Whale of a Crime (Gray Whale Inn Series #7)

Whale of a Crime (Gray Whale Inn Series #7)

by Karen MacInerney

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The long-awaited seventh book of the bestselling Gray Whale Inn Mysteries is finally here!

When a tour company books the Gray Whale Inn for a full week, innkeeper Natalie Barnes can't wait to get cooking -- and to hitch a ride on the antique schooner Summer Breeze, getting up close and personal with the local whales. But when one of the humpback whales turns up dragging a mass of fishing gear from its tail, the tour takes a dark turn. It turns darker still when the schooner's handsome captain winds up attached to the vessel's anchor, sixty feet underwater... and not by accident.

Before long, the tour naturalist (and Natalie's best friend's beau) is behind bars, charged with a murder Charlene swears he didn't commit. Stir in a surprise visit from Natalie's quarrelsome sister, midnight kitchen sabotage, a sick orphan kitten, and a mysterious investor with plans for a massive resort on the quaint island, and Natalie's got a recipe for potential disaster.

When a second body turns up just outside the inn, the heat is on Natalie to solve the double murder... or risk ending up with her own goose cooked.

"I'm ready to book a room at the Gray Whale Inn." -- Susan Wittig Albert, NYT bestselling author

Product Details

BN ID: 2940158682858
Publisher: Karen MacInerney
Publication date: 01/17/2017
Series: Gray Whale Inn Series , #7
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 298
Sales rank: 43,419
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Karen is the housework-impaired author of multiple mystery series, and her victims number well into the double digits. She lives in Austin, Texas with two sassy children, her husband, and a menagerie of animals, including twenty-three fish, two rabbits, and a rescue dog named Little Bit. When she's not chauffeuring children or coming up with creative ways to kill people, you can usually find Karen hiding away with a book, dodging laundry, playing in the kitchen, or attending martial arts classes. She also teaches writing classes.

To join Karen's Readers' Circle and download a free book, please visit her at www.karenmacinerney.com. Not only will you be first to hear about new releases, but you'll receive behind-the-scenes tidbits, deleted scenes, recipes, and even short stories! You can also find Karen on Twitter at @karenmacinerney and Facebook at www.facebook.com/AuthorKarenMacInerney or www.facebook.com/karenmacinerney (where she spends an inordinate amount of time). You are more than welcome to friend her there -- and remind her to get back to work on the next book!

