Murder on the Rocks (Gray Whale Inn Series #1)

Murder on the Rocks (Gray Whale Inn Series #1)

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Murder on the Rocks (Gray Whale Inn Series #1) by Karen MacInerney, Talmadge Ragan

Trading in Texas heat for Maine's tangy salt air, Natalie Barnes risked it all to buy the Gray Whale Inn, a quaint bed and breakfast on Cranberry Island. She adores whipping up buttery muffins and other rich breakfast treats for her guests until Bernard Katz checks in. The overbearing land developer plans to build a resort next door where an endangered colony of black-chinned terns is nesting. Worried about the birds, the inevitable transformation of the sleepy fishing community, and her livelihood, Natalie takes a public stand against the project. But the town board sides with Katz. Just when it seems like things can't get any worse, Natalie finds Katz dead. Now the police and much of the town think she's guilty. Can Natalie track down the true killer before she's hauled off to jail . . . or becomes the next victim?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781452666440
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date: 09/16/2013
Series: Gray Whale Inn Mysteries Series , #1
Edition description: MP3 - Unabridged CD
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Karen MacInerney is the author of the 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. Murder on the Rocks, the first book in the Gray Whale Inn mysteries, was nominated for an Agatha Award for Best First Novel. Karen lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband and two children. Classically trained, Talmadge Ragan is a professional actor who has appeared on stage, screen, and television, and she does voice work for commercials, narrations, films, and radio theater. Her love of reading propelled her to add audiobooks to her repertoire, and she brings authenticity and versatility to her work. Talmadge's recordings include Margarita Nights by Phyllis Smallman, The Women's Rights Movement by Shane Mountjoy, and Afterage by Yvonne Navarro.

