Wednesday, December 14, 2011

A DEADLY CLICHÈ by Ellery Adams

A Books By The Bay Mystery
Publisher: Berkley
Date published: March 2011
ISBN: 9780425240236
Mass Market Paperback
Cozy mystery
Reviewed by Valerie
Obtained via Publisher

Olivia Limoges enjoys her life in Oyster Bay, North Carolina. Her restaurant is doing well, and she has some great friends in the form of, the The Bayside Book Writers who meet weekly. One day, as she is walking her poodle along the beach, she finds a dead body buried in the sand. Chief Rawlings, who is also a member of the book writer’s club, is busy with the murder, an impending hurricane and a rush of robberies that have happened of late. The robberies don’t seem too strange as they have been done while the home owners were away, but the robbers have always left something strange behind. Chief Rawlings asks his writer friends to help him to find out what these bizarre items mean and if the murder is in any way connected to the robberies. Olivia is involved in solving the crime, and maybe a relationship with the Chief. Suddenly, the father she thought was lost at sea is maybe alive after all.

Ellery Adams has written a really good story with solid characters and a clever mystery. I could hardly put this one down. I loved the characters and was nicely surprised at the ending. Olivia is a complex character and does many things behind the scenes to help the people of the town. She doesn’t want them to know it was her. Although she has friends, she is still a bit of a loner. She also acts like a spoiled brat at times, but I thought this made her more interesting and I eagerly watched her, growing and changing. I enjoyed the meetings of the book club and listening to their writing. I thought it rather clever of this author to also write the first bits of their books which also reflected on their characters. So, if you like your cozy mystery with a dash of drama, then you will certainly enjoy this one.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of the book.

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