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Berried to the Hilt (A Gray Whale Inn Mystery #4)

3.87  ·  Rating Details  ·  914 Ratings  ·  103 Reviews
When a lobsterman discovers a sunken ship, Cranberry Island is abuzz with excitement. Is the wreck the remains of the Myra Barton, the missing ship of island sea captain Jonah Selfridge? Or the elusive Black Marguerite, which belonged to one of the most notorious pirates of the 17th century and vanished without a trace—except for the ghost ship that old-timers say roams th ...more
Paperback, 278 pages
Published November 8th 2010 by Midnight Ink (first published November 2010)
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Jul 21, 2013 Jackie rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2013-books-read
I will start by saying this is the first book review I have written. That being said...who was in charge of editing this book? A few times while reading, I thought I was having deja vu. However, I found out that it was really due to the fact that a few times within the book it repeated the same information.

Here is an example: on pgs. 135 & 136:

"You were going to tell us something, remember?" John prompted me. "Oh, right. Anyways, you know those life bags they use to pull up artifacts?" "The
May 04, 2012 Krystn rated it it was ok
#4 in the series. I think they forgot to hire an editor.
The others in the series were better, definitely a cozy mystery.
Mar 16, 2013 Linda rated it it was amazing
I love this Gray Whale Inn Mystery series! It's a cozy series that takes place in a Bed & Breakfast on Cranberry Island, off the coast of Maine. I'm intrigued with the situations that the proprietress, the inquisitive Natalie, gets into from almost the first page.

This one includes murder, a little romance, a touch of a ghost, and of course lots of danger when an old sunken ship is found in the harbor and soon two rival factions come to authenticate the wreck: the local Maine University and a
Jun 03, 2013 Betsy rated it really liked it
Berried to the Hilt is the fourth book in the Gray Whale Inn Mystery series by Karen MacInerney. If you have enjoyed the other books in the series, then you will want to check this one out. We get to visit the same quaint Cranberry Island as well as our favorite characters. As usual, there is a murder on the island. Natalie and her friends are up to the task of investigating the who, what, and why. With the inn as the backdrop, Natalie does her usual nosing around in the guest rooms. The plot is ...more
After what I considered two very poorly structured predecessors, this fourth entry in MacInerney’s Gray Whale Inn series returns to the quality that I experienced in the first book. Her characterizations of the main protagonists have returned to a level that can be both believed and respected. And she has, this time, been able to more seamlessly integrate the murder mystery with the island’s history and with the daily trials and tribulations of our protagonists’ lives.

Natalie and John are now en
Aug 20, 2014 Nancy rated it liked it
First I have to get off my chest my absolute dislike of Karen MacInerney going back and forth calling the same character Eli and Eleazar. Yes, I know that Eli can be an abbreviated version, but the first couple of times, my brain wanted to separate the two into two different people.

Berried to the Hilt has a couple of things going on. Innkeeper Natalie Barnes has been volunteered to be the judge of Cranberry Island’s annual cranberry bake-off which has half the island stopping by with little sam
Sep 18, 2015 Lacey rated it it was ok
2.5 stars is more what is. I want to like this series so much, and some of it I do, but it really needs a better editor. I read a second printing and there should not be so many errors! Natalie clearly tells John the same thing about the rooms twice. Parentheses were used once to indicate missing words. The continuity is messed up, too. Last book Gwen had left for UCLA, this book she hasn't and won't until 'the fall'. It takes place in October, which is the fall. If she meant the next year, why ...more
I continue to enjoy this series despite some annoying turns.

Our heroine remains clueless. She snoops shamelessly through guests’ rooms (remind me never to check into her B&B). She places herself in extremely stupid situations (although in this one she at least admits she should have told someone she was going off by herself without a flashlight or telling anyone to where the murderer has hidden the damning evidence). And she wanders blithely through the dark to get bumped on the head or kidn
May 30, 2014 Susan rated it liked it
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Abbey Hauswirth
Jul 03, 2013 Abbey Hauswirth rated it it was amazing
I loved the Gray Whale Inn Mystery Series and read all five in less than 2 weeks. Being a "Murder She Wrote" kinda fan, this series brought mystery, intrigue and fun characters throughout. Highly recommend it! (And thanks to my mom for recommending it!)
Jul 30, 2011 Missy rated it liked it
I enjoy the setting of this island off the coast of Maine, a bed-n-breakfast run by a woman, the curious characters who live on the island and visit the inn. This plot was intriguing, but the writing a bit rough at times.
Jan 09, 2014 Deborah rated it liked it
I like the series as a whole, it offers some of my favorites things about cozies, a B&B, the recipes, the ocean, the setting in Maine. But this particular installment, Berried to the Hilt was just a spiral into laughable in the second half of the book. The most charming aspect was the NY Times lady, Cherry, who was secretly reviewing the B&B cooking. However, is this plausible when you are being served clam chowder, cake, and lobster salad? Certainly drool worthy, and home made, but ?? f ...more
Jun 28, 2013 Shawn rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult
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May 29, 2013 Holly rated it liked it
I like this series. I've read the first four of the books. Something about the main character, Natalie Barnes, the owner of a bed & breakfast/inn on an island in Maine, appeals to me. Of course, it's quite silly that she always seems to become embroiled in murder cases (since, after all, she runs an inn on a tiny island in Maine)--a little Murder She Wrote.

