| Book Review |
Smugglers & Scones – Morgan C. Talbot

 

Pippa runs Moorehaven Bed & Breakfast – the place to be for writers! Freshly baked scones provide food for thought when a murder mystery needs solving …

|  Introduction  |

Moorehaven Mysteries #1

Moorehaven Bed and Breakfast Inn is situated in the seaside town of Seacrest. Once the home of mystery author Raymond Moore, whose stipulations in his will make for the fact that only writers are welcome to stay as guests. Pippa and her Uncle Hilt run the B&B and are proud of the fact that the house exudes the atmosphere of the time when Moore was alive. With many mystery writers as guests, it is no wonder that Pippa knows all about the methodology of murder and even instigates regular discussions about these topics. Even so, despite Seacrest harbouring the reputation of being murder-friendly (on paper, that is!) Pippa is scared when a boat breaks against the rocks but still, she rescues the unfortunate sailor … the handsome Lake. A stranger in their midst .. could this be asking for trouble?

|  Storyline  |

Lake’s head injury causes concern and it is decided that Pippa will take him to the B&B to rest. Pippa is intrigued by Lake but Uncle Hilt is very suspicious. When it turns out Lake’s boss (with him on the boat) was murdered it is only Pippa’s promise to watch Lake’s every move which prevents him from being taken into custody. We meet Pippa’s best friend Jordan and the new help Chloe and learn a bit about Pippa’s dark past that she successfully kept secret. Quite an accomplishment in such a small town! Seacrest’s gossip machine runs overtime with Pippa’s handsome stranger and the murder of one of their own. There is a reporter showing interest in Moorehaven’s history and the regular author-guests Al and Paul as well as Paul’s protégé Skylar regard it as a challenge to solve the murder, inventing all sorts of scenarios. It is believed that the late Raymond Moore’s ‘The Crimson Kiss’ is somehow part of the mystery. Meanwhile, Pippa bakes lots of delicious scones for her ‘killer-breakfasts’. The scones prove to be food for many a thought …

|  My Thoughts  |

Does it get any better? A lovely cosy murder mystery involving a mystery author retreat! The true-to-life characters, the ladies’ detective club and the typical town gossip and secrets combined with romance (an attractive stranger) and delicious scones in all varieties, what more do you need? The author has written a delightful book that has all the right ingredients and excitement I love. As an avid reader, I instantly fell in love with the premise of a B&B especially for (mystery) writers – what a novel idea! Pippa is a great protagonist, she has a past she wants to keep hidden and she is just one plucky girl! She is not only the owner of the B&B but personifies everything it stands for with her insights into the works of Raymond Moore and her knowledge about the author guests’ characters. This well-written detective novel has a steady pace and never falters or holds back. I loved this charming novel and look forward to the next in the series!

By the way, if you want to know more about the lemon-glazed blueberry scones or the maple oat hazelnut scones that prominently feature in this detective novel – the recipes are also included in the book!

|  About the Author  |

Morgan C. Talbot Author Image

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. 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. Morgan is a member of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America and served as a panellistt at Left Coast Crime 2015: Crimelandia. She lives in Eastern Washington with her family.

|  Book Info  |

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 Paperback   222 pages
 Publisher   Red Adept Publishing (17 Jan. 2017)
 Language   English
 ISBN-10  1940215870
 ISBN-13   978-1940215877

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