Death Runs Adrift (Gray Whale Inn Series #6)

Death Runs Adrift (Gray Whale Inn Series #6)

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by Karen MacInerney
     
 

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With her own wedding fast approaching and her mother-in-law dating an unexpected beau, the last thing Natalie Barnes needs is to find a young man shot dead in a dinghy. A note she finds with the body suggests the dearly departed had a secret rendezvous planned with somebody on the island. But when suspicion is cast on a fisherman Natalie believes to be innocent,

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With her own wedding fast approaching and her mother-in-law dating an unexpected beau, the last thing Natalie Barnes needs is to find a young man shot dead in a dinghy. A note she finds with the body suggests the dearly departed had a secret rendezvous planned with somebody on the island. But when suspicion is cast on a fisherman Natalie believes to be innocent, she begins to wonder if the murder was the result of a lover’s quarrel . . . or a lobsterman’s disagreement gone horribly wrong.

Includes recipes!

“MacInerney’s charming sixth offers beautiful scenery, an assortment of appended recipes, and one of her strongest mysteries to date.”—Kirkus Reviews

"This book is an absolute gem."—Suspense Magazine

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Kirkus Reviews
2014-02-17
Murder returns to a beautiful island off the coast of Maine. For better or worse, innkeeper Natalie Barnes, who's currently busy with guests at the Gray Whale Inn and plans for her wedding to artist and local deputy John Quinton, is no stranger to violent death on Cranberry Island (Brush with Death, 2013, etc.). On a blueberry-picking expedition, she spots a skiff floating loose. Inside is the dead body of Derek Morton, who'd been working as a stern man for Adam Thrackton, Natalie's niece's boyfriend, until he was fired for using Adam's boat without permission. Derek had been dating Tania, the niece of Natalie's best friend, Charlene, who runs the local store and knows all the island gossip. Tania, who's distraught at the news, ends up in jail when an anonymous tip leads the police to a marijuana stash in her room. When Natalie visits Smuggler's Cove with two of her guests, who are investigating their own mystery from the past, they are run down by a skiff that Natalie suspects belongs to a lobster boat using a false name that's often been sighted in the area. Lucky to get herself and the guests to a nearby beach, Natalie remains undeterred from sleuthing. Warned off by John and the police, she refuses to quit despite her near-death experience. Her problem is too many suspects. MacInerney's charming sixth offers beautiful scenery, an assortment of appended recipes and one of her strongest mysteries to date.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780738734606
Publisher:
Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.
Publication date:
05/08/2014
Series:
Gray Whale Inn Series, #6
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
301,351
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