Still, the case this time was more compelling than the one in book 3. Two teams come to investigate a shipwreck discovered off the coast-
Jan 16, 2016 LORI CASWELL rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2013
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 bo ...more
Jun 10, 2011 Suzanne rated it it was amazing
I love Karen MacInerney's "Gray Whale Inn Series." With each of the books in the series, it doesn't take me long to get deeply entangled in Natalie's latest adventure. MacInerney really does have a gift! The only downside is that I end up so hungry, the food that Natalie whips up there at the Gray Whale Inn sounds so scrumptious I want to step through the pages of the book, and join her other guests for one of her delicious meals.

In this latest installment of the series, a sunken ship is discov
Nancy Butts
May 14, 2013 Nancy Butts rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
The problem with a series mystery set on an island with only 100 inhabitants is that it quickly strains reader credulity past the breaking point to have so many murders among so few people! Why would anyone stay at an inn with such a high mortality rate? :D Though of course, we cozy lovers know this and are willing to accept it, especially with characters we like and a setting we enjoy. I've spent many years visiting the part of Maine where these mysteries are set, so that was the initial draw. ...more
Berried to the Hilt is book 4 of the Gray Whale Inn cozy mystery series by Karen MacInerney. The setting is what I like best about the series – The Gray Whale Inn is a bed-and-breakfast inn on Cranberry Island in Maine. Proprietor Natalie Barnes fled a failed engagement and hectic life in Texas to pursue her dream of owning and operating a B&B in Maine.

'What were you thinking?' It was a question I had often asked myself, over the last few years, ever since I quit my job, sold my house, and
Berried to the Hilt is the fourth book in the series called Gray Whale Inn Mysteries #4. The main character, Natalie is the inn keeper at the Gray Whale Inn. Her other characters include John, her boyfriend, Gwen, her niece and Charlene, her best friend. Yet again a murder occurs and this time the cause seems to be sunken treasure of dubious ownership. Everyone on Cranberry Island has an opinion. It takes Natalie and her cast of characters to track down the truth.

In each story, you become more
Oct 11, 2015 Julie rated it it was ok
Shelves: mysteries-cozy
A lobsterman finds a sunken ship. This brings some archeologists from an university along with a salvage group to the island. Both groups are staying at the inn and trying to be the first to find something that will help them claim the find. Of course, someone turns up dead. Unfortunately, an islander, Eleazor, is accused of killing him. Natalie, John and the rest of the islanders have to prove someone else did it.

So so cozy mystery.
Linda Smatzny
This is the fourth book in the Gray Whale Inn Mystery series. It is fall and Natalie is looking at less bookings for the inn when a ship is discovered. No one is sure what ship it is but everyone thinks it might be a sunken pirate ship. This discovery brings new guests to the inn. However one of the guests gets killed and a friend of Natalie's is arrested so Natalie starts asking questions. It was a quick easy read.
Aug 02, 2014 Regan rated it liked it
Despite the inn keeper / heroine's propensity to poke around in her guests rooms and belongings, there is still a certain appeal to this series. I'm liking how the past history -- nor paranormal like parallel time or ghosts or past lives impinging on the present, but how cold case type crimes find themselves solved in the present.
Paula Brierley
Aug 10, 2015 Paula Brierley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The history of their island makes for very interesting reading along with a mystery that'll keep your eyes open until the very end. great recipes I can't wait to try.

I recommend all of her novels. and by the way, I was happy to read her lecture to herself near the end. The question is, will she listen?
Jul 14, 2014 Kathy rated it really liked it
This book is the fourth book in this mystery series but the first one I've read. I didn't feel like I missed anything by not reading the others first. I enjoyed it so much that I am now reading the next one in the series. I seldom read the same series back to back. The book makes me want to visit Maine - great descriptions.
Nov 22, 2010 Grey853 rated it it was ok
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Oct 15, 2015 Linda rated it it was amazing
I've read the other books in this series and they are good. This one did not disappoint. I like the main characters and the setting sounds like a place I would like to visit. If you want an easy, quick read that is very enjoyable, I recommend this series.
Nov 30, 2015 Kay rated it it was amazing
Another great read! I love the history lessons in each of the Gray Whale Inn books, but especially liked the pirate connection and the ghost ship. And the romance is very sweet!
Apr 19, 2013 Starre rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
What a great series! I'm going to be quite sad until the 5th book is available on my library's ebook site. *double sigh* But, I shall be patient. I did spot a mistake at the beginning but I'm still giving it 4 stars because I was entertained. Natalie's niece, Gwen, was supposed to go back to California to finish her degree at the end of book 3. But, she appeared in book 4 and it was never mentioned why she decided to stay or if she was going. But, it didn't detract from the overall story. Anyway ...more
Apr 10, 2015 Jill rated it liked it
Natalie tells John what she found in a guest's room on page 139. On page 172 she tells John she forgot to tell him what she found in a Guest's room and told him the exact same thing she told him on page 139.

In the opening on the book she mentions John cooks all the dinners for the inn, but the she does it all.
Denise Vasak
Jun 05, 2014 Denise Vasak rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014
I have enjoyed this series, however this book fell flat for me. It started out with a great premise but then it just went no where. I could see what was coming before I read it - which is hard for me because I really don't like to think about what's ahead - and the outcome was a little TOO happy. Everything is peachy keen at the end and all the loose ends have been tied up, with no real repercussions. I mean any one of the obstacles regarding Natalie should have sidelined her for more than the 1 ...more
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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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