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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 cou 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...


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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 cou 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...

30 review for The Last Word

  1. 4 out of 5

    Juli

    Bestselling novelist Nick Plumley has come to Oyster Bay, NC to research and write his next novel. Olivia Limoges and the other members of the Bayside Book Writers are happy to welcome Nick into the fold. He seems very curious about the house that one of the members just purchased, but as it was a location mentioned in his first book, it seems a normal curiosity. But then Olivia discovers discovers Nick dead in his rental house. Someone strangled the author. Olivia and the other writers scramble Bestselling novelist Nick Plumley has come to Oyster Bay, NC to research and write his next novel. Olivia Limoges and the other members of the Bayside Book Writers are happy to welcome Nick into the fold. He seems very curious about the house that one of the members just purchased, but as it was a location mentioned in his first book, it seems a normal curiosity. But then Olivia discovers discovers Nick dead in his rental house. Someone strangled the author. Olivia and the other writers scramble to discover who would have wanted to stop Nick's new book enough to kill him. The investigation turns out to be quite complex involving war-time intrigue, lost love and revenge. And, in the end, Olivia will lose a dear friend. The Last Word is the third book in the Books By The Bay series. It's by far the best in the series so far IMHO. The characters have developed so much more, and Olivia (who can be a real snooty piece of work sometimes) is actually starting to really grow on me. The mystery is complex with lots of interesting twists and turns, and a surprise or two. The suspense didn't stop until the very end. Although the story started off a bit slow....once it got rolling, it really got interesting and suspenseful. I like how Ellery Adams doesn't draw her stories to an abrupt close right after the mystery is solved. The ending is always a mix of tying up loose ends, and finishing out character development. I prefer that to an oh-they-caught-the-killer-so-The-End sort of finish. At times, I do find myself rolling my eyes a bit when the characters get a bit too emo or melodramatic about their love life or personal situations, but that's just me...I don't care for romance novels. So when the scenes lean too far in that direction....I do end up channeling my inner Olivia. ha ha. I listened to the audio book version of this novel and one of the love scenes actually made me bust up laughing. Just something about the narrator's almost dead pan voice reading about hands cupping breasts and hot desire just struck me as funny. I admit to hitting fast forward a couple times to get past that part.....mostly because I had a construction crew here working on my roof and didn't want them to overhear bits about kissing and breast cupping. (cue giggles again). Not to mention my 13-year old son teasing me about listening to "kissy face'' books. :) (insert more giggling). I'm enjoying this series. The mysteries are unique and very creative. The characters are interesting. I like how snippets of the novels the Bayside Writers are working on are included in the story as the group critiques each other. All in all, a great series so far! There are 8 books in total....so 3 down....5 to go! :) On to the next!

  2. 4 out of 5

    C.

    Ellery Adams is one of the rare “cozy mystery” authoresses I like because this series highlights a forty year-old heroine. As much as I abhor violence, this sub-genre can be saccharine. However, I had read a spree of “standard mystery” from 1927, 1930, and 2000 set in 1893. I needed modernity, therefore “The Last Word”, 2011, was just the ticket. I loved the first two volumes. Now there was a lot to summarize. Olivia is getting to know a brother and sister-in-law, with whom she is launching a re Ellery Adams is one of the rare “cozy mystery” authoresses I like because this series highlights a forty year-old heroine. As much as I abhor violence, this sub-genre can be saccharine. However, I had read a spree of “standard mystery” from 1927, 1930, and 2000 set in 1893. I needed modernity, therefore “The Last Word”, 2011, was just the ticket. I loved the first two volumes. Now there was a lot to summarize. Olivia is getting to know a brother and sister-in-law, with whom she is launching a restaurant and my favourite element is seeing her fall in love with her premature nephew. It was fascinating that North Carolina had a WWII prison camp, encouraging inmate artwork and other wares as incomes. Paintings and paternity are the key mysteries, which intrigued me. However, the huge updates, or the slough of big-name classics ahead of this, flattened the narration and dialogue with a lacklustre effect of telling the reader everything, instead of showing them. I council my dear Ellery to please reward sequential readers by skipping explanations we no longer need. I cannot stand Dixie. We don’t need to keep hearing that she is a dwarf, who decorates her eatery with theatre posters. This does not succeed at making her seem any less a cardboard figure. It is repetitive and her dialogue is cliché. If she does not sleuth, leave her out once in a while. At last, the dialogue become natural and I was stunned by a denouement, far superior to the classic mysteries! I complained that the murder motives by Margery Allingham and Dorothy Sayers were nonsense. While their characterization and narration were engagingly rich, Ellery built up to a jaw-dropping murderer identity and a motive so believable, even I sympathized with it. She writes families and mysteries superbly.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)

