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Controversy erupts in Miracle Springs, North Carolina, when the owner of the local bookstore tries to play peacekeeper—but winds up playing detective instead... Nora Pennington is known for her window displays, and as Halloween approaches, she decides to showcase fictional heroines like Roald Dahl’s Matilda and Madeline Miller’s Circe. A family-values group disapproves of t Controversy erupts in Miracle Springs, North Carolina, when the owner of the local bookstore tries to play peacekeeper—but winds up playing detective instead... Nora Pennington is known for her window displays, and as Halloween approaches, she decides to showcase fictional heroines like Roald Dahl’s Matilda and Madeline Miller’s Circe. A family-values group disapproves of the magical themes, though, and wastes no time launching a modern-day witch hunt. Suddenly, former friends and customers are targeting not only Nora and Miracle Books, but a new shopkeeper, Celeste, who’s been selling CBD oil products. Nora and her friends in the Secret, Book, and Scone Society are doing their best to put an end to the strife—but then someone puts an end to a life. Though the death is declared an accident, the ruling can’t explain the old book page covered with strange symbols and disturbing drawings left under Nora’s doormat, a postcard from an anonymous stalker, or multiple cases of vandalism. The only hope is that Nora can be a heroine herself and lead the Secret, Book, and Scone Society in a successful investigation—before more bodies turn up and the secrets from Celeste’s past come back to haunt them all . . .


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Controversy erupts in Miracle Springs, North Carolina, when the owner of the local bookstore tries to play peacekeeper—but winds up playing detective instead... Nora Pennington is known for her window displays, and as Halloween approaches, she decides to showcase fictional heroines like Roald Dahl’s Matilda and Madeline Miller’s Circe. A family-values group disapproves of t Controversy erupts in Miracle Springs, North Carolina, when the owner of the local bookstore tries to play peacekeeper—but winds up playing detective instead... Nora Pennington is known for her window displays, and as Halloween approaches, she decides to showcase fictional heroines like Roald Dahl’s Matilda and Madeline Miller’s Circe. A family-values group disapproves of the magical themes, though, and wastes no time launching a modern-day witch hunt. Suddenly, former friends and customers are targeting not only Nora and Miracle Books, but a new shopkeeper, Celeste, who’s been selling CBD oil products. Nora and her friends in the Secret, Book, and Scone Society are doing their best to put an end to the strife—but then someone puts an end to a life. Though the death is declared an accident, the ruling can’t explain the old book page covered with strange symbols and disturbing drawings left under Nora’s doormat, a postcard from an anonymous stalker, or multiple cases of vandalism. The only hope is that Nora can be a heroine herself and lead the Secret, Book, and Scone Society in a successful investigation—before more bodies turn up and the secrets from Celeste’s past come back to haunt them all . . .

30 review for Ink and Shadows

  1. 4 out of 5

    Tina

    This is a cozy mystery, and this is the 4th book in the Secret, Book, and Scone Society series. I have read the other books in this series. I really enjoy the characters in this series, and I also enjoyed the mystery in this book. This book was well-written. I feel there is points of this book that the pacing is off. I was kindly provided an e-copy of this book by the publisher (Kensington) or author (Ellery Adams) via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review about how I feel about this book, This is a cozy mystery, and this is the 4th book in the Secret, Book, and Scone Society series. I have read the other books in this series. I really enjoy the characters in this series, and I also enjoyed the mystery in this book. This book was well-written. I feel there is points of this book that the pacing is off. I was kindly provided an e-copy of this book by the publisher (Kensington) or author (Ellery Adams) via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review about how I feel about this book, and I want to send a big Thank you to them for that. (*)

  2. 4 out of 5

    Tina

    This is a cozy mystery, and this is the 4th book in the Secret, Book, and Scone Society series. I have read the other books in this series. I really enjoy the characters in this series, and I also enjoyed the mystery in this book. This book was well-written. I feel there is points of this book that the pacing is off. I was kindly provided an e-copy of this book by the publisher (Kensington) or author (Ellery Adams) via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review about how I feel about this book, This is a cozy mystery, and this is the 4th book in the Secret, Book, and Scone Society series. I have read the other books in this series. I really enjoy the characters in this series, and I also enjoyed the mystery in this book. This book was well-written. I feel there is points of this book that the pacing is off. I was kindly provided an e-copy of this book by the publisher (Kensington) or author (Ellery Adams) via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review about how I feel about this book, and I want to send a big Thank you to them for that. This book is schedule to be release on January 26-2021.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Judy

    What a cute cover! and who can resist a bookstore setting for a novel? This is the fourth book in the Secret, Book & Scone Society series, but only the second one I've read. I love the character in the society, especially Nora, the owner. It's really just a group of friends with a penchant for solving mysteries, and they have a big one this time. There's a new resident of the small town of Mineral Springs who is opening a new shop called Soothe, with her daughter. But trouble has followed her to What a cute cover! and who can resist a bookstore setting for a novel? This is the fourth book in the Secret, Book & Scone Society series, but only the second one I've read. I love the character in the society, especially Nora, the owner. It's really just a group of friends with a penchant for solving mysteries, and they have a big one this time. There's a new resident of the small town of Mineral Springs who is opening a new shop called Soothe, with her daughter. But trouble has followed her to town and the mystery begins. This is definitely a cozy mystery and is very enjoyable with all the homey touches of the bookstore, the bake shop, and the friendly sheriff. I loved my time immersed in this book and I hope to return to this series with the next installment. Thanks to Kensington Books through Netgalley for an advance copy.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Eve (Between The Bookends)

