Saturday, May 12, 2012

May Murder & Mayhem: Murder on the Rocks by Karen MacInerney

A Gray Whale Inn Mystery set on the Cranberry Islands off the coast of Maine.   I REALLY liked the setting in this one, and found the characters and the plot engaging.  This is the first in the series and was a weekly freebie a while back for NOOK.   There were several items where I had to suspend belief when reading this one however.

  I have a little problem with anyone who would live on an island in Maine without a backup generator.  With the winds as strong as they are in the Gulf of Maine, power losses are a way of life.   I could tell the author was "from away" because anyone who lives here knows that when you lose power, you do NOT run a hot bubble bath (HELLO HELLO --the well pump requires electricity!!).   And handing candles to your B&B guests and then saying a prayer that they won't burn the old place down!!! There were several other anomalies that just kept the picture from ringing true.

Great mystery story though, with a share of greedy developers, unhappy locals, a summer college student trying to find herself, threatened terns nests, rocky cliffs, secret smuggling caves,   a hint of future romance promised, an intelligent but again way too nosy amateur sleuth, and as has become de rigeur for cozies these days, there is lots of talk about food, and several good recipes. There are several suspects, lots of gore (so some might not call it a cozy), and I was kept guessing right up to the end.  There are three more in the series, and this one leaves several open items that will be fun to follow in future episodes.  In spite of the nit-picky details I mentioned, it does give a beautiful picture of rustic, small-town life on a Maine island.  A particularly pleasant  book for summer reading.

Author: Karen MacInerney
Publisher-Format:  Llewellyn Worldwide, LTD, e-book 208 pages
Year of publication: Pub. Date: 9/1/2010
 Subject: Life on Maine Island, murder, conservation
Setting: Cranberry Island Maine
Series: Gray Whale Inn Mysteries
Genre: cozy mystery - amateur sleuth
Source:  Barnes and Noble - my NOOK


  1. So funny - you've lived in Maine so long now you're laughing at what the people "from away" do that isn't practical. I love it!

  2. Darn I missed it as a freebie..but if you love the setting, well I may have to check it you, won't I?


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