    When it comes to sequels, you have the good ones and the really good ones and the ones that you just love. The third in the Books by the Bay series, I just loved. I was going to give this the usual 4 but no. There was a lot that happens in this one. I just loved while the mystery was going on, the book writer's club had their own arc or were going through an arc. Especially Olivia. I liked her character from book 1. Sure I wasn't sure if I was going to like her, or any of the book writer's club t When it comes to sequels, you have the good ones and the really good ones and the ones that you just love. The third in the Books by the Bay series, I just loved. I was going to give this the usual 4 but no. There was a lot that happens in this one. I just loved while the mystery was going on, the book writer's club had their own arc or were going through an arc. Especially Olivia. I liked her character from book 1. Sure I wasn't sure if I was going to like her, or any of the book writer's club to be honest. But they grow on you. They really do and what helps immensely is the writing style. Just the pace while slow is perfect for this series. Yet another murder mystery the book writer's club find themselves in. This time is has to do with an author. And oh boy was this sad to read what with the reveal of the mystery, etc. Also that ending was adorable. The setting is especially good and sounds cozy. Perfect for a cozy mystery it seems. And doesn't help that the food descriptions in these and well any cozy mystery sounds delicious. Really good series. Looking forward to the next book.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan

    This book started off slow, but around page forty it picked up and became a great, fast read! The characters have improved, in my opinion, since the start of the series. They all have shown more depth and understanding and each thing that happens to them leaves you wanting to protect them, just like you would your friends. However, Olivia can be slightly arrogant at times, but it doesn't take away from the book. The setting is flawless and so is the mystery, I would have never guessed the killer i This book started off slow, but around page forty it picked up and became a great, fast read! The characters have improved, in my opinion, since the start of the series. They all have shown more depth and understanding and each thing that happens to them leaves you wanting to protect them, just like you would your friends. However, Olivia can be slightly arrogant at times, but it doesn't take away from the book. The setting is flawless and so is the mystery, I would have never guessed the killer in this book and it broke my heart when you found out who it was. Overall a great book. It was had to get into and the chapters were a bit long for my taste, but it didn't take away from the book. I'm really looking forward to the next book!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Janet Robel

    Olivia Limoges is a character you'll feel you've known for a long time. This is the third book in the series, and the only one I've read so far. I swear Olivia's dog Haviland wants to steal the show. He's so darned cute and knows it. It's certainly a page-turner and worth reading if you love cozy mysteries. Olivia Limoges is a character you'll feel you've known for a long time. This is the third book in the series, and the only one I've read so far. I swear Olivia's dog Haviland wants to steal the show. He's so darned cute and knows it. It's certainly a page-turner and worth reading if you love cozy mysteries.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jeannie and Louis Rigod

