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Restaurant owner and aspiring novelist Olivia Limoges is happily enjoying her new marriage. Sadly, the same doesn't hold true for Laurel, a fellow Bayside Book Writer. While struggling with a demanding job, twin boys, and a terminally ill mother-in-law, Laurel learns that her perfect marriage is mostly fictional. When she catches her husband fooling around with his mother's hospice nurse, she issues impassioned threats that will later come back to haunt her.

After the nurse meets a deadly denouement, Chief Rawlings is forced to take Laurel into custody. While Olivia protests the arrest, the rest of the Bayside Book Writers become a group divided, with Rawlings and Harris on one side and Olivia and Millay on the other. Now the women must race against the clock to prove that Laurel's not the sort for murder, before her story ends in tragedy.

©2017 Ellery Adams (P)2017 Tantor

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  • suzebo
  • Peru, Indiana
  • 05-16-17

Good story until the end

I have always enjoyed the books in this series, but I hope this is the end of the series because I won't be reading anymore books by this author. The ending shows no concern for the feelings of the readers and was totally unnecessary. This was an "automatic" buy for me on preorder but I will hold off and read the reviews from now on

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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What?

This is my favorite series and I have so enjoyed each one, but the ending of this one
was awful! Why kill one of the best characters? Ridiculous!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Killing a series should be the title.

I liked the mix characters for this series. And your stories were good. This story was flowing well--I was listening, I was gathering clues---then I was waiting to see how our mix matched comrades would solve this mystery. Then it hit-- the slap in the face. It was a total surprise!!!
WHY?

Why did you destroy it all. It could have been different--easily. Ellery, you did us wrong. I wish I could return the whole series--it had not finished yet--they had places to go. It is a shame. Are you going to do this to us with your other series? I have to ask.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Not a Cozy Mystery and a Waste of my money

Would you try another book from Ellery Adams and/or Karen White?

Ellery Adams has just been removed from my author list. I was reading her books for cozy mystery and instead she killed off one of the two main characters. 8 books of wasted time and money.

Has Killer Characters turned you off from other books in this genre?

I still love cozy mysteries but I have been turned off from Ellery Adams as a writer

Which scene was your favorite?

the book was worthless

What character would you cut from Killer Characters?

The author

Any additional comments?

The author should give me a refund for all of my money spend on Audible and the Digital copies.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Sad to see this series end

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I have listened to the entire Books by the Bay series. In the beginning of the first book, I wasn't a fan of Olivia because she seemed self-centered and appeared to feel that because she had money she could do what she wanted. Fortunately, I stuck with the book and learned why Olivia was the way she was and saw her transformation to someone who truly cared about the people of her town. She became a true friend. I have journeyed with Olivia, the Captain, the Chief, the Bayside Bookwriters, Dixie & Grumpy and the other quirky inhabitants of Oyster Bay through the changes in their lives and have felt as if I truly knew them. I became invested in their lives. They are flawed, as we all are, which makes them seem real. The ending of this book was heart-wrenching. Losing someone I had become to think of as a part of my life was very hard. But while I would have preferred a different ending, this is the ending that we were given and, as in life, we don't get to choose how things turn out. This was Ellery's story, and she was kind enough to share it with us. As readers, it is not our place to dictate the direction a story will go. We are along for the ride and I, personally, am glad I took this ride with Ellery and the Oyster Bay characters. <br/><br/>I read some of the other reviews and felt that they were unfair. They admitted that they truly enjoyed the BBB series until the ending of the last book. And some swear that they will never read another of Ellery's books because of one chapter in the 8th book. Obviously Ellery has proven that she is an excellent writer if she can evoke so much emotion from the loss of one character. It is the job of a writer to get readers invested in the characters and their lives - to truly care what happens to them. Ellery has done that. I found myself crying near the end of the story, but my tears dried as the final scenes played out. I will truly miss the people of Oyster Bay, but I will continue to read Ellery's other books, as she is a talented author with a lot to offer. In addition to the Books by the Bay series, I have also listened to and/or read five other series by Ellery (Book Retreat, Antiques and Collectibles, Charmed Pie Shoppe, Hope Street Church, and Supper Club), and I have enjoyed every one of them. And I have pre-ordered The Secret, Book and Scone Society (the first in a new series) in Kindle and I hope it will be available in Audible at some point. So, to those who have decided not to read more of Ellery's work because of one ending, I say...It's your loss - you are missing out on a lot of truly entertaining adventures. Keep them coming Ellery, and I look forward to every new story you are willing to share with us.<br/>

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Really!? Stunned...

I have loved and followed these characters through 8 books now. Ms. Adams does a great job creating them so that they live inside you like part of your family. Therefore it made me cry to loose one. The story was good, the ending I disliked emensley, and although the author has every right to kill off her characters, I'm still wondering why? Not just because I truly liked this character, but also it concerns me as to how the Bay Side Book club continues without this connection? Really? I don't see any reason for the death here.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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This can't be the end!!

Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo. Say it isn't so!! We need more...please don't end this on such a sad note!!!

GREAT books....all of them!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Another fantastic book by Ellery Adams!

This held my attention through every chapter. These characters are so wonderful. Bravo Ellery Adams!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Nice addition until the end

Ellery Adams has written a nice story, although I was not happy with the ending. I don't believe in spoilers in my reviews so all I can say is I hope there are more to come in this series. Karen White, as always gave a wonderful performance.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Wow, I did not expect that!

!!Review Does NOT Contain Spoilers!!

I have been on this journey with Olivia & the others since Book 1. Ellery Adams has the ability to make you feel like you have a close personal connection to them. They are more than just characters on a page, they feel like a part of you. Olivia began as an ice queen & has slowly evolved into one of the most caring generous friends & someone I wish I knew in real life. That's why the end of this book feels so utterly shocking. Without giving a spoiler, just be prepared for a jarring conclusion. I tend to agree with most reviewers and say it was not necessary. Some events feel like they make sense. This didn't. There was absolutely no reason to do this to her loyal fans. This is also the first time Ellery made an artistic choice this shocking & unexpected. So, perhaps that's why we all find it so surprising. She's known for blending truth and reality into her books (which is why we love her writing). But this didn't feel like either..

I digress. Let's talk about the rest of the book. It's a bit different in a few other ways. 1. We don't get to read parts of the bayside book club's work. It's typically fused into the story, but this time no one was writing & there were no actual book meetings. 2. We saw little of Dixie & none of grumpy, which was a bit of a let down... however 3. I loved that things come full circle for Laurel. Since the beginning trouble has been brewing in her family life & this story brings that full circle to a conclusion.

All in all I adore this series. It's very special to me and I feel conflicted about its end. I'm not sure if this is THE end or more is to come. Either way, I hope to trust Ellery that she has plans going forward.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful