Killer Characters By Ellery Adams: Review/Giveaway

May 13, 2017 | 2017 Articles, Cynthia Chow, Food Fun, Mysteryrat's Maze

by Cynthia Chow

Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a copy of Killer Characters, and a link to purchase it from Amazon, and an indie bookstore where a portion of the sale goes to help support KRL.

Upon seeing her friend Laurel Hobbs, Oyster Bay’s five-star restaurant owner Olivia Limoges can’t help but be shocked. The normally perfectly put-together Laurel is completely fraught, disheveled, and jittery. She is being pulled apart from all sides, as Laurel is attempting to raise twin sons, work full time, care for the house and yard, and visit her ailing mother-in-law. Apparently Laurel’s husband Steve is too busy battling with his father over Rachel Hobbs’s hospice care to spare a moment for Laurel, yet his neglectful behavior is nothing new. Olivia and her fellow Bayside Book Writers have never looked fondly upon Steve, and that is a sentiment completely reinforced when she and Laurel discover him in flagrante delicto with his mother’s nurse.

bookLaurel has an understandably explosive reaction to seeing the couple, but it is Laurel’s threat to burn Stacy Balena like a witch that makes Laurel a suspect when that act horrifically comes true. Far more incriminating is Laurel’s drunken confrontation that not only resulted in her being seen at Stacy’s apartment, but the following blackout that left Laurel with holes in her memory. Olivia’s recent marriage to Police Chief Sawyer Rawlings means that he has to remove himself from the case, but that doesn’t infuriate her any less when Laurel is arrested. The Bayside Book Writers become divided between the men who work with law enforcement and the women who prefer to go rogue, and their friendships is tested and feelings hurt. Olivia is all too aware that her past of being abandoned by fathers has made her distrustful of men, so with the support of her poodle Captain Havilland and Sawyer’s loving patience, it’s not long before the Writers are united in a cause to investigate the life of the hospice nurse, one who may not have had her patients best interests at heart.

As the series seems to end, the thread of melancholy is inescapable. The conclusion delivers the same sentiment, yet it also provides an uplifting mix of joy and hope for the future. Life comes with tragedy, and it is the support of loved ones that keeps people moving on. This is explored first with the nuances involved in hospice care, and continues as it revisits the familiar sites of North Carolina’s Oyster Bay.

This is ultimately very moving novel that will have readers satisfied and secure in the future of all of the characters, which will assuredly have both tragedy and bliss. As Bayside Book Writer Millay Hollowell states “How many contented, well-balanced, highly functioning people write novels? Let alone get published? Writers are damaged. We have haunted pasts. We either drink or eat too much. Our sleep is constantly interrupted by wacko imagery and snippets of dialogue.” Hopefully that is not true for all authors, but here readers are free to rejoice in the chaotic lives of these fictional aspiring writers.

To enter to win a copy of Killer Characters, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “killer,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen May 20, 2017. U.S. residents only. If entering via email please include your mailing address, and if via comment please include your email address.

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Cynthia Chow is the branch manager of Kaneohe Public Library on the island of Oahu. She balances a librarian lifestyle of cardigans and hair buns with a passion for motorcycle riding and regrettable tattoos (sorry, Mom).

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  1. Thanks for the review.
    kckendler at gmail dot com

  2. A wonderful series – so sorry to see that it is ending.

  3. Elderly Adams books are always enjoyable!

  4. I have enjoyed the previous books in this series and looking forward to reading Killer Characters. This plot sounds like a good read.

  5. Love the cover! Can’t wait to read this one!

  6. I’m a huge fan of Ellery’s writing and this series in particular. I own five of the books and would love to add this one to my collection.

  7. Ms Adams always writes wonderful stories. Thanks for the review and this opportunity.

  8. Love the review on this one I would love to read and leave reviews on goodreads and amazon.

  9. I enjoy books by Ellery Adams. Thanks!

  10. Anything Ellery Adams writes is fabulous!


  11. Great series that I have enjoyed. Sorry to see it ending. Thank you for the chance to win a copy of this title.


  12. I’ve read this series from the beginning. Thanks for the giveaway!

  13. Great series. Can’t wait to read “Killer Characters”.

  14. We have a winner!

  15. Disappointing end to the series. The main character of the series has had an entire lifetime of heartbreak to overcome. I don’t feel she really needed the final blow to bring the point home. If she had been given time for both her and the readers to cope with this I may not have feel so blah over the ending. It seems like it was tacked on just to add manufactured drama. I love the series but wish it could have ended with a little more closure.


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