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Dead and Berried (A Gray Whale Inn Mystery #2)

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Developers have returned to Cranberry Island and are planning to wipe out a natural cranberry bog. Natalie Barnes isn't sweet on the idea of commercial interests souring their cozy oasis, but the single innkeeper has other problems on her plate. Worst of all, there's a killer on the loose.
Paperback, 312 pages
Published April 26th 2007 by Midnight Ink (first published February 2007)
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Nov 09, 2011 Rebecca rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Note to self: be more careful about cheap Amazon offerings. I thought okay, cozy little mystery for a light afternoon read. Sure. But the mistakes were irritating - until I decided to embrace them and just have fun wondering how many people read this book before it was published and never noticed. At first it was just little things: How could the chocolate be bubbling over if she turned off the burner?; She spent time talking about her sweater and his sweater and the pattern of his sweater, etc, ...more
Oct 07, 2012 Terri rated it really liked it
Well, I did what I never thought I would actually do. Stranded without reading matter on a sleepless night, I read an entire novel using the Kindle app on my iPhone. Other than the fact that I had to change pages very frequently, the experience was pleasant.

This novel is the second in the Gray Whale Inn series. I read the first one a few months ago, and I found that I like the second one even better. The setting is lovely; the proprietor-of-a-bed-and-breakfast-protagonist leaves lots of room for
Jul 01, 2011 Jessica rated it liked it
Shelves: library, mystery
Cozy, fluffy murder mystery. Quick read. I agree with others who have said reading this right after the first Gray Whale Inn mystery was kind of a letdown. It isn't as good as the first book - probably because it was way too similar. The addition of the ex-fiancee was the only really interesting part to me. Otherwise it felt like the same plot recycled. I'm still going to read the other books in the series, though.
Jan 21, 2015 Sarah rated it did not like it
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Apr 08, 2009 Kayeb rated it liked it
These are simple fun books.........for 100 people who live on the island, the mureder rate is sure pretty darn high....but it includes recipes, which i generally forget to copy...even tho they look good most times. There is the formula.......she finds the bodies, is a suspect and gets into situations I would never do myself......part of the fun I think, since it is so darn implausible.

[close:] In this delicious follow-up to Murder on the Rocks, developers have returned to Cranberry Island. This
Aug 19, 2011 Nancy rated it really liked it
This book falls into the category of comforting read. I first found Karen MacInerney through her book Murder on the Rocks, the first book in the Gray Whale Inn Mysteries; but I have found myself coming back for more because of the enjoyable feel it left me with. There is just something about island living and the formed friendships and irritating acts of others that bring me back to see what they are up to next.

Just when life is starting to get back to normal on Cranberry Island, developers have
Katherine Coble
This was a daily deal. It cost me $1.99 and two hours.

I think I have a new rule, that being:
Any fiction book that has recipes in the back automatically loses a star.

At the beginning of the book the protagonist is making a coffee cake. (Recipe in the back, natch.) Her cat comes into the room. She puts dry cat food (alas, no recipe!) in the bowl. Then she puts butter in the bowl.

It's not immediately clear that she went back to the coffee cake process; it sounds like she gave a stick of butter t
Aug 09, 2012 Betsy rated it really liked it
Shelves: z-2012-aug
If you enjoyed the first book in the series, Murder on the Rocks, you will not be disappointed in the 2nd installment. Dead and Berried continues in the same fashion that makes this series so delightful. Lovable characters, even the kitties, make the reader want to visit this quaint town and stay at the bed-and-breakfast. You can almost taste the delicious food. I cannot wait to try some of the recipes. The plot is not complicated, but there is still some suspense which some cozy mysteries do no ...more
Inn owner Natalie becomes concerned when her hired help, Polly, doesn't report for work. Upon investigating, she finds Polly's body. Death once again hits close to home when Nat's newly-estranged-best-friend Charlene's boyfriend is found stabbed, leaving Nat and Charlene as the prime suspects. Are these deaths linked to secrets in the victims' pasts, a long-unsolved murder, or to shady dealings of developers who want to turn Cranberry Island's cranberry bogs into a housing development? Regardles ...more
Mar 11, 2008 Grey853 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, cozy
I was disappointed in this one after reading MURDER ON THE ROCKS. Natalie acted like an idiot when her fiance showed up, trying to win her back. Instead of chucking him out on his ass, she just flipflopped back and forth about whether to marry the lying sod or stick with John. Being stupid isn't something I admire in a protagonist.

