BOOK OF THE DAY

The Whispered Word
Secret, Book & Scone Society (Book 2)

By Ellery Adams

Kensington
$26.00
ISBN 978-1496712400
Publication Date: November 27, 2018

The Whispered Word

Review by Joy Gorence

It isn’t that Nora Pennington, owner of Miracle Books, looks for souls to comfort, but they seem to find her and the members of her Secret, Book, & Scone Society, comprised of a small group of caring women, each learning to live a life despite a painful past. In The Whispered Word, a young girl and obvious victim of abuse, Abilene, seeks secrecy and solace from Nora and her friends. Soon, however, Abilene becomes the focus of murder. With determination, skill, and intuitiveness, Nora unravels the mystery of the events that shake the foundation of Miracle Springs, North Carolina, which is also trying to survive a recent economic downturn.

The second book in the series of the Secret, Book and Scone Society, Ellery Adams keeps the reader thoroughly engaged. Although this is the second in a series, it is a solid stand-alone story. The fast-paced novel lures readers to ignore everyday chores in order to uncover the basis for the mysteries that have entangled the town and its residents, both established and recent. With the pervasive aura of mystery and a light touch of romance, there is little that can be done to improve this book. Adams skill as a writer entices readers to become invested in the characters and their stories. In addition, her placement of literary quotes in this cozy mystery is a bonus for devotees of literary fiction.

As the mystery unravels and the conclusion of The Whispered Word becomes evident from the number of pages left, readers will find this book evokes nostalgia for small towns and cozy bookstores.

Joy Gorence is new to Killer Nashville.  She is an author, world-traveler, English professor (ret.), and avid reader.  Originally from Long Island, NY she now lives in South Florida with her husband, Bill and their two pampered kitties.