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The Last Word (edition 2011)

by Ellery Adams

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Title:The Last Word
Authors:Ellery Adams
Info:Berkley (2011), Edition: Original, Mass Market Paperback, 320 pages
Collections:Read but unowned
Rating:****1/2
Tags:Mystery

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In Adams’ mystery novel, Olivia and the Bayside Book Writers are once again on the case. When bestselling author Nick Plumley arrives in town thinking about putting down roots, everyone is excited. But after the author stops by for one of the writer’s meetings, everyone is perplexed that he appears more interested in checking out the digs rather than discussing his work. Prompted by curiosity, Olivia stops by his bungalow one day unannounced only to find him very dead. She can conclude only one thing—something in his past caught up to him.

Another strong addition to the A Books by the Bay Mystery series. ( )
  debbieaheaton | Jan 26, 2014 |
The Last Word is the third in the Books By The Bay Mystery series, and in my opinion the best one.

Olivia has a full plate these days, what with her trying to help Harris find his dream house, working with Laurel and her personal problem and the opening of a new restaurant to be run by her half brother. Then the famous author Nick Plumley takes up residence in Oyster Bay. It is thought he has moved here to work on his sequel to his award winning book. It seems that he wants the same house that Harris wants. Then Harris finds painting hidden in the house and it is learned that it was done by a POW in WWII camp that was located not far from Oyster Bay.

As the story unfolds, Olivia's concerned with the birth of her nephew who has to have emergency surgery and this gives her time to think about why Plumley just has to have the same house Harris. Upon returning to Oyster Bay, Olivia decides to visit Plumley and take the painting to show him. But, arriving at the house where he is living she finds that he has been killed.

Olivia in researching the history at the camp soon learns that two of the prisoners had broken out of the camp and killed one of the guards in the process. These prisoners had had some freedoms while interned at the camp and one had struck up a friendship with a young girl in Oyster Bay.

Now it is up Olivia to unravel the history of the paintings, understand just which of the prisoners had killed the guard and to finally tie it back to the murder of Plumley.

Another wonderful story from Oyster Bay. All the interesting characters from the previous books are back to help Olivia to solve the mystery.

Looing forward to the next book of Oyster Bay, Written in Stone. Which will be ut around September or so. ( )
  yoder | Sep 20, 2013 |
This is my favorite book of the Books by the Bay Series, and probably one of my favorite "cozy" mysteries ever. Interesting character development of already-smart characters, a coastal North Carolina setting, plus a little North Carolina history thrown in, made this a book I hated to see come to an end this afternoon!

One of the things I really like about this book is that none of the characters come across as nosy. I've been noticing the nosiness trait in mysteries lately, but not in this book. Refreshing, really. ( )
  dukefan86 | May 29, 2013 |
The Books by the Bay series just keeps getting better and better. In "The Last Word" the author group that contains all of Olivia's closest friends get involved with a famous author, an author who wrote about the POW camp in North Carolina, not all that far from their home. When said author turns up dead Olivia and friends are determined to find out who killed him, and why.

With lots of red herrings, a very expensive and famous painting, and plenty of personal twists and turns this story packs a whole lot of emotion into the mystery.

Now, really looking forward to the next book. ( )
  bookswoman | Mar 31, 2013 |
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Olivia Limoges and the Bayside Book Writers are excited about Oyster Bay's newest resident: bestselling novelist Nick Plumley, who's come to work on his next book. But when Olivia stops by Plumley's rental she finds that he's been strangled to death. Her instincts tell her that something from the past came back to haunt him, but she never expects that the investigation could spell doom for one of her dearest friends.… (more)

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