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Whale of a Crime 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the Gray Whale Inn series and the latest addition, Whale of a Crime, is the best one yet. An excellent cozy murder mystery combined with the lovely atmosphere of coastal Maine, Whale of a Crime involves all of the characters we’ve come to know in Cranberry Island. While it can be a stand-alone novel, if you haven’t read any of this series, I highly recommend you read them in order so that you can see the growth and changes that come to Natalie Barnes, her family and friends, and all the inhabitants of the glorious island near Bar Harbor. Yummy recipes from the Gray Whale Inn menus are included.
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
Oh Captain, Dead Captain I’ve been reading and loving Karen MacInerney’s Gray Whale Inn series book one came out. Over the last few years, she’s taken a break from Natalie and crew for a couple of new series, which are also great. But when she announced that Whale of a Crime would return us to Cranberry Island, I was thrilled. If you’ve missed this series, Natalie runs a bed and breakfast on an island off the coast of Maine. The only way on and off Cranberry Island is by boat, although the island does have a small community made up mostly of artists and fisherman. But that remoteness doesn’t keep murder at bay since this is the seventh novel in the series. It’s summer, and the Gray Whale Inn is bursting. A tour group is using it as their home base, and Natalie has agreed to provide lunch and dinner in addition to the usual breakfast for these guests. The group is led by Captain Bainbridge, who seems to have issues with his first mate, Martina, and the naturalist, Alex, who has been hired to help lead the group. When no one can find the captain one morning, the first mate decides to take the group out on her own. However, when the ship’s anchor is raised, they find Captain Bainbridge. He’s been tied to the anchor. The police immediately zero in on Alex, who maintains his innocence as does his new girlfriend, Natalie’s best friend Charlene, the post mistress and general store owner on the island. Natalie is inclined to believe Alex is innocent as well, but then does that mean she has a killer staying at the inn? Or is one of the other island residents a murderer? The book also has several sub-plots, the strongest being a visit from Natalie’s sister, Bridget. Natalie’s niece, Gwen, has been a main character through the series, and she has made a life for herself on the island. Bridget is there to talk some sense into Gwen since Bridget doesn’t approve of Gwen’s plans to marry a local and stay on the island. I bring this up because I did feel the sub-plots were a tad stronger than the mystery early on in the book, but as we went along, that easily switched and the mystery became the main focus. Not that I minded. As I said, I love these characters, so I was intrigued by the sub-plots and this next chapter in their lives. The way Natalie puts everything together at the end is wonderful, and the climax is perfect for this book. Any series that would pull me in for seven books has to have characters I love, and that is certainly the case here as I think I’ve already mentioned. I was delighted to be back in the presence of Natalie, her new husband, Gwen, Gwen’s fiancé, Charlene, Eli, and the rest of the regulars. The new characters are distinct and memorable as well. Sadly, this book needed a good final edit. I know my grammar isn’t perfect, so I am willing to forgive a few lapses in the book. This had more than the handful I’m willing to let slide. The book is definitely still readable, and fans of the author and series will be more than willing to overlook these mistakes. With all of Natalie’s baking and cooking, this book will have your mouth watering. Fortunately, we get seven recipes at the end of the book, including recipes for, blueberry cobbler muffins, and salted caramel chocolate chip bars. It truly was a delight to be back at the Gray Whale Inn, and Whale of a Crime was over all too quickly. Here’s hoping that Karen finds the time to work in another visit to her already busy writing schedule soon.
KathleenC55 More than 1 year ago
“Whale of a Crime” earns 5/5 Whale-watching Ventures…Delightful and Exciting! Natalie Barnes, owner of the Gray Whale Inn, decides to play hooky and join guests aboard the Summer Breeze to get an up close and personal view of the migrating humpbacks. Everyone has cameras poised ready to capture the excitement, but they become uneasy when one large humpback appears to have become entangled with fishing line. Captain Bainbridge shows little concern and orders the boat to move in closer, but the onboard naturalist, appalled by the captain’s breech in protocol, tried, with no avail, to get the captain to pull back. Fortunately no one or no thing was injured, and the idea of reporting the incident to authorities was cause for serious concern and threats. When the tour heads out the next morning, the captain is missing…well, not missing, just hung up. He is found when they hoisted up the anchor, and when the police finished preliminary investigations, Alex, the naturalist, is arrested. Natalie just wanted a pleasant week at the Inn, but it doesn’t look like that is going to happen. Bridget, her sister, snarky as ever, has arrived hell bent on her daughter Gwen returning to California. Charlene, her BFF, thought Alex was the one, and although distraught over his arrest, she is determined to clear him. Then there’s the New York investor too leery about getting involved, the nosy reporter too interested in the murder, several guests too protective of their privacy, and the captain’s past