Reviewer: Mary Lignor
Title: A Deadly Cliche - 2nd in the Books by the Bay Mystery series
Author: Ellery Adams
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Release Date: March 2011
Genre/Sub-genre: Cozy Mystery
Year/Setting: Present day, Oyster Bay NC
Overall Rating: 4.0
Sexual Content Rating: None/Subtle
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild/Moderate
Violent Content Rating: None/Minimal
Ellery's Website/Blog: www.elleryadamsmysteries.com
What this fantastic author began in, A Killer Plot, she has continued with his brand new mystery straight from the heart of Oyster Bay, North Carolina.
If you readers missed out on the first entertaining novel, Oyster Bay has many things to offer a tourist or visitor, including a fantastically funny group of residents that include members of the Bayside Book Writers Group. Olivia Limoges is a member of that group…who has just fallen over a dead body buried in the beautiful sands of Oyster Bay. Not only is she surprised but her adorable poodle is, too!
Last time, when we left Olivia and her friends, the newest member of their group was Police Chief Rawlings - who, most definitely, has a slight crush on Olivia. But she hasn’t yet had time to think about all that, considering a new mystery has been dropped right in front of her to solve. She’s also a bit worried about the Chief. Being a cop, it is awfully difficult to set aside his job, crime scene photos, and everything else in order to help the Writer’s Group solve the crime. Not only that, but Olivia has begun to fall for the Chief, and she isn’t quite sure how to handle that. Very soon, a variety of crime scenes are suddenly popping up all over the quaint town. Not only are there a lot of facts to delve into, but the MO of the "bad guys" seems to be the strange artifacts they leave behind at every scene, such as, dolls with silver spoons placed into their mouths. What stumps most people, the Bayside Book Writers soon figure out; they come to learn that every "scene" is set up to represent a famous cliché and, being avid writers and readers, they should certainly be able to solve the crimes and stop the bad guys from completely ruining the rest of Oyster Bay.
This author has already proven she has a gift for charm. Her characters are charismatic and alluring, and downright funny. Not to mention, the plot is an absolute masterpiece as far as offering the reader a true puzzle that they are thrilled to solve! The only unfortunate part? We all will have to wait a while to see what the Bayside Book Writers do next! A Deadly Cliché is a solidly great, fun read! Apparently, having the name Ellery, automatically makes you one heck of a detective and creative genius!
So, enjoy and I'll talk to you soon.
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