The Whispered Word

The Whispered Word

Book - 2018 | First Kensington hardcover edition
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Nora Pennington, owner of Miracle Books, believes that a well-chosen novel can bring healing and hope. But she and the other members of the Secret, Book, and Scone Society know that sometimes, practical help is needed too. Such is the case with the reed-thin girl hiding in the fiction section of Nora's store, wearing a hospital ID and a patchwork of faded bruises. She calls herself Abilene, and though Nora and her friends offer work, shelter, and a supportive ear, their guest isn't ready to divulge her secrets. But when a customer is found dead in an assumed suicide, Nora uncovers a connection that points to Abilene as either a
suspect-or another target.

Summer's end has brought other new arrivals to Miracle Springs too. Entrepreneur Griffin Kingsley opens Virtual Genie, a cyber business that unloads people's unwanted goods for cash. With the town in an economic slump and folks hurting for money, Virtual Genie and its owner are both instantly popular. A patient listener, Griffin dispenses candy to children and strong coffee to adults, and seems like a bona fide gentleman. But Nora's not inclined to judge a book by its cover. And when a second death hits town, Nora and her intrepid friends must help the new, greenhorn sheriff discern fact from fiction-and stop a killer intent on bringing another victim's story to a close . . .
Publisher: New York :, Kensington Books,, 2018
Edition: First Kensington hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781496712400
Branch Call Number: MYS ADA
Characteristics: 292 pages ; 22 cm


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Jun 14, 2020

I always enjoy her mysteries.

This one was extra special because of how accurately it captured my experience as a child using books to escape the numerous difficulties of growing up in a family where I learned to deal with an alcoholic father and very depressed mother (of six children) who eventually divorced him and filed for welfare back in the days before food stamps where we sometimes ran out of food before we ran out of month. As the oldest, I used books to escape, find encouragement to do well in school, taught myself how to cook and learned how to budget for the food we did have, The stories gave me optimism and showed me that I wasn't the 'only one' who had it tough and made it through anyway.

This book referred to and quoted from so many of the stories that saved me and moved me ...I felt cared for as a person even as I moved through the story that wasn't about me or my experiences...just a fun mystery in many ways...but she understood my experiences coming from back when my mother was always yelling at me for 'escaping into a book!'

Note: I recently finished 10 years as caregiver for my mother in law suffering from dementia. The caregiver support group I attended surprised me by recommending: "Escape into a book!"

Feb 02, 2020

This was another wonderful book in the series. The friends try to help a young woman who appears one night in the book store. There were so many mysteries and questions to be answered about her and other newcomers to town. I really enjoyed this story.

IndyPL_JoanE Apr 17, 2019

What caught my eye in this book about the Secret, Book, and Scone Society fiction loving group were the quotes beginning each chapter. To quote J.R.R. Tolkien, "The greater part of the truth is always hidden..." and so goes the mystery in this book!

Jan 24, 2019

This is such an awesome new cozy mystery series!!!!!

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