    This novel entertained me on so many levels that I find it rather hard to review. "The Last Word," is an historical fiction murder mystery set in modern times. The book is in Oyster Bay, North Carolina which has held some amazing, to me, secrets that are explored as the setting for the crime. Olivia Limoges is the main character who continues to grow throughout this series. One thing we know about Olivia is that she cares for her friends which are picked with extreme care. Olivia does not love e This novel entertained me on so many levels that I find it rather hard to review. "The Last Word," is an historical fiction murder mystery set in modern times. The book is in Oyster Bay, North Carolina which has held some amazing, to me, secrets that are explored as the setting for the crime. Olivia Limoges is the main character who continues to grow throughout this series. One thing we know about Olivia is that she cares for her friends which are picked with extreme care. Olivia does not love easily, but, her generosity of spirit when she does is immense. This book covers the gamut of emotions which is a rarity in a murder mysteries. I laughed, cried, caught my breath, felt saddened, felt joyous, and finally felt that I, as a reader was myself a friend of Olivia's now. The murder was complex and involved a section of history unknown to myself. Ms. Adams made me feel as though I was present at the New Bern Prison Camp and knew the parties personally. I could sense the atmosphere of the times and understood the reasoning behind the original murder. The skillful writing allowed me to understand the passion behind the next murders. Also, the greed and total destruction of families during war times that follow us through decades.Even though the crimes are solved, I was left with the pain of the shadows that will continue to haunt Oyster Bay and it's inhabitants. This was a powerful book and I hope many persons will read it. I look forward to the next installment.

  7. 5 out of 5

    LORI (Dollycas) CASWELL

    I have loved all the books in this series but this one is the best so far and brings to light the authors amazing growth as a writer. Ellery Adams takes a little snippet of North Carolina history, unknown to most people, and masterfully weaves a mystery featuring the characters we have gotten to know and love right into that history making it relevant today. It is absolutely brilliant. The way the mystery unfolds surprised me but it just flowed so naturally it couldn’t have played out any other w I have loved all the books in this series but this one is the best so far and brings to light the authors amazing growth as a writer. Ellery Adams takes a little snippet of North Carolina history, unknown to most people, and masterfully weaves a mystery featuring the characters we have gotten to know and love right into that history making it relevant today. It is absolutely brilliant. The way the mystery unfolds surprised me but it just flowed so naturally it couldn’t have played out any other way. Ellery writes books I really get caught up in, yes to use my tagline, I “escape” effortlessly into her stories, like I am actually smelling the ocean, feeling the wind and hearing the ocean waves hitting the beach. I used to think it was because the best vacation our family ever had was a week spent at Caswell Beach, North Carolina, several years ago so I already had a picture of this seaside town in my mind, but reading this book I realized it was the author’s words taking me there, not some old memory. In fact if we ever returned I wouldn’t be surprised to find someone just like Olivia treasure hunting along the beach will her canine friend by her side. It is always the right time of year to take a mini vacation to Oyster Bay. I promise you will enjoy every minute of your trip.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    I have loved every single book in this series- if you haven't read any of them yet you are missing out! I really like that each of the characters keep moving forward and I especially love Haviland and the beachy setting. This book was complex and interesting and taught me a bit about history. A great read! I have loved every single book in this series- if you haven't read any of them yet you are missing out! I really like that each of the characters keep moving forward and I especially love Haviland and the beachy setting. This book was complex and interesting and taught me a bit about history. A great read!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lesa

