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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 re 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 cliche. And who better to decode the cliche clues than her Bayside Book Writers group?


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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 re 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 cliche. And who better to decode the cliche clues than her Bayside Book Writers group?

30 review for A Deadly Cliché

  1. 5 out of 5

    Juli

    I read the first book in this series earlier this month and got hooked. Unfortunately adulting took over my life since then with summer DIY projects sucking up all my reading time. But....thanks to hoopla and my lovely digital library card from a nearby metro library....I downloaded several more Books By the Bay stories. I can adult....and listen. Perfect! A Deadly Cliché is the second book featuring Olivia Limoges and her friends from Oyster Bay, NC. I love reading cozies set in NC since I live I read the first book in this series earlier this month and got hooked. Unfortunately adulting took over my life since then with summer DIY projects sucking up all my reading time. But....thanks to hoopla and my lovely digital library card from a nearby metro library....I downloaded several more Books By the Bay stories. I can adult....and listen. Perfect! A Deadly Cliché is the second book featuring Olivia Limoges and her friends from Oyster Bay, NC. I love reading cozies set in NC since I live here. The people in this series remind me of folks I know from the small NC town I live in. All that's missing is the nearby beach since I live in the western mountainous portion of the state. There are 8 books in this series. Olivia is walking her dog along the beach hunting for washed up treasures that she saves in a collection. She spies an upside down sand bucket and smells something bad. Thinking some kids or tourists might have trapped a crab or other animal under the bucket, she lifts it up. Oh, it's something dead alright. Just not a crab or another sea creature. It's a man. Dead. Soon the local police are investigating the murder and a strange string of burglaries. At each scene odd things are left....a stick of butter with a knife stuck in it, a doll with a silver spoon shoved in its mouth... Olivia realizes each display refers to a cliché. When the burglars kill a homeowner, the case gets much more serious. Who is leaving the clichés and why? Soon Olivia and her writer's club friends learn that trying to track a killer can be dangerous. I enjoyed this story. When I first started reading this series I had a really hard time liking Olivia. But as her background developed, I came to understand why she is so prickly and difficult. This second book has a lot more background development for her and other characters. I'm enjoying the mysteries and the side stories about the characters, too. Olivia's memories of the loss of her parents and growing up with her grandmother are very emotional. It makes it easier to keep reading when she acts like an asshat. This series has been on my TBR shelf for at least a year waiting for me to find time to read it. I'm glad I finally decided to jump in and read. Very enjoyable cozy mystery series! I'm already listening to book 3, The Last Word!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ellery Adams

    This was such a joy to write - I hope you all enjoy it! :) Ellery

  3. 5 out of 5

    Book Concierge

    Olivia Limoges and her Oyster Bay Writers group return for the second in a series. While walking her standard poodle, Captain Haviland, Olivia makes a grisly discovery – the decomposing body of a man buried in the sand. It’s a holiday weekend and Chief Sawyer Rawlings has no missing person reports that match the victim. But before he can be identified a series of burglaries captures the attention of the residents. The burglars not only take all the valuables, but they leave behind odd tableaus – Olivia Limoges and her Oyster Bay Writers group return for the second in a series. While walking her standard poodle, Captain Haviland, Olivia makes a grisly discovery – the decomposing body of a man buried in the sand. It’s a holiday weekend and Chief Sawyer Rawlings has no missing person reports that match the victim. But before he can be identified a series of burglaries captures the attention of the residents. The burglars not only take all the valuables, but they leave behind odd tableaus – a stick of butter with a knife in it, a deck of cards dealt for a hand of poker, etc. The members of the writers group recognize the clichés and begin to ferret out the possible connections between the burglaries and the body on the beach. I like this series. I like Olivia’s independence and “get on with it” attitude. She has a crusty exterior, but frequently steps up to help those around her, sometimes anonymously. I also really like her relationship with her poodle, and that the dog is a dog (doesn’t help solve anything, unless he happens to bark at an intruder). Her relationships with the town’s residents are developing nicely in this second installment. She is definitely beginning to open up to the possibility of love and affection in her life. I thought the reveal was a little over-the-top, but I was still sufficiently entertained. There is a significant subplot involving her long-deceased father that I found distracting, unnecessary and implausible, but it’s a small part of the whole. I’ll keep reading the series.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    These books just keep getting better! I definitely liked Olivia better in this one. So much went on in this book from the hurricane to the cliche killers and the upheaval in Olivia's personal life. Some good changes seem to be in place for future books. #readforkimberly These books just keep getting better! I definitely liked Olivia better in this one. So much went on in this book from the hurricane to the cliche killers and the upheaval in Olivia's personal life. Some good changes seem to be in place for future books. #readforkimberly

