Murder on the Rocks by Karen MacInerney

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This fun cozy is set in one of my all time favorite places – Maine. The Cranberry Islands to be specific. So we have ferries to the mainland, lobster-men and boats, storms, the gossip at the one general store where everyone congregates, summer folks and islanders and a cozy old Inn. All the wonderful things that I love about Maine. And, we have a mystery! Who killed resort developer Bernie Katz? Could have been anyone, he was a sleazeball who was determined to build a large resort on Cranberry Island no matter what it took or who he stepped on to do it. But the mainland detective investigating the murder is sure the Natalie, new owner of the Gray Whale Inn, is the guilty party and he doesn’t seem to interested in looking anywhere else.

Natalie Barnes left her job in Austin TX. And bought the 150 yr. old Sea Captain’s house and opened an inn. She was hoping for a quiet, laid back island life, but she got a lot more than she bargained for! Someone wants her off the island and it looks like they don’t care if it’s dead or alive. And with Det. Grimes determined to pin the murder on her she needs to get to the bottom of this and clear herself if the police aren’t going to do it.

I really enjoyed this mystery and am looking forward to reading more by this author. This is the first in a series of 4 so far. I got the Kindle edition free a while back. But… I have to warn you – you’ll gain 5 lbs. just reading this book! Natalie is always thinking about what to cook for her guest for breakfast getting ingredients out and whipping up yummy things like cranberry scones, wicked blueberry coffee cake, brownies, egg casserole and raspberry streusel . There are several of the recipes at the back of the book! Here is one of them..

Wicked Blueberry Coffee Cake

1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
3 eggs, slightly beaten
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
2 cups flour
1 cup sour cream or vanilla yogurt
2 cups blueberries (fresh or frozen)
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup flour

Cream the butter and sugar. Add next six ingredients. Add the 2 cups of flour and sour cream or yogurt alternately to egg mixture, mixing with a spoon. Fold in blueberries. Pour mixture into greased 9″x13″ baking pan. In a separate bowl, cream brown sugar and remaining butter. Add flour to get a semi-dry mixture. Spread on top of batter. Bake in 350* oven for 30 minutes.

This post is linked to Weekend Cooking @Beth Fish Reads! Stop over and see what’s cooking!

For a great review of book two in this series and a ‘wicked’ good Peach Sunrise Coffee Cake recipe visit Caite @ A Lovely Shore Breeze

Peggy Ann