Monday, July 30, 2018
Mystery Monday: Burglars and Blintzes
Title: Burglars and Blintzes (Moorehaven Mysteries Book 2)
Author: Morgan Talbot
Publisher: Red Adept Publishing, 2018
Source: Publisher's ARC
Moorehaven is swarming with guests during summer’s last hurrah, and Pippa has her hands full at the mystery-author B&B. When her gossip-group connections inform her that a local construction project has unearthed a skeleton with a pocketful of Spanish gold, the news spreads, and treasure hunters flood the beaches. But the skeleton has a more recent connection to the area than anyone suspected, unearthing a shameful secret that hits far too close to home.
A marine salvage team rolls into town, seeking the rest of the treasure. When they hire Pippa’s boyfriend, Lake, to be their pilot, the team’s pretty spelunker quickly stakes a claim, rousing Pippa’s jealousy. But Pippa’s been playing tug-of-war over Lake ever since his ex-wife, Mallory Tavish, became the new acting chief of police.
When a killer’s strike brings tragedy to Moorehaven’s door, Pippa must rally her friends, family, and mystery-writing guests to catch the murderer before she loses someone she can’t live without and all the warmth of summer dies with one last gasp.
Link to book on Goodreads
See details for the book on Amazon
This is a strong series, with interesting and varied characters, and a fun premise with the Moorehaven B&B being strictly a writers' retreat. I find the writing engaging, and the plot complex enough to keep the interest going.
Romance interest is high, but done well, so that it doesn't dominate--it is simply part of Pippa's life, one more factor for her to take into consideration as she deals with life and the murders. I found it more of a motivation for her than a distraction, and excessive obsession about insecurities is firmly squelched.
Pippa is a pretty good main character, with a decent set of skill, flaws, and human foibles. The secondary characters are also well-rounded, with different characters getting more attention at different times and in the 2 books I've read so far. At first I was a bit bothered by Chloe, who didn't seem quite realistic for a teen, but when I realized she's 19, she worked for me pretty well. That's a good age for a kid to be a total blow-your-mind-helful adult one minute, and face-palm annoying the next.
The mystery: I did spot the killer before Pippa did, but I wouldn't call it obvious. There were several layers of mystery, as well, and Hilt's need to solve the 50-year-old mystery was well done, as was the way the mysteries and other threads fitted together.
Honestly, my biggest complaint is that they spent too much time talking about and eating amazing pastries. Why aren't these people blimps? This was doubly cruel because I was reading it while backpacking--no blintzes for me! Seriously, though, it made me think about how much yummy noshing our cozy characters do. I suspect they are doing what we author's can't afford to! Good thing there are no calories in a literary pastry.
This is a series worth following. Perfect cozy fare--light and fun for reading when you don't want to work too hard, but still want a well-written story, with characters who make you care so you don't have to make yourself care.
FTC Disclosure: I was given an electronic ARC of Burglars and Blintzes, and received nothing further from the writer or publisher in exchange for my honest review. The opinions expressed are my own and those of no one else. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."