  5. 4 out of 5

    Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)

    Took a longer break than I thought with this. But I finally finished it. While continuing where I left off, it reminded me why I liked the first book and cozy mysteries in general. The fast paced, the characters, the book covers and settings. Oh and the mystery I guess. Anyway, this was a good sequel. I was going to give it a 3 but then near the end I upped the rating to a solid 4. Back in the mood to continue this series.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Beverly

    Goodreads Summary: 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? Adding to Goodreads Summary: 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? Adding to the intensity of the story is the looming tropical storm/hurricane Ophelia and the possible discovery of Olivia's father, long thought to have perished in a hurricane during Olivia's childhood. ast summer I read a Killer Plot by Ellery Adams because the author sent it to me for review. I BOUGHT A Deadly Cliche because I enjoyed the first book so much and I couldn't wait to find out what happens to the characters from Oyster Bay. Adams has created a wonderful community that readers will want to visit over and over. I'm a big fan of Olivia. Even though she is often reserved in her interactions with others, you can tell that she want's to be less cold. She's trying to loosen up. She's a beautiful, caring, intelligent, self-reliant woman, but she's not perfect. And she doesn't think she is. The other characters are just as like able: sweet Laurel, who wants an identity that includes a career in addition to motherhood; Millay, the tough but vulnerable young bartender; Harris, the young, unassuming computer geek, who just happens to more attractive than he realizes; and Rawlings, Olivia's love interest, who has hidden depths and is the Chief of Police - are just a few of the delightful characters in this series. One of the things that makes this series stand out for me, is that while it is indeed a murder mystery, at times the murder really seems to take a back seat to the development and growth of the characters in the book. It's the lives and stories of these characters that take the forefront rather than the murder. However, don't think that the murder is something the author has just thrown in to make it a murder mystery. A Deadly Cliche is a well woven mystery that any Cozy fan will enjoy. To be cliche-ish A Deadly Cliche is a "top of the line" mystery. If mysteries are your game, you should run out and get a copy today.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Dawn Michelle

    I am really enjoying this series; I love the characters [they all feel very true-to-life and are people that I would want to hang out with] and I love the dynamic of the book. As I said in my previous review, this is a much more cerebral kind of cozy; there are still plenty of laughs and some of the characters are smart-mouth and sassy [which I love], but there is a "smartness" to these stories that is missing from your typical cozy. They make you think, they make you feel and in this one, it ma I am really enjoying this series; I love the characters [they all feel very true-to-life and are people that I would want to hang out with] and I love the dynamic of the book. As I said in my previous review, this is a much more cerebral kind of cozy; there are still plenty of laughs and some of the characters are smart-mouth and sassy [which I love], but there is a "smartness" to these stories that is missing from your typical cozy. They make you think, they make you feel and in this one, it made me cry. Very excellent read of what is shaping up to be my absolute favorite new [and maybe all-time] series.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Cornelius Ashby

    I am absolutely in love with this series. The protagonist is a strong woman with a yearning to connect with others even though she tries to hold herself and heart off from human connections. This second book held a mystery within the murder mystery. It answered questions left from the first book with hopes of new beginnings for the next book. I adore her fierce love for standard poodle Captain Haviland. Their relationship is a balm for the wounds she holds. I can’t wait to read book #3.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Patricia

