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Berried to the Hilt (The Gray Whale Inn Mysteries) [Kindle Edition]

Karen MacInerney
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Book Description

When a lobsterman discovers a sunken ship, Cranberry Island is abuzz with excitement. Is the wreck the remains of the Myra Barton, the missing ship of island sea captain Jonah Selfridge? Or the elusive Black Marguerite, which belonged to one of the most notorious pirates of the 17th century and vanished without a trace—except for the ghost ship that old-timers say roams the water on fog-shrouded nights?

Soon the island is swarming with marine archaeologists and treasure hunters. It’s good news for Natalie—and for the Gray Whale Inn—until a body turns up floating near the wreck. Natalie finds herself immersed in the world of pirates and sunken treasure, both past and present. Will she solve the mystery and find the killer in time? Or will Natalie be the next to join the lost ship’s crew, down in Davy Jones’ locker?

 



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From Publishers Weekly

In Agatha-finalist MacInerney's enjoyable fourth Gray Whale Inn mystery (after 2008's Murder Most Maine), innkeeper Natalie Barnes's biggest concern is choosing the winner of the Cranberry Island annual cranberry bake-off, until a lobsterman hauls up a piece of an old sunken ship. The inn quickly goes from vacancies galore to a full house as University of Maine archeologists and members of a Florida-based treasure hunting group swoop in to vie for first claim on the discovery. Most vocal of the Cranberry Island residents is elderly Eleazar White, who insists that anything hauled from the ship belongs in Maine. Eleazar threatens treasure hunter Gerald McIntire with an antique cutlass only hours before Gerald's dead body is found floating at the wreck site. Natalie determines to prove Eleazar innocent of murder while planning her wedding and keeping peace among her feuding guests. The satisfying conclusion will whet the reader's appetite for Natalie's next adventure. (Nov.) (c)
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About the Author

Critically acclaimed author Karen MacInerney also teaches writers' workshops and drives a mean carpool. Her book Murder on the Rocks was selected as an Agatha nominee for Best First Novel. When she's not writing or chauffeuring children, she loves to read, drink coffee, attempt unusual recipes, and hit the local hike-and-bike trail. She lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband, two children, and a rabbit named Bunny, and escapes to Maine as often as possible.


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  • File Size: 1549 KB
  • Print Length: 278 pages
  • Publisher: MIDNIGHT INK; Original edition (November 8, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0045I6CRI
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #263,129 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best cozies of 2010 November 2, 2010
Format:Paperback
It's been two years since the last installment of this mystery series was published and I have been anxiously awaiting this fourth one. I have checked on the author's website to find out when this would be available and was ecstatic when I found out another one was on its way. To immediately cut to the chase, it was well worth the wait.

The "Gray Whale Inn" mysteries are set on Cranberry Island, Maine and the focal point is the B&B on the island. With various guests arriving and departing and a host of interesting characters (though only 100 people actually live on the island), all the ingredients for an interesting and fun mystery are there. This installment finds Natalie with few guests at the inn until a ship wreck is discovered in the waters surrounding the island. Two different, competing teams of marine archeologists arrive to try to claim the wreck and to determine exactly which ship they have found since there appear to be two possibilities. When a dead body is discovered and a local man is arrested for the murder, Natalie is in the thick of things in trying to clear his name as well as handling the tensions of the two competitive archeological teams.

This has to be one of the best cozies of the year. The book is well-written with a nice range of characters and a wonderful setting. One of the strengths of the narrative is the setting of Maine itself and the author does a masterful job of utilizing the setting without it overpowering the mystery. To further strengthen this effort, the story actually has believability which is often lacking in this genre.

For anyone who enjoys an island setting, the state of Maine, B&Bs, and an interesting mystery, you can't go wrong here. I hope I don't have to wait two more years for the next book, but am glad that quality is more important than quantity in this series.

Wonderful!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars good reading September 18, 2012
By Karen
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
All the Gray Whale Inn books so far have been good reading. Not interesting enough to reread, but not boring.

I don't like to give away plots, so I'll spare you a recap. The flaws in the books, I would say, are I have no real grasp of what the lead female character is like. There may have been a description at some point, but no mental image remains. She also seems to have almost no history to speak of, which is probably part of the problem. Her romantic interest comes across as not well-realized either. The secondary characters were better drawn.

Plus, there's a limit to the number of times the author can have the lead character knocked into unconsciousness before we know she's going to be destined for early dementia. How many times has that happened in the four books? five times? six?
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Satisfy Your Cravings.... December 5, 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
First of all, Author Karen MacInerney does not seem to know how to write a less than 5 star book. That being said, her latest in the series "A Gray Whale Mystery", is very easily her best yet.

