Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Writing All Wrongs

Author:  Ellery Adams
Series:  Books by the Bay Mystery
Genre:  Cozy Mystery
Publisher:  Berkley

Description:  After Olivia and Chief Rawlings enjoy a brief honeymoon on Palmetto Island, they’re joined by the rest of the Bayside Book Writers for the Coastal Carolina Crime Festival. The festival’s highlight is Silas Black, celebrity screenwriter and television producer, who is currently working on a popular television show in North Carolina.
As the festival gets under way, a trickster seems to be bringing famous local ghost stories to life. But when the body of a woman close to Black is found on the beach, Olivia and her friends must deduce who on the island could resort to murder—before the sands of time run out for someone else.

My Review

Ellery Adams is another one of those authors whose books I automatically purchase when a new one is published.  She is one of my favorite cozy mystery authors because she always delivers a great read.  Writing All Wrongs continues that tradition and does not disappoint. 

This is the 7th book in the series and Ms. Adams has taken us on a journey with the Bayside Mystery Writers club that has allowed her readers to watch all of the characters grow through out the series.  We have seen Olivia, the main character, go from someone with a painful past that caused her to close herself off to people, to becoming a sister/aunt, a friend, a mentor to some of the members of the writers club, and most recently a wife. There is a depth to the characters that allows the reader to become invested in their story and their lives.  We want them to succeed in their endeavors.  With each new story, Ms. Adams is able to write a strong new mystery with plenty of twists, turns and some red herrings that keeps the reader guessing as to the identity of the killer.  That does not change with this new installment.  This was a solid mystery and I for one change my mind more than once about the killer's identity.  In addition, Ms. Adams also uses the setting of North Carolina and the Outer Banks region as almost a secondary characters.  This back drop lends charm to the overall story and combined with all the other strengths of this series, it keeps the readers coming back to see what happens next.

As I said in the beginning, a new book by Ellery Adams is an automatic buy for me.  If you haven't tried one of her stories, now would be a good time to start.  Pick-up a the first book in any of her series and you will become a fan.  If you are already a fan, make sure to pick up a copy of Writing All Wrongs.  Let make sure that we get many more stories about Olivia and the Bayside Mystery Writers from Ms. Adams.

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