    Half way through this book, I realized I had read book one in the series. 🙈 In that book, I wasn't a huge fan of Nora. She was a lot more likable in this book, for sure. Although, I am confused about the Jed/Sheriff triangle. Does she have feelings for them both? Someone enlighten me...😂 Anywho, carrying on, like the first book, this is truly a bibliophile's dream. I love the book quotes at the start of each chapter. The many authors and books listed. It just warms this bookworms heart. The story Half way through this book, I realized I had read book one in the series. 🙈 In that book, I wasn't a huge fan of Nora. She was a lot more likable in this book, for sure. Although, I am confused about the Jed/Sheriff triangle. Does she have feelings for them both? Someone enlighten me...😂 Anywho, carrying on, like the first book, this is truly a bibliophile's dream. I love the book quotes at the start of each chapter. The many authors and books listed. It just warms this bookworms heart. The story itself was well written. The mysterie(s) were well plotted. Again, I found this book to be darker than your typical "cozy" mystery. Especially that scene at the end...oy vey, it brought tears to my eyes. The characters themselves are likable. I love how they interact with each other. I love the small-town setting. I really can't think of anything that I didn't like. 🤷 **Arc Via NetGalley**

  5. 5 out of 5

    Chatting About

    Another wonderful, amazing story from the magical pen of Author Ellery Adams. This series has the greatest characters who are full of warmth and compassion and make every story have a happy ending. This story is centered around Nora Pennington and her bookshop, Miracle Books. Nora has the ability to match people to the books they need to read that will be therapeutic for them. Nora’s gathered a small group of phenomenal friends around her who also have special gifts they can administer to help o Another wonderful, amazing story from the magical pen of Author Ellery Adams. This series has the greatest characters who are full of warmth and compassion and make every story have a happy ending. This story is centered around Nora Pennington and her bookshop, Miracle Books. Nora has the ability to match people to the books they need to read that will be therapeutic for them. Nora’s gathered a small group of phenomenal friends around her who also have special gifts they can administer to help others in need—whether it’s mental or physical needs. This story is a bit darker than previous ones as a cult and dark magic are part of the fear tactics in the plot. I felt like I had an idea of who the murderer was but couldn’t be sure until the ending. I always love the book references Nora applies to the refreshments she serves customers in the bookstore. I was moved when her old friend, Bobbie sought her out and immediately began to help with the crime investigation. The plot is really clever and interesting. I was practically cheering when the gang trapped the heartless killer! Bravo! I reviewed a digital arc provided by NetGalley and Kensington Publishing. All opinions are my own. Thank you.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Wendy

    3.5* An enjoyable mystery featuring bookseller Nora with her group of friends drawn into the suspicious death of Bren, a young woman newly-moved into town with her mother, Celeste. Celeste and Bren just opened a new business specializing in natural treatments like aromatherapy and herbal, CBD preparations, Meanwhile, there's a new "family-values" ladies group who are inciting protests against Celeste's store, along with Nora's bookstore and a native-American owned gift shop. Then, Celeste is mur 3.5* An enjoyable mystery featuring bookseller Nora with her group of friends drawn into the suspicious death of Bren, a young woman newly-moved into town with her mother, Celeste. Celeste and Bren just opened a new business specializing in natural treatments like aromatherapy and herbal, CBD preparations, Meanwhile, there's a new "family-values" ladies group who are inciting protests against Celeste's store, along with Nora's bookstore and a native-American owned gift shop. Then, Celeste is murdered and Nora has the bad luck to be the one to discover her. So, like it or not, Nora is involved in trying to find the killer. This is not the first book of this series, but it is the first book I have read. Don't think this series has to be read in order. But, I'm assuming earlier books show how Nora's group of friends/ book club came about. Or, how her book shop assistant, Sheldon, came to work with her. That would have given more insight into these side characters, but it's not necessary to understanding and enjoying this book. This book is scheduled for publication in January, but I can't help but think that this would've been a perfect fall release. The book is set in autumn, on the lead-up to Halloween and the atmosphere it invokes is equal parts cozy and spooky/eerie. **Thank you to Kensington Books for providing me an ARC in exchange for an honest review!**

