Audiobook review of The Last Word

Posted August 4, 2016 by Stormi in Audiobook Reviews, Book Reviews / 5 Comments

Audiobook review of The Last Word

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.

The Last Word (A Books by the Bay Mystery #3) by Ellery Adams
Length: 9 hours and 30 minutes
Published by Berkley Prime Crime Pages: 313
Format: Audiobook
Source: Tantor Audio

Narrator: Karen White
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Olivia Limoges and the Bayside Book Writers are excited about Oyster Bay's newest resident: bestselling novelist Nick Plumley, who's come to work on his next book. But when Olivia stops by Plumley's rental she finds that he's been strangled to death. Her instincts tell her that something from the past came back to haunt him, but she never expects that the investigation could spell doom for one of her dearest friends...

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, 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

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What I thought of this book.

Olivia is still reeling from the invents from the last book and she has pushed the police chief away in the process. She is adjusting to things and opening a new restaurant. She is also still working on her novel along with the others at her book writing club.

There is a new man in town and he is an author, this as some from the book club excited. Olivia is not so excited because he seems to want the house that Harrison wants and she does what she can to make sure Harrison gets it  first. That doesn’t stop the author from taking an interest in the home and because of that Harrison.

Then they find a priceless painting and the author ends up dead. Who would have wanted to kill the author? The more Olivia and her book club look into things the more they find out that he has been hiding a great deal. There are a few people who might want him dead.

A bit shocked at who the killer as much as Olivia was, but totally understand why that person did it as well.

I am starting to like Olivia more than in the first book. She is a character that you really just have to warm up to because she comes off a bit rude. She is wealthy and a little fancy and it comes out in her personality a bit. I really wondered at times why the chief even likes, but I am starting to like her more now as well. Sometimes you just got to see under those layers. 🙂

I love all the secondary characters from the chief to the book writing clubbers. I am invested in wanting to know more about each of them and feel their ups and downs.

I enjoyed The Last Word, but I have never in my life been so sad over a cozy mystery! The ending was just so sad and it’s hard to tell you why without giving away things. Other than that it was another good story in the Books by the Bay series.

The Narrator:

I love Karen Whites narration and she does a great job with this series.

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5 responses to “Audiobook review of The Last Word

  1. Thank you! I really enjoyed hearing the slice of the story… I haven’t embraced audio books – but given the pounding my eyes get when editing and the trouble I’ve been having with them, recently, I’m wondering if I should start listening instead of reading. Reviews by you and other audio book fans are enormously helpful:))

  2. I read the first book in the series pre-blogging days and never went back. I’ve heard so many great things about Adams that I couldn’t figure out why but after reading your thoughts I think it was because in the 1st book I really didn’t like Olivia. I’m glad to hear she’s gotten more likable and that the mystery and side characters are great. I need to give this series another chance!

  3. I don’t have this one and skipped over it to book 4 I think lol but I need to go back and read this one. I think you’re right about Olivia, I think she was intentionally a bit unlikable in book 1 and she grows on you as the series goes. I also like all the book club people and think there are some fun stories to tell there too…

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