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A Killer Plot (A Books by the Bay Mystery #1)

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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
Paperback, 313 pages
Published June 1st 2010 by Berkley (first published 2010)
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"How bad could it be?" I thought, as I ordered it from Amazon. This book's protagonist is an independently wealthy woman who owns a restaurant, one character owns a bookstore, and other people, who originally started meeting as a writers group, try to help solve a crime.

Not good enough. There are two gay characters whom the author appears to like, but who are so stereotyped that they drove me crazy. The worst part is the language. The author was born and grew up on Long Island Sound (thus elimin
Im pretty torn with my thoughts on this book.

It started out with a really good bang and then midway through, it fell flat. I had a hard time connecting with the main character being that she is 40ish, filthy rich and the topic of the town gosip. She takes her dog everywhere with her, without reprocussion, and about every 2-3 pages shes feeding her poodle some gawd awful garbage enough to give anyone a heart attack. The poodle however was probably the best character here. Hes well mannored obeys
BotD - A Killer Plot (Books by the Bay #1) by Ellery Adams. Great plot, just enough twists to keep me off track but not for me to lose interest. The main protag, Olivia, is certainly interesting as is the rest of the Bayside Book Writers. Can't wait to see further character development. Love the town and the quirky supporting cast, they add wonderful seasoning. Last, but definitely not least, Captain Haviland (black, standard poodle) make a delightful sidekick.
Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)
So, this one took its time for something to happen. I wasn't sure if I wanted to continue since I was in the mood to read it. But I kept going, liking the main character Olivia and started warming up to the other characters. And of course it had to have a writing group and a bookstore in there. Book you know me so well.

Anyway, the pace, writing, setting and its characters was really good and kept me reading. Especially the mystery and of course Olivia's poodle, Haviland. Sorry I mean Captain Ha
Welcome to Oyster Bay, North Carolina where the living is easy and murder is on the mind.

Olivia Limoges has returned to the hometown she left as a young girl. She is rich, stunning, suffering from a case of writers block and still a mystery to the locals, and often keeping only the company of her loyal poodle Captain Haviland. She also owns the local five star restaurant and has invested a lot in local properties, becoming landlord to many of the businesses around her. While having breakfast at
Olivia Limoges grew up in Oyster Bay, NC, but went to live with her grandmother after her mother was killed in an accident and her father disappeared. She returns after an extended absence and is the subject of much gossip surrounding the circumstances of her departure from, and return to, Oyster Bay. Olivia pretty much keeps to herself aside from her dog, Captain Haviland (Yeah, the dog's a captain.) and her restaurant and other real estate holdings. She ends up being cajoled into joining a fle ...more
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Sally Ross
I won this book in a goodreads giveaway and I have to say it's probably not something I would have normally picked to read. That however, is what's so great about goodreads giveaways, I ended up really enjoying this book. The characters and the small town remindeded me of "Murder She Wrote" or even "The Gilmore Girls". I am the "owner" of three dogs, and loved the interaction between Olivia and her poodle. I am looking forward to the second in this series. This is a perfect summer read, I've alr ...more
Loved this book! Although I wasn't too fond of the protag at first, I learned about her and came to like her. There's plenty of room to grow and I look forward to seeing what happens to the town, our heroine and her friends in the next book.
Avery Aames
Charming with tons of lovely description to savor.
Olivia Limoges, the main character of this book, has a lot of qualities that make her unlikeable. For example, she:

* parks in handicapped spots
* refuses to leash her dog and brings him to restaurants
* makes fun of boxed wine
* drinks only 100% Kona coffee and spits out anything else
* drinks only expensive liquers like Chivas Royal (non-cheap kind is indicated)
* insists on organic dog food and treats when she's not cooking for the dog
* disses her guests for not eating her upscale hors d'oeuvres an
A Killer Plot is the first book in the Books by the Bay mystery series by Ellery Adams, set in the present day along the North Carolina coast. The cover picture includes a lighthouse with a glimpse of the ocean, which attracted my interest to the series. I was disappointed by the small role the coastline setting plays in the story (metal-detector sweeps on the beach).

I disliked protagonist Olivia Limoges from her introduction in the first scene, where she crushes fellow shoppers' groceries beca
This was a fun little mystery. Olivia Limoges is a woman with a tragic past who has returned to her hometown after making her fortune. She keeps to herself, with her best friend being her loyal dog, until a restuaranteur friend convinces her to join a local writer's group. As she finds herself making friends, Olivia begins to feel more comfortable in her old home...until one of her new friends is brutally murdered. Now she & the survivng members of the group are trying to help the local law ...more
Lori Henrich
Oyster Bay is home to Olivia Limoge, know as the grouchiest women on the entire North Carolina coast. She has several business investments and is known as one of the richest people living in the area. She finds herself becoming a member of the Bayside Book Writers group, who are going to be meeting in the refurbished cottage on her property. The leader of the group, Camden, doesn't show up for their first meeting. The group decides to go looking for him, but instead they find a mystery that will ...more
A Killer Plot is the first in Ellery Adams' Books by the Bay Mystery series. It was a light & fast read, but I am hoping for a lot more character development in the next book. The main character, Olivia Limoges, is a seriously flawed human being and not very likeable. It also didn't help that the only character that I really & truly liked (and who injected some much appreciated humor & pizzazz to the story), Camden Ford, was the first murder victim. Too bad . . . he would have been a ...more
I thought this book was okay. The heroine was kind of a snob and I can't say I ever came to like her. The dog was a key character in the book but not that interesting and I cringed at the poor diet of the dog in the book and the heroine's complete disregard for health codes.

