Smugglers & Scones

Moorehaven Mysteries Book 1

Morgan C. Talbot introduces the most deliciously literary cozy mystery with this fabulous read. Pippa Winterbourne is one of the most engaging heroines I've ever encountered. Moorehaven is one of the most delightful settings I have ever read about about. I want to book my stay in the bed and breakfast straightaway. I loved the premise of the story and the fact that the plot and the characters more than lived up to my high expectations was a pleasant surprise. The quaint Oregon setting is practically a character itself and I loved the guests as well as the town's inhabitants. The romantic elements enhanced the mystery and made me feel as if I got to know Pippa even better. The authors in residence kept me chuckling and I loved watching how Pippa kept them entertained as well as reined in. Pippa's uncle is a definite keeper and I cannot wait to see just what he will get up to in the next adventure. The mystery itself was neither too clever nor too obvious; it was a well thought out and interesting and I was intrigued by the mixture of the past and the present. I cannot wait to read the next in what I hope becomes a very long standing series.

Running a bed and breakfast for authors keeps Pippa Winterbourne on her toes throw in rescuing a handsome sailor from drowning and then helping to solve a murder and she barely has time to bake up breakfast for her guests. Who would have thought living in a renowned murder mystery writer's home would lead to a possible new calling.

Book Blurb for Smugglers & Scones

Pippa Winterbourne runs Moorehaven, the Oregon Coast's quirkiest bed-and-breakfast and former home of world-famous mystery writer A. Raymond Moore. Guests come there to write their own crime novels. When a real-life murder takes a local's life and washes a handsome boat pilot into her arms, Pippa is yanked into a deadly plot of her own. A tangle of secrets crashes past into present, and Pippa must uncover clues dating back to Seacrest's Prohibition days, including a secret Moore himself hid from the world.

Juggling her book-writing guests, small-town intrigues, secret club agendas, and a possibly fatal attraction, Pippa must sort fact from fiction to know who to trust before a desperate killer claims a final revenge nearly a century in the making.

Night Owl Reviews Mar, 2017 5.00