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Stranger at Sunset

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Vacation can be a killer.

Dr. Kate Hampton, a respected psychiatrist, gathers with a group of strangers at her favorite travel spot, Sunset Villa in Jamaica. Included in the mix are friends of the owners, a businessman with dubious credentials, and a couple who won the trip from a TV game show.

It is January 2013, following the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. The luxury reso
Kindle Edition, 260 pages
Published June 22nd 2014 by lowercase publishing
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"Vacation Can Be a Killer!"

I was given the ARC book, "Stranger at Sunset" by Eden Baylee via Netgalley, in exchange for my honest review.

This is Eden's debut novel, a psychological mystery/thriller set in Jamaica.

Kate Hampton, a psychiatrist, chooses to help her friends Anna and Nolan, (Owners of Sunset Villa in Jamaica) prepare for 'damage control' after a bad travel review, by Matthew Kane, threatens the closure of the remote resort. After the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, this luxury resort
John Dolan
Jun 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing

***The Mapping of Stranger Desires***

I first encountered Eden Baylee in late 2012 when I read her collection of poems and flash fiction, entitled 'Hot Flash'. The literary quality of her writing and her wit encouraged me to dip into the erotic novellas in her 'Spring into Summer' collection. I have been a fan ever since.

So when I discovered she was writing a full-length mystery/thriller novel, I was intrigued.

'Stranger at Sunset' is a great piece of fiction writing with engaging characters, many
Darcia Helle
With Stranger at Sunset, Eden Baylee's focus is on the characters. That's not to say that the plot suffers any sort of neglect. In fact, I think the opposite is true. The plot shines brighter simply because the characters are so compelling.

This story gives us a variety of perspectives, told from the points of view of different characters. We see what drives their choices and their behavior. Most complex and mysterious is Kate, who gets people to confide in her with ease while she keeps her own
Jul 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is author Eden Baylee' s first mystery novel after establishing herself as an outstanding erotic literature author. The qualities that makes her writing stand out are present in this psychological mystery/thriller set on a tourist resort in Jamaica.

Dr.Kate Hampton is one of a group of people staying at the resort that was battered in two ways. One was by a tropical storm, the other was from a terrible review written by a reviewer for a respected travel magazine. The owners invite the writer
Christoph Fischer
Jun 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
“Stranger at Sunset” by Eden Baylee is a fantastic read. A group of strangers and acquaintances spend a week together in a holiday resort in Jamaica after a tropical storm has recently devastated parts of it. One of those guests has given the resort a terrible write up in a travel magazine, another is an egotistic self-declared ‘alpha’ male, there are a few couples and house staff and then there is our heroine psychologist Kate.
The atmosphere is loaded with tension between the owner and the rev
Jul 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Stranger at Sunset is the first in a series of books by this talented author. We meet Kate Hampton, a psychiatrist. She's used to working out what motivates people, she has a perfect memory, she's a larger than life character. Everyone she meets comes under her scrutiny and she has a deep-rooted need to work them out. What happens then when she flies to Jamaica to spend her vacation at her favourite holiday resort, Sunset Villa and meets Matthew Kane? Matthew had visited Sunset Villa once before ...more
Brenda Perlin
Apr 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Secrets eventually erode the soul."

Stranger at Sunset by Eden Baylee is a gripping suspense novel with more than meets the eye. Well-constructed, I was drawn in right away due to the beautifully poetic and prolific writing style. The story came to life and I was instantly drawn in. There is passion to the writing which had me reading at a feverish pace.

The drama and the clever twists and turns kept me guessing all the way through.

This psychological thriller was hard to put down as I read throu
Sandra Stiles
I was grabbed from the very opening. This book is not as easy to figure out as you would think. The reader gets involved in the lives of the characters. You are invested in them to the point you must continue to read, just to find out what happens to them. You will find characters like Matthew that you don't like because he is extremely egotistical. You will find characters like Rob that will repulse you because being from the south and acting dumb and not caring is not an endearing quality. The ...more
Elnora Romness
Jan 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A bunch of people thrown together under odd circumstances can often cause high-stress situations with unusual results. Add in a tropical paradise, burning attraction, and fiercely competing agendas, and you are left with a book worthy of the cast of "Lost".

