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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 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… From the Paperback edition.


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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 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… From the Paperback edition.

30 review for Killer Characters

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    I enjoyed this series, but the author has flat out said, "Dear Readers, this is a public service announcement. Do not read Killer Characters if you can't handle a non Disney ending. It doesn't have one. It's not a fairy tale." I don't need a Disney ending, but I don't need an ending that destroys everything I enjoyed about the series. So I shall take the author's advice, and not finish the book. I'd rather remember Olivia and Rawlings and the rest of the gang the way they were in previous books. I enjoyed this series, but the author has flat out said, "Dear Readers, this is a public service announcement. Do not read Killer Characters if you can't handle a non Disney ending. It doesn't have one. It's not a fairy tale." I don't need a Disney ending, but I don't need an ending that destroys everything I enjoyed about the series. So I shall take the author's advice, and not finish the book. I'd rather remember Olivia and Rawlings and the rest of the gang the way they were in previous books. I already knew Laurel was an idiot and her husband a major jerk, I don't need to read this book to confirm that. *ETA: After thinking about it for a while, I think the biggest thing that has fans upset is that this was a COZY mystery series. It's supposed to be a fun read, not a heart-breaker. The mystery gets solved in the end and no matter how much danger the idiot MC puts themselves and their friends in, they all get out ALIVE. Because it's a @#!%ing COZY!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lynn

    This series has been my favorite cozy mystery series and I am sad to read that the series is ending with this book. I am not going to write a synopsis of the plot as others have done so. I want to relate why this book and this series was my favorite. It is mainly due to Ellery Adams creative and original writing. She does not do cookie cutter plots and each book is different from other cozy mystery series. My favorite was Written in Stone. I felt it should have been up for an award the year it w This series has been my favorite cozy mystery series and I am sad to read that the series is ending with this book. I am not going to write a synopsis of the plot as others have done so. I want to relate why this book and this series was my favorite. It is mainly due to Ellery Adams creative and original writing. She does not do cookie cutter plots and each book is different from other cozy mystery series. My favorite was Written in Stone. I felt it should have been up for an award the year it was written. What I like about the series too is the characters. As readers we have watched Olivia evolve into a warmer and more giving person. I often wondered when the author started the series, if she knew where she wanted to go with Olivia or if Olivia just evolved more from book to book. I will miss the Bayside Writers. They are interesting people who I was always interested in keeping up with. The ending of the book at this point has polarized readers. When I thought about the ending, I thought really that is why I like Ellery Adams writing so much. You don't always get the expected from Ellery. I understand why some readers are upset but feel it took courage for her to write the book the way she wanted. She had to know that some would be upset. When I thought about all this, I thought that is why I like Ellery's books. She is true to her own self. I always enjoyed going with Olivia on her treasure hunts with Captain Haviland. I looked forward to seeing what treasure the ocean would give up. As the book neared the end, I thought she hasn't gone on her treasure hunt.. Then in the last pages, she went on the treasure hunt. I will miss this series very much.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    DO NOT READ THIS BOOK! The zero stars are intentional. If you have read the rest (or any of the rest) of this series, do not read this entry--which I fervently hope is the last. I have never before so wished I unread a book. Anything good was lost in the final few chapters. If someone could somehow make it as though I'd never read the book and would never again even be tempted to pick it up, I wouldn't hesitate to pay that person $100 on the spot. This series has always been a little darker or more DO NOT READ THIS BOOK! The zero stars are intentional. If you have read the rest (or any of the rest) of this series, do not read this entry--which I fervently hope is the last. I have never before so wished I unread a book. Anything good was lost in the final few chapters. If someone could somehow make it as though I'd never read the book and would never again even be tempted to pick it up, I wouldn't hesitate to pay that person $100 on the spot. This series has always been a little darker or more serious than most cozies, but this entry went beyond the pale. At this point, I wish I'd never even started the series. And I'm not sure I can trust the author again. I feel betrayed.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Holly

