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

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

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by Ellery Adams

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In the small coastal town of Oyster Bay, North Carolina, you'll find plenty of characters, ne'er-do-wells, and even a few celebs trying to duck the paparazzi. But when murder joins this curious community, the Bayside Book Writers are there to get the story...

Olivia Limoges is the subject of constant gossip. Ever since she came back to town-a return as


In the small coastal town of Oyster Bay, North Carolina, you'll find plenty of characters, ne'er-do-wells, and even a few celebs trying to duck the paparazzi. But when murder joins this curious community, the Bayside Book Writers are there to get the story...

Olivia Limoges is the subject of constant gossip. Ever since she came back to town-a return as mysterious as her departure-Olivia has kept to herself, her dog, and her unfinished novel. With a little cajoling from the eminently charming writer Camden Ford, she agrees to join the Bayside Book Writers, break her writer's block, and even make a few friends...

But when townspeople start turning up dead with haiku poems left by the bodies, anyone with a flair for language is suddenly suspect. And it's up to Olivia to catch the killer before she meets her own surprise ending.

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Penguin Publishing Group
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Books by the Bay Series , #1
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4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.20(d)
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18 Years

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Ellery Adams is the New York Times bestselling author of the Books by the Bay Mysteries, the Book Retreat Mysteries, and the Charmed Pie Shoppe Mysteries. Ellery has held many jobs, including caterer, car salesperson, teacher, tutor, and tech writer. She now writes full-time from her home in Virginia.

Karen White has been narrating audiobooks since 1999, with more than two hundred to her credit. Honored to be included in AudioFile's Best Voices and Speaking of Audiobooks's Best Romance Audio 2012 and 2013, she is also an Audie Award finalist and has earned multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards.

