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Olivia Limoges Goes Shopping! by Ellery Adams

I don’t know about you, but I’d love to have the bottomless purse of the heroine of the Books By the Bay mysteries. I could really purchase some stellar gifts for my family and friends.

As for Olivia, she’s more of an online shopper than a battle-the-crowds-at-the-mall type. So, after pouring herself a tumbler of Chivas Regal, she’ll sit at her desk overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and pull out her credit card.

First on her list is her oldest and truest friend, the roller skating dwarf, Dixie Weaver. Dixie has a heart as big as the entire town, but Olivia knows she wouldn’t appreciate a lavish gift. Dixie is also forced to shop in the kids’ section and is tired of wearing clothes covered by Strawberry Shortcake or Barbie, so Olivia will send her some designer clothes that are colorful and flirty, but no made for a kid.

Next is her friend Laurel Hobbs. Laurel is a journalist, wife, and mother of twin toddlers. Olivia buys her a deluxe spa package, shaking her head as she enters her credit card number and marvels over how much work her friend gets done each and every day.

Harris Williams is easy. He’s into high-tech gizmos and loves video games, so even though the man’s in his twenties, Olivia gets him a new Xbox and a few of the more violent games because Harris love to play soldier.

And Millay? The beautiful, Goth bartender down at Fish Nets? Olivia buys her a vintage motorcycle jacket from eBay. It’ll go perfectly with the lace-up black leather boots the gorgeous young woman always wears – even in the middle of the summer.

But what of the final member of the Bayside Book Writers? Police Chief Sawyer Rawlings? What will Olivia give a man who drinks chocolate milk and favors Hawaiian print shirts on his days off? A man who loves walks on the beach and is a talented artist? Shirts? Canvases? Painting supplies?

Why is it suddenly so hard to pick a gift for this man? He’s always been just another friend, but something about Olivia’s feelings for him are changing, deepening. To find out just how much, pick up the newest Books By the Bay mystery, THE LAST WORD, and see what kind of gift Olivia decided to give Rawlings to show him how she truly feels.

Happy Holidays from Olivia, Captain Haviland, and the Bayside Book Writers!


You can read more about Olivia in THE LAST WORD, the third book in the “Books by the Bay” mystery series. The first book in the series is A KILLER PLOT.

THE LAST WORD: Olivia Limoges and the Bayside Book Writers are excited about Oyster Bay’s newest resident: bestselling novelist Nick Plumley, who’s come to work on his next book. But when Olivia stops by Plumley’s rental she finds that he’s been strangled to death. Her instincts tell her that something from the past came back to haunt him, but she never expects that the investigation could spell doom for one of her dearest friends…

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. Visit Ellery at www.elleryadamsmysteries.com

** Ellery has generously offered to give away one signed copy of THE LAST WORD. To enter, you must leave a valid e-mail address in the comment box with your comment. One entry per person and this is open to anyone with a U.S. mailing address. Contest ends on December 8th at 6pm EST. The winner will be chosen using a random number generator and will be notified by e-mail and has 2 days to respond. Book will be shipped directly from the author. **

Books are available at retail and online booksellers.

A Deadly Cliché by Ellery Adams

A Deadly Cliché by Ellery Adams is the second book in the “Books by The Bay” mystery series. Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime (Penguin), March 2011

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? 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.

Who better to decode the cliché clues than her Bayside Book Writers group, especially since their newest member is Police Chief Rawlings? As the investigation proceeds, Olivia is surprised to find herself falling for the widowed policeman. But an even greater surprise is in store. Her father—lost at sea thirty years ago—may still be alive.

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.

It was good seeing Olivia treasure the life she has with the friends she has embraced, from Laurel who wants to be a writer, to Harris the computer geek, to Millay the woman who has yet to sprout, to Dixie the brash and funny diner owner and mostly to Rawlings who seems to know who she is and perhaps knows what she needs. 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.

Ellery Adams is the pseudonym of Jennifer (J.B.) Stanley.

FTC Full Disclosure – The publisher sent me a copy of this book

A Killer Plot by Ellery Adams

A Killer Plot by Ellery Adams is the first book in the new ” Books by The Bay” mystery series. Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime (Penguin), June 2010

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 with 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.

When Olivia is invited to join a local writing group, little did she know she would be investigating a murder. 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. My rating: 5 stars

Ellery Adams is the pseudonym of Jennifer (J.B.) Stanley.