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. If you like the series, don't read this book. I won't pick up another by this author. Spoilers- major spoilers - for the ending. There was NO POINT to Rawlings death. It is bs and the fact that Olivia will be ok because she's Olivia is equally stupid. I don't know what the author was thinking but she has guaranteed I will never trust or buy her work again. Everything I own by her is going to be donated tomorrow. I can't believe Laurel stayed with Steve after him being a dick the entire series and If you like the series, don't read this book. I won't pick up another by this author. Spoilers- major spoilers - for the ending. There was NO POINT to Rawlings death. It is bs and the fact that Olivia will be ok because she's Olivia is equally stupid. I don't know what the author was thinking but she has guaranteed I will never trust or buy her work again. Everything I own by her is going to be donated tomorrow. I can't believe Laurel stayed with Steve after him being a dick the entire series and then cheating on her.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    Well this was a crappy way to presumably end the series. I wasn't a fan of the mystery since it was connected to adultery. But then the ending, while it did make me tear up, felt like a massive cop-out. It was messy and unfulfilling and made me wonder why I invested so much time in these characters only to have a shit ending. The last time I got this mad at a book's ending was One Day. I know life isn't one big happy end, but come on. This was definitely the weakest book in the series, plot wise Well this was a crappy way to presumably end the series. I wasn't a fan of the mystery since it was connected to adultery. But then the ending, while it did make me tear up, felt like a massive cop-out. It was messy and unfulfilling and made me wonder why I invested so much time in these characters only to have a shit ending. The last time I got this mad at a book's ending was One Day. I know life isn't one big happy end, but come on. This was definitely the weakest book in the series, plot wise. If you're enjoying the series, let it end with book 7 and let your imagination to the rest. Skip this one. The only reason I gave it two stars was out of deference to the Bayside Book Writers. That group deserves the stars, not the ending.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Tina

    Killer Characters had me hooked from the first chapter. Ellery pens relatable, real-life characters that make you care. The plot was outstanding and filled with drama for this last book in this series. This was the first book I read in the series and it being the last I don't regret reading it. It was heart felt and suspenseful. Get some tissues handy you will need them. Killer Characters had me hooked from the first chapter. Ellery pens relatable, real-life characters that make you care. The plot was outstanding and filled with drama for this last book in this series. This was the first book I read in the series and it being the last I don't regret reading it. It was heart felt and suspenseful. Get some tissues handy you will need them.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Dez Nemec

    Mystery was very good, but the ending sucked. Apparently, this is the end of the series, and the author felt compelled to ruin all it. I wish I would have read the reviews before starting the book, but I wanted to find out who the culprit(s) was (were), so I kept on. I'm very annoyed though. What a crappy ending. Mystery was very good, but the ending sucked. Apparently, this is the end of the series, and the author felt compelled to ruin all it. I wish I would have read the reviews before starting the book, but I wanted to find out who the culprit(s) was (were), so I kept on. I'm very annoyed though. What a crappy ending.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Fred

    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 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

  9. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    Sometimes series end despite their popularity or the wishes of their authors. That is the case for this series, ended by the publisher. But despite everything, this book represented all that the reader expects from Books by the Bay...a murder, a mystery with twists and turns, and trials and tribulations for several main characters. Throughout the series, it has been enjoyable to watch the growth of Olivia as she comes to grips with her own insecurities, and learns to develop true friendships. Th Sometimes series end despite their popularity or the wishes of their authors. That is the case for this series, ended by the publisher. But despite everything, this book represented all that the reader expects from Books by the Bay...a murder, a mystery with twists and turns, and trials and tribulations for several main characters. Throughout the series, it has been enjoyable to watch the growth of Olivia as she comes to grips with her own insecurities, and learns to develop true friendships. There has been some criticism on the route this book took, but to me, it was appropriate for the characters in the series and their interactions. It was a privilege to have been part of this fictional world for a while and I will miss them in the future.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Heather L

