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Poisoned Prose

(Books by the Bay Mysteries #5)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  1,470 ratings  ·  145 reviews
When Olivia Limoges and other Oyster Bay patrons of the arts sponsor a retreat for famous storytellers, one of them is going to have a very unhappy ending…

Olivia thought gathering some of the most renowned storytellers in one place would be a nice, simple way for herself and the Bayside Book Writers to appreciate their talents. But things take a dark turn when the most fam
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Published October 1st 2013 by Berkley
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Aug 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Oyster Bay, NC is hosting a storyteller's retreat. The best storytellers from around the country are coming, with the headliner being Violetta Devereaux. Violetta is by far the most famous guest, renowned for her talent at captivating entire rooms of listeners with her stories. The Bayside Book Writers Group is a bit surprised at how secretive and closed off the performer seems to be. Violetta doesn't give interviews. She doesn't stay after performances or mingle with fans. Olivia Limoges is sur ...more
Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)
Apr 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wow is how I'd describe the series so far. I wasn't expecting much when starting book 1.

Just thought it would be another mystery with a literary and a group of friends gathering in a club on helping writing their novel type read.

But alas, this author has proven with each book the character development, the continuity and just the all around thought out mystery that makes you think you know who might have done it.

Then maybe being surprised near the end. But then at the same time you're like, I kn
Apr 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Poisoned Prose is the fifth book in the Books By The Bay series.
Poisoned Prose just might be the best and most exciting book of the series, IMHO.

This book centers around storytellers and Adams does an excellent job of spinning her own tale. Flynn, Olivia's past lover, is planning a storytellers retreat in Oyster Bay and has asked Olivia if she would provide some financial backing. As everyone is gathered at the local library, the foremost storyteller in the country, Violetta, announces to the cr
Most mystery series have a book or two that aren't up to par. Ellery Adams has never yet hit that point with her Books by the Bay series. The latest, Poisoned Prose, hits the mark in every respect, from the story, the characters and setting, the careful words, to the final sentence. Even the cover art by Kimberly Schamber is wonderful, just perfect for this book.

When Olivia Limoges' friend, bookstore owner Flynn McNulty, asks for financial help to sponsor a storytellers' retreat, it only takes o
Micky Cox
Apr 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Multiple interesting twists for the characters in this installment of the Books by the Bay Mystery series make for an intriguing storyline. The mystery is intriguing, but the turmoil and changes in the characters personal lives enhance the entertainment greatly. I can't wait to get started on the next book.
Oct 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
This series gets better with each book. I cheer each time Olivia Limoges takes on an insensitive character who acts with abandon regardless of the harm, real or potential, to others. It's real to me because that's what I feel like doing - and sometimes actually do. While these are a minor part of the story, they take what could be a caricature character and turn her into a real person who has her own demons and her own code of conduct.

The mystery is a good one and it creates tension for the mai
Shelley Giusti
Apr 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Apr 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
There are some really terrible cozy mystery writers out there and there are some really great cozy mystery writers. I'm happy to say that Ellery Adams falls into the latter category. Her writing is superb, her characters top notch and her plot lines tight.

Olivia Limoges has really grown on me - when I read the 1st book in the series I was like OK snob city. Now I realize how much softer she is and how much she's grown. I love Haviland too! What a great, well behaved dog. I wish I could say the
Oct 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Ellery Adams brings her great style to this latest book. It is number 5 in the Books by the Bay series. And if you are not reading this series- you should be. Olivia Limoges along with her friends and Captain Haviland - the great poodle go to an event featuring storytelling. A famous and mysterious women is among the storytelling. And from there the mystery begins. We see the return of all the regulars. We meet a cousin of Dixie's and see the loss of a regular character.
Great twists and turns an
Apr 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2015
This is my first book in this series and I really liked it. I've heard from others that the main character in this series was unlikeable early on, so I'm glad I jumped in here! I really enjoy Ms. Adams' Enchanted Pie Shoppe series and this was as good as those, and MUCH better than her new series about a book retreat. Good characters here and an excellent story. Will read more! RECOMMEND!
Lori Cimino
May 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
You constantly amaze me Ellery; I think each story is the best and then you put out another and that one becomes the best. Wish I could give you triple the stars.
Kristin Humphreys
Oct 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I had tears in my eyes! I love this series. She has yet to disappoint.
Dawn Michelle