Natalie and john are cast adrift in B & B visitors vying for first to discover the shipwreck find of the centuries...be it a Pirates or local founding family ship of Cranberry Island.

Murder is afoot and Natalie gets involved without even trying. That, of course, will not stop her from sleuthing now that she is involved.

The mysteries are satisfying as are the recipes included from the novel at the ending. This book settles your cravings.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Contractual obligation? January 15, 2011
By Gobi55
Format:Paperback
I was looking forward to this book. I even bought the book, which I rarely do.
This was by far the worst in the series. The characters were dry and one dimensional. None of them
were endearing. The main character who owns a b and b snoops in her guest's rooms and even reads their email. This alone makes her unlikeable. Not very ethical.

The mystery itself was so dull.

I don't know what happened as the previous books in the series were all fun reads. This wasn't.
I recommend all of the books prior to this one for a cozy read but not this one.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars BERRIED TO THE HILT October 25, 2011
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Murder on the Rocks (Gray Whale Inn Mysteries, No. 1), Dead and Berried (Gray Whale Inn Mysteries, No. 2),Murder Most Maine (Gray Whale Inn Mysteries, No. 3), and Berried to the Hilt (The Gray Whale Inn Mysteries) are the titles in this series.
I recommend starting at the beginning.

In the past I have always given five stars to this series. Why only three this time?

1)Character development is not there. Of course, we know the main characters. So maybe I'm asking too much. And I do like the caring and loving attitude always present. The relationships of Natalie and John, Gwen and Adam, Claudette and Eleazor White, and Ingrid and Evan Sorenson.

In this outing poor Eleazor is a suspect in the murder of a treasure hunter, and poor Evan has gone missing.

2)Although we learn new things, as usual in MacInerney's books, this time we don't learn much, and this time she tells us the same thing twice: Natalie asks the meaning of concretions and is told:

" 'Concretions form when the metal rusts, and all kinds of things - - debis - - stick to it, forming a hard layer around the object.'"{Large Print Edition, Page 40}.

But she asks again, and again is told(by someone else): '' 'It's called a concretion; the artifact gets buried in it, along with anything nearny. It can envelop not just the metal. but any object close to it - - even leather and wood.'"{Page 163}.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Positive transaction. Would buy again.
Published 15 days ago by Dianne Rank
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE IT! Karen's series is one of my all ...
What can I say about Karen and the Gray Whale Inn series. LOVE IT! Karen's series is one of my all time favorites. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Bquinni
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 1 month ago by Margaret Pert
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and vey welll written book
Excellent and vey welll written book, I love the entire series, I hope Ms. Macinerney writes many more books. And the recipes at the end are wonderful. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Joanne F Stubenberg
3.0 out of 5 stars Just Berried!
I enjoyed the previous books in this series, but this one was slow and just not that interesting.
Published 1 month ago by joyce c
2.0 out of 5 stars Definitely the worst of the series
I have read some of the other books by Karen MacInerney of the Gray Whale Inn Mysteries, and they were cozy light reading, nothing hugely outstanding, but kept my interest. Read more
Published 1 month ago by m from mi
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
not quite what I expected, but it was ok.
Published 1 month ago by polly.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love all of Karen MacInerney's books that I have read. They are nice light reading.
Published 2 months ago by szs
4.0 out of 5 stars Coming back for more
Took me two tries to finally get half-way through and finish the book, but I'm glad I did! I love the characters and the area where the story plays out. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Yolande
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Easy read and love the story setting.
Published 3 months ago by Wietske
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More About the Author

Karen is the bestselling author of the Agatha-nominated Gray Whale Inn mysteries, the Tales of an Urban Werewolf trilogy, and Mother's Day Out, the first of a new mystery series featuring housewife-turned-private-investigator Margie Peterson. (Karen is currently writing the sequel, Mother Knows Best, and it should be completed soon.) A new cozy series, The Dewberry Farm Mysteries, which will be set in bucolic Central Texas, is scheduled for release in 2015.

Karen lives in Austin, Texas with two children, her husband, and a menagerie of animals (there are now two bunnies, twenty-three fish and a hermit crab, as well as a rescue dog named Little Bit). When she's not writing in a coffee shop or chauffeuring children, Karen enjoys walking on the local hike-and-bike trail, experimenting with new recipes, and heading to the dojo for martial arts classes (a relatively new hobby).

Feel free to visit Karen's web site at www.karenmacinerney.com. You can also find her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/karenmacinerney and Twitter at @karenmacinerney, where she spends an inordinate amount of time. You are more than welcome to friend her there -- and remind her to get back to work on the next book!

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