Dead and Berried–review

This is the second book in the Gray Whale Inn series by Karen MacInerney. I’m really loving this series and plan to eventually continue reading in it. I had read this book last year as well, but fortunately Goodreads lets you count rereads (I didn’t realize that till recently). One of my Facebook book clubs is discussing the book later this week. I really enjoyed it and hadn’t remembered a lot of what happened, not even the killer!

My Goodreads review:

Dead and Berried (The Gray Whale Inn Mysteries #2)Dead and Berried by Karen MacInerney

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’ve read this again, so I’m revising my original review. Even though I read it before, it was still a book I couldn’t put down.

Nathalie Barnes has her hands full. More developers are threatening her beloved island, her ex-fiancé is trying to get her to move back to Texas with him by tempting her with getting her a B&B there, an annoying guest is supposedly wanting to open her own B&B while picking Nat’s brain for ideas, not to mention there are a couple of murders, one of which Nat and Charlene are prime suspects.

In the meantime, Nat’s bestie, Charlene has a new boyfriend, the local pastor named Richard. Nat wasn’t really crazy about him which made Charlene mad, so she didn’t speak to Nat for awhile in the book. We got to meet Charlene’s teenage niece Tania who sometimes ran the store for her. Besties can’t stay mad forever, so of course they shook hands and made up.

I read this book late in 2017 for a book club and have reread it for another book club since I wasn’t really staying very clear on who the killer was along with other details. I didn’t really guess it this time around either until the reveal which was pretty exciting. John once again got to show how sweet of a guy he is by being at Nat’s side when she was (again) in the hospital at the end.

The very ending was cute with a hint of a ghost being put to rest. Earlier in the book, Nat had been hearing things in the attic, but that turned out to be something tangible. There was an old murder case from the 1800s that was solved by Nat finding a diary in the parsonage. I think the girl’s ghost was just trying to say thank you for finding out the truth behind her death.

There are some more recipes that Natalie made in this book. They can be found at the end of the book. The picture above was the closest I could find to Vanilla Flan.

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Murder on the Rocks–review

This is the first book in the Gray Whale Inn series by Karen MacInerney. Karen also writes the Dewberry Farm series which I also like.

My Goodreads review:

Murder on the Rocks (Gray Whale Inn Mystery, #1)Murder on the Rocks by Karen MacInerney

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I remembered reading this before but somehow I missed reviewing it or even marking it as read. The story was familiar as I read it this time. Luckily I’d forgotten who the killer was!

Natalie Barnes bought an old bed and breakfast on Cranberry Island but soon found out that a developer named Bernard Katz was planning a huge resort for the area. This would be competition for her B&B, so it was no surprise that when Nat found Katz dead on the rocks, she was the primary suspect. Her friend and neighbor John who was also the island deputy tried to give her as much help and support as he could, but he still didn’t approve when Nat and her friend Charlene decided to investigate.

I had no idea who the killer would be since it didn’t seem directly related to the guy who was killed but it all wrapped up and made total sense later. I hope that Natalie and John have a nice future ahead of them, but they’re just starting out liking each other. I really liked Nat’s friend Charlene. She was funny but really helpful and a loyal friend to Nat. Nat’s niece Gwen who was staying at the B&B while she took art classes also turned out to be a really nice girl. She surprised her aunt sometimes by cleaning the rooms or doing little things without her asking.

I loved the setting of this book since it was an island with mainly one store and restaurant–and one B&B. At the end of the book you’ll find some of the yummy-sounding recipes that Natalie made. The Acknowledgements section is interesting too since it points out that while the Cranberry Isles are real, everything else, including the type of tern mentioned was part of the author’s imagination. Yes, I’m an acknowledgements nerd!

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