I received this book for free from Tantor Audio in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.A Deadly Cliché (A Books by the Bay Mystery #2) by Ellery Adams
Length: 9 hours and 28 minutes
Published by Berkley Pages: 278
Source: Tantor Audio
Narrator: Karen White
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Also by this author: Murder in the Mystery Suite, A Killer Plot, Murder in the Paperback Parlor, 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 , Writing All Wrongs , Killer Characters , The Battered Body , Black Beans & Vice , Pasta Mortem
While walking her poodle, Olivia Limoges discovers a dead body buried in the sand. Could it be connected to the bizarre burglaries plaguing Oyster Bay, North Carolina? At every crime scene, the thieves set up odd tableaus: a stick of butter with a knife through it, dolls with silver spoons in their mouths, a deck of cards with a missing queen. Olivia realizes each setup represents a cliché. And who better to decode the cliché clues than her Bayside Book Writers group?
What I thought of this book.
Olivia was taking a walk on the beach and discovers a body. There have been a series of burglars so everyone wondered if it was connected. The burglars kept leaving behind weirdly staged things and it wasn’t until after Olivia and some from the book writers club figured out that they were cliches.
The burglars usually just took things and nobody got hurt until one burglary becomes deadly when one of the residents catches them in the act. Olivia feels involved in the cases because she found the body and can’t help but be curious as to who is committing the acts. Then one of the young writers in her club decides that she wants to try and get a job at the local paper and she is going to do a piece on the burglaries, she asked Olivia to go with her to interview the witnesses.
Olivia’s love life is taking a turn in this novel as she does some serious thinking about Flinn her lover and Captain Haviland the cop who is also in their writers group. I think Haviland and Olivia fit together pretty well so I was rooting for him. Olivia also has to deal with something concerning her father who has been dead since she was a little kid, or has he? So there was a lot going on in this one besides the murder mystery and I really enjoyed this one a lot better than the first book.
Olivia in the first book is a little hard to handle. She comes of a brash I think and not very likable but by the end you she starts to grow on you, so in this book I felt a bit more invested in her and what was going on in her life and her figuring out the mystery with her new found friends from the first book.
I also love getting to know more about the those in the bay side writers club. The mystery was really good and finding out about who was doing it and why, etc. was very interesting.
If you are into cozy mysteries and want one with a writing club then this would be a good one for you but just remember that if you are not loving Olivia in the first book, she grows on you. 🙂
I wasn’t sure about Karen White at first when I listened to book one but she has grown on me along with Olivia and I think she has the right voice for Olivia.
So forgot to get an audio sample on this one from tantor…lol. So if you want a sample head over to audible.com. 🙂