The Secret, Book & Scone Society (Signed Book)

The Secret, Book & Scone Society (Signed Book)

by Ellery Adams

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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 . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781496718563
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 10/31/2017
Series: Secret, Book & Scone Society Series , #1
Edition description: Signed Edition
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 151,335
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Ellery Adams has written over thirty mystery novels and can’t imagine spending a day away from the keyboard. Ms. Adams, a native New Yorker, has had a lifelong love affair with stories, food, rescue animals, and large bodies of water. When not working on her next novel, she bakes, gardens, spoils her three cats, and spends far too much time on Pinterest. She lives with her husband and two children (aka the Trolls) in Chapel Hill, NC. For more information, please visit

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The Secret, Book & Scone Society 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 56 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Normally, I don't spend my hard-earned dollars on a book (even if I am familiar with the author) for which a publisher can't be bothered to write a synopsis. On a whim, I bought this book in spite of the lack of synopsis. I really enjoyed it. It is a mystery that is a bit tricky to categorize. It is a little too intense to be a cozy mystery, but it is not a typical thriller-style mystery either. Rather, it is a blend of both types. As I read it, 2 very different styles of series, both favorites of mine, came to mind: the "League of Literary Ladies" series by Kylie Logan, and the "Chief Inspector Gamache" series by Louise Penny. This book doesn't copy either series, but it is evocative of both. The mystery is smart and well-paced. The characters are complex, sympathetic, and interesting. It is set in the small town of Miracle Springs in western North Carolina. The story centers around 4 very different women: Nora the bookstore owner, Estella the beauty salon owner, Hester the bakery owner, and June the R.N. and health spa assistant. In the 1st few pages of the story, a man is murdered. For a variety of reasons, the women believe his death to be a homicide not a suicide. In order to prove it, each woman must overcome her own personal demons in order for them to work together to solve the case. They form "The Secret, Book, and Scone Society". As the story progresses, they solve the mystery, and each woman learns a great deal about herself as well as about the other 3 women. I will definitely read a sequel. On a separate but related note, I mentioned earlier that it angers me when a publisher doesn't provide a synopsis for a book. The lack of information is frustrating. I also find the opposite annoying. Reviews are helpful, but simply regurgitating a synopsis word-for-word does not constitute a review! To add insult to injury, some reviewers also toss in spoilers. Stop it! I hope other readers find this review helpful. I did try to explain the book without giving away any of the action and intrigue.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hope this is just the start of many more journeys with this group of incredible women. The author has done a beautiful job of creating characters that the reader wants to have for friends. Everyone who reads this will want a chair in the book store
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Engaging, interesting women who share their life stories and gain strength and lasting friendships
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not only do you get involved with the mystery, you get involved with the characters. The friendship formulated by these four women makes you want to continue getting to know them.
Chewie_the_Mouse More than 1 year ago
"The Secret, Book, and Scone Society" by Ellery Adams is an absolutely wonderful start to a new cozy mystery series! The story is centered upon Nora, a woman with scars both physical and emotional. Nora runs a bookshop and often helps customers heal from emotional trauma by suggesting just the right mix of books. One such potential reader is found dead before he can enjoy his books, and Nora sets out to determine what really happened. The mystery is well-plotted, with enough clues and information provided to the reader to keep things interesting, but never enough to make the answer obvious. Nora thinks things through and takes logical steps to solve the mystery, instead of bumbling around and occasionally coming across a clue (like so many cozy heroines are prone to do). Of course, this doesn't mean that she never does anything dangerous or stupid! Nora's flaws are actually what make the reader love her; perfect heroines get annoying quickly. The book also shines in the area of characters and their relationships with one another. Despite running a successful business, Nora has kept herself fairly closed off from others. As the mystery unfolds, she finds herself drawing together a group of like-minded women with problems of their own. As the story progresses, each woman begins to share her secrets and find personal healing. I love the way that these personal journeys are woven into the mystery plotline, and look forward to watching the friendships deepen as the group goes on to solve future crimes (which will undoubtedly occur in their cozy town). Honestly, I can't say enough good things about "The Secret, Book, and Scone Society". It has everything a typical cozy should (including a crew of very oddly-behaving cats), but brings so much more to the table. Nora's character in particular has the potential for extensive growth and development in future installments of this series. The other regular characters (plus one mysterious newcomer) also have plenty of room to grow and provide the bases for more stories. Overall, five chunks of the tastiest, sharpest cheddar available!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story was very good and had a great plot and kept you wanting more . Looking forward to the next book to see what kind of adventures await the great cast of characters
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting read. Kept on one’s toes. Want more with the four women.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a surprising book. The development of the relationships of the three woman was amazing. And their “stories” were wonderfully laid out.
