Thursday, November 10, 2011

The Last Word-Ellery Adams

The Last Word

Ellery Adams

Berkley, Dec 6 2011, $7.99

ISBN: 9780425245002

In Oyster Bay, North Carolina, Olivia Limoges and the rest of the Bayside Book Writers are ecstatic that bestselling novelist Nick Plumley has come to town to work on his next book. That euphoria goes stratospheric when the Booker Prize winning author comes to the Bayside Book Writer’s meeting hosted by Harris Williams in his recently purchased “aged’ bungalow.

Olivia and her canine Captain Havilland visit the newcomer at his rental, but instead of a gracious welcome, she finds him dead; apparently strangled. She calls Chief Rawlings, but believes Plumley’s library search into the town’s past led to his murder so Olivia conducts her own investigation.

The latest Books by the Bay Mystery is a delightful Tarheel amateur sleuth mystery starring a strong independent person. The murder occurs about a third of the way into the entertaining storyline, as motives and suspects are established before the homicide happens. Although Olivia has tripped over corpses twice before (see A Killer Plot and A Deadly Cliché) readers will enjoy this regional whodunit as Olivia or the killer will get in The last Word.

Harriet Klausner

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