    Wow. I had been prepared to give this book only 4 stars, but the ending completely dazzled me! Poignant is the best way to describe it. I absolutely loved the character development of the main character, Olivia Limoges, throughout the book, but the ending really took me by surprise. I will definitely read The Last Word (book #3) very soon. I want to see what happens to Olivia and the other main characters. I think of them as my friends.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kristen

    Love it, love her. The benchmark in cozy mysteries

  11. 4 out of 5

    Grey853

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. People who read my reviews know I rarely give five stars, but I have to do so with this one. I love this book and this series. It's not often we get a protagonist like Olivia Limoges, especially in a cozy, who is so intelligent, independent, and strong-willed and yet who is also quite damaged because of her childhood traumas. Despite her losses, she's incredibly functional and slowly learning to be more open and trusting, something that is not easy for her. In the first book of the series, A KIL People who read my reviews know I rarely give five stars, but I have to do so with this one. I love this book and this series. It's not often we get a protagonist like Olivia Limoges, especially in a cozy, who is so intelligent, independent, and strong-willed and yet who is also quite damaged because of her childhood traumas. Despite her losses, she's incredibly functional and slowly learning to be more open and trusting, something that is not easy for her. In the first book of the series, A KILLER PLOT, we met her and her writing group. In this book there's still some writing going on, but the story moves to a different level, one where the interaction goes into their daily lives and friendships. Another thing I really enjoy about the book is her relationship with her dog Captain Haviland. Being a dog owner myself, I understand why she's so attached to her canine friend. On her daily walk along the beach with her black standard poodle something terrible happens. The walk is cut short when she discovers a body, a naked man buried in the sand with a bucket over his head. It's a gruesome find and one that drops her right into the middle of an investigation that could be linked to a series of local burglaries. In the first half of the book, this all happens with the backdrop of a hurricane on its way to Oyster Bay. Personally, the storm is the least of Olivia's problems. She's dealing with upsets of her own, her changing romantic life being one, and the possibility that her father, missing for 30 years, might still be alive for another. All this is written in wonderfully rich narrative. Olivia is a thinker, she ponders details and possibilities, sometimes to the point of paralysis. She has trouble opening up, to exposing herself to the pain that dealing with others can bring. In simple terms she's afraid, afraid of being hurt and abandoned again. She's not sure if she's ready for that risk, but her growing attraction to Police Chief Rawlings might give her little choice. Then there's her father. Could he really be alive? If he is, why hasn't he contacted her? Is it some sick plot to prey on her desire to see the parent she lost when she was a child? She has to find out and when she does, she's shocked by what she discovers. While this is a wonderful book and I enjoyed it, I will warn that it's not a cozy-cozy. There are some graphic scenes that some people might find disturbing. Personally, I can hardly wait for the next one to see what happens between Olivia and Rawlings, but also to see how she deals with her newly found family.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jeannie and Louis Rigod

    A Deadly Cliche by Ellery Adams Captain Haviland has a heck of a job taking care of Olivia in this book. And, make no mistake, Olivia does need taking care of. Our strong woman sleuth stumbles upon a body while taking Captain Haviland on his morning run. Then she learns of robberies in the beloved town of Oyster Bay, NC. What is going on? Laurel, a member of the writing group, shares her dream of wanting to be a journalist. What better story to try your teeth on than the goings on in town? Olivia A Deadly Cliche by Ellery Adams Captain Haviland has a heck of a job taking care of Olivia in this book. And, make no mistake, Olivia does need taking care of. Our strong woman sleuth stumbles upon a body while taking Captain Haviland on his morning run. Then she learns of robberies in the beloved town of Oyster Bay, NC. What is going on? Laurel, a member of the writing group, shares her dream of wanting to be a journalist. What better story to try your teeth on than the goings on in town? Olivia champions her friend's dream and finds herself figuring out tried and true cliches that are being left by the robber/murderers. There are personal stories also going on in Olivia's life. The mystery of where her Father went becomes alive again. Olivia knows he is dead...but is he? A betrayal that she never saw coming hits and Olivia needs emotional support. Money won't make this better. I was finding myself immersed in Olivia's life in this novel. The crimes were horrific, however, I truly was caught up in the drama that surrounded Olivia and Haviland. The ending was very satisfying and left me craving the next installment. This is a page turner!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Missy

