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A Killer Plot

(Books by the Bay Mysteries #1)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  4,597 ratings  ·  487 reviews
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 de
Paperback, 313 pages
Published June 1st 2010 by Berkley Books (first published 2010)
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Ellery Adams
Nov 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I'm a little biased about this one. :)
May 01, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery
"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
Jun 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love it when I find a good cozy mystery series set in NC where I live. I've had the Books By the Bay series on my TBR shelf for months waiting for the school year to end so I could indulge myself. Summer is here....and I cracked open book one as soon as I could! Glad I did!

Olivia Limoges is a wealthy heiress, but life wasn't always like that for her. As a child, she lived in Oyster Bay, NC with her parents. Then her mother died during a violent storm and her father disappeared. Olivia was the
Mar 13, 2011 rated it did not like it
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
Sep 01, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the first in another awesome series by this author. I love the other series I've read in so far, and this was not a disappointment. It reminded me a lot of the friends in her Supper Club mysteries. I liked that Olivia wasn't a typical protagonist. She was very different in that she was actually rich and owned a lot of property in the town of Oyster Bay, NC.

Olivia Limoges wasn't a stranger to the gossip and snarky comments that seemed to go with her name around town, but one day after he
Kim Kaso
Sep 01, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5, rounded down. A pleasant cozy, which read quickly. It was good for giving me breaks from some heavier/tougher emotionally reads. A nice set-up, but with 3 dead bodies in a relatively small town, the crime statistics are going to go haywire faster than in St Mary's Mead or Cabot Cove. Our protagonist has a prodigy of a standard poodle and joins a writing group from which we get treated to samples of various writing genres. She has a somewhat tragic past with her town but has made good since. ...more
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.
Jan 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'm slowly trying all of the various series by Ellery Adams to see which ones I like the best. So far this Books by the Bay series and the Book Retreat series are tied as my favorites. This was the first in the Books by the Bay series and features Olivia Limoges, a wealthy woman who has come back home and is helping out the town in her own way while she works on writing her first novel. When one of the members of her writer's group is killed it shakes up the little group and prompts some investi ...more
Jessica Robbins
Aug 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
If you pick this book up, please continue reading, Olivia does grow on you, I promise....
When I first started this, I was thinking I am not going to like this, not one little bit, this Olivia is not my people.... but she grew on me, and by the end I liked her, quite a bit actually.... her dog and her were a bit much for me, and I'm sensing a love triangle in the future, but other than that this was a really good book.... The mystery was interesting, I liked how they threw in the haiku poem.... a
May 14, 2010 rated it really liked it
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.
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Oyster Bay, North Carolina used to be a well-kept secret, but since a national magazine rated it one of the best places to live / vacation, the population has swelled and economic growth has increased. Olivia Limoges has recently returned to Oyster Bay; wealthy, single and aloof, she owns a number of commercial buildings as well as her family homestead. A chance encounter with a group of writers, draws her out of her shell, but before she had establish herself with the group one of them is murde ...more
Nov 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
I like Ellery Adams! A real estate owner returns for the first time since childhood. We open with Olivia asserting comical self-assurance. Her sole friend owns a diner and I worried about following a tough chick for whom I couldn’t melt. Particularly through loving her dog, Haviland, Olivia demonstrates definite compassion. Her alarming past gives cause for sympathy and vulnerability. I like this author's writing, pace, demeanour, and enjoy Olivia. The gradual introduction of her layered charact ...more
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
Jun 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Sally Ross
Jul 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-club
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
Heidi (Yup. Still here.)
I have wanted to read this series for awhile but unfortunately it was not all that I had hoped for. My main problem with this book was the protagonist. To put it plainly she was a snob. It was not because she only like certain coffee or nice things- I could have overlooked that stuff - it was the fact that she looked down on others that I could not get past. I loved the setting and some of the supporting characters and the actual mystery was also intriguing. Since I am a character driven reader ...more
Brooke Showalter (Brooke Blogs)
This is a book that has been on my shelf for a while, just waiting for me to pick it up to read. This month was the time, as an online book group I belong to chose it as the November read. I was glad to read something I had on my shelf. This definitely struck me as a different kind of cozy than I've read before. A few things set it apart:

1) Cursing - not strong; mild and sporadic, but still, something I don't normally come across in a cozy
2) Story snippets - the book centers around a writing gr
Dec 22, 2019 rated it liked it
3 stars
This series is very different from Adams’ Book Retreat Mysteries Series, especially the main characters. But one thing they do have in common is their ability to solve mysteries. I knew this series was about books but that’s all I knew so I surprised to find out the main character was a restaurant owner, thought for sure that the lighthouse on the cover was a bookstore. The interaction with the writer’s group makes for a refreshing viewpoint in helping to solve the crime.
The story did ta
Jul 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Olivia Limoges has returned to her hometown of Oyster Bay, North Carolina after many years away. She has invested in the community, starting a 5 star restaurant and buying many of the decaying old buildings. Oyster Bay is a boom town but the locals are suspicious of outsiders, including Olivia. She and her black standard poodle, Captain Haviland, stay mostly in her lighthouse and keep to themselves. When she meets Camden, a vibrant gossip writer from Hollywood, he persuades her to join a local w ...more
Lisa Cornelius Ashby
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved, Loved, Loved this first book in this cozy series! The protagonist was intelligent, strong, wonderfully flawed, and likable, and fun! Her relationship with her dog was so endearing. He was a great cozy companion character. The mystery was great! I could not guess the killer, which made it that much more fun! I will definitely continue this series!
Aug 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Very enjoyable! I loved the character development. I have heard other readers say that there were a lot of characters to remember. Yes, but keep in mind that this is the first book of a series of eight sequential books. It is important to remember who the characters are and to watch their character development. I made notes that I will refer to while reading the rest of the books. Everything that happens in this book is important! Looking forward to book #2, A Deadly Cliche. Ellery Adams is quit ...more
Avid Series Reader
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
Caryn Zdan
Jan 18, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. I didn’t mind this one but there was a little more description than i cared for. All and all a good cozy mystery.
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Jun 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Olivia Limoges has returned to Oyster Bay, North Carolina, a town steeped in salt air, sea culture and bittersweet memories of Olivia's childhood past. She's gorgeous and wealthy, owning the town's five star restaurant and several properties in town. She keeps everything running with the help of her brilliant and very un-dog-like black poodle, Captain Haviland. She overhears a group of writers at a local diner one morning and, as she's working on a manuscript herself, is persuaded to join by Cam ...more
nidah05 (SleepDreamWrite)
Jul 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 21, 2012 added it
Just completed this book today. this was my first read by this author. I'm not sure if there are addtional books in the series or not. Some of the charactors seemed a bit cardboard-ish/two dimensional. Parts of the plot were well thought out, others seemed to be thrown in without any real development. Not all of the 'loose ends' seemed to connect to make the ending plausable but was nice enjoyable read.
Lorraine Bartlett
Jun 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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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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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