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Publisher's Summary

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.
©2017 Morgan C. Talbot (P)2017 Morgan C. Talbot
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3 out of 5 stars
By Megan P. on 11-07-17

Small-Town Cozy with a Literary Twist

When I read the summary, I was intrigued by the idea of a bed and breakfast that catered strictly to an author clientele. And I think that idea made for a good spin on the basic small-town cozy mystery.

I'll start with the narration because that can make or break an audiobook and, for this story, it almost broke it for me. Pippa and Blake were okay, but aside from those two characters, I found the narration of this novel to be barely tolerable. Ms. Cee's choices took characters that toed the line of cookie-cutter and turned them into full-blown caricatures, particularly when it concerned the authors. But none were so bad as the murderer, who had a completely different cadence and tone than when we first met him. Once I finished the novel, I had to step back from the book for a few days so that the narration didn't color my review of the actual story, that's how bad it was.

Setting aside the narrator, the story itself was solid, though not without its flaws. It took some time to get to the meat of the story, but the mystery was interesting and the characters were quirky, which helped keep things light and humorous. And I still love the authors-only inn idea. There's so much that can be done with a rotating cast of mystery and suspense authors that I'm definitely interested in future installments.

As far as critiques go, there were times when the characters came off as a bit more naive than seemed realistic, and there were also some interesting writing choices like lots of cutesy stand-ins for potentially foul language mixed with a ton of wink-wink-nudge-nudge sexual innuendo. And it was a bit odd that two characters decided to have their first kiss almost immediately after discovering a relatively fresh crime scene. Maybe I'm the only one who found this less than romantic, but hey, that's between you and your therapist

However, my biggest critique would be that I hope that future installments rely a little less on some of the more overused tropes, like the exposition ending we received. That just took all the tension out of the moment for me.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. Frankly, though, I wish I had read this novel instead of listening to it. I feel the audiobook version cheated me out of a pleasant, fun experience.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Karen on 10-23-17

Quirky and Silly

Smugglers and Scones is filled with eccentric characters, silly dialog and a mystery.

I had a hard time getting into this book, I found it silly and unbelievable.

Pippa, who is running a B&B for mystery writers, seems like a teenager with a crush on the guy she rescued. She is obsessed with her bunny slippers, the cats and kissing Lake.
Although there is a mystery here, it takes a while to develop. There a quirky characters galore, that are just as silly as Pippa. The fictional novelist, Raymond Moore, whom the B&B is named after, has quotes that are sprinkled throughout the book are quite interesting.

Amina Cee does a fine job narrating, distinguishing each character.

I received a copy of this audiobook free in exchange for honest reviews.

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