Trading in Texas heat for Maine's tangy salt air, Natalie Barnes risked it all to buy the Gray Whale Inn, a quaint bed and breakfast on Cranberry Island. She adores 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 where an endangered colony of black-chinned terns is nesting. Worried about the birds, the inevitable transformation of the sleepy fishing community, and her livelihood, Natalie takes a public stand against the project. But the town board sides with Katz. Just when it seems like things can't get any worse, Natalie finds Katz dead. Now the police and much of the town think she's guilty. Can Natalie track down the true killer before she's hauled off to jail...or becomes the next victim?
©2006 Karen MacInerney (P)2013 Tantor
"MacInerney's debut is an agreeable entry into the crowded field of culinary cozies." (Kirkus)
Slow to start but later Kent wondering who had "done it." was difficult to imagine every character. The narrator was good but had a slight lisp at times as if I she were wearing a retainer.
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