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At the outset of MacInerney's entertaining third cozy (after 2007's Dead and Berried), innkeeper Natalie Barnes is pleased to be hosting the Lose-It-All Weight Loss retreat at her Gray Whale Inn on Maine's Cranberry Island. Natalie hopes to shed some weight herself since the romance with her shipwright neighbor, John Quinton, is heating up. When the buff corpse of trainer Dirk De Leon, whose regimen included suspicious dietary supplements, turns up near Cranberry Point Lighthouse, the police discover Dirk was poisoned and, to Natalie's dismay, investigate her kitchen. Natalie receives further shocks after John becomes a suspect and another guest is murdered. Adding to the intrigue is the skeleton estimated to be 150 years old that surfaces during the lighthouse's renovation. MacInerney adds a dash of the supernatural, throws in some touristy tidbits and finishes with some tasty diet-right recipes. (Nov.)
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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 277 pages
  • Publisher: Midnight Ink (November 8, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738713007
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738713007
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (137 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #411,007 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Karen is the housework-impaired author of multiple mystery series, and her victims number well into the double digits. She lives in Austin, Texas with two sassy children, her husband, and a menagerie of animals, including twenty-three fish, two rabbits, and a rescue dog named Little Bit. When she's not chauffeuring children or coming up with creative ways to kill people, you can usually find Karen hiding away with a book, dodging laundry, playing in the kitchen, or attending martial arts classes. She occasionally teaches writing classes.

Feel free to visit Karen's web site at www.karenmacinerney.com. You can also find her on Twitter at @karenmacinerney and Facebook at www.facebook.com/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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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Marlene Homer on February 26, 2011
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There are four titles in this terrific cozy series:
(1)Murder on the Rocks (Gray Whale Inn Mysteries, No. 1), (2)Dead and Berried (Gray Whale Inn Mysteries, No. 2), (3)Murder Most Maine (Gray Whale Inn Mysteries, No. 3) and (4)Berried to the Hilt (The Gray Whale Inn Mysteries). This latesttitle is due to be released in Large Print(hooray) in March.

Whereas in the previous books, the publisher's blurb was thin and could not possibly help sales, this time it does set the scene: "When a weight-loss retreat descends on the Gray Whale Inn,the women of Cranberry Island get a little body-conscious. Mainly they're conscious of hard-bodied trainer Dirk De Leon, whose hunky phsyique keeps hearts racing long after his exercise sessions end. But when Dirk turns up dead, lust-fueled rivalries lead to criminal accusations, and innkeeper Natalie Barnes watches in disbelief as her boyfriend John becomes the lead suspect. Can Natalie cut through the fat to find the real killer and clear her boyfriend's name."

MacInerney tells a good story peopled with believable characters as she carefully provides background information for the old and new fan.
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Virginia M. Watrous on October 18, 2008
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I was delighted that my copy of Karen MacInerney's "Murder Most Maine" was delivered to my house the day before my annual excursion to coastal Maine for the long Columbus Day weekend! It was the perfect place to catch up on innkeeper Natalie Barnes and the folks on Cranberry Island. As with Ms. MacInerney's first two books in the Gray Whale Inn Mysteries, I was immediately drawn into the lives and surroundings of this wonderful series. Mysteries abound in the inn, and a much anticipated romance weathers the storm. The recipes included reflect the health-conscious story line, and I am anxious to sample them all! Congratulations to the author for another job well done! Can't wait to visit the Gray Whale Inn again!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Mark Baker - Carstairs Considers HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 26, 2008
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The Gray Whale Inn is hosting a weight loss retreat. Owner Natalie Barns is hoping that, if things go well, this might become an annual event. True, she has to cook three meals a day instead of just breakfast. Heck, with all the health food around, maybe she will loose a few pounds.

But when the group arrives, things start to go south quickly. While all the women on Cranberry Island start lusting over trainer Dirk DeLeon, it's the female leader who has Natalie seeing green. Turns out that Vanessa visited the island for a couple summers and had some romantic flings with the men there, including Natalie's boyfriend John. While he insists they are just friends now, they sure do seem awfully chummy.

The dieters have been on the island for less than a day when, out for a jog, they find a body. Rumors quickly start flying that John is a suspect. But he couldn't have done it, could he? And if not, who did?

It's been too long since I got to visit Cranberry Island, but I quickly fell back into the setting and the series characters. They are as charming and friendly as ever. The new characters could have been a bit better developed, but with some diligent work, I was able to keep them all straight.

The main plot and a sub-plot trade off the spot light and keep the pace moving pretty quickly. I did figure out the culprit in the second half of the story, but it was because of a lucky guess. Even so, I was entertained until the thrilling climax.

As always, there are some recipes at the end. Most of them are lighter calorie in nature, although the one that sounds the best is not on the dieter's menu. Isn't that the way it always is?

This book continues with the charm of the first two. I hope we get another visit to Cranberry Island soon.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Magdalena Bassett on May 18, 2012
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Attention, MOSTLY SPOILERS below!
While the book is a fast read, the characters are basically obnoxious. The inn owner snoops on her guests, feeling justified to go through their belongings multiple times, her boyfriend drops her without a word of explanation to comfort an old girlfriend, avoids contact for days, and then suddenly expects her to marry him. It's a typical abuse pattern - the abuser tests how much he can get away with, the victim dupes herself into believing "it will never happen again."

I was truly disappointed when she took that boyfriend back.

But my disappointment was doubled when I followed one of the recipes in this book to the letter, and yet ended up with a stinking burning mass of "chocolate puddles." I would suggest to the author to test her recipes before unleashing them onto the unsuspecting public. And if anyone else wants to make her recipe for the Sweet Nothing Chocolate Meringues, don't! The oven temperature stated in the recipe is wrong and you will have a burning mess in a few minutes.
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