Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Review: Death Runs Adrift (A Gray Whale Inn Mystery #6) by Karen MacInerney

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: MIDNIGHT INK (May 8 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738734608
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738734606

Book Description

 With her wedding plans in place and her future mother-in-law settling in at the Gray Whale Inn, it's a rare patch of smooth sailing for innkeeper Natalie Barnes. Even Natalie's guests--a mystery writer and a woman researching her grandfather's decades-old disappearance from Cranberry Island--are interesting and enjoyable, adding a lively element to the dinner conversations.

But while picking berries for her Lemon Blueberry Pudding Cake, Natalie makes a ghastly discovery -- a dead man in a skiff adrift on the waves. With people she cares about on the hook for murder, Natalie must act quickly to bail out her friends and catch the killer.

About the Author

Karen is the author of the Gray Whale Inn mystery series. The first of which, Murder on the Rocks, was nominated for an Agatha award for Best First Novel. She has also authored the Tales of an Urban Werewolf trilogy, featuring reluctant werewolf Sophie Garou. Her readers nominated Leader of the Pack for the Paranormal Excellence Award for Romantic Literature (P.E.A.R.L.); thanks to them, the book was a finalist in the ‘Best Shapeshifter Romance’ category.

When she’s not toting children to or from activities, teaching writing classes, or hitting the Hike and Bike trail, you can often find Karen at her local coffeehouse working on her next book. She lives in Austin with her husband, two children, and a house rabbit named Bunny.


My Review

 I have really been enjoying the Gray Whale Inn series by Karen MacInerney. In Death Runs Adrift, Natalie's wedding is quickly approaching. Not only is her future mother-in-law still in residence, the island's wealthiest, most influential citizen has become smitten with her...hmmm, that could perhaps be helpful! There are two guests at the inn - a mystery novelist and a woman searching her family's history on the island. All these factors are quickly overshadowed by a murder..which Natalie discovers.

It soon becomes apparent that there are more drugs infiltrating the island than ever before. The murder victim was caught up in the so-called easy money that producing and selling drugs can bring. Others are obviously involved as well...some of them right under Natalie's nose. Being a Vancouver resident who is very aware of "grow-ops" one of the aspects of the story popped out to me right away.

Karen MacInerney is a great writer who tells a great story! I enjoyed how the story wrapped up. Always a pleasure to return to Gray Whale Inn on Cranberry Island in Maine. I'm already looking forward to the next adventure.

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