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A Killer Plot (Books by the Bay Series #1)

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A killer start to a new seris

Welcome to Oyster Bay, North Carolina where the living is easy and murder is on the mind.

Olivia Limoges has returned to the hometown she left as a young girl. She is rich, stunning, suffering from a case of writers block and still a mystery to the locals, and often ...
Welcome to Oyster Bay, North Carolina where the living is easy and murder is on the mind.

Olivia Limoges has returned to the hometown she left as a young girl. She is rich, stunning, suffering from a case of writers block and still a mystery to the locals, and often keeping only the company of her loyal poodle Captain Haviland. She also owns the local five star restaurant and has invested a lot in local properties, becoming landlord to many of the businesses around her. While having breakfast at the local diner she overhears some people talking "book stuff." Dixie, her friend and waitress explains that they are a group called the Bayside Book Writers and encourages her to join. She hesitates until she speaks with Camden Ford, the apparent leader of the group. She finds him witty, charming and impossible to refuse. Olivia decides that she is going to fix up the lighthouse cottage on her property for their meetings.

It looks like things are improving for Olivia, particularly in the friend department, until people start showing up dead. When one of her new friends winds up dead, with of all things a Haiku poem left next to the body, Olivia and her writer friends know they will do whatever they can to find out who is responsible for the murder. But can they figure it out before more bodies start to fall? Do the murders have to do with the gossip book one of their group members is writing about a well know family, the desire to push through a new housing development no matter what the cost, or something else no one could have possibly anticipated?

A Killer Plot is a fantastic start to a new series. The characters are fun, fresh and a bit on the eccentric side. There is Dixie, the roller skating dwarf waitress, Harris the computer geek who suffers from a serious case of Rosacea, and Millay the bartender, who likes to show up with her hair a different color each time they meet. These are just a few of the fun people you will meet in this charming first book of the Books By The Bay Mystery series. The characters are believable and the author gives the reader great insight into the world of a writer. With new friendships, possible romance(s) and promises of great things to come, A Killer Plot is one book you don't want to be caught dead missing.

posted by fdbolt on June 2, 2010

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

This is the beginning book in the Books By The Bay Mysteries.  O

This is the beginning book in the Books By The Bay Mysteries.  Oyster Bay, North Carolina was a nice little fishing town till a local magazine played it up as one of the best tourist spots around.  Now a big time developer wants to buy the towns huge park area to build ...
This is the beginning book in the Books By The Bay Mysteries.  Oyster Bay, North Carolina was a nice little fishing town till a local magazine played it up as one of the best tourist spots around.  Now a big time developer wants to buy the towns huge park area to build a development.  Not everyone is happy about this though.




Olivia Limoges is one of the towns wealthiest and most interesting patrons.  She was born here to a local fishing family but when her mom died and her father deserted her, rich grandma swooped in and took her away.  She was raised expecting everything to go as she pleased.  Now she has returned to town and lives by herself with her brilliantly well-trained poodle, Haviland. 




When a local charmer and Hollywood gossip columnist convinces Olivia to join her writer's group, she began to break out of her shell.  This strange group is made up of some interesting people who instantly bond.  Then when the gossip columnist is killed, with only a haiku left behind as a clue, everyone joins in to help solve this poetic mystery.  




This is a fun start to a new series, with some very interesting characters not the least of which is the bit over the top smart poodle.  My problem with not giving this five stars was that the mystery was developed late and a bit strangely.  The murderer and reasoning were not laid into the story as expertly as I might have liked--build up of motive was a bit short.  Having said that, I definitely plan to read more in this series, as I think the introduction of the characters was terrific.  I want to see what this eclectic crew has coming up next in this fun --almost a character in itself--town of Oyster Bay. 

posted by RonnaL on February 18, 2014

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