AWilcox777 More than 1 year ago
I was given this book by the author in exchange for an honest review. I was very excited to read this book as soon as I opened the package. From the first few pages it didn't disappoint. There are so many levels of mystery and intrigue going on but Ellery does such a fabulous job that you don't get lost in any of them. The names of the characters fit their personalities so well that I could picture them right from the start. Her descriptions are fabulous and I wish I could visit Miracle Springs for real. The mystery and murders in the book are done very well to give you the idea of what's going on without too much and it keeps you guessing until the reveal. The whole book was written amazingly and I wait impatiently for the next one! Until then, I think I'll bake some scones.
KTempleton More than 1 year ago
The Secret, Book, and Scone Society by Ellery Adams People flock to Miracle Springs, North Carolina seeking its healing powers. Often these people find their way to Miracle Books to ask Nora Pennington to recommend books to help with their problems. Nora often suggested they visited Gingerbread House to purchase a Comfort Scone to eat while they read the books she suggests. This is what happens when Nora meets visiting businessman, who wanted to discuss this need to correct his wrong doings. Before the gentleman could return to the bookstore something horrible happens. Feeling a strong desire to find out the truth about what really happened to the gentleman Nora and 3 other Miracle Springs residents start their own investigation. During their investigation, they not only find clues to what happened but they find friendship in one another, a friendship strong enough to help each one heal from their own emotional injuries. Author Ellery Adams has created a place I’d love to visit. Being an avid cozy reader, this book was just right up my alley. I would love to visit Miracle Books, to pursue the shelves of books and vintage gifts. I could see myself sitting in one of the reading nooks to looking through the treasures I found. Along with the lovely setting, the book is well-written with flawed but strong female characters. There are enough red-herrings to keep you guessing who was behind to murders and all the other mysterious things going on in Miracle Springs. This book shows the importance of having someone in your life to confide in, someone who will listen without judgment. I recommend this book to mystery lovers and look forward to the next book in the series.
ecr More than 1 year ago
I can't believe this book got an average rating of 4.7. I was sooooo looking forward to reading this.The book synopsis makes the book sound much better than I found it to be. It's a rather ordinary "soap-opera" like story with murder, mystery and romance among 4 women who make up this "society." Not a particularly compelling story, and the writing was unremarkable. Simply said, FORGET ABOUT IT!
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
Wow I was not expecting some things from this book. This isn't your typical cozy mystery. I mean it kind of is but there's more to it I guess. Where to even start? First off, the setting and characters is what drew me to this series. Also because I like the author's writing style and how she writes her characters. Especially how you get to know each of the characters as they try to solve a murder. The mystery in this was even interesting. I mean most of these cozy mysteries are but this one I was liking more. The book references were good. Nora kind of reminded me of Perdu from Little Paris Bookshop what with the books and healing part. I like the author's other series, Books by the Way mystery series, I think I'm going to like this. This was a pretty good start and hope to read more books from this series.
bookwomen37 More than 1 year ago
This book is the first in a new mystery series and it is different from the author's other series. I enjoyed the setting, the town of Miracle is a place where people travel to help heal from physical or mental scars. The four main characters all have hidden secrets and trust issues but become friends to try and solve the mystery. Since this is the first in the series much of the book deals with the background of the characters and the mystery is rather weak. The mystery was easy to solve but there were a few twists. It was not a who did but more of a why and how they did it. The background of the characters was interesting. I found the book to be darker than the usual cozies I read. It was a very quick read and since it ended with a cliff hanger I look for word to reading the next one. This is a series that should be read in order.
