Publication Date: October 31, 2017
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Published by Kensington Genres: Cozy Mystery
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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 . . .
The Secret, Book and Scone Society is the first in a brand new cozy mystery series from Ellery Adams. Readers will be introduced to the beautiful setting of this charming small town and meet 4 women who become close friends over a murder that occurs in their town. In an essence, this is what starts their little group of amateur investigating, the secret book and scone society. Each of these women, while vastly different from one another, have their own secrets that unfold as the story progresses and it is these secrets that open up the characters and allow us to connect with them. At first, I thought the story was a little slow and frankly a bit darker than the lighter cozy mysteries that I am accustomed to, but I did like it. The characters are great- very well written and flawed like regular people, the town is as charming and atmospheric as they come, and the plot was intriguing. I liked how everything unfolded before our eyes and how I didn’t know WHY this murder occurred until the very end. This one kept me on my toes, kept me interested, and left me feeling the thrill of it all. So I am really excited to see where the series goes next. Should be interesting to see these women come back together to solve another mystery.
– The author wrote these characters as PEOPLE who have flaws and tough backgrounds.
– The friendships between these women.
– The overall feel of the story
– The ending when we finally figure out what is happening and who the killer is
– The pacing was really slow. It didn’t bother me so much when I had to put the book down either which can be a major turnoff. I look for a lot of excitement in cozy mysteries and if I had to rate the excitement in this book it would be a 4/10