    Disappointing ending. I hope this was the last book in this series because right now? I have absolutely NO desire to read more.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Caryn Zdan

    Thank you for ripping my heart out and stomping it! 😭😭😭

  12. 5 out of 5

    Gaele

    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 – mu 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. Review first appeared at < I am, Indeed

  13. 5 out of 5

    Stormi (BMReviewsohmy)

    So this series was ramping up to be one of my favorite series till I got to the end of this one and it plummeted. I don’t know why the author decided to end a cozy series like this but it was by no means cozy and I can see more than just me being mad at this series ender. In book eight Laurel one of the Books by the Bay Writers and the local journalist is having a hard time juggling everything. Her husband is always gone, her mother-in-law is dying and she has to take care of their two kids mostl So this series was ramping up to be one of my favorite series till I got to the end of this one and it plummeted. I don’t know why the author decided to end a cozy series like this but it was by no means cozy and I can see more than just me being mad at this series ender. In book eight Laurel one of the Books by the Bay Writers and the local journalist is having a hard time juggling everything. Her husband is always gone, her mother-in-law is dying and she has to take care of their two kids mostly on her own. Things don’t get better when she finds out he is cheating on her with the hospice nurse that is taking care of his mother. In a fit of anger she threatens the nurse with a horrible death and then it wasn’t long of course till the nurse ends up dying pretty much how Laurel had threatened. It’s men against women in a fight to find out what happened as Sheriff Rawlings and Harrison have to follow the evidence and Olivia and Millay refuse to think there friend could comment such a crime even in anger. It doesn’t help that Laurel got so drunk and was seen confronting the nurse not long before her death and that she can’t remember anything that happened. Olivia and Millay along with Harrison dig up some dirt on the nurse that gives some others a spot on the suspect list. So I really love all the characters in this series and you should know that by now so I am not sure why the author decided to end this series the way that she did and kill off one of the characters in this series and just totally tick me off! Ellery Adams is one of my favorite cozy authors but now I am going to be leery of her series enders. The other series by her that I finished didn’t end this bad and I have never read a cozy series that ended like this and I feel like you should be warned. It has a great mystery and I enjoyed it up till the end so I demoted half a star for horrible ending!

  14. 4 out of 5

    FangirlNation

    Ellery Adams's eighth and final book in her Books by the Bay series, Killer Characters, is a powerful conclusion to the series. Laurel, one of the Bayside Book Writers where Olivia Limoges has found a family, is dealing with the impending death of her mother-in-law and leans on Olivia for help. While at Laurel's parents-in-law's house, Olivia overhears a conversation that makes her suspect that Steve, Laurel's husband, may be cheating on Laurel with the palliative care nurse. After much soul-sea Ellery Adams's eighth and final book in her Books by the Bay series, Killer Characters, is a powerful conclusion to the series. Laurel, one of the Bayside Book Writers where Olivia Limoges has found a family, is dealing with the impending death of her mother-in-law and leans on Olivia for help. While at Laurel's parents-in-law's house, Olivia overhears a conversation that makes her suspect that Steve, Laurel's husband, may be cheating on Laurel with the palliative care nurse. After much soul-searching and discussion with her husband, police chief Sawyer Rawlings, Olivia tells Laurel about this conversation, so Laurel goes to confront Steve, catching him in the act. With the final words of "I want to see you fry," Laurel storms off. The next day, Rawlings has to tell Olivia that Stacy, Steve's mistress, has been found in a car that exploded and Laurel has been arrested. Read the rest of this review, more reviews, and other wonderful, geeky articles on FangirlNation

