The Secret Book & Scone Society
The Secret, Book & Scone Society by Ellery Adams Kensington Books Mystery & Thrillers Pub Date 31 Oct 2017
I was definitely impressed by The Secret Book and Scone Society. Its central characters are genuine and the development of their friendship is believable - particularly as its first test comes when Nora and the others (Hester, Estella and June) begin their investigation of a suicide they are certain is murder. I loved the idea of bibliotherapy - healing your issues through books, both fiction and non. Any reader can tell you that books possess the power to touch and to transform. That along with Hester’s ability to create personalized scones that bring back pleasant memories give the mystery a touch of magic. I believe it is the characters and their personal backgrounds and interactions that make this novel stand apart from other cozies. The villains on the other hand are roughly sketched and obvious from the get go. It’s less of a whodunnit focusing more on the why and the how - and how to get the proof needed to clear Estella’s name. I'm very curious to see where Ellery Adams goes from here
The Secret Book and Scone Society is an excellent cosy with an unforgettable set of leads. As a series debut it shows great promise. I'm definitely looking forward to reading the next novel in Ellery Adam’s newest series.
5 / 5
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Description 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 . . .