"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 each setup represents a cliché. And who better to decode the cliché clues than her Bayside Book Writers group?"
As with the first book in this series, this book also totally grabbed me and I read it in a jiffy! Ellery has a fantastic writing style and when you start, you only want to continue! It's good to read about Olivia's changing character in this second installment. She warmed up to me in the first book, but now I really love her. She has a warm heart and in this second book, she helps her friends of the Bayside Book Writers Group in different ways. Also on the romantic level, things are looking good for Olivia.
When she finds a dead body buried in the sand, it takes a while before the story comes up and I had no idea who committed the murder. That's also because it only becomes more clear towards the end what the Cliché Clues mean.
Olivia is big time multitasking throughout this book. She helps Laurel to become the journalist she always wanted to be, solve burglaries, find out details about the dead body in the sand, critique chapters from the other Bayside Book Writers members, write her own chapter, oh and learning on the side that her father she believed to be death for over thirty years to be alive, but dying.
I had trouble putting down this book and I just had to read! I can't wait to start on the next installment and I hope that after I finish the books that are already published, there will be much more to follow!