Oct 10, 2013

Book Beginnings: Poisoned Prose by Ellery Adams

Friday 56 Rules: *Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader  *Find any sentence, (or few, just don't spoil it) that grabs you. *Post it. *Add your (url) post in Linky at Freda's Voice.

Also Book Beginnings by Rose City Reader.

Book beginning:
"Death by chocolate. That's what the coroner's report will read," Olivia Limoges said to the woman sitting next to her. She pushed away a plate still laden with a caramel brownie, a hazelnut petit four, and a square of peanut butter fudge. "I'll have to be rolled home in a wheelbarrow."
Page 56:
Violetta waited a few heartbeats before speaking again. "I'm the last true Devereaux. When I die, the whereabouts of a certain treasure will die with me. That's a relief to me and a source of mighty vexation to others."

I am waiting to read the book to see what the title refers to. Death by chocolate and a mystery treasure do not explain the title, on first impression. "Poisoned prose" suggests to me a will, a letter, a written threat, or something along those lines. Can't wait to see!

Title: Poisoned Prose: A Books by the Bay Mystery #5 by Ellery Adams
Published October 1, 2013; Berkley
Genre: mystery
Source: review copy from publisher

Publisher's description of the book:
When Olivia Limoges and other Oyster Bay patrons of the arts sponsor a retreat for famous storytellers, one of them is going to have a very unhappy ending…Olivia thought gathering some of the most renowned storytellers in one place would be a nice, simple way for herself and the Bayside Book Writers to appreciate their talents. But things take a dark turn when the most famous storyteller in the nation—the captivating performer Violetta Devereaux—announces onstage that she will meet her end in Oyster Bay.


Brian Joseph said...

Stories that contain writers as fictional characters who are writers are often a favorite subject of authors. I wonder if the writers, especially if any are killed off, are based on real authors that Adams knows.

Tea said...

I really like Friday 56. I always like "treasure" in a cozy or mystery.

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

I love the sound of this one...can't wait to read more. Here's MY FRIDAY MEMES POST

JC Jones said...

I love that title and the first lines. Here is my Book Beginning at Mixed Book Bag

Catherine @ Book Club Librarian said...

This book sounds delightfully entertaining. Here's my Friday blog post: http://www.bookclublibrarian.com/2013/10/friday-focus-first-blogoversary.html

Greg said...

I enjoyed both snippets, they're both fun. Violetta sounds interesting!

Anonymous said...

Death by chocolate. Sounds like a good way to go lol. Sounds like you've got a good mystery book on your hands.

My pick for Friday 56 is MetalMagic

Elizabeth said...

Death By Chocolate sounds good.

THANKS for sharing.

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My Book Beginnings

Suko said...

Harvee, your "56" is sweet! I have played along as well....

Hilary said...

they both sound very interesting

fredamans said...

Sounds like a fun read, and one that might get the sweet tooth going nuts!

The Bookworm said...

Hmmmm....Death by chocolate was the name of a favorite dessert of mine from a restaurant many years ago. This book sounds good!

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