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A Deadly Cliche (Books by the Bay Series #2)

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  • Posted October 11, 2011

    Will have readers hooked!

    There's nothing better than starting your day with a brisk walk by the sea, especially if accompanied by your favorite canine companion. The warm sun on your face, your bare feet sinking in the sand for a little extra aerobic-style workout. That's the peaceful way Olivia Limoge and her standard poodle, Captain Haviland, choose to start their day the morning of Labor Day weekend in Ellery Adams' delightful new mystery, "A Deadly Cliché".
    But there's just no telling what you might come across on the beach these days, as Olivia and Haviland find out when she lifts up a child's discarded bucket she finds on the sand and discovers it was hiding the decaying head of a man. Yuck. Way to ruin a perfect day, especially for the man.
    Could this grisly discovery be connected to a series of bizarre burglaries plaguing Olivia's home town of Oyster Bay, North Carolina? The thieves have a distinctive MO. At every crime, they set up odd tableaus and Olivia, smart cookie that she is, figures out that each setup represents a cliché. Who better to figure out the cliché clues than Olivia's Bayside Book Writers Group, especially since their newest member is the town's police chief? And as if her life isn't already complicated enough, she discovers through an anonymous note that her father, lost at sea many years ago, may still be alive.
    Lots of twists and turns and a likeable cast of characters will have readers hooked, I guarantee it.

    Reviewed by Susan Santangelo, author of "Moving Can Be Murder" for Suspense Magazine

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 7, 2011

    Intelligent series, great book

    "A Deadly Cliché" is the second Books by the Bay Mystery. Plenty of background information is given in the beginning of the book to catch new readers up on the main characters and the town of Oyster Bay, North Carolina. Loner Olivia Limoges, once a carefree young heiress, has returned to her hometown of Oyster Bay where her closest companion is her standard poodle, Captain Haviland. Olivia is starting to reach out to other people and is becoming friends with the members of her Bayside Book Writers Club and other residents of the town. However, Olivia still treasures her solitude and enjoys walks on the beach with Haviland and her metal detector, looking for trinkets in the sand. One morning, instead of coins or jewelry, she and Haviland discover a dead body buried in the sand. Olivia has her hands full. In between running the five-star restaurant she owns and serving as a sounding board for Chief Rawlings, she is also helping friend and writers' club member Laurel Hobbs start a career as a journalist. Olivia agrees to help Laurel interview victims of recent robberies, and they discover something in common with each of the robberies which ties into the title of the book. In the meantime, Olivia hires a private investigator to assist in her own private matter after receiving an anonymous letter demanding money and making a shocking claim. If that isn't enough, it looks as though a tropical storm once predicted to pass their town by is threatening to become "Hurricane Ophelia" and could become a bigger threat than the unsolved crimes. "A Deadly Cliché" is an extremely well-written book. From the first chapter, it's obvious Olivia is not the usual cozy heroine. While she now has good friends in the town, she is still a loner in many ways. Olivia is blunt, honest, and direct and not always friendly or likeable. She helps people in the town without expecting thanks and in fact withdraws when one friend tries to give her a hug. Olivia is a complex character and while she is independent and strong, we also see her vulnerability, especially in the parts of the book dealing with the content of the anonymous letter she receives. I like the depth of her character and appreciate that the supporting characters also have many layers and are important to the book's plot. The inclusion of the writers' group and portions of their novels makes this series stand out. Not only is the reader told the members are working on books, excerpts of each book are included. The chapters from each character's book in progress, while not related to the crimes being investigated, are entertaining on their own. The passages from their books give the reader insights into the book club members who have written them. While Olivia and Laurel's interviews are crucial to the main plot of the book, only a small portion of the book is devoted to their investigation. While this can sometimes be a negative, there is enough going on in the various sub-plots to keep the reader's interest throughout this book. By the end of the book, everything is solved and the motive explained. However, without giving anything away, the motive was strange and almost melodramatic; definitely at odds with the otherwise intelligent tone of this book. However, "A Deadly Cliché" has a unique style to it and is still highly recommended. This review was originally written for the "Season for Romance" E-Zine. The book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 14, 2011

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    Great Second Outing!

    Looking for books on wrting and came across these Books by the Bay Mysteries. A Killer Plot, the first in the series did not disappoint and lead me to get a copy of A Deadly Cliche. Wonderful, intelligent and quick reads. Now having withdrawals from the Bayside Writers Group waiting for Book Three: The Last Word.

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  • Posted April 26, 2011

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    Outstanding.

    This second installment in the Books by the Bay series is outstanding. Ms. Adams has a marvelous ability to bring incredibly engaging characters to life and make the reader care about those characters. Each character has both good and bad traits so that the reader has no choice but to identify with them in one way or another. For purely selfish reasons I hope that this series continues for many more books just so that I know that I can visit Oyster Bay and it's residents again and again.

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