I love this series; it is smart and funny and very twisted. The people here are very real and at the end of each book, I really wish I lived in this small town and was friends with the characters. And maybe because of that, when things happen that end up being very personal to these characters, it makes it tougher to read. Such was the case with this book and I find myself very melancholy now because of it. I cannot go into detail because I despise spoilers and would never leave one in ANY of my
Jennifer Brown
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Good read with enjoyable characters and words that just flow across the page!

I enjoy getting into Olivia's life more and more. I was a little sad about the deaths in this one. Not that I especially liked the characters, but I felt like they had promising futures so I was sad to see that end. It seems like the next will have a complicated theme in it which sounds intriguing. Onto the next one!
Debbie Lester
Oct 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Ellery Adams continues her Books By the Bay series, with Poisoned Prose, the fifth installment. Adams centers her stories around a group of writers, detailing their struggles and successes as they try to sell their work. Readers who love a good mystery will certainly find it here, as a storytelling retreat provides the backdrop for murder. Adams shows the ups and downs of the writing process as well as the those of the small town of Oyster Bay. With a charming setting and characters that readers ...more
Aurian Booklover
Nov 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Good news for the Bayside Book Writers, Millay has finished her book and has found a literary agent who wants to represent her! She is the first of them to take that step, and of course that has to be celebrated. But something is wrong, as she did not share the good news with her boyfriend Harris first. And Olivia just knows that Millay has fallen out of love with him, and doesn’t know how to break up with Harris. After all, he took a bullet for her, he is a local hero. But Harris knows of cours ...more
Oct 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
I'd give this one 4.5 stars if I could. This is the 5th book in the Books by the Bay Mystery series. I've read the others and enjoyed them as much as this one.

I'd give this one 4.5 stars because most of the time Adams writes well, but once in awhile she slips in too much information. Instead of just eating breakfast, she'll give some details, and the same with Olivia's clothes or jewelry. Now, if any of these details contributed to the plot--such as her necklace in an earlier book or a key piece
Cathy Cole
Sep 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
My favorite cozy mystery series just keeps rolling along, and I'm loving it. Ellery Adams has created a series with real depth and substance, and each book is a chapter in Olivia Limoges' life. Previous books have dealt a great deal with Olivia's past, but Poisoned Prose finds her devoting a lot of thought to her future. Having always believed that she was meant to live alone, it's a huge step to even consider entering a committed relationship with Sawyer Rawlings, but that's what Olivia is doin ...more
Oct 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2013
I have been waiting for this book and it seemed to be shouting at me from the shelf since it arrived. I cured up with it the other day and stayed up late until I read the whole thing. I don’t know how Ellery Adams does it but she gets just keeps topping herself.

Violetta was such an interesting character. She had a painful past and continued to deal a genetic disorder that kept her in the shadows her entire life. Her life also connects to some of Oyster Bay’s residents. This draws all out favorit
Lori Henrich
Oct 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Oyster Bay is hosting a retreat event for a group of people who are know for their storytelling skills. Olivia and the Bayside Writers are on the case when one of more well known women in the group, Violetta, is found dead. Violetta has a way of captivating an audience and she draws the crowd into her stories. There are mysteries surrounding Violetta, she doesn't do interviews and always has muted lighting surrounding her during her tales. After her death it is discovered that besides the myster ...more
Oct 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Oyster Bar is playing host to a retreat for storytellers. When one of the storytellers is murdered, Olivia Limoges, Chief Rawlings and the other members of the Bayside Book Writers join forces to solve the crime.

