My name is Violetta Devereaux. You don’t know me yet, but you will. You haven’t heard my story yet, but once you have, you’ll never forget it. I can promise you that. You will never forget me.
I am a woman from the Appalachian Mountains in North Carolina. Some folks call us hill people. Some folks call us crueler things than that. But we’re just people. Families scratching a living from the land. Fighting. Loving. Learning. And leaving.
That’s what I did. I left that place in search of a better life. And do you know how I escaped? I told stories. Yes, stories. The ones you heard around campfires when you were small. The ones your grandparents whispered to you before you fell asleep on a cold, winter night. The ones that painted pictures in your mind and haunted your dreams.
That’s what I am about to become. A haunt. Where I come from, we’re called haints. And my story, the story in the pages of Poisoned Prose is a haint tale. I carried a secret with me to the storyteller’s retreat in Oyster Bay and that secret has been brought to life. The results will be devastating for some of the people you know there. Olivia, Chief Rawlings, and those other writers. I’m sorry to have brought sorrow into their midst, for they are storytellers too, but it is my destiny.
To be memorable sometimes means having to cause pain.
So I invite you to my performance. It will take place at night in the Oyster Bay Public Library. There will be a single spotlight, a trunk of props, and a dwarf named Lowell. I will tell you several stories. I will enchant and entrance you. And by the end of the evening, someone in the audience will vow that this will be the final event of my career.
You can read more about Violetta in Poisoned Prose, the fifth book in the “Books by the Bay” mystery series, published by Berkley Prime Crime. The first book in the series is A Killer Plot.
To be entered into the drawing for a signed copy of POISONED PROSE, leave a comment about a memorable person who told you stories. Contest ends October 16; U.S. entries only
From Dru: Congratulations to Ellery as “Poisoned Prose” is #16 on the NY Times Mass Market Bestsellers’ List (10/20/13).
More about Poisoned Prose: A Books By the Bay Mystery
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 famous storyteller in the nation—the captivating performer Violetta Devereaux—announces onstage that she will meet her end in Oyster Bay.
When Violetta is discovered murdered after the show, everyone involved with the retreat becomes a suspect. There are rumors that Violetta, who grew up in extreme poverty in the Appalachian Mountains, possessed an invaluable treasure. Now Chief Rawlings and the Bayside Book Writers must work at a frenzied pace to solve the crime before someone closes the book on them.
About the Author
Ellery Adams grew up on a beach near the Long Island Sound. Having spent her adult life in a series of landlocked towns, she cherishes her memories of open water, violent storms, and the smell of the sea. Ms. Adams has held many jobs including caterer, retail clerk, car salesperson, teacher, tutor, and tech writer, all the while penning poems, children’s books, and novels. She now writes full-time from her home in Virginia.
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