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Fresh Pick | A KILLER PLOT by Ellery Adams
Fresh Pick / September 2, 2010

Books By The Bay #1 June 2010 On Sale: June 1, 2010 Featuring: Olivia Limoges 320 pages ISBN: 042523522X EAN: 9780425235225 Paperback $7.99 Add to Wish List Mystery Amateur Sleuth, Mystery Cozy Buy at A Killer Plot by Ellery Adams Death is read between the lines. 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. A great debut mystery series featuring writers Previous Picks

Spotlight on Cleo Coyle
Author Spotlight / September 2, 2010

Murder with Recipes: the national bestselling author brews up a hot new culinary mystery… Most of the world knows about the bravery of New York City’s fire department on 9/11. For ROAST MORTEM, I wanted to go deeper. Almost every day I see these hunky, heroic guys in my Queens’ neighborhood. So I decided to research how they work and live and layer this background into my new Coffeehouse Mystery. At the start of ROAST MORTEM, an unknown arsonist begins torching cafés around the city. When firefighters come to the rescue of Clare Cosi, manager of the landmark Village Blend, she returns the favor by rescuing these fearless few from some seriously bad coffee. Then her new firemen friends begin to die in suspicious ways, and Clare finds reason to believe their deaths are connected to the serial arsonist. A single mom in her forties, Clare has a passion for cooking, coffee, and sleuthing. While tracking down this killer, she continually faces off with an overly-flirtatious fire captain who won’t stop putting the moves on her. But she doubts his motives are pure. This strapping firefighter obviously has something to hide, and as Clare starts to dig deeper, someone threatens…

John Herrick | Ordinary Overcomers … and the Lives They Inspire
Author Guest / September 2, 2010

Overcomers intrigue me. When we find ourselves in a pit, our primary desire is to find our way out. Life’s valleys aren’t enjoyable. And when life throws a major challenge our way—a scary medical diagnosis, a loved one’s death, a job loss—it hits us like an emotional blow to the gut. At that point, we begin a journey. We didn’t ask for the challenge and wouldn’t wish it on anyone. We feel unprepared. Insufficient. Alone. But step by step, we fight through it anyway. And eventually we see a glimmer of light. Which brings me back to overcomers. We read books and watch news stories of those who faced a serious challenge and prevailed. These people (or characters) inspire us. But isn’t it funny how most of these people didn’t enjoy their hardships any more than we relish our own? If you think about it, the individuals who inspire us are ordinary people who got up each morning and took another step forward. They had a bad season like we do, but they refused to surrender. They serve as living proof that we, too, never need to give up. They made it through the valley alive—and so can we. Perhaps…