Ellery Adams is one of the best cozy mystery writers I have discovered, but this book just does not live up to the standard set by her other titles, especially in the Books by the Bay and Book Retreat series. I am not crazy about the setting to begin with - a community focused on helping people to heal from their past traumas - and only decided to try it because I trusted that the author could tell a good story. Sadly, I read a little over a third of the book and found that I didn't care about the characters or the mystery, and that the little comments about how powerful and healing books can be made me roll my eyes. I found the writing to be more cliched than in the author's earlier books, and I ultimately decided not to finish the book.
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