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

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

by Ellery Adams

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ISBN-13: 9780425240236
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/01/2011
Series: Books by the Bay Series , #2
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 82,987
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Ellery Adams is the New York Times bestselling author of the Books by the Bay mysteries, the Charmed Pie Shoppe mysteries, and the Book Retreat mysteries. She grew up on a beach near the Long Island Sound. Having spent her adult life in a series of landlocked towns, she cherishes her memories of open water, violent storms, and the smell of the sea. Adams has held many jobs, including caterer, retail clerk, car salesperson, teacher, tutor, and tech writer, all the while penning poems, children’s books, and novels.

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Deadly Cliche (Books by the Bay Series #2) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
chefdt More than 1 year ago
THE DEADLY CLICHÉ Ellery Adams Prime Crime Press March 1, 2011 I had the pleasure of reading the second book in Ellery Adams' The Bay Mystery series, A Deadly Cliché this weekend. Olivia Limoges, on her morning walk along the beach with her dog Capt. Haviland (Haviland has no dialogue in the book, but does bark a few times) notices a pail near the shoreline. But as she approaches the pail, the smell emitting from it is almost too much bear. Under the pail she finds the head of dead man. Shortly after calling 911 Chief Rawlings and a couple officers arrive to begin their investigation. The victim has no ID and is unknown to any of those investigating. Olivia returns to downtown Oyster Bay before heading to her restaurant, The Boot Top. She sees, Laurel, one of the members of the Bayside Book Writers group. Laurel is quite upset as there have been a couple of burglaries in the surrounding area. On Saturday the writers group has their regular meeting and the discussion centers around the break ins and the body found on the beach. Laurel, hoping to get a job as reporter, goes to interview a couple of the break in victims. It is learned that some clues have been left behind by the burglars. These clues turn out to be clichés and help the Writers group to come with a solution to the burglaries and who murdered the body found on the beach. Also, Olivia learns that her father, who has been missing and presumed may still be alive. All the interesting characters from the first book are back and the reader will learn a little more about their makeup. I really enjoy reading this series, as Adams does an excellent job of providing a believable mystery and a well written story to enjoy.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
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? I LOVED IT!!!!! 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. 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."
Suspensemag More than 1 year ago
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
NoraAdrienne More than 1 year ago
A Deadly Cliché By Ellery Adams Copyright March 2011 Publisher Berkeley Prime Crime "While out walking her poodle, Olivia Limoges discovers a dead body buried in the sand. Could it be connected to the bizarre burglaries plaguing Oyster Bay, North Carolina? The Bayside Book Writers prick up their ears and pick up their pens to get the story. The thieves have a distinct MO. At every crime scene, they set up odd tableaus: a stick of butter with a knife through it, dolls with silver spoons in their mouths, a deck of cards with a missing queen. Olivia realizes each setup represents a cliché." This is only the tip of the story's iceberg. Olivia will be multi-tasking through this whole new adventure. She has to weather the weather, help solve the burglaries, and oh, she also has to get that new piece of property she wants into shape. To top off her week, she gets information informing her that her father, who has been missing and thought lost at sea and dead these past thirty years, is still alive. That should be enough to make any normal person pull their hair out, but Olivia is made of stronger stuff than this and rises to the situation with life intact. This is the second book Ellery Adams new "Books by the Bay" mystery series. I for one predict a long and enchanting run for Ellery and Olivia her heroine. FTC Full Disclosure: I received this book as a gift from the author, and reviewed it for my own pleasure and to share my enjoyment with others.
CJ-MO More than 1 year ago
"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.
ethel55 More than 1 year ago
I think I enjoyed Adams' second Books by the Bay mystery even more than the first, as all the characters are fleshed out and naturally, we jump right in with a murder. Olivia discovers a body on the beach while walking her poodle Haviland. Soon, her friend Laurel and the police are sharing the common denominator between the murder and local robberies. It seems the perpetrators are leaving a cliche ridden clue at each scene. Olivia's character has definitely softened somwhat in this story. Her writer's group has provided new friends and news from a possible blackmailer may answer the question of what happened to her father in a storm at sea 30 years ago. I can't wait to return to Oyster Bay, a teaser for The Last Word appears at the end of this story.
annette94LA More than 1 year ago
Waiting almost a year for the follow up book to A Killer Plot was worth the wait. A Deadly Cliche is just as good if not better than the first book. The main character, Olivia, must face a lot of emotional situations and changes. And she does it brilliantly. The other citizens of Oyster Bay are such well developed characters that I feel like they are people I really know and care about. The mystery plot was original and keep me on the edge of my seat. I hope this series is around for a very long time. Meanwhile I will just have to wait for the next book to come out to read about my friends from Oyster Bay.
