Saturday, April 7, 2018

Moorehaven Mysteries - Book 1 - Smugglers & Scones by Morgan Talbot

I have received the copy of "Smugglers & Scones" by Morgan Talbot from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Book Blurb
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.
The protagonist of our story, Pipa, is a hostess cum manager of Moreheavan Bed & Breakfast in a small town Seacrest. It is a unique hotel where only authors can reserve rooms and work on their book. The place was previously owned by a famous thriller writer Raymond More. It had many of his first book copies, diaries & manuscripts. Things were normal until one night Pipa rescued a tour pilot Lake from a blot near the sea. Things became interesting as a dead body of Lake’s boss was found in the same boat. If that was not enough another murder taken place in next two days. From normal boring life, Pipa & her inn’s author guest entered into shoes of Sherlock Holmes.

The book is written in a unique style. It was formed so casually you won’t feel like reading a thriller book (except climax scene). A light read which can give you company on lone evening or travel. I didn’t have to give much efforts to continue the book.

Talking about ratings
  1. Cover – 3/5
  2. Characters – 3.5/5
  3. Concept – 3.5/5
  4. Overall – 3/5

Book can be found at Amazon USA & Amazon India
Review from other readers can be found at GoodReads


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