Review: The Last Word by Ellery Adams

Description (from cover):

‘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 finds himself caught in a deadly ending…
The arrival of Nick Plumley has sent shivers of excitement throughout Oyster Bay. Especially since rumor has it that the Booker Prize winner is thinking about putting down roots here. No one is more thrilled than Olivia and her fellow members when Plumley drops by the first writer’s group meeting at Harris’ new house. But why is Plumley more interested in poking around the lovely bungalow than in discussing the craft of fiction?
Not long after, Olivia stops by Plumley’s rental–and 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:

So I was thinking that surely by the third book in this series, I would get a book that lacked the luster of the previous one in the series and I would be disappointed. Most definitely not the case. I simply cannot get enough of this series. This is cozy mystery done right. I love Olivia’s character and her friends and the small town of Oyster Bay, North Carolina. It sounds like heaven on earth. The characters go through so much development in this series that you almost feel as if you are living your life beside them. The author does a fantastic job of creating a lasting relationship between the reader and the characters in this series that keeps drawing the reader in.
I know I read a lot of mysteries and tend to really enjoy all cozies, except for the poorly written, but this is by far one of the most stunning series of them all. This series is a diamond amongst other gems, but it is solid and dependable and I know that I am getting a good mystery when I pick up this series. The author really pours her heart and soul into these books and it really shows. Not what one would think about a cozy mystery series, but this is on a whole different level.
At first, I was concerned that I wouldn’t get into Olivia’s haughtiness, but it really grew on me. This book had a ton of twists and turns that left me dying to get the end to see how everything played out. This book had the right amount of mystery, romance and the past to keep me intrigued from page one until the very end. I was so sad to see it end, but I do have the next book in the series lined up to read next. Looks like I am getting my fix.

Overall Rating: 5+

Title:  The Last Word
Author:  Ellery Adams
Series:  Books by the Bay Mystery #3
Publisher:  Berkley
Publication Date:  December 6, 2011
Pages:  320
Genre:  Cozy Mystery
Get It:  Amazon; Barnes & Noble

Disclaimer: This book was purchased by myself and I reviewed this book without compensation of any kind. All thoughts and opinions are solely mine.

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