The mystery itself wasn't bad, but after having such a good time with the first book in the series, this one let me down.
Linda Rawlins
Feb 13, 2014 Linda Rawlins rated it really liked it
Well written cozy mystery about the Gray Whale Inn - bed and breakfast on Cranberry Island, near Boston. In this second book of the Gray Whale Inn mystery series, innkeeper Natalie Barnes has her hands full while once again finding dead bodies and solving murders. After her employee doesn't show up for work, Natalie goes searching and finds her body in one of the bogs. Natalie goes about trying to solve the murder on her own after the police want to quickly label the case a suicide. As Natalie s ...more
Aug 06, 2014 Lindsay rated it really liked it
Its strange because when the mystery group I belong to chose the first book in this series as one of their monthly picks i didnt want to read it. I didnt think id enjoy it. Yet here I am, 2 books deep and looking forward to when can justify adding another book to my Kobo so I can read the third one. I really enjoyed this mystery. I suppose I enjoy it when my main characters suffer a little. I dislike books that have a main character who is wealthy and never wants or struggles for anything. Natal ...more
Aug 03, 2011 Melanie rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
The cooking in this book sounds just absolutely yummy. While not the absolute best mystery this series is a fun light read while at the beach!

Really have to try those Cherry brownies!!
Mark Baker
Mar 03, 2014 Mark Baker rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, 2007
Bed and breakfast owner Natalie Barnes finds the dead body of her part time employee in a cranberry bog. While the police rule it a suicide, Natalie doesn't think so. Meanwhile, her ex-fiancee has come to try to win her back. I love these characters and the plot was good. My only complaint is that one possible motive for the murder was almost exactly the same as in the first in the series. And since this is second in the series, that is disappointing.

Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.
Jodi K
May 30, 2013 Jodi K rated it really liked it
These are light, easy read mysteries that I have really enjoyed.
Jun 15, 2011 Kate rated it it was amazing
Love these books! Can't wait to read the next one!
May 01, 2016 Vickie rated it really liked it
Shelves: nook
I am a huge fan of cozy/amateur sleuth mysteries. I love the settings, characters [both good and bad], the premise the story revolves around, pretty much everything. I guess I wouldn't read them otherwise.
The Grey Whale Inn series is like that. Set along the east coast on an island, small town life, main character runs a bed and breakfast that has always been her dream to own. There is evil afoot, dreaded developers want to take away all that is charming about the island life. Someone dies. Som
Jul 30, 2015 Liz rated it liked it
Shelves: get-a-clue
The setting of this series and Natalie's perseverance at the inn continues to be enjoyable in this second entry.

The thing that had me wanting to pull my hair out was that, yet again, an author insisted on introducing a love triangle into a story that didn't need one. One of the things I appreciated about the first book was the maturity of Natalie's relationship with John and it's not erased in this entry, but it sure gets bogged down. The problem is that there's absolutely no tension in this de
Dec 01, 2012 Linda rated it it was amazing
I really like this series. This is book #2. The books are set on a small island in Maine where Natalie, a transplant from Texas, owns an inn. The mysteries are great and there's also some mouth-watering recipes in the back of the book. This mystery concerns the death of Polly, a neat quiet woman who helps out in the laundry at Gray Whale Inn. The investigating officer is sure that her death is suicide; Natalie suspects murder. Soon afterward the handsome pastor of St. James on the island is murd ...more
Jun 13, 2012 Bookadventurer rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012, bednbreakfast, maine
Did not enjoy as much as the first one, the major reason being Natalie was not as likable this time around, sometimes bordering on just plain rude.

* I really didn't like that the relationships built between John/Natalie & Charlene/Natalie in the first book were very rocky and strained in this one.

