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"Murder on the Rocks mixes a pinch of salt air, a hunky love interest... and, of course, murder." -- Lea Wait, Antique Print Mysteries

"Murder on the Rocks has just what's needed for a cozy evening in front of the fire..." -- Cynthia Riggs, Martha's Vineyard Mystery series

"Murder on the Rocks has just what's needed for a cozy evening in front of the fire..." -- Cynthia Riggs, Martha's Vineyard Mystery series

"Murder on the Rocks mixes a pinch of salt air, a hunky love interest... and, of course, murder." -- Lea Wait, Antique Print Mysteries

"Sure to please cozy readers." -- Library Journal, April 1, 2006

"[An] appealing debut… this is a new cozy author worth investigating." -- Publishers Weekly, March 27, 2006

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: 282 pages
  • Publisher: Midnight Ink (May 8, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738709085
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738709086
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (202 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #376,089 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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113 of 116 people found the following review helpful By Mark Baker - Carstairs Considers HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 26, 2006
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Natalie Barnes is fulfilling a lifelong dream. She recently moved from Texas to Cranberry Island off the coast of Maine after buying the Gray Whale Inn. Now she's trying to make a living running the bed and breakfast.

She's only been open a few months when trouble arrives on the island in the form of Bernard Katz. He's developed lots of resorts for the rich and famous all over the world and has his sights set on the land next to the Gray Whale Inn for his next project.

Bernard is staying at the Gray Whale during his visit to the island. The morning after the city council votes to sell him the needed land, Natalie finds his lifeless body at the bottom of some cliffs. Unfortunately, she also finds herself as the chief suspect, not only in the minds of the police, but also in the minds of the villagers. Natalie is going to have to do some poking around on her own to find the real killer if she's going to stay out of jail.

This is a debut novel with lots of promise. Natalie is a strong, likeable heroine. She is surrounded by a great cast of characters. I especially liked her niece, Gwen, who I hope to see again in future installments. And the love interest, neighbor John Quinton is a great balance for Natalie.

The plot is strong as well and progresses at a steady pace over the course of the novel. While several things were obviously set up before hand, I didn't know who the killer was until the end.

There were a couple problems, however. First, two of the characters were named Charlene and Claudette. Maybe it's just me, but I had a hard time keeping them straight and had to think anytime one of them was mentioned. More importantly, I really didn't get a feel for the size of the island until I was at least at the half waypoint.
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149 of 156 people found the following review helpful By Janet Lee Wolfson on May 17, 2007
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I just finished "Murder on the Rocks" and while I think this series has potential, the writing needs to be edited better.

1. Natalie frequently complains about how she is flat broke and unable to eat at restaurants. She runs out of groceries and ends up with nothing to eat but a peanut butter & jelly sandwich. However, she is constantly baking up huge batches of cookies and brownies to take to friends and neighbors around the island. Whenever she needs something out of the freezer, she is pawing through chuck roasts and bacon to find the fruit she needs. So is she broke and hungry or not?

2. When a guest at her inn is found dead, Natalie sneaks into his room (against direct police orders) and finds significant evidence that she then hides. When the police later suspect her of being the killer, Natalie is unable to show evidence pointing away from her, because she stole it from the crime scene. Is she really this stupid?

3. An intruder breaks in and clobbers Natalie. She doesn't bother to call the police immediately, instead just waits for them to show up the next day.

4. Natalie pretends to be someone she's not in order to obtain private information she has no right to, and opens and reads her guests' mail.

While the plot is presented as "Natalie is a suspect in a murder she didn't commit and tries to find the real killer" she is guilty of numerous counts of obstruction of justice and just plain stupidity. It was hard to swallow.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Michelaneous by Michele on October 7, 2006
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I am so happy I discovered this delightful book by Karen MacInerney, "Murder on the Rocks." The writing and storytelling are as quaint and charming as the Gray Whale Inn, a bed and breakfast on an island in Maine depicted in the tale. As an innkeeper, I particularly enjoyed commiserating with the narrator, Natalie Barnes, a recent transplant from Texas, as she performed her daily duties. The honest and telling reaction she had to her "off limits" kitchen being invaded one morning while she enjoyed the back porch view and her first cup of coffee before pulling together another delicious breakfast was something every innkeeper has experienced. It, therefore, made the character instantly credible and likeable. The reader can't help but root for her throughout the story as she tries to uncover the facts of who killed one of her guests, a resort developer named Bernard Katz.

Even stronger than the mystery MacInerney sets up in the story are the flavors she creates with delicious details of the breakfasts and baked goods Natalie prepares. My mouth watered throughout, and before I realized that she provides recipes at the end of the story, I wished I could taste some of these delicacies. I plan to bake Wicked Blueberry Coffee Cake this afternoon. Thank you Ms. MacInerney!

This is a very quick and enjoyable read. I recommend it.

Michele Cozzens, author of I'm Living Your Dream Life: The Story of a Northwoods Resort Owner.
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44 of 50 people found the following review helpful By DeeWNY on November 7, 2010
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This "mystery" is just plain awful. The heroine just happens to find letters with secret personal information left around. She is stupid enough to enter the victim's room (in her B&B) and handle and hide evidence b/c she distrusts the detective in charge. We know he's no good b/c the author repeatedly refers to his greasy hair, and we all know unattractive people must be incompetent. Plucky heroine is conked on the head, the brakes of her bike are cut (now THERE'S an original idea) She also is dumb enough to talk to a reporter the day after the murder and then is shocked when the papers misquote her.
I love a good mystery but I cannot abide stupid characters, cliches and plodding story. Two thirds of the way through - hitting next page as fast as I can on my Kindle- I find I don't care who killed him and I'm glad I only bought one of this series.
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