The Secret, Book & Scone Society by Ellery Adams
This is a charming cozy mystery with paranormal elements. After being severely injured in a car accident, Nora Pennington moves to Miracle Springs, North Carolina and opens a bookstore. Miracle Springs is a town where people come who are in need of help. People come for healing at the natural hot springs and often find less tangible sources of healing as well. At her bookstore, Nora practices “bibliotherapy”. People tell her their problems and she gives them a stack of books to read that will set them on the right path. One day, Nora meets a stranger when she is feeding the birds. He needs help. She sends him to the local bakery for a comfort scone (the owner, Hester, makes special scones that remind her customers of happy times in their lives and give them comfort) and asks him to come to the bookshop afterward. Before he makes it to the bookstore, he is murdered. Nora, Hester and two other women decide to form the Secret, Book & Scone Society and find his murderer.
This is a fascinating idea for all of us who love books – the idea that someone could listen to our problems and give us a stack of books that would show us the way forward. I’d actually like to see more time spent on this idea in future books in the series – and I certainly hope there will be many more books in this series. A really charming read.
The Secret, Book & Scone Society by Ellery Adams, Kensington Publishing, October 2017, 304 pages.
Full disclosure – I received a digital ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.