  7. 5 out of 5

    Karen Hollins-Stallman

    "Ink and Shadows " the 5th instalment in the "The Secret, Book & Scone Society" Mystery series by Ellery Adams. This book can be read as a standalone but I highly recommend you read in order to get the full background. I really enjoy this series, I like how each of the four women have their own unique quality that they bring to the table as well as how they are right there to help each other out as well as a new comer to their community. As a fellow chronic pain suffer I also like how Ms. Adams p "Ink and Shadows " the 5th instalment in the "The Secret, Book & Scone Society" Mystery series by Ellery Adams. This book can be read as a standalone but I highly recommend you read in order to get the full background. I really enjoy this series, I like how each of the four women have their own unique quality that they bring to the table as well as how they are right there to help each other out as well as a new comer to their community. As a fellow chronic pain suffer I also like how Ms. Adams portrays Sheldon with respect and dignity. The setting of Miracle Springs sounds beautiful and I would love to visit somewhere like it on vacation and wander into a bookstore like Nora’s. Who wouldn’t want to sit look at all the books, just relax in the peaceful atmosphere. The mystery is interesting and well plotted, with two murders to solve. I liked that herbalism, and other natural remedies took part in the story, I also found the symbolism of the statue empowering as Cecilia says broken things are still beautiful. I highly recommend this series to all my mystery loving friends. I requested and received an advance reader copy of this book from Kensington Books and Netgalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    Ink and Shadows by Ellery Adams is a book lover’s dream. Adams incorporates so many book titles into the story and her window/table displays that I was constantly smiling with nostalgia for having read the books or stopping to look up a title and often add it to my TBR. I was so happy to see that Adams had included a list of the titles at the end of the book, in case I had missed any. And the quotes at the beginning of each chapter added another layer that bibliophiles are sure to enjoy. Hallowee Ink and Shadows by Ellery Adams is a book lover’s dream. Adams incorporates so many book titles into the story and her window/table displays that I was constantly smiling with nostalgia for having read the books or stopping to look up a title and often add it to my TBR. I was so happy to see that Adams had included a list of the titles at the end of the book, in case I had missed any. And the quotes at the beginning of each chapter added another layer that bibliophiles are sure to enjoy. Halloween is my favorite holiday so all the nods to it, along with the festivals, decorating, and books were wonderful to read about. If I owned a bookshop or still worked at the library I would copy many ideas from her Strong Women window display for next Halloween. There was an occult aspect that went with the story, but I never felt like it was scary, instead adding to the enjoyment of learning about a new topic… and it does take place around Halloween after all! Adams really does follow the theme of strong women through every aspect of the story and I really, really loved it. This is the first book that I’ve read in the Secret, Book, and Scone mysteries but I was able to quickly get a feel for the characters and Adams added the perfect amount of background information from previous books that I never felt lost. After enjoying this one so much I’m glad I received the first book in the series, so I can read the first three and catch up.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Micky Cox

    Compelling characters draw you in, but an intriguing plot will keep you entertained and delighted for hours! The main characters are group of strong, intelligent, successful women who struggle with their own insecurities and issues, but always look out for what is best for each other, their friends, other business owners and even strangers. The author does an outstanding job of bringing these ladies and their friends to life in a way that makes you connect with them and root them on. The issues Compelling characters draw you in, but an intriguing plot will keep you entertained and delighted for hours! The main characters are group of strong, intelligent, successful women who struggle with their own insecurities and issues, but always look out for what is best for each other, their friends, other business owners and even strangers. The author does an outstanding job of bringing these ladies and their friends to life in a way that makes you connect with them and root them on. The issues that are brought up in each book are realistic and on point with many people today thus making the stories more compelling as readers can connect to either a character or storyline that reflects something they are feeling or experiencing. Throw in a murder or two and the entertainment factor just shoots up more! If you haven't started this series yet, you absolutely should! I absolutely can't wait to see where the next book takes the book club ladies and gents!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Morin

    Once again I was blown away by author Ellery Adams. Her writing style creates a world so believable, the reader is immediately transported to Miracle Springs, where they find themselves observing the mystery unfolding around them. I thought the premise for the story was captivating, I enjoy reading about healing, herbal remedies and the power of positive thinking. I can easily picture myself sitting in the bookstore, talking with Nora and the secret book club ladies. I will admit I was really, r Once again I was blown away by author Ellery Adams. Her writing style creates a world so believable, the reader is immediately transported to Miracle Springs, where they find themselves observing the mystery unfolding around them. I thought the premise for the story was captivating, I enjoy reading about healing, herbal remedies and the power of positive thinking. I can easily picture myself sitting in the bookstore, talking with Nora and the secret book club ladies. I will admit I was really, really hoping that Nora and Gabe would become an item. Did they? Find out by preordering your copy now! You won’t be disappointed. InkandShadows #NetGalley

  11. 4 out of 5

    Peggy R

    Ink and Shadows is the fourth book in the Secret, Book & Scone Society by the talented Ellery Adams. This series had me hooked from the very first book and Ms. Adams keeps drawing me back to these characters. At the heart of this series are the friendships, sisterhood, and bonds that these four women share and continue to strengthen. Ms. Adams invites the reader in to share in their joys, sorrows, laughter, worries, and tears. Each woman is flawed and imperfect, but together they lift each other Ink and Shadows is the fourth book in the Secret, Book & Scone Society by the talented Ellery Adams. This series had me hooked from the very first book and Ms. Adams keeps drawing me back to these characters. At the heart of this series are the friendships, sisterhood, and bonds that these four women share and continue to strengthen. Ms. Adams invites the reader in to share in their joys, sorrows, laughter, worries, and tears. Each woman is flawed and imperfect, but together they lift each other up in friendship and help one another through their journey. Each one has their special talent and they lean on each other through each mystery until it's solved. The mystery in this book is a bit darker than in previous books with a hint of the occult and the tragic murder of a mother and daughter, who were new to Miracle Springs. The suspects were few as we didn't get to know the victims long enough to know their history but the reader is not surprised when the killer is revealed. Ms. Adams is a talented author whose words and stories always entertain. I'll be looking forward to the next book in the series. I voluntarily read a digital advanced review copy provided to me by the publisher through Netgalley. The thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Bridget

