HILARY DAVIDSON

 
 

Anthony Award-winner Hilary Davidson weaves a thrilling story of paranoia, vengeance, and murder.


When travel writer Lily Moore joins a group of journalists for an all-expenses-paid press junket to Acapulco, Mexico, she expects sun, sand, and margaritas. Instead, she finds that the Mexican city, once the playground of Hollywood stars, is a place of faded glamour and rising crime. Even the luxurious Hotel Cerón, isolated from the rest of the town, seems disturbing to her, with its grand, empty rooms, ever-watchful staff, and armed guards patrolling the grounds.


Lily isn’t the only one who suspects something rotten under the hotel’s opulent facade. Skye McDermott, another journalist on the trip, asks Lily for help with an article she’s working on about fraud and corruption in the hotel industry. Skye claims she’s eager to write a piece of real journalism rather than the fluff she’s known for. But she also lets slip that she’s deeply upset at a lover who jilted her, and she plans to exact her revenge by exposing his company’s illegal activities.


After Skye disappears suddenly, Lily suspects that her friend is in grave danger. But the hotel’s staff insists that everything is fine and refuses to contact the police. Only after Lily tries—and fails—to leave the Hotel Cerón does she discover the truth: the journalists are prisoners in a gilded cage.


Too late, Lily realizes that she has been maneuvered into the role of bait in a vicious, vengeful plot. Faced with unthinkable choices, Lily must summon all her strength to survive, confront the past she’s still running from, and save other lives.



REVIEWS OF EVIL IN ALL ITS DISGUISES


Spinetingler Magazine: “Davidson pays homage to the locked-room mysteries of Poe, the whodunits of Agatha Christie, and she knows the ins and outs of complex character and story arc, but what really drives her work, the element that has been present in all three books but is most gloriously on display here is the mood she conjures through her profound appreciation for the very best of Hollywood... Evil in All Its Disguises has the added pressure of not only upping the ante and raising the bar of the two preceding books, both of which were sensational, but also wrapping up a trilogy in a way that brings closure to all these characters... Davidson succeeds, handily, on all accounts.” — Joe Clifford, April 5, 2013


Publishers Weekly: “In Davidson’s creepy third outing for travel writer Lily Moore (after 2012’s The Next One to Fall), Lily checks into Acapulco’s Hotel Cerón just as a snake coils itself around her foot… Eventually, Lily discovers that she’s bait in a trap, but unsure who’s the hunter and who’s the prey or whether she can trust anyone. Smoothly sinister characters and a creepy Poe-like atmosphere keep the pages turning.” — January 14, 2013


The Globe & Mail: “Davidson has a great eye for the small detail that leads the reader into the spot and her puzzle plots are beautifully organized and crafted... This third book featuring travel journalist Lily Moore is the best of the set.” — Margaret Cannon, March 15, 2013


The Maine Suspect: “Evil in All Its Disguises is the third of Hilary Davidson’s Lily Moore novels, and it’s her best to date. A twisty, turny tale, full of cons within cons and feints within feints, Davidson’s latest is so compulsively readable, the pages practically turn themselves. Every time you think you've got it all figured out, the story takes another left turn and deposits you back at square one.  And Davidson’s cinematic storytelling style coupled with her prose – at once elegant and refined, yet still lush, vivid, and approachable – only adds to this book’s rather considerable charms.” — Katrina Niidas Holm, February 12, 2013


The National Post: “Davidson slyly undercuts her protagonist’s already determinedly amateur deduction skills by saddling her for the first few chapters with a bad case of nausea — a don’t-drink-the-water cliché that is skilfully integrated into the overall plot. Davidson is very good at dropping stray details in the margins of the story and daring the reader to pick up the wrong ones.” — Adam Nayman, March 8, 2013


Manhattan User’s Guide: “A new mystery from Hilary Davidson is always good news.” — Charlie Suisman, February 28, 2013


Library Journal: “Anthony Award winner Davidson briskly launches into this twisting tale, and readers will have no choice but to follow, as they will seek the answers right along with Lily. The third book in this series (after The Next One to Fall) brings Lily face to face with friends, foes, and those who are both. Series fans will enjoy.” — February 1, 2013


