Monday, October 30, 2017
The Secret, Book & Scone Society by Ellery Adams
Miracle Springs, North Carolina draws people who need to heal. Nora Pennington helps to heal their soul. As owner of the bookstore, she recommends titles that will help people with their problems. First, though, she sends them to Hester Winthrop at The Gingerbread House for a scone. Hester gets a feeling from each person, reading the scent and flavor that will work for them. Then, Nora searches for books that will guide them, whether it's a children's book, a collection of novels. She knows, just as someone once knew the books to help her through her own tragedy.
When a stranger in town asks Nora for suggestions, she sends him to Hester. Before he can return, though, he dies, hit by a train. Nora suspects murder from the little he said to her. Although she has a hard time with trust, she gathers together with Hester and two other women, all loners who have secrets. Although they come together to find a killer, they also know they are searching for friends. They form The Secret, Book & Scone Society, and they all agree they will reveal their dark secrets to the women in this circle.
It isn't long before they find the victim's connection to a local housing development. But, the investigation doesn't get far before one of their circle is arrested. That only makes the other three more determined to find answers. Something has become dangerous and wrong in Miracle Springs. In order to restore order, the women will have to find a way to heal the town.
The Secret, Book & Scone Society is an intense, riveting mystery. But, oh, the passion and knowledge of books that Nora shares is unbelievable. I would have loved to quote all of Adams' glorious words about books and reading. But, if you care about that, not just a great cast of characters, and an enjoyable book; if you care about that passion for books, you must read this for yourself.
Ellery Adams' website is http://www.elleryadamsmysteries.com/
The Secret, Book & Scone Society by Ellery Adams. Kensington, 2017. ISBN 9781496712370 (hardcover), 304p.
FTC Full Disclosure - I received the book to review for a journal.