Thursday, November 20, 2014

Review and Giveaway: Lethal Letters

Lethal Letters (Books By the Bay Mystery - Book 6) by Ellery Adams

Publication Date: 11/04/2014
Publisher: Penguin Group
Imprint: Berkley Prime Crime
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Pages: 304
ISBN-10: 0425270831
ISBN-13: 978-0425270837

(Received for an honest review from Berkley Prime Crime)

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Books in the series

Books By the Bay Mysteries

1. A Killer Plot
2. A Deadly Cliche
3. The Last Word
4. Written in Stone
5. Poisoned Prose
6. Lethal Letters

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Excerpt from, Lethal Letters, courtesy of Amazon's Look Inside feature.


Restaurant owner and aspiring novelist Olivia Limoges is busy planning a delicious menu for Oyster Bay’s biggest soiree of the spring. But she’ll need to serve some justice as well after one resident gets eighty-sixed…
Everyone’s got their hands full in Oyster Bay, North Carolina. Aside from two upcoming weddings, there’s also the historical society’s annual fund-raiser: the Secret Garden Party and Candlelit Ball. Adding to the excitement, Olivia witnesses the discovery of a time capsule in the foundation of a local church. The historical society president hopes to display its contents at their party, but when the items are finally revealed to the public, Olivia notices one of them has vanished.
After a frightening find beneath the pier—the body of Ruthie Holcomb—Olivia is certain there’s a connection between the young woman’s death and the missing piece from the time capsule. With the help of her fellow Bayside Book Writers, Olivia sets out to uncover some clues and ensure a killer has no reason to celebrate…


Ellery Adams fans will be thrilled with the latest Books by the Bay novel, Lethal Letters. The fun and murder center around a 100 year old time capsule found in the walls of a church. This book is a great blend of history and mystery and Adams does a fantastic job with both attention to detail and character development. Readers looking for a story that bring with it a bit of nostalgia and a good whodunit will love this one.

What I liked:

This is one of those series' that has kind of been hit or miss for me. Olivia is a very good heroine but she has been a bit hard to get to know. I feel like Adams has done a great job of showing her changes and growth and has softened her somewhat from the onset of the series. In Lethal Letters she is preparing for her upcoming nuptials with Rawlings, as well as, helping Michel with his wedding. She has become a lot easier to relate to and has really come full circle in many ways. I like her much better now and we get to see a lot of her personal life in this one, which was nice.

As always, Oyster Bay is such a wonderful setting. The coast of North Carolina has always fascinated me. There are so many small coastal towns that have a certain air about them, an atmosphere that is unmistakable and Adams is great about bringing that through in her writing. The people that live in this area are a different breed and the things they get involved in and the things that happen around them are not always predictable. I love that about this series. 

The time capsule was a great part of this book. I thought that was an ingenious idea for the theme of the book. I have always thought it would be a lot of fun to be involved in something like this. A way to leave a piece of the past behind for the next generation. Using the time capsule as a the catalyst for murder worked well in this book. The capsule contained a lot more than just memories from the past apparently and it ends up getting someone killed. Secrets, secrets and more secrets. The mystery was so much fun to unravel in this one. 

Bottom Line:

There is a lot more than just a mystery to solve in this one, as everyday life in Oyster Bay is quite busy. With two weddings in the offing and the Historical Society fundraiser. It all added together to give this book a great blend of the past and the present and Adams did a fantastic job of bringing it all to life. Loved the time capsule idea and thought it really gave this book a nice theme.

Lethal Letter is available NOW from your favorite bookseller.

I'm giving this one 5 out of 5 apples from my book bag!

About the Author:

New York Times bestselling author Ellery Adams grew up on a beach near the Long Island Sound. She is the author of the Books by the Bay Mysteries, the Charmed Pie Shoppe Mysteries, and the Book Retreat Mysteries. 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. She now writes full time from her home in Virginia.

Giveaway Details:

The publisher is sponsoring a giveaway for one copy of Lethal Letters by Ellery Adams.

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1. Please leave a comment. Ever participated in a time capsule? Sooo fun!

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Unknown said...

No, but I think it would be fun. I would put an iPhone and Ipad in there.

Angela - Bookaunt said...

I have participated in a time capsule once with a church I went to in Nebraska. It was kind of fun to see what was in it and what we added.

Unknown said...

no i have not, it would be interesting, though.

Linda Kish said...

I have not participate in a time capsule but I think it would be interesting/fun.

Carol M said...

I have never participated in a time capsule. I would like to.

traveler said...

Great idea. Never did participate. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

Carol N Wong said...

I have never done it but I would love to! The best part would be figuring out what to put in it!


Karen B said...

No - but wouldn't it be fun to see what was in one from 50 years ago?

Alicia said...

My high school senior class put one together.....
This is a great book! Best one in series!

Rita Wray said...

I live in a small town. They had a ceremony last year and opened a time capsule. It was fun to be a part of it.

bn100 said...

No, I haven't

lag123 said...

I buried a time capsule when I was a kid. I haven't thought about that in years.

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Sue Farrell said...

I've never participated in a time capsule activity.

Kimberly Wyatt said...

I never have but I think it would be a fun thing to do when I have kids one day.

Meg C. said...

I don't remember having taken part in a time capsule before.

Unknown said...

i have heard about them but my schools never participated in them. but they could be really fun - unlike our high school reunions sometimes.

Anita Yancey said...

No, I have never participated in a time capsule, but I'd like to. Thanks for having the giveaway.



Never have, but I always thought it sounded like fun.

Michelle F. said...

I don't think I've participated in a time capsule, unless it was in elementary school. I have seen movies with time capsules, including one that let the person go back in time to when he was in school and change some things.