    I adore the work of this author, and this series is definitely my favorite. I, too, enjoyed the hurricane prep and storm, to learn more how islanders react. I also identified and relived the dying father scene, as my dad passed away almost 7 months ago, and I was by his side too. I had been there all day, knowing the end was nearing, but still thinking it would be a day or two, I left for a few hours to work, and not 20 minutes after my return, my dad moved on to a better world. Amazing, the sim I adore the work of this author, and this series is definitely my favorite. I, too, enjoyed the hurricane prep and storm, to learn more how islanders react. I also identified and relived the dying father scene, as my dad passed away almost 7 months ago, and I was by his side too. I had been there all day, knowing the end was nearing, but still thinking it would be a day or two, I left for a few hours to work, and not 20 minutes after my return, my dad moved on to a better world. Amazing, the similarities and beauty within the saddness. I appreciate the character development and growth, as well.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Lorna Barrett

    Ellery Adams has done it again in her second Books By The Bay Mystery, A Deadly Cliché. Great characters, a lovely setting, terrific plot, and Ellery has a gift for description that makes me green with envy. I’ve always had cats, but Captain Haviland is such a great character, I find myself yearning for a black Standard Poodle. Light and dark moments are balanced in this compelling story, and Olivia’s generosity to her friends and the citizens of Oyster Bay is heartwarming. I can’t wait for the Ellery Adams has done it again in her second Books By The Bay Mystery, A Deadly Cliché. Great characters, a lovely setting, terrific plot, and Ellery has a gift for description that makes me green with envy. I’ve always had cats, but Captain Haviland is such a great character, I find myself yearning for a black Standard Poodle. Light and dark moments are balanced in this compelling story, and Olivia’s generosity to her friends and the citizens of Oyster Bay is heartwarming. I can’t wait for the next installment in the series: The Last Word

  15. 4 out of 5

    Mare

    This second installment in the Books by the Bay series is outstanding. Ms. Adams has a marvelous ability to bring incredibly engaging characters to life and make the reader care about those characters. Each character has both good and bad traits so that the reader has no choice but to identify with them in one way or another. For purely selfish reasons I hope that this series continues for many more books just so that I know that I can visit Oyster Bay and it's residents again and again. This second installment in the Books by the Bay series is outstanding. Ms. Adams has a marvelous ability to bring incredibly engaging characters to life and make the reader care about those characters. Each character has both good and bad traits so that the reader has no choice but to identify with them in one way or another. For purely selfish reasons I hope that this series continues for many more books just so that I know that I can visit Oyster Bay and it's residents again and again.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    Yay! Much better than the first book. Olivia isn't quite as snobby. Yay! Much better than the first book. Olivia isn't quite as snobby.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Mary Ann

    The whole town is getting ready for a hurricane that will change relationships. But also she finds the body of a man buried in the sand and then she helps Laurel get her dream job...reporter for the local paper. When they start looking into the robberies of all the homes near them, they discover some things and then share it with the local police chief, Rawlings, who she is becoming closer to. This is the book where we learn that her father is still alive and that she has a half-brother! I did e The whole town is getting ready for a hurricane that will change relationships. But also she finds the body of a man buried in the sand and then she helps Laurel get her dream job...reporter for the local paper. When they start looking into the robberies of all the homes near them, they discover some things and then share it with the local police chief, Rawlings, who she is becoming closer to. This is the book where we learn that her father is still alive and that she has a half-brother! I did enjoy this book. Sorry for the spoiler on the brother, but saving the other things for you to find for yourself. I have also been reading them out of order, which doesn't hurt the story, but you can read it in order and then meet the characters (like the half-brother and family) correctly.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Meg

