Sunday, February 17, 2013

Review: Brush with Death (Gray Whale Inn Mystery #5) by Karen MacInerney

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: MIDNIGHT INK (May 8 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738734594
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738734590

Book Description

 Midnight Ink's top selling, Agatha Award-nominated series continues

With an upcoming gallery show and a popular artist visiting Cranberry Island, art is on everyone's minds--especially innkeeper Natalie Barnes. When Gwen, Natalie's niece, is invited to present her paintings at the art show, Natalie is torn between worrying about stressed out Gwen, the arrival of her future mother-in-law, and the threat of foreclosure on the Gray Whale Inn. But then Natalie finds Gwen's mentor dead. Will she uncover the truth behind this murder masterpiece?

About The Author

 Karen MacInerney is the author of the Tales of an Urban Werewolf series (Random House) and the Kitzi Camden Mysteries (Berkley). She founded the Austin Mystery Writers group and belongs to Sisters in Crime and the Writers' League of Texas. Visit her online at

My Review

The Gray Whale Inn Mysteries books are a great cozy mystery series.  Have you discovered it yet?  Now is the time!

I love the setting of a small Maine island near Bar Harbor.  I've only been to Bar Harbor once but it earned a spot in my heart, what a gorgeous spot!  I was there on a hot summer day so it is interesting to read about it in the midst of a cold winter. 

Great story revolving around the artists on Cranberry Island, financial worries for our innkeeper Natalie and the arrival of the soon to be mother-in-law!  Natalie's artist niece Gwen's mentor Fernand is found it suicide or murder?  Next, the victim's lover and his estranged sister have checked in to the inn..the tensions abound.  When Gwen is attacked and the autopsy shows Fernand was unconscious before his wrists were slashed, the hunt is on for the murderer.

Great story with plenty of action and suspense.  Delightful recipes included at the end of the story.  Be sure to pick this book up at the beginning of May.

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