  15. 5 out of 5

    Liz Caldwell

    I have enjoyed reading all of Ms. Adams' books and this one is no different. She tackles some difficult subjects and the differing ways people respond. It isn't always pretty, and readers who are expecting sunshine and roses may want to look elsewhere. But it is well written and honest. Olivia's friend Laurel is accused of killing her husband's mistress, a hospice nurse helping care for Laurel's mother-in-law. Olivia and Millay do their own investigating to prove Laurel's innocence. Along the way I have enjoyed reading all of Ms. Adams' books and this one is no different. She tackles some difficult subjects and the differing ways people respond. It isn't always pretty, and readers who are expecting sunshine and roses may want to look elsewhere. But it is well written and honest. Olivia's friend Laurel is accused of killing her husband's mistress, a hospice nurse helping care for Laurel's mother-in-law. Olivia and Millay do their own investigating to prove Laurel's innocence. Along the way, they uncover secrets closely held both by friends and other possible suspects. It is unfortunate that this is the final book in this series. The characters are so well defined and their lives are richly embued with both love and pain. And Adams does leave the reader with a sense of hope and life progressing, whether we are along for the ride or not. Thank you, Ellery Adams.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Dawn Michelle

    WOW. UGH. 4 Stars for the book. 1 Star for the end. UGH. This had better NOT be the last book, but I think it is. :-/ UGH.

  17. 4 out of 5

    OpenBookSociety.com

    http://openbooksociety.com/article/ki... Killer Characters Books by the Bay, Book #8 By Ellery Adams ISBN#9780451488442 Author’s website: www.Elleryadamsmysteries.com Brought to you by OBS Reviewer Daniele Synopsis: 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 marria http://openbooksociety.com/article/ki... Killer Characters Books by the Bay, Book #8 By Ellery Adams ISBN#9780451488442 Author’s website: www.Elleryadamsmysteries.com Brought to you by OBS Reviewer Daniele Synopsis: 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. Review: Wow! Just. Wow. Ellery Adams’ mysteries have always pushed the boundaries of the cozy mystery genre, and Killer Characters is no exception. This eighth, and final, book in the Books by the Bay series deals with raw emotions, tough betrayals, and a heartbreaking surprise ending. Since reading the first book in the series A Killer Plot, I have been a great admirer of Ellery Adams’ ability to seamlessly combine complicated, well developed characters and their life experiences with artistically plotted, complex mysteries. She is one of my favorite authors, and I seek out anything she writes. This time around, Laurel deals with the stress of raising her twins, her mother-in-laws terminal illness, and her husband’s failure to help out and be engaged. Something that a hospice nurse says strikes Olivia as odd, and she shares her concerns with Laurel which then leads to the discovery of Steve’s infidelity. Threats are made, and when the nurse Stacy is murdered much in the way Laurel threatened, Laurel becomes the prime suspect. Olivia is determined to clear Laurel’s name, and the whole incident divides the tight knit Bayside Writers Group. There are more deaths, secrets uncovered, and a potential jewel theft ring. The mystery is twisty, and I was surprised by the perpetrator’s identity. I am not going to lie. Parts of Killer Characters are difficult to read. The book revolves around adultery, and it is not sugarcoated. If you have read the other books in the series, you know Olivia started out as a cold, distant, prickly character. She has really grown over the span of the series, but I feel like she takes a bit of a step backwards here. In the beginning of the story, I did try to admire her ferocious and desperate desire to help Laurel, but she came across as caustic and unyielding, quick to pick sides. Thank goodness, this does get better as the book moves along. The initial division among the friends is tough, but as usual, they all come together to solve the mystery in the end. Some readers may not like the direction Adams takes in this book. Personally, I am impressed with her willingness to write what feels true to her. If you are after a light hearted romp with characters that happily ride off into the sunset, this will not fit the bill. If, on the other hand, you appreciate that life is full of bitter and sweet moments, then read on. Am I surprised by ending of the book? Yes. Did I shed some tears? Most definitely. All in all, though, I am left with a sense of hope. I have grown to love Olivia, Sawyer, Captain Haviland, and the other recurring characters. I will miss Olivia and Haviland’s treasure hunting walks along the beach and the refuge of the lighthouse. Oh, I will miss roller skate wearing Dixie and her Andrew Lloyd Webber themed diner. With tears in my eyes, I bid the residents of Oyster Bay adieu. *OBS would like to thank the publisher for supplying a free copy of this title in exchange for an honest review*