    I enjoyed the mystery so much more this time around. It was more involved and I felt that it was a bit more suspenseful. I also liked that we got to know Olivia better, and we learned about her past. There were places that seemed a bit rushed and I wished that the author would have taken more time toward the end to address Olivia's father, but overall it was good. Olivia in the first book and some of the other characters weren't written well and this time around the author made up for that. I'm I enjoyed the mystery so much more this time around. It was more involved and I felt that it was a bit more suspenseful. I also liked that we got to know Olivia better, and we learned about her past. There were places that seemed a bit rushed and I wished that the author would have taken more time toward the end to address Olivia's father, but overall it was good. Olivia in the first book and some of the other characters weren't written well and this time around the author made up for that. I'm still on the fence about this series and I'm anxious to read the third installment to see if I want to continue. :) 4 stars for the mystery and characterization.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Sassy-pants

    In this second book of the Books By the Bay Mystery series, Olivia and her best-dog-friend discover a dead body on the beach outside their home. A series of break-ins around the community pique the interest of the Bayside Writer’s group and they once again dig deep and help unravel the crimes being committed. I love the characters in this series. Learning more about Olivia’s past brought up some hard feelings for me, but in the best way. Questioning the love of a parent, learning painful truths, In this second book of the Books By the Bay Mystery series, Olivia and her best-dog-friend discover a dead body on the beach outside their home. A series of break-ins around the community pique the interest of the Bayside Writer’s group and they once again dig deep and help unravel the crimes being committed. I love the characters in this series. Learning more about Olivia’s past brought up some hard feelings for me, but in the best way. Questioning the love of a parent, learning painful truths, and exploring forgiveness... these topics are among my favourites that Ellery Adams touches on in this book.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Susan Bogush

    I can't give Ellery Adams less than 5 stars yet. This is the second book in her Books by the Bay mysyery series This book is. 9 hours 28 minutes on audio. Read by Karen White. Excellent narration. I love the core characters. The concept of the book club is great. Olivia. the richest women in town and restaurant owner is slowly breaking away at her ice lady image and I love that. She is starting to open up to the Captain which ahe calls her poodle that goes everywhere with her. What really caught m I can't give Ellery Adams less than 5 stars yet. This is the second book in her Books by the Bay mysyery series This book is. 9 hours 28 minutes on audio. Read by Karen White. Excellent narration. I love the core characters. The concept of the book club is great. Olivia. the richest women in town and restaurant owner is slowly breaking away at her ice lady image and I love that. She is starting to open up to the Captain which ahe calls her poodle that goes everywhere with her. What really caught my main interest in this was that this book has such a huge plot consisting of subplots so it keeps the book at a good flow and keeps your interest.

  21. 4 out of 5

    JoAn

    A Deadly Cliche by Ellery Adams brings the reader back to Oyster Bay. With Ms. Adams descriptive writing and complex characters I enjoyed every minute of this mystery. The twists and turns as this mystery progressed kept me listening/reading as I was clueless as to how a murder and random robberies could be connected. I enjoyed learning more about the Bayside Book Writers. Each one of the members are so much more than they seemed in the first book. It was also good to see Olivia finally get some A Deadly Cliche by Ellery Adams brings the reader back to Oyster Bay. With Ms. Adams descriptive writing and complex characters I enjoyed every minute of this mystery. The twists and turns as this mystery progressed kept me listening/reading as I was clueless as to how a murder and random robberies could be connected. I enjoyed learning more about the Bayside Book Writers. Each one of the members are so much more than they seemed in the first book. It was also good to see Olivia finally get some answers to her own past mystery.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Micky Cox

