A Deadly Cliché (A Books by the Bay Mystery, Book 2) by Ellery Adams

By Ellery Adams

Whereas strolling her poodle, Olivia Limoges discovers a lifeless physique buried within the sand. may it's attached to the weird burglaries plaguing Oyster Bay, North Carolina? At each crime scene, the thieves arrange ordinary tableaus: a stick of butter with a knife via it, dolls with silver spoons of their mouths, a deck of playing cards with a lacking queen. Olivia realizes every one setup represents a cliché. And who greater to decode the cliché clues than her Bayside e-book Writers staff?

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This is my fuss closet," the professor said casually. "As you know, I have a rotten temper. And I lost it, just a few minutes before you came in, because I could not get the lid off that bloody jar downstairs! So, I came up here—as I always do in such cases—and I put on these clothes and took off my glasses and went into my fuss closet, and I fussed! I cursed and yelled and pounded the walls and floor. And you know, I feel much better now. " The professor heaved a deep, self-satisfied sigh and folded his arms.

A short, pale, bespectacled boy named Johnny Dixon was sitting in a big comfy easy chair in the parlor of his grandparents' house. Outside, it was snowing. Through the bay window you could see the flakes falling. The room was dark except for the faint yellow light that shone from the fan-shaped dial on the front of the big walnut Atwater Kent table-model radio that was next to the easy chair. Johnny's eyes were wide open. He was staring into the darkness and listening intently to the program. On his lap was a plate of Ritz crackers spread with pink pimiento-flavored cream cheese—Johnny always munched while he listened to the radio.

With a quick motion he flipped it back. And then he gasped. The inside of the book had been hollowed out. Only the outer part of each page was left. And in the hole that had been made were two things: a small rolled-up piece of yellowish paper tied with a faded red ribbon, and a strange little blue ceramic statue. The statue was shaped like an Egyptian mummy case. It had staring eyes and a tiny beaked nose and a smiling mouth and a scrolled goatee. The figure's arms were crossed over its breast in the Egyptian style.

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