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Ink and Shadows

(Secret, Book, & Scone Society #4)

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  863 ratings  ·  278 reviews
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
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published January 26th 2021 by Kensington
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    Patricia I would strongly recommend reading all books in this series in sequence. The character development is priceless!
    I would strongly recommend reading all books in this series in sequence. The character development is priceless!

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    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, ...more
    Jan 02, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    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, ...more
    Nov 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    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 ...more
    Eve (Between The Bookends)
    Feb 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
    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
    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 ...more
    Sep 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
    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 ...more
    Karen Hollins-Stallman
    Jan 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    "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
    Dec 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    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.

    Micky Cox
    Oct 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    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 ...more
    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
    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 ...more
    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 ...more
    Lisa Leone-campbell
    Feb 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    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
    Jan 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: cozy-mystery
    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 ...more
    Gail C.
    Dec 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    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
    Jerri Cachero
    Oct 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    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 ...more
    May 17, 2020 rated it liked it
    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. ...more
    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
    Oct 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    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
    Lacey Harrington
    Sep 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    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.
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    Patricia Romero
    Oct 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: cozy-mystery
    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
    Bobbie Kirkland
    Oct 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    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 ...more
    marita lazarus
    Nov 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    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
    Oct 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    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
    Sep 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    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 ...more
    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 ...more
    Sheri Jesse
    Nov 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    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. ...more
    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
    Jennifer Muller
    Jan 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: owned
    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
    Jan 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    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 ...more
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