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Written in Stone (A Books by the Bay Mystery #4)

4.12 of 5 stars 4.12  ·  rating details  ·  586 ratings  ·  76 reviews
When Munin Cooper, known as the Witch of Oyster Bay, warns Olivia Limoges that death is coming, neither of them realize that it is the older woman herself who will soon be found dead. And Olivia’s instincts tell her that something—or someone—more sinister than a mystical force is at play…Olivia has a lot on her plate preparing for the Coastal Carolina Food Festival. When s ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 294 pages
Published November 6th 2012 by Berkely Prime Crime
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Lori Cimino
Another wonderful adventure with Olivia and her family of friends. Being a history buff I am particularly loving how Ellery is weaving bits into this book and the last one. It adds a depth to the stories that makes me eager to get to the next page. Once again we see more growth from Olivia and I for one love her more and more. The 'whodunnit' kept me guessing right up until the big reveal. Well done my friend.
❂ Jennifer (reviews on BookLikes)
A good read, one that was better than the book before it, which was better than it's predecessor. The characters in this series have become more real and more likeable, especially the main character, Olivia.

The mystery in this story was interesting, layered, and complex. Instead of a plot with a lot of suspects, this was a plot where there was no obviously viable suspect, making the unfolding of the story even more intriguing. The ending illuminated a motivation it was hard not to pity and be re
Jamie Barringer (Ravenmount)
This was actually a good mystery novel, once you get past the cover and title. There are not really any stones involved in most of the story, and the one that I'm guessing yielded the title is a stone tha the readers and the protagonists never 'see'. Surely there were a few other more salient images that could have been taken as inspiration for the title instead, ones that would fit the story better. And, the cover of the edition I read looked more like something for a Young Adult or middle-grad ...more
Ok cozy mystery, not as good as the previous one, though. :)
This book is, as all of the ones before a great read and great addition to this series! The characters are even more real and I really liked reading more about Millay for instance who tells more about herself in this book. Olivia was a cold person in book 1, but is a great person now. She is friendly, fierce but real and true. On her side, trusty companion Haviland and lover and Police Chief Rawlings.

Olivia visits ‘witch’ Munin when Dixie tells her that Munin wants to see her. Reluctantly but cu
I think this is my favorite cozy mystery series. There is an amateur sleuth (several of them). Olivia Limoges lives in Oyster Bay, North Carolina with her black standard poodle, Captain Haviland. (Okay, Limoges and Haviland -- check on cozy and sense of humor of the author.) Olivia is a successful business woman who has tended to isolate herself from others. She owns real estate in Oyster Bay and several very successful restaurants. Joining the Books on The Bay Writers Club has helped to bring h ...more
Written In Stone is the 4th book in the Books By the Bay series by Ellery Adams. IMHO, this is the best yet. This is one series that I feel should be read in order. In this book we learn more about Olivia's background and the reader is able to get a better understanding about her character and emotions. The development of Olivia's character was so well done by the author

Olivia is having breakfast at Grumpy's Diner when Dixie the roller-skating waitress informs her that the local recluse/"witch"
Olivia Limoges thinks she has finally come to peace with her troubled childhood and past and in fact was thrilled to find that she had a half-brother and has grown close to him and his family. Her peace, however, is shattered when Munin Cooper, known as the Witch of Oyster Bay, gives her a memory jug that may reveal things about Olivia's mother that Olivia would rather not know. Before Olivia can uncover many of the jugs secrets, Munin is found dead. Olivia isn't convinced the death was accident ...more
Olivia Limoges has been summoned to see Munin Cooper, known as the witch of Oyster Bay. Munin tells Olivia that death is coming. Neither woman realized that is was Munin's death that was imminent. When her body is found Olivia instincts tell her there is something more sinister than a mystical force at work.

Finding Munin's killer takes top priority for Olivia even though she needs to be getting ready for the Coastal Carolina Food Festival. Munin had given Olivia a memory jar that she had made an
Jan 01, 2013 Nancy added it
When Munin Cooper, known as the Witch of Oyster Bay, warns Olivia Limoges that death is coming, neither of them realize that it is the older woman herself who will soon be found dead. And Olivia’s instincts tell her that something—or someone—more sinister than a mystical force is at play… Olivia has a lot on her plate preparing for the Coastal Carolina Food Festival. When she hears the news of Munin’s untimely death, however, finding the murderer takes priority. The witch left behind a memory ju ...more
Lori Henrich
Another installment in the Books by the Bay series.

Olivia didn't even know that Oyster Bay had a witch until Dixie informed her that her presence was requested by Munin Cooper, who appears to know something about her mother. This mystery knowledge about her past is the only reason she accepts the invitation. She is told to bring something of value to her, so Olivia brings along the wood carving that depicts her as a child.

Munin gives Olivia a memory jug encrusted with items that are supposed to
Although this was my first book in this series, it's the second book by this author that I've read. I wasn't keen on that book but this was more my speed.

This book has more depth and more complexity than many cozies, and also more explicit sex. The latter wasn't a problem for me but it's unusual in a cozy so you've been warned. :) I hadn't read the previous books but for the most part that wasn't a problem; there were a few times when I was confused but that never lasted long as Adams deftly wov
Aurian Booklover
I was very much looking forward to reading the new book in this series, as it is an exceptional good cozy mystery series. And it starts with a lot of action.

