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Murder on the Rocks

by Karen MacInerney

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Transplanted Texan. Natalie Barnes, risked everything to establish her Maine B&B. When her guest, a land developer intent on development turns up dead, Natalie is the prime suspect.
  mcmlsbookbutler | Jul 30, 2017 |
I would have given the book another star if the Kindle version was better edited. ( )
  mmoj | Mar 2, 2017 |
Got a few pages in and realized this was going to be one of those books where most of the plot is setting up the victim to be so annoying and overbearing that you're happy when he's killed. So not going to waste my time. ( )
  MystereityReviews | Dec 13, 2016 |
I picked this up to see what a different (than the Home Repair is Homicide series by Sarah Graves) Maine island mystery would be like. The writing wasn't bad, but I thought that the story was just a bit boring and very, very predictable.

Nat owns the Gray Whale Inn on Cranberry Island, which from stuff said in the story, seems to be near Mount Desert Island off the Maine coast. Her business isn't going great, only a couple of guests and one of the guests is a developer who wants to build a humongous resort that would siphon away more of her prospective customers.

The resort would also destroy the terns habitat and nests and Nat and a couple of her fellow islanders have a committee to try and stop the developer for that reason too.

Then-- the developer is found dead by Nat.

From there the mystery starts, who did it. We know that she didn't do it, but the Sargent that comes over from the mainland doesn't. I have to say that his insistence on her guilt got a bit repetitive to me and started to seem not so realistic.

So, Nat looks into the murder herself. And that goes about the same as it usually does with things through windows, and Nat getting hurt a lot.

There was also a romantic subplot that I did find interesting because it was done in a more subtle way than most mysteries these days. It wasn't rushed and was left open ended (in a good way) for the subsequent books in the series.

Again, overall it wasn't badly written. The characters were good, the description was great. I just wish that the plot had been different/more interesting/better. ( )
  DanieXJ | Dec 8, 2016 |
Cute but typical story. ( )
  Bettesbooks | Aug 13, 2016 |
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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?

Murder on the Rocks is an Agatha Award nominee.

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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… (more)

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