Trading Texas heat for Maine's tangy salt air, Natalie Barnes has risked it all to buy the Gray Whale Inn, a quaint bed and breakfast on Cranberry Island.  She adores whipping up brownies for her visitors.  But when one of her guests turns up dead, the police--and most of the islanders--think Natalie has added murder to the mix.

Now, Natalie must get cooking and find the true killer before she loses the Gray Whale Inn.  Or her life...
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Natalie Barnes is the new owner of the Gray Whale Inn on Cranberry Island, Maine. She has turned it into a bed and breakfast and loves cooking breakfast for her guests.

Bernard Katz comes to stay at the Inn. He has plans to build a resort for the rich next to her Inn. Natalie and her friends try to defeat him at the selectman meeting but are defeated. She is worried about the future of her Inn.

While out walking, she trips and falls partway down a cliff. She finds Bernard Katz dead below her. It is determined he was murdered, and the police detective thinks Natalie killed him. It doesn’t help that it is discovered Bernard Katz had planned to demolish the Inn and put in a parking lot for his resort.

Natalie decides she’d better find the real killer before she ends up in jail. Can she do that without putting herself in serious peril?

I have only vacationed in Maine once. After reading this book, I felt as if I had gone again. I loved this book. The descriptions are wonderful, especially of the food. I wish the Gray Whale Inn existed so I could vacation there! I can’t wait for the next book to be transported there, if only in my mind.

Natalie is such a fun character. She is accepted by some on the island, but others treat her as an outsider. Her friends are great as well. The setting is spectacular. And the food will make your mouth water!

I highly recommend this book and can’t wait to read the next!

Dawn Dowdle

Sure to please cozy readers.

Library Journal

[An] appealing debut... this is a new cozy author worth investigating.

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