Books by the Bay Mysteries 1 & 2.
Available now from Tantor Audio.
From the Publisher:

“A KILLER PLOT:  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 . . .”
“A DEADLY CLICHE: While walking her poodle, Olivia Limoges discovers a dead body buried in the sand. Could it be connected to the bizarre burglaries plaguing Oyster Bay, North Carolina? At every crime scene, the thieves set up odd tableaus: a stick of butter with a knife through it, dolls with silver spoons in their mouths, a deck of cards with a missing queen. Olivia realizes that each setup represents a cliché. And who better to decode the cliché clues than her Bayside Book Writers group?”

From the review at Geeky Bloggers Book Blog:

“Karen did an excellent job. I started reading then switched to audio, I found out I was pronouncing names wrong again. However, I loved Karen’s Olivia and Rawlings. She just really drew me into the story :) So glad I have the next on audio!”

From the review at Fan Girl Nation:

“The series is available through Audible and is narrated by Karen White, who does a good job of connecting the readers to the book and bringing to life the disparate characters found in the book.”

From the review at Books, Movies, Reviews, Oh My:

“I wasn’t sure about Karen White at first when I listened to book one but she has grown on me along with Olivia and I think she has the right voice for Olivia.”

My recording experience:
What could be better than recording a cozy mystery set in a fictional coastal town over the summer?  Recording a cozy series set in a coastal town that would be only a few hours from one’s home!  Yes, Oyster Bay is a fictional town, but it’s on North Carolina’s gorgeous Outer Banks and real life places like New Bern and Okracoke are in the books, so I can figure out pretty much where it would be.  It’s always fun to populate the town of a cozy series, but it’s been especially fun to use the dialects I hear every day.  Living here, I know that not everyone who lives in NC sounds like a hick – we have a variety of local accents, based on education and social class as well as location.  Add to that the number of transplants to the state from other regions, and many kids these days grow up without much of an accent.  I’ve done my best to include these realities, while telling some good stories, I hope.  Olivia Limoges, like many cozy leading ladies, is a bit of a prickly character.  But by the end of Book 2, she herself acknowledges that the scars on her heart are beginning to heal.  It’s been an engaging journey for me as she breaks out of her shell, and lets in friends and even love.  I hope listeners will enjoy it, too!
Listen to samples here:


THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.  Sue and Lisa are the randomly selected winners and the CDs will be mailed out to them as soon as I get their addresses.  Thanks to all for entering! I give away lots of books – to find out about them in the future, please consider following this blog, or my Facebook page, or on Twitter.

11 thoughts on “BOOKS BY THE BAY SERIES by Ellery Adams plus GIVEAWAY”

  1. Lisa Brown says:

    I have never been to North Carolina; I have only been to three states so far in my life, and just have not made plans to go to NC. A relative moved there last year, so it is just a matter of time before I am on a plane to visit. Thanks for the chance 🙂 jslbrown2009 at aol dot com

    1. kewhite says:

      Congratulations, Lisa! You are the winner of Book 1 of this series. I will email you shortly to get your mailing address.

  2. BookAttict says:

    I’ve spent a lot of time in Hickory, the Outer Banks and (my fave) Lake Lure in the Fall.

    1. kewhite says:

      I don’t know Lake Lure – will have to check that out!

  3. nrlymrtl says:

    I’ve never been to NC but I think I should visit it. I need to try some traditional foods, like the BBQ eggroll I saw on a cooking show at the NC state fair.

    1. kewhite says:

      That does sound good!

  4. Mary C. says:

    No, I’ve never been to North Carolina and do not have plans to visit in the near future. Our vacations are spent visiting family in Maine, New York, Hawaii and Hong Kong..

  5. Sue S says:

    Yes one summer to Avon NC in the Outer Banks. I’m a beach girl.

    1. kewhite says:

      Congratulations, Sue! You are the winner of Books 1 & 2 from this series. I will email you to get your mailing address.

      1. Sue S says:

        Thank you so much. I replied to your email. 🙂

  6. Michelle Fidler says:

    No, but I’ve been to Williamsburg, Virginia, back in 2000. That’s the furthest south I’ve been. I visited Colonial Williamsburg, Busch Gardens, a water park, and the outlet centers. I don’t travel anymore.

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