A Killer Plot

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Paperback, Berkley Pub Group, 2010, ISBN13 9780425235225, ISBN10 042523522X

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In the small coastal town of Oyster Bay, North Carolina, you'll find plenty of characters, ne'er-do-wells, and even a few celebs trying to duck the paparazzi. But when murder joins this curious community, the Bayside Book Writers are there to get the story...

Olivia Limoges is the subject of constant gossip. Ever since she came back to town-a return as mysterious as her departure-Olivia has kept to herself, her dog, and her unfinished novel. With a little cajoling from the eminently charming writer Camden Ford, she agrees to join the Bayside Book Writers, 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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Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publish Date: Jun 01, 2010
ISBN-13: 9780425235225
ISBN-10: 042523522X
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 320
Written in: ENG
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.35
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.8 x 4.5 x 0.9

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3.0 stars by RSheep

This is the beginning book in the Books By The Bay Mysteries. Oyster Bay, North Carolina was a nice little fishing town till a local magazine played it up as one of the best tourist spots around. Now a big time developer wants to buy the towns huge park area to build a development. Not everyone is happy about this though. Olivia Limoges is one of the towns wealthiest and most interesting patrons. She was born here to a local fishing family but when her mom died and her father deserted her, rich grandma swooped in and took her away. She was raised expecting everything to go as she pleased. Now she has returned to town and lives by herself with her brilliantly well-trained poodle, Haviland. When a local charmer and Hollywood gossip columnist convinces Olivia to join her writer's group, she began to break out of her shell. This strange group is made up of some interesting people who instantly bond. Then when the gossip columnist is killed, with only a haiku left behind as a clue, everyone joins in to help solve this poetic mystery. This is a fun start to a new series, with some very interesting characters not the least of which is the bit over the top smart poodle. My problem with not giving this five stars was that the mystery was developed late and a bit strangely. The murderer and reasoning were not laid into the story as expertly as I might have liked--build up of motive was a bit short. Having said that, I definitely plan to read more in this series, as I think the introduction of the characters was terrific. I want to see what this eclectic crew has coming up next in this fun --almost a character in itself--town of Oyster Bay.

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