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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

Critic Reviews

"MacInerney's debut is an agreeable entry into the crowded field of culinary cozies." ( Kirkus)

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Great cozy read

Enjoyed the book very much as I am a fan of cozy mysteries. A must read!

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Not for me

This is a slow moving novel with an annoying lead character. Don't waste your time.

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OK.........but the narrator

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

The book was OK. It was a predictable but entertaining story. But the narrator was tough. She had a very difficult time, it sounded like it was a lot of work for her to speak clearly & her voice sounded too old for the character. I'd gauge the character was supposed to be in her 40's but the narrator sounded more like 60's. Her pronunciation was tough......she said stuff like "sh-oc-o-late chip cookies" which was actually said quite often throughout the book.........there was a lot of SH for the CH sound and it was as if she was adding syllables to words. Not my favorite narrator.

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Couldn't finish

The story seems okay but the narrator has no expression in her voice. It may as well have been read by my computer text to voice.

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Disappointed

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I did not like the main character of this novel. If it was the author's intent for the reader to dislike the main character she did a great job. That being said, if the reader likes characters that don't think things through and keep making stupid choices... they will like the book. I am going to suffer though to the end just to see how she gets out of it.

Would you ever listen to anything by Karen MacInerney again?

NO

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Talmadge Ragan?

That would not have helped

What character would you cut from Murder on the Rocks?

The main one

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Loved this book

So glad I happened on to this series. I really enjoy The gray whale books.

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Wants to be Murder, She Wrote, but has no charm

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Completely lacking creativity and any 2-dimensional characters. Things were so typical it hurt- if a man had an expensive watch it was a Rolex, there's jealousy over a what turns out to be a sister, a developer wants to turn the inn into a parking lot, and so on and so on. Tropes that have been done 1000 times. If the main character were likable an/or smart, then maybe it wouldn't matter. But she's constantly doing stupid stuff that you can't relate to.

And the author spent way too much time describing cooking/baking. I still don't know why...

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The narrator's personification of the cop almost made me stop listening to it immediately.

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Enjoyed the story, but not the narrator

This is the second book in the series. After listening to the first one, I was looking forward to the second one—that is, until I started listening to it. To my disappointment there was a new narrator. The new narrator does an adequate job, but when listening to a series, I prefer consistency, and of the two narrators, I simply like the first one better.. In fact, not only did the change in narrator have me questioning whether or not I would proceed to book 3 in the series, I wasn’t sure I was even going to listen to all of book 2. However, I checked and discovered to my relief that the third book is again narrated by the same person who performed the first one, so I decided to proceed with book 2. I’m glad I did. I became more accustomed to the new narrator, although she still is not my favorite, and the story held my interest. It isn’t perfect. There are storylines that are predictable and actions taken by the heroine that are irrational and unlikely, but I did not anticipate who turned out to be the murderer, and that is always a good thing. Now it’s on to book 3 to see what Nat will get into next, with the hope that subsequent books will soon be available without another change in narrator.

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Slow to start, but keeps you have guessing.

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.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful