Welcome to Jersey Girl Book Reviews, Louise!
What will fans of Julia Fairchild like about your newest book, Sutton Place?
Sutton Place is the prequel to Julia Fairchild. The reader learns in detail about the incidents that drove Julia from New York to New Mexico.
Three months serving on a grand jury panel inspired your Allie Armington mystery series. How did you come up with Julia’s character?
Julia just “grew like Topsy” in my mind. She’s a composite of all the strong women I have known.
Lies, family secrets, obsessions – will Julia ever catch a break?
She catches her break in Julia Fairchild.
Your mystery novels are known for having very unexpected twists and surprise endings. How do you keep readers on their toes?
I don’t outline so sometimes I even surprise myself! I really write to amuse myself. One of my writing instructors said I should have fun when writing. I have a friend who writes a chapter here and then a chapter there. I can’t do that. I have to write in a linear fashion.
As a successful, award-winning mystery writer, you stepped out of the genre to work on a few other books, including Recipes from Camp Trillium. What’s your favorite dish to stir up in the kitchen?
Grandma Betsy’s Chicken. My mother put Lawry’s seasoning and Worchester sauce on everything. This made a nice, simple one-dish meal to serve all. To make it, you just need chicken, Worcestershire sauce and Lawry’s® Seasoned Salt. Then add any vegetable of your choice. Cut up potatoes, mushrooms, onions or red bell peppers, carrots, almost anything except greens. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Quarter the chicken or cut it into single-serving pieces. Place the chicken skin side up in an aluminum foil-lined pan. Throw the vegetables all around it. Douse it with Worcestershire sauce and sprinkle with seasoned salt. Bake that for 25 to 40 minutes, or until the juices run clear.
You studied art history in college after your grade-school teachers encouraged you to do something with your painting skills. How has painting helped you write?
I’m a very visual person. So I can imagine a scene as if I’m painting it and portray that in words on page. A lot of people who write also paint. I noticed though that I never had a problem dropping the paintbrush to go play tennis or golf. But once I started writing I couldn’t leave my computer.
You’re churning out books left and right. What are you working on now?
An Allie Armington Mystery. The working title is: A Cruise to Die For. Stay tuned!
Thank you for visiting Jersey Girl Book Reviews, Louise. We appreciate you sharing a bit about yourself and your writing career.
About The Author
The series has grown to four novels, with stories ranging from the Southwest (Anacacho and Spa Deadly) to New York (Xs), to the most recent (Dark Lake) featuring her beloved Adirondacks.
In the middle of establishing her mystery writer credentials, she expanded out of the genre with an insightful character study novel, Julia Fairchild, and then the delightful Recipes from Camp Trillium. The cookbook features worldwide recipes from Louise’s family and guests during years they visited her in New York’s Adirondack Mountains.
Her first Allie Armington Mystery, Anacacho, won the 2003 National Benjamin Franklin Award for Best Mystery/Suspense sponsored by Publisher’s Marketing Association in Los Angeles. The San Francisco Book Festival awarded Louise with best audio book in 2010 for Spa Deadly. Recipes from Camp Trillium won the Dan Poynter’s Global eBook Awards, in which Julia Fairchild and Spa Deadly were also finalists. And most recently, Dark Lake was recognized in the General Fiction category of the Los Angeles Book Festival.
Louise’s newest book, Sutton Place, was published on August 27, 2013, by Little Moose Press, Beverly Hills, California.
Louise lives in Houston, Texas, though she might be found writing almost anywhere in the world.
Sutton Place by Louise Gaylord ~ Virtual Book Tour Page: JKSCommunications
Sutton Place by Louise Gaylord
Publisher: Little Moose Press
Publication Date: August 27, 2013
Format: Hardcover & Paperback - 261 pages / Kindle - 451 KB / Nook - 262 KB
Genre: Mystery / Suspense / Thriller
BUY THE BOOK: Sutton Place
Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour hosted by JKSCommunications.
…a horrific incident from Julia Fairchild’s past—one she thought had been buried long ago—comes charging back into her life. Then a promising romantic weekend goes bad, which makes staying at Sutton Place more than Julia can handle. So she flees her home, her family…her life. But apparently, she can’t go far enough.
The Fairchilds were a happy family of wealthy New York stock, with two loving daughters. Until the secrets started to surface.
The first secret was revealed when Julia was told the truth about her father. Her reaction to the revelation sent her spinning out of control.
The second secret concerned the parentage of Julia’s sister, Ariel. How Ariel responded to the revelation astounded the rest of the family.
Now Julia is building a superb reputation at one of New York’s finest hospitals. The future looks bright until a romantic weekend turns into a disaster. Fleeing home and family, she moves to New Mexico and starts to pull her life together.
Just when it looks like things are heading toward happily-ever-after, events in New York draw Julia back to Sutton Place, where she learns of Ariel’s secret life and finds herself facing her worst nightmare.
Sutton Place moves a mile a minute and never lets you see what’s coming around the next turn.
My Book Review:
Family secrets, scandals, seduction and an obsessed stalker .... thriller fans, boy do I have a riveting book for you!
In her latest novel, Sutton Place, author Louise Gaylord weaves a fast paced gripping tale of family secrets, lies, scandals and betrayals, with enough suspenseful twists and turns that keeps the reader turning the pages and guessing what will happen next.
The story follows the unraveling of the wealthy New York Fairchild family as their scandalous past begins to surface. When Lucia and Ian Fairchild's deeply held secret of the true parentage of their daughters Julia and Ariel is revealed, the devastating repercussions from the family secrets and betrayals has their lives spinning wildly out of control, and if that isn't enough, an obsessed stalker is terrorizing an already fragile Julia.
From the very beginning, Sutton Place takes the reader on a riveting thrill ride filled with suspense and family drama as the Fairchild family's checkered lives unfold. You can't help but get drawn into this tale with its strong intriguing characters and a richly detailed and descriptive storyline. While the storyline's focus mainly is on Julia Fairchild, I found it fascinating as the author cleverly interweaves the deep family secrets of her parents and sister Ariel as well. The depth of the family scandals and betrayal of trust, in addition to the seductive obsession of a sociopath is frightening. You can't help but feel the tension as their story unfolds, it takes you out of your comfort zone and leaves you to wonder how can anyone recover from such devastating events in their lives.
Sutton Place is the kind of book that fans of mystery thrillers relish, it is a book that is simply very hard to put down.
RATING: 4 STARS ****
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