It is 2013, shortly after Hurricane Sandy. A small, intimate resort tucked into the beaches of Jamaica is struggling thanks to a scathing travel review penned by an extremely demanding critic. It just so happens that a highly
D.L. Finn
May 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Stranger at Sunset” is a psychological mystery set at a Jamaican resort. Kate is a psychiatrist who heads to Jamaica to help her friends after a critical review hurts their business. Matthew is the reviewer who is invited back with the hope he rethinks his opinion of the place. The story is told through several points of view, and the scenery is brought to life almost sensually. I was surprised at the twists the story took and can honestly say there was an event I’ve never seen done that way. A ...more
Jeannie Zelos
Nov 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stranger at Sunset,  Eden Baylee
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
Genre: Suspense
This is a bit of a departure for me, a thriller without any romantic element. A fun read though, and one which had me wondering “who, why?”
It starts with us meeting the characters staying Sunset Villa, along with the owners and staff. They’re a mixed bunch – I loved peppy Jessica with the obnoxious boyfriend Rob, and of course Adam, very typical Alpha confident man. Kate and her three letters of name character
Aug 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing

A vacation can be a killer.

Dr. Kate Hampton, a respected psychiatrist, gathers with a group of strangers at her favorite travel spot, Sunset Villa in Jamaica. Included in the mix are friends of the owners, a businessman with dubious credentials, and a couple who won the trip from a TV game show. Sounds like fun right? YES it was I loved the set up of the book and the introduction of Dr Kate. This is a very interesting character. Aside from being a respected Psychiatrist she has eidetic memory,
Sep 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Why pay thousands of dollars for a Jamaican getaway when you can jump right into the ripe beaches and beautiful people in this hot thriller. I loved this story and one of the best aspects within the novel was that all the characters introduced were real and each of them had their own lives, troubles, happiness, growth, and perspectives throughout the pages.

To start off we get to meet Kate Hampton a therapist with her own troubled past who goes down to her favorite vacation Inn during her winter
Carrie Lahain
Secrets, intrigue, and murder at a Caribbean resort.

Dr. Kate Hampton is a psychiatrist with a rather detached, almost icy, air. We hop a plane with her to her favorite vacation spot, a boutique resort in Jamaica. Only this trip isn't all fun in the sun. A pesky travel writer has published a cutting review of the place. The owners, who've become Kate's friends, have convinced Matthew Kane to come back for a second look. Kate wants to get a closer look at the guy and figure out how convince him to
Nicole Chardenet
Aug 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wicked good read. This psychological thriller is a departure from Ms. Baylee's erotic romances (and I loved Spring Into Summer!) although there are still a few good erotic scenes to remind her fans she hasn't forgotten how to write a steamy sex scene, without going overboard the way a lot of writers do. (A good sex scene, like a sexy outfit, should still leave something to the imagination!) Psychologist Kate Hampton and a sundry assortment of wildly different people find themselves all at the sa ...more
Nancy Silk
Oct 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"A Psychological Thriller At It's Best!"

This is a novel you'll want to read on a rainy weekend, because you won't want to put this down till the very end! Kate Hampton lives in Lower East Side, New York City. It's snowing lightly, but another storm is heading for the Big Apple. Before shutting down her computer for the night, she sees an e-mail from Anna Pearson. Anna and her husband Nolan own Sunset Villa Estate resort in Jamaica. Anna needs some help from Kate: Matthew Kane, a travel/vacation
Nov 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Murder, Mystery, Romance

The author of this story says she likes to write in-depth characters and spends time imagining what her character would be like and do under certain circumstances, and that is certainly how she presented the characters of this story to us. Sunset Villa was a resort in Jamaica, which had been devastated by the hurricane Sandy. The owners of only five years, Nolan and Anna Pearson purchased the resort and had a big mortgage on it plus wages for the few employees they had. T
Turhan Halil
Jul 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A copy of this book was gifted to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Eden Baylee's excursion from novellas to a novel is analogous to a breakfast at Tiffany's, that prepares you for dining at a 3 star Michelin restaurant in France. In other words, it's 'bloody delicious!'

Kate Hampton's personal demons are partially revealed to us early on in a visceral episode that shakes the 'outwardly' confident psychiatrist to her emotional core. While struggling to contain her cathartic childh
Edythe Hamilton
Sep 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Dr. Kate Hampton is a psychiatrist and has an eidetic (photographic) memory that can assess a patient with descriptive words from the first three initials of their first name. Kate accepts an invitation from friends Anna and Nolan Pearson owners of Sunset Villa Estate in Jamaica for professional help with travel reviewer Matthew Kane who panned their vacation villa in the magazine, Travel in Style, without his knowledge. Kate being gifted with the eidetic memory at an early age and in a scientif ...more
Lisette Brodey
Jul 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Friends and strangers alike comprise the group of people gathered at the Sunset Villa in Jamaica. Among them is Matthew Kane, a travel reviewer whose previous bad review of the resort had seriously damaged its credibility. Several cancellations later, complicated by Hurricane Sandy, the resort is struggling. The owners invite Kane back hoping that a good stay will bring forth a better review and renewed business.

Co-owner Anna Pearson contacts Dr. Kate Hampton, a respected psychiatrist and friend
Casey Sheridan
Sep 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Where to begin?