    In Ink and Shadows, I was pleased to meet up with Nora Pennington again. The Miracle Springs, North Carolina bookshop owner is working on her renowned window displays and this time it's a Halloween theme. Unfortunately, not everyone approves of her choices of magical displays including a family-values group and her shop, Miracle Books, becomes a target for vandalism along with new shopkeeper Celeste Leopold's premises, a therapy store called Soothe. Then Nora discovers a body on the damp gr In Ink and Shadows, I was pleased to meet up with Nora Pennington again. The Miracle Springs, North Carolina bookshop owner is working on her renowned window displays and this time it's a Halloween theme. Unfortunately, not everyone approves of her choices of magical displays including a family-values group and her shop, Miracle Books, becomes a target for vandalism along with new shopkeeper Celeste Leopold's premises, a therapy store called Soothe. Then Nora discovers a body on the damp grass near her home and a note on her welcome mat... This book is the fourth in the Secret, Book, & Scone Society series, but it can be enjoyed as a stand-alone, however, some character development carries over from each book. There were secrets aplenty in this great cozy. With a super mystery, an eclectic bunch of characters, a compelling plot and a few well-placed red herrings added to the mix, this was a fantastic read that kept me on my toes. While classified as a cozy mystery, this for me, was what I would describe as a more mature and sophisticated cozy than most, as it delves into some more serious topics, such as cults than usual, though still retaining those traditional cozy qualities. I would like to read the first two books I've missed in this series as I thoroughly enjoyed Ink and Shadows. A book lover’s dream, Ellery Adams mingled many book titles into the story and her window and table displays, and I was occasionally smiling with a nostalgic fondness for having read the books or stopping to search for a title. Well done Ellery Adams! I received a complimentary copy of this novel at my request from Kensington Books via NetGalley, and this review is my own unbiased opinion.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Leone-campbell

    Nora Pennington, our beloved local Miracle Springs bookstore owner seems to have settled down quite nicely into her new town. Her store, with help from her new employee an older gentleman named Sheldon, is doing a brisk business. Her relationship with Jed seems to be going well and her friends in the Secret, Book and Scone Society are…well, as Sheldon says “the magical women of this town.” But none of that will last very long. With Halloween fast approaching, Nora and Sheldon must decide what type Nora Pennington, our beloved local Miracle Springs bookstore owner seems to have settled down quite nicely into her new town. Her store, with help from her new employee an older gentleman named Sheldon, is doing a brisk business. Her relationship with Jed seems to be going well and her friends in the Secret, Book and Scone Society are…well, as Sheldon says “the magical women of this town.” But none of that will last very long. With Halloween fast approaching, Nora and Sheldon must decide what type of outdoor window display they want to create. Usually the town appreciates the creative displays, but this year one of the mother’s from an organization has decided the display is unacceptable. Her group decides to cause quite a scene in the town by boycotting the bookstore as well as other shops she feels are inappropriate. With ads placed in the newspaper, picketers outside and vandalism, the stores begin to suffer. One of these businesses is a new shop named Soothe which sells CBD oils and other products, along with many healing herbs. The new shopkeeper Celeste and her teenage daughter Bren have just moved to Miracle Springs. Celeste is hoping to start a new life for them both while Bren unfortunately is only angered by the move and seems to resent her mother. When Bren dies suddenly on Nora’s property and she finds pages with symbols on them which seem to have been torn out of a very old book left under her doormat, she begins to think this is may not be the accidental death the coroner has claimed. So as they do, the Secret, Book and Scone Society jumps into action by assisting Celeste in her shop as she grieves for her daughter. But when Nora finds a threatening postcard addressed to Celeste, she realizes Celeste must be hiding secrets from her previous life with Bren from their former town. As for those pages with symbols, Nora knows someone who could decipher them. But that would mean calling a person from her own past, a past she would rather not revisit, and friends she has had no contact with since she fled her own former life. But Nora feels responsible in some way for Bren’s death and must make peace with the idea of exposing her new present to someone from her past. What could these pages possibly mean? Where is the book they were torn out of? And how do they connect to Celeste and Bren? In Ink and Shadows there is murder, mystery, mayhem, chaos and wonderfully empowered funny women who have all gone through major life crisis and who have come out on the other end with a great sense of passion for life and sympathy and understanding for others in this wonderful town Ellery Adams has created. And finally, just another reason to love Adams, throughout the story she places her own book selections with an appendix at the end of the book. So know that while you read this mystery with a town full of loving and caring people…well most of them, you can perhaps find your next read while trying to solve a murder! Thank you #NetGalley #Kensington #InkandShadows #ElleryAdams for the advanced copy.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Taryn

    In this next book of the series we find Nora picturing her new window display and the strong women at the forefront. Once the display is up Nora couldn't be happier that is until a family values group makes a stink about some of the subjects in the window. Anything they feel is remotely magical or cult like they disapprove of and want gone, which happens to include other stores not just her bookstore. Nora and her friends are doing all they can to settle the other shopkeepers and figure out a wa In this next book of the series we find Nora picturing her new window display and the strong women at the forefront. Once the display is up Nora couldn't be happier that is until a family values group makes a stink about some of the subjects in the window. Anything they feel is remotely magical or cult like they disapprove of and want gone, which happens to include other stores not just her bookstore. Nora and her friends are doing all they can to settle the other shopkeepers and figure out a way to quiet the disapproving group. When a death occurs the police declare it accidental but Nora doesn't believe that to be true. She gathers the group together in hopes of putting the pieces together to figure out what is truly going on. It doesn't help that other bad things are going on, several cases of vandalism, strange pictures on Nora's doorstep, and a stalker leaving notes. The ladies know that they must figure out just what is going on and who is behind it all before someone else ends up dead! I love this series and the emotions it brings forth throughout the read. The characters are unique and easy to connect with making the read that much more relatable.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Gail C.

