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Love in a Murder Mystery and Life
on November 17, 2012
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.