Let’s start here – I loved STRANGER AT SUNSET.

I didn’t just like it. No, no.


I'm allow me to give it a 5-star rating, when clearly STRANGER AT SUNSET deserves 10-stars.

STRANGER AT SUNSET is a mystery you can sink your teeth into, like a good meal, and savor every portion of it. It has a noir feel to it, sort of like a good wine perfectly paired with delicious food.

Eden was masterful at getting my emotions involved. Example: I started out hating a character, then feelin
Jul 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Right from the start, the prologue lets the reader know that a murder has taken place. But who was the victim? Who was the murderer? And who stood by and watched it all? After that dramatic beginning with all those questions running around in your head, the story begins. Ms. Baylee gives the reader just enough details to keep you guessing ‘who-done-it’ and just when you think you might have figured it out, you realize that you got it all wrong. Not until the very end was the killer revealed, and ...more
Billy Chitwood
Jun 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
A Marvelous and Murderous Trip to Jamaica!

Popular short story and flash fiction author Eden Baylee writes her very first full-length novel, Stranger at Sunset, and she gives us an interesting trip to Jamaica with a female psychiatrist Dr. Kate Hampton who is not only intelligent, strong, but is carrying some heavy emotional baggage of her own. The beautiful resort is 'Sunset Villa' and the young owners are good friends of Kate.

Matthew Kane, a fastidious impossible to please writer for a Travel
C.p. Bialois
Aug 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We’re introduced to Kate as she’s planning her yearly vacation in Jamaica. To add to the mix, the resort owners, who she’s become friends with, inform her of a negative review they received by a travel magazine and that they invited the reviewer back. It gets even more interesting when you consider what an a—the guy is. As the story unfolds we’re introduced to other vacationers and their various quirks that really bring the story to life. Their banter flowed smoothly and at times felt like I was ...more
Dec 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gifted or cursed with an eidetic memory, protagonist Kate draws readers in to this novel with an immediate pull, as she lives in her compartmentalized world of people and events, closing doors on those things she’d rather not try to remember. New acquaintances are quickly classified with three-word descriptions, lending an intriguingly humorous touch to a novel that’s filled with fascinating characters, all well-blended, well-labeled, and stirred. Gay, straight, black, white, young, old... they ...more
Jul 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Stranger at Sunset by Eden Baylee

Dr. Kate Hampton, a psychiatrist goes to her favorite vacation spot in Jamaica, Sunset Villa. While there a travel reporter (Matthew Kane) who once wrote a bad review is there to review the Villa once again. The owners just want a good review to bring the business back.

Kate meets some interesting people. Each person is dealing with their own inner demons, especially Kate. Kate is determined to help save the Villa in any way she can.

Well written story told from t
Feb 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

When Eden Baylee contacted me and said that this is her first thriller, would I like to read it? I thought she meant it was her debut novel. So when I was marking it to read I discovered she had other books, erotica, oh my, this book is so far from erotica as you could ever be, unless someone in a bikini in Jamaica is seen to be erotic lol

Eden has done a marvelous job with this book. She says within her book how she likes to delve into the characters, she is really awesome in that way, each pers
Jason McIntyre
Feb 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Stranger at Sunset is a novel about memory and the morality found in one's personal choices. The fact that this book is also a well-written and visceral mystery is incidental. The character of Kate Hampton and the others we find at the Sunset Villa resort in Jamaica are each well-drawn, like neighbours we've known or strangers we've come to know on a similar holiday. The sights and sounds of this small luxury resort on the coast of that country are real enough to see and hear. By the last page, ...more
Mars Dorian
Jul 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing

Slow-burning, but under-your-skin-crawling Caribbean-flavored mystery thriller with a dash of romance.
Superb buildup - the tension rises on every page with the last 30% of the book becoming real page-turners.

The writing style is superb. I'd say the author finds the golden middle between implementing a literary writing style and a genre-thriller voice.

I don't want to talk much about the story, except that it's layout of having women and men meet for dinner is reminiscent of classic Agatha
Kim Beck
Nov 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In this mystery. thriller the author brings you a very unique murder with an even more unique killer. All the characters were developed and the author does a very good job of making her characters have more then one layer. Each of the characters play a part in this book, not one of the was just there to fill space. This book makes you ask who and why and it holds the answer back until it's the perfect time. I will say that the author has enticed to me to the next book with the little sneak peek ...more
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Eden Baylee left a twenty-year banking career to write. Incorporating some of her favorite things such as travel, culture, and a deep curiosity for what turns people on, her brand of writing is sensual and literary.
She has written three collections of erotic novellas and flash fiction ~ SPRING INTO SUMMER, FALL INTO WINTER, and HOT FLASH.
On June 30, 2014, she released her first novel--a psychologi

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