Congratulations, Ellery Adams

Ellery AdamsI would like to congratulate Ellery Adams on the publication of her 34th cozy mystery.  The Whispered Word was released today and is the second novel in The Secret, Book, and Scone Society Series.  Her first book, A Killer Collection, was published on 3 January 2006, and in the twelve years since, she has prolifically written and published 34 novels within 8 different series.

Ms. Adams generously provided me with an advanced reader copy of The Whispered Word which I eagerly devoured and I have written a blog post with my review of this page-turning cozy.

If you are new to Ellery Adams, I would like to provide you with a reading list of her complete bibliography.

Antiques and Collectibles Mystery Series

Book Retreat Mystery Series

Books By the Bay Mystery Series

Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery Series

Hope Street Church Mystery Series

A Novel Idea Mystery Series

Secret, Book, and Scone Society Mystery Series

Supper Club Mystery Series





The Whispered Word: a review

thewhisperedwordTitle:  The Whispered Word
Author: Ellery Adams
Published: 27 November 2018
Publisher: Kensington Books
Date Read: 26 November 2018
Format: Paperback
Source: Advanced Reader Copy from the author
Genre: Mystery, Cozy
My Rating: 5
GoodReads Rating: 4.39
Series:  Book 2 in The Secret, Book, and Scone Society
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First Sentence: “That girl’s got one foot in the grave.”

Within the pages of The Secret, Book, and Scone Society, Ellery Adams took her readers to Miracle Springs, North Carolina, a small town possessing the special ability to heal those who are hurting. Many seek the healing magic offered by this community, whether from the healing waters of the natural hot springs, eating one of Hester’s specially-baked comfort scones, getting a pampered makeover from Estelle, or allowing Nora Pennington, owner of Miracle Books, to heal their soul through her carefully chosen books.

To heal their own pain and anguish, as well as others in their community, these four richly-written characters of depth and understanding, who are damaged in body and in spirit, form The Secret, Book, and Scone Society.

In The Whispered Word, we return to this wonderful place of healing and are quickly introduced to a new character, a waifish young girl hiding deep hurt and a mysterious history. Seeking asylum inside Miracle Books, Abilene displays an infectious love of books and a strong propensity for baking which endears her to the four members of The Secret, Book, and Scone Society.

Coinciding with Abilene’s arrival to Miracle Springs, is the establishment of a new business, Virtual Genie, which attempts to help the community’s residents sell their treasured possessions via online auctions. In response to the recent failure of their community bank, Miracle Springs’ community members see this new business as a means of alleviating some of their financial woes.

Seeking to help heal their friends and neighbors from their financial losses, The Secret, Book, and Scone Society set out to deliver their inaugural Secret Kindness tote bags which are filled with gifts to lighten the hearts of those touched deeply by the bank failure.  When they arrive at the home of Amanda Frye to deliver their first Secret Kindness tote, they are horrified to discover that Amanda is floating face down in her scum-covered pond.

Within its adroitly written prose, The Whispered Word lays out four distinct, yet interconnected mysteries, for which all lovers of mystery and suspense will salivate.

March Mystery Madness Reading Challenge


This year I will be participating in the 3rd Annual March Mystery Madness Reading Challenge as proposed by Elizabeth from Lizziefayelovesbooks on YouTube.  Started by Elizabeth and Troi Towel, this year’s reading challenge is hosted by 20 BookTubers:

Mara from Bookslikewhoa
Lisa from Books & Smiles
Mike and Becca from Books and Looks
Courtny from Courtagonist
Di from Disis19 Hearts (hosting for her 2nd year)
Emily of Emily Sears
Catherine from Jayne Catherine on Books
Kay of Kay T
Kady @lilkadykitty on Twitter (will be hosting Twitter Sprints)
Elizabeth from Lizziefayelovesbooks (co-creator)
Laura from mom2triplets04
Sarah from Not Just Romance Novels
Alicia from Pretty Brown Eyed Reader
Jen from Remembered Reads
Jo Lisa from Retired Book Nerd
Sarah from Sarah’s Nightstand
Stephanie from Time to Read
Tim from World of Sleuths
Troi from Troi Towel (co-creator)
Lesley from WordsofaReader

The reading challenge will run from 1 March through 31 March and is composed of six reading challenges:

  1. Shelf
  2. Borrow
  3. New
  4. Historical
  5. Foreign
  6. Opposite

For these challenges, I shall be reading the following mysteries:

  1. Shelf – File M for Murder by Miranda James
  2. Borrow – The Secret, Book & Scone Society by Ellery Adams
  3. New – The Dante Club by Matthew Pearl
  4. Historical – The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie
  5. Foreign – A Morbid Taste for Bones by Ellis Peters
  6. Opposite – Saturday, the Rabbi Went Hungry by Harry Kemelman





2018 Thomas Merton Biography and Diary Challenge


In 2018, I shall be reading Merton’s autobiography and his journals.

  • The Seven Story Mountain
  • The Sign of Jonas
  • Run to the Mountain: The Story of a Vocation
  • Entering the Silence: Becoming a Monk and a Writer
  • A Search for Solitude: Pursuing the Monk’s True Life
  • Turning Toward the World: The Pivotal Years
  • Dancing in the Water of Life
  • Learning to Love: Exploring Solitude and Freedom
  • The Other Side of the Mountain: The End of the Journey

The 2018 Christian Reading Challenge



How It Works

The 2018 Christian Reading Challenge is composed of 4 lists of books, which you are meant to move through progressively. You will need to determine a reading goal early in the year and set your pace accordingly.