    Ellery Adams threw me a curveball in the opening of her latest book, The Last Word. It doesn’t surprise me that her character, Olivia Limoges has retreated into her own world, but I didn’t expect it. And, I was disappointed in her when I learned that. However, as you continue to read Olivia’s story, it’s hard not to forgive her. Olivia Limoges is one of the wealthiest women in Oyster Bay, North Carolina, owning two restaurants, and a number of other businesses in town. But, she had a tragic child Ellery Adams threw me a curveball in the opening of her latest book, The Last Word. It doesn’t surprise me that her character, Olivia Limoges has retreated into her own world, but I didn’t expect it. And, I was disappointed in her when I learned that. However, as you continue to read Olivia’s story, it’s hard not to forgive her. Olivia Limoges is one of the wealthiest women in Oyster Bay, North Carolina, owning two restaurants, and a number of other businesses in town. But, she had a tragic childhood, losing both of her parents. And, the events of the previous book in which she discovered her father, only to lose him again, threw her off kilter. She has retreated into herself, and was afraid to grow closer to Police Chief Rawlings, so she shuts him out. However, Olivia still cares enough about her friends in the Bayside Book Writers’ critique group to check on the house Harris Williams hopes to buy. No one is more surprised than Olivia when Nick Plumley, a bestselling author, shows interest in the same house. She understands, though, when Harris uncovers a valuable painting. She’s just too late to show it to Plumley. He’s killed before she can discuss Harris’ treasure. And, Olivia is the one who discovers the body. Nick Plumley’s award-winning novel was set in New Bern, North Carolina, and it was based on the past. Now, it seems as if the secretive man brought trouble with him to Oyster Bay. It isn’t long before Rawlings asks the writers’ group to do some research for him. Olivia, determined to protect the family she just reconnected with, is more than willing to help. And, her research into that painting’s history, and Plumley’s own mysterious past, might bring her closer to Rawlings again. Ellery Adams brings us the best elements of mystery writing in The Last Word. The story involves a little known episode from history’s past. And, Adams breathes life into her characters. If I didn’t care so much about Olivia Limoges, I wouldn’t have been upset at her withdrawal from her friends. But, The Last Word is a book about family in so many ways. And, it’s family that will draw Olivia out of her shell. The Last Word is a moving book. I found myself with tears in my eyes, which doesn’t happen often when reading mysteries. But, this book is not only a story of the secrets of the past. It’s a book with promises for the future.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Dawn Michelle

    I cannot really review this book; there is too much going on that even the tiniest hint from a review would ruin. And this is NOT a story you want to ruin for anyone. This is by far one of the best series I have ever read; I have blown through these first three and all I want is MORE, MORE, MORE. Fantastic read.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kellene

    The evolution of this series has swept me right along with the characters. In this episode, Adams pulls a little known NC historical event out and makes it relevant to the modern day in Oyster Bay. Nothing pulls me in faster. The characters continue to grow and mature, as do their relationships. And I am thrilled to see the familial bond blooming between Olivia and her brother. The story twists and turns and then throws another curve ball, which made my deduction of the culprit impossible. I lov The evolution of this series has swept me right along with the characters. In this episode, Adams pulls a little known NC historical event out and makes it relevant to the modern day in Oyster Bay. Nothing pulls me in faster. The characters continue to grow and mature, as do their relationships. And I am thrilled to see the familial bond blooming between Olivia and her brother. The story twists and turns and then throws another curve ball, which made my deduction of the culprit impossible. I loved every word, and can't wait to delve into the next chapter in the story of the Bayside Writers.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    Okay, another cozy where the lead woman character gets involved in solving local murders and also has a relationship with the town police chief. This one has more meat to it than other cozies. First of all, there is a writers circle. Olivia and Sawyer, the police chief, are in the group. All are budding writers, and the group meets on a regular basis to critique each other’s works. They take turns submitting a chapter for the others to read and then they meet to critique the work. You do get to Okay, another cozy where the lead woman character gets involved in solving local murders and also has a relationship with the town police chief. This one has more meat to it than other cozies. First of all, there is a writers circle. Olivia and Sawyer, the police chief, are in the group. All are budding writers, and the group meets on a regular basis to critique each other’s works. They take turns submitting a chapter for the others to read and then they meet to critique the work. You do get to read snippets of the chapters in these books. Actually, the whole group, not just Olivia, gets involved in trying to investigate and help solve the murders. They don’t seem to be overly intrusive, as some protagonists seem to be in some cozies. Maybe that’s why the chief tolerates and accepts their help; and maybe, I’m so forgiving of the amateur investigators and tolerate them myself is that I am fond of them and engrossed in the series so far. Secondly, Olivia is a very complex character, which leads me to be more accepting and tolerant of her amateur investigations. She has her demons, which you learn more about as you read the books. She is not just some nosy woman that can’t help herself from investigating and trying to solve the murder on her own and ends up getting herself in near death situations. But, Olivia does get herself in a near death situation in this book; yet I still like her. I think it’s the fact that she wasn’t just confronting a murderer on her own, but realizing who the villain was and racing to help a friend in peril. She also realizes in this book that she would like her relationship with Sawyer, the police chief, to develop into something more than a friendship. However, that will need to be developed in another book, which I hope will be coming out soon.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Marlyn

