The Moonglow Café turned out to be a cozy mystery, and features journalist Paige Mackenzie. The mystery is set in a remote Montana town called Timberton. The plot is well crafted, characters come alive and by the end of the book, you want to be part of the Timberton community. What more could a reader ask for?
I didn’t expect much when I started reading The Moonglow Café. All I knew was that it was supposed to be a mystery. Paige Mackenzie is back in the hustle bustle of New York city after an assignment out west. And is longing to go back. Back to the wide open spaces, mountains, friendly people, and one particular ‘friend’. Luckily enough, she gets a new assignment that sends her to Montana, to a small mining town called Timberton.
Paige has a room in the only hotel in town, managed by an Aunt Bee type woman. There is a gem gallery and a café, a saloon and candy store and that’s pretty much it. Gem gallery owner Clive gives her some background on the sapphire mining in the town. He has a few nice pieces but most of them were stolen years ago. Café owner Mist is a mysterious New Age type girl who serves gourmet food with exotic names. Paige is thinking of wrapping up her story in a couple of days when she finds a diary stuck in the wall of her room. The diary is written by an old artist, maybe a onetime guest at the hotel?
The serene atmosphere of the town is disturbed by a catastrophe. The Moonglow Café burns down in the night, but thankfully no lives are lost. Jake, Paige’s friend, pays a surprise visit and they work on their friendship. As the town convenes at the hotel to eat, Paige is hot on track of what is given in the diary. Do events that happened several decades ago have any bearing on the present?
Many cozy mysteries I read have a quirky protagonist that gets into scrapes or engages in high jinks. Paige is pretty benign compared to that. The only flaw she can admit to is being overly curious. The writing is superior, and contains complex sentences and big words. Believe me when I say that it is quite unusual to come across. Each character has personality and livens up the story. Small town life is captured beautifully, and life seems so simple when your neighbor watches out for you.
As cozy as the mystery is, there is a lot of action and the story has its share of villains. Grab a copy of the book today and you will end up reading it cover to cover as I did. The Moonglow Café gets two thumbs up from me!