Ellery Adams


Secret, Book, & Scone Society: The Secret, Book, & Scone Society (2017), The Whispered Word (2018)

Secret, Book, & Scone Society

The Secret, Book, & Scone Society (2017)

The Secret, Book, & Scone SocietyNora Pennington runs Miracle Books at Miracle Springs. She–like many others–came to Miracle Springs in hopes of healing from her past, but it isn’t until a businessman is killed that Nora reaches out to some of the other women in town, and they form the Secret, Book, & Scone Society in an attempt to find the murderer.

So what is good about this story? It features four women, some of which are middle aged, and have pasts and secrets. It’s a cozy mystery, so we don’t get a lot of violence and awfulness on the page (although the attack on Nora at the end of the book is upsetting). The women clearly are capable of taking care of themselves and saving themselves.

The story, however, is a bit uneven, with a couple of passages seemingly coming from out of nowhere.

Clever Hester, Annette thought. She’s making me say his name.

That is the only time we are in that characters head, and it doesn’t make any sense for that line to be there, since Annette isn’t a main character, and isn’t even particularly likable.

It was fine all around. Nothing fantastic or amazing. But a nice cozy at a time when cozy seems essential.

Publisher: Kensington Books
Rating: 6/10

The Whispered Word (2018)

Whispered WordNora Pennington came to Miracle Springs, NC and opened a bookstore. In Miracle Books she often tries to help people by recommending them just the right books to help them with their problems. With the friends she made in the last book, they are going to give secret care packages to people in need, except that they end up discovering a dead body.

Additionally, a young homeless woman comes asking for a job, and Nora knows trouble is following her.

I enjoy the women and their friendship.

Estella, sensing that this was a good time to call attention to herself, picked up a maple butter blondie and took a large bite out of it. She chewed. She moaned. She glared at Hester.

“If I keep eating like this, I’m going to turn into a sweet person. Being sweet is not one of my life goals.”

It’s a cute cozy–a potato chip story. Not sure if I’ll ever want to reread, but I think I will want to read the next book.

Publisher : Kensington Books
Rating: 7/10