Whale of a Crime By Karen MacInerney: Review/Giveaway

Feb 18, 2017 | 2017 Articles, Cynthia Chow, Mysteryrat's Maze

by Cynthia Chow

Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win an EBOOK copy of Whale of a Crime. We also have a link to order it from Amazon, and from an indie bookstore where a portion goes to help support KRL.

It’s been a busy summer for tourists on the Gulf of Maine, and the Gray Whale Inn is completely booked for the entire week. Ten Northern Spirit Tours guests are staying for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and owner Natalie Barnes is thrilled to be able to join them for one of their whale-watching ventures. The glimpse of majestic Humpback whales “bubble netting” and leaping out of the water is soured by the sight of one tangled in dangerous fishing gear, not to mention the boat captain’s too-close and illegal approach. His argument with the tour’s naturalist, Alex van der Berg, makes Natalie a reluctant witness when Captain Carl Bainbridge’s body is discovered drowned and chained to his boat’s anchor.

bookRecently married to Cranberry Island’s deputy John Quinton, Natalie has had her share of experiences with crime and murder. Even if she had wanted to stay uninvolved, her best friend Charlene’s infatuation, and perhaps even love, for Alex has Natalie determined to find out the truth about the Captain’s death. An investigation into her own guests and local islanders will be an escape from the unexpected arrival of her sister Bridget, a high-powered attorney infuriated that her daughter has become engaged to a Cranberry Island “lobsterman.” Gwen may be a talented artist in her twenties, and her fiancé a responsible graduate of Princeton, but that allows neither Gwen nor her Aunt Natalie to avoid the wrath of a disappointed mother.

Fortunately for readers, Natalie escapes from the chaos through the peaceful Zen of baking. Her priceless recipe binder may be missing, but that doesn’t mean she won’t continue to create aromatic coffee cakes, sinful cookie bars, or comforting cakes. The actual recipes are as enticing as their descriptions, and they enhance the charming island setting. As the Island’s mystery steadily progresses, Natalie and her family cope with the very relatable fears of having failed to live up to expectations. This seventh in the Gray Whale Inn Mystery series proves to be worth the wait, as Natalie very capably battles threats that seem intent on attacking both her Inn and her island. Delicious food, truly likable characters, and even a reference for Star Trek fans will have readers anxiously awaiting their next stay at the Gray Whale Inn.

To enter to win an EBOOK copy of Whale of a Crime, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “whale,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen February 25, 2017. U.S. residents only. If entering via email please include your mailing address, and if via comment please include your email address.

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Cynthia Chow is the branch manager of Kaneohe Public Library on the island of Oahu. She balances a librarian lifestyle of cardigans and hair buns with a passion for motorcycle riding and regrettable tattoos (sorry, Mom).

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  1. What a nice review. I bought the first two audio CD’s in this authors other series, The Dewberry Farm mysteries. And almost done with the second one. And now want to get into this series you told about today, knowing how good Karen’s writing us. . Winning an e-book would be a start so thank you for the chance.

  2. Sounds like a delightful read! Would enjoy reading!

  3. This is a good series.

  4. I love this series. Thanks for the chance to win the newest book.

  5. I enjoyed the review. I am interested in reading the book. Thanks for reviewing so readers can find out about good books.


  6. I love this series and can’t wait to read whale of a Crime. Thanks for the chance.

  7. Thank you for the chance to win Whale of a Crime. Can’t wait to read it! generallylost@hotmail.com

  8. I love this series. Thank you for the chance. Zeta(at)iwon(dot)com

  9. I’ve been watching this book on Amazon! I want to read it so bad, as I’ve read the rest in the series. Besides,…who doesn’t want to read ANYTHING by Karen??

  10. A wonderful review! Thanks for the opportunity to win an ecopy.

  11. Would love to win a copy!!!!

  12. Love reading books set in Maine. Looking forward to reading “Whale of a Crime”.

  13. Thank you for the review and now the Book sounds wonderful…and please enter me for the contest and ebook…
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

  14. Karen MacInerney is one of my favorite cozy authors. Thank you for the giveaway.

  15. We have a winner!

    • Where might we find the name of the winner. It says in Lorie’s post that We have a winner! but I don’t see a name posted. Just wondering.

      Cynthia B.


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