Murder Most Maine by Karen MacInerney is the third book in the “Gray Whale Inn” cozy mystery series.  Publisher: Midnight Ink, November 2008

The long-awaited third book in Midnight Ink’s bestselling series is finally here!

It’s springtime on Cranberry Island — and love is in the air. It seems like every woman has the hots for buff trainer Dirk De Leon. He and his equally-gorgeous business partner, Vanessa Black, are leading a weight-loss retreat at the Gray Whale Inn — forcing innkeeper Natalie Barnes to lighten up her butter-laden breakfast menu.

The mood on the island darkens when two grisly discoveries are made. The first is a skeleton walled up at the island’s lighthouse. The second is a corpse of the fresh variety — the handsome Dirk! Could the spirit that once embodied the skeletal remains — perhaps the lighthouse keeper who disappeared a century ago — be responsible for Dirk’s death?

The police pin the blame on Natalie’s boyfriend who — to her dismay — had a long-ago fling with Vanessa. To find the true killer and ease her own aching heart, Natalie must untangle the knot of jealous girlfriends and spurned admirers that once surrounded the hunky trainer.

Innkeeper Natalie Barnes is hosting a weight-loss retreat at her inn when on the first night the fitness trainer is found dead outside her property.  The cause of death is poison and there are plenty of suspects, namely Natalie’s boyfriend, John; the local lobster fisherman Tom; Vanessa who had previous relationships with the fitness trainer as well as the two men; and the assorted guests who’s attending the retreat.  There was a 150-year old skeleton mystery that was found in an old lighthouse that also made this story interesting.  I enjoyed this story where you got to see and feel the atmosphere of living on a coastal island in Maine.

*new-to-me author

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