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  • Series: The Gray Whale Inn Mysteries (Book 4)
  • Paperback: 278 pages
  • Publisher: MIDNIGHT INK; Original edition (November 8, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738719668
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738719665
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,001 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Karen is the 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. The fifth book in her best-selling Gray Whale Inn series, Brush with Death, hit the shelves in June, and the sixth in the series, Death Runs Adrift, will be released in 2014. Karen is currently working on a new Gray Whale Inn short story, as well as a second cozy mystery series. (Stay tuned... more updates soon!)

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 Sweetie). 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 karate classes (a relatively new hobby).

Feel free to visit Karen's web site at; it is currently being redesigned and will be updated with fresh news and a new look soon. You can also find her on Facebook (, 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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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Holly TOP 500 REVIEWER on 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.

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Karen on September 18, 2012
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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 By L. Rigod on December 5, 2010
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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 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Marlene Homer on 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.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Gobi55 on January 15, 2011
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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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