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  • Series: A Books by the Bay Mystery (Book 3)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; Complete Numbers Starting with 1, 1st Ed edition (December 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425245004
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425245002
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 4.4 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,121 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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New York Times Bestselling author Ellery Adams grew up on a beach near the Long Island Sound. Having spent her adult life in a series of landlocked towns, she cherishes her memories of open water, violent storms, and the smell of the sea. Ms. Adams has held many jobs including that of caterer, retail clerk, car salesperson, teacher, tutor, and tech writer, all the while penning poems, children's books, and novels. She now writes full-time from her home in Virginia.

Ellery also writes as J.B. Stanley.

For more killer mysteries, visit www.elleryadamsmysteries.com

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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By L. Rigod on December 10, 2011
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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 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.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By F. Yoder on December 13, 2011
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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 out around September, 2012 or so.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Harbingerdc on December 8, 2011
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Oh, my. I finished The Last Word last night/early this morning. The author has said that she felt it was her best work yet, and I concur.
The third book in the Books by the Bay Mystery series builds on and develops the events and relationships from the previous two books. This is an exceptional series with a wonderful group of main and supporting characters. The buildup was so well paced and those last several chapters felt like a roller coaster ride that you couldn't get off of. I'm starting to tear up just thinking about it again. I can't thank Ellery Adams enough for this book! Or really, for this sharing of the lives of a group of people who have become more and more alive and also very dear to me.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By L. Gondelman on December 28, 2011
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Olivia's life is pretty full right now. She's got the opening of her new restaurant, to be run by her new-found brother and sister-in-law, the impending birth of her nephew, helping Harris find the home of his dreams, trying to figure out just what is going on with Laurel, and finally dealing with her feelings for Chief Rawlings. On top of all of that, she also needs to find time to work on her book.

Booker Prize-winning author Nick Plumely arrives in town, with everyone thinking he is there to write a sequel to his best-selling book about a murder and escape at the New Bern Prison camp, located near Oyster Bay. When he shows a great deal of interest in the house Harris wants to buy, Olivia works her magic, guaranteeing that Harris buys the house. To the delight of the Bayside book writers, Nick agrees to attend their next meeting at Harris's new house. But it appears that he is more interested in the house itself, and what it may hide, than what anyone has written.

Then Nick is found dead, and the piece he is looking for is found. Now they must figure out if this piece was valuable only to Nick, or if it means just as much to someone else - someone who wouldn't think twice about killing again. And can Olivia, her constant companion Captain Havilland, and the rest of the Bayside book writers solve the mystery before it's too late?

Ellery Adams is at her best in The Last Word, the third book in the Books by the Bay series (see A Killer Plot & A Deadly Cliché). Ellery possesses the incredible talent of not only keeping the books each of the Bayside book writers are writing moving forward, but of writing an amazing story as well.
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