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About Karen MacInerney
USA Today bestselling author Karen MacInerney is the housework-impaired creator of multiple mystery series, and her victims number well into the double digits. She lives in Austin, Texas with her sassy family and a menagerie of animals, including Dog #1 (a spoiled labradoodle named Tristan) and Dog #2 (a rescue Bichon-mystery mix named Little Bit). When she's not chauffeuring children or coming up with creative ways to kill people, you can usually find Karen hiding away with a book, dodging laundry, or playing in the kitchen. She also teaches writing classes.
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Gray Whale Inn Mysteries
1) Murder on the Rocks (Agatha Nominee, Best First Novel)
2) Dead and Berried
3) Murder Most Maine
4) Berried to the Hilt
5) Brush with Death
6) Death Runs Adrift
7) Whale of a Crime
8) Claws for Alarm
9) Scone Cold Dead
10) Anchored Inn
Anthology: Four Seasons of Mystery: A Cozy Collection of Gray Whale Inn Stories
Gray Whale Inn Short Stories
1) Blueberry Blues
2) Pumpkin Pied
3) Iced Inn
4) Lupine Lies
Cookbook: The Gray Whale Kitchen
Snug Harbor Mysteries (Companion Series to Gray Whale Inn)
1) A Killer Ending (June 2020)
2) Inked Out (Fall 2020)
Dewberry Farm Mysteries
1) Killer Jam
2) Fatal Frost
3) Deadly Brew
4) Mistletoe Murder
5) Dyeing Season
6) Wicked Harvest
7) Sweet Revenge (Summer/Fall 2020)
Cookbook: Lucy's Farmhouse Kitchen
Margie Peterson Mysteries
1) Mother's Day Out
2) Mother Knows Best
3) Mother's Little Helper
Tales of an Urban Werewolf
1) Howling at the Moon
2) On the Prowl
3) Leader of the Pack
Tales of an Urban Werewolf Box Set is also available!
I've got a new paranormal series in the works, too... Check back soon for more details!
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Innkeeper Natalie Barnes has traded in Texas heat for Maine's tangy salt air and risked her life savings on the Gray Whale Inn, a quaint bed and breakfast on bucolic Cranberry Island. She loves her new life of picking blueberries, watching the lobster boats putter around the island, and whipping up buttery muffins and other rich breakfast treats for her guests... until Bernard Katz checks in.
The overbearing land developer plans to build a resort next door... right on top of a colony of endangered black-chinned terns. Worried about the birds--not to mention the sweet little town and the Gray Whale Inn's survival--Natalie speaks out at the town meeting, letting the whole island know what she thinks of the entitled developer. But the town board sides with Katz, greenlighting the resort... and the possible end to both her Maine island paradise and the inn she's gambled everything to buy. Just when it seems like things can't get any worse, Natalie finds Katz dead on the cliffs next to the inn. Now the police--and much of the island--are convinced the recent Texas transplant is a murderer.
Can Natalie track down the true killer before she's hauled off to jail...or will she be next on the chopping block?
When Charlene's lover―the handsome chaplain with a stake in the development― is stabbed to death, Natalie promises to find the murderer for her griefstricken friend, who's also the number-one suspect.
It may be autumn on Cranberry Island, Maine, but things are heating up for innkeeper Natalie Barnes—and not just because of the cranberry scones in the oven. When a research team discovers the remains of a long-missing German U-Boat just offshore, the Gray Whale Inn becomes the center of operations for the eccentric multimillionaire funding the team. But the excitement over the discovery is soon dampened when something else turns up next to the long-lost sunken vessel: the body of a young woman who went missing twenty years ago, tied to an antique anchor that vanished at the same time. Soon, a second, more recent body, that of a local handyman, turns up next to the inn, a knife from friend and island selectman Tom Lockhart’s kitchen in his back.
Natalie is dismayed to learn that several people close to her—including her husband, John, best friend, Charlene, and Tom himself—were connected with the missing girl, and may now be suspects in her long-ago disappearance. When Charlene’s young niece Tania disappears without a trace, Natalie fears that history is about to repeat itself.
Can she find the culprit—and the missing young woman—before tragedy strikes Cranberry island again?
The mood on the island darkens when two grisly discoveries are made. The first is a skeleton walled up at the island's lighthouse. The second is a corpse of the fresh variety―the handsome Dirk! Could the spirit that once embodied the skeletal remains―perhaps the lighthouse keeper who disappeared a century ago―be responsible for Dirk's death?
