Ellery Adams is on the blog today with the eighth book in her Books by the Bay Mysteries, and from exploring around – the last in this series. Narrated by Karen White, please read on for my review of
Intrigued by the buzz about this author, and the title of this book, I was curious to try another new to me series, and I have to say I was not disappointed. Meeting the characters at the apex of their journey, while presenting them as complete and developed, also gives an opportunity to see just how the author chooses to conclude. And I will say that the conclusion of this story, even to my ‘new to the series’ perspective was wonderful – multiple twists and turns, a tragic outcome for a few characters and all surrounded with the opposing emotions of happiness and trust broken.
Starting with a request to Olivia, for a Hummel repair person, the story instantly jumps off into supposition, overheard conversations, shocking revelations and a moment that might be called comeuppance for a woman involved in an adulterous relationship. Of course, since Laurel is the wife spurned, she is the major (and seemingly only) suspect in the death of her husband’s girlfriend. With twins, a dying mother in law, and the usual struggles of day to day life, it’s the last thing that Laurel needed, and Olivia is certain her friend did not do it.
Oh the twists in this one – like a macramé planter each thread leads to another knot, more threads, a few more knots and so on…. And the little Bayside writers group is discovering that perhaps they are united, to a point, when the allegations run thick, speculation persists and there seems no other suspect. Oh Adams put everything into this book: drama, heartbreak, hope, mysteries, questions and kept me hanging on every moment……
Narration for this story is provided by Karen White, one of my favorites, and her ability to present each character with a voice, a personality and even an undercurrent of emotion that relates to their moment in the spotlight keeps readers wondering, and thinking. Easy to visualize moments are tinted with White’s presentation that helps to stack those subliminal messages into your understanding of the story, with builds and releases to follow the story’s trajectory. A wonderful listen and a great introduction for me to this series. A bold set of choices made by Adams made this one of the more intriguing cozies I’ve encountered this year, and I’ve already ordered earlier titles in this series to start from the beginning.
Stars: Overall 5 Narration 5 Story 5
Title: Killer Characters
Author: Ellery Adams
Series: Books by the Bay Mysteries #8
Genre: Contemporary Cozy Mystery
Narrator: Karen White
Published by: Berkley, Tantor Audio
Published on: 2 May, 2017
Source: Tantor Audio
Audio Length: 9 Hours: 24 minutes
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From the New York Times bestselling author of Writing All Wrongs, it's a rotten state of affairs in Oyster Bay, and the Bayside Book Writers are out to end a nasty plot...
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...
A copy of this title was provided via Tantor Audio for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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