Killer Characters (Books by the Bay Series #8)

Killer Characters (Books by the Bay Series #8)

by Ellery Adams

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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…

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451488442
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/02/2017
Series: Books by the Bay Series , #8
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 77,059
Product dimensions: 6.70(w) x 4.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Ellery Adams is the New York Times bestselling author of the Books by the Bay Mysteries, the Charmed Pie Shoppe Mysteries, and the Book Retreat Mysteries. She grew up on a beach near the Long Island Sound. Having spent her adult life in a series of landlocked towns, she cherishes her memories of open water, violent storms, and the smell of the sea. Ms. Adams has held many jobs, including caterer, retail clerk, car salesperson, teacher, tutor, and tech writer, all the while penning poems, children’s books, and novels.

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Killer Characters 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cruel and unnecessary end to what would have been a series readers could have remembered fondly. Author should be ashamed of such an ill conceived, out of voice, and utterly depressing denouement.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
With this type of ending to a series, which is completely inappropriate for a Cozy type of mystery, I will not trust further series by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This ending to the series made me realize that she doesn't have a clue on closing. What should have taken books and books she tried to put into a few pages. Horrible. I'm done!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this series until the poorly crafted, dismal ending. Don't think I'll be reading anything else by this author.
Anonymous 8 months ago
It's just beyond good. I hope and pray that there's more coming! After the 2nd book I went ahead and bought them all! I highly recommend this series! Happy Reading Rhop19
Anonymous 10 months ago
I loved the series until this last book. The ending is too horrible and sad. Why did she have to go and ruin the the whole series for everyone. I can't go back and unread it and wish I could. I debated on even reading this series by this author after a disappointing experience (but near as bad) from a previous series I'd read but heard good things about this one and started Books by the Bay and was loving it - until the last book. I will never read another book by this author again!
Anonymous 11 months ago
horrible, horrible ending to a really enjoyable series,, I threw the book in the garbage ( I usually donate to the library). I may never read anything by her again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mystery good. Surprise ending
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
….So what just happened? Can't help but think that line from Quicksilver from Avengers, "What you didn't see it coming?" And I'm yes I honestly did not. And I kind of like that the author did that because it wasn't a different ending than I was expecting. Though I'm not sure how I feel it about it. O
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gaele More than 1 year ago
AudioBook Review: Stars: Overall 5 Narration 5 Story 5 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. I received an AudioBook copy of the title from Tantor Audio for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
SewWrite More than 1 year ago
I have been a fan of this series since I picked up the first one. The characters are unique and they jump off the page. In this installment, Laurel is overwhelmed with work and family responsibility. On top of the usual she is dealing with her terminally ill mother in law. When Laurel learns that her husband may be cheating on her she confronts him and the hospice nurse, saying things she wishes she could take back when the nurse is later found dead. Laurel is taking into custody and Olivia and Millay do everything they can to find the real killer because they know Laurel couldn't have done it. As a long time fan I want to warn you that this book is full of raw emotion because it deals with the heart, health and safety of the characters we have grown to love. At the end, I had the feeling that this was the final book in this series. i went back and looked at the beginning and found a letter to the readers that confirmed my feeling. I will miss Oyster Bay and all of the characters that have made me laugh, cry and stay up way too late trying to solve the mystery. Kudos to Ellery Adams for an amazing series!
chefdt More than 1 year ago
Killer Characters is the eighth book in the Books By The Bay Mystery series. I always look forward to spending some time with Olivia and Rawlings and the Bayside Book Writers group in Oyster Bay, NC. I have to say that Ellery Adams is a wonderful storyteller and Killer Character is well-plotted and excitingly told story. Laurel Hobbs has asked Olivia if she knows someone that can repair her mother-in-law's favorite Hummel piece. The mother-in-law is dying of cancer and Laurel would like to present her with the repaired figurine before her passing As Olivia is waiting to see Mrs. Hobbs, she overhears a conversation she hears a conservation between the head nurse Stacy and Mrs. Hobbs. That conversation leads Olivia to believe that nurse might be having an affair with Laurel’s husband, Steve. With a heavy heart, Olivia shares the information with Laurel and that night finds Steve, intimately involved with the nurse. The next evening while sitting in her car, someone sets the car on fire and Stacy is killed. Laurel becomes the prime suspect, as she was seen yelling at Stacy shortly before the car became engulfed in flames. Olivia, with the help of Millay and Harris, set out learn who the murderer is so that Laurel’s name can be cleared. As they are investigating they soon that there is possibly a jewelry theft ring allegedly involving some nurses and an unscrupulous buyer and seller of fine gems. The book ends with a very exciting ending. Most all of the well-developed characters are back once again to help Olivia and her friends with the investigation. Sadly enough, this is the last book in this wonderfully written series. I will definitely miss spending time with Olivia, Laurel, Millay, Harris, Chef Michel and the roller skating waitress at Grumpy’s Diner, Dixie. I would certainly be remiss if I didn’t mention the adorable Capt. Haviland. The thing that I will remember most from this series is the character development of Olivia. In the first book, A Killer Plot, I perceived Olivia as a somewhat cold person, but with each of the next three or four books I learned more of her past life which provided the understanding that I needed to accept her personality and with each of those books she came out more and more of her shell. This is definitely one series where you want to start with the first book to follow the character development. I will be watching for more books by Ellery Adams