    When last we saw Olivia Limoges, she had just discovered a long-lost half-brother living on a nearby island. Coincidentally, as Olivia is a restaurateur, Hudson runs a diner. Unfortunately, it's not doing too well, and he's having trouble supporting himself and his growing family. Olivia persuades him to move to Oyster Bay and take over her new venture, The Bayside Crab House. Meanwhile, Olivia meets well-known author Nick Plumley, who is thinking of settling in the town. Invited to visit him at When last we saw Olivia Limoges, she had just discovered a long-lost half-brother living on a nearby island. Coincidentally, as Olivia is a restaurateur, Hudson runs a diner. Unfortunately, it's not doing too well, and he's having trouble supporting himself and his growing family. Olivia persuades him to move to Oyster Bay and take over her new venture, The Bayside Crab House. Meanwhile, Olivia meets well-known author Nick Plumley, who is thinking of settling in the town. Invited to visit him at the house he's renting, she's surprised that no one answers when she knocks on the door. Looking through the window, she sees him lying on the floor. Although something of a "loner", Olivia has an incredibly busy life. She owns two restaurants, belongs to a closely-knit writer's group (which also helps the local police solve crimes), and is helping her newfound relatives get back on their feet. Unlike many authors who portray their protagonists as having no negative qualities, Olivia has many facets. Although the wealthy woman is generous and philanthropic, she is not above using her resources to ensure that things happen to her liking. One of the delights of this series is the samples of work from the writer's group. Before each meeting, one member sends a chapter to the others for their critiques. These excerpts are included in the story as Olivia reads and comments on them. Will any of the group members ever be published? Will Olivia open herself to a romantic relationship? These questions may be answered in the next installment, Written in Stone, a preview of which is included at the end of the book, though no publication date is given.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Lorna Barrett

    I love revisiting Oyster Bay and its inhabitants. This time Olivia Limoges, accompanied by her standard poodle Captain Haviland, is about to open a new restaurant. She's hired her new-found half brother as chef--but he brings with him family problems that distract him from the task at hand. Meanwhile, author Nick Plumley has arrived in town, but before he can come to address the local writers group, he's found murdered--with pages from his own book stuffed into his mouth. Olivia has a complex per I love revisiting Oyster Bay and its inhabitants. This time Olivia Limoges, accompanied by her standard poodle Captain Haviland, is about to open a new restaurant. She's hired her new-found half brother as chef--but he brings with him family problems that distract him from the task at hand. Meanwhile, author Nick Plumley has arrived in town, but before he can come to address the local writers group, he's found murdered--with pages from his own book stuffed into his mouth. Olivia has a complex personality, and trust has been foreign to her in the past. Through the course of the series she slowly emerges from her cocoon of self-protection, thanks to the friendships she's made in her writer's group as they investigate crime in her seaside hometown. Another stellar outing in this lovely series.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Alyssa White

    4.5 This book was filled with a lot of love and in depth information. Ellery really did research on this back story and it fit well with the creation. Great work.

