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Written in Stone (Books by the Bay Mysteries #4)

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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 ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 294 pages
Published November 6th 2012 by Berkely Prime Crime (first published November 1st 2012)
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Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)
Apr 20, 2015 Nidah (SleepDreamWrite) rated it it was amazing
I love this series. There, now after 4 books I can say or well I think I already said this but needs repeating. Quite possibly one of my new favorite series right now.

As a cozy mystery and just a fun series to read. The characters keep growing with each book with things either hinted or foreshadowed in one book will me mentioned or brought up again in the next or later book.

This was quite an addicting read. Once I start a series, then I can breeze through book after book in said series. It depen
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Jonathan
Really 3.5 stars.

I originally started this book about a year ago, but I added it to my dnf shelf after the MC purposely hit another person's car for a mistake the person made. However, as it was the only book that I haven't finished, and I enjoyed the other books in this series, I picked it back up.

Let me start by saying the MC had no right to purposely drive her car into the back of someone else's car. The MC was following an older man and his probably mistress. She becomes angry at them for c
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Lori Cimino
Dec 02, 2012 Lori Cimino rated it it was amazing
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.
Jenn
Mar 05, 2016 Jenn rated it really liked it
A nice cozy, mystery. I read this out of order & I still was able to follow, but wish I would have read in order if I could have. It was quite intriguing. Actual rating: 3.5 stars
❂ Jennifer
Mar 29, 2012 ❂ Jennifer rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
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
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Fangirl
Apr 25, 2015 Fangirl rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime, cozy, dog
Lovely read and 4th book in the series.
Sophie
Jul 15, 2012 Sophie rated it liked it
Shelves: mysteries, 2013-list
Ok cozy mystery, not as good as the previous one, though. :)
Patrizia
Dec 10, 2016 Patrizia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Questa serie mi ha conquistato, lo ammetto. E la protagonista mi sta simpatica anche quando non si comporta proprio bene, ma, diciamocelo, quando tampona a un semaforo rosso la macchina di due str... dopo che lei ha buttato la sigaretta verso il marciapiede, prendendo in pieno una bambino in un passeggino, ecco, io l'avrei abbracciata! E pensare che all'inizio del primo libro non potevo sopportarla...
Il giallo è ben congeniato e mi ha fatto pensare a chi potesse essere il colpevole fino in fondo
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FangirlNation
Feb 22, 2017 FangirlNation rated it it was amazing
With The Last Word Ellery Adams' Books by the Bay series escalated from good to great, and Written in Stone, the fourth book in the series, continues that greatness. While the books are mystery fiction, they defy the restrictions of genre and dabble in romance and general fiction. Thus it is no surprise that the cast of characters defy normal expectations for the types of people who would associate together. And it is the characters who truly drive each book.

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Aurian Booklover
Nov 26, 2012 Aurian Booklover rated it it was amazing
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
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Angela
Enjoying the growth of Olivia and her growing relationship with Chief Rawlings.

Each book in the series is getting better and better.
Norma
Feb 24, 2017 Norma rated it it was amazing
I love, Love this series. I can't get enough. Each story is a page-turner and I have a hard time putting it down. I can't wait to read more.
Maria
Although Olivia is growing as a character, there are still times when I don't quite like her. Some of her friends are a little over-the-top, too. The history is good, however, and I enjoyed the introduction of the Lumbee Indians and the remarks about the Lost Colony. The mystery was a bit hard to take in many ways, but it works. Although there was some critique of Millay's book, there was no actual excerpt from it, one of the things I really enjoyed about the previous books in the series, so I w ...more
Cathy Cole
Dec 29, 2012 Cathy Cole rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 17, 2012 Jeannie and Louis Rigod rated it it was amazing
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
Drebbles
Sep 26, 2013 Drebbles rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012
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
LORI CASWELL
Nov 11, 2012 LORI CASWELL rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2012
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
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Fred
Jul 26, 2012 Fred rated it it was amazing
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"
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Bea
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
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Nicole
Jul 09, 2013 Nicole rated it it was amazing
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
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Janet
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
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Lori Henrich
May 15, 2012 Lori Henrich rated it it was amazing
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
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Nancy
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
Snap
Oct 05, 2012 Snap rated it really liked it
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
Mirjam
Nov 28, 2012 Mirjam rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
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
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Al
Feb 07, 2013 Al rated it really liked 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 j

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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
Ali
May 30, 2013 Ali rated it liked it
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
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Jessi
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
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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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