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A Killer Plot (Books by the Bay Series #1) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 72 reviews.
fdbolt More than 1 year ago
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.
IHeart2Read More than 1 year ago
A Killer Plot is the first in a brand new cozy series by Ellery Adams. Olivia Limoges is the main character with a haunting past. She returns to her hometown a wealthy woman and is often the center of the town's gossip. She comes across as aloof and uncaring. She's still wounded from her childhood and is learning how to break down her walls. She's given the chance to join the Bayside Book Writers, a group of hopeful writers who meet regularly to critique their rough drafts, where she meets new friends. The offer comes from Camden Ford, who is currently writing a book about the high-powered Talbot family. When Camden is killed, Olivia feels a sense of loss for her new friend and takes it upon herself to find his killer. A Killer Plot is a fresh addition to the cozy genre. Olivia is a complex main character, while the secondary characters assist with moving her forward from the isolation she feels as a result of her past. There's a hint of a love interest for her, but it doesn't deflect from the mystery. Adams does a fantastic job with character development and description of Oyster Bay, that the reader can easily visualize each scene while reading. Some may question Olivia's relationship with her poodle Havilland and how she communicates with him. It's through this relationship that Olivia is the most vulnerable and is seen with emotion. The storyline moves at a steady pace and I never felt it was rushed. I didn't solve the mystery and was quite surprised at the killer's identity and the motives for the killings. If you're a cozy fan and looking for a new series, I highly recommend A Killer Plot. The second book, A Deadly Cliche will be released in March 2011.
JeffCohenWriter More than 1 year ago
This shoreline mystery is definitely a great beach read--others have recapped the plot, so I'll just say it's fun, it's fresh, the characters are real people (not cardboard cutouts bound to the plot and nothing else) and the dialogue rings true. This is a terrific debut, and it promises much, much more to come! We want more Olivia!
RonnaL More than 1 year ago
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. 
MareCT More than 1 year ago
Olivia Limoges moves back to Oyster Bay, North Carolina, an accomplished woman with an interesting history. She befriends and joins a local aspiring writer's group and renovates her childhood home to house the group. When one of their members is found dead in an alley, the rest of the group bands together to get to discover why he was murdered. Ms. Adams has created some truly engaging characters with the full range of flaws and failings. This group of people make up a support group that would be an asset anywhere. They are caring, intelligent diverse individuals and they strongly lend themselves to repeated visits to the town of Oyster Bay. Here is hoping that there are many more books in this series to come.
ethel55 More than 1 year ago
Oyster Bay, North Carolina better be careful, or it's going to fall off of Time's Top "Ten Best Kept Vacation Secrets" list! Wealthy Olivia Limoges has returned to the town and is part of the re-vitalization of town by being both restaurant owner and landlord to many of the new businesses in town. Olivia's poodle, Captain Haviland, seems to be her best friend in life until the Bayside Book Writers group invite her to join them. A murder in town, coupled with haiku clue, get the writers group involved in some detecting. I liked that the story was challenging, characters from outside the quaint town help shape the story as much as those from Oyster Bay. Adams secondary characters, like rollerskating Dixie, gentle, yet deep police chief Rawlings and all of the Bayside writers shine in this debut novel. I definitely look forward to their next mystery.
Linda-D More than 1 year ago
As with any book, you never know what you are going to find at page 1. What I did find with this book was that even at page 1, I couldn't put it down. The characters were down to earth and as the events unfolded, they kept me engrossed right up to the end. The imagery of the beach setting made me feel like I was right there. The main character Olivia and her dog Captain were a likeable pair. I think anyone with pets can understand the relationship between Olivia and her poodle. And anyone who likes a good mystery will be happy with this selection. This book was an enjoyable read and I can't wait to see what happens with the next book!
DAinNY1 More than 1 year ago
We are introduced to a strong woman with emotional baggage and by becoming involved with the group, she is slowly healing and embracing her life. This is a charming mystery that made me feel for the lure of the town and the characters that live in Oyster Bay. This is a great book and I look forward to reading more stories about Olivia and her friends.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
A BOOKS BY THE BAY MYSTERY Release Date June 1, 2010 Paperback and Kindle A new series set in Oyster Bay, North Carolina, where Olivia Limoges returns to her home town after many years away, her return as mysterious as her leaving has everyone in town is talking about her. She keeps to herself, with her talented dog Captain Haviland and is working on her unfinished manuscript, unfortunately at the moment she is suffering from a severe case of "writer's block". At the local diner she meets charming young man, Camden Ford, and with a little help from diminutive Dixie the waitress, she agrees to join The Bayside Book Writers where she actually makes a few friends. I REALLY LIKED IT!!! Sadly one of her new friends ends up dead in an alley with an obscure Haiku poem left with his body and his will not be the only body found before this mystery is solved. Olivia enlists the help of The Bayside Book Writers to help the police find the killer. This is a really fun mystery, there are so many quirky characters, and a captivating plot. We learn enough about Olivia's past and her potential romances that will keep us wanting more stories from Oyster Bay. I am terribly jealous of Captain Haviland as my 2 dogs can barely sit still for a minute let alone help sniff out a killer. Please Ellery don't make us wait too long for another visit with Olivia and the people of Oyster Bay. To find out more about Ellery Adams visit her web site at http://elleryadamsmysteries.com/ . Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from The Berkley Publishing Group 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."