    Kudos! Even better than the first book in the series and it was quite good. In this book we not only have a mystery to solve, but we see the characters really flesh out their personalities and exhibit more real emotions. Each character's backstory is slowly unfolding and it just makes the storylines that much stronger. An intriguing mystery to unravel that may put one or more of the characters in danger definitely keeps you turning pages or in my case listening! So far the series has been availa Kudos! Even better than the first book in the series and it was quite good. In this book we not only have a mystery to solve, but we see the characters really flesh out their personalities and exhibit more real emotions. Each character's backstory is slowly unfolding and it just makes the storylines that much stronger. An intriguing mystery to unravel that may put one or more of the characters in danger definitely keeps you turning pages or in my case listening! So far the series has been available on audiobook which definitely enhances my enjoyment!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kellene

    Olivia and the Bayside writers have become more real in this book, and Olivia is downright likable. The mystery is a good one, but the happenings in Olivia's personal life were more engrossing for me than the solution to the crimes. Olivia and the Bayside writers have become more real in this book, and Olivia is downright likable. The mystery is a good one, but the happenings in Olivia's personal life were more engrossing for me than the solution to the crimes.

  24. 4 out of 5

    LORI (Dollycas) CASWELL

    We are back in Oyster Bay, North Carolina with Olivia and The Bayside Book Writers. The quiet seaside town has seen a rash of burglaries of late and as Olivia and her wonderful dog Haviland, have discovered a body while on their morning walk along the beach. Add to that there's a tropical storm headed straight for Oyster Bay and you have the beginning of a great Books By The Bay Mystery. Are all the crimes connected? The Bayside Book Writers are busy deciphering the clues left by the thieves. At We are back in Oyster Bay, North Carolina with Olivia and The Bayside Book Writers. The quiet seaside town has seen a rash of burglaries of late and as Olivia and her wonderful dog Haviland, have discovered a body while on their morning walk along the beach. Add to that there's a tropical storm headed straight for Oyster Bay and you have the beginning of a great Books By The Bay Mystery. Are all the crimes connected? The Bayside Book Writers are busy deciphering the clues left by the thieves. At one scene a stick of butter in left out on the counter with a knife through it. Another is a deck of cards with a queen missing. Yet at another, dolls with silver spoons in their mouths. It doesn't take Olivia long to realize each clue represents a cliché. Now they just need to figure out who is leaving the clues and why and follow the clues to find the killer. There is also an old mystery solved in the pages of this book, one that has plagued Olivia for years. Will she find the answers she has been looking for? Will she be able to forgive others and move on with her life? I LOVED IT!!!!! The author of this series is truly talented because these books are not just one story, but several stories tied together in the pages of each book. Not only does she have to write the main mystery for us to enjoy, she also must write all the stories that the Bayside Book Writers are writing, that they get together to critique each week. She has to write all this is such a way that we immerse ourselves in each and every story while following the clues to solve the actual Oyster Bay crimes. While I am sure this is a difficult process, by the time these books reach our hot little hands, it seems effortless, and we fall right in to all of them and escape into the pages of each book. This book also picks up where the last one leaves off as the friendships of the characters continue naturally and Olivia continues to help those in need. One thing I love about the books by Ellery Adams is that she can write a well multifaceted books that are so more than wonderful mysteries, they are relate-able stories of the lives of the people of Oyster Bay. We, the readers, are taken to the seaside town and become part of their stories. Her way with words, her vivid descriptions, the character's conversations, make us feel right at home as we take a mini vacation to this beautiful seaside town. I can't wait to set off on the next trip when the next book in this series hits the shelves. Thank you Ellery for a great "escape" into another wonderful book. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Obsidion, a division of Penguin Publishing. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

