Genre: Cozy Mystery
“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.”
“USA Today Bestselling Author Morgan Talbot 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.”
I read and enjoyed Morgan Talbot’s “Caching Out” series, cozy mysteries that were built around geocaching, with this obscure hobby (at least it was to me) and those who participate playing a role in the mysteries. Smugglers & Scones is the first of a new series that takes place at a B&B located in the former home of a “world-famous mystery writer” on the Oregon Coast.
Talbot does a great job of describing the surroundings and setting the scene of a small Oregon Coast town. The characters were all interesting and added color to the story with the main character, Pippa, being one I hope to see again. There were plenty of twists and turns as Pippa uncovered the solution to the mystery which kept both her and I guessing to the very end.
Rating: ***** Five Stars
Reviewed by: BigAl
Approximate word count: 80-85,000 word