Poisoned Prose (Books by the Bay Series #5)

Poisoned Prose (Books by the Bay Series #5)

by Ellery Adams

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When Olivia Limoges and other Oyster Bay patrons of the arts sponsor a retreat for famous storytellers, one of them is going to have a very unhappy ending…
Olivia thought gathering some of the most renowned storytellers in one place would be a nice, simple way for herself and the Bayside Book Writers to appreciate their talents. But things take a dark turn when the most famous storyteller in the nation—the captivating performer Violetta Devereaux—announces onstage that she will meet her end in Oyster Bay.

When Violetta is discovered murdered after the show, everyone involved with the retreat becomes a suspect. There are rumors that Violetta, who grew up in extreme poverty in the Appalachian Mountains, possessed an invaluable treasure. Now Chief Rawlings and the Bayside Book Writers must work at a frenzied pace to solve the crime before someone closes the book on them.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425262955
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/01/2013
Series: Books by the Bay Series , #5
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 69,970
Product dimensions: 4.24(w) x 6.78(h) x 0.84(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Ellery Adams 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. Ms. 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. She now writes full-time from her home in Virginia.

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Praise for the Books by the Bay Mysteries

Written in Stone is written with skill, as Adams continues to entertain her readers with a clever story and further develop Olivia, one of the most intriguing heroines of the genre and one created by a maturing and empathetic author.” —Richmond Times-Dispatch

“[Ellery Adams] 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!…A Deadly Cliché is a solidly great, fun read!”—Once Upon a Romance

“Not only a great read, but a visceral experience. Olivia Limoges’ 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.”—Lorna Barrett, New York Times bestselling author of the Booktown Mysteries