    I absolutely loved this book. It was like reading a well-crafted, beautifully plotted mystery that is swirled through both a love of books and an appreciation for what kindness and caring toward others, particularly those who are lonely or in pain, can accomplish. This is an excellent continuation of a series that stands out in the cozy genre. In this book, the primary mystery has to do with two newcomers to the town of Miracle Springs, Celeste and her daughter, Bren. Celeste has opened a new sto I absolutely loved this book. It was like reading a well-crafted, beautifully plotted mystery that is swirled through both a love of books and an appreciation for what kindness and caring toward others, particularly those who are lonely or in pain, can accomplish. This is an excellent continuation of a series that stands out in the cozy genre. In this book, the primary mystery has to do with two newcomers to the town of Miracle Springs, Celeste and her daughter, Bren. Celeste has opened a new store that features products designed to aid in relaxation. Nora,, the proprietor of the local bookshop and creator of the Secret, Book, and Scone Society pays a visit to the shop and happily welcomes them to town. She and the other women of the society plan a more in-depth welcome, however before are able to really make their welcome known, Celeste’s and Nora’s shop are targeted by a group of women who object to them as threatening family values. As things escalate, Brin is murdered and Nora becomes determined to learn if it is related to this new protest group or something from Brin and Celeste’s past. Things get much worse before they get better. There is a second murder, Nora and her steady beau hit a rough patch, and Nora feels the awakening of an interest in the sheriff. The investigation also has the sheriff involving a book expert from out of town who turns out to be a close friend from Nora’s former life, a life Nora left without warning when she suffered her own tragedy. Where would having this old and dear friend suddenly re-enter Nora’s life lead and would she understand why Nora ran away, would she be able to forgive Nora for all her perceived sins? For a more in-depth review of this book follow the link below. My thanks to Kensington Books and NetGalley for making this advance copy available for review. The opinions expressed here are entirely my own. Here's a link to the in-depth review: https://www.mysteryandsuspense.com/re...

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jerri Cachero

    Once again, Ellery Adams takes the reader to the magical Miracle Springs. While the town may seem like the perfect "healing spot" with tourists, evil and danger are bubbling up to the surface in this book. When Nora Pennington's window display sets off a torrent of protest from a group of women, unrest and murder are the end result. Nora and the book club have to bring justice to the dead and understanding and forgiveness to the living all while solving a mystery that has many dangerous twists a Once again, Ellery Adams takes the reader to the magical Miracle Springs. While the town may seem like the perfect "healing spot" with tourists, evil and danger are bubbling up to the surface in this book. When Nora Pennington's window display sets off a torrent of protest from a group of women, unrest and murder are the end result. Nora and the book club have to bring justice to the dead and understanding and forgiveness to the living all while solving a mystery that has many dangerous twists and turns! Reading Ink and Shadows was like coming home and visiting old friends. I love each of the characters for their struggles and their success in overcoming tragedy and creating a new life. The relationships between the book club/sleuths is based on trust and love and it's wonderfully written. Each character brings a viewpoint that readers can identify with and it's truly a group effort. I enjoy these books and look forward to the next mystery. I received an ARC from NetGalley and the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

  17. 4 out of 5

    May

    In my opinion, it wasn't as good as the first 3 in the series. It felt a bit forced and predictable. Over all, it was still quite good. In my opinion, it wasn't as good as the first 3 in the series. It felt a bit forced and predictable. Over all, it was still quite good.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sam Sigelakis-Minski

    Definitely my favorite in the series so far. It fixed some of the harmful stereotypes, and made Nora more likable. I also love the occult references and factoids. Still annoyed about Nora's choice in man. RTC. Update: Full review on Sam's Beach Reads. What I Loved: The Secret, Book, and Scone Society. Nora has the group of friends that every woman wants: Supportive, willing to help out when times are rough, always good food and wine flowing, and filled with laughter. The women all support othe Definitely my favorite in the series so far. It fixed some of the harmful stereotypes, and made Nora more likable. I also love the occult references and factoids. Still annoyed about Nora's choice in man. RTC. Update: Full review on Sam's Beach Reads. What I Loved: The Secret, Book, and Scone Society. Nora has the group of friends that every woman wants: Supportive, willing to help out when times are rough, always good food and wine flowing, and filled with laughter. The women all support other women – as soon as they know Celeste is having problems, they all step in to help her with the shop and keep her fed. They are all creative and intelligent and bounce off of each others’ strengths. While in some of the prior books, I was annoyed by Hester’s moodiness, or Nora’s secretiveness, most of the problems have gone away as the women have all grown and became more trusting. Ink and Shadows brought the best out in all four of them. Also, who can’t love new characters librarian Bobbie and sassy shopkeeper Sheldon! Attention to “Banning Books” Culture. I loved that Adams brought in a group of puritanical, preachy people that have it out for books on witchcraft, spiritual shops, and non-Christian beliefs, because Miracle Springs was getting to be a little *too* perfect. Sadly, people like that exist, and I liked that Adams faced it head-on and kept most of the town levelheaded about it. Nora’s shop display with all of the strong witchy women really spoke to me – I would live in a bookstore like that! And it really speaks of a safe space for all members of the community. I am a huge supporter in all literature being available and ready to be read, regardless of opinion, and loved seeing Nora champion the cause with her combination of class and secret sass. It was also awesome seeing “young readers” and I loved how Adams peppered Ink and Shadows with great YA recommendations. (Semi-related) The Witchery. Magic permeates Ink and Shadows, from the angel Juliana that guards Celeste, to the spooky grimoire, to the witchy women in the window (say that three times fast) at Miracle Books. The Secret, Book, and Scone Society series has always had a hint of magical realism in Nora’s bibliotherapy abilities and Hester’s comfort scone creations, but this is the first book in the series the bring in more overtly magical elements. I loved every minute of it! What Didn’t Work as Well (for me): The Murder Mysteries. I often have a hard time when books kill people I like, no matter long long I have known the character or predicted the murder. Ink and Shadows was no exception, so you can probably take this with a grain of salt. Furthermore, I thought the method of murders to be creative and interesting, and I learned something new while reading this, so no issue there. However, I disliked the big reveal and felt like the actual mystery was too nebulous to the plot itself – this felt more like a great women’s literature book with some murders thrown in. This wasn’t a deal breaker for me, but it may be for some diehard cozy fans. Nora/Jed/ the Sheriff. Okay, I think we can *all* agree Jed was an unmitigated ass in this book. He puts unnecessary demands on Nora, and is largely absent from Ink and Shadows. While his absence was completely understandable given the circumstances (taking care of his ill mother), his attitude and behavior was completely unjustified. Nora as a heroine is very likable, and it is frustrating seeing her stressed over “a boy.” On the contrary, the sheriff is solicitous, there for Nora, and keeps her company. Nora experiences a minor twinge of feelings for the sheriff before Jed comes to his senses, and I am very concerned that this is going to lead to a love triangle. No thank you. I hope that Adams either fixes Jed, or brings Nora and the sheriff together officially.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kristen

