Title: Whale of a Crime Author: Karen MacInerney Published: Published January 16th 2017) Format: Kindle Edition, 221 pages Genre: Cozy Mystery Series: A Gray Whale Inn Mystery #7
I enjoyed this, the seventh book in the series, more than the previous offerings. There was no added fluff, just a nicely flowing book with multiple side stories to keep the layers fluid without the usual “let’s get on with it” feel.
Innkeeper Natalie Barnes finally has her inn booked to capacity and things are going smoothly. That is until a touring company has a couple of guests that have more on their mind than the scenery. When the ship captain’s body is pulled from the water and odd things begin to happen at Gray Whale, Natalie and John are beginning to believe that someone is not only out to complicate their lives, but to also shut down the inn itself.
Turns out that the captain has been on the island before and left a trail of broken hearts in his wake. The new boyfriend of Natalie’s best friend is charged, but things are not that simple. As Natalie digs, the past reveals itself, but not before a few other problems get in her way such as Natalie’s domineering sister, rumors of a new resort on the island, and a travel writer that seems to be making the wrong type of waves.
There is one clue that is dropped in the middle of the book and if you did not pick it up, that is ok, it all comes to light in the end and you find yourself saying, “Shoot, I knew that had to be important”. Good job Karen MacInerney and thank you for bringing us back to Cranberry Island.