BuriedUnderBooks More than 1 year ago
Olivia Limoges is a wealthy resident of Oyster Bay, North Carolina, and is a bit of a loner with a mysterious past in this beach town where she lived as a child. Her wealth gives her an air of entitlement, despite a very sad and troubled childhood that makes her the target of much gossip, but she would like to fit in better. Unfortunately, her social graces are somewhat lacking or, at least, well hidden, and she spends most of her time with her standard poodle, Captain Haviland, and works on an unfinished novel. Then Olivia meets Camden Ford, a gossip hound and would-be tell-all biographer who is in town digging up dirt on a celebrity staying nearby. Camden is a member of the Bayside Book Writers, a critique group, and invites Olivia to join. His motives in doing so are not entirely altruistic—the group needs a better place to meet and Olivia has the space—but his charm wins her over with a little push from Dixie, a waitress with her own kind of eccentricity. Olivia discovers that she actually does like these people and is settling in to the critiquing routine when one of her new friends turns up dead. For a couple of reasons that actually make some sense, the local police chief welcomes a little sleuthing by the group and they do indeed come up with some useful information. Along the way, a side story involves the town’s reaction to proposed development that could change the character of the town, causing a good deal of anguish. Then another body is found. Having been published early this summer, this mystery set in a coastal town is an obvious and worthy beach read. Ms. Adams, who has written three other mystery series under two different pen names, has created a very likeable group of characters who have been given enough depth to make the reader engage with them and care what happens to them. This is true not only of the primary characters but also the secondary and that’s refreshing. Olivia herself is NOT immediately appealing and learning what makes her who she is strengthened my enjoyment. I found one of the book group members to be a bit irritating but it was in the sense of knowing she’d drive me crazy if I had to spend too much time with her in real life; in fiction, my annoyance level was moderate—and I wouldn’t particularly care for a cast of characters that are unrelentingly likeable. That would be more than a little boring, I believe. The mystery itself is well-plotted and I didn’t guess who the killer was. The only difficulty I had was I thought the killer’s motive was a little far-fetched but not unreasonably so. There is also a hint of romance that the author offers in a light-handed way. This first in the Books by the Bay series is a very good start and I’m looking forward to the next one. Note: I have known this author for several years, having met her through my bookstore and hosted signings. Having read all her other books, I can honestly say this is the most intriguing and my opinion is not influenced by the fact that I know Ms. Adams. I would feel the same if it had been written by Jane Doe.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Unusual heroine, coastal setting, literary themes, and a captivating mystery. Highly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read.
Debbie826 More than 1 year ago
A great cozy. Engaging characters, breezy seashore setting, I rrally enjoy this author.
MikeBishop More than 1 year ago
Enough readers have already talked about the story points, so let me just say that Ellery Adams' debut novel, A Killer Plot, is not only a great read, but a visceral experience. Olivia Lamoges investigation into a friend's murder, will have you hearing the waves crash on the North Carolina shore. You might even feel the ocean winds stinging your cheeks. Visit Oyster Bay and you'll long to return again and again. I can't wait for the next installment.
KJMSC More than 1 year ago
I finished A Killer Plot this week & loved it! I felt like I was right there with Olivia & Captain Haviland. I loved the beach setting, the writer's group (& their 1st chapters), & the coffee references. :o) I'd love to go browse around in Through The Wardrobe. I liked the references to New Bern, NC since I've been there. I can't wait to learn more about Olivia & her past.
babslighthouse More than 1 year ago
I just got done reading one of the best books. I love how strong Oiliva comes across and of course who can not love her wonderful dog Haviland? The characters in this book are believable and draw you in from the start. I am anxious to see how the book club comes along with the growth of the characters. I look forward to reading the next book in the Bay Mystery series.
FeatheredQuillBookReviews More than 1 year ago
