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Eccentric Munin Cooper, called the Witch of Oyster Bay, summons Olivia Limoges to her house to delivers hints about the lives of Olivia’s deceased parents. When Munin is found dead shortly thereafter, Olivia researches the artifacts in the jug Munin gave her, convinced that the woman was murdered. The members of Olivia’s writing group and her police-chief boyfriend help her investigate, and the clues reveal information about local Native American history as well as startling revelations about Olivia’s parents. When a young sous chef dies suddenly, and his sister is attacked soon after, Olivia realizes everything is connected, and the killer has an unfinished agenda. Adams effectively weaves interesting history, characters, and situations together in this latest in the Books by the Bay series. The personal revelations Olivia uncovers are among the most intriguing surprises in the book. Readers new to the series may want to read the previous title first, as it is hard to sort restaurant employees, writing-group members, and new characters. Fans of the Lorna Barrett Booktown novels will be attracted to this series as well. --Amy Alessio

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 “[An] unusual and appealing series.”--Richmond Times-Dispatch

“[Ellery Adams] has already proven she has a gift for charm. Her characters are charismatic and alluring, and downright funny.”--Once Upon a Romance

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Product Details

  • Series: A Books by the Bay Mystery (Book 4)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (November 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 042525173X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425251737
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #314,111 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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, which she shares with her husband, two trolls, and three keyboard-hogging felines.

Her series from Berkley Prime Crime include The Books By the Bay Mysteries, The Charmed Pie Shoppe Mysteries, and The Book Retreat Mysteries.

Her Indie series, available as ebooks only, include The Supper Club Series, The Hope Street Series, and The Molly Appleby Collectible Series.

For more killer mysteries, visit www.elleryadamsmysteries.com

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It's impossible to overstate the uniqueness of Ellery Adams' Books by the Bay Mystery series. From the first book each story contained two mysteries: the murder mystery and the mystery of Olivia Limoges and her family history. This third book in the series contains some shocking revelations about Olivia's sad past that completely stunned me. If it weren't for the except from book #4 I would fear this was the end of the series, as it seems as though Olivia is finally at peace, madly in love, and ready to move forward with her life. She is a complex, one of a kind character who stays with you long after you've finished reading her story.

The murder mystery, as always, is an intricate puzzle involving a memory jug, the Lumbee Indian tribe, and the KKK. The seaside setting is perfect for the Coastal Carolina Food Festival and a Lumbee tribal powwow, both of which are central to the plot. The scenes at Munin's swamp home are haunting; we know that with her death the land will be abandoned and returned to the earth.

I don't say it very often but this is a series best read in order. It is the only way to truly appreciate the depth and growth of the characters, their history, and their evolving relationships. This is a beautiful, compelling story that any lover of great fiction will enjoy, as it is so much more than a mystery novel.
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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.
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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.
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The is the fourth book in the Books by the Bay series and the best one yet! One of the distinctions of this series is the strong and satisfying growth and development of the main character, Olivia, and all of her circle of fellow writers and friends.

When Olivia is summoned by Munin Cooper, a recluse known locally as the witch of Oyster Bay, she is given a memory jug and some very veiled clues regarding another secret from her past and a warning that death is coming. When the first death coming turns out to be Munin's, Olivia realizes that the memory jug will hold clues not just to the secrets of her own past, but also the secrets behind Munin's supposedly accidental death.

With the help of her wonderfully realized group of friends, each coming more and more into his or her own, Olivia and the amazing Captain Haviland sift through the clues to solve two murders and prevent a third.

I love this series and I love Olivia! As she becomes more open to relationships with her friends and family, she becomes stronger and more complete as a person. Ms. Adams has given us a complex and admirable heroine, a well drawn group of friends, and a location that I wish were real.

I can't wait for th next book in this series and hope that there will be many more.
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The Books by the Bay Mystery series is a well written mystery series. Olivia, while eating breakfast at Grumpys, is told that a recluse who the locals call a witch wants to talk with her. At first Olivia is dismissive about the message but then is told that Munin (the witch) has a message for her and Munin knew her mother. Olivia makes a very memorable trip into the back country and receives a memory jug from Munin. She also receives a caution that death will be around Olivia soon and she should use caution even though she will not be the target. The prediction soon becomes true.

I really liked this book. It is my favorite in the series so far. It was original, unique and multi-layered. Ellery Adams, besides being a good writer, is a excellent story teller. It was a book that I enjoyed the mystery side along with the character/relationship side. It has been interesting watching Olivia open up and become receptive to friendships through out the 4 books. She is a complex strong woman. We learned more information about Olivia's family. Some books seem formula driven. Not so with this series as it is fresh and original. I am looking forward to the next book in the series Poisoned Prose.
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