The whispered word is book 2 of the Secret, Book, and Scone Society series. I finished the first book and loved it so much that I had to pick up the second one. The book revolves around of women who became friends during the first book. They were having their normal get together at Nora’s story when they find a young woman hiding in the store. She was incredibly thin, bruised, and had a hospital bracelet on her wrist. The group offers her a job, shelter, and support but this new addition to their town is reluctant to trust them.
Then a regular from Nora’s bookstore is found dead and is ruled a suicide. But things are not always as they seem, this was not a suicide. This was absolutely a murder and Nora was able to find a connection with their new guest and the murder victim.
Ellery Adams did a fantastic job bringing the women of the secret, book, and scone society together once again for another cozy mystery. I could not put the book down. I was immediately drawn back into Miracle Springs and the calm of the town. Honestly, I would love to live in a town like this and have a group of friends like these women made. When you read this book you get more than just a murder mystery, you get a story about friends, surviving abuse, and just the human condition.
While the murder is clearly the reason why we are graced with a second book, it is just one of the threads that ties this story together. I love the layers that Adams put in this book. You would think that having several story lines going together at once would be confusing but it was honestly so seamless. And they way everything came together at the end was fantastic.
Overall, I really think that this is a delightful cozy mystery and would recommend it.