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Lethal Letters
Books By The Bay Mystery # 6
Ellery Adams

Berkley Prime Crime
November 2014/ ISBN 0425270831
Mystery – cozy

Reviewed by Cheryl Green


While renovating the First Presbyterian Church, a time capsule is found. Olivia Limoges just happens to be present to witness the box being opened. Left alone, Olivia peeks inside and ends up taking photos of the inventory list. Also inside, is a copper box about the size of a shoe box. Bellamy Drummond, president of the historical society, has the time capsule wrapped up until they can have an official unveiling. Bellamy will also put all the items on display at the annual Secret Garden Party – to help raise more money for the historical society.

The next day, Olivia and Sawyer spent the day at the beach with her niece and nephew. Olivia and Caitlyn go looking for shells. It’s hard to find perfect shells for Caitlyn to use on the frame she’s making. Stopping by the pier to have a snack, they do find a woman sleeping under the pier. Olivia thinks she might be drunk. Caitlyn worries that the woman is sick. Olivia sends Caitlyn to get Sawyer. Instead of waiting, Olivia investigates – the woman is neither drunk nor sick – she is dead. Olivia will be kept occupied investigating this death as well as coming to terms with the return of her biological father.

Things to ponder: What was written in the letter, found in the time capsule that upset Pastor Jeffries? Will Olivia ever tell Sawyer her secret? Who took the copper box that Olivia saw in the time capsule? Is Hunter Drummond a drug dealer?
This charming series gets better with each book. The protagonist appears to be this tough unmoving person, but she’s the first one to help if anyone is in trouble. I love the other characters that pop up in the series – especially the quirky ones. The story pulled me right in and I was glued to the pages. I had to find out whodunit. The author does not disappoint. The book is well-plotted and will keep cozy mystery readers guessing. So, if you like your mystery with a touch of the past, then you should be reading Lethal Letters.

Reviews of other titles in this series

Last Word #3
Written in Stone #4
Poisoned Prose #5
Lethal Letters #6

Reviewed 2014