Murder at Pirate's Cove (Secrets and Scrabble #1)

Title: Murder at Pirate's Cove (Secrets and Scrabble #1)
Author: Josh Lanyon
Publisher: JustJoshin Publications
Release Date: February 29, 2020
Genre(s): Cozy M/M Mystery
Page Count: 206
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5

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Charming. That's the word that keeps popping to mind in reading this first book in Josh Lanyon's new cozy mystery series. We meet Ellery Page, brought to a small seaside town due to an unexpected inheritance he received from his great-great-great aunt Eudora. He's now the opener of a dilipated house and bookstore, the Crow's Nest, in Pirate's Cove, Rhode Island.

When a body is found in the Crow's Nest, Ellery is understandably horrified to learn he is Police Chief Jack Carson's prime suspect.  This is a cozy mystery - so by definition there is no gore and no sex - but Lanyon gives us a wonderfully tantalizing character in Police Chief Jack Carson:
 "a ruggedly handsome six foot, one hundred and ninety-plus pounds of gainfully employed eligible male ... [Ellery] had been pretty sure Carson had a secret that would deeply disappoint the ladies of Pirate's Cove." 
We are introduced to the community and its residents on the way to solving the crimes, along with some well-crafted red herrings, and I did not figure out the murderer until near the end, so it definitely held my interest.  Ellery is an interesting character and I relish learning more about him and also really like how Lanyon teases the possibility of a romance between Jack Carson and Ellery.

I am definitely looking forward to reading the next book in the series, Secret at Skull House, due at the end of March.  4.5 stars.

I received an ARC from the author, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

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