  • The Light Reader. This plan has 13 books which sets a pace of 1 book every 4 weeks.
  • The Avid Reader. The Avid plan adds another 13 books which increases the pace to 1 book every 2 weeks.
  • The Committed Reader. This plan adds a further 26 books, bringing the total to 52, or 1 book every week.
  • The Obsessed Reader. The Obsessed plan doubles the total to 104 books which sets a demanding pace of 2 books every week.

LIGHT (One book every 4 weeks)

  • a biography
  • a book about Christian living
  • a book published in 2018
  • a book by an author who is no longer alive
  • a novel
  • a book for teens or young adults
  • a book more than 100 years old
  • a book targeted at the opposite gender
  • a book your best friend recommends
  • a book with at least 400 pages
  • a book of your choice
  • a book about theology
  • a book about current events

AVID (1 book every 2 weeks)

  • a book about Christian living
  • a book of 100 pages or less
  • a book about the early church
  • a book with a picture of the author on the cover
  • a book on the current New York Times list of bestsellers
  • a book written by a Puritan
  • a book by or about a pastor
  • a book of your choice
  • a commentary on a book of the Bible
  • a book about Theology
  • a book that won a prize
  • a book you have borrowed
  • a book about Christian history

COMMITTED (1 book every week)

  • a novel by an author you have never read before
  • a book based upon a true story
  • a book by a female author
  • a play
  • a humorous book
  • a self-improvement book
  • a book about prayer
  • a graphic novel
  • a book about Christian living
  • a book from a theological viewpoint you disagree with
  • a book by or about a politican
  • a classic novel
  • a book with a two-word title
  • a book by a male author
  • a book you are pretty sure you will not like
  • a book of your choice
  • a book about theology
  • a memoir or autobiography
  • a book about Christian living
  • a book published by Christian Focus
  • a book of poetry
  • a book targeted at your gender
  • a book of your choice
  • a book about Christian living
  • a book by R.C. Sproul
  • a book of your choice

OBSESSED (2 books every week)

  • a book you read in the past three years
  • a book of your choice
  • a book by your favorite author
  • a book about science
  • a book written in the nineteenth century
  • a book about Christian living
  • a book by or about a martyr
  • a book about history
  • a book by or about a world leader
  • a book on the ECPA bestseller list
  • a book published by P&R Publications
  • a book about a book in the Bible
  • a book about war
  • a book about Heaven
  • a book from a library
  • a book about relationships
  • a novel for young adults
  • a book of your choice
  • a book about Christian living
  • a book about history
  • a book used as a seminary textbook
  • a book of your choice
  • a book about church history
  • a book by a Southern Baptist
  • a book by an author who is still alive
  • a book for children or teens
  • a book about the church
  • a book about business
  • a novel longer than 300 pages
  • a book about leadership
  • a book you have read before
  • a book by Jerry Bridges
  • a book with a great cover
  • a book by a Puritan
  • a book about animals
  • a book about theology
  • a book of comics
  • a book by Albert Mohler
  • a book about the Bible
  • a book about theology
  • a biography of a Christian
  • a Christian novel
  • a photo essay book
  • a book about holiness or sanctificaiton
  • a book about the Bible
  • a book of your choice
  • a book about money or finance
  • a book you have always wanted to read but haven’t
  • a book recommended by a friend
  • a book about church history
  • a book by a speaker from Together for the Gospel
  • a book your pastor recommends

Book Riot’s Read Harder 2018 Challenge


  1. a book published posthumously
  2. a book of true crime
  3. a classic of genre fiction (i.e. mystery, SFF, romance)
  4. a comic written and illustrated by the same person
  5. a book set in or about one of the five BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, or South Africa)
  6. a book about nature
  7. a western
  8. a comic written or illustrated by a person of color
  9. a book of colonial or postcolonial literature
  10. a romance novel by or about a person of color
  11. a children’s classic published before 1980
  12. a celebrity memoir
  13. an Oprah Book Club selection
  14. a book of social science
  15. a one-sitting book
  16. the first book in a new-to-you YA or middle grade series
  17. a scifi novel with a female protagonist by a female author
  18. a comic that isn’t published by Marvel, DC, or Image
  19. a book of genre fiction in translation
  20. a book with a cover you hate
  21. a mystery by a person of color or LGBTQ+ author
  22. an essay anthology
  23. a book with a female protagonist over the age of 60
  24. an assigned book you hated (or never finished)

Modern Mrs. Darcy 2018 Reading Challenge

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  1. a classic you’ve been meaning to read
  2. a book recommended by someone with great taste
  3. a book in translation
  4. a book nominated for an award in 2018
  5. a book of poetry, a play, or an essay collection
  6. a book you can read in a day
  7. a book that’s more than 500 pages
  8. a book by a favorite author
  9. a book recommended by a librarian or an indie bookseller
  10. a banned book
  11. a memoir, biography, or book of creative nonfiction
  12. a book by an author of a different race, ethnicity, or religion other than your own

Victorian October Reading Challenge 2017


Victorian October (#Victober) is a reading challenge which was created by Kate Howe in 2016 in which the participants read Victorian literature during October.  The 2017 reading challenge is being hosted by Kate Howe, Katie from Books and Things, Lucy from lucythereader, and Ange from Beyond the Pages.  I have selected the following books to meet the five reading challenges:

  1. Read a Victorian book by a Scottish, Welsh, or Irish author. The Sign of Four by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  2. Read a Victorian book recommended to you.  David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
  3. Read a Victorian novel or story with supernatural elements. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  4. Read a lesser known Victorian book (less than 12,000 ratings on GoodReads). Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope
  5. Read a Victorian book by a female author. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell

Happy Reading!