  25. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    I really like this book! Even though it was the second in the series and I haven't read the first, I didn't feel like I was jumping in the middle. The characters were solid and I could picture them and their personalities clearly. There were some stereotypes, but not enough to make the characters fall flat. Olivia herself was not what I was expected. At first she was a serious women who clearly tried to distance herself from those around her. But as the story went on, you could see how she was a I really like this book! Even though it was the second in the series and I haven't read the first, I didn't feel like I was jumping in the middle. The characters were solid and I could picture them and their personalities clearly. There were some stereotypes, but not enough to make the characters fall flat. Olivia herself was not what I was expected. At first she was a serious women who clearly tried to distance herself from those around her. But as the story went on, you could see how she was actually a very caring person who wasn't ambivalent towards her fellow townspeople and was definitely softening up a bit. She did like to flaunt her money, but mostly to the good of others, so I tried not to let it bother me. There weren't a lot of clues as to who the thieves were and I had no guess as to who the culprits were, so that was an interesting surprise. The drama in Olivia's personal life was interesting too. Love Olivia's constant companion Haviland, but think it's strange she takes him into restaurants with even a thought that maybe it's inappropriate for the owners and the patrons (this irked me a lot). I appreciate that Olivia is more mature in age and thoughts/actions than some other cozy characters. (view spoiler)[ She didn't mope about not knowing who to choose between Rawlings and Flynn. She was pretty clear about what to do and actually did it (instead of spending so many books running away from her feelings and spending all her time worrying about what to do). She was very decisive about everything, which I appreciated. The drama with her father and family was interesting too, even if it was a little predictable. I am happy that Olivia now has some family to get to know and maybe will become even more open with time. (hide spoiler)] I LOVED the excerpts included from each writer in the club and hope we get to see more. They were so well written that I would actually go out and buy each one if they were real. I need to go back and read the first in this series ASAP.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Janet

    We’re back in Oyster Bay with the Bayside Book Writers group. Olivia Limoges, on her regular morning walk along the beach with her beloved standard poodle, Captain Haviland, finds a dead body buried in the sand up to his head. Off we go on a fast-paced string of robberies and murder as Olivia and the Bayside Book Writers, a disparate group of people brought together by their common love of books and their desire to write, work together to understand the clues left by the perpetrators in the form We’re back in Oyster Bay with the Bayside Book Writers group. Olivia Limoges, on her regular morning walk along the beach with her beloved standard poodle, Captain Haviland, finds a dead body buried in the sand up to his head. Off we go on a fast-paced string of robberies and murder as Olivia and the Bayside Book Writers, a disparate group of people brought together by their common love of books and their desire to write, work together to understand the clues left by the perpetrators in the form of staged clichés and solve the crimes. The members of the Bayside Book Writers, first introduced in A Killer Plot, are becoming so much more than the sum of their parts. As they learn, grow, and develop, they are becoming a really cohesive team. This development of the characters is strongest with Olivia and Laurel, but includes the entire group. I‘ve come to really like these people and care about them and the choices they are making in their lives. The stories within the story are also fascinating and I look forward to reading more of each of the Bayside Book Writers work. As Olivia and Laurel interview the victims and try to find the common denominator among them, Olivia also must deal with the news that her father, long lost and presumed dead, may still be alive. She also starts to examine her own feelings regarding the place that love should hold in her life. And, we have all of this in the midst of the approach and aftermath of a major hurricane. I found this book to be hard to put down and, when I had to put it down to do other things, I found myself thinking about it. I was in tears during the ending chapters. I can’t wait for the next book in this series, The Last Word, to come out. Beware the teaser chapter, it will draw you in and leave you yearning for more.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Fred

