"All the best stories in the world are but one story in reality -- the story of escape. It is the only thing which interests us all and at all times, how to escape."
--Author Christopher Benson



Sunday, February 27, 2011

A Deadly Cliché by Ellery Adams

Cover Illustration
by Kimberly Schamber
Cover Design
by Rita Frangie
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
A Division of Penguin Publishing
A Books By The Bay Mystery
2nd Book in the Series

We are back in Oyster Bay, North Carolina with Olivia and The Bayside Book Writers.  The quiet seaside town has seen a rash of burglaries of late and as Olivia and her wonderful dog Haviland, have discovered a body while on their morning walk along the beach.  Add to that there's a tropical storm headed straight for Oyster Bay and you have the beginning of a great  Books By The Bay Mystery.

Are all the crimes connected? The Bayside Book Writers are busy deciphering the clues left by the thieves. At one scene a stick of butter in left  out on the counter with a knife through it.  Another is a deck of cards with a queen missing. Yet at another, dolls with silver spoons in their mouths.  It doesn't take Olivia long to realize each clue represents a cliché.

Now they just need to figure out who is leaving the clues and why and follow the clues to find the killer.

There is also an old mystery solved in the pages of this book, one that has plagued Olivia for years.  Will she find the answers she has been looking for? Will she be able to forgive others and move on with her life?

The author of this series is truly talented because these books are not just one story, but several stories tied together in the pages of each book.  Not only does she have to write the main mystery for us to enjoy, she also must write all the stories that the Bayside Book Writers are writing, that they get together to critique each week.  She has to write all this is such a way that we immerse ourselves in each and every story while following the clues to solve the actual Oyster Bay crimes.  While I am sure this is a difficult process, by the time these books reach our hot little hands, it seems effortless, and we fall right in to all of them and escape into the pages of each book. 

This book also picks up where the last one leaves off as the friendships of the characters continue naturally and Olivia continues to help those in need. One thing I love about the books by Ellery Adams is that she can write a well multifaceted books that are so more than wonderful mysteries, they are relate-able stories of the lives of the people of Oyster Bay.  We, the readers, are taken to the seaside town and become part of their stories.  Her way with words, her vivid descriptions, the character's conversations, make us feel right at home as we take a mini vacation to this beautiful seaside town.  I can't wait to set off on the next trip when the next book in this series hits the shelves.  Thank you Ellery for a great "escape" into another wonderful book.

Be sure to visit Ellery's web page to find out more about her and her books. She is also holding a fabulous giveaway right now.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Obsidion, a division of Penguin Publishing.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


Steve Capell said...

This book series sounds like something I would really enjoy. The genre of mystery is my favorite. Thanks for your review.

Julie P said...

I love the covers of her books! Glad you enjoyed it....