* The appearance of Natalie's ex-fiance from Austin didn't do Natalie's characters any favors, either, as she comes across as weak and selfish in her constant musings over Benjamin's pr
Terry Crawford Palardy
Oct 04, 2012 Terry Crawford Palardy rated it it was amazing
Dead and Buried by Karen MacInerney is the second in a series of Gray Whale Inn mysteries, and takes place in one of my favorite states of mystery: Maine. It also features one of my favorite things: recipes from a bed and breakfast menu. And in addition to the setting and the recipes, MacInerney weaves a complex tale among simple, ordinary people living simple, ordinary lives. Although I hadn't yet read the first book in the series, the characters were easy to get to know. The inclusion of a lib ...more
Nov 21, 2009 Goose rated it liked it
I read the second book in the Gray Whale Inn Mysteries series right after reading the first. I thought it would help to remember all the characters introduced in the first and I found the first to be a good basic mystery. This might have been a mistake. Dead and Berried, while still full of interesting and fun characters, suffers from some lazy plot devices and dull subplots. The first problem is that the second book is set to take place only months after the first book. I think that would have ...more
Jan 25, 2016 Denise rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, scl, maine, mystery
Breezy mystery that gets a little heavy at the end. You have to suspend reality when you read these. It is pretty far-fetched that, within less than a year, there would be so many suspicious deaths and murders on a small close-knit island off the coast of Maine. And that protagonist Natalie Barnes, a newcomer, would,inexplicably, find herself in the center of the action and in danger for her life. Really bad press for her Gray Whale Inn. I'd be afraid to visit. I read the first one while on my o ...more
This is the 2nd book in the Gray Whale Inn series, following Murder on the Rocks. That first book was pretty good, this one not so much.

It is not a crime for an author to write an annoying lead character nor is it a crime for an author to write an emotionally weak lead character. But is a real shame for an author to write a lead character who is both annoying and weak and who doesn’t mature even the least little bit during the scope of the tale. And the character of Natalie Barnes was not this w
Dead and Berried by Karen MacInerney is book 2 of the Gray Whale Inn Mystery series set in modern-day Cranberry Island, Maine. Natalie Barnes left behind a broken engagement and all the aggravation of big city life when she moved from Austin TX to start living her dream of owning and operating a bed-and-breakfast inn on a small island. Her new best friend Charlene operates the post office and general store, and Natalie has started a romantic relationship with the local policeman John who is also ...more
Nov 03, 2011 Lisa rated it liked it
Well, it was very poorly written in that there were so many mistakes (things repeated for example) and every single action of making a brownie was printed verbatim, etc. I thought I would go nuts. Unfortunately I pretty much have to finish a book when I start it. This was one of the cheapo books from Amazon and I thought it might be okay. No. There was never any common sense applied -- there was a murderer after this girl and she thought nothing of putting herself in harms way over and over. Why ...more
Jun 19, 2015 Rona rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery, other-voices
This is the second in the series. I thought the first one was so-so, but gave it a second try. That's it.
The scenery is nice. The Inn is lovely, but who'd stay in a place where the inn-keeper is in the habit of looking for clues in the guest's rooms!
The viewpoint character has no sense, puts herself in danger over and over. There are people who will help her, but noooooooo; she has to run off in the dark all alone. One would think that nearly getting killed six months ago might have taught her
Jun 20, 2013 Sue rated it really liked it
This is Karen MacInerney's second installment of the Gray Whale Inn Nysteries series. I got this book for free from top 100 free Kindle books, and again - glad I did! It was a good read. I enjoyed this installment much more than the first one, maybe because I was more used to the author's style and the characters.

I was glad to find Natalie's business at the Inn was doing well enough to warrant hiring someone to help with the laundry of sheets and towels - a good sign for any business owner, I w
Jun 08, 2014 Tammy rated it really liked it
Book 2 of the Gray Whale Inn Mystery series was just as good as the 1st. The situations the main character, Natalie, gets herself into while attempting to solve the mystery of who murdered two people makes this book hard to put down. The characters are endearing and with the backdrop of a bed and breakfast, the stories can continue with each new batch of visitors. I love this series and will continue to read on.
Sep 18, 2015 Sen rated it liked it
I liked it. It's not perfect-- a character's name, or rather the spelling, has randomly changed, the discord between two friends seems forced and silly, Natalie sometimes repeats actions without explanation-- but I liked it overall. I am a little disappointed that (view spoiler) but maybe it'll be covered in a future book.
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I'm the author of the Agatha-nominated Gray Whale Inn mystery series, Tales of an Urban Werewolf. the Margie Peterson mysteries and the Dewberry Farm mysteries (plus a new fantasy in the works). My reading is like my writing: eclectic!

I grew up in the Northeast, but I currently live in Austin with my husband, two kids, and a houserabbit named Bunny. Feel free to visit me online at www.karenmacine
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A Gray Whale Inn Mystery (7 books)
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