KILLER IMAGE reviewed in MYSTERY SCENE MAGAZINE
By Betty Webb at Mystery Scene Magazine:
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"You can’t always tell a book by its cover, which is certainly the case with Wendy Tyson’s Killer Image. Protagonist Allison Campbell advertises herself as an “image consultant,” but she’s actually a lifestyle coach, only one semester short of a PhD in psychology. When a powerful politician drags in Maggie, his reluctant goth daughter, for a makeover, Allison ignores the girl’s appearance and looks for the cause of her hostility. She doesn’t have far to look, because Maggie’s family is dysfunctional in the extreme. So dysfunctional that young Maggie winds up accused in the Satanist torture-murder of a local attorney. But Maggie isn’t the only troubled character in the book; so is Allison. This is where Killer Image rises above the standard whodunit fare. This is a deep, complicated book where the ravages of child prostitution, Alzheimer’s disease, and alcoholism ruin countless lives. Author Tyson isn’t shy about leading the reader away from the Main Line and into seedy topless bars and tragic family histories. She’s also not afraid to point a finger at politicians who use their families as stage dressing, hiding their ambition behind 'family values.'"
Included as a success story by The Writers Studio for the publication of THE SEDUCTION OF MIRIAM CROSS
SUCCESS: Students publish and win awards
Recent Publications and Awards of Writers Studio Students and Teachers
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Named as an Examiner.com mystery author who deserves a greater readership!
"Lynn Farris, National Mystery Book Reviewer for Examiner, selected Wendy Tyson who writes the Allison Campbell series. Allison has a PhD in psychology and was working with children when an unfortunate incident changed her career path. Now she works as an image consultant."
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Interview with Omnimystery News
"A Conversation with Mystery Author W. A. Tyson
We are delighted to welcome mystery author W. A. Tyson to Omnimystery News today, courtesy of Great Escapes Book Tours, which is coordinating her current book tour. We encourage you to visit all of the participating host sites; you can find her schedule here.
Wendy begins a new mystery series with The Seduction of Miriam Cross (E-Lit Books; October 2013 trade paperback and ebook formats), which introduces detective agency owner Delilah Percy Powers.
We recently had a chance to catch up with the author to talk about the book.". . . Read the full interview here.
Article in MONTGOMERY MEDIA
"Montco writer’s ‘Killer Image’ introduces new heroine: Book launch party to assist Home At Last Dog Rescue"
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Featured in Philadelphia-area papers, THE INTELLIGENCER and THE COURIER TIMES
By Gwen Shrift Staff Writer -- The Intelligencer:
To the many offbeat professions ostensibly practiced by fictional amateur sleuths, Wendy Tyson adds image consultant — not the most relevant background for a criminal investigator.
Allison Campbell, the heroine of her first book, “Killer Image,” may make her living partly by helping clients on the Main Line find the right clothes, but underneath, she’s the real deal — a psychologist who quit just before finishing her Ph.D.
Allison starts out helping a troubled young girl who needs a lot more than fashion advice. The author brings the skills of her counseling career to her sleuth, who soon has to solve a murder to save her client.
“When I was in social work, we did a lot of piecing things together, a lot of human research,” said Tyson, 44. “I worked with kids who were dependent, delinquent ... they had a lot of problems.
“I’ve always had a desire to help people. I’ve always been interested in people, who they are, unique and interesting. That led me to psychology, then casework, and becoming a therapist. It’s a tough field. I give people who do that work a lot of credit. It’s very draining.”
Later, Tyson earned a law degree and is now a legal consultant. Ever in the background was her desire to write.
Tyson’s first book, which comes out Oct. 1, “took me about two years to write, but I put it aside for a while. Two years to write, five years to edit.”
Her second in the Allison Campbell series, “Murderous Looks,” is scheduled for release by Henery Press in May 2014 and a third in 2015.
“It’s amazing how many crimes will pop up on the Main Line, and how many times an image consultant will be called upon to solve them,” the author joked. . . . Click here to read the full article.
KILLER IMAGE reviewed in Fresh Fiction
"Image Consultant + Mystery = Fantastic New Series!"
Reviewed by Jennifer Barnhart
Posted October 4, 2013
"Allison Campbell is an image consultant for the Philadelphia elite. When her newest client, fifteen year old Maggie McBride, is accused of a the ritualistic slaying of a wealthy divorce attorney, Allison is the only one who can see past the troubled teen's goth get-up to the innocent, scared girl beneath. To prove the girl's innocence, Allison must use every single skill she's developed to look beyond the surface to find out who is really behind this murder and why they would frame a young girl.
KILLER IMAGE by Wendy Tyson is the first book in the Allison Campbell Mystery series and I can't wait to see how this cozy mystery will develop. My first impression based upon the cover and the blurb was that KILLER IMAGE was going to be a slightly kooky mystery where appearances are deceiving and no one is who they claim to be. Allison is an image consultant after all. Warning: This isn't a humorous story. That's not a bad thing. I loved the darker threads and the depth of each character. I just had different expectations based upon the cover image.
There is definitely a strong theme of who people really are and how they want people to see them. Allison embodies this well. She projects this competent, put-together professional look, and she is that, but it's the contradictions to that surface image that make her a wonderfully complex and rich character. It's her job to look past the surface of her clients and help them project their best qualities to the world and yet, she can't do this for herself. Wendy Tyson has created a dynamic character and world that will be a joy to read as the series progresses.
KILLER IMAGE by Wendy Tyson is a great cozy mystery, filled with hidden desires and carefully cultivated images. Allison's job as an image consultant gives her a unique position 's Allison's own struggle to not only look like the person she wants the world to see, intelligent, compassionate and unafraid, but to actually be that person that makes KILLER IMAGE the first book in a new series worth reading."
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KILLER IMAGE AWARDED 5 stars by Examiner.com
By Lynn Farris, Mystery Books Examiner:
“Killer Image” by Wendy Tyson surprised me. I was expecting a light, fashion cozy mystery, what I got was an intriguing psychological thriller. The book reminded me of Jonathan Kellerman’s Alex Delaware series.
The protagonist, Allison Campbell, has a PhD in psychology and was working with children when an unfortunate incident changed her career path. Now she works as an image consultant, helping adults change their lives both mentally and with fashion. Some are middle-age divorcees, stepping out into the work force for the first time in years. Allison encourages them saying, “It’s never too late for a new adventure.”
Despite a policy of not working with children, Allison gets persuaded by Congressman McBride, a White House hopeful to work with his fifteen year old Goth daughter, Maggie. When Maggie is linked to a ritualistic killer of a Philadelphia Main Line divorce attorney, Allison steps in to prove her client’s innocence.
“Killer Image“ revolves around family dynamics. The McBride family, Allison’s family, her ex-husband, Jason’s family and her associate, Vaughn’s family. They are all functional and dysfunctional in interesting ways.
The theme of the story, and I’m hoping the series, is that people have the power to change. Allison’s mentor tells her, “Self-reinvention is the key to survival, in this line of work and in life.”
I loved the book, it’s dark and hopeful at the same time.
Wendy Tyson holds a B.A. and a M.S. in Counseling Psychology as well as a law degree. In her blog she writes about her experience during graduate school working with at-risk teenagers. She states, “Killer Image” was inspired by what I learned working with those girls and by my belief that if given even half a chance (and a tiny little push), people can change.”
The book will be available Oct. 1, 2013.
Five stars out of five.
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