Karen MacInerney Books

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Karen MacInerney is bestselling American author of mystery and thriller novels. She writes three book series one paranormal series with a high streak of humor featuring an accountant attempting to live life ignoring the werewolf traits she inherited from her father.

Order of A Gray Whale Inn Mystery Series

1Murder on the Rocks 2006Description / Buy
2Dead and Berried 2007Description / Buy
3Murder Most Maine 2008Description / Buy
4Berried to the Hilt 2010Description / Buy
5Brush with Death 2013Description / Buy
6Death Runs Adrift 2014Description / Buy
7Whale of a Crime 2017Description / Buy
8Claws for Alarm 2018Description / Buy
9Scone Cold Dead 2019Description / Buy
10Anchored Inