Cozy Experience March Madness – Championship Round

We are down to two, my friends. Two final protagonists to face off in one last head-to-head “who would solve it first” challenge.

Since we’re down to two, I thought it would be fun to get to know our final two (and their authors) a little better.

Congratulations to our final two – Nora Pennington and Ellison Russell!

Let’s Meet Nora of The Secret, Book, and Scone Society by Ellery Adams.

Miracle Springs, North Carolina, is a place of healing. Strangers flock here hoping the natural hot springs, five-star cuisine, and renowned spa can cure their ills. If none of that works, they often find their way to Miracle Books, where, over a fresh-baked “comfort” scone from the Gingerbread House bakery, they exchange their stories with owner Nora Pennington in return for a carefully chosen book.

That’s Nora’s special talent—prescribing the perfect novel to ease a person’s deepest pain and lighten their heaviest burden. Nora forms the Secret, Book, and Scone Society, a group of damaged souls yearning to gain trust and earn redemption by helping others. To join the society, members must divulge their darkest secret—the terrible truth that brought each of them to Miracle Springs in the first place.

Let’s Meet Ellison of the Country Club Mystery Series by Julie Mulhern

A little about Ellison from author, Julie Mulhern.

Ellison Russell is an artist who lives in Kansas City, Missouri in the mid-1970s. She’s an accidental sleuth, even a reluctant one.

In a perfect world, she’d spend her days painting. Maybe play a little bridge or hit the occasional tennis ball. But she keeps finding bodies. Everywhere.

There have been several bodies in her front drive (it wasn’t her fault she ran over her husband with her little Triumph). Really. It wasn’t. She promises.

Sometimes it seems as if she finds a body wherever she goes (or maybe they find her)–the backyard, a swimming pool, a high school football game, a parked car, and even the seat next to her at a gala.

Ellison’s mother, Frances Walford, disapproves. Strongly. And Frances Walford’s ordinary disapproval is no small thing. Her strong disapproval could bring a man to his knees or a daughter to heel.

Good thing Ellison has a support system. There’s Aggie, her uber-capable housekeeper. There’s Libba, her best friend. There’s Hunter Tafft, the man Mother would like her to marry. There’s Grace, her brave and sometimes foolish teenage daughter. And there’s Anarchy Jones, the homicide detective with coffee-colored eyes. Oh! Speaking of coffee–there’s also Mr. Coffee, who needs no explanation.

If Ellison understood basketball or brackets (she’s more of a golf and tennis gal), she’d be overwhelmed to be included in the bracket and would be rendered near speechless to end up in such fine company. On her behalf, I say, “Thank you.”

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Melody Gonser
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I enjoyed hearing about both books but Ellison and her friends drew me in. I want to meet them and get to know their idiosyncrasies.