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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

68) Lethal Letters by Ellery Adams

The Blurb :

Everyone’s got their hands full in Oyster Bay, North Carolina. Aside from two upcoming weddings, there’s also the historical society’s annual fund-raiser: the Secret Garden Party and Candlelit Ball. Adding to the excitement, Olivia witnesses the discovery of a time capsule in the foundation of a local church. The historical society president hopes to display its contents at their party, but when the items are finally revealed to the public, Olivia notices one of them has vanished.

After a frightening find beneath the pier—the body of Ruthie Holcomb—Olivia is certain there’s a connection between the young woman’s death and the missing piece from the time capsule. With the help of her fellow Bayside Book Writers, Olivia sets out to uncover some clues and ensure a killer has no reason to celebrate…

My Thoughts :

I have been following this series since it began and even though I had this sixth book on pre-order, it somehow got lost on my Kindle among all the other to be read books.  So while I could have read this back in November I have finally read it now, over six months later.  It isn't a bad thing though.  Now I won't have to wait as long for book seven.

Once again Olivia does a great job of accidentally getting involved in a murder case.  With her fiancĂ© doing the legal route of investigation, Olivia has the time and means to go around asking questions in all the right places and piece together a motive and find the killer.  There are always some interesting twists and turns along the way and the Bayside Book Writers are eager to help.

However this time around I was pretty sure I knew the solution straight away and I was actually right.  It didn't take me long to solve the case and it was quite frustrating to see everyone looking for more answers when I found it was all right there in front of them.   The mystery was good though.  The time capsule was a great start to things and despite figuring things out quickly it was nice to see the history of everything unraveling.  I knew who but the why wasn't completely clear till later in the book.

On the other side of things there was some wonderful developments with the regular characters and some new ones.  The on-going story of the Bayside Book Writers is very compelling and the visit to Oyster Bay is always a lovely getaway.  The writer always manages to make me want to visit Oyster Bay and her fun doggy character Haviland nearly has me turning into a dog lover.

A great series and a must read cozy mystery.  Ellery Adams is one of the best in the genre and I can't get enough of her books.  I am looking forward to the next installment and will make sure to keep catching up with her other books while waiting.

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