  18. 5 out of 5

    Cathy Cole

    Ellery Adams' Books by the Bay cozy series has been a favorite of mine since its inception. The ensemble cast, the coastal North Carolina setting with its rich history, mouthwatering food, and some fine mysteries to solve have made these books something very special. When I came to the end of Killer Characters, I knew without heading to Amazon to read reviews that many readers would be outraged. If you haven't read this last book in the series and you'd like to leave the characters surrounded by Ellery Adams' Books by the Bay cozy series has been a favorite of mine since its inception. The ensemble cast, the coastal North Carolina setting with its rich history, mouthwatering food, and some fine mysteries to solve have made these books something very special. When I came to the end of Killer Characters, I knew without heading to Amazon to read reviews that many readers would be outraged. If you haven't read this last book in the series and you'd like to leave the characters surrounded by a sort of fairy tale glow, you may want to give this one a miss. Fortunately I'm an easy-going reader because I can wait patiently for the next book in a series, and I don't send authors hate mail if they don't write the way I want them to. Frankly, I want them to write the way they want to. If my favorite authors are happy, they're going to write longer. Ellery Adams chose to end her wonderful series, not as a fairy tale, but as a story showing the growth and resilience of the main character, Olivia Limoges. People grow... people endure... by experiencing both good and bad. When this series began, Olivia was an ice queen, emotionally closed off, and watching everyone from a distance. By series end, she's made and kept, protected and taken care of, her dear friends. When I closed Killer Characters, I may have had tears in my eyes, but my heart was full. I knew Olivia and the other folks she cares about in Oyster Bay were going to be all right. Now... I've been talking about this as though it's a character study only, but there's an excellent mystery to be found here, too-- one that I didn't have solved beforehand-- and that's another thing I've loved about this series. If you haven't read a Books by the Bay mystery, dive right in with the first one, A Killer Plot. These characters grow and change, and you don't want to miss a bit of it. And might I just say-- Well done, Ellery Adams! I admire your bravery in ending the series the way you wanted to end it. Olivia deserved no less.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    This was a tough one, I think because I knew it was the last one in the series and because I had read some of the prior "bad" reviews and Ms. Adams' classy response to them. Clearly, there is more here than words on a page. Authors are artists and how they express themselves can be quite personal. The book was well written and though some had very, very strong feelings about how it ended (there are plenty of spoilers out there but I won't be one of them), it is what it is. I really enjoyed this This was a tough one, I think because I knew it was the last one in the series and because I had read some of the prior "bad" reviews and Ms. Adams' classy response to them. Clearly, there is more here than words on a page. Authors are artists and how they express themselves can be quite personal. The book was well written and though some had very, very strong feelings about how it ended (there are plenty of spoilers out there but I won't be one of them), it is what it is. I really enjoyed this series. I was partial to it from the beginning because it was set in coastal North Carolina, where I have spent much time vacationing and lived for a time. If you haven't read her antique cozy series, I highly recommend it.. The earlier books are written under the name JB Stanly but more recent books are listed under Ellery Adams.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Patricia

    Wow!! This whole book was a page turner. The ending was very poignant, and I am still shaken up. I understand why this book has to be the last book in the series of the Books by the Bay Mysteries. I am going to miss ALL of the Bayside Book Writers!! I understand that some of them will reappear in other series written by the author, Ellery Adams, and I look forward to seeing them again because I am going to miss them and I want to know what else transpires in their lives.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Wendy

