Smugglers and Scones (Moorehaven Mysteries – 1) by Morgan Talbot
Pippa Worthy 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.
Morgan is an outdoorsy girl with a deep and abiding love for the natural sciences. Her degrees involve English and jujitsu. She enjoys hiking, camping, and wandering in the woods looking for the trail to the car, but there isn’t enough chocolate on the planet to bribe her into rock climbing.
When she’s not writing, she can be found making puzzles, getting lost on the way to geocaches, reading stories to her children, or taking far too many pictures of the same tree or rock.
She lives in Eastern Washington with her family.
Moorehaven is the home to former mystery writer A. Raymond Moore on the Oregon coast. With his passing, Moorehaven has been turned into a bed and breakfast with two stipulations: 1. only aspiring mystery authors can stay and 2. there always has to be a cat on property. Pippa and her Uncle Hilt run the place. One night a boat crashes on the shore and Pippa saves Lake from drowning. But when a body is discovered on the boat, Lake becomes the suspect in a murder investigation. Along with the murder comes the story of a princess that hit a treasure around this area. Now it’s up to Pippa to figure out who the killer is, if there is really a treasure, and how are all the strange events related?
I loved this book. The whole concept of a retreat especially for mystery writers, genius! Pippa and Hilt are a great pair and I loved the whole mystery. Add in a treasure and you get one heck of a great ride as you follow Pippa. But I have to say that my favorite characters were Svetlana and Rex, how could you not love these two?
I was up late reading just one more page. It was so easy to get wrapped up in the beautiful scenery and the amazing writing. This is one cozy mystery series that I will be sure to add to my shelf. This is one that you HAVE to check out!!
I received Smugglers and Scones from the author and Red Adept Publishing for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.