by Cynthia Chow
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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.
Recently 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.
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