    The Books by the Bay series has ended with a bang. Well Done Ellery Adams, well done. However, this one is most definitely not so Cozy. If one reads my previous reviews, they will show that in the beginning, Olivia was NOT my favorite character.. In fact, in the beginning, she was so off putting, so cold and such a snarky snob, I almost stopped reading the series. At the end she has become kind and a much nicer person. Ellery Adams also allowed all of her other characters to grow and develop. I en The Books by the Bay series has ended with a bang. Well Done Ellery Adams, well done. However, this one is most definitely not so Cozy. If one reads my previous reviews, they will show that in the beginning, Olivia was NOT my favorite character.. In fact, in the beginning, she was so off putting, so cold and such a snarky snob, I almost stopped reading the series. At the end she has become kind and a much nicer person. Ellery Adams also allowed all of her other characters to grow and develop. I enjoyed this series for so many reasons. Each plot was unique. There are no cookie cutter characters anywhere. The coastal descriptions were so wonderful, I wanted to go live there despite the "body count". (lol).

  22. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    There are books that are simple to review and then there are books that are very complex to review for many different reasons. Killer Characters is out now and it is book 8 in the series. The Books by the Bay Series is loved by so many, I myself am a huge fan of Ellery Adams and her characters in the "Bayside Book Writers". When you get a book such as Killer Characters and the chance to review it you don't want to spoil the plot for those anxiously awaiting their turn, I ask you to allow me to s There are books that are simple to review and then there are books that are very complex to review for many different reasons. Killer Characters is out now and it is book 8 in the series. The Books by the Bay Series is loved by so many, I myself am a huge fan of Ellery Adams and her characters in the "Bayside Book Writers". When you get a book such as Killer Characters and the chance to review it you don't want to spoil the plot for those anxiously awaiting their turn, I ask you to allow me to share a few of my thoughts about this beloved cozy series. This is a cozy mystery, a multi layered, complex, brilliant, emotional, intense and heartwarming book. This is a strong story, it is in no way a lazy day easy breezy mystery, and it is beautiful. As a reader I found that this book had so much raw emotion that it simply vibrates from the pages, Ellery Adams is an accomplished author who writes sophisticated cozy mysteries and who's work it is a true pleasure to read. Killer Characters is a must read book for 2017 and colossal series for sure!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Gallagher

    So. I need to start this review off by saying how impressed I am with Ms. Adams professionalism. I've read ALL of her books and yes, this one was hard to stomach. But, I get why she did it. This is the last book in the Books by the Bay series, and she wanted finality. Below you will find her note from Facebook that came after SCATHING reviews from readers. Just because a book doesn't end the way you want it to, don't punish the author with bad reviews. I saw those who said they'd never read anot So. I need to start this review off by saying how impressed I am with Ms. Adams professionalism. I've read ALL of her books and yes, this one was hard to stomach. But, I get why she did it. This is the last book in the Books by the Bay series, and she wanted finality. Below you will find her note from Facebook that came after SCATHING reviews from readers. Just because a book doesn't end the way you want it to, don't punish the author with bad reviews. I saw those who said they'd never read another book by her again - shame on you. Anyway, as Ellery said, "end of rant". "Dear Readers, this is a public service announcement. Do not read Killer Characters if you can't handle a non Disney ending. It doesn't have one. It's not a fairy tale. I don't write those. I write characters who are as real as you or me. They hurt. They have losses. Bad things happen to them. Bad things happen to me and I use my writing as a way to process those events. It's not my job to write what you want me to write. I have always, and will continue to write what I'm feeling and to write the book that's inside me. If you don't like how an author ends a book, and you give her a one-star review and condemn her entire series and anything she may write in future because you don't approve, then it's best we part ways. End of rant." Now, on to the book! I loved it. I thought it was kind of fun how she used the last book in the series to literally send Oyster Bay to hell and back. I mean, how much drama can the Bayside Book Writers get into?? Let's just throw everything in! Lol. I've never liked Laurel's husband before, and obviously like him less now. (view spoiler)[ And Rawlins? Are you freaking kidding me? That part hurt. Like, Olivia does NOT deserve that. (hide spoiler)] The entire plot moved along nicely and this was a good wrap up for a great series. I'm looking forward to what she writes next!!!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Ks Book Reviews

