His little sister died—an unspeakable tragedy he could have prevented. Evan Wentworth, a grief-stricken cop from El Dorado Hills, California changes careers and becomes a highly successful Jackson Pollock-like artist who falls in love with Aurora Banfield, his patron and owner of an elite Tribeca art gallery. Prior to graduating from Parsons School of Design in New York, Evan vacations in St.-Paul-de-Vence, where he meets a young teacher, Danielle DuBois, the daughter of the owner of Gaspard Yachting, one of the largest charter yachting companies in the Riviera. Evan finds clues that might unravel his sister’s cold case, but instead becomes embroiled in solving yet another murder, risks everything and unwittingly puts Danielle and her family in danger. Through lavender fields, to the ancient ramparts of St.-Paul to multi-millions dollar yachts on the Côte d’Azur, DANGEROUS DUPLICITY reminds readers why murder, justice, the power of love and the search for redemption can have dire consequences.
Praise: “Dangerous Duplicity is a riveting contemporary romantic suspense novel. Her believable, but flawed, characters captivated me with this layered story of a tormented young man determined to solve a murder that has haunted him for many years, even if it means keeping secrets from the woman he loves and possibly losing her.”…Linda Townsdin, author of the Spirit Lake Mystery Series
December 11, 2016 ,I joined the other contributors to the Capitol Crimes 2017 Anthology. Check out my story,: " Murder by Conclusion"! http://capitolcrimes.org/capitol-crimes-2017-anthology/
Pre-launch release was 12/12/17; actual launch party 4/28/17 at Talisman Collection, El Dorado Hills
Mark Your Calendars! Sherry Joyce and several other Sisters In Crime authors will discuss the inspiration for their spine-tingling mysteries.
Here's a little travel treat for you. Remember my novel, THE DORDOGNE DECEPTION? Thanks to Robin Benzle who stayed there to film the interior (and buy books from me for the entire crew), here's the castle's grounds and interior set to music. I, of course, made the size of the castle, land, # rooms etc. even larger and changed the name to Roufillay in my novel, but the rest is exactly as it was, and still is. You'll have a chance to see the owner, Isabelle Grasse talk about the history of the chateau. Enjoy! Seeing this clip brought back so many memories, without the storm and lightning strikes we experienced. As you walk the hallways, you'll see slanted beams where we ducked to avoid hitting our heads, the massive (I mean 'castle massive' doors, furnishings, and marvelous setting above the Dordogne River. If you want to learn more, visit my web: http://sherryjoyce.com
Great Places to Stay in the World: Chateau de Rouffillac, Carlux, France
This privately-owned historic chateau in the Dordogne region of Southwestern France is perhaps the best…
It is thrilling to get a professional review several years after my debut novel was released. I used to think the number of stars was the most important, but honestly, years later, I feel what matters is whether the reviewer understood the plot, the challenges of intertwining the complexities of writing romantic suspense and bringing the ending of the story to a movie-theatre block-buster ending. When a reviewer (that I don't know and have never met) recognizes what an author has gone through to craft a "can't put it down" novel, it encourages me to hone my craft and deliver another book
Goodreads: Book review by Susan Sewell/Reader's Favorite yesterday.
"The Dordogne Deception by Sherry Joyce is a suspenseful and intricately woven web of intrigue filled with greed, lust and murder. A group of strangers is brought together by one man's avarice and another man's murder. Each of them is drawn into the snare, victims of the same psychopath. Cherise Eden, reeling from an unexpected and painful divorce, leaves her home in San Francisco and moves to France to start a new life. Lady Diana Aubrey disappears after her husband's suspicious death, leaving behind scandalous rumors. Brett Maxfield, a retired detective from Scotland Yard, discovers his old friend has been murdered and is searching for the murderer. The god-like Francois Delacroix preys upon wealthy and vulnerable women to establish and maintain his affluent lifestyle. Although none of them have ever met and are countries apart, they are intertwined in an international murder plot. Unaware of the sinister fate in store, their paths merge with the killer's. Will they survive or will they all succumb to the death that is planned for them? The Dordogne Deception by Sherry Joyce was an intriguing suspense story with a touch of romance thrown in. It was interesting to follow each character's point of view and, subsequently, watch how their thoughts and actions were threads that were pulled and manipulated by one unscrupulous man. The story starts out slowly, but the intensity begins building as it progresses and then snowballs its way to a smashing finale It is a major feat to have that many different points of view threading through a storyline and have them unite without confusion. Kudos to Sherry Joyce for pulling it off.
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When a romance novel opens not with a crime of passion, but a conspired, premeditated murder, there should be no doubt that the book is not your typical boy meets girl, boy and girl fall in love and live happily ever after fairytale. The Dordogne Deception is a sordid, dark romantic thriller.
Most of the book is told from two perspectives: Brett, who is investigating the death of his friend/mentor, and Cherise, who is living a fairytale life in a French chateau. These two have never met and have no idea that their lives will unexpectedly clash together, which may cost both of them their lives. The two different viewpoints occur concurrently, which gives readers the advantage of knowing much more than the characters making the convergence of the perspectives that much more exciting.
Sherry Joyce gives enough backstory for each character so that readers will understand their personalities and motivations. Cherise is trying to overcome the shock of her sudden divorce and trying to make a fresh start by buying a bed and breakfast in the French countryside. Francois is looking for an unsuspecting, vulnerable, wealthy woman to target next in his lifelong scheme of acquiring wealth. Brett is a retired Scotland Yard detective who is trying to get back in the world after the death of his wife. Diana is a young opportunist whose goal in life is to find a rich man to take care of her. Joyce does an amazing job of weaving the lives of these four people together in a wonderfully surprising mix of tragedy and getting another chance at love.
The pace of the book is a bit sluggish at times, but the primary reason for that is because the reader can feel the anxiety of the characters and you want to beg for relief from the tension. You will be eager for the story to peak when all of the secrets get revealed and the characters show their true colors.
The Dordogne Deception is a masterfully written plot that will appeal to readers who enjoy books of the romance and suspense/thriller genres alike. The combination of lies, conspiracy, betrayal, murder, heartache, and love with a touch of the whimsical, all set against the backdrops of the English and French countryside’s is a wonderful surprise and delight for readers.
DetailsAuthor: Sherry Joyce
Star Count: 4.5/5
Page Count: 251 pages
Publish Date: 08-Jul-2013
Issue: April 2014
Reviewed By: Jennifer Moss
Thrilled! MURDER BY CONCLUSION, my newest short story, has been selected for publication by the judges, for the fall release of the 2016 Capitol Crimes Anthology published by Sisters In Crime, Sacramento Chapter.
As a resident of Northern California for over seven 7 years, I was delighted to have an opportunity to use the state capitol as the setting for the story.
March 16, 2016 Sisters in Crime evening at the Cameron Park Library was a big success. Standing room only!