Natalie Barnes is the owner/innkeeper of the bed and breakfast
Gray Whale Inn on Cranberry Island, Me. It is wintertime and
not really what you could consider the tourist season. Natalie
is working on perfecting some new recipes. She is also trying
to learn to knit. Natalie thinks the only reason she is a
member of the local knitting group is for her delicious baking.
Right now she is making food for the party Fernand is giving
for the new local artist Nina Torrone. Her niece Gwen is busy
painting for the show local entrepreneur Herb Munger is having
for her. Herb is having her paint large paintings in oils
as these will be big sellers. However, Gwen is known for her
small delicate watercolors. Fernand, Gwen's mentor, will watch
out for her and not let Herb take advantage of her talent.
He will make sure some of the watercolors are included in
The morning after the party, Natalie insists on seeing Gwen's
new style of painting - they go to Fernand's studio and after
checking out the paintings they go next door to talk to him.
The door swings opens when Gwen knocks and they go inside.
Natalie goes upstairs and sees blood oozing out from under
one of the doors. She finds Fernand with his wrists slashed
and the knife in his hand.
Things to ponder: What is wrong with Claudette's daughter-in-law
Dawn? Will Natalie straighten out the problem she has with
her new mortgage company? Did Fernand LaChaise commit suicide
-or could it have been murder?
Karen MacInerney has done it again. She has crafted a page
turning mystery that will keep you guessing. Reading a Gray
Whale Inn mystery is like going home and visiting with good
friends. I always look forward to my time spent in Cranberry,
Me. There are some great recipes included too. So if you have
a good appetite, be prepared to devour this book.