    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 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.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jill

    I actually enjoyed this series with flawed Olivia Limoges, but like others felt that the dark ending was not the type of thing I'm looking for in a cozy series, and certainly has the effect of wiping out the earlier work she has done with the character. ***spoiler alert *** Olivia continued to grow in her interpersonal relationships as she was solving her mysteries around town, and I failed to see how killing off the new husband is going to advance that goal. Perhaps the author's message is that I actually enjoyed this series with flawed Olivia Limoges, but like others felt that the dark ending was not the type of thing I'm looking for in a cozy series, and certainly has the effect of wiping out the earlier work she has done with the character. ***spoiler alert *** Olivia continued to grow in her interpersonal relationships as she was solving her mysteries around town, and I failed to see how killing off the new husband is going to advance that goal. Perhaps the author's message is that no matter how much you grow, things can suddenly end and that's it. Pretty dismal for a cozy or any series for that matter. Adams is a good writer as far as mechanics go, but the dark side of her personality may be more suited for writing thrillers than this particular genre.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen

    Extraordinary writing, with great descriptions of setting and characters. This is more than the usual mystery being solved by the Bayside Book Writers. It is a look at trust, trust betrayed, relationships built and destroyed and the resilience and forgiveness all can find. It shows evil greed using any means to achieve a selfish gain. At the end, once you thought it had all been nearly wrapped up, a shocking ending changes it all. From the author's intro to the end, there is every reason to thin Extraordinary writing, with great descriptions of setting and characters. This is more than the usual mystery being solved by the Bayside Book Writers. It is a look at trust, trust betrayed, relationships built and destroyed and the resilience and forgiveness all can find. It shows evil greed using any means to achieve a selfish gain. At the end, once you thought it had all been nearly wrapped up, a shocking ending changes it all. From the author's intro to the end, there is every reason to think this is the last of this excellent series. If that is true, I will miss Olivia, Haviland, and the rest of her extended family and friends. Thank you Ms. Adams, for sharing these stories with us.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sheila

    The ending was very sad and I'm not sure what is going to happen next. The note from the author in the beginning let you know that this is probably the last story in this series, but I'm not sure why she had to write the ending this way. The ending left the reader wondering if Ellery will be starting another series with Olivia or if this is the end for this character. Was a very unsettling story. The ending was very sad and I'm not sure what is going to happen next. The note from the author in the beginning let you know that this is probably the last story in this series, but I'm not sure why she had to write the ending this way. The ending left the reader wondering if Ellery will be starting another series with Olivia or if this is the end for this character. Was a very unsettling story.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    So disappointed with the ending of this book. Overall, I have liked this series (Poisoned Prose being my least favorite) and was looking forward to reading this latest installment. I'm sorry I did. I realize the author can choose to end a series any way she/he wishes, but this was very surprising. So disappointed with the ending of this book. Overall, I have liked this series (Poisoned Prose being my least favorite) and was looking forward to reading this latest installment. I'm sorry I did. I realize the author can choose to end a series any way she/he wishes, but this was very surprising.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Erin Overlock

    I love all of Ellery Adams series and the characters she has created. I was sorry to hear that this would be the last Books by the Bay Mystery. That being said I am very frustrated with the ending. I wish I hadn't read this and just stopped at book #7. I love all of Ellery Adams series and the characters she has created. I was sorry to hear that this would be the last Books by the Bay Mystery. That being said I am very frustrated with the ending. I wish I hadn't read this and just stopped at book #7.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Roseann Moss

    This book is the ending of this series. I have read all of them. Big disappointment. The book was a confusing jumble. I hated the ending.

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