Saturday, September 28, 2013

The "Guess Which Character I've Killed" Contest

By Ellery Adams

Sounds a little gruesome, right?

Well, it's October, which is National Mystery Month, and also the release month of my fifth Books By The Bay mystery, POISONED PROSE.

This novel is a little different than previous installments in that I decided to terminate a reoccurring character. It was nothing personal and actually, as I write the sixth book, I'm finding that I truly miss this person. Hopefully, you'll realize why he or she had to go. It was sad, but it had to happen. And Oyster Bay, North Carolina, will never quite be the same.

To me, an ongoing series cannot stay fresh unless the isolated small town worlds existing in most cozy mysteries are given a mighty shake every now and then. I like to think of my towns as places inside a snow globe and once in a blue moon, I must turn them upside-down so that the magical confetti can whirl about inside the dome.

So here's my oddball contest. Guess which character I'm going to kill by posting in the comments. I'll pool all the correct answers and, on October 5th, notify the winner via email or Facebook. If I can't find you, I'll post the winner's name on my next blog (October 12).

What will you get? A $25 e-gift card to the bookstore of your choice.  Good luck and don't forget to pre-order Poisoned Prose! Pre-orders really help your favorite authors stay alive in this competitive marketplace. Thanks so much!




ISBN - 0425262952
Price - $7.19
Available at your local bookstore or Amazon.com,Indiebound.comBarnes & Noble
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.

When Violetta is discovered murdered after the show, everyone involved with the retreat becomes a suspect. There are rumors that Violetta, who grew up in extreme poverty in the Appalachian Mountains, possessed an invaluable treasure. Now Chief Rawlings and the Bayside Book Writers must work at a frenzied pace to solve the crime before someone closes the book on them.

66 comments:

  1. Chief Rawlings???? I hope not but he might get shot in an investigation of a crime.

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  2. Captain Fergusson

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  3. Millay, though I hate to see anyone go! Love this series!

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  4. The guy who owns the book store?

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  5. The owner of the bookstore.

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  6. I'm voting for Flynn as well. Millay would be my second choice. I thought of Harris, but then Olivia would have to find a new computer expert, so I think he's too valuable to the stories. Flynn it is.

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  7. Good for you!!! Brave decision but you are right. Growth is needed in any series or you just write the same book with different names and ways to die. I look forward to the new book. Some readers will be angry I am sure but it is for the good of the series. I have no guess, I am not even going to think about it so it will be a shock when I read it.

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  8. I'm voting for Flynn, mostly because I kind of want to own his bookstore.

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  9. Going to go big and say Olivia's grandfather.

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  10. I think Dixie will be passing on ahead. I love her and will miss her. Olivia will help run the diner in honor of her friend.

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  11. I have to throw my hat in the ring and say Flynn the bookstore owner as well.

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  12. Ellery...I'm afraid it might be Chief Rawlings. Olivia would be devastated but she's so strong, you'd find ways for her to move on. Oh I would be so, so sad. Thank you for letting us see into a writer's mind - how you want the readers to sense reality as well as enjoy a good read. Now I'm all anxious inside waiting for my pre-ordered book to come. Mixed feelings, for sure!

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  13. I would guess Laurel ....

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  14. Everyone probably remembers that old game called CLUE where you try to guess the crime and who did it? Well, I NEVER, EVER could guess the right person. I just never "got it" while everyone else knew the answer in a few rounds of the game. I've always felt a little "dumb" when it comes to knowing who is going to be the bad guy, so if I get my guess wrong, what else is new? But that means I'll love the book even more, since I didn't guess correctly. Anyway, I'll say the grandfather, only because if he's old and gray, it's about time for him to move on! :>)

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    1. Oh no! Please not Captain Haviland

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  16. Flynn or Millay because I don't want it to be Rawlings

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  17. I have to end the agony as far as Captain Haviland goes. I haven't, nor do I plan, get rid of my favorite poodle. Rest easy, friends! :)

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  18. I say Flynn as well.

    -Ashley Green

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  19. I'll go along with the crowd and say Flynn.

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  20. Wow! I never thought about one of the main characters dying. My guess would be Michel, the chef, because of his mood swings. Maybe he crossed the wrong person when he was in a bad mood...

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  21. Maybe you were really brave and killed off Chief Rawlings. One of my favorite authors killed off a rather major character in one of her series and it was the first and only time I was ever stunned when I read a book. I could not believe it and had to re-read the passage a couple of times. She also did a great fake out where the character was first injured and we thought it would be fatal, but it wasn't then the bad guy comes back and finishes the job.

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  22. Flynn, ediegmelson(at)gmail(dot)com

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  23. I shudder to think any of the characters get killed off but Flynn would be the most expendable. :)

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  24. I'll say Harris, since you said you miss him/her already. I don't see Flynn as being so integral a part of the cast of characters that you would miss him already.

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  25. Flynn. I would hate to see the misfit band being broken up!!

    (oh, and I'm so relieved it isn't Captain Haviland!)

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  26. Flynn

    blacksnake@mchsi.com

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  27. I'm going to say Flynn as well!

    Sandra M

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  28. I'm going to say Michel. Don't know why, but that's my guess.

    Terry Parrish

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  29. I'll say Michel as my guess. JanetB

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  30. I hate to say it but: grandfather. We all lose family sometime ... and that's why I think it will be grandfather.

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  31. I just finished the book, so I know the answer. And wow, that discovery at the end of the book, Olivia is not going to be able to ignore him anymore, is she?

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