The dialog felt like it was straight out of a black and white movie despite it being set in current times. I'm pretty sure I've never heard of anyone under the age of 70 calling a woman a "dear lady." A lot of the dialog jus
To be fair the "cozy" mysteries are not a genre that I enjoy. I am in a book club and several of these type come along often. Some I truly find clever and enjoyable, but not so for A Killer Plot. I can overlook the heavily stereotypical characters: tough leading female character who has sad past but underneath has a heart of gold; gay men painted with such broad strokes that they become caricatures; silent, but deep widower lawman who loved his wife; kooky looking and talking waitress friend; ig ...more
This story sort of popped off the pages for me. I've lived most of my life in coastal areas and I love watching the ocean in all it's moods. Ellery put all my favorite book elements together in one new and entertaining series.

A Killer Plot is the first book in the "Books by the Bay" cozy series. Our heroine is a young woman named Olivia who finds herself receiving a rather cool reception from the folks in Oyster Bay. She grew up here, and left to get away from the town, and the memories it gave
I picked up this book from my local university's "share" shelf because a) it was set in coastal NC; 2) it had a dog on the cover; 3)it included a writers' group; and 4) I needed a cozy-mystery break. What more can I say? That the plot and characters are, with minor variations, similar to all such series? Check. That the designated mystery around which the plot revolves has a few holes? Check. That it was a light, fast read? Check. That it didn't strain my critical faculties? Check. That I enjoye ...more
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
This book rates a 'superb' from me which I guess equals A+ or 5 stars.
A new author is now on my list of watching for the next release. The mystery was murders. However, they were done in a surprisingly unconventional way. You think you know who has done it are in for a surprise! Also the characters were well formed and you pick up favorites from the very frist page. I learned of this book from a cozy group but, I would suggest that those who enjoy soft-boiled murders will also enjoy th
Olivia has always been a loner, even after returning to her hometown on the coast of North Carolina. But joining a writers club is starting to bring her out of her shell. When one of her fellow authors is killed, she and her fellow writers join forces to help solve the crime.

This is a very well written mystery. I found Olivia a bit hard to warm up to. But then that is her character in the book so is just another testament to the writing. But she really is a nice person under that hard shell. Al
Olivia Limoges was a neglected, unhappy child in Oyster Bay, NC. Now she's a wealthy businesswoman who owns a lot of the town, but she's deliberately cut herself off from others. This starts to change when she joins a local writers' group. When one of their members is killed, she determines to track down the killer. The new man in town--there to open a bookstore--is obviously attracted, but so is the sensitive chief of police, who remembers Olivia's sad childhood. It took quite a while for the c ...more
Olivia Limoges is a rich woman who has recently returned to the small town where she grew up. She owns a number of properties in the area, including a five star restaurant, but has very few friends. She joins a local writing group and, when one of the groups members is murdered, she sets out to find the murderer.
This book was well written and fun to read. I especially enjoyed reading about Olivia's poodle, Haviland, who is her best friend and goes everywhere with her. He was funny and adorable
The detective team of Olivia Limoges and Captain Haviland, with help from the rest of the Bayside Book Writers group, put the clues together to solve a series of murders.

Olivia and The Captain are quite a team, she's a lovely 40ish woman who recently returned to her childhood home and he's an exceptionally smart and responsive black standard poodle who has an almost physic connection with Olivia.

The characters are well developed and draw you into the story almost immediately.

This is the first
I really enjoyed the main character in this book. Olivia is strong-minded and independent. Her best friend is her standard Poodle and while she's successful in business, she's stuck on writing her first book. She's enticed into joining a writer's group. When one of the group is brutally murdered, she and the group set out to do their part in finding out who could've done such a horrible thing.

The book is filled with great characters and detail. It's a lovely start to a new series and I can't wai
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Tim-Jessica Bone
It is the first of the Bay Mystery. It was incredibly adorable story of Olivia and her standard poodle Captain Harviland solve the murder of a new dear friend Camden Ford.
You fall in love with this character Olivia single women who was left money from her grandmother goes back home to Oyster Bay North Carolina. Olivia starts out being the talk of town because she is quite reserved sibgle woman and then she meets Camden Ford who pushes hervout of her shell and forces her to join the Bayside Book
Valentin Mihov
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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

Dec 25, 2012 Sue rated it 1 of 5 stars
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Took me six months to work my way through this light mystery! Main character, Olivia Limoges, comes off as very arrogant. Her dog can & will go into any story, restaurant, coffee shop - come on, I object when any dog except a service dog is allowed into any of these places. She is wealthy enough that she buys, builds, etc. whatever she wants - don't feel alot of depth from her.
Lorraine Bartlett
Ellery Adams' debut novel, A Killer Plot, is not only a great read, but a visceral experience. Olivia Lamoges 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. I can't wait for the next installment.
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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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