In the small coastal town of Oyster Bay, North Carolina, you'll find plenty of characters, ne'er-do-wells, and even a few celebs trying to duck the paparazzi. But when murder joins this curious community, the Bayside Book Writers are there to get the story...
Olivia Limoges is the... read more
Olivia Limoges has returned to Oyster Bay, the town of her youth. She opens a five star restaurant and also buys several buildings that she rents to other business tenants. During one of her frequent visits to Grumpy's restaurant, Olivia overhears a writer's group session. The waitress... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
Olivia Limoges has returned to Oyster Bay, the town of her youth. She opens a five star restaurant and also buys several buildings that she rents to other business tenants. During one of her frequent visits to Grumpy's restaurant, Olivia overhears a writer's group session. The waitress encourages Camden, the leader of the group, to talk to Olivia about providing a meeting place for their group as well as having her join the group. Camden is a celebrity gossip columnist (using a pseudonym) and wants to write a thinly veiled biography.
Olivia feels drawn to Camden and agrees to join the group. She renovates her childhood home, the lighthouse keeper's cottage for the group's meetings. Camden's chapter is due to be critiqued at the first meeting in the cottage, but he doesn't show. Millay thinks she saw him near Fish Nets where she works so the entire group goes to the bar. They find Camden dead in the alley with a haiku tacked on him. Olivia copies down the words of the poem.
Camden's significant other, Cosmo, comes to town. He gets the writing group a full copy of what Camden had completed on the biography so that the writing group can look it over and try to find some clues.
Talbot fine properties wants to buy parkland for a new development. This would involve moving a small confederate cemetery that's within the park. Mr. Talbot attempts to influence the members of the planning committee, including Olivia, to vote for the development. Talbot is later found dead in the park.
A haiku appears on the bulletin board the next morning. It is found by Laurel, one of the writing group members, while she is out jogging.
Someone tries to scare Olivia off by feeding her dog meat laced with sedatives.
One of Talbot's high-ranking employees, Max, is found killed in the condo he is renting. A haiku is found at that location also. He is found on the same day that the planning committee is supposed to vote. Blake Talbot and Heidi St. Claire attend the meeting. Blake has inherited the business. During the meeting, Olivia notices that Heidi recognizes someone who scares her. It turns out that Atlas Kraus is Heidi's father. Her mother had fled the abusive man and taken Heidi with her. Atlas tracked them down and severely beat the mother. He later found work on a TFP job. Blake hired Atlas to kill Talbot. Atlas killed Camden hoping to pin it on Blake, but it didn't work because Blake had a concert in Las Vegas on the night of the murder. Atlas then went through with the original plan to kill Talbot, but he also plotted to kill Blake because he felt Blake would pull down Heidi's career.
Rawlings, the sheriff, joins the writer's group.
“Let go of the nice doggie right now or I'll spray you! Remember. if the magic water hits you, you won't be allowed to go to McDonald's ever again!”Laurel
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In Chapter One, Camden Ford first tells Olivia Limoges that his pen name is Milano Cruise, but several paragraphs later while discussing the Talbot family, he tells her Manolo Cruise will make a living off that story for years to come. All future references to his pen name revert to Milano as the first name.
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