A Killer Plot by Ellery Adams is the first book in the new ” Books by The Bay” mystery series. Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime (Penguin), June 2010

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 eminently charming writer Camden Ford, she agrees to join the Bayside Book Writers, break her writer’s block, and even make a few friends.

But when townspeople start turning up dead with haiku poems left with the bodies, anyone with a flair for language is suddenly suspect. And it’s up to Olivia to catch the killer before she meets her own surprise ending.

When Olivia is invited to join a local writing group, little did she know she would be investigating a murder. We are introduced to a strong woman with emotional baggage and by becoming involved with the group, she is slowly healing and embracing her life. This is a charming mystery that made me feel for the lure of the town and the characters that live in Oyster Bay. This is a great book and I look forward to reading more stories about Olivia and her friends. My rating: 5 stars

Ellery Adams is the pseudonym of Jennifer (J.B.) Stanley.

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