“Once again I loved this book. I dont think I could possibly not enjoy a book in this series”see full review » see other reviews »
“Just love this series and learn something every time.”christine b wrote this review Sunday, October 20, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Once again I loved this book. I dont think I could possibly not enjoy a book in this series”Alissa B wrote this review Saturday, August 24, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Enjoyable, though the repeated references to Olivia's childhood are beginning to wear.”Michelle M wrote this review Wednesday, June 19, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“slow beginning, but Olivia, her dog Haviland, and her boyfriend policeman, Sawyer - along with the Bayside Writers Group - solve the murder of a local seer.”Sue J wrote this review Friday, May 24, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Best of the series yet/”Ana K wrote this review Tuesday, April 23, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Another interesting plot.”Linda G wrote this review Tuesday, April 16, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“There isn't much that's light and airy in this series and that's okay. I think it's more amateur sleuth than cozy.
Olivia has a lot on her plate with her restaurants and her newly found family and now there's the Foodie Network coming to town for the Coastal Carolina Food Festival.
The death of one of her sous chefs has her investigating again, along with the Bayside Book Writers, her writing group, since it ties in with something she's found out about her past.
It all melds into a superb mystery. ”
“Olivia Limoges has been summoned to see Munin Cooper, known as the witch of Oyster Bay. Munin tells Olivia that death is coming. Neither woman realized that is was Munin's death that was imminent. When her body is found Olivia instincts tell her there is something more sinister than a mystical force at work.
Finding Munin's killer takes top priority for Olivia even though she needs to be getting ready for the Coastal Carolina Food Festival. Munin had given Olivia a memory jar that she had made and Olivia knows that if she can just figure out what the keepsakes mean she will be able to identify the killer. She enlists the help of the Bayside Book Writers to help her solve the pottery puzzle and help her to catch the culprit before he claims another victim.
Ellery Adams just keeps topping herself. Each book is better than the last. This is definitely one of the best books I have read this year.
One of the mysteries of this series has been the star character herself and we are finally really getting into the heart of her life in this installment. Plus the character is evolving and moving forward in the most wonderful ways.
In this story we also learn about the Lumbee Indian Tribe. The Lumbee are one of eight state-recognized Native American tribes in North Carolina. The author took the history of this tribe and wove it right into Olivia's world. I really love the way she does this because added to the enjoyment of the story we get a little education as well. The memory jug with the keepsake clues added that additional element every great mystery needs. The puzzle to figure out, not just trying to pick up clues from what the characters say or remembering something at at that climatic moment.
To fully appreciate this story it is necessary to read all of the books in order. Only then can the reader enjoy the growth of all the characters.
Kudos Ellery!!! Bring on Poisoned Prose!! I can't wait!!”
“There are times as I write reviews and tell friends of books that I find one novel that stands towers above the rest. There are as many reasons for this personal reaction, perhaps, the location is familiar and fun to recognize trademarked spots, sometimes, I'm vastly invested in the lives of the characters and truly care about their outcomes and futures, and of course, the story that compels you to continue reading almost non-stop. Then you end the book with a sigh of satisfaction at the completion.
This book, 'Written in Stone' is just the sort of book I'm talking about. The entire series from book one, 'A Killer Plot' until the final word, or in this book's case, a final lullaby, fulfils my expectations and more.
We have a group of friends, that enjoy writing, led by a delightfully complex woman, Olivia Limoges, who are on personal searches as well as come across a series of crimes. In this novel, Olivia is at a stage of personal growth that found me smiling and joyful. She has found love. This is not a simple plot twist by a clever author, oh no. This love has been long coming and is to be rejoiced with. Olivia with her Standard poodle, Captain Haviland, have earned every second as has the man involved, Chief of Police, Rawlings. No, this book is not a Romance, but a murder mystery that has a compelling plot and is cross-storied with life, in this case, a romance and answers to Olivia's life.
An old wise woman, some consider a witch, has summoned Olivia to her for answers about Olivia's Mother who died when Olivia was a child. This opened up so many questions that I was at lost as to how Ms. Adams would manage to solve them all.
When the witch is murdered, Olivia and Rawlings find themselves having to solve the crime. This crime develops and includes even more of the writing group.
The action is almost non-stop and your emotions will be caught. What more can you ask of a novel. I was caught up instantly. Now, I must await for the next novel, "Poisoned Prose."
A Personal note...My husband and I had the privilege of loving a Black Labrador, Princess for almost fourteen years. When I would receive one of Ellery's novels, I would call Princess and I would read the novel aloud. Princess always barked when I announced 'Captain Haviland's' part. I know this sounds silly to many, but it was a joyful time for us two. Princess suffered a stroke on Nov. 16th's (2am) morning. I had just received 'Written in Stone', Princess cried for me to stay with her and I knew this was the ending of our earthly time together. I read aloud all the way until Chapter 17. Princess had the most peaceful passing that you can imagine. As she left our home, after many tears, that still flood me, I read aloud to her 'spirit' or mine, the final pages. This novel surpassed being simply a fantastic murder mystery, the best the author has written yet, this novel became part of a long-loving relationship. Thank you, Ms. Adams for this memory. ”
“If it was possible, I'd give Written in Stone more than five stars. What an exciting and yet in ways very sweet mystery!!! I got to know some of the characters better and appreciate where they were coming from. There were tears shed for those lost and those found as well. Now I'm ready for Poisoned Prose!!!! Bring it on Ellery Cant wait for the next one. ”Sue Ross wrote this review Thursday, November 8, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No