Thursday, August 10

Murder on the Rocks by Karen MacInerney

Review by Dawn Dowdle

Natalie Barnes is the new owner of the Gray Whale Inn on Cranberry Island, Maine.  She has turned it into a bed and breakfast and loves cooking breakfast for her guests. 

Bernard Katz comes to stay at the Inn.  He has plans to build a resort for the rich next to her Inn.  Natalie and her friends try to defeat him at the selectman meeting but are defeated.  She is worried about the future of her Inn. 

While out walking, she trips and falls partway down a cliff.  She finds Bernard Katz dead below her.  It is determined he was murdered, and the police detective thinks Natalie killed him.  It doesn't help that it is discovered Bernard Katz had planned to demolish the Inn and put in a parking lot for his resort. 

Natalie decides she'd better find the real killer before she ends up in jail.  Can she do that without putting herself in serious peril? 

I have only vacationed in Maine once.  After reading this book, I felt as if I had gone again.  I loved this book.  The descriptions are wonderful, especially of the food.  I wish the Gray Whale Inn existed so I could vacation there!  I can't wait for the next book to be transported there, if only in my mind. 

Natalie is such a fun character.  She is accepted by some on the island, but others treat her as an outsider.  Her friends are great  as well.  The setting is spectacular.  And the food will make your mouth water! 

I highly recommend this book and can't wait to read the next!


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