After Everyone Else delivers a slow-burning mystery that unravels into a full-blown conflagration once the final page is turned.


The Description

Publication Date: June 28, 2022

From the acclaimed author of Before Anyone Else comes a captivating new novel about the lengths we will go to protect the ones we love.

Bailey thought she’d gotten her happy ending. She is married to the man she loves, she has started a family, and her design business is flourishing. But when Bailey’s ex-husband, a famous TV chef, is found murdered with her DNA all over his apartment and body, she is suddenly facing murder charges in a high-profile case. Already burdened by the demands and challenges of marriage, motherhood, and her career, Bailey now must do everything she can to prove her innocence. But it’s the ones she thought would surely be on her side—her enigmatic lawyer and her husband—who might be doubting her innocence the most.

Alternating between the past and present, After Everyone Else chronicles the grip of the past, the challenges of forgiveness, and the resilient love we save for the person we love after everyone else.

The Review

When author Leslie Hooton first introduced Bailey Edgeworth to readers in Before Anyone Else, it appeared that a happily ever after was in the plans. However, the author adds a second installment with After Everyone Else, and Bailey is struggling.

Having not read the first book is no barrier in this instance since it can certainly be read as a standalone. In a nutshell, Bailey and Griffin are married with an adult daughter, Charlotte. Although Bailey and her daughter don’t have the warmest of relationships, there’s nothing a mama won’t do to protect her baby.

When Bailey’s ex-husband is found murdered, and her DNA is all over his apartment, all indications lead to her guilt. However, Bailey suspects those close to her could also have a motive.

Told in an alternate then/now perspective, the story focuses heavily on relationships and delves into how far a person would go to protect a loved one. It also highlights the significance of trust, particularly when a presumption of guilt is overwhelming.

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About The Author
Leslie Hooton is many things: a fabulous friend, a powerful speaker, a flower enthusiast, a lover of language, a seeker of color in a black-and-white world, but most recently she became a newly published author. You don’t want to miss the sequel to her first fantastic debut novel, Before Anyone Else. Coming soon June 28th, 2022 is After Everyone Else.”




Amy Wilson
Amy Wilson
My name is Amy W., and I am a book addict. I will never forget the day I came home from junior high school to find my mom waiting for me with one of the Harlequin novels from my stash. As she was gearing up for the "you shouldn't be reading this" lecture, I told her the characters get married in the end. I'm just glad she didn't find the Bertrice Small book hidden in my closet. I have diverse reading tastes, evident by the wide array of genres on my Kindle. As I made the transition to an e-reader, I found myself worrying that something could happen to it. As a result, I am now the proud owner of four Kindles -- all different kinds, but plenty of back-ups! "Fifty Shades of Grey" gets high marks on my favorites list -- not for character development or dialogue (definitely not!), but because it blazed new ground for those of us who believe provocative fiction is more than just an explicit cover. Sylvia Day, Lexie Blake, and Kristin Hannah are some of my favorite authors. Speaking of diverse tastes, I also enjoy Dean Koontz, Iris Johansen, and J.A. Konrath. I’m always ready to discover new-to-me authors, especially when I toss in a palate cleanser that is much different than what I would normally read. Give me something with a well-defined storyline, add some suspense (or spice), and I am a happy reader. Give me a happily ever after, and I am downright giddy.


  1. Try these short stories ~Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest” and J.D Salinger’s “For Esme, With Love and Squalor”~
    Robert Heinlein’s novel “Stranger in a Strange Land” as different kinds of palate cleansers. I particularly love Heinlein for his admiration, appreciation, and respect for women in all his novels.

    For a real mind blowing series, I can heartily recommend Jane Roberts’ “Seth Speaks” or Carlos Castaneda’s “The Teachings of Don Juan, a Yaqui Way of Knowledge”.
    “The Sheep Look Up” by John Brenner circa 1972 is one of his four dystopian novels, this one eerily both more extreme and yet familiar– environmental deterioration and pollution. Presenting a potential look behind the curtain at potential unacknowledged causes for where we are today and written over 50 years ago, Brenner was a prophet.

    Now I’m going to check out your choices!


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After Everyone Else delivers a slow-burning mystery that unravels into a full-blown conflagration once the final page is turned.4-STAR REVIEW: AFTER EVERYONE ELSE By Leslie Hooton