After the debut book in the Moorehaven Mysteries series last year, I was very excited to read the next one, Burglars & Blintzes from author Morgan C. Talbot. I may have messaged her a few times asking (demanding?) when the next would be released, but I won’t say how many times. A few weeks ago, I learned it was ready for publication and I got an early release. I was super excited and it definitely delivered on all counts!
Pippa runs a bed & breakfast that she inherited from her uncle. It was previously home for a famous author she adored and whom her family became close with over the years. It’s used exclusively for writers who need a retreat to discover their muse or find some silence to pen their latest mystery. Unfortunately, most writers learn there is often more mystery and action at Moorehaven than they include in their novels. In this caper, a dead body washes ashore during the impact of a typhoon off Oregon’s Pacific Coast. Gold coins missing for several centuries suddenly turn up, inciting a surge of looters looking for a quick win. And a youthful rivalry from years ago comes full force when it turns out the deceased is someone who’d been missing for a long time and who knew Pippa’s uncle quite well. As Pippa caters to her writers and tries to build her relationship with Lake, the handsome boat pilot, various side stories begin to intersect when more accidents happen and long-buried secrets come to light. Will Pippa survive or does the killer make an attempt on her life, too? I suppose you’ll have to read in order to know what happens…
Talbot’s scenery, descriptions and setting are top-notch for readers. Among references to famous authors, books and literary concepts, we find a charming yet spooky mansion filled with history and secrets. All sorts of author types pop up throughout the book sharing stories about their own characters and/or how they build a mystery. One of them almost always is involved with the actual crime happening, but it’s our job as readers to figure it out. A mystery within a mystery of sorts… sounds fun, right?
Pippa is also a fantastic leading character and sleuth. While she tries to stay away from the investigation, she’s pulled in when the people around her are suspected of being the culprit. Talbot builds a tug-of-war for us to constantly shift our thoughts on how involved Pippa should get, but it’s in the normal daily running of the inn where we fall even harder for her. She’s just a wonderful main sleuth and her on-going battle with the new Chief of Police makes it all the more interesting. The town is full of supporting characters who have fun or curious side stories to keep us immersed in a fantastic world.
Like many other cozies, food plays a big role in this series. While not a central focus, and more just a common theme throughout, I craved blintzes, of course. There’s a delectable recipe in the back, perhaps I’ll test it out one day. I’m excited with this sophomore release in the series and can’t wait to see where Talbot takes us in the third one hopefully sooner rather than later. It’s quickly becoming one of my more favorite series even with only two in it so far. Kudos to the author and the publishing team behind this one…
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