Description (from cover):
‘In the small coastal town of Oyster Bay, North Carolina, you’ll find plenty of characters, ne’er-do-wells, and even a few celebs trying to duck the paparazzi. But when murder joins this curious community, the Bayside Book Writers are there to get the story…
Olivia Limoges is the subject of constant gossip. Ever since she came back to town–a return as mysterious as her departure–Olivia has kept to herself, her dog, and her unfinished novel. With a little cajoling from the eminently charming writer Camden Ford, she agrees to join the Bayside Book Writers, break her writer’s block, and even make a few friends…
But when townspeople start turning up dead with haiku poems left by the bodies, anyone with a flair for language is suddenly suspect. And it’s up to Olivia to catch the killer before she meets her own surprise ending.’
There is something about this series that made me feel like I would love it. I bought all of this series at the local used bookshop based on a hunch. Finally, I got around to actually reading it and what do you know, I loved it. I loved the setting of a small coastal town in North Carolina (my home state) where everyone knows everyone and all of their secrets and the main character is someone who is refreshing. Normally cozy mystery main characters are likeable and get along with everyone. That is most definitely not the case with Olivia Limoges. Olivia is haughty and at times quite the snob. She is the center of town gossip and she loves to do whatever she wants regardless of the consequences. Most of the time though, Olivia gets away with it.
It was nice to read a cozy mystery with a character who doesn’t necessary fit the main character mold. I think that might be why I enjoyed this one a lot as well. Not to mention the literary theme was right up my alley. I simply couldn’t put this one down. From page one I was hooked and I knew that I had made a right decision by snatching up the whole series from the bookstore. I am actually going to start on the next one in this series now as I enjoyed this one so much.
This was a delightful read that was different from the rest of the cozy mysteries in this genre. Something about this author and this character make them stand apart from the rest. I was thrilled to read this one and I can’t wait to see how the small town of Oyster Bay, North Carolina changes the haughty Olivia and what her and Haviland (her poodle) will get themselves into next. Now I am off to discover the next gem in this series. A superb beginning to what I hope will become a favorite cozy series of mine.
Overall Rating: 5+
Disclaimer: This book was purchased by myself and I reviewed this book without compensation of any kind. All thoughts and opinions are solely mine.