Welcome to The Secret, Book & Scone Society

Is something on your mind? Is life driving you crazy?
Is it time you indulged in a little Shelf Care?

Maybe a Bibliotherapist can help!


About the Series

The Bibliotherapist Is In


About Ellery

The Book Retreat Mystery Series

News and Reviews


Amazon Apple - BAMB&N

IndieBound Kobo Target

The Whispered Word:
A Book Retreat Mystery #5

ON SALE : 04/30/2019


Storyton Hall, Virginia, is a paradise for book lovers who come from all over for literary getaways. But manager Jane Steward is temporarily leaving for another renowned resort—in hopes of solving a twist-filled mystery...


Jane’s boyfriend is missing, and she thinks she may find him at North Carolina’s historic Biltmore Estate. Officially, she’s there to learn about luxury hotel management, but she’s also prowling around the breathtaking buildings and grounds looking for secret passageways and clues. One of the staff gardeners promises to be helpful...that is, until his body turns up in a potting shed.


When she finally locates the kidnapped Edwin, his captor insists that she lead him back to Storyton Hall, convinced that it houses Ernest Hemingway’s lost suitcase, stolen from a Paris train station in 1922. But before they can turn up the treasure, the bell may toll for another victim...


“Combines clever clues, a smart and courageous heroine and an interesting setting in a whodunit that will inspire readers to make further visits to Storyton Hall.”

—Richmond Times-Dispatch on Murder in the Paperback Parlor

The Whispered Word:
A Book Retreat Mystery #4

ON SALE : 4/24/2018


Welcome to Storyton Hall, Virginia, where book lovers travel from near and far to enjoy the singular comforts of the Agatha Christie Tea Room, where they can discuss the merits of their favorite authors no matter how deadly the topic...

With her twins, Fitzgerald and Hemingway, back in school, Jane Steward can finally focus on her work again—managing Storyton Hall, and breaking ground on the resort’s latest attraction: a luxurious, relaxing spa named in honor of Walt Whitman. But when the earth is dug up to start laying the spa’s foundation, something else comes to the surface—a collection of unusual bones and the ragged remnants of a very old book. The attendees of the Rare Book Conference are eager to assist Jane with this unexpected historical mystery—until a visitor meets an untimely end in the Henry James Library. As the questions—and suspects—start stacking up, Jane will have to uncover a killer before more unhappy endings ensue...


The Book Retreat Mystery Series

Murder In The

Mystery Suite

Book 1

Murder In The



Book 2

Murder In The

Secret Garden

Book 3

Murder In The

Locked Library

Book 4

Murder In The

Reading Room

Book 5

How about a quick fix? Click below to find the perfect book to fit your current mood.