Thursday, March 1, 2018

Book Beginning: Smugglers & Scones by Morgan C. Talbot




"I put beautiful paintings in my novels because when I look out the windows, all I see is fog. Now ask me a serious question." Raymond Moore, 1948

Smugglers & Scones by Morgan C. Talbot. This is the first novel in Talbot's Moorehaven Mysteries series, featuring Pippa Winterbourne, amateur sleuth and owner of a bed-and-breakfast/writers' retreat on the Oregon coast.

Each chapter starts with a quote from Raymond Moore, the (fictional) world-famous mystery writer who formerly owned Moorehaven, before his home became a B&B. I like this quote because it sets the Oregon coast scene so well.

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  1. I love a good cozy mystery. Thanks for sharing.

  2. The scones sound good, and a writer's retreat B&B on the Oregon Coast sounds even better. I'd go.

    Hope you enjoy the book.

  3. Ah a book set in Oregon so we can picture the setting so well. (I may live in Washington, but I am an Oregonian.) My Friday Quotes from Wild Things

  4. This one looks like an interesting book. Thanks for mentioning it. Enjoy your current read!

  5. I like that beginning. Provocative, I think? Enjoy and enjoy your weekend.

  6. I do read the occasional cozy mystery and this is definitely a new to me author I shall be book-marking for future reference.

    I like the idea of sharing quotes as the preface to a story, although if I look out of my own window today, all I can see is a mountain of snow !!

    Thanks for sharing and roll on spring :)


  7. The cover has everything I love; coffee and cookies, yumm. I like the beginning too. A pretty good first line!

    Ronnie @ Paradise Found

  8. I love a good cozy and I can never resist a book with the word scones in the title! This sounds really good!

  9. I like the sound of this one. I do enjoy a good cozy. I'm spotlighting Lake Silence by Anne Bishop - her latest set in the world of The Others. Happy reading!

  10. I like a good cozy mystery and the title is certainly intriguing.

  11. Didn't expect a dozy. Who knows where a journey in reading will take us?


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