ARC Review: The Book of Candlelight by Ellery Adams

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As the owner of Miracle Books, Nora Pennington figures all the wet weather this spring is at least good for business. The local inns are packed with stranded travelers, and among them Nora finds both new customers and a new friend, the sixtysomething Sheldon, who starts helping out at the store.
Since a little rain never hurt anyone, Nora rides her bike over to the flea market one sodden day and buys a bowl from Danny, a Cherokee potter. It’ll make a great present for Nora’s EMT boyfriend, but the next day, a little rain turns into a lot of rain, and the Miracle River overflows it banks. Amid the wreckage of a collapsed footbridge, a body lies within the churning water.
Nora and the sheriff both doubt the ruling of accidental drowning, and Nora decides it’s time for the Secret, Book, and Scone Society to spring into action. When another body turns up, it becomes clearer that Danny’s death can’t be blamed on a natural disaster. A crucial clue may lie within the stone walls of the Inn of Mist and Roses: a diary, over a century old and spattered with candle wax, that leads Nora and her friends through a maze of intrigue—and onto the trail of a murderer . . .

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This is only the third book in the series, but I already want it to continue forever. So, it’s obvious that I have been highly anticipating this book since I came to know the release date, and have since been stalking Netgalley for the ARC. I was ecstatic when I got approved and I knew I had to read it immediately.

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This is the kind of book where I know what I’m going to get and that’s exactly why I read it. The writing is fast paced and things keep happening all the time, the mystery is actually pretty interesting and I couldn’t guess anything at all, and it has the beautiful setting of Miracle Springs. I’ve probably mentioned it before on the blog, but the main character’s bookstore called Miracle Books is my favorite fictional bookstore ever and I would give anything to just go and spend a whole day there. Whenever I read this series, I always wish it was a real place. The author creates this soothing atmosphere which is full of books, knickknacks, book lovers and just overall friendly people – so it just feels nice to be back in this world. This time around though, the author managed to show a bit more of the gloomy side of the town and how bad weather can wreak havoc on the lives of the people, and I felt that she captured everyone’s frustrations very well.

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This series has one of my most supportive group of women I’ve ever met and I loved being back with them. Everyone is dealing with their own problems, which even leads to some tensions between them – but when tragedy strikes, they are always there for each other. Even all the men in the book, including the sheriff and his deputies are wonderful and I just love it that we have an ensemble cast who are so nice to be around with.

There are also a new group of characters introduced, so it’s natural that some of them end up being suspects but I thought they were all written very well, with clear motivations and backstories. My favorite though would have to be Sheldon, who becomes this instant grandfatherly figure helping out Nora at the bookstore and advising the others too. The changes that he brought to the Miracle Books window displays felt magical (I’m really trying not to spoil them) and I really hope he becomes a permanent fixture in the series going forward.

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To conclude, I just want to say that if you love the cozy mystery genre, you can’t miss this series. It has a beautiful small town setting, a wonderful bookstore you’ll wish were real, lots of talk about baked goods that’ll make you hungry, an amazing group of women and an interesting mystery – and last but not the least, lots and lots of book recommendations. The MC calls herself a bibliotherapist, and this book(series) is exactly that for a cold and gloomy winter day.

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PS: Thank you to Kensington Books and Netgalley for providing me with this advance copy. All opinions expressed here are unbiased and solely mine.

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  1. Ensemble cast, women, bookstore, baked goods and a mystery! WHAT MORE DO I NEED ? ♥️♥️♥️♥️ This totally sounds like a cozy night read. Love your review Sahi ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️

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