The Secret, Book & Scone Society – Ellery Adams – Book Review

by Ellery Adams
Published by Kensington Genres: Cozy Mystery, Sisterhood, Suspense, Thriller, Women Sleuths
Format: AudioBook, Hard Cover, Kindle, Paperback

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Strangers flock to Miracle Springs 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, 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. So when a visiting businessman reaches out for guidance, Nora knows exactly how to help. But before he can keep their appointment, he’s found dead on the train tracks . . .

Stunned, Nora forms the Secret, Book, and Scone Society, a group of damaged souls yearning to earn redemption by helping others. To join, members must divulge their darkest secret—the terrible truth that brought each of them to Miracle Springs in the first place. Now, determined to uncover the truth behind the businessman’s demise, the women meet in Nora’s cozy bookstore. 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 & Scone Society by Ellery Adams is an intriguing, engaging mystery full of surprises, interesting characters and an enchanting, small town setting.

After suffering from a terrible accident, Nora Pennington decides to start over and create a new life for herself. She picks up and moves to the quaint town of Miracle Springs NC. There, in the small town filled with quirky residents, she opens a small bookstore, Miracle Books. Individuals come to her to receive reading suggestions that will cater to their most inner personal needs. Miracle Springs is the place that folks, from all over, come to ease their pain. The natural hot springs and the town’s great food and other comforts help to bring healing and peace. When a businessman arrives asking for counsel, Nora is ready and eager to help him. But then, the unthinkable happens when the man is found dead on the railroad tracks. Deemed a suicide, Nora begs to differ, due to her quick conversation she previously had with him. Nora is shocked and decides to form a book club, The Secret, Book, and Scone Society, a small family of damaged women who must each reveal their deepest secrets, in order to join. They soon begin to investigate the death of the businessman, and are determined to uncover the truth of the underlying corruption and circumstances of his murder. Meanwhile, in the comfy bookstore, the women work on their own life issues and pain. Finding strength and affinity in one another, they form a strong bond, and each receive, much-needed, healing, friendship and purpose that will last a lifetime.

The Secret, Book & Scone Society by Ellery Adams is a wonderful, compelling story about life and friendship. It is an engrossing, intriguing mystery with some interesting twists and turns. I couldn’t put this book down, and have to say that it is one of the best cozy mysteries I have read in a long time. I loved the setting and well-drawn characters. Everything from the town of Miracle Springs, to the food and people, is written with creative detail and vivid description. I felt so connected to the characters Nora, Hester, June and Estelle. They are on a journey together, not only to solve an intricate murder as women sleuths, but to find themselves and experience healing for their damaged souls. Many readers will certainly relate to these women, with their familiar flaws and strengths. The plot is excellent and had me turning the pages quickly to find out what would happen next. This is the very first book I have read by author, Ellery Adams, and it definitely won’t be the last. Her writing draws the reader in from the very first chapter and holds them captive for the entire read. Readers will savor The Secret Book and Scone Society with its small town community filled with quirky people, smart women and Nora’s cozy bookstore cures. The Secret Book and Scone Society is a 5 star, must read mystery book. Chick Lit Cafe highly recommends it to all women readers and avid mystery lovers.

Don’t miss out on this excellent read…Purchase The Secret, Book & Scone Society by Ellery Adams today!

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