some good misdirection that keeps you guessing ... Plus the murder ... Oh man, that was a thing of beauty ...
The book is not Eden Baylee’s usual erotic literature. Stranger At Sunset is a mystery, a strong mystery, that has a dark sexy edge to it.
The details of Jamaica and the resort are flawlessly woven into a tale with such realism I felt I was there experiencing the dinners and private conversations.
The key word is psychological, and Eden Baylee has created a character worth investigating because she dips her mighty pen in the ink that creates shivery waters.
When the incident occurs, for spoilers sake I won’t say, the way it is done was mind blowing! I am a mystery lover and this was something that rivals a Patricia Cornwell novel. That good!
A thriller, and a fine one at that ... Set in an exotic Caribbean locale, a coastal resort in Jamaica, it’s the tale of a murder. A homicide ruthlessly accomplished in a chilling and fascinating manner.
Eden Baylee left a twenty-year banking career to become a full-time writer. She incorporates many of her favorite things into her writing such as: travel; humor; music; poetry; art; and much more.
Stranger at Sunset is her first mystery novel, on the heels of several books of erotic anthologies and short stories. She writes in multiple genres.
An introvert by nature and an extrovert by design, Eden is most comfortable at home with her laptop surrounded by books. She is an online Scrabble junkie and a social media enthusiast, but she really needs to get out more often!
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