Title: Murder Most Maine Author: Karen MacInerney Publisher: Midnight Ink (November 8, 2008) Format: Trade Paperback; Pgs 277 Genre: Mystery Source: Bookshelf / Purchase Series: Gray Whale Inn Mysteries #3
Business is slow and Natalie Barnes decides that bringing in a weight loss group for a weeklong retreat would be a good idea. Little did she know what she was getting into when trainer Dirk De Leon and his business partner Vanessa Black show-up.
Apparently, this is not Vanessa’s first trip to Cranberry Island and the last time she left, there were a couple of broken hearts left in her wake, including Natalie’s boyfriend John. When the well-toned body of Dirk is discovered along a trail, there are a couple of key suspects. Dirk had a bit of nasty business in his past, so there is no telling what secrets will be revealed.
As a subplot, a skeleton has been discovered during the renovation of the Cranberry Island Lighthouse. The islanders come to find out that once upon a very long time ago, the lighthouse was a stop on the Underground Railroad. No one is quite sure if the skeleton was that of the lighthouse keeper, a runaway or the man that was sent to bring them back. That is until the town historian does a little digging and quite possibly an answer is discovered.
This is not my favorite series, but I do tend to keep the books on my shelf for those times that I am looking for something simple that I can pick up and put down as something else comes along.