Mini Reviews of Books by the Bay series #7 and #8

April 30, 2020 Audiobook Reviews, Book Reviews 3

Mini Reviews of Books by the Bay series #7 and #8Writing All Wrongs by Ellery Adams
Length: 9 hours and Sixteen minutes
Published by Berkley on December 15th, 2015
Pages: 274
Format: Audiobook
Source: Hoopla

Narrator: Karen White
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The New York Times bestselling author of Lethal Letters returns to the North Carolina Coast, where aspiring novelist and amateur sleuth Olivia Limoges discovers crime doesn’t take a vacation . . .  After Olivia and Chief Rawlings enjoy a brief honeymoon on Palmetto Island, they’re joined by the rest of the Bayside Book Writers for the Coastal Carolina Crime Festival. The festival’s highlight is Silas Black, celebrity screenwriter and television producer, who is currently working on a popular television show in North Carolina.   As the festival gets under way, a trickster seems to be bringing famous local ghost stories to life. But when the body of a woman close to Black is found on the beach, Olivia and her friends must deduce who on the island could resort to murder—before the sands of time run out for someone else…

Also by this author: Murder in the Mystery Suite, A Killer Plot, Murder in the Paperback Parlor, A Deadly Cliché (A Books by the Bay Mystery #2), Pies and Prejudice (A Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery #1), Peach Pies and Alibis (A Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery #2), A Killer Collection, The Path of the Crooked, The Last Word (A Books by the Bay Mystery #3), Pecan Pies and Homicides, A Fatal Appraisal, Lemon Pies and Little White Lies (A Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery #4), A Deadly Dealer, Murder in the Secret Garden, Breach of Crust, A Treacherous Trader, Carbs and Cadavers, Fit to Die, Chili Con Corpses (A Supper Club Mystery, #3), The Way of the Wicked , A Killer Keepsake, Written in Stone , Poisoned Prose, Lethal Letters

Time is not on my side but I am still enjoying reading/listening to a lot of great books so I opted to do some mini reviews so that I can get them finished and done so I am not stressing. 🙂

In book seven Olivia and Rawlings are married and enjoying a brief honeymoon on Palmetto Island and then the Books by the Bay writers are going to join them as they were all going to attend the Coastal Carolina Crime Festival together. One of the highlights of the festival is Silas Black who is a famous screenwriter with a hit program, but he is carrying around a bit of a secret. Also it seems he has a lots of lady drama as he is with one but another thinks she should be with him and then the lady he is with gets murdered and a professor that Olivia has befriended becomes a suspect. Olivia doesn’t care what others thinks she knows he didn’t do it and sets out to prove it. Rawlings has no jurisdiction there and wants to believe Olivia’s friend didn’t do it but not a lot he can do.

When Olivia is your friend you don’t have anything to worry about because she doesn’t give up till you finds out who is the culprit. I know I first started out not liking Olivia to much in the first couple of books but I really have come to really like her and her fierce loyalty to her friends. Of course I love all the side characters too!

Great mystery as always!

Mini Reviews of Books by the Bay series #7 and #8Killer Characters by Ellery Adams
Length: 9 hours and 24 minutes
Published by Berkley on May 5th, 2017
Pages: 304
Format: Audiobook
Source: Hoopla

Narrator: Karen White
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From the New York Times bestselling author of "Writing All Wrongs, " it s a rotten state of affairs in Oyster Bay, and the Bayside Book Writers are out to end a nasty plot... "

Restaurant owner and aspiring novelist Olivia Limoges is happily enjoying her new marriage. Sadly, the same doesn’t hold true for Laurel, a fellow Bayside Book Writer. While struggling with a demanding job, twin boys, and a terminally ill mother-in-law, Laurel learns that her perfect marriage is mostly fictional. When she catches her husband fooling around with his mother’s hospice nurse, she issues impassioned threats that will later come back to haunt her.

After the nurse meets a deadly denouement, Chief Rawlings is forced to take Laurel into custody. While Olivia protests the arrest, the rest of the Bayside Book Writers become a group divided, with Rawlings and Harris on one side and Olivia and Millay on the other. Now the women must race against the clock to prove that Laurel’s not the sort for murder before her story ends in tragedy…

Also by this author: Murder in the Mystery Suite, A Killer Plot, Murder in the Paperback Parlor, A Deadly Cliché (A Books by the Bay Mystery #2), Pies and Prejudice (A Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery #1), Peach Pies and Alibis (A Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery #2), A Killer Collection, The Path of the Crooked, The Last Word (A Books by the Bay Mystery #3), Pecan Pies and Homicides, A Fatal Appraisal, Lemon Pies and Little White Lies (A Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery #4), A Deadly Dealer, Murder in the Secret Garden, Breach of Crust, A Treacherous Trader, Carbs and Cadavers, Fit to Die, Chili Con Corpses (A Supper Club Mystery, #3), The Way of the Wicked , A Killer Keepsake, Written in Stone , Poisoned Prose, Lethal Letters

*Sort of a spoiler at the end of the review*

So this series was ramping up to be one of my favorite series till I got to the end of this one and it plummeted. I don’t know why the author decided to end a cozy series like this but it was by no means cozy and I can see more than just me being mad at this series ender.

In book eight Laurel one of the Books by the Bay Writers and the local journalist is having a hard time juggling everything. Her husband is always gone, her mother-in-law is dying and she has to take care of their two kids mostly on her own. Things don’t get better when she finds out he is cheating on her with the hospice nurse that is taking care of his mother. In a fit of anger she threatens the nurse with a horrible death and then it wasn’t long of course till the nurse ends up dying pretty much how Laurel had threatened.

It’s men against women in a fight to find out what happened as Sheriff Rawlings and Harrison have to follow the evidence and Olivia and Millay refuse to think there friend could comment such a crime even in anger. It doesn’t help that Laurel got so drunk and was seen confronting the nurse not long before her death and that she can’t remember anything that happened. Olivia and Millay along with Harrison dig up some dirt on the nurse that gives some others a spot on the suspect list.

So I really love all the characters in this series and you should know that by now so I am not sure why the author decided to end this series the way that she did and kill off one of the main characters in this series and just totally tick me off!  Ellery Adams is one of my favorite cozy authors but now I am going to be leery of her series enders. The other series by her that I finished didn’t end this bad and I have never read a cozy series that ended like this and I feel like you should be warned.

It has a great mystery and I enjoyed it up till the end so I demoted half a star for horrible ending!

The narrator of this series though was very good! I have always been a huge fan of Karen White’s narration and she did a stellar job with this series.

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3 Responses to “Mini Reviews of Books by the Bay series #7 and #8”

    • Stormi

      If you read this series, remember the last book has a super sad non cozy ending!

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