Monday, March 05, 2012

Teaser Tuesday 122: A Deadly Cliché

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

* Grab your current book or recent read.
* Share a few “teaser” sentences from somewhere in the book.
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away. You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title and author so that other participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser!


This week I am reading A Deadly Cliché by Ellery Adams (AKA JB Stanley), which is book two in the "Books by the Bay" mystery series. The mystery in this one takes place during a hurricane, which—naturally—takes on a persona all its own. The first teaser is from early on in the book, while the second is from about the midpoint, where I am right now.



Death saturated the air, tainting the salt-laden wind. The decay was incongruent with the cloudless blue sky and sparkling sea and yet it was almost possible to imagine tendrils of stench, gray and puckered as octopus tentacles, creeping out from beneath the bucket.

(pg 17)


And for those who prefer something a bit more positive, and which I think anyone who has lived through a major storm can appreciate…


"It's the same after every storm. People focus on the simple things. Me, I think it's a blessing when all our gadgets and computers get shut down against our will. Folks gotta play cards and tell stories like they did in the old days. It slows us down, reminds us who our neighbors are and how damned fine it feels to take a hot shower."

(pg 128)


BACK COVER BLURB:
Note: This book is part of the "Books by the Bay" mystery series.

Book 1: A Killer Plot
Book 2: A Deadly Cliché
Book 3: The Last Word

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? The Bayside Book Writers prick up their ears and pick up their pens to get the story. . .

The thieves have a distinct MO. At every crime scene, they 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.

Who better to decode the cliché clues than the Bayside Book Writers group, especially since their newest member is Police Chief Rawlings? As the investigation proceeds, Olivia is surprised to find herself falling for the widowed policeman. But an even greater surprise is in store. Her father—lost at sea thirty years ago—may still be alive. . .



18 comments:

Shelley Munro said...

This sounds like something I would like. I'm pretty sure I haven't read this author. Good teasers - octopus tentacles - very descriptive.

Here's My Teaser

Heather said...

Shelley: This mystery really has me guessing, yet at the same time there are a couple editing issues that have almost had me hurling the book at the wall. I'd hate to damage the wall, though, since management would make me pay for it. ;-D

Tania. F. Walsh said...

Love to octopus details... great teaser. Thanks for visiting mine.

Jess said...

I really love both of those teasers. The imagery of the first one just grabs you, and the truth to the second one is refreshing. Thanks for sharing!

Here's mine:

http://wickedlybookish.blogspot.com/

Beth F said...

Oh that sounds like my kind of cozy. I'll have to check out this series.

Mirka said...

Mysteries are my thing and i always like finding new ones. Thanks for sharing. :)

My teaser is from The Big Sleep

Irish said...

I like these teasers thanks for sharing. Sounds like a fun read.

My Teaser is from Croak and can be found here.

Jenny Q said...

Good teasers! Amen to a hot shower after days with no power! Thanks for visiting my teaser today :)

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

This does sound good...and the second one is a reminder that there's more to life than our "gadgets."

Although it's kind of frightening to do without them!

Here's MY TUESDAY MEMES POST

Harvee said...

A mystery I could get into, regardless of the smells...:)

Moira and Mina Naveen said...

Love the writing style of your teaser! Editing issues? Oh, no! Still good enough to recommend, though?

Tribute Books Mama said...

Nice teasers, thanks! for sharing.

http://tributebooksmama.blogspot.com/2012/03/teaser-tuesday.html

Alice Audrey said...

Nothing like having the conveniences taken away to make us appreciate them. Both excellent teasers.

Dalene @ A Date with a Book said...

Great teaser. Definitely interested in the book/series. I love cozies. However, not so sure how cozy from the teaser.

Here's my TT

JLS Hall said...

Excellent teasers! This sounds like one I should take a look at. Don't like to think about computers being shut down, though -- I go nuts when mine isn't working.

Here's my TT for this week: Elizabeth the Queen

Sandy Nachlinger said...

I liked both your teasers, especially the second one. Having been through a hurricane myself, I think I'd love this book. Thank you for introducing me to it. Thanks, too, for posting a comment on my blog.

Beth said...

Great teasers! There is a lot of truth to the second teaser, though it is sad it takes a hurricane to accomplish that. Thanks for stopping by.

kaye said...

nice choices in teasers, that second one is so true. kaye—the road goes ever ever on