Berried to the Hilt by Karen MacInerney – Just For Fun February

just for fun 2013The reason I started the Just For Fun Challenge was because of books like Berried to the Hilt. I read the first three Gray Whale Mysteries and picked up #4 and placed it on my To-Be-Read Bookshelf and then review books overwhelmed my books to be read for pure pleasure. When I saw that Book #5 in this series, Brush with Death was being released in May I quickly moved this book to the top of the stack.


Berried to the Hilt
(The Gray Whale Inn Mysteries)

4th in Series
Cozy Mystery
Midnight Ink (November 8, 2010)
An Imprint of Llewellyn Worldwide Ltd.
Cover Design by Donna Burch
Trade Paperback: 278 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0738719665
E-Book File Size: 1707 KB

Berried to the Hilt (Gray Whale Inn Mystery, #4)
Cranberry Island is full of excitement. A sunken ship has been found off the coast. Could it be a pirate ship? The Black Marguerite belong to one of the most notorious pirates of the 17th century is said to have vanished without a trace. Or is it the Myra Barton, the ship of island sea captain Jonah Selfridge? It doesn’t take long and the island is crawling with treasure hunters and marine archaeologists. Natalie Barnes is happy because it’s great for business. The Gray Whale Inn only had one booked guest before the ship was found. 

Then a body is found floating near the wreck and it’s one of Natalie’s new guests. She finds herself immersed in the world of pirates and sunken treasure. Will her snooping lead her to the killer? Or will she end up a guest down in Davy Jones locker?

Dollycas’s Thoughts
I love this series. I jumped right in and read the whole thing in one sitting.

This is another series that adds a little history to the mix of the mystery. In the last installment a 150 year old skeleton was found in a lighthouse. This time it’s pirates, sunken treasure and a ghost ship. That gives so much depth to the story.

The characters are so relate-able, friends you would love to sit down and visit with. Plus who would not like to “escape” for a couple of weeks to Cranberry Island. It sounds like a glorious relaxing place, sans the murders, of course. Then there is the food, oh the food. My only complaint is that samples are not served with this story because everything sounds so delicious. But the author does include recipes!!

Karen MacInerney writes a well crafted mystery for those of us who love the cozies. I can’t wait to get my hands on Brush with Death. It hits bookstores on May 8th.

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About This Author
Karen is the author of the Gray Whale Inn mystery series (the first of which, Murder on the Rocks, was nominated for an Agatha award for Best First Novel) and the Tales of an Urban Werewolf trilogy, featuring reluctant werewolf Sophie Garou.

When she’s not toting children to or from activities, teaching writing classes, or hitting the Hike and Bike trail, you can often find Karen at her local coffee house working on her next book. She lives in Austin with her husband, two children, and a house rabbit named Bunny.

To Find out more about Karen and her books visit her website here.

This book was from my private collection.

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