I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Secret, Book and Scone Society by Ellery Adams
Published by Kensington on October 31st 2017
Genres: Cozy Mystery
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 an excellent series debut that will enchant and delight readers. I went in believing that this was a light cozy mystery and was pleasantly surprised by the depth this story contained. This book melds cozy mystery, magical realism, and contemporary fiction together to create an enchanting story with realistic, well-developed characters. The descriptive writing style worked beautifully with the mystery plot. Plus there are enough literary references to delight any reader.
After a visiting businessman is found dead on the local train tracks, Nora Pennington is convinced that his death was actually a murder. Rebuffed by the local police, she joins with three other local woman who also believe the death was suspicious. Together, these four women found the Secret, Book and Scone society. Each of these remarkable women has a secret they buried long ago. However, to earn the trust of the others, they decided that they each must expose their darkest secret. While seeking out the truth of the mystery, this group may just get more than they bargained for on all accounts.
I loved how realistic the characters in this book felt, particularly the main characters. They were all flawed in their own way. The friendships that formed between the four women of The Secret, Book, and Scone Society were lovely, based on mutual respect and understanding. Also, I adored that Nora used literature to help others heal while Hester makes comfort scones that bring them peace. The plot was relatively straightforward but the villains were wonderfully realistic. I loved how tightly woven the plot was. The author did a fantastic job of creating suspense while still giving the reader enough information to solve the mystery on their own.
I will be eagerly anticipated the second installment in the Miracle Spring, North Carolina series. The Secret, Book, and Scone Society was utterly charming. I loved the unexpected depth contained in this cozy mystery. Definitely recommend if you’re looking for a good mystery.