The Secret, Book & Scone Society by Ellery Adams

33632473  This is the first in the Secret, Book & Scone Society Series.  The setting of Miracle Springs hints as some slight magical realism that I have seen in others of Ellery Adams’ works.  The series centers primarily around bookshop owner and bibliophile Nora, but also includes other members of the society June, Estella, and Hester.  The four women each have painful secrets from their past, that have been holding them back from finding peace and friendship in their lives.

I really wanted to like this but I guessed Nora’s secret pretty early on and paired with some of her more judgmental behavior it was pretty unforgivable. The mystery involves real estate investing and fraud and of course murder.  There is a light romantic side plot.  Overall, this did work well for me.

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