    I had the pleasure of reading the second book in Ellery Adams’ The Bay Mystery series, A Deadly Cliché this weekend. Olivia Limoges, on her morning walk along the beach with her dog Capt. Haviland (Haviland has no dialogue in the book, but does bark a few times) notices a pail near the shoreline. But as she approaches the pail, the smell emitting from it is almost too much bear. Under the pail she finds the head of dead man. Shortly after calling 911 Chief Rawlings and a couple officers arrive to I had the pleasure of reading the second book in Ellery Adams’ The Bay Mystery series, A Deadly Cliché this weekend. Olivia Limoges, on her morning walk along the beach with her dog Capt. Haviland (Haviland has no dialogue in the book, but does bark a few times) notices a pail near the shoreline. But as she approaches the pail, the smell emitting from it is almost too much bear. Under the pail she finds the head of dead man. Shortly after calling 911 Chief Rawlings and a couple officers arrive to begin their investigation. The victim has no ID and is unknown to any of those investigating. Olivia returns to downtown Oyster Bay before heading to her restaurant, The Boot Top. She sees, Laurel, one of the members of the Bayside Book Writers group. Laurel is quite upset as there have been a couple of burglaries in the surrounding area. On Saturday the writers group has their regular meeting and the discussion centers around the break ins and the body found on the beach. Laurel, hoping to get a job as reporter, goes to interview a couple of the break in victims. It is learned that some clues have been left behind by the burglars. These clues turn out to be clichés and help the Writers group to come with a solution to the burglaries and who murdered the body found on the beach. Also, Olivia learns that her father, who has been missing and presumed may still be alive. All the interesting characters from the first book are back and the reader will learn a little more about their makeup. I really enjoy reading this series, as Adams does an excellent job of providing a believable mystery and a well written story to enjoy. Fred

  28. 4 out of 5

    Trish

    Olivia is definitely a different kind of cozy heroine - less the fluffy, everybody loves her kind than many.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Nora-adrienne

    A Deadly Cliché By Ellery Adams Copyright March 2011 Publisher Berkeley Prime Crime “While out 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? The Bayside Book Writers prick up their ears and pick up their pens to get the story… The thieves have a distinct MO. At every crime scene, they set up odd tableaus: a stick of butter with a knife through it, dolls with silver spoons in their mout A Deadly Cliché By Ellery Adams Copyright March 2011 Publisher Berkeley Prime Crime “While out 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? The Bayside Book Writers prick up their ears and pick up their pens to get the story… The thieves have a distinct MO. At every crime scene, they 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.” This is only the tip of the story’s iceberg. Olivia will be multi-tasking through this whole new adventure. She has to weather the weather, help solve the burglaries, and oh, she also has to get that new piece of property she wants into shape. To top off her week, she gets information informing her that her father, who has been missing and thought lost at sea and dead these past thirty years, is still alive. That should be enough to make any normal person pull their hair out, but Olivia is made of stronger stuff than this and rises to the situation with life intact. This is the second book Ellery Adams new “Books by the Bay” mystery series. I for one predict a long and enchanting run for Ellery and Olivia her heroine. FTC Full Disclosure: I received this book as a gift from the author, and reviewed it for my own pleasure and to share my enjoyment with others.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    WOW....WOW...WOW!!! The second book of this series surpassed all my expectations! I admit that in the first book I was a bit put off by the "coldness" of Olivia Limoges, but as I read I began to understand why she was so private and guarded. In "A Deadly Cliche" the Ice Queen thaws more and more as she begins to open up to her writing group friends. When a hurricane hits Oyster Bay, Olivia is one of the first out and about doing what she can to help "her town" recover. I'll try not to put in any WOW....WOW...WOW!!! The second book of this series surpassed all my expectations! I admit that in the first book I was a bit put off by the "coldness" of Olivia Limoges, but as I read I began to understand why she was so private and guarded. In "A Deadly Cliche" the Ice Queen thaws more and more as she begins to open up to her writing group friends. When a hurricane hits Oyster Bay, Olivia is one of the first out and about doing what she can to help "her town" recover. I'll try not to put in any spoilers, but just let me say there are several story threads going through this book...yes, there are murders and break-ins, but there are a couple other puzzles to be solved by the end. I was touched emotionally by this book, and yes, even moved to tears at times. If #2 is this much better than #1, I can't wait to read book 3!!! Well done, Ellery Adams!!!

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