BookladyBA More than 1 year ago
"While walking her poodle, Olivia Limoges discovers a dead body buried in the sand. Could it be connected to the bizarre burglaries plaguing Oyster Bay, North Carolina? At every crime scene, the thieves set up odd tableaus: a stick of butter with a knife through it, dolls with silver spoons in their mouths, a deck of cards with a missing queen. Olivia realizes each setup represents a cliché. And who better to decode the cliché clues than her Bayside Book Writers group?" Adding to the intensity of the story is the looming tropical storm/hurricane Ophelia and the possible discovery of Olivia's father, long thought to have perished in a hurricane during Olivia's childhood. Last summer I read a Killer Plot by Ellery Adams because the author sent it to me for review. I BOUGHT A Deadly Cliche because I enjoyed the first book so much and I couldn't wait to find out what happens to the characters from Oyster Bay. Adams has created a wonderful community that readers will want to visit over and over. I'm a big fan of Olivia. Even though she is often reserved in her interactions with others, you can tell that she want's to be less cold. She's trying to loosen up. She's a beautiful, caring, intelligent, self-reliant woman, but she's not perfect. And she doesn't think she is. The other characters are just as like able: sweet Laurel, who wants an identity that includes a career in addition to motherhood; Millay, the tough but vulnerable young bartender; Harris, the young, unassuming computer geek, who just happens to more attractive than he realizes; and Rawlings, Olivia's love interest, who has hidden depths and is the Chief of Police - are just a few of the delightful characters in this series. One of the things that makes this series stand out for me, is that while it is indeed a murder mystery, at times the murder really seems to take a back seat to the development and growth of the characters in the book. It's the lives and stories of these characters that take the forefront rather than the murder. However, don't think that the murder is something the author has just thrown in to make it a murder mystery. A Deadly Cliche is a well woven mystery that any Cozy fan will enjoy. To be cliche-ish A Deadly Cliche is a "top of the line" mystery. If mysteries are your game, you should run out and get a copy today.
DAinNY1 More than 1 year ago
Olivia finds a dead body. Someone is burglarizing homes leaving odd clues and Olivia and the book writer's group wonder if these incidents are connected. Meanwhile Olivia's personal life is being challenged from all fronts as these events surround her. This was an emotionally-filled and well-written story that I couldn't put down. This was a different read because it wasn't focus on the murder/burglaries, but rather focused on the mystery of the murder/burglaries and that kept me turning the pages. The more Olivia and Laurel investigated, the more the pieces fit together and what a surprising twist to discover who the perpetrator was. The author gave us a ride that was both riveting and heartwarming as Olivia got the closure and some answers that she was looking for. I can't wait to read the next book in this charming series.
the-PageTurner More than 1 year ago
This writer is good. She is good with plot and characters. In this the second in the Books by the Bay series we get to know our heroine much better. Ellery Adams draws an interesting person with Olivia Limoges. And her dog Haviland is more human than poodle. You will love this book.
shelleyg More than 1 year ago
Ellery Adams has nailed it again with A Deadly Cliche, the second in the Books by the Bay series. She pulls you in from the first page as if you are there in Oyster Bay with each of the characters in the story. And seriuosly how could you not fall in love with Haviland, he is such a wonderful dog. Olivia is such a inspiration and so compassionate that you feel like you have known her all your life. If you havent read this series I highly recommend that you do, Ellery doesnt disappoint!!!!!!! And you too will fall in love with Captian Haviland!!!!!!!!
Debbie826 More than 1 year ago
This series is so engaging....the characters and subplots so well developed, I almost forget there is a mystery to be solved. I'm on Team Sawyer!!!!
John_Atule More than 1 year ago
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.
MareCT More than 1 year ago
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.
sharno22 More than 1 year ago
I love the characters, the town of Oyster Bay, and of course, the Captain. I read quite a lot of mysteries, and I can say without a doubt that with the release of this second novel, the Books by the Bay series has become my favorite. This book is even better than the first one. Can't wait to read the next installment!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This a very fun, light and yet cerebral book. Having lived in Coastal North Carolina, I believe the author has her characters and setting down well. I am a big Olivia L. fan. Her name cracks me up as does the author's writing style. This is just an entertaining book. I kind of wish that I could live in Oyster Bay, N.C. and be in Olivia's writer's group. Try this book; I think you'll like it.
Angelofbooks More than 1 year ago
Love the Cliches in the book as well as the story line that brought it all together. Absolutely in love with this series. I think in all my favorite character is Captain. 
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
Took a longer break than I thought with this. But I finally finished it. While continuing where I left off, it reminded me why I liked the first book and cozy mysteries in general. The fast paced, the characters, the book covers and settings. Oh and the mystery I guess. Anyway, this was a good sequel. I was going to give it a 3 but then near the end I upped the rating to a solid 4. Back in the mood to continue this series.
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