The Secret, Book & Scone Society
Book 1, Secret, Book & Scone Society
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From New York Times bestselling author Ellery Adams comes the first in an intriguing new series set within a quirky small-town club where the key to happiness, friendship—or solving a murder—can all be found within the pages of the right book . . .
Miracle Springs, North Carolina, is a place of healing. Strangers flock here hoping the natural hot springs, five-star cuisine, and renowned spa can cure their ills. If none of that works, they often find their way to Miracle Books, where, over a fresh-baked “comfort” scone from the Gingerbread House bakery, they exchange their stories with owner Nora Pennington in return for a carefully chosen book. That’s Nora’s special talent—prescribing the perfect novel to ease a person’s deepest pain and lighten their heaviest burden.
When a visiting businessman reaches out to Nora for guidance, she knows exactly which novels will help. But before he can keep their appointment at Miracle Books, he’s found dead on the train tracks.
Stunned, Nora forms the Secret, Book, and Scone Society, a group of damaged souls yearning to gain trust and earn redemption by helping others. To join the society, members must divulge their darkest secret—the terrible truth that brought each of them to Miracle Springs in the first place.
Determined to uncover the truth behind the businessman’s demise, the women meet in Nora’s cramped and cozy bookstore to share stories and trade support. And as they untangle a web of corruption, they also discover their own courage, purpose, and a sisterhood that will carry them through every challenge—proving it’s never too late to turn the page and start over . . .
New cozy mystery series!
The Secret, Book and Scone Society by Ellery Adams is the first book in Miracle Springs, North Carolina series. Nora Pennington owns Miracle Books in Miracle Springs, North Carolina. The town is known to be a place of healing and Nora is known locally as a bibliotherapist. A man in the park wishes Nora‘s help, so she suggests that he pick up a comfort scone from Gingerbread House and come to her shop. Before he can get to Nora for assistance, Neil Parrish is found dead on the train tracks. When the police rule it a suicide, Nora along with Estella, June and Hester form The Secret, Book and Scone Society. Their purpose is get the truth about the man’s demise. They delve into Neil’s life to uncover what could have gotten him killed. They knew he came to town ahead of his partner’s and he was wrestling with a problem. When the four ladies meet to discuss what they have uncovered, each member of the group reveals the secret that brought them to Miracle Springs. These four women band together to get justice for one man and find themselves embroiled in a corruption scandal. The best thing to come out of this is four lone woman find friendship, love and acceptance.
The Secret, Book and Scone Society is well-written and engaging. My attention was captured right away with Nora’s description. I found the four main characters to be personable yet flawed from life’s tragedy. They were fleshed out and given life—very realistic. Each one is unique. There are also some characters (namely Sheriff Todd Hendricks) that readers will really dislike and wish to maim. I did not like how the police treated women in this book (I know it was part of the story, but it was offensive). I liked the description of the town, the Gingerbread House, Nora’s home (it is in a red train caboose) and, most especially, Miracle Books. My rating for The Secret, Book and Scone Society is 4 out of 5 stars (I liked it). The book contained more cozy elements than mystery. I was hoping for a more complex whodunit (like is Ms. Adams Murder in the Mystery Suite). I did like the authors use of misdirection in this book.
Friends, Food, & Murder
People flock to Miracle Springs, North Carolina seeking its healing powers. Often these people find their way to Miracle Books to ask Nora Pennington to recommend books to help with their problems. Nora often suggested they visited Gingerbread House to purchase a Comfort Scone to eat while they read the books she suggests. This is what happens when Nora meets visiting businessman, who wanted to discuss this need to correct his wrong doings. Before the gentleman could return to the bookstore something horrible happens. Feeling a strong desire to find out the truth about what really happened to the gentleman Nora and 3 other Miracle Springs residents start their own investigation. During their investigation, they not only find clues to what happened but they find friendship in one another, a friendship strong enough to help each one heal from their own emotional injuries.
Author Ellery Adams has created a place I’d love to visit. Being an avid cozy reader, this book was just right up my alley. I would love to visit Miracle Books, to pursue the shelves of books and vintage gifts. I could see myself sitting in one of the reading nooks to looking through the treasures I found. Along with the lovely setting, the book is well-written with flawed but strong female characters. There are enough red-herrings to keep you guessing who was behind to murders and all the other mysterious things going on in Miracle Springs. This book shows the importance of having someone in your life to confide in, someone who will listen without judgment.
I recommend this book to mystery lovers and look forward to the next book in the series.
**I was provided with an ARC of this book with the hopes I would review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
The Secret, Book & Scone Society by Ellery Adams is set in Miracle Springs, North Carolina which is considered a place of healing. A group of misfits form a tight bond of friendship, two murders and corrupt officials all join together to bring a wonderful story that keeps you going and guessing until the very end. I highly recommend this book to anyone that has or hasn’t read anything by this author.
Other Books in This Series
- Category: Women Sleuths
- Published: Oct 31, 2017
- Publisher: Kensington
- Seller: Penguin Random House LLC
- Print Length: 304 Pages
- Language: English
- Series: Book 1, Secret, Book & Scone Society