If Olivia Limoges were an ice cream sundae, she'd be made of three scoops of bossy drizzled with a coating of panache and a sprinkling of nuts. She was in no mood whatsoever to put up with Darlene and Sue Ellen's flapping jaws in the Oyster Bay Stop 'n' Shop and when she plopped a bag of Iams dog food on Sue Ellen's chips and posies, they knew she meant business. They could say anything about her, including the fact that she was the richest woman in town, but she had no intention of being the gossip special of the week. Not very likely. Her dog Captain Haviland, a black standard poodle, was her constant companion and she was soon out the door and sitting in her Range Rover with him. She rolled into a handicapped parking spot in front of Grumpy's Diner to relax and do a little reading. Olivia needed a bit of sympathy from her best friend Dixie, who was all of "four feet seven inches tall, including the two inches provided by a pair of roller skates and an inch of comb-teased, sun-streaked brown hair." The last thing she expected was a bunch of yappers reading from their manuscripts . . . "His eyes lingered on the heaving swell of her breasts." That did it. A few wry comments later and she found herself on the receiving end of an invite to the Bayside Book Writers club. Why not? After all she was writing a book. She dusted off her protagonist, "Kamila," and began to enjoy the motley members of the club, including Camden Ford, a.k.a. Milano Cruise, a big time gossip columnist. Little did they know that his body would soon be found in an alleyway "slumped against the brick wall like a discarded department store mannequin." A strange Haiku had been left with the body, a clue for the literati to solve. Chief Sawyer Rawlings stepped in to take their statements, but soon there would be another body and another literary conundrum to solve. A cemetery, a land deal, a movie star, a rock band named Blackwaters, a gossip columnist . . . how did they all tie in? Olivia walked the beach to think about it, but found a clue lying in the sand she never wanted to find. She reached out to touch some curly black fur only to find yet another piece of paper. HAVILAND! What was going on? This was a real emergency and the Bayside Book Writers had been called to action, but just how were they going to find this killer? This exciting new, killer of a series with the Bayside Book Writers club is going to garner a LOT of fans. I loved the assortment of characters in this cozy who range from the small town quirky waitress to the more sophisticated and suave literary aficionado. A little splash of Chivas Regal anyone? The pace was relaxed, but the writing was not at all shallow. This is the type of book that you're going to be carting around with you, just hoping for a few minutes to read the next chapter. It's one of those "don't bug me, I'm reading" books you're going to savor from the first page to the last. The ending was well paced, unrushed and made me anxious to read the next in the series. Quill says: If you love Murder She Wrote, you're going to love this one because Jessica Fletcher...er, Olivia Limoges has now gone south!
harstan More than 1 year ago
In Oyster Bay, North Carolina the prodigal daughter Olivia Limoges returns but she keeps to herself. Her only outlets of affection are her dog Haviland and her goal is to finish her novel. She is forty, beautiful and rich, but nobody can get past her shell she erected around herself. No one until she meets Camden Ford, a gossip columnist interested in writing a fictional account of the Talbot family concentrating on the rich patriarchal tyrant Dean who wants to build a housing complex in the town. Something about Camden charms her and makes her agree to mingle with his book group. She joins the Bayside Back Writers and attends their meeting at the cottage near the lighthouse. Olivia is heartbroken when she finds Camden's murdered body in an alley. She vows to find his killers who left haiku on the victim's body. Before the townsfolk can get over the homicide Olivia finds another corpse. Dean's heir Blake and his sweetheart come to Oyster Bay to obtain approval for the housing project. While Blake and his father's trusted partner Max are trying to win over city council, Olivia investigates. Someone wants her to stop threatening her dog and eventually her. This Book by the Bay Tarheel amateur sleuth mystery is an enjoyable tale due to the main protagonist who is independent and forceful; she knows what she wants and goes after it, in this case finding Carmden's killer. The support cast are developed enough to either enhance Olivia's investigation or her as readers will appreciate the heroine's often inquiry into who killed her friend and why. Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoying this author...Ellery Adams. Good mystery, love the setting and enjoying the budding romances. Characters are fun & can't wait to keep reading about their next adventures.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got to page 89 and could go no further. This is not a fun read much less even an interesting one. This is the second book I have owned from this writer but will surely be the last. Unwholesome is the word that comes to mind. Bland descriptions with animal worship thrown in gets this book ejected from my Nook! "A killer Plot" is bad enough to kill me if I keep reading it! I ascribe this book as deleted for good reasons!
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Angelofbooks More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful start to a new series! I love how Ellery Adams brought to life this quaint small town and the colorful characters that live in it. Adding in all elements of the literary world into the mystery and the small group of friends was brilliant! So looking forward to continuing on with this lovely series and hoping for a love interest or two LOL! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed every book in this series!  Great job and great characters!
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lassieLS More than 1 year ago
I love the characters in these books and the wonderful description of the town, lighthouse, restaurants, etc. Olivia is a person anyone would want to be. I just love her dog, Haviland, too. He is more well-mannered than many people. I hope that the last book I read is not the end of this series. Thank you, Ellery Adams, for making this early winter here in Michigan more enjoyable with the Bay Series books.