Book source ~ ARC. My review is voluntary and honest.
Pippa Winterbourne runs Moorehaven Bed-and-Breakfast Inn in Seacrest, Oregon. Moorehaven is unique in that it now caters to the mystery writer crowd since the famous author A. Raymond Moore had once made it his home. When a skeleton is found with real gold Spanish coins the town is swarmed with treasure hunters. But the skeleton isn’t as old as originally thought and actually has a 50-yr-old tie to the town and Pippa’s Great-Uncle Hilt. In the middle of all the craziness, a murder is committed putting Pippa smack in the middle of a real-life murder mystery. It’s time for Pippa, her friends, and her guests to put their collective brains to work and figure out these two mysteries before someone else ends up dead.
Even though this is book 2 it can be read as a standalone. There is a huge info dump in the beginning and not having read the first book (yet) all of the characters were hard to keep straight in my head during this info overload. But once the stage is set the book takes off on its own. The characters are great, the writing is decent, and the plot keeps me guessing until nearly the end. My only other complaint is Pippa. For most of the book she’s kinda unlikeable. She’s eaten alive with jealousy and doesn’t really trust her boyfriend, Lake, even though she says she loves him. And she treats her sister like shit. Her character grows towards the end, but I had a hard time liking her for much of the story. The other colorful characters make up for this though. If you’re looking for a cozy mystery in a picturesque setting then give this one a go.