Review: Poisoned Prose by Ellery Adams

The last book in this series, Written in Stone, made my Best of 2012 list as Best Contemporary Cozy.

Poisoned ProsePoisoned Prose
(A Books by the Bay Mystery)

5th in Series
Cozy Mystery
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
The Berkley Publishing Group (October 1, 2013)
Published by The Penguin Group
Cover Illustration by Kimberly Schamber
Cover Design by Rita Frangie
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425262955
E-Book File Size: 1305 KB
ASIN: B00BC24M22


When Olivia Limoges and other Oyster Bay patrons of the arts sponsor a retreat for famous storytellers, one of them is going to have a very unhappy ending…

Violetta Devereaux, one of the most famous storytellers in the nation, has come to Oyster Bay and has given a stunning performance. She even announces onstage that she will meet her end in Oyster Bay. And that wasn’t just a story, it actually happened. Her body is discovered shortly after the end of the show and everyone in attendance is now a murder suspect.

Now Chief Rawlings and the Bayside Book Writers must work at a frenzied pace to solve the crime before someone closes the book on them.

Dollycas’s Thoughts
I have been waiting for this book and it seemed to be shouting at me from the shelf since it arrived. I cured up with it the other day and stayed up late until I read the whole thing. I don’t know how Ellery Adams does it but she gets just keeps topping herself.

Violetta was such an interesting character. She had a painful past and continued to deal a genetic disorder that kept her in the shadows her entire life.  Her life also connects to some of Oyster Bay’s residents.  This draws all out favorite characters together to find the killer and to understand the reason she was killed. 

In addition to this main mystery so much is happening in the lives of the people of Oyster Bay. These people have become our friends with each of our escapes to this wonderful town. They are friends with each other through thick and thin and offer each other support in so many ways. They really need each other now as new opportunities arise, decisions need to be made, and an awful turn of events rocks them all.

 Another fantastic story from this fantastic storyteller. You cannot go wrong with a book by Ellery Adams!!! I highly recommend each and every one!!! 

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About This 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.

Ellery also writes as J.B. Stanley and Jennifer Stanley.

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4 thoughts on “Review: Poisoned Prose by Ellery Adams

  1. I finished Poisoned Prose last week and loved the book. First time reading this series. Oyster Bay and its townsfolk are memorable. Which book has been your favorite? I may start with the first one to catch up.

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