Olivia Limoges is the subject of constant gossip. Ever since her mysterious return to the small coastal town of Oyster Bay, North Carolina, Olivia has kept to herself, her dog, and her unfinished novel. With a little cajoling from charming writer Camden Ford, she agrees to join the Bayside Book Writers to break her writer's block and even make a few friends. But when townspeople start turning up dead with haiku poems left by the bodies, anyone with a flair for language is suddenly suspect. And it's up to Olivia to catch the killer before she meets her own surprise ending.
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"The seaside setting is fun, and the interactions between the year-round locals and the summer residents are insightful." (RT Book Reviews)
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The narration by Karen White was spot on, but my favorite part of the book was the relationship with Olivia and Haviland (her dog). All the times that Olivia speaks to Haviland and narrates that way was a technique I loved. You really feel like they are a crime fighting due together, and you grow to love them both and cheer them on at each stop.
This book had a lot of great scenes that I went back to re-listen to (just because the performance was THAT good), and I loved the scene where Olivia and Cosmo were driving to the airport and Olivia finally shares the story of what happened to her parents when she was a child. It was a big moment where you finally understood Olivia.
She brings the characters to life perfectly, and she does a wonderful job of making you feel like you can visualize and be there inside the book. Each character has a distinctly different voice so you know exactly who is speaking (even when there are lots of characters in one scene). I love how she narrated Dixie and captured all of her sass, and I felt very attached to Olivia and Haviland by the end of the book. Karen White makes you invest in the characters
I would want to, yes. It's a little long for one sitting but I like that I can savor it over the course of a couple of days.
I loved everything about this book! Olivia as a character is strong but what I love is that she isn't like some other typical cozy mystery heroines who make really glaringly dumb choices,. Olivia gets results without overstepping her boundaries, and it makes the book a whole lot more realistic that way, which in turn draws you in even more. You feel connected to Olivia and get to take this journey with her as she gets to know the town folk of Oyster Bay little by little. I also love her relationship with Haviland (her dog), they are a crime stopping duo together, and that dynamic is something I never got from other series. I can hardly WAIT to get into the other books in this series.
This particular story is a little awkward in development of characters. I realize it takes time to do that, however it felt like a test of endurance to get the main character established and get into the story meant to be told. The narrator is okay but is kinda monotone. Could be her interpretation of the personality of the main character. Side characters have more entertaining accents and energy. She needs to look up pronunciations for things as common as "Für Elise".
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While I loved Olivia's devotion to her poodle Havilland, I didn't connect with the main character. The author showed talent and humor, so I would try another book by Ellery Adams.
this is the first book I've listened to twice listen to the other books in consecutive I love the characters in it they're believable and real
I don't like too much graphic sex or violence talk. much can be alluded to...say in the case of a villain or a lowlife henchman.
not very classy, although a good story and I love the relationship between her and her dog.
but...you ruined the ride guys.
Thank God for books of all kinds and ears to hear
No. Not a this stage.
Yes because the reviews have been so good and I wonder if I was just not in the mood. If the next book leaves me this so so I will not continue.
I am disappointed I didn't like this book more than I did. I was looking forward to the end of the book so I could listen to something else. However it is possible I was just not paying close enough attention to appreciate it more.
I will listen to Killer Plot again because I was so focused on the narrator the first time through I missed part of the book.
It is first in series and it always takes a while to develop characters but I did like a number of characters and the dog.
I hated her narration. It was so breathy and with such strange emphasis that at first started laughing and thinking she was going to read a porn novel. I haven't looked yet but hoping she is not narrating rest of books in series.
only the narrator made me laugh
Elderly Adams is the most original writer in the Cozy Mystery genre I have come across. I am now on the last book in this series and not a single one disappointed me. Unfortunately most books in this genre are very similar, not this series.
This series might not be as good without the outstanding performance of Karen White. Her voice and inflections match perfectly what I would expect the heroine in this story to sound like. She does a wonderful job.
First read....good storyline. It was a fun read but drug a bit in places. Not sure about a heroin who ignored the facts that it is listed that dogs are not allowed in places, but she takes her large dog in anyway, including restaurants and she parks where ever she pleases, regardless of posted restrictions.
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