Karen MacInerery brings us a charming armchair mystery in the third of her Gray Whale Inn series, Murder Most Maine. In this installment, bed and breakfast owner Natalie Barnes must deal with a weight-loss clinic that comes to her Cranberry, Maine inn. As usual, MacInerery sprinkles touches of humor in her fast-paced writing. The fun of seeing what mess Natalie Barnes must deal with in this mystery is always enjoyable.
This time, the mystery is the poisoning of hunk weight-loss guru Dirk De Leon. Poisoning? Well, that means Natalie’s kitchen gets investigated. But there’s plenty more, including Number One Suspect ending up being her own flame, John Quinton. She has no choice but to step in and find the solution.
MacInenery throws in a touch of the supernatural with the discovery of a 150-year-old skeleton. The Cranberry, Maine lighthouse undergoes a renovation when the skeleton is revealed. Could it be that of a missing lighthouse keeper? Is his spirit involved in Dirk’s murder? Will Natalie get this figured out before her B and B is ruined?
Time to find out and enjoy your chance to curl up in your favorite armchair and follow Natalie’s exploits. Then get ready, the next Gray Whale Inn mystery is in the works.
The Gray Whale Inn series has been nominated for the Agatha Award, based on it’s quality of writing, intriguing plot and great use of locale. Available in both paperback and Kindle, it’s worth the read.