Book Review & Giveaway: Dangerous Changes by Joyce T. Strand

22 Nov



A series of events rattle Emily Lazzaro: a near-death encounter with a pickup on a narrow mountain road, the murder of a would-be client, and an ex-fiancé who won’t let go. Can she survive a police investigation, pressure from her ex’s company, and the suspicions of a possible new love-interest—so that she can make the changes to create a meaningful new life in a special town in southern California?

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About Emily Lazzaro

Emily Lazzaro is the daughter of Wayne Lazzaro, the winemaker for the Hilltop Sunset winery in the previously published three Brynn Bancroft mysteries. She moved with her fiancé to Ramona, Calif., a rural community near San Diego, following graduation from college with a degree in hospitality. Her fiancé was eager to purchase a vineyard and develop a winery in the up and coming Ramona wine region, which suited Emily’s goals.

However, after moving to Ramona, it becomes apparent to Emily that she is not a good match for her fiancé. She discovers that he does not respect her opinions and insists on making decisions without her input. So she breaks off the engagement.

She decides to remain in Ramona despite her fiancé living there with his new vineyard. She appreciates the unique rocky terrain and proximity to the ocean and San Diego, along with the mixture of fine wineries, artists, and equestrian activities.  She makes her living doing people’s taxes, and when Dangerous Changes opens, we discover she is looking to make a career change.



My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased. I have read several books by Joyce T. Strand so I was happy to read this one about Emily Lazzaro who was introduced in the Brynn Bancroft mysteries.

Emily wants to start a new life in Ramona even though her ex-fiancé also lives there. She prepares tax returns for people but she wants a job in the hospitality field which is what she has a degree in. When she is offered a job, it seems too good to be true and when a possible client is murdered she becomes even more concerned when she finds out his relationship to her new bosses. 

It seemed that every new chapter brought a new concern or even potential danger to Emily. In addition, she had no idea who she could trust. I didn’t like how Emily dealt with her ex, Ed. It made her seem weak which is ironic since he thought she was weak and that was one reason she broke up with him.

There was a twist or two but no big surprises. I still enjoyed the read. Emily Lazzaro is another character of Joyce T. Strand’s that I am looking forward to reading more about.  I can’t wait to see how her new life turns out.




About the Author

Joyce T. Strand is the author of who-done-it contemporary and historical mysteries set in San Francisco, Napa-Sonoma wine regions of California, or Ventura, California.

Her most recent novels, Hilltop Sunset and Landscape for Murder, feature protagonist Brynn Bancroft, a financial guru in transition to winemaker from corporate executive. Brynn Bancroft is a minor character in Strand’s first three novels On Message, Open Meetings, and Fair Disclosure—three mysteries solved by Jillian Hillcrest, a publicist in Silicon Valley whose boss was Chief Financial Officer Brynn Bancroft.

Her first historical mystery, The Judge’s Story, tells the story of a Superior Court Judge with a passion for social justice as well as the law who strives to discover the truth behind the mystery of a robbery-murder in a small California town in 1939.

All of her novels are inspired by actual events and/or real people, although they are definitely fictionalized.

Much like her protagonist Jillian Hillcrest, Strand headed corporate communications at several biotech and high-tech companies in California’s Silicon Valley for more than 25 years. Unlike Jillian, however, she did not encounter murder in her career. She focused on writing by-lined articles, press releases, white papers, and brochures to publicize her companies and their products.

She lives with her two cats and collection of cow statuary in Southern California, and enjoys exploring and writing about the growing wine region in the Ramona Valley near San Diego.

She received her Ph.D. from the George Washington University, Washington, D.C. and her B.A. from Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA

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I received this book through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, I have volunteered to share my review and all the opinions are 100% my own.





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5 Responses to “Book Review & Giveaway: Dangerous Changes by Joyce T. Strand”

  1. Lacey Waters November 22, 2017 at 9:37 am #

    Mine would be a comfy chair or couch with a good book


  2. Joyce Strand November 22, 2017 at 9:44 am #

    Thank you for taking the time to read and review my newest mystery. I appreciate your comments and hope you will enjoy the next Emily Lazzaro mystery as well.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. sharon martin November 22, 2017 at 12:58 pm #

    Thank you so much for


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