    What can I say about The Secret Book & Scone Society books that I haven’t already said? I close the cover of each one and I feel like I’ve been ejected from my favourite place in the world. There’s just something about Miracle Springs that makes me want to be there - all the time. In the fourth instalment of the series, Nora and her friends find themselves face to face with prejudice, grief and murder when the potential to make new friends turns into an investigation into their deaths. And this What can I say about The Secret Book & Scone Society books that I haven’t already said? I close the cover of each one and I feel like I’ve been ejected from my favourite place in the world. There’s just something about Miracle Springs that makes me want to be there - all the time. In the fourth instalment of the series, Nora and her friends find themselves face to face with prejudice, grief and murder when the potential to make new friends turns into an investigation into their deaths. And this time, Jed is out of town, Sheriff McCabe is away and a bunch of church going nitpickers want to the town to boycott the bookstore! Just another day in Miracle Springs. I love how tender and nuanced this story was; there’s always so much more than a straight up murder mystery going on. There’s the relationships forged in the sharing Le secrets and those still burgeoning; there’s the small town dynamic and the wonderful fringe characters that you come to love more and more with each instalment and there’s the books; the all pervading love of books and reading and cherishing the written word... Am I rambling? I’m rambling... I’m just truly in love. Thank you so so much to NetGalley, Kensington Books a d the wonderful Ellery Adams for me Arc of Ink & Shadows; due out in January 2021. A brilliant edition to an already captivating series.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Lacey Harrington

    This was my first in this series and it didn’t disappoint! Nora is a intelligent, kind and generous MC. When a new shop opens she welcomes them. When the shops daughter is killed Nora takes on the case. I love Miracle Books and I am sure Nora would suggest the perfect titles for me. Her store is also a big hit with her window displays. She goes for a strong women theme when a family values group wants her to take it down. I enjoyed this one and am looking forward to the next. #InkandShadows #Net This was my first in this series and it didn’t disappoint! Nora is a intelligent, kind and generous MC. When a new shop opens she welcomes them. When the shops daughter is killed Nora takes on the case. I love Miracle Books and I am sure Nora would suggest the perfect titles for me. Her store is also a big hit with her window displays. She goes for a strong women theme when a family values group wants her to take it down. I enjoyed this one and am looking forward to the next. #InkandShadows #NetGalley

  21. 5 out of 5

    Patricia Romero

    A Secret, Book and Scone Society Novel This is the fourth in this excellent series! My three favorite things are in the name. Secrets, Books, and Scones! So what has our Nora been up to? Nora owns the bookstore in Miracle Springs, North Carolina, and her window displays are always amazing. This Halloween Nora and her band of helpers decide on a showcase of strong, female heroines. Think Circe through Matilda! It’s a magical display and people are loving it. Well, not everyone. It seems the preache A Secret, Book and Scone Society Novel This is the fourth in this excellent series! My three favorite things are in the name. Secrets, Books, and Scones! So what has our Nora been up to? Nora owns the bookstore in Miracle Springs, North Carolina, and her window displays are always amazing. This Halloween Nora and her band of helpers decide on a showcase of strong, female heroines. Think Circe through Matilda! It’s a magical display and people are loving it. Well, not everyone. It seems the preacher’s wife has decided to be the moral police and has riled up some of her friends to force Nora to take down the display. And she isn’t the only one on their radar, one of the new businesses in town, owned by the mysterious Celeste, is also being targeted simply because she sells CBD oil products. Nora isn’t going to let anyone push her around, but she is very worried about Celeste and her daughter. This is where the secrets come in. These ladies have some. And someone is willing to kill over them it would seem. When Nora finds an odd paper under her mat full of strange symbols, a body is not far behind. Surely the church ladies aren’t behind this? Nora and the Society are going to have to dig into Celeste’s background and figure out the who, why, and how before any more harm is done. Oh, how I love this series! All the characters are so real. And there is always laughter. Okay, so there is also always murder, but the laughter and friendships these characters have are what keeps me coming back for more. Grab a cup of tea and a scone and start reading! January 26th, 2021 by Kensington Books/ NetGalley Review