The Books by the Bay Mystery series is one of my favorites and for that reason alone, I would give POISONED PROSE 4 stars. This series is a little more serious than some I read. That doesn't mean there isn't some fun in the books -- how about the name of Olivia Limoges and her standard p
Judy Alter
Nov 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I'm a big fan of Books by the Bay Mysteries. Olivia Limoges, with her unbelievably well-trained poodle Haviland, is distinct among cozy heroines and not really cozy. Very private, sometimes aloof, with a mysterious background and lots of money, she is also generous, kind-hearted and loyal to her friends, particularly those of her writers group. This time, Ellery Adams has skillfully woven in the Appalachian storytelling tradition, a strange disease, some hidden connections between people, and th ...more
Apr 06, 2014 rated it liked it
Pissed! The last 3 books I have read by this author have been bad. The last 2 books co-authored by Adams and Lucy Arlington and this book all had the same problems and things that are really turning me off reading any more cozy mysteries. (1) main character has become unlikable. I mean seriously from smart, compassionate and intuitive we have gone to being cynical and judgmental and think she can not only judge another person but determine their sentence?! (2) A big part of cozy mysteries is rev ...more
Sep 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
It is summertime in Oyster Bay, North Carolina. The home of Olivia, her poodle Haviland, Chief Rawlings and the rest of the Bayside Book Writers.
A story tellers retreat comes to Oyster Bay. Violetta Devereaux is known as the story teller to most captivate her audience with her stories and tales. In those tales lie clues hidden about a treasure.
After her appearance Violetta turns up dead. Who would want to kill her and why? Does her death have anything to do with the treasure?
The Bayside Book Wri
Oct 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I have enjoyed the entire Books by the Bay series and Poisoned Prose is the best yet. Wonderful plot and the story flows well. The author has deftly developed each recurring character and the protagonist, Olivia Limoges, has become more and more approachable with each book. I've read some reviewers say she's unlikeable, but I found her to be an extremely interesting person, with many layers that she peels away, sometimes painfully, to deal with her past. My only criticism is the author's tendenc ...more
Sue Ross
Oct 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Oyster Bay will never be the same. As usual Ellery Adams has combined mystery and suspense in an unbelievably real feeling book. A story teller's retreat is in Oyster Bay and one of the story tellers has a secret to keep or die trying. Another citizen of Oyster Bay is visited by a cousin who's back ground is questionable. Who is it that killed the famous story teller? Who knows the truth about the treasure from the past and wants it bad enough to kill for it. All these things and the departure o ...more
Lesley Looper
Apr 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this installment of the Books by the Bay series. I love the North Carolina coastal setting, and the character development continues nicely from previous books in the series. The protagonist, Olivia, continues to be a sharp, compassionate person, without being just the lead Nosey Nelly. Even though I read this on the Kindle app on my iPhone, it was still a pretty quick read, considering how busy I've been. I hope there will be more Books by the Bay!
Oct 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mystery
The plot reminded me of my favorite stories from childhood with hidden treasure, secret panels and engaging mysteries to solve. This was my first time reading the series. It was easy to catch up with the characters who just happen to belong to a writer's group. The ending surprised me between Olivia and one of the suspects. I want to read the earlier books now.
Jan 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I read the first 5 books in the Books By the Bay series this month. The books got better as the series moved along and I am still not sure about Olivia. I think it is because I worry about her several cocktails every day, so I have become invested in her and all the other characters. Haviland is a terrific dog. I am more than ready for book 6.
Glenn Harris
Oct 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Another excellent entry in the "Books by the Bay" series. Restaurateur, writer and amateur sleuth Olivia Limoges is looking forward the convention of storytellers in her hometown of Oyster Bay but one of the stories unfortunately is going to turn out to be a murder mystery.
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USA Today and New York Times bestseller author, Ellery Adams, has written over thirty novels and can’t imagine spending a day away from the keyboard. Ms. Adams, a Native New Yorker, has had a lifelong love affair with stories, food, rescue animals, and large bodies of water. When not working on her next novel, she bakes, gardens, drinks vats of coffee, spoils her three cats, and snacks on black li ...more

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