Amanda Warren More than 1 year ago
What an amazing book! Grabbed my attention from the start. As each woman was added to the story it was like gaining a new friend. These ladies are so relatable... everyone can relate to some piece of each of their stories. There are surprises when you least expect them... moments where you feel like you know exactly what's coming... and times you can't wait to find out what's happening next. I love watching the friendships develop between these women. It's beautiful seeing women who accept their friends as they are and support them through it all. I can't wait for the next book.
Sharon Herold More than 1 year ago
I found the title catchy and the cover very attractive. I would have bought it just for the cover. Chapter one was very different and captured my interest right away. I love her tiny home and want to visit her bookstore. Coffee, books, and scones... can't get much better. At first I thought it was going to be depressing, but by chapter two my outlook changed dramatically. The women have touched a place that is dangerous and hopeful in each of their lives. I love the friendship of these women and the trust, but it can be a dangerous place or a healing place. The book has a good flow. Love, love, love the chapter quotes! Caught myself holding my breath during several events. Absolutely love the forming friendships and the growth process. Trust comes with a price, and in this book it was friendship. I'm thrilled the women don't give into temptation so easy... You Go Girls! You know there is mean and bad, then there is just evil. Can't wait for the next one!
VLJohnson82 More than 1 year ago
Loved this book! I've been a fan of Ellery Adams since I was given one of her Books by the Bay mysteries by my mom. This book was great, filled my void of new series that I'd been wanting, and I can't wait to read the new one! The characters were interesting, and the plot kept me wanting to read more. Loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It is my first book I have read from Ellery Adams. I wish I could visit this town and visit the bookstore . There were delightful twists and jumps. I hope everyone gets a chance to sit back and relax and enjoy a good mystery. I am looking forward to the next one in the series.
Christina_Ortega_Phillips More than 1 year ago
In this first book of a new series, Ellery Adams has done it again: I want, no, I need to go to Miracle Springs, North Carolina and I want to befriend all of the main characters, especially Nora Pennington. No one is perfect and everyone has secrets. In this book, Nora and her new friends help each other to unburden themselves of their secrets, become closer, and help investigate a murder. Anyone who enjoys cozy mysteries, especially ones with books, strong female characters, and a unique small town, should read this. Clear your schedule, though. I read this in just two sittings as I could not put the book down. I can't wait until the next book to return to Miracle Springs. Now if I could just schedule a bibliotherapy appointment with Nora...
Sweetpea53 More than 1 year ago
As I read this book, I found myself thinking of Jessica Fletcher of "Murder she Wrote" and the 4 women of the "Golden Girls" series. The plot centers around a small town group of women who all harbor secrets but who are steadfast friends. Nora owns a bookstore and has a penchant for choosing just the right book for customers, Ella is a hairstylist, Hester is a baker whose scones are a comfort to those who eat them and June is a manager of the local spa which boasts of healing waters. Their bond becomes even tighter when a mysterious death occurs in their community and one of them is accused of the crime. They become amateur sleuths and are determined to solve the crime. A romantic element in thrown into the mix when Nora falls victim to an attack and her rescuer becomes intrigued with the mysterious bookstore owner. As they work together to solve the crime, their secrets come to light and a bit of healing occurs for each one. I don't want to give away any of the plot, but I did enjoy the book and the mystery was well written. Some surprises and plot twists were included and overall, I thought the book was a good one. I would recommend this to anyone who loves a cozy mystery and I am looking forward to the next book in the series.
jlschutts More than 1 year ago
Secret, Book & Scone Society is the first book in the Secret, Book & Scone Society series by Ellery Adams. Four women all have secrets that kept them from trusting others and forming friendships, until a visitor to Miracle Springs dies and it is quickly ruled a suicide. They couldn’t accept that and began working together to get to the truth. I found the women relatable and likable. I liked the mystery, but I my favorite part was seeing the women struggle with trust and then opening up and sharing their stories. I can’t wait to read the next book to see how the relationships progress.
