Monday, December 7, 2015

Landscape for Murder by Joyce T. Strand

Landscape for Murder: A Brynn Bancroft MysteryBook Description:
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?

My Thoughts:
Yes, this is a good one.  While not the first in the series, the book does well as a stand alone.  Brynn is shocked when she finds out that her painting friend was found murdered.  Then, there are a rash of burglaries, including her winery.  As she investigates, she ties the two crimes together and puts herself in danger!
I must say, this author grabbed my attention right at the start.  I guessed some of the plot twists and some I didn't.  The writing took me a little bit to get used to but it wasn't bad.  The best part of the book by far was the characters.  Everyone was realistic.  It seemed like you could meet any of these folks in everyday life and I really liked that!  I was curious how Brynn and her ex would interact, or that coupled with the foster intrigued me completely.  I really plan to get the others in this series and read all of them in order to find out more about the characters I now love.
It was a 4/5 for me.  Good mystery. 

Thank you to the author/publisher for the review copy of this book (via Beck Valley Books).  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.


  1. My hubbie is reading this one at the moment :-) xx

  2. Thanks so much for taking the time to read and review my latest mystery. And I'm pleased that you appreciated the characters. Brynn has evolved into a decent person, I think. Again, thanks for letting your readers know about Landscape for Murder.