Open Meetings : A Jillian Hillcrest Mystery by Joyce Strand (2012, Paperback)
While diligently promoting her company to the community, PR Executive Jillian Hillcrest joins with a local reporter to investigate his hometown’s police department in a remote area north of wine country in the Napa-Sonoma region in California. They encounter far more than they anticipated.
PR Executive Jillian Hillcrest is having lunch with a reporter colleague when a woman enters and begs him not to print anything she’s told him because they will kill her if he does. A few days later, the reporter tells Jillian that the woman was killed in his hometown in a car crash that the police ruled as an accident caused by driving while under the influence of alcohol. Although Jillian is busy promoting her Silicon Valley biotech company to the community, she is drawn into the reporter’s investigation of his hometown’s police department in a remote area north of wine country in the Napa-Sonoma region in California. Coincidentally, her neighbor Cynthia Anderson, a former police officer of the San Francisco Police Department, wonders about the untimely death of her policeman husband 20 years earlier as part of the same police department. Meanwhile, Jillian’s ex-husband hovers over her to reverse the “ex” status.