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

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  3,166 Ratings  ·  350 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 d
Mass Market Paperback, 313 pages
Published June 1st 2010 by Berkley (first published 2010)
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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
Ellery Adams
Nov 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I'm a little biased about this one. :)
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
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.
Jessica Robbins
Aug 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
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
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.
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
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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
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
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
JoAnne McMaster (Any Good Book)
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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
Stormi (Books, Movies, Reviews. Oh my!)
Olivia is the subject to a lot of gossip in the small town of Bayside and she longs to be an author. Camden Ford finally talks her into joining the group and she finally has some friends. Things were going great and then someone kills Camden and leaves a haiku leading everyone to think maybe it’s a writer.

Olivia is devastated that her friend has been murdered and wants to get to the bottom of things. Camden was writing a story about some prominent citizens and some think maybe it was that that k
Nidah (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
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.
Leann Sweeney
Jun 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing
If you like cozies this is the book for you. Excellent.
Avery Aames
Jul 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Charming with tons of lovely description to savor.
May 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
It seems that May has been the month of mysteries for me.
Although I ended up liking the story, it took me a while to connect with, and feel for the characters. For one thing, the main character, Olivia, did not start out as a likable person, which made sense, but it also made it harder for me to get into the story. Secondly, I felt that there were too much details at the beginning that made the story lag, and again, this may have been because I couldn't connect with the
Dawn Michelle
I really enjoyed this one; it is much more cerebral than most cozies and the feeling and emotions that Olivia has [and works hard to hide] just make the reader [and her new friends] want to know more about her. I love the setting as well; the joys of a small coastal town that is over-run in the summer and bands together off-season is a delightful change from some of the other series that I read. I look forward to reading more in this series.
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
'A Killer Plot' by Ellery Adams is the first cozy mystery I read. I had a faint idea what a 'cozy mystery' was and I knew I would like it, but I have to say.... I loved it!

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 eminently charming writer Camden Ford, she agrees to join the Bayside Book Writers, break her writer's block,
Aug 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a 3.5 star for me. I liked this beginning to the series, but didn't love it. Fortunately I read the 2nd book before this one and enjoyed it more, so I know there's hope for growth in the series.

Olivia just didn't jive with me at the start of this book. She seemed overly snobbish and haughty in her isolation. This definitively changes as she makes friends in town, but her attitude is very cold and it makes it hard to read without rolling her eyes. Her absolutely obsession with her dog is
Sep 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: serial-cozy, 2016
In Ellery Adams's A Killer Plot, the first installment in the Books by the Bay Cozy Mystery series, you'll be swept into the picturesque town of Oyster Bay, North Carolina. For Olivia Limoges, a heiress and aspiring author, she's been having a hard time writing her historical novel on the first chapter. But when she met Camden Ford, the leader of the Bay Books Writing Group, she was a bit reluctant to join. But when she did, she made new friends with Harris, Laurel and Millay, when they swapped ...more
Lori Henrich
Nov 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 02, 2010 rated it liked it
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
Jun 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I've been wanting to read A Killer Plot for a while and it was a perfect selection for my first cozy mystery read in a month or so.

Olivia lives in Oyster Bay and most of the town thinks she is grouchy as she lives up near the lighthouse and has nothing to do with most of the townsfolk and has a poodle as a best friend and constant companion. This changes when Camden, who leads the local writing group, begs her to join them. But before she knows it Olivia finds a dear friend dead and it's up to
Nov 18, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
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
Apr 18, 2011 rated it liked it
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
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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, spoils her three cats, and wastes far too much time on Pinterest. She lives with h ...more
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