  16. 4 out of 5

    JoAn

    The Last Word by Ellery Adams kept me listening/reading throughout the afternoon. Ms. Adams has some of the best complex characters I've found in any mystery series. There was a lot involved in this one as Olivia has to not only solve a mystery but must make some decisions about her own life as well. Then there is Laurel and her home life versus professional life. Milay (not sure of her spelling) finally beginning to see the light into her own romance. Harris, who now owns a home, who finds much The Last Word by Ellery Adams kept me listening/reading throughout the afternoon. Ms. Adams has some of the best complex characters I've found in any mystery series. There was a lot involved in this one as Olivia has to not only solve a mystery but must make some decisions about her own life as well. Then there is Laurel and her home life versus professional life. Milay (not sure of her spelling) finally beginning to see the light into her own romance. Harris, who now owns a home, who finds much more than he bargained for after the purchase. Murder, twists and romance all make this an easy read.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Mary Ann

    A new writer has come to town to write semi-fictional accounts of the lives of those who were German POWs and the guards and townsfolk during WWII. When he is found murdered by an unknown person and the painting of another POW is found in the house purchased by another member of the writer's group, Olivia helps to find out what really happened all those many years ago. The story was interesting and a good read. I have been reading this series out of order and it was not a hardship to follow alon A new writer has come to town to write semi-fictional accounts of the lives of those who were German POWs and the guards and townsfolk during WWII. When he is found murdered by an unknown person and the painting of another POW is found in the house purchased by another member of the writer's group, Olivia helps to find out what really happened all those many years ago. The story was interesting and a good read. I have been reading this series out of order and it was not a hardship to follow along. You meet the half-brother, his wife, and child and learn about their past lives in this story. I am looking forward to reading more from the series.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Abbey

    Another great addition to the Books by the Bay Mystery series! I've been reading the books very out of order, but each book reads well individually while still giving depth to each character throughout the series. Seeing Olivia's transformation as a character and learning to let people in was the best part of this book. Yes, the mystery was great, hard to solve and very unique, but the last line of this book filled me with hope and happiness for Olivia's future. Another great addition to the Books by the Bay Mystery series! I've been reading the books very out of order, but each book reads well individually while still giving depth to each character throughout the series. Seeing Olivia's transformation as a character and learning to let people in was the best part of this book. Yes, the mystery was great, hard to solve and very unique, but the last line of this book filled me with hope and happiness for Olivia's future.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Patricia

    I was especially taken by the ending. The last two chapters were sensational! There were some parts of the book that were difficult to get through because they involved people and events that occurred years ago, but possibly that may not be a problem to other readers. Maybe it's just me! But, all in all, it's a great cozy mystery story, and I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series. I love all of this author's books! I was especially taken by the ending. The last two chapters were sensational! There were some parts of the book that were difficult to get through because they involved people and events that occurred years ago, but possibly that may not be a problem to other readers. Maybe it's just me! But, all in all, it's a great cozy mystery story, and I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series. I love all of this author's books!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

    Olivia is growing on me and I feel like I have a better idea who she is as a character. She’s fairly reticent, even in her internal monologues, and the addition of her family here helped warm her up a bit for me. The mystery in this one felt solid and I really enjoyed the history and art here. Overall – good read and one I enjoyed more than book 2.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sg.00 macc

    A light and lively cozy. No heavy lifting required.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Linda Klinedinst

    This Book is so good. I love this book from the beginning to the end. I give this Book 5/5 Stars. I highly recommend this Series called A Book By The Bay Mystery. This series is so good. This is book #3 in the Series. Happy Reading :)

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lynette Caulkins

    I enjoy these cozy mysteries, and this one is probably my favorite in the series so far - love the historical connection to the little-known German/Italian prisoner of war camps we had in WWII and how freely we allowed the inmates to interact with surrounding towns. (Rather ironic when compared to the treatment of the American citizens of Japanese heritage in those camps.) It still rubs me the wrong way in a major vein, though, when she leaves the dog in the car. In view of how many people harm I enjoy these cozy mysteries, and this one is probably my favorite in the series so far - love the historical connection to the little-known German/Italian prisoner of war camps we had in WWII and how freely we allowed the inmates to interact with surrounding towns. (Rather ironic when compared to the treatment of the American citizens of Japanese heritage in those camps.) It still rubs me the wrong way in a major vein, though, when she leaves the dog in the car. In view of how many people harm their pets (and even babies) in this way, it's irresponsible of Adams to write these scenes in.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Drebbles

