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  • The Vanishing Type

  • Secret, Book, & Scone Society, Book 5
  • By: Ellery Adams
  • Narrated by: Cris Dukehart
  • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
  • 5.0 out of 5 stars (4 ratings)

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The Vanishing Type

By: Ellery Adams
Narrated by: Cris Dukehart
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Summary

While January snow falls outside in Miracle Springs, North Carolina, Nora Pennington is encouraging customers to cozy up indoors with a good book. Even though the shop and her bibliotherapy sessions keep Nora busy during the day, her nights are a little too quiet—until Deputy Andrews pulls Nora into the sci-fi section and asks her to help him plan a wedding proposal.

His bride-to-be, Hester, loves Little Women, and Nora sets to work arranging a special screening at the town's new movie theater. But right before the deputy pops the question, Nora makes an unsettling discovery—someone has mutilated all her store's copies of The Scarlet Letter, slicing angrily into the pages wherever Hester Prynne's name is mentioned.

The coincidence disturbs Nora, who's one of the few in Miracle Springs who knows that Hester gave up a baby for adoption many years ago. Her family heaped shame on her, and Hester still feels so guilty that she hasn't even told her future husband. But when a dead man is found on a hiking trail just outside town, carrying a rare book, the members of the Secret, Book, and Scone Society unearth a connection to Hester's past. Someone is intent on bringing the past to light, and it's not just Hester's relationship at stake, but her life. . .

©2022 Ellery Adams (P)2022 Tantor

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  • roseanna banana
  • 28-11-22

Excellent series

The characters in this series are mostly wonderful but there are those bad ones. Actually, those are very good too. The narration was really very well done

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  • LOVETOQUILT
  • 24-11-22

Ok, where is the end?

Book is so-so! Strangely it
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Far too many names and overinvolved plot… too much to sort out … the genealogy of one of the main characters is a jigsaw puzzles.
Not worth the effort!

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  • SpokaneBecky
  • 26-10-22

Excellent!

Another excellent read in the series. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute and would highly recommend. This series includes wonderful quotes from other books, a darling town, a plausible mystery, and a book store owner whose heart is as large as her knowledge of books. You won't be disappointed.

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  • Michelle E.
  • 12-10-22

absolutely lovely

I love this series so much. The compassion and affection the main ladies have for each other is beautiful.

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  • eye4design
  • 21-09-22

Cozy mystery produces many coincidences

Don't get me wrong: I enjoy this series. It's always nice when we have time passing from book to book so we can see friendships deepen, new love interests appear, and long ago issues from their pasts come to light and sometimes get resolved. And I liked all the twists and suspects. Little things bugged me though, like I feel there wasn't enough of Nora's bibliotherapy for me because she was so busy with everyone else's problems, but she's a good friend trying to find answers for her loved ones, so I'll let it slide. My biggest hangup was the untangling of all the twists, you know, the big explanation at the end. It just felt like so many coincidences had to happen so that all the players could do the things they did. It didn't seem as realistic as the prior books always felt. I will say the life experiences each of our main ladies face are realistic and relatable. It was simply the end explanation that was convoluted and practically miraculous (see what I did there?) and made me knock a star off. But we finally get to hear Hester's tale! Worth it.

Maturity rating: adult mystery, some dead bodies, violent criminals, heart-wrenching turmoil; nothing in gory detail, but not something for kids either. It's pretty light this time around in drugs/drinking and swearing. This series isn't really heavy on romantic love, but we get sweet and sour experiences with love here for side plot.

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  • SophiaMarie
  • 06-09-22

A Slow Start but a Dynamic Finish

It's always difficult to get through the "setting of the scene", as I wait for the mystery to unfold. It's important to be attentive to the storyline as even the smallest details in it matter. Listening to the book, I had to pause occasionally to remember the relationships of the new characters, but that may be the result of listening to only an hour at a time. I love this series and look forward to the next installment!

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  • Keyna Carrell
  • 26-08-22

Love love love

I have loved this book series. I work in a bakery. All I do is read and work. I would love to have wonderful friends like these. I hope you continue the series. Great work. ❤️

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  • Kaitlyn
  • 20-07-22

Narrator’s Style Matured With This One

The earlier 4 novels saw incremental improvement in the narrator’s tone and style but this 5th in the series really showed she had come into her own.

The book itself is the best type of ‘cozy’ mystery offering a mystery while also being a compelling but not overwhelming work of women’s literature. The author did deftly delve into some topics from more recent news while not dwelling on them too deeply and thus breaking from a ‘cozy’ format. I wasn’t certain that I would care for the work fairly early on in the first novel but persevered and have been richly rewarded. I was pleased to discover that not all cozy mysteries are cotton candy and, well, fluff. This is a novel - series of novels - that have now become my benchmark that going forward must be met to earn a place on my stack of reading.

Highly recommended. Do read/listen to the series in order. The complexity of the characters and the town is established over time and those enriching details are not to be missed. Enjoy!

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  • Susan M. Runyan
  • 03-07-22

Like a hug from a friend

The Secret Book and Scone Society is my favorite series by Ellery Adams. It was nice to have the warmth and caring friendships carry each other thru new dilemmas and murder solutions.

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  • ShannonB
  • 23-06-22

Wonderful series!

I love everything about this whole series! The characters are complex and worthy of knowing. The plots captured my attention right away and were not predictable. This book was just as captivating for me as the first. I’ll be eagerly awaiting the next book!