The police pin the blame on Natalie's boyfriend who―to her dismay―had a long-ago fling with Vanessa. To find the true killer and ease her own aching heart, Natalie must untangle the knot of jealous girlfriends and spurned admirers that once surrounded the hunky trainer.
"MacInerney adds a dash of the supernatural, throws in some touristy tidbits and finishes with some tasty diet-right recipes."―Publishers Weekly
"All thumbs up for Murder Most Maine, another in the engaging series of Cranberry Island mysteries. Karen MacInerney writes with verve and vitality, and her Natalie Barnes is a Maine original. I'm ready to book a room at the Gray Whale Inn!"―Susan Wittig Albert, bestselling author of Nightshade and other China Bayles Herbal Mysteries
Soon the island is swarming with marine archaeologists and treasure hunters. It's good news for Natalie―and for the Gray Whale Inn―until a body turns up floating near the wreck. Natalie finds herself immersed in the world of pirates and sunken treasure, both past and present. Will she solve the mystery and find the killer in time? Or will Natalie be the next to join the lost ship's crew, down in Davy Jones' locker?
"The fourth in this pleasant cozy series highlights the glories of Maine, which this time include several recipes chock-full of cranberries."―Kirkus Reviews
"The satisfying conclusion will whet the reader's appetite for Natalie's next adventure."―Publishers Weekly
"MacInerney is at her whimsical best in her fourth visit to the charming Gray Whale Inn on Cranberry Island, Maine."―Mystery Scene
Innkeeper Natalie Barnes is living her dream life, creating scrumptious scone recipes and relishing cool summer days on quaint Cranberry Island, Maine… until she stumbles across a dead body tucked under the blueberry bushes.
Could the killer be one of her artsy out-of-town guests?
Or will the murderer turn out to be uncomfortably close to home?
Bookseller and recent divorcée Max Sayers has risked her life savings to start a fresh chapter with the purchase of Seaside Cottage Books in cozy Snug Harbor, Maine. But she's barely opened the shop's doors when her new storybook life takes a dark turn. The morning after the grand opening--featuring a famous author who shows up at the store on the arm of Max's ex-husband--Max's rescue dog Winston finds a dead man on the beach behind the shop. The murder weapon? An antique flatiron doorstop... from Max's bookstore.
Will Max solve the case before the murderer strikes again?
Or will her bright new beginning turn into a killer of an ending?
It’s summertime on Cranberry Island, and things are heating up for innkeeper Natalie Barnes. She may be hosting a yoga retreat, but the mood at the Gray Whale Inn is anything but Zen. Between juggling dietary restrictions and managing flaring tempers, Natalie’s about ready for a retreat of her own… far away from the inn’s fit but finicky guests.
Unfortunately, there’s no reprieve on the island. The lobster co-op and pier are under threat once again, this time by a new arrival whose vision for Cranberry Island looks more like a spread in Coastal Living than a quaint Maine fishing village. When the instigator turns up dead next to the co-op and the police start fishing for suspects, Natalie’s dear friend Claudette is the one they haul up.
Will Natalie trap the killer in time? Or will she be next?
"A welcome return to Maine's Cranberry Island and its sleuthing innkeeper, Natalie Barnes."―Library Journal
"The fifth Gray Whale adventure provides complex characters, stunning scenery and many recipes."―Kirkus Reviews
"MacInerney's charming sixth offers beautiful scenery, an assortment of appended recipes, and one of her strongest mysteries to date."―Kirkus Reviews
"This book is an absolute gem."―Suspense Magazine
When a tour company books the Gray Whale Inn for a full week, innkeeper Natalie Barnes can’t wait to get cooking — and to hitch a ride on the antique schooner Summer Breeze, getting up close and personal with the local whales. But when the schooner’s handsome captain winds up attached to the vessel’s anchor, sixty feet underwater, the tour takes a dark turn.
Before long, the tour naturalist (and Natalie’s friend Charlene’s beau) is behind bars, charged with a murder Charlene swears he didn’t commit. Stir in a surprise visit from Natalie’s quarrelsome sister, midnight kitchen sabotage, a sick orphan kitten, and a mysterious investor with nefarious plans, and Natalie’s got a recipe for disaster.
"I'm ready to book a room at the Gray Whale Inn." -- Susan Wittig Albert, NYT bestselling author