AUDIO BOOK REVIEW: The Secret Book & Scone Society by Ellery Adams


Publication Date: October 30, 2018
Format: Audio
Genre:  Cozy Mystery
Narrators: Cris Dukehart

Publisher: Dreamscape Media
 8 hours 31 min
Buy: Kindle | Audio


A quirky club in small-town North Carolina holds the keys to health, happiness, friendship—and even solving a murder—all to be found within the pages of the right book…

Strangers flock to Miracle Springs 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, 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. So when a visiting businessman reaches out for guidance, Nora knows exactly how to help. But before he can keep their appointment, he’s found dead on the train tracks.
Stunned, Nora forms the Secret, Book, and Scone Society, a group of damaged souls yearning to earn redemption by helping others. To join, members must divulge their darkest secret—the terrible truth that brought each of them to Miracle Springs in the first place. Now, determined to uncover the truth behind the businessman’s demise, the women meet in Nora’s cozy bookstore. 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…


I never really liked cozy mysteries I always felt they were a little too silly or not gritty enough. However, recently I have found a few that have changed my mind.  This is one of them. It has some danger and grit to it and is a fast paced mystery but it is the characters that you fall in love with. 

In a small town known for its healing springs four women band together, share their secrets and learn to trust each other as they solve the mystery of the sudden death of an out of town business man.  The sheriff seems to have a stake in closing the case quickly but these women know something shady is going on.  

I fell in love with this town and this group of women. All of them have secrets that they keep close. But yet everyday they seem to share their hearts with others either through their baking, their books, their knitting or whatever.  I want to go there eat scones and peruse the shelves.  Maybe get a little bibliotherapy.  I love that these women form a sisterhood to help their town and themselves. I'm hooked. 

I have been intrigued by these books since I first heard about them, then I saw a post by the author that the audio books were on special at Chirp books so logged on and bought 3! 

The book sets up the next book but I wouldn't really call it a cliff hanger.

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