    Olivia Limoges and her fellow members of the Bayside Book Writers club are initially excited when Booker Prize winning author Nick Plumley comes to Oyster Bay. But their initial enthusiasm is tampered down a bit when Nick seems far too interested in Harris Williams’ new house. Nick seems to think there is something hidden there but he is murdered before Olivia and gang can find out what he was looking for. When Harris does find something that might turn out to be very valuable, Olivia soon reali Olivia Limoges and her fellow members of the Bayside Book Writers club are initially excited when Booker Prize winning author Nick Plumley comes to Oyster Bay. But their initial enthusiasm is tampered down a bit when Nick seems far too interested in Harris Williams’ new house. Nick seems to think there is something hidden there but he is murdered before Olivia and gang can find out what he was looking for. When Harris does find something that might turn out to be very valuable, Olivia soon realizes that he too might be in danger. She works to find out who the killer is but little does she realize how much her investigation will cost her. “The Last Word” is a well written, at times moving, at times humorous, and at times tense mystery. It is the third and perhaps best book in Ellery Adams’ Books by the Bay mystery series. The characters grow stronger with each book, especially Olivia who started as a bit of a cold, somewhat unlikable character and has grown into a sympathetic character who isn’t as cold as she thinks she is. The addition of family members she didn’t even know existed have softened Olivia’s character and Adams is slowly revealing bits about Olivia’s childhood that make her actions even easier to understand. Adding to Olivia’s character is her relationship with the Bayside Book Writers club members – she has grown very fond of them and cares what happens to them (I like the Millay/Harris storyline; Laurel’s character wears on me at times although she seems to get a grip on her self towards the end of this book). And I can’t forget Olivia’s dog Captain Havilland who in many ways is her best friend. The mystery itself is well plotted with more than a few red herrings and some major surprises (there are some incredibly tense moments towards the end which Adams handles so deftly the reader feels like they are part of the action). Without giving anything away, I have to say the identity of the killer and the motive behind the killing is one of the saddest I’ve come across in a mystery and the end of the novel lingered with me long after I finished reading it. “The Last Word” is another excellent mystery by Ellery Adams.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Fred

    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 H 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.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Stormi (BMReviewsohmy)

    Olivia is still reeling from the invents from the last book and she has pushed the police chief away in the process. She is adjusting to things and opening a new restaurant. She is also still working on her novel along with the others at her book writing club. There is a new man in town and he is an author, this as some from the book club excited. Olivia is not so excited because he seems to want the house that Harrison wants and she does what she can to make sure Harrison gets it first. That doe Olivia is still reeling from the invents from the last book and she has pushed the police chief away in the process. She is adjusting to things and opening a new restaurant. She is also still working on her novel along with the others at her book writing club. There is a new man in town and he is an author, this as some from the book club excited. Olivia is not so excited because he seems to want the house that Harrison wants and she does what she can to make sure Harrison gets it first. That doesn't stop the author from taking interest in the home and because of that Harrison. Then they find a priceless painting and the author ends up dead. Who would have wanted to kill the author. The more Olivia and her book club look into things the more they find out that he has been hiding a great deal. There are a few people who might want him dead. Bit shocked at who the killer as much as Olivia was, but totally understand why that person did it as well. I am starting to like Olivia more than in the first book. She is a character that you really just have to warm up to because she comes off a bit rude. She is wealthy and a little fancy and it comes out in her personality a bit. I really wondered at times why the chief even likes, but I am starting to like her more now as well. Some times you just got to see under those layers. :) I love all the secondary characters from the chief to the book writing clubbers. I am invested in wanting to know more about each of them and feel their ups and downs. I enjoyed The Last Word, but I have never in my life been so sad over a cozy mystery! The ending was just so sad. Other than that it was another good story in the Books by the Bay series.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lori Henrich