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Murder on the Rocks (Gray Whale Inn Series #1) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 182 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author did a good job introducing us to the island characters - I look forward to reading the next two books and "Visitng" them again. She also wraps up the story lines well. I appreciate that this is a good mystery with no profanity, as well as a little romance with no smut!
katz54 More than 1 year ago
Great tea cozy mystery, I liked the characters and the setting
atlongster More than 1 year ago
Im not someone wo reass mystery novels but I wanted something different to read. This book is great, the story and characters are well thought out d original and it reminded me of my summers spent in Maine. Its also really easy to read and goes by super fast.
VetArt More than 1 year ago
The characters, setting and story are totally enjoyable. The mystery was entertaining and kept me guessing. I the book from beginning to the end and look forward to reading the next book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a fairly typical cozy mystery: part romance novel, part mystery, no gore. The scenes are beautifully described and the characters well drawn. I didn't know who did it until the end. My complaint? I'm tired of supposedly strong and capable women who constantly do stupid and impulsive things. It's easier to write the book that way, but it doesn't help the story if you keep wanting to slap the heroine. Still, an engaging mystery, actually mysterious.
Debleb More than 1 year ago
Read the last of this series first and had to go back and start reading this first book of the series!! Nice cozy read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As new owner of The Gray Whale Inn on Cranberry Island, Maine, young entrepreneur Natalie Barnes offers comfy beds and breathtaking views of rose-dotted sea cliffs, while cheerfully whipping up her delectable home-cooked goodies. She¿s content to be serving up a peaceful slice of Americana, until a wealthy developer arrives with plans that threaten to destroy the habitat of the endangered black-chinned terns--and to replace the Inn with a parking lot. Finding the developer dead on the rocks outside was nowhere on Natalie¿s well-planned menu. Especially when the police consider her a prime suspect . . . and the real killer wants her dead too. Murder on the Rocks, complete with recipes, is a delightful combination of New England charm, eccentric characters, tongue-in-cheek humor and heart-pounding action. The author paints the story in such detail that the reader smells the tang of salty air, feels the coastal summer sunshine and savors each succulent mouthful of lobster dripping with butter. MacInerney gives us a down-to-earth and plucky heroine who may be seen calmly pedaling her aging Schwinn uphill to deliver Killer Cranberry Scones in the morning . . . then hoisting a chef¿s knife to defend herself in a stormy blackout later that night. Surrounding Natalie is a fabulous cast of characters (and suspects) including B&B guests, quirky neighbors, a well-coiffed and outspoken best friend, and a way-too-tempting local deputy. Murder on the Rocks hooked me on the first page and kept me reading right on through, and now has me shopping for the ingredients to try out the killer recipes. It¿s a book that leaves you eager for second helpings--the next book in the Gray Whale Inn Mystery Series.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Off to a great start in this series! A really likeable main character with a wonderful supporting cast of colorful friends & acquaintances, a solid story line, a possible romantic interest, and recipes for all kinds of marvelous good things! I'm looking forward to more books in this series! Leslie Brady
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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LAWonder More than 1 year ago
What a delightfully, cleanly written mystery! This story held the intrigue and suspense to the very end then rewarded the reader with a few recipes for scrumptious treats! In an Island setting, Natalie buys a Bread and Breakfast only to discover it may be lost due to the planning of a new resort next door. Murder and mayhem breaks out and she is one of the prime suspects. All but two friends determine her to be guilty. She alone must prove her innocence but the other suspects are many. How will she prove her innocence -or will she? Clean for all ages and a fun book for Book Clubs to review.
nancydrew123 More than 1 year ago
I loved the premise of this series and this book. A Bed & Breakfast set on an island in Maine. I enjoyed the descriptions of the island and the inn. I felt as if I were vacationing on the island and getting to know the residents. This is a breezy read-- great for a summer afternoons. Natalie is very likeable. It was nice to see that Natalie had a love interest, neighbor John Quinton. The other characters were developed and likeable. The storyline offered a few twists and turns. I loved the recipes. Haven't tried any yet but I live in Michigan-- a huge blueberry state-- so I'll have to give them a try. Some of the comments I read stated that they didn't like Natalie's eating habits or sleuthing skills. I think she should bake and eat what she wants and I thought she handled herself like a true Nancy Drew. I like the setting, the characters and the artwork of the books in this series. I look forward to reading the other books in this series.
SGMomma More than 1 year ago
Good, solid story. A little slow in a few places, but kept my interest until the end. It is nice to read a big where the story is not filled with useless profanity.
TarHeelGirl00 More than 1 year ago
"Murder on the Rocks" makes you wish you could pack your bags and head for a stay at the Gray Whale Inn! This well written mystery describes the inn and its surroundings so vividly that you feel like you are indeed in Maine at the inn, ready to sit down to breakfast. This story, with it plot twists and interesting characters, draws you in until the very end. As is typical for mysteries with a female main character, Natalie Barnes does several dangerous and somewhat irrational things, but this only slightly interferes with the uniqueness of the story. This enjoyable read contains absolutely no profanity and as a bonus, the recipes for Natalie's mouth-watering creations are included at the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It was quite unexpected. The authors discription of both characters and events made me feel I was watching a movie in my head. I kept thinking of Agatha Christy. I would highly recommended this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Highly recommend for anyone who enjoys mysteries.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A well-told mystery that I really enjoyed, in a setting I've never visited. The characters seemed quite believable, and the small town atmosphere charming...except for the busybodies we all recognize.
Michelle1948 More than 1 year ago
I found this in the free e-books ....what a great find! Enjoyable, well written .....a great cozy mystery!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked the story. Thought i had the murderer figured out. But wasn't sure until the end. Good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book and all of them in the series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Just enough twists and turns to keep me interested.
nanaLW More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. It isn't too deep and is not a really light read. If was fun to read it.
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Siriusfan9 More than 1 year ago
As the plot progressed, I kept thinking, “What else can happen to poor Natalie?” I cringed with each set back and reveled in her spirited responses to each. I have to take one star off for a few “I can’t believe she did that” instances. She contaminated a crime scene and placed herself in dangerous situations time after time without anyone with her. But she is surrounded by so many loveable characters, I enjoyed every minute at the Gray Whale Inn. I can see why people on social media are so invested these characters…I’ve just met them and cannot wait to see more of their adventures. I’ll be getting the rest of the series to take with me on vacation in September (unless I read them all by then).
JustJan3 More than 1 year ago
Murder on the Rocks by Karen MacInerney This is an amazing first whodunit novel where you truly do not know whodunit until Ms. MacInerney lets you in on it. The story takes place on the peaceful Cranberry Island, though as the author states, “Those familiar with the Cranberry Isles will…fail to recognize many of the nautical features surrounding the Cranberry Island; that is because they are figments of the author’s imagination.” Ms. MacInerney’s vivid descriptions of the Gray Whale Inn and all the delicious foods that Natalie (Nat), the innkeeper and main character, creates makes me want to hop on a plane and get myself to Cranberry Island. The attention to detail lets you fully appreciate the characters for who they are and why they act the way they do. From the first introduction of Bernard Katz and his son and daughter-in-law I knew they were people I would not like and from the first death I knew who I wanted to be the guilty party. In some “fluff” novels the main character gets involved in solving a murder and you wonder why and what she could possibly offer in solving a crime. Not so in Murder on the Rocks. Nat is in the right place and the right time and it makes perfect sense for her to get involved even when she is “warned” not to. I was bothered at times by some of Natalie’s actions. She defied instructions from the police and she does not make an immediate call to them after there is an intruder at the Inn and she is knocked out. This does not make sense. Naturally the reader wants some romance and Ms. MacInerney does not disappoint in this area. Not only does Nat get involved with a dashing man, so does her niece, who is visiting for the summer. I hope Gwen returns in future novels as I liked her. Murder on the Rocks is a page turner; from the moment I started it I did not want to stop reading until I finished the book. Fortunately for me, I was able to do it. I hope you can too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*chirp quietly in the distance*