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Poisoned Prose 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting colorful characters, alittle mystery murder and light romance. I was tempted to read the last chapter to find out who done it. Wonder if there ' s a book on Appalachin stories. Most interesting. Buy it
the-PageTurner More than 1 year ago
Ellery Adams brings her talent and style to this story. This is book number 5 in the Books by the Bay series. If you aren't reading this series you should be. Start with A Killer Plot. In this book Olivia and her friends go to a storytelling event. One of the storytellers is a famous and mysterious woman. And thus starts the turns of events that makes this a great read. And the ending left me very anxious for book number 6.
dibbylodd More than 1 year ago
I would love to hear a Violetta storyteller in person.This was a good read--engaging with interesting characters. The mystery was quite interesting. Violetta is a particularly interesting person. Who is she? Why does she only come out at night and stay in the dark? And what's with the other storytellers?
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
I have been waiting for this book and it seemed to be shouting at me from the shelf since it arrived. I cured up with it the other day and stayed up late until I read the whole thing. I don’t know how Ellery Adams does it but she gets just keeps topping herself. Violetta was such an interesting character. She had a painful past and continued to deal a genetic disorder that kept her in the shadows her entire life. Her life also connects to some of Oyster Bay’s residents. This draws all out favorite characters together to find the killer and to understand the reason she was killed. In addition to this main mystery so much is happening in the lives of the people of Oyster Bay. These people have become our friends with each of our escapes to this wonderful town. They are friends with each other through thick and thin and offer each other support in so many ways. They really need each other now as new opportunities arise, decisions need to be made, and an awful turn of events rocks them all. Another fantastic story from this fantastic storyteller. You cannot go wrong with a book by Ellery Adams!!! I highly recommend each and every one!!!
cblafer More than 1 year ago
I like this series. Wonderful characters. And this is probably my favorite so far. In this book, the author pulls apart our favorite character and drags them through the mud without making us fear that they won't land on their feet. In the end, they do land on their feet, though changed. Not sure that this book would read well without having gone through the rest of the series, but it was very well done. I'm ready to start reading the next book.
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
Wow is how I'd describe the series so far. I wasn't expecting much when starting book 1. Just thought it would be another mystery with a literary and a group of friends gathering in a club on helping writing their novel type read. But alas, this author has proven with each book the character development, the continuity and just the all around thought out mystery that makes you think you know who might have done it. Then maybe being surprised near the end. But then at the same time you're like, I knew it! So this time around you got a storyteller's event at the library and of course the Bayside Writer's club just can't seem to have a night without something happening that leads to a murder investigation. This makes it like the third book in the series I've given 5 stars. the rest were a 4 but for the last three I've read, those 5 stars are worth it. And I don't give 5 stars to books that often. It all depends on the book, sequel, etc. Love this series that I felt that rating was right. And the characters do go through a lot with each book. The character development keeps better and better and I want to give the author hug and awesome points for that. Oh and for getting me out of my reading slump. So of course the feels was all over the place in this one, especially near the end. I was like wait, what? But they, and that and oh don't do this to me book. Still, a really good series that I recommend. Whether you're thinking of reading a series in the cozy genre or just looking for a mystery read. Looking forward to reading more about the Bayside Writer's Club and their next murder mystery.
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TessT More than 1 year ago
It is always so nice to touch base with Olivia and the writer's club. Captain the beautiful poodle adds charm all his own to the story. Dixie the lovable owner/waitress of the local diner is still her charming self, dressed in roller skates, striped socks and tutus.  Ellery Adams is one of my favorite authors, she writes this series and also the pie shop series under the name of Ellery Adams. Under the name of J.B. Stanley, she writes the Supper Club books and also the Collectible Mysteries. I have read all of Ellery's books and have enjoyed them very much. If I had to chose a favorite series, I would pick the Collectible Mysteries, just because I love antiques and the hunt for them. If you plan to buy a new book, and who doesn't please try one of Ellery's. 
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Justpeachy1 More than 1 year ago
Ellery Adams continues her Books By the Bay series, with Poisoned Prose, the fifth installment. Adams centers her stories around a group of writers, detailing their struggles and successes as they try to sell their work. Readers who love a good mystery will certainly find it here, as a storytelling retreat provides the backdrop for murder. Adams shows the ups and downs of the writing process as well as the those of the small town of Oyster Bay. With a charming setting and characters that readers enjoy coming back to again and again, this is perhaps the best book in the series to date! Poisoned Prose centers around a storytelling retreat which brings several of the countries greatest storytellers together in Oyster Bay. I loved this whole idea. Since my girls were in grade school, all of the students have taken part in the local storytelling festival and it has become a wonderful tradition here in our community. It's something we look forward to every year and I got that nostalgic feeling when reading about the retreat in this book. I liked the fact that Violetta was such a remarkable character. An Appalachian storyteller who is passing down the stories told by her father and grandfather. I would loved for her to somehow survive, so we could have learned more about her, but Adams knows what she's doing. The story was realistic and very interesting. The mystery of the missing treasure and the story of Violetta's life made for a very intriguing mystery. The suspects were not all, who I thought they would be and I liked the fact that the victim had ties to residents of Oyster Bay as well. It provided connection and a reason for Olivia and the Bayside writers to be so involved in the case. I liked how each member of the writers group contributed their own part in the investigation. It goes to show that this series is not just focused on Olivia as a main character, each writer has a part and that's what makes this such a good series. The motive was pretty plain after a while and I had it narrowed down between two suspects, but couldn't pick until the killer was revealed. A great mystery in this one, I think it's the best of the series so far. I liked the fact that Adams was easily able to balance the book between the mystery aspects and the relationships between the members of the writing group and the rest of the inhabitants of the town. There are so many things going on in the personal lives of these characters. I liked the fact that Olivia is finally open to the idea that perhaps she isn't meant to live her life alone. I liked the development of the relationship between her and Rawlings and I think that means a new direction for the series, as well as, other defining moments with other characters. There were a few times when tears about got me with this one. But sometimes things have to change in order to keep a series current and refreshing.  Overall this was an excellent book. From the mystery to the personal stories, it has depth and is very believable. Adams was able to solve the crime, and keep readers invested. I loved all of the tips of the writing trade that are always imparted in these books and I think I'm going to have to start a critique group of my own. Adams makes writing seem like what it is... hard but worth it. I think that's the best part of the series.
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chefdt More than 1 year ago
Poisoned Prose is the fifth book in the Books By The Bay series. Poisoned Prose just might be the best and most exciting book of the series, IMHO. This book centers around storytellers and Adams does an excellent job of spinning her own tale. Flynn, Olivia's past lover, is planning a storytellers retreat in Oyster Bay and has asked Olivia if she would provide some financial backing. As everyone is gathered at the local library, the foremost storyteller in the country, Violetta, announces to the crowd that the "ghost" will come and get her before she leaves Oyster Bay. Olivia is waiting for Violetta after the storytelling, but when she goes to look for her, she finds the storyteller dead. Violetta had talked of a treasure, but no one knows what it might be or where it is. This tragedy hits even closer to home for Olivia, as her friend Dixie, waitress at Grumpy's, cousin, Lowell, who worked for Violetta has gone missing. Lowell has a record for thefts and immediately becomes a suspect. So, it is time to gather the Bayside Book Writers together and begin looking for the killer. Harris, with his expertise with computers starts searching the internet for who Violetta family is and where they came from. Laurel with her background as a reporter, gathers more information about Violetta's career. Millay, with her experience as a bartender will talk to the other storyteller and hopefully gather valuable information. While Olivia tries to keep Dixie settled and at the same time try to locate the missing Lowell. Of course, Rawlings, the chief of police is busy doing his own interviews. Looking forward to the next book in the series to see how Olivia and Rawlings are progressing with their relationship and what effect the leaving of one member of the Book Writers group will have on the rest of them. Another superb book from Ellery Adams.