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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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Death Runs Adrift 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
InspirationalAngel531 15 days ago
Title: Death Runs Adrift - Grey Whale In Mystery 6 Author: Karen MacInerney Published: 5-18-14 Publisher: Midnight Ink Pages: 290 Genre: Mystery, Thrillers & Suspense Sub Genre: Women Sleuths; Cozy Mystery; Amateur Sleuths ISBN: 9780738740348 ASIN: B00JMJJWZ4 Reviewer: DelAnne Reviewed For: NetGalley My Rating: 4 1/2 stars . While Gwen is away finishing her degree, Natalie's mother-in-law and has stepped up and taken on her duties. Everything has been quiet and Natalie is enjoying the peace and quiet. Unfortunately it is only the calm before the storm. While out picking blueberries when she comes across a boat adrift on the water with a man, Derek Morton, shot to death inside. No one seems to know much about Morton other than that he was known to be untrustworthy and had shady dealings. When police begin to look a little close for comfort at Adam, Gwen's boyfriend, Natalie decides to look into Morton's past and who may have had a reason to kill him. Much against the wishes of her fiancé, Sheriff John Quinton. There are a surprising number of names on that list. Returning once again to Cranberry Island to visit old friends at the Grey Whale Inn. and to explore the beautiful scenic views enjoy meeting the guest at the Grey Whale. Although this tip there seemed to be an abundance of cannabis to be found as well. The two mysteries were interesting and intriguing. II enjoyed my trip back to the Gray Whale Inn and look forward to returning again soon. I hope other readers find this series as entertaining as I did. My rating is 4 1/2 out of 5 stars.
brucemum More than 1 year ago
This is the 6th installment in the Gray Whale Inn cozy series, and I must say I enjoyed it every bit as much as I have all the others. Even if you have not read the others in this series, this book works just as well as a stand alone novel. Natalie Barnes, proprietor of the Gray Whale Inn, discovers a body, in the bottom of an abandoned skiff which she finds on her way home from blueberry picking. The police are called, come to the island to investigate, and end up charging Tania, the niece of Nat's best friend Charlene. Convinced that Tania could not be the murderer, Natalie begins to try to figure out who did this. At the same time, she is also trying to decide what to do about her wedding, because the resort where it was scheduled to be held has gone out of business. As I said, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Many of the old familiar characters return, and some new ones are introduced. There were clues throughout the book to solve the main mystery, (although it is not obvious, so you can try to figure things out yourself). There were a couple of smaller mysteries thrown in for good measure. The plan for the wedding is also revealed, and worked beautifully in the context of the series. And, since Nat is a fabulous cook, there are references to mouth watering recipes, which are shared in the back of the book. If you are a fan of cozy mysteries, I would definitely give this book, oh heck, the whole series, a look. I think you will find it is well worth your time!
LisaKsBooksReviews More than 1 year ago
Beautiful scenery, wonderful characters, a dead body, and a wedding. Karen MacInerney has pinned another winner. This sixth book in the Gray Whale Inn Mystery series may just be the best in the series so far.  DEATH RUNS ADRIFT was a story that kept adding twists and turns like a winding county road. Each chapter bringing a new surprise. I never knew what was coming next. And that’s just how I like my mysteries.  This return trip to Maine’s Cranberry Island was a pleasure for me for sure and I look forward to my next visit.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Natlie gets more than a pale of blueberries when she finds the body of local bad boy Derek Mortin adrift in a dingney. I felt like I was back among family while reading. Natlie is planing her long awaited marrage to John. Johns mother has found quite the love interest for her self and the inn has a couple of wonderful guest. Natlie has to deal with a moral delima when a local gets cought up in a drug trade. It looms heavy in her heart when a good person makes a bad judgement call for all the right reasons. If this isn't enough her patrons Agnes and Beryl are looking into the the murder of Agnes grandfather Pastor Sternman after his bone are discovered by workers while backhoeing for a pool.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Natalie has a craving for some berries and heads out to her favorite spot to pick them. Little did she know that on her way back to the inn she would find a dead body is a dinghy adrift in the water. Several suspects come to mind including someone that she knows is innocent. Could it have been a lover’s quarrel or a disagreement over lobster territory? Natalie thought she would be putting the finished touches on her wedding plans and instead she is trying to catch a killer. Dollycas’s Thoughts As I read this sixth installment I felt like I was visiting old friends. Natalie and John are planning a destination wedding. Gwen is away at college. John’s mother is staying in the guest house and helping out at the inn. She also has a boyfriend that really adds to the fun. There are two guests currently at the inn, a mystery writer and a woman investigating a long last relative that may have had ties to Cranberry Island. The deceased seemed to have worked for a lot of different people on the island and may have been stepping another man’s toes with the lady he was dating. The plot started out slow but it wasn’t long and those pages were quickly flying. As more clues emerged the real culprit floated right up to the surface. This turned into a very complex mystery that had police stumped until Natalie with a bit of help pulled everything together. Karen MacInerney has written quite a tale. We see things are not always idyllic living on an island. In addition to the main murder storyline we learn that the island school may close and that would be devastating to those families that live year round on the island. Natalie and John also receive some bad news and then we can see the way their island friends rally together. Each getaway to Gray Whale Inn is entertaining and intriguing. The worst thing is waiting for the next visit to Cranberry Island. Until next year…
rhonda1111RL More than 1 year ago
4 STARS Death Runs Adrift is a charming cozy mystery set on a beautiful Cranberry island, Maine. It is a small island that is close to the border of Canada. Natalie Barnes owns Gray Whale Inn. She is a wonderful cook. Her future mother-in-law lives with them too. She is planning a wedding, taking care of her guests. When she is out berry picking she finds a dead body in a boat. She takes the boat back to her place. John is the police on the island. But for this he has to call to the mainland. He is also a artist with driftwood craving. There are two women guests staying at Gray Whale Inn. One is a writer of mysteries and the other is trying to find out if the bones dug up is her missing relative from the 1920's who lived on the island at the time and disappeared. There are a lot of charming characters that live on the island. There are lobsterman is one of main industry. It is a small island and even though she does not know the victim she does know the suspects and she is sure that her friend is innocent. There is also a growing drug problem on the island. There are recipes in the back of the book that Natalie makes. I liked reading Death Runs Adrift so much that I am now reading the first book in the series. I have now read Murder on the Rocks. I was given this ebook to read for the purpose of giving honest review and being part of its blog tour.
Olivia_B More than 1 year ago
Another delicious mystery from Karen MacInerney! Reading a cozy Gray Whale Inn mystery always makes me feel like I’m on vacation with good friends, and Death Runs Adrift is no exception. Chocked full of murder, intrigue, and tempting recipes, in Death Runs Adrift, B&B owner Natalie Barnes manages to figure out the answers to long-buried secrets and foil an international plot when the police are clueless. MacInerney mixes mystery, lovable characters, and a charming seaside community, while addressing sensitive social issues.  Whether you’re new to the Gray Whale Inn series or already a fan, Death Runs Adrift is a great read!
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
Once Again Murder Visits Cranberry Island All has been calm for several months on Cranberry Island.  While Natalie is missing her niece Gwen, who is off finishing her college degree, she is finding that her mother-in-law-to-be is doing a great job helping around the inn in Gwen's place.  The biggest mystery on the island right now is the bones recently found by the old rectory, and one of Natalie's guests may know the identity of that particular murder victim.  With her marriage to John just a few months again, Natalie is quite content to enjoy the lull. The peace is shattered, however, when Natalie goes out to pick some blueberries, however.  While boating back to the inn, she finds another boat drifting out on the waves.  Inside, she finds the body of a young man who has obviously been shot.  When suspicious falls on Gwen's boyfriend Adam, Natalie begins poking around to figure out who really killed this young man.  While the victim had a reputation of being up to no good, no one seems to know what he was actually up to.  Can Natalie figure it out? We are now six books into this series, and I still find the setting and the characters charming.  Like Natalie, I found myself missing Gwen in this book.  Still, the rest of the cast were up to their usual standards, and the new characters were great as well.  The plot started out a little slowly, but it built as the book progressed to a truly great ending. My biggest issue with this book is hopefully something that is related to the ARC I read and is fixed in the final version.  The timeline was often messed up, with characters referring to events from the previous day as happening that morning, or the other way around.  That kind of thing drives me crazy, so I truly hope it is fixed. That issue is a personal pet peeve, but one that had little effect on the final outcome of the book.  Fans of the series will delight in visiting Natalie and Cranberry Island again.  I know I enjoyed the trip. NOTE: I was sent an ARC in exchange for my honest review.