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"Multiple problems plague innkeeper Natalie Barnes of Cranberry Island, Maine, in MacInerney's engaging third Gray Whale Inn mystery (after 2010's Berried to the Hilt). A lawyer disappears with the money slated for Natalie's mortgage, mutilated dolls turn up on her property, and an allergic reaction to her heirloom engagement ring bodes ill for her dealings with her fiancé and her future mother-in-law. Fernand LaChaise, the gay mentor of her artist niece Gwen, is found with his wrists slit; but it seems unlikely that he committed suicide, given the happy, albeit secret, relationship with his partner and the more turbulent conflict with his sister. The arrival of a strangely reclusive New York artist and an attack on Gwen complicate matters. While the author struggles at times to balance serious issues with cozy concerns such as cooking, Natalie's loyalty to her family and friends will resonate with the reader. Agent: Jessica Faust, BookEnds." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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Dollycas, May 16, 2013 (view all comments by Dollycas)
Winter on Cranberry Island should be a time for Natalie to relax but her niece is preparing to show her paintings at an art show, her future mother-in-law is coming to visit and she has just received a foreclosure notice for the Inn. Then she finds her niece’s mentor dead and when she realizes he really didn’t commit suicide she puts herself right in the line of fire as she tries to uncover the truth.

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After just losing our house to foreclosure this one started out hitting a little close to home but as I continued to read Natalie’s circumstances were totally different than ours so I was able to get right past it and enjoy the splendor of Cranberry Island and its residents. But the financial woes of another character did break my heart.

The mystery had more than a few twists and kept me enthralled to the final page. John was away from the island when the murder occurred so Natalie was sleuthing on her own. Gwen was dealing with conflicting advice from Natalie and the gallery owner while trying to deal with her mentor’s death. John’s mother grew by leaps and bounds for me in this installment. Plus Natalie’s way with food and her ability to just whip something up had me drooling.

The author pulls us right into the story. We can feel the frigid air and the freezing water, smell the muffins baking and picture Gwen’s masterpieces with such ease. If this is a new series for you start at the beginning with Murder on the Rocks but if you are like me you have been waiting for this installment you will devour this story. Karen MacInerney has exceeded my expectations. I can’t wait to return to Cranberry Island again soon.
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ISBN:
9780738734590
Author:
Macinerney, Karen
Publisher:
Midnight Ink
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Publication Date:
20130531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Multiple problems plague innkeeper Natalie Barnes of Cranberry Island, Maine, in MacInerney's engaging third Gray Whale Inn mystery (after 2010's Berried to the Hilt). A lawyer disappears with the money slated for Natalie's mortgage, mutilated dolls turn up on her property, and an allergic reaction to her heirloom engagement ring bodes ill for her dealings with her fiancé and her future mother-in-law. Fernand LaChaise, the gay mentor of her artist niece Gwen, is found with his wrists slit; but it seems unlikely that he committed suicide, given the happy, albeit secret, relationship with his partner and the more turbulent conflict with his sister. The arrival of a strangely reclusive New York artist and an attack on Gwen complicate matters. While the author struggles at times to balance serious issues with cozy concerns such as cooking, Natalie's loyalty to her family and friends will resonate with the reader. Agent: Jessica Faust, BookEnds." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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