AdrienneAsher65 More than 1 year ago
] The Secret, Book, & Scone Society is the first in a new mystery series by author Ellery Adams. Set in a small town in North Carolina , The Secret, Book, & Scone Society is more than just a riveting mystery novel. It is also a novel, about friendship, and trust. I started reading it this morning and finished it a few minutes ago. I just couldn't put it down ! Nora, Hester, June, and Estella are wonderful characters who come together to find out who killed a businessman visiting their town. Each one of them has a secret, and while working together to solve the mystery and free Estella from jail, they slowly learn to trust each other enough to share those secrets with each other, forming friendships that wil last forever. Sometimes secrets aren't meant to be kept, and by sharing their secrets not only do they learn about each other, but also the truth about themselves. If you're in the mood for a good mystery, love books, and scones, then The Secret, Book, & Scone Society is the book for you.
wendyf46 More than 1 year ago
Great book in a new series from a great author. I was chosen to read and review this book, but would have anyway. Ellery Adams is one of my favorite authors. Women that were loners because of trauma in their lives find each other and form the society to give each other encouragement and friendship. They also happen to solve a couple of mysteries. The characters are wonderful and the setting makes me want to go visit. I am really looking forward to the next in the series.
EmilyMichelleMartin More than 1 year ago
The Secret, Book, & Scone Society is the first in a new cozy mystery series from Ellery Adams. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to more in this series. Her previous Books by the Bay and Storyton Hall mystery series are great. However, just as these two series are very different from each other, this new series is completely unlike either of its predecessors. Ms. Adams still brings the strong and inviting prose with a definite penchant for literary reference that her fans enjoy, but she creates a completely different setting and timbre in The Secret, Book, and Scone Society. The story is set in Miracle Springs where people come in search of healing for their weary or broken spirits. The protagonists are no exception; each has her own secret and tragic past that drove her to Miracle Springs in the first place. Each of the 4 women is unique and worthy of a reader's attention and compassion. Each helps heal visitors in their own way--Estella sees the beauty in all women and uses her salon to bring it out, Hester bakes comforting treats for each person, June works at the therapy pools at the springs, and Nora uses bibliotherapy. I have had times in my own life where books are all that got me going again and believe that bibliotherapy would be an awesome thing to study. As with any first book in a series, the first part of the book incorporates a lot of world and character building that makes for the rich environment that will house the entire series. The latter part is a fast-paced and exciting ride through the twists and turns of a series of murders related to a new housing development in town. I am glad that Ms. Adams is able to bring such unique stories to life and does not have to rely on writing carbon copies of what she has done before. I am anxiously awaiting the second book in this series.
BeagleGirl123 More than 1 year ago
Wow. I just finished this book, and can honestly say it was not what I expected, it was better. Four women in the tiny town of Miracle Springs, in the mountains of western North Carolina, meet after the death of a stranger. These women are all damaged, some physically, some emotionally, but each and every one has emerged stronger from their past. They decide to share their secrets with each other, and to work together to solve the murder of this stranger, thus forming The Secret, Book and Scone Society. They are more than friends, they are partners, and they are there for each other. The mystery is very well told, but it's the story of their friendship that kept me enthralled. I thoroughly enjoyed this book by Ellery Adams, and I'm so very glad I read it. I absolutely recommend it. A+++
Parteepink More than 1 year ago
When the story first started, I really didn't feel an immediate draw to it. It wasn't long after that I became completely hooked. I love the idea that these women with tortured pasts come together knowing they are all broken and find comfort in it. For a "cozy", I found the crime and mystery to be very realistic, like it could be ripped from the headlines. It was also a little darker than a lot of other cozy novels that I've read. This is my first novel that I have read from Ms. Adams. I am so impressed in her character depth and back stories. The past lives of these women are quite controversial and in other circumstances, they may be easily and harshly judged. The way Ms. Adams tells the story, you truly feel the compassion for them and want to offer the forgiveness they need to move on with their lives. I can not wait to read the next book in the Miracle Springs series. I want to see these ladies progress in their lives and in their budding relationships. I also have a suspicion of who "she" is.