Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Review & Giveaway: The Last Word by Ellery Adams

Paperback, 304 pages
Expected publication: December 6th 2011 by Berkley

ISBN: 0425245004 (ISBN13: 9780425245002)
edition language : English
setting :  Oyster Bay, NC
From the publisher:
Olivia Limoges and the Bayside Book Writers are excited about Oyster Bay's newest resident: bestselling novelist Nick Plumley, who's come to work on his next book. But when Olivia stops by Plumley's rental she finds that he's been strangled to death. Her instincts tell her that something from the past came back to haunt him, but she never expects that the investigation could spell doom for one of her dearest friends...

My thoughts:  What worked so well for me, besides an extremely good mystery plot with some wonderful characters, was the emotional growth in Olivia. It's as if her formerly cold heart has been melted. Meeting the half brother and his family she didn't know existed a while ago, has really changed her. She's not the aloof loner she once was. Finding some family has done Olivia a world of good. It's made her into a very likeable and vulnerable character.

I loved the fact that the author took historical facts from WWII and wove a story around them. During WWII  POW camps existed throughout North Carolina. In the author's note, Ellery tells how quickly and easily assimilated the prisoners became to the area even though the camps were very secretive and not a lot of Carolinians knew about them.

Their story comes to life as Ellery's character, Olivia, searches for a reason why the famed author, Nick Plumley, was so interested in the house her friend, Harris Williams was buying. Did Nick have ties to the house or the area? Digging into the house's past and Nick's past leads Olivia in some very interesting and exciting directions while looking for clues to Nick's murder. Even her writer's group is put on hold as Olivia conducts her investigation.

"Talk to the chief." Olivia rose and carefully shouldered the tote bag. "And forget about critiquing my chapter on Saturday. We've got more important things to do."

Harris absently put a hand to his throat. "Like staying alive."

Hmmm... ayup, that could be the tricky part!

This is one of Ellery's best books so far in my opinion. Ellery has developed her characters fully and placed them in a lovely shore setting. Another of the elements I appreciated in the story was the sense of place; Ellery has the beach setting feel down to perfection. Elley Adams, pen name of J.B. Stanley is one of my favorite cozy writers and has been for years with her supper club series but this latest Books by the Bay series is outdoing the supper club. The first book,  Killer Plot, set in Oyster Bay was good, but this one tops that by a mile. Well done, Ellery! I can't wait for # 4, Written in Stone.  4****

For more about the author, you can visit her at her website or FB page.

Due to the ever so generous Berkley, I am able to offer a giveaway of one copy of this book. Open to US only with the deadline to enter being Dec 28th at 5 PM (est). Bonus entries are as follows:

+2 for being a follower, old or new. Just remind me how you follow and under what name.
+3 for blogging (sidebar is fine) or tweeting about the giveaway. Leave me a link, please.

If you cannot comment you can still enter by sending me an e mail with Win The Last Word in the subject line. Include your name and e mail and send to florida982002[at]yahoo.com

Good luck!

Disclosure: A review copy of the book was provided by Berkley in exchange for my honest opinion.


  1. Beginning to like the Cozy Mystery's, this one looks great, who doesn't like to have the last word, lol.

    wfnren at aol dot com

  2. +2 for being a GFC follower

    wfnren at aol dot com

  3. +3 for blogging this giveaway on my blog at:


    wfnren at aol dot com

  4. Thanks for this lovely cozy giveaway. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  5. An appealing book which looks enjoyable. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

  6. I am surrounded by cozy mysteries and I still have not read one

  7. A historical cozy mystery sounds good to me! I love that it's set in NC in that time period.

  8. Sounds like another fab addition to this series. The WWII angle especially interests me. Follower (WordTrix) and adding to the blog sidebar.

    word_trix at yahoo dot com

  9. great giveaway
    follow via gfc- samantha35

  10. yays!! another cozy giveaway!!

    thank you!!

    & this cover is gorgeous!!!!

    i'm an old gfc follower: cyn209

    cyn209 at juno dot com

  11. looks like someone is in trouble!

  12. I am glad to hear that this series keeps getting better and better for you, and glad that you enjoyed this one. Loved this review as well!

  13. Thanks for the giveaway.

    +2 GFC follower - SandyG265

    sgiden at verizon.net

  14. If i win, I will have to read #2 first! ok, I can do that cause I liked the first.

    GFC and Google reader follower.

  15. Sounds like you're getting personal with the author!!

  16. In September I read Ms. Adams book "A Deadly Cliche" and enjoyed it. So enter me in this give-away, and Thanks for hosting the book Give-away.

    I am a GFC follower.


  17. Enjoyed the first book in the series. Thanks.


  18. I love that Olivia is warming up and that there is a historical twist to this cozy.

    + 2 I follow your blog with GFC but my best way is that since I love your blog so much that I have an Icon for it on my top bar! That way I will miss what is going on!!!

    +3 I tweeted:


  19. I recently read and enjoyed A Killer Plot. It took me time to warm up to Olivia but I did by the end. I would love to enter for this.

    I'm a follower via GFC

  20. This sounds really good would love to read it.

    GFC follower


  21. Thank you for the chance to win this book.

    I am a GFC follower - griperang
    I posted the giveaway on my blog - http://griperangsbookmarks.blogspot.com/p/giveaways.html

    griperang at embarqmail dot com

  22. Kaye - thank you for stopping by my place and for your support with SWEETIE! *smiling* appreciate you and all you do for authors!

  23. Kaye....Wanted to stop by to wish you a wonderful Holiday; hope it means special time with family and friends.

  24. Love these kind of mysteries. Please enter me. Thanks!

    +2 Old follower


  25. I just wanted to pop in and wish you and your family a Merry Christmas Kaye! I hope you have a wonderful day. Hugs.

  26. Just wanted to say Merry Christmas.

  27. I'd love to be entered into this.


    I've also been a GFC follower for a long time - Yvonne

  28. Thanks for the chance to win!

    +2 follower under the name of Susan and on Google Reader

    sdryburgh at hotmail dot com


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