Criminal Element: “The build-up of suspense reminded me very much of some of Alfred Hitchcock’s work such as Dial M For Murder and even Rear Window. The author’s expert application of subtle menace creates a delicious, and at times disconcerting, palette for mystery. Add to that a capable, yet still vulnerable, heroine to root for in Lily Moore, and you’ve got a novel you can sink your teeth into with considerable relish. The devil is in the details in Evil In All Its Disguises, and I should probably warn you, losing sleep in order to finish this one is almost a certainty.” — Kristin Centorcelli, March 2, 2013


Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: “Davidson's book pulses with psychological suspense.” — Carole E. Barrowman, March 15, 2013


Jenn’s Bookshelves: “Davidson excels at creating a protagonist that is both incredibly strong but also has a weak, vulnerable side.  The truly rewarding part of this series as a whole is Lily’s ability to rise above her painful past to rise above and overcome the challenges dealt to her... What stands out for me about Davidson as an author is that, with each book, she continues to impress me with her talent, proving to be an author I can rely upon to truly entertain me with her writing. I know each time I pick up one of her novels that I will be transported to a truly breathtaking setting, captivated by a truly intense plot. If you are looking for a truly addictive thriller series with a incredibly genuine protagonist, this is the series for you. Highly, highly recommended.” — Jenn Lawrence, March 8, 2013


Dead End Follies: “EVIL IN ALL ITS DISGUISES goes deeper into Lily Moore's mind than its two predecessors and shows a more fragile part of her. She's alone, fighting an invisible yet omnipresent enemy and she's struggling to keep her own issues bottled up at the same time. This wouldn't have been possible if Hilary Davidson wouldn't have come up with that airtight plot, which has the potency to rival the all-time great suspense fiction.” — Benoit Lelievre, February 18, 2013


Quill & Quire: “Davidson knows how to write a galloping page-turner, and the plot twists are plentiful.” — Suzanne Gardner, March 1, 2013


Jen’s Book Thoughts: “Hilary Davidson has indeed delivered again with a haunting crime novel that traps readers in its atmospheric microcosm--an engrossing story line, dramatic characters and exotic locales--coming back to a safe reality has never been so disappointing.” — Jen Forbus, March 5, 2013


Chapters and Chats: “With each novel Hilary Davidson writes, she ramps up the intensity in the pages... The book doesn't lag at any point as Davidson keeps the suspense and intrigue going. The plot is classic with refreshing little twists. Bottom line; you can’t go wrong with this read.” — January 29, 2013


RT Book Reviews: “The crimes and the clues will keep you going, trying to unravel what is really going on and who all the bad guys are.” — February 10, 2013


Games Fiends: “As the story plays out Davidson works her magic to pull the reader deeper and deeper into the world she has created and I must admit, I did not really want to leave.” — February 23, 2013


Book Reviews by Elizabeth A. White: “It’s hard enough to write a decent book, but to write one that strips away all plot crutches and “big ticket” diversions and relies on nothing more than the interactions of a handful of key players in a confined location takes serious skill, something Davidson once again demonstrates she has in abundance.” — Elizabeth A. White, March 5, 2013


Crime Fiction Collective: “Hilary Davidson has also been a travel writer, so Lily's professional life is based on her own experiences, but it's her skill with language that makes her prose superb.” — Marlyn Beebe, November 4, 2013



ADVANCE PRAISE FOR EVIL IN ALL ITS DISGUISES


“Hilary Davidson delivers the goods — an exotic, atmospheric setting, a rocket-paced plot, and a bright, engaging heroine in Lily Moore. EVIL IN ALL ITS DISGUISES is a top-notch mystery — exciting, harrowing, and smart” — Lisa Unger, New York Times bestselling author of HEARTBROKEN



MORE ABOUT THE BOOK


EVIL IN ALL ITS DISGUISES (ISBN 978-0765333520; coming March 5, 2013, from Forge) is available for pre-order from Macmillan, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million, iBookstore, IndieBound, Powell’s, and — in Canada — Indigo/Chapters.


AUDIOBOOK (ISBN 978-1624060854; March 5, 2013, from Dreamscape), narrated by Hillary Huber


REVIEWS OF THE DAMAGE DONE (Book #1 in the series)


REVIEWS OF THE NEXT ONE TO FALL (Book #2 in the series)






Photographs: Photos of Hilary Davidson, no credit; cover of Evil in All Its Disguises, courtesy of Forge.