Monday, January 23, 2017

Review: Whale of a Crime (A Gray Whale Inn Mystery #7) by Karen MacInerney

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5462 KB
  • Print Length: 221 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01M7QVJ0Q

Book Description

When a tour company books the Gray Whale Inn for a full week, innkeeper Natalie Barnes can’t wait to get cooking — and to hitch a ride on the antique schooner Summer Winds, getting up close and personal with the local whales. But when one of the humpback whales turns up dragging a mass of fishing gear from its tail, the tour takes a dark turn. It turns darker still when the schooner’s handsome captain winds up attached to the vessel’s anchor, sixty feet underwater… and not by accident.

Before long, the tour naturalist (and Natalie’s best friend’s beau) is behind bars, charged with a murder Charlene swears he didn’t commit. Stir in a surprise visit from Natalie’s quarrelsome sister, midnight kitchen sabotage, a sick orphan kitten, and a mysterious investor with plans for a massive resort on the quaint island, and Natalie’s got a recipe for potential disaster.

When a second body turns up just outside the inn, the heat is on Natalie to solve the double murder… or risk ending up with her own goose cooked.

About the Author

I'm the author of the Agatha-nominated Gray Whale Inn mystery series, Tales of an Urban Werewolf. the Margie Peterson mysteries and the Dewberry Farm mysteries (plus a new fantasy in the works). My reading is like my writing: eclectic!

I grew up in the Northeast, but I currently live in Austin with my husband, two kids, and a houserabbit named Bunny. Feel free to visit me online at; I love connecting with readers.

My Review

Whale of a Crime is the seventh Gray Whale Inn Mystery by author Karen MacInerney. I have read most of the earlier books in the series and really enjoyed them. Karen is also a lot of fun to follow on Facebook. She engages daily with her readers on her page. Some authors only share with their followers when they have a book to promote but Karen posts every day. And she is funny!

What first attracted me to the series was the setting of the Gray Whale Inn on Cranberry Island, an island close to Mt. Desert Island, Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park. I had visited the area and loved it. What has kept interested in the series is MacInerney's writing style and the characters. Author MacInerney has created a group of characters that are like a family now to readers such as myself. I love visiting with the people at the Inn and the quirky characters that inhabit Cranberry Island.

Inn owner Natalie Barnes has a full house with a tour staying with them for a week. The captain of the tour boat is soon found murdered. It turns out the murdered captain had quite the history on the island. And had made plenty of enemies. A second murder sends everyone into a tailspin.

Great book. Fantastic cozy series. Recipes included at the end. I want to make the raspberry bars.

Highly recommend Whale of a Crime.

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