  22. 5 out of 5

    Bobbie Kirkland

    Through NetGalley, I received a free copy of INK AND SHADOWS (Book 4 of the Secret, Book, & Scone Society series) by Ellery Adams in exchange for an honest review. It’s fall in Miracle Springs, North Carolina, and holiday and festival season is nigh. Nora Pennington has created a magical Halloween window display celebrating powerful women. Shortly thereafter, a group of ladies purporting to be acting in the public and moral interests of the town demand Nora remove the book display because the fa Through NetGalley, I received a free copy of INK AND SHADOWS (Book 4 of the Secret, Book, & Scone Society series) by Ellery Adams in exchange for an honest review. It’s fall in Miracle Springs, North Carolina, and holiday and festival season is nigh. Nora Pennington has created a magical Halloween window display celebrating powerful women. Shortly thereafter, a group of ladies purporting to be acting in the public and moral interests of the town demand Nora remove the book display because the fantastical and magical elements threaten to corrupt the youth. However, Nora refuses, and they threaten retribution. Soon, Nora’s business, a new mother and daughter art and holistic medicine business named Soothe, and Red Bird Gallery and Gifts selling Cherokee art are under attack by op-ed pieces in the paper, word of mouth campaigns, graffiti, and protests. When one of Soothe’s owners dies under mysterious circumstances, Nora and the Society work together to find out whether the death was part of the “morality” attacks or was related to a secret from the victim’s past. I enjoyed this book. I’m a fan of the series and the author. I recommend this book to fans of the series. I recommend the series to fans of cozy mysteries featuring books, baked goods, secrets, secret societies, and damaged characters seeking redemption, grace, and refuge. #InkandShadows #NetGalley

  23. 4 out of 5

    marita lazarus

    Thank you Netgalley and Kensington for the opportunity to review Ink and Shadows. This is the 4th book in the Secret, Book, & Cone society series and is my favorite so far (always her latest books become my favorite of the series but this one I daresay really is ) we get to meet two new characters, Celeste and her daughter. They moved from the other side of the sate to start a new life. Unfortunately their old life catches up to them and we have the start of a new mystery that Nora and her frien Thank you Netgalley and Kensington for the opportunity to review Ink and Shadows. This is the 4th book in the Secret, Book, & Cone society series and is my favorite so far (always her latest books become my favorite of the series but this one I daresay really is ) we get to meet two new characters, Celeste and her daughter. They moved from the other side of the sate to start a new life. Unfortunately their old life catches up to them and we have the start of a new mystery that Nora and her friends must solve. I love these books because they bring out the humanity and character flaws we all have as human beings. All the characters are relatable - I just wished Celeste could ha e joined the society. I think she would have blended in perfectly but then we wouldn’t have such a great mystery. This book also delves a little more In Nora’s background as she is reunited with an old friend of hers The book had lost is twists and turns and even some right wing mothers led by a new resident and wife of the pastor, are trying to sabotage the bookstore and Celeste’s store soothe. We later learn the why there to. This book had a lot to offer and the ending was perfect. Yes you can read it as a stand a lone I recommend all the Ellery Adam’s books as they have great characters that are relatable and great mysteries

  24. 4 out of 5

    FMSWarrior

    When a new shop owner and her daughter move to town, Nora Pennington welcomes her and her daughter. The woman intrigues Nora with how she responds when one of her sculptures is damaged in the move. Shortly after, the daughter is found dead outside Nora’s little house and the Mother dies not long after. Since Nora was the one who found both women, she feels a personal responsibility to helping find the killer and the Secret Book and Scone Society members will help any way they can. I have loved t When a new shop owner and her daughter move to town, Nora Pennington welcomes her and her daughter. The woman intrigues Nora with how she responds when one of her sculptures is damaged in the move. Shortly after, the daughter is found dead outside Nora’s little house and the Mother dies not long after. Since Nora was the one who found both women, she feels a personal responsibility to helping find the killer and the Secret Book and Scone Society members will help any way they can. I have loved this series since I read the first one. The way the author weaves in books and quotes from other authors across all genres makes it that much more pleasurable for this bibliophile. She also has a character with Fibromyalgia and as a fellow Fibro warrior, I love how she has Nora approach it, understand it, and treasure her employee and friend who lives with it. CANNOT wait for the next book to come out and see what the folks of Miracle Springs are up to next.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    Mrs. Adams is a gifted storyteller; she can evoke all the emotions with her words. This book is the fourth in the series, but you can definitely enjoy it as a stand-alone. Nora and the other ladies of the Secret, Book, and Scone Society are all strong women, although they are all flawed and imperfect in their own rights. This makes the ladies realistic and relatable to almost anyone. I'd really love to visit Nora's bookstore and see the window displays. This book is well written with several wel Mrs. Adams is a gifted storyteller; she can evoke all the emotions with her words. This book is the fourth in the series, but you can definitely enjoy it as a stand-alone. Nora and the other ladies of the Secret, Book, and Scone Society are all strong women, although they are all flawed and imperfect in their own rights. This makes the ladies realistic and relatable to almost anyone. I'd really love to visit Nora's bookstore and see the window displays. This book is well written with several well-placed red herring to keep the reader engaged in the mystery. I recommend this book to fans of cozy mystery or strong female protagonists. All thoughts and opinions are my own, and in no way have I been influenced by anyone.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jan

    The members of the Society are four women who have survived their own personal trials and tribulations and now help others in uncanny ways. It's an unusually hot September but the Halloween decor must go up. A new store is opening up the block and there are other happenings in the area but some of them are certainly not good, especially the suspicious death of the new businessperson. Excellent characters and an interesting yet different plot make this a really good read. I really enjoy the inte The members of the Society are four women who have survived their own personal trials and tribulations and now help others in uncanny ways. It's an unusually hot September but the Halloween decor must go up. A new store is opening up the block and there are other happenings in the area but some of them are certainly not good, especially the suspicious death of the new businessperson. Excellent characters and an interesting yet different plot make this a really good read. I really enjoy the interspersed book quotes! I requested and received a free ebook copy from Kensington Books via NetGalley. Thank you!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sheri Jesse

    This book pulled me in from the beginning and did not let me go. I had to keep reading to see how it all turned out. I'm not yet convinced that Jed is the one for Nora but it's not really my choice. I'm so looking forward to the next book in this series. This book pulled me in from the beginning and did not let me go. I had to keep reading to see how it all turned out. I'm not yet convinced that Jed is the one for Nora but it's not really my choice. I'm so looking forward to the next book in this series.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    All hail Queen Ellery! After reading the fourth entry in her Secret, Book, and Scone Society series, I can say that it remains one of my favorite mystery series ever. Can I give this book ten stars? So, so good. Ink and Shadows finds Nora and her friends welcoming a newcomer to Miracle Springs. Celeste and her daughter, Bren, open a new store selling CBD products and Bren’s handcrafted jewelry. Trouble starts when Nora’s Halloween window display featuring strong female characters draws the ire of All hail Queen Ellery! After reading the fourth entry in her Secret, Book, and Scone Society series, I can say that it remains one of my favorite mystery series ever. Can I give this book ten stars? So, so good. Ink and Shadows finds Nora and her friends welcoming a newcomer to Miracle Springs. Celeste and her daughter, Bren, open a new store selling CBD products and Bren’s handcrafted jewelry. Trouble starts when Nora’s Halloween window display featuring strong female characters draws the ire of a local conservative values group. The group targets shops they find disreputable, including Miracle Books and Celeste’s shop, Soothe. More trouble follows when Celeste’s daughter, Bren, winds up dead behind Nora’s house. Before she died, she left a seemingly old paper filled with esoteric drawings and symbols under Nora’s doormat. Bren’s death is declared an accident, but Nora knows there has to be more to it than that. Celeste has mentioned secrets. Her own? Bren’s? What does that mysterious paper have to do with anything? Did those secrets lead to Bren’s death? Can they be unraveled before more harm is done? Ms. Adams’ writing is so engaging! She pulls you into the story, makes you feel like you’re there. She does an excellent job of writing characters that you’d want to get to know. I love Nora, and June, and Estella, and Hester. I want to hug them all. I want to have dinner and talk books with them. They reach out to Celeste when she’s hurting, when other women in the town have targeted her in the name of “family values.” They circle the wagons when one of their own needs it. I want friends like that. This story touched on some fascinating topics, and one of them, rare books, introduces us to a friend from Nora’s past. Roberta Rabinowitz – Bobbie – was Nora’s college roommate. When Sheriff McCabe needs help learning more about the page that Bren left under Nora’s doormat, Nora directs him to Bobbie. Bobbie doesn’t just provide useful information – she shows up in Miracle Springs. I love that we get to meet her, and I hope we see more of her in future books. I want to give a special shout-out to June. She is a take no prisoners and take no sass kind of woman. When she sees ways she can address the targeting of Miracle Books, she doesn’t hesitate to speak up. She doesn’t beat around the bush about anything. I approve! I was a little disappointed that we didn’t see Nora and Sheriff McCabe – Grant – move toward something more than friendship. The potential is there. When we see an uglier side of Jed’s personality (under stress, to be sure, but still, ugly), I thought maybe…? But no. Not this time. In a future book, perhaps. A girl can hope. I will be anxiously awaiting my next visit to Miracle Springs! When it’s available, I will grab book number five in the series, no questions asked. Thanks to NetGalley and Kensington Books for an advance reader copy. All opinions here are mine, and I don’t say nice things about books I don’t actually like.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Muller

    I  received a free physical copy of this book from the author for an honest review. This is the 4th book in the Secret Book and Scone Society, and it is easily the BEST. The writing is rich and the mystery is multi-layered. I love how the author takes you through the gamut of emotions in these books. I love the flawled but likeable characters she creates. I would love to be able to visit Nora and her bookshop to see what book she would recommend to me. The laughter and friendships the gang has a I  received a free physical copy of this book from the author for an honest review. This is the 4th book in the Secret Book and Scone Society, and it is easily the BEST. The writing is rich and the mystery is multi-layered. I love how the author takes you through the gamut of emotions in these books. I love the flawled but likeable characters she creates. I would love to be able to visit Nora and her bookshop to see what book she would recommend to me. The laughter and friendships the gang has always brings me back for more. I can't wait for the next one!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sandee

    Fourth book in the series and this one was a little more intense than the previous books but every bit as engaging and familiar. Nora and her friends encounter hateful and malicious community members that challenge their tempers and desire for revenge. A new business woman and her daughter move in and touch the hearts of the Secret, Book & Scone Society. When a murder happens, it becomes personal to Nora and of course all the women step up to help her solve the mystery. Sheldon continues to help Fourth book in the series and this one was a little more intense than the previous books but every bit as engaging and familiar. Nora and her friends encounter hateful and malicious community members that challenge their tempers and desire for revenge. A new business woman and her daughter move in and touch the hearts of the Secret, Book & Scone Society. When a murder happens, it becomes personal to Nora and of course all the women step up to help her solve the mystery. Sheldon continues to help Nora make the right decisions and Grant and Jed provide the handsome men that revolve around them. This series continues to be in my list of very favourite series'. The characters are flawed with strengths and growth. The emotions are complex and engaging. I would love to visit this town and meet all the characters.

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