Olivia Limoges is having a nice breakfast at Oyster Bay’s local diner, as she does almost every day, with her big black poodle Captain Haviland. The diner is decorated in Andrew Lloyd Weber paraphernalia, there are boots with a Cats theme, a Phantom of the Opera theme, and many more. Dixie, the proprietor on rollerblades, tells Olivia, that

When Munin Cooper, known as the Witch of Oyster Bay, warns Olivia Limoges that death is coming, neither of them realize that it is the older woman herself who will soon be found dead. And Olivia’s instincts tell her that something—or someone—more sinister than a mystical force is at play…

Olivia has a lot on her plate preparing for the Coastal Carolina Food Festival. When she hears the news of Munin’s untimely death, however, finding the murderer takes priority. The witch left behind a memory j

Whenever I finish a book in this series I immediately start counting the days until the release of the sequel. The Books By The Bay mysteries are such a treat to read! I confess that at times it's hard to remember that Olivia and her bookclub friends aren't real, as Ellery James has really managed to make them come alive.

Written in Stone is yet another example of Ellery James's extraordinary talent. I was caught up in the story from the start and couldn't wait to solve the mystery! Vivid and de
Cathy Cole
Although Olivia Limoges has more than enough on her plate at the moment with preparing for the Coastal Carolina Food Festival, she finds herself seeking out this so-called witch. Munin Cooper is the woman known as the Witch of Oyster Bay, and she tells Olivia that death is coming. Little does Olivia know that it's Munin's own death that the woman foretold. Left with Munin's last memory jug embellished with keepsakes that she feels will lead to the identity of the killer, Olivia is drawn into a p ...more
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
There are times as I write reviews and tell friends of books that I find one novel that stands towers above the rest. There are as many reasons for this personal reaction, perhaps, the location is familiar and fun to recognize trademarked spots, sometimes, I'm vastly invested in the lives of the characters and truly care about their outcomes and futures, and of course, the story that compels you to continue reading almost non-stop. Then you end the book with a sigh of satisfaction at the complet ...more
The is the fourth book in the Books by the Bay series and the best one yet! One of the distinctions of this series is the strong and satisfying growth and development of the main character, Olivia, and all of her circle of fellow writers and friends.

When Olivia is summoned by Munin Cooper, a recluse known locally as the witch of Oyster Bay, she is given a memory jug and some very veiled clues regarding another secret from her past and a warning that death is coming. When the first death coming t
At first, I thought I would like this book as much as the previous in the series, but I quickly lost interest. As a personal preference, I don't tend to like any stories that focus on native american lore, so once the story headed in that direction, it did not hold my attention. The killer was somewhat predictable - you knew it was going to be one of two characters, and that suspicion was confirmed. There were a few loose ends with the whole Munin/Camille storyline that didn't make any sense to ...more
Dharia Scarab
I liked the first book, the second was ok, and this one was kinda blah for me.

I'll take a pass on the rest of this series.

Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my books...

1 star... This book was bad, so bad I may have given up and skipped to the end. I will avoid this author like the plague in the future.

2 stars... This book was not very good, and I won't be reading any more from the author.

3 stars... This book was ok, b
Olivia is pretty busy these days. She's got her hot love affair with the chief of police, her book club, and a television show being done in her restaurant. It's a good kind of busy.
Until the beginning of the story when Oyster Bay's resident witch asks to speak with her. Apparently Munin knew Olivia's mother and wants to talk to Olivia about her. Olivia agrees, but finds out that Munin died soon after. In what Olivia believes to be suspicious circumstances but the local police don't seem to agr
Debbie Heaton
In Adams’ mystery novel, Munin Cooper, AKA the witch of Oyster Bay, predicts that death is coming. While Olivia Limoges works to prepare for the Coastal Carolina Food Festival, she is stunned to hear of Munin’s untimely death. But this was no natural death so Olivia and the Bayside Book Writers team together to solve the mystery before someone else dies.

A great addition to the A Books by the Bay Mystery series.
I like Ellery Adams and all her series are well written. She gets a lot of story in for the size of the books. Written in Stone had a great story line which kept my interest much that I finished in one day. Olivia's book writers group are her "go to people" when she needs to look into things. Her lover, Police Chief Rawlings, also in the group, shows a softer side than most "cop-detective-chief" love interests we see in so many cozy mysteries. This story takes Olivia back to her roots ...more
Olivia's friends in the Bayside Book Writers group and her brother Hudson (and family) are continuing to help Olivia evolve into a much more likable heroine. Formerly gruff and alone, with only Captain Haviland (a standard poodle) for company, Olivia maintains her progress at becoming much more at home in her beloved Oyster Bay. On a nearby coastal island, local recluse and 'witch' Munin Cooper, is found dead after a visit from Olivia. She and the Bayside group tackle yet another mystery with gr ...more
Sandy Neal
Light reading mystery in a beach setting Enjoyed the information included on the Lumbee Indians of North Carolina. Good.
Sonya Watkins
Wonderful. I hope this series doesn't end anytime soon! Olivia and Captain are two of my favorite mystery characters EVER.
The 4th in the Books by the Bay series, this enjoyable story combines murder, family, friendship and of course, Haviland the Wonder Poodle. Ms Adams excels at creating an atmosphere that makes you want to return with excellent characters that grow and flesh put the story's outline. Then of course, coastal NC is one of these characters as each book explores a little known aspect of the state. The major flaw is the role of coincidence in the resolution as well as the near-inevitable Cabot Cove syn ...more
I just love the Books by the Bay series and this one is my favorite of all. Two mysteries to be unfolded...Ellery brings all the elements together in a way that kept me reading until way past my sleep time, could hardly keep my eyes open by the end but I had to finish it!

The only criticism I have (and this is in no way a reflection on the author) is so many, many typos that proofreading failed to catch...a bit distracting each time I came upon another one.

I am so looking forward to the next one
A fun, easy beach read. SUPER cheesy but that's okay.
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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. S
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