LisaKsBooksReviews More than 1 year ago
KILLER CHARACTERS is a wonderful mystery that is the essence of the author, Ellery Adams. When I opened this book, before I even started reading the story, my eyes fell upon the words . . . To You, Dear Reader. The eloquent words that followed in this “letter” to us, had tearing gliding down my face as I realized Ellery Adams was bidding the Book by the Bay Mysteries a fond farewell. Yet, within that sadness, she promised us new adventure. In this eighth installment of the series, Ms. Adams has given us her best. The characters we’ve loved over the last “almost” decade, come alive like never before. Their lives, like ours have changed and grown, and I for one am happy to have been included in the adventure. And while they are leaving us, some will continue to always be with us. (Hi Fred and Duncan!) As is the norm with this series, KILLER CHARACTERS was a killer mystery from beginning to end. A master of her craft, Ms. Adams planted clues both hidden, and right under the reader’s nose. The author had me not only second, but triple guessing myself. As the conclusion grew near, I completely tuned out the rest of the world and lost myself in the story until the final word. Fantastic. To barrow a partial quote from the beginning of the book . . .”End? No, the journey doesn’t here . . . ~ J.R.R. Tolken. Thank you for the reassurance, Ellery.
dnw23233DW More than 1 year ago
I finally got around to reading Killer Character by Ellery Adams mainly because of the negative reviews I had read. I have enjoyed most all of Ms. Adams books. But I must disagree with many of the rewiews posted earlier. Yes the book ended on a sad note. But, lets be honest....thats "life". This is a work of fiction. The book was well written and carefully thought out. Sad though the ending was it was somewhat neccessary. Olivia will be coping with the loss and getting on with her life. Yes, I will miss Olivia and all the characters in this series. It was the very first books I read by Ms. Adams and it will not be the last.
BeckyMcF More than 1 year ago
#8 in this series keeps all of the regular writers group characters and some other regulars in place and throws in murder, thievery, betrayal, alcoholism, hospice care, and writer's block to keep readers very busy. It is very important to read the author's note found at the beginning of the book, because it provides foreshadowing for what is going to happen. I rated it a 5, because the book is well-written and, most importantly, love, hope, and family are the winning powers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well-written, as all of this series is. The final chapter brought tears because the characters were written so personally. A cozy mystery that provided great insight into friendship.
Jani8 More than 1 year ago
This book brought me to tears at one point. It’s an elegantly written book and Ms. Adams was at her best. I would recommend it to anyone. I was prepared for someone dying, but caught off guard to find out who it was. I think this is one of her best novels to date and am really looking forward to when the next installment comes out. Brava Ellery Adams!
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts In this final installment to this beloved series we see Laurel struggling to hold things together. Her husband is basically absent from her life and she is trying to raise her twins, hold down her job, and dealing with a terminally ill mother-in-law that has never liked her. When Laurel finds out how her spouse has been occupying his time she explodes with some verbal remarks that could end up costing her everything. Olivia and the Bayside Book Writers pull out all the stops to prove her innocence. First, I need to say this series was ended by the publisher, not the author. She has stating publicly that this book was very hard for her to write. Readers have built a connection to these characters but she was the one that gave them life. Whatever we are feeling is nowhere near the pain she felt and is still feeling about ending their journey. She chose to end it in a way for me that very surprising at first but when I took a step back I totally understood why she did this. This story invoked strong emotions for me and will for all fans of these characters. I recommend you have some tissues handy because you will need them for the ending. That being said, she gives us a mystery we can sink our teeth into as it splits the Bayside Book Writers apart. Chief Rawlings is too close to Laurel to take the lead on the investigation and there is only so much he can pass on to Olivia and Millay. Harris is still working the case but he too has to be careful not to overshare and put the investigation in jeopardy. This doesn’t sit well with Olivia or Millay. So needless to say situations can get tense. There are twists and turns and suspense that really upped my heart rate. These characters have grown so much since the first book in a way that was believable. Olivia as the main character brought this wonderful group together and readers fell for them almost immediately. Starting with the lovable Capt. Haviland, always by Olivia’s side. Chief Rawlings and Olivia’s relationship spanned the series bringing two very independent people together. Laurel, Millay, Harris round out the writer’s group and their lives intermingle within the pages. We also met Chef Michel and the fabulous roller skating waitress Dixie. Each of the characters have worked their way into my heart and I treasure the time I got to spend with them whether at the lighthouse, Grumpy’s Diner, The Boot Top Bistro or out and about in Oyster Bay. This series is binge-worthy if you haven’t started it yet or are a book or two behind. Fans will be emotional and moved by this final book. Thank you Ellery Adams! You are a master storyteller. We are all blessed for the time we spent in Oyster Bay.
jillser More than 1 year ago
I have loved this series and looked forward to each new release. I loved this one as well except for one part, which I won't mention due to the fact it would be a spoiler. I am sorry to see this series end, I have enjoyed the growth of the characters and there evolution over the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Until the end........
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gripping, as always, eliciting a very strong emotional response. These are complex characters with both strengths and weaknesses in evidence. An excellent read!