Olivia Limoges is the subject of constant gossip. Ever since her mysterious return to the small coastal town of Oyster Bay, North Carolina, Olivia has kept to herself, her dog, and her unfinished novel. With a little cajoling from charming writer Camden Ford, she agrees to join the Bayside Book Writers to 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.
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My new favorite Cozy Mystery Series!
The narration by Karen White was spot on, but my favorite part of the book was the relationship with Olivia and Haviland (her dog). All the times that Olivia speaks to Haviland and narrates that way was a technique I loved. You really feel like they are a crime fighting due together, and you grow to love them both and cheer them on at each stop.
This book had a lot of great scenes that I went back to re-listen to (just because the performance was THAT good), and I loved the scene where Olivia and Cosmo were driving to the airport and Olivia finally shares the story of what happened to her parents when she was a child. It was a big moment where you finally understood Olivia.
She brings the characters to life perfectly, and she does a wonderful job of making you feel like you can visualize and be there inside the book. Each character has a distinctly different voice so you know exactly who is speaking (even when there are lots of characters in one scene). I love how she narrated Dixie and captured all of her sass, and I felt very attached to Olivia and Haviland by the end of the book. Karen White makes you invest in the characters
I would want to, yes. It's a little long for one sitting but I like that I can savor it over the course of a couple of days.
I loved everything about this book! Olivia as a character is strong but what I love is that she isn't like some other typical cozy mystery heroines who make really glaringly dumb choices,. Olivia gets results without overstepping her boundaries, and it makes the book a whole lot more realistic that way, which in turn draws you in even more. You feel connected to Olivia and get to take this journey with her as she gets to know the town folk of Oyster Bay little by little. I also love her relationship with Haviland (her dog), they are a crime stopping duo together, and that dynamic is something I never got from other series. I can hardly WAIT to get into the other books in this series.
- Christina "A lover of cozy mysteries, contemporary romance and getting lost in the world of audiobooks"