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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 that each setup represents a cliché. And who better to decode the cliché clues than her Bayside Book Writers group?

©2011 Ellery Adams (P)2015 Tantor

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A Wonderful 2nd Installment!

Would you listen to A Deadly Cliché again? Why?

Absolutely. I am an avid cozy mystery listener, and this is hands down my new favorite series. I love the characters, I love how they are developed, and I love how Karen White delivers a spectacular performance.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Absolutely. The plot had A LOT going on, but in a good way. You have a few different things that weave together, and the whole time you are unsure who to trust or what will come next.

Which scene was your favorite?

You learn a bit more about Olivia's past and how that shaped her as the person she is today, and wow it will leave you feeling so many different emotions. You feel sadness, but also a sense of peace for her. The scene at the end of the book which addresses her family is one that was narrated so well and my favorite for that reason

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

This book brought out every single emotion. It made me cry, it made me feel grief, it made me feel joy, and a sense of redemption. I laughed at a few different parts, and really felt like I knew and understood the characters.

Any additional comments?

I highly recommend that you read this series in order! For starters there is a book club, and that theme carries through each of the novels. This is important because each of the characters books are sampled throughout, so for example you will get to hear chapter 2 of Harrison's book, and then later on you get to hear Chapter 2 of Malay's book. However, this folds over into each series, so in the 3rd book of this series the stories continue, and it helps a lot to put them together! Also, there are a few different plots happening, two of the running plots deal with murder and mystery, and one plot deals with Olivia's business venture, and a fourth plot deals with Olivia's personal life (and boy thats a huge and shocking story line). You get to know each character more personally, and reading them in order amplifies that.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Okay, NOW it's a series!

The first book was a bugger to get through. Now that a few characters are established, especially Olivia, the author has been able to further develop her and have the reader develop right along with her. There were several laugh out loud points for me. I tend to go with Olivia's type of humor. And then there was a very tearful point for me, too. The author has me as a loyal listener. Let's hope the momentum keeps moving!

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gave it some thought

Would you listen to A Deadly Cliché again? Why?

no...but then I don't listen twice.

What did you like best about this story?

the story itself

What about Karen White’s performance did you like?

at first I thought her too clipped too precise. but then realized it really did seem to fit the character. in the end i actually enjoyed it.

Any additional comments?

this book was a great one to listen to while doing housework. I love any book where i can get into the story and still get things done. good job

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  • Beatrice
  • Houston, TX, United States
  • 09-27-15

Fun and Entertainig

I love listening to this series. I wish they would be released at a quicker pace. I look forward to the next one.

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Loved it!

Good story and characters that were given personality in the first book. Narrator does a great job! Looking forward to the next in the series.

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Excellent Cozy series

Characters are beautifully drawn and there is a nice mix of mystery and story. I'm becoming fast friends with Olivia, I want to write such quick witted dialogue some day.

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Loved it, no...LOVED IT!!!

I absolutely loved this book. I don't know exactly, the words to express my feelings for this book. It had such heartfelt emotions and made me feel so connected that I almost forgot where I was. Thank you so much for writing this book. I would love to shake your hand. Instead I will delve into the next book with great enthusiasm!

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Excellent!!!

Great story! Well written and captivating. Immersed in it the whole time. Can't wait to read the next book.

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Pretty good overall

Ellery portrayed some brilliant work but the murderer motive seems very poorly researched. Inaccurate and would be offensive to most of my family. Other than that I enjoyed every character.

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Great news series for me,

I'm looking forward to learning more about these people. Great listening book for my unlit looping commute.