    Love this series, and there is a fourth one in the works. Yeah!! Olivia is a busy lady these days. She is building a relationship with her half-brother and his family. Olivia is nervous about the upcoming birth of the new addition to the family. She is also rushing to make sure that the opening for her new restaurant will go off without a hitch. All of this while also trying to get her next chapter ready for the Bay Side Writers and figure out how she feels about Chief Rawlings. So there is no su Love this series, and there is a fourth one in the works. Yeah!! Olivia is a busy lady these days. She is building a relationship with her half-brother and his family. Olivia is nervous about the upcoming birth of the new addition to the family. She is also rushing to make sure that the opening for her new restaurant will go off without a hitch. All of this while also trying to get her next chapter ready for the Bay Side Writers and figure out how she feels about Chief Rawlings. So there is no surprise that the arrival of Nick Plumley, Booker Prize winning author, arrival in Oyster Bay doesn't really get her too excited. Nick Plumley seems overly interested in the house that Harris just bought, and when a secret hiding place reveals a painting by Heinrich Kamler. Olivia suspects that Nick somehow knew that there was something hidden in the house. Nick was well known because of the book he wrote about th former prisoner of war camp that was in New Bern. Heinrich Kamler was at the camp and was able to make some money with his paintings. Olivia goes to show Nick the painting to get his reaction, but finds him dead on the floor of his rented house. Olivia and the Bay Side Writers group get involved with helping the Chief figure out who the guilty person is. If Olivia could see the future she might not have been so willing to help find the murderer. A great third installment in the Books by the Bay mystery series. I am looking forward to the next installment with great expectation.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Madison

    This was my first opportunity to read a book by Ellery Adams. I am now a forever fan who is hooked! Meeting everyone in Oyster Bay was such an amazing exerience. Ellery has created wonderful characters that I couldn't help loving. Olivia Limoges is more than believable and I LOVE her. Her friends, family and life immediately drew me in. And I realy love the fact that, I seem to have alot in common with Miss Limoges. From her affection of Capain Havilland to her deeply rooted love of her town, nei This was my first opportunity to read a book by Ellery Adams. I am now a forever fan who is hooked! Meeting everyone in Oyster Bay was such an amazing exerience. Ellery has created wonderful characters that I couldn't help loving. Olivia Limoges is more than believable and I LOVE her. Her friends, family and life immediately drew me in. And I realy love the fact that, I seem to have alot in common with Miss Limoges. From her affection of Capain Havilland to her deeply rooted love of her town, neighbors and friends. I loved the background information and the delve into Olivia's emotions/past heartache. So, even as a first time reader, I didn't feel like I was in any way behind in this series. Even though I am. I couldn't find a single thing about this book that I didn't like. The quotes at the beginning of every chapter were a huge plus and they didn't give anything away about the chapter itself. Each page made me want to keep going until the wee hours of the morning. The Last Word is a masterfully crafted mystery with well rounded characters and insightful tidbits. It kept this reader intrigued, guessing and connected right up until the last word. Amazing job Ellery Adams! I look forward to going back to Oyster Bay and joining the residents for some more fun.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Lesley Looper

    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. 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.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Missy

    I absolutely enjoyed The Last Word. I follow all of this author's series and she just continues to get better and better. Each time I close the book on Oyster Bay I feel as though I have just returned from a mini-vacation there. I look forward to more adventures with Olivia romping around in her Range Rover, running with Haviland along the beach, and of course solving a mystery with the Books by the Bay writers group! Thank goodness this is not the author's last word! I absolutely enjoyed The Last Word. I follow all of this author's series and she just continues to get better and better. Each time I close the book on Oyster Bay I feel as though I have just returned from a mini-vacation there. I look forward to more adventures with Olivia romping around in her Range Rover, running with Haviland along the beach, and of course solving a mystery with the Books by the Bay writers group! Thank goodness this is not the author's last word!

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