Ink and Shadows: A Witty & Page-Turning Southern Cozy Mystery (A Secret, Book and Scone Society Novel #4) (Hardcover)

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Ellery Adams, the author of multiple New York Times bestselling mystery series and a perennial B&N bestseller, offers the fourth in her beguiling cozy mystery series featuring a librarian-turned-bookseller with a penchant for bibliotherapy and a sideline in solving crime. While people visit Miracle Springs for healing treatments, it’s Nora who helps them find peace by prescribing the perfect book along with a fresh-baked scone. After all, sometimes the key to happiness, friendship—or solving a
murder—can simply be found within the pages of the right book…

"Entertaining...packed with mystery, romance, and sisterhood." --Kirkus 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…
Known for her window displays, Nora Pennington decides to showcase fictional heroines like Roald Dahl’s Matilda and Madeline Miller’s Circe for Halloween. But a family-values group disapproves of the magical themes 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. Declared an accident, the ruling can’t explain the old book page covered with strange symbols and disturbing drawings left under Nora’s doormat. It’s up to Nora and the Secret, Book, and Scone Society to sort out the clues before more bodies turn up and the secrets from Celeste’s past come back to haunt them all…

About the Author

Ellery Adams is the New York Times bestselling author of two cookbooks and over thirty mysteries, including the Book Retreat
Mysteries, The Secret, Book, & Scone Society series, the Books by the Bay Mysteries, and the Charmed Pie Shoppe Mysteries. A native New Yorker, she has had a lifelong love affair with stories, food, rescue animals, and large bodies of water. When not working on her next novel, she reads, bakes, gardens, spoils her three cats, and rearranges her bookshelves. She lives with her husband and two children in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. For more information and lists of bibliotherapy suggestions, please visit or

Praise For…

Praise for Ink and Shadows

“Lovers of reading and strong women will be impressed by this entertaining cozy packed with mystery, romance, and sisterhood.”
Kirkus Reviews

Praise for The Secret, Book & Scone Society series
“A love letter to reading, with sharp characterizations and a smart central mystery.”
Entertainment Weekly on The Whispered Word
“Adams launches an intriguing new mystery series, headed by four spirited amateur sleuths and touched with a hint of magical realism, which celebrates the power of books and women’s friendships. Adams’ many fans, readers of Sarah Addison Allen, and anyone who loves novels that revolve around books will savor this tasty treat.”
Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW, Pick of the Month on The Secret, Book, & Scone Society
“Adams kicks off a new series featuring strong women, a touch of romance and mysticism, and both the cunning present-day mystery and the slowly revealed secrets of the intriguing heroines’ pasts.”
Kirkus Reviews on The Secret, Book, & Scone Society
“This affecting series launch from Adams provides all the best elements of a traditional Mystery…Well-drawn characters complement a plot with an intriguing twist or two.”
Publishers Weekly on The Secret, Book, & Scone Society
“A perfect read...four women whose divergent lives intermingle due to their shared passion for books, good food, and ultimately, friendship, become unwittingly embroiled in a murder investigation. The deep, dark secrets each of them carries provide the suspense in this admixture of cozy small-town life and perplexing mystery with the right amount of pathos to garner the reader's sympathy."
The Cape Cod Chronicle on The Secret, Book, & Scone Society

Product Details
ISBN: 9781496726414
ISBN-10: 1496726413
Publisher: Kensington Cozies
Publication Date: January 26th, 2021
Pages: 304
Language: English
Series: A Secret, Book and Scone Society Novel