too suspicious. It’s all too much. Can Natalie survive or is this all destined to go down with the ship? Karen MacInerney has created a marvelous series with the Gray Whale Mysteries, and this seventh book will entertain long-time fans and capture the attention of newbies. She writes an engaging mystery with more than a few suspicious characters letting the reader ponder their own take on motive, opportunity, and means. The dialogue is realistic, not overdramatic, allowing readers to feel like they’re eavesdropping, and the exploration of the family dynamic between Natalie, her sister, and niece seems right out of anyone’s family playbook. Descriptions bring Cranberry Island to life creating the perfect destination. Then there are the recipes like John’s Beef Stroganoff and all of Natalie’s mouthwatering pastries…Blueberry Cobbler Muffins, Oatmeal Raspberry Crumble Bars, and Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Bars are my favorites. Natalie may have been searching most of the story for her recipe binder, but Karen made sure we all had the best recipes for ourselves. I received this book, and my review reflects my honest opinion.
SewWrite More than 1 year ago
I always enjoy my visits with Natalie at the Gray Whale Inn. This time a tour group is staying at the Inn for a week. The Captain of the ship ends up dead and turns out to have visited the island years before. Meanwhile, Natalie's sister Bridget shows up for a visit while someone is sabotaging the Inn. It's up to Natalie and John to get all of this figured out before they lose everything.
Meaganab More than 1 year ago
A Whale of a Crime is the 7th book in the Gray Whale Inn Mystery series by Karen MacInerney. The book opens with innkeeper, Natalie Barnes, playing hooky from work and enjoying a whale watching excursion off Cranberry Island in Maine. But her pleasure is cut short when she witnesses a tense moment between the captain of the boat and naturalist, Alex, after the captain wanted to move the boat closer to the whales. Despite her missing Recipe Binder, Natalie, puts together an awesome spread for her guests the next morning before they plan to head out on another boating excursion. But the guests' outing is cut short when the first mate, Martina, pulls anchor and brings the body of the boat captain with it. Alex is soon arrested after the mainland police learn of his disagreement with the captain. With some urging from her best friend, Charlene, who happens to be Alex's girlfriend, Natalie begins looking into the murder. Before long another body turns up and more things go wrong at the inn when a ceiling caves in and the health department shuts the kitchen down. It's up to Natalie to solve the murders and find out if it is related to the person sabotaging the inn. This was the first book that I have read in the series. Despite some spoilers I now know, I absolutely want to continue reading the series from the beginning. I think that is the sign of a great author, when a book in their series can stand alone. Enough information is provided where I don't feel lost jumping into the series so late and it was intriguing enough to make me want to start the series from book #1. The book is full of suspense with a fast paced plot that didn't drag at any point. I really enjoyed getting to know Natalie and the other characters in the book. Natalie is a very down to earth, strong and fierce, female heroine. She is loyal to her family and friends and a very kind person, someone you would want as a friend. The author's witty sense of humor comes out in her writing and her detailed descriptions make you feel like you are on Cranberry Island. I received an electronic copy of the book from the author. In no way did my receiving a free book influence my review. Seriously, it was an excellent read!!!
BeagleGirl123 More than 1 year ago
Whale of a Crime by Karen MacInerney is the 7th book in the Gray Whale Inn Mystery Series, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it! A cozy mystery in the truest sense, the setting is an inn on Cranberry Island, Maine, and is full of interesting characters (both recurring and visiting), yummy recipes, a couple of murders, and the mystery that surrounds them. This book is well-written, clever, and I was kept guessing as to the identity of the killer until the end (although there were some red herrings sprinkled in throughout the story!). This is the first book in this series, and by this author, that I've read but it won't be the last. I've already purchased the first book in the series, Murder on the Rocks, so that I can start the series at the beginning. That being said, one of the things that I enjoyed the most about Whale of a Crime was that it can be read as a standalone book as well - I didn't feel lost, or if I had missed too much of the backstory by starting with the seventh book. A joy to read, and I highly recommend this delightful cozy mystery! A+ p.s. Always a plus for me when the recipes are included with the story, and this author did not disappoint - Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip bars, here I come! :-)
Olivia_B More than 1 year ago
I wait all year for Karen MacInerney's Gray Whale Inn books, and Whale of a Crime doesn't disappoint! This series just keeps getting better and better. Natalie Barnes has her hands full managing an inn full of ecotourists, when everything goes wrong, including murder, disasters at the inn, and a surprise visit from her judgmental sister. Natalie is convinced that the accused is innocent, and is determined to find the real killer before the wrong person goes to jail for a crime they didn't commit. The setting is charming, the characters are zany and believable, and the plot is suspenseful. A great read!