Publication Order of Supper Club Mysteries Books
|Carbs and Cadavers||(2006)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Fit to Die||(2007)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Chili Con Corpses||(2008)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Stiffs and Swine||(2008)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|The Battered Body||(2009)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Black Beans and Vice||(2010)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
Publication Order of Collectible Mysteries Books
|A Killer Collection||(2006)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|A Fatal Appraisal||(2006)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|A Deadly Dealer||(2007)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
Publication Order of Hope Street Church Mysteries Books
|Stirring Up Strife||(2009)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Path of the Wicked||(2010)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|The Way of the Guilty||(2010)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|The Root of All Evil||(2014)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
Publication Order of Books By The Bay Mysteries Books
|A Killer Plot||(2010)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|A Deadly Cliche||(2011)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|The Last Word||(2011)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Written in Stone||(2012)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Poisoned Prose||(2013)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Lethal Letters||(2014)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
Publication Order of Charmed Pie Shoppe Mysteries Books
|Pies and Prejudice||(2012)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Peach Pies and Alibis||(2013)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Pecan Pies and Homicides||(2014)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Lemon Pies and Little White Lies||(2015)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Breach of Crust||(2016)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
Publication Order of Novel Idea Mysteries Books
|Buried in a Book||(2012)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Every Trick in the Book||(2013)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Books, Cooks and Crooks||(2014)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Played by the Book||(2015)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
Publication Order of Book Retreat Mysteries Books
|Murder in the Mystery Suite||(2014)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Murder in the Paperback Parlor||(2015)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books
|The Cozy Chicks Kitchen||(2012)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|The Cozy Cookbook||(2015)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
Ellery Adams grew up on a beach near the Long Island Sound. Her adult life has been spent in various landlocked towns, and she cherishes the memories of the open water, violent storms and the familiar smell from the sea. In the course of her career, she has held numerous jobs, including teacher, tutor, tech writer, car salesperson, retail clerk and caterer. All the while, she was writing poems, novels and children’s books. She is now a full-time writer and has written many books including a series called “A Books by the Bay Mysteries”.
The first installment in this series is called “A Killer Plot”. The setting is a small coastal town of Oyster Bay in North Carolina, and here you will find plenty of characters, including ne’er-do-wells, and some celebrities who are trying to hide from the paparazzi. When murder happens in this community, a group of writers are there for the story. The main character is called Olivia Limoges, and people are constantly gossiping about her. She has just recently returned to town in the mysterious manner in which she left. She now keeps to herself and her dog, and she also has an unfinished novel that she’s working on.
A very charming writer called Camden Ford convinces Olivia to join his writers group in order to overcome writer’s block and also to make some new friends. However, some people in the town begin showing up dead, and haiku poems are being left beside their bodies. Now anyone with language skills becomes a suspect, and Olivia now has to find the person responsible for the killings before she also meets a surprise ending of her own.
The protagonist in this book is called Olivia, who’s a very wealthy woman and happens to be very independent. She is in her forties and everyone in the town is always spreading gossip about her. She also has a well-mannered poodle, which she totally spoils. Every few pages, you will find her feeding her dog something to eat. The dog is very obedient, and Olivia always takes her poodle everywhere she goes. The story has a good plot and there are enough twists and turns to make it interesting.
As Olivia starts to make more friends, things appear to be improving until the killings start to happen. It is now suspected that the killings could be linked to a certain gossip book that one member of the writing groups has been writing, which touches on a prominent family in the community. A new housing development is also being pushed through at all costs. The killings could also be related to something entirely different, and Olivia and her group of writers have to find the killer before someone else gets killed.
Olivia is a likeable character and the reader will also warm up to other characters in the book. Captain Havilland is the name of the black poodle, and makes a wonderful sidekick . The pace and the setting of the book are quite good, and there are several characters that will make you want to continue reading the story. The setting is cozy, and you will find yourself lost in the lives of people in this wonderful community.
Another character in the story is called Dixie, and she is a roller skating waitress who happens to be a dwarf. There is a bartender called Millay who is always dying her hair, and these are just some of the characters that make the book charming. We also have believable characters, and the author has done a good job of showing the reader what it’s like to live the life of a writer.
The second book in this series is called “A Deadly Cliché”. In this story, we find Olivia Limoges walking her poodle when she discovers a dead body buried in the sand. This grisly discovery could be related to a series of bizarre burglaries that have plagued Oyster Bay for a while now. At each crime scene, thieves would set up odd illustrations. This includes a knife going through some butter, dolls having silver spoons inside their mouths, and a pack of cards without the queen. Olivia now realizes that each of these setups represent a cliché.
In order to decode these clues, Olivia enlists the help of her writers group. The story becomes more intense when a tropical storm is gathering. There is also the possibility of Olivia’s dad being discovered even though he had been presumed to have died in a storm during her childhood. A member of her writers group then shares with Olivia her dream of becoming a journalist. The happenings in the town therefore present a good story to launch a journalism career. Olivia supports her friend’s ambition and she now finds herself trying to figure out the clichés being left behind by the robbers.
There are other stories happening in Olivia’s personal life, including the mystery of her missing father. Even though she thinks that he’s dead, there is still the possibility of him turning up alive. Then there is a betrayal that Olivia doesn’t see coming, and when it hits, she now needs some emotional support. Readers will find themselves fully immersed in the life that Olivia is leading while horrific crimes are being committed and someone has to find out who the culprits are.
The author has also created a warm community that the readers will be interested in visiting all the time. Olivia is a reserved character, but she also wants to become less cold to people. She’s also interested in loosening up, and readers will discover a beautiful, intelligent, caring, and self-reliant woman even though she isn’t perfect.
Other characters in the story are also likeable, including sweet Laurel who wants a career and hopes to become a mother one day. We also have Millay, a tough young bartender who is also vulnerable. There’s a computer geek called Harris, who’s unassuming but he doesn’t realize that he is quite attractive. The police chief is called Rawlings, and Olivia has some romantic feeling towards him. The good thing about A Killer Cliché is that the murders are sometimes overshadowed by the growth and development of the main characters.Book Series In Order » Authors » Ellery Adams