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  • Touches on many societal topics

    Nora Pennington owns the local book store, Miracle Books, and also has a small book club of close friends that call themselves the Secret Book & Scone Society. The society members know each other’s darkest secrets and they also secretly help people in their community who need some support…oh and they help solve local murders. So it’s not any surprise that Nora asks the group to help a young widow who has lost her husband and is newly pregnant. Little did the society know that it would turn into a murder investigation as well. I won’t recap the story as you can read what the publisher has shared. What really made an impression on me is that the author touched on several topics that we don’t often want to address, or at least not in politely company. One was a racial slur word painted on one of the women’s house. The way the author had the characters address it showed the hurt not only for the victim, but her friends and local law enforcement as well. None of them was going to just paint it over and let it go. But the one that really warmed my heart was how she addressed the chronic illness of Sheldon, a new character who has Rheumatoid Arthritis and Fibromyalgia. Having both of these condition myself, I know just how painful they can be and the characters not only showed empathy, but strove to understand how it impacts Sheldon’s day to day life. Bravo! Ellery Adams is one of my go to authors and I never miss a new release from her. As with Sheldon, I read a few books as well, “Books push my pain into the background.” I hope Sheldon is here to stay because he gives me hope and a voice.

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  • A delightful whodunit

    The Book of Candlelight by Ellery Adams is the third A Secret, Book and Scone Society Novel. It can easily be read on its own for those new to this charming cozy mystery series. Nora Pennington started life over in Miracle Springs, North Carolina. Nora owns Miracle Books, lives in a cute caboose, has four close friends and a handsome EMT boyfriend. The continual rain has tourists hitting the shops. Nora is run off her feet with customers. While she is enjoying the increased revenue, Nora is worn out plus her shelves are barren. Nora discovers the body of Cherokee Danny in the Miracle River among the footbridge wreckage. She is baffled as to why anyone would kill the kindly potter. Nora along with June, Hester and Estella make up the Secret, Book and Scone Society. They meet each week to chat, discuss books and solve the occasional crime. I like the diverse cast of characters in The Book of Candlelight. Each of the four women have issues from their past that trouble them. I like how close these women have become and that they are there for each other. They help each other out, are supportive of one other and how they help others. The mystery was intriguing with two murders for the ladies to solve. Native American folklore played into the mystery especially the symbolism of the red bird. I like that the mystery tied into the past. The author created an interesting whodunit with an abundance of clues to help readers identify the guilty party. There were additional mysterious elements in The Book of Candlelight with the cagey man in the white t-shirt and someone who was committing outrageous crimes (hate crimes). Sheldon Silverstein Vega is a new character and he is absolutely delightful. He is over-the-top with a friendly demeanor. The poor man suffers from rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia which causes him untold pain at times. I like Sheldon and understood his pain as I have the same conditions. I am glad that Sheldon will be staying in Miracle Springs because I want to see more of this extrovert. I loved the clever banned book display Sheldon created. It was unique and brings attention to the various (sometimes idiotic) reasons a book may be banned. The Book of Candlelight is an emotional and realistic story that was over far too soon. There is about a dozen bad words (aka foul language) in this book which surprised me. I am not used to finding foul language in books written by this author. I loved the literary references in the story. Book lover will find them appealing. The Book of Candlelight is a charming whodunit with banned books, a gregarious gentleman, a discovered diary, an ingenious exhibition, spooky symbolism, and four familiar friends.

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  • WOW!

    WOW!! The Book Of Candlelight is the third book in the Secret, Book, and Scone Society by Ellery Adams. Nora and her friends are strong, flawed and relatable. They support each other. I would love to be part of their group, spend time in the town of Miracle Springs and be able to stroll through Miracle Books. A local artist is found dead and the diary found at the Inn Of Mist and Roses is needed to help Nora and her friends find the guilty person or persons. Love Sheldon and hope he continues to be part of Miracle Springs. A wonderful read that will not disappoint. I received an ARC prior to publication and decided to voluntarily review it. Opinions expressed are my own.

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  • I recommend the book & the series.

    I received a free copy of THE BOOK OF CANDLELIGHT (Book 3 of the Secret, Book, & Scone Society Series) by Ellery Adams in exchange for an honest review. It’s raining, it’s pouring, and Nora Pennington’s book & coffee shop business is booming. Nora finds herself so busy that her book, shelf enhancer, and coffee supplies are running low. When Nora ventures through the foul weather to the local flea market to restock her supply of whatnots, she purchases a pottery bowl from “Cherokee Danny” and his young wife. The following day, Nora discovers Danny’s battered corpse amongst the churning flood debris in the swollen local river. Feeling compassion for Danny’s young widow and questioning the circumstances surrounding Danny’s death, Nora persistently works to find answers both for herself and for Danny’s wife. The wet weather and Nora’s need for a shop assistant brings Nora several new friends from the Mist of Roses Inn. As Nora gets better acquainted with her new friends, Nora develops a new worry; her investigation into the murder indicates her new friends may be involved. Meanwhile, someone is terrorizing Nora and her other friends, and one member of the Secret, Book, & Scone Society is struggling to keep her business above water. I liked this book and enjoy this series. The theme of secrets persists. I recommend this book to fans of the series, to fans of Ellery Adams, and to fans of cozy mysteries featuring resort towns, small business owners, secrets, books, and small kindnesses. #TheBookofCandlelight #NetGalley

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  • A Fantastic Instalment!

    The Book of Candlelight is book three in the 'Secret, Book, and Scone Society' series by Ellery Adams. Each book of this series contains it’s own mystery so the instalments can be read as a standalone or in any order. However, some character development carries over from each book. In rainy Miracle Springs, North Carolina bookshop owner Nora Pennington meets a handsome and charming gentleman named Sheldon Silverstein Vega and later discovers the body of a local floating in the Miracle River, after if overflows its banks. There were secrets aplenty in this great cozy. With a unique mystery, an eclectic bunch of characters, a compelling plot and a few 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 than usual, though still retaining those traditional cozy qualities. I would like to read the other books in this series as I thoroughly enjoyed this one. Well done Ellery Adams! I received a complimentary digital copy of this novel at my request, from Kensington Books via NetGalley, and this review is my own unbiased opinion.

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