When Munin Cooper, known as the Witch of Oyster Bay, warns Olivia Limoges that death is coming, neither of them realize that it is the older woman herself who will soon be found dead. And Olivia's instincts tell her that something - or someone - more sinister than a mystical force is at play...Olivia has a lot on her plate preparing for the Coastal Carolina Food Festival. When she hears the news of Munin's untimely death, however, finding the murderer takes priority. The witch left behind a memory jug full of keepsakes that Olivia knows must point to the killer - but she's got to figure out what they mean. With handsome Police Chief Rawlings by her side, Olivia starts to identify some of the jug's mysterious contents - and finds its secrets are much darker than she suspected. Now Olivia must enlist the help of the Bayside Book Writers to solve the puzzle behind the piece of pottery and put an end to a vengeful killer before any more damage can be done....
©2012 Ellery Adams (P)2015 Tantor
"The premise is intriguing." (RT Book Reviews)
A lover of cozy mysteries, contemporary romance and getting lost in the world of audiobooks
This might not be important to all readers, but it's worth noting for some. This book has a pretty intense graphic sex scene. It caught me off guard because I've listened to all the books & it came from out of nowhere. Cozy mysteries don't usually cross into that territory so it's just important to note. It's a rather lengthy scene with rather explicit and graphic language.
As far as the story overall I found it intriguing & I love how the characters are evolving throughout this story. They each have their identities & Olivia continues to explore her past and learn more about who she is & where she comes from. It held my attention from start to finish!
I enjoy reading a cozy mystery when the "bad guy" is forecast easily. This hasn't been the case with Ellery Adams. Perhaps she's trying to live up to the reputation of Ellery Queen when after you're given all the facts you're given the opportunity to reason out your conclusions. Whatever the motives, I enjoy the characters now that I've had the chance to learn about them all and enjoy their depth. Some reviewers definitely dislike Karen White as the narrator. She has a different voice but given time it's not hard to adapt to her style. That's the joy of different performers! If you enjoy listening to a story with depth yet gives a satisfying "cozy" ending, give Ellery a try. She may grow on you. Olivia, the protagonist, is not perfect and continues to let go of the inner need to be perfect. Eventually, I hope, someone will "call her out" on her tendency to solve too many problems with money and that she can buy her way above the law. If there were someone like that in my life, I think I'd always be wary of her motives. Again, a good continuing plot arc that ties the books together. I encourage you to give her a try and be open minded. These are a little different than your average cozy mystery.
Loved the book and generally the narrator but it is distracting when local words are not pronounced correctly
Example Robeson county is Rob eson
Not Robe eson
Perhaps the reader/listener of this ms Adams book would be aware from earlier publications that she was the proud owner of such an amazing Standard Poodle. For me, the poodle's hidden capabilities bordered on the ridiculous!
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