Title: Berried to the Hilt Author: Karen MacInerney Published: November 8th 2010 by Midnight Ink Format: Paperback, 278 pages Genre: Cozy Mystery Series: A Gray Whale Inn Mystery #4
First I have to get off my chest my absolute dislike of Karen MacInerney going back and forth calling the same character Eli and Eleazar. Yes, I know that Eli can be an abbreviated version, but the first couple of times, my brain wanted to separate the two into two different people.
Berried to the Hilt has a couple of things going on. Innkeeper Natalie Barnes has been volunteered to be the judge of Cranberry Island’s annual cranberry bake-off which has half the island stopping by with little samples, a lobsterman has found what appears to be the remains of Davy Blue’s pirate ship, treasure hunters and academics are now camped out at her inn until ownership can be decided, a food writer from New York is work’cationing at the inn, and then there is the body of one of the treasure hunters who appears to have been stabbed by Eli/Eleazer’s sword.
Natalie’s life is a balancing act but she is determined to prove Eli/Eleazer innocent even if it involves a harrowing midnight run to find a killer before she has to be up bright and early to bake muffins for her guests.
This is an easy going series. The recurring characters are interesting and just when Natalie gets herself in too deep, her dependable fiancé is there to help her whether it be finding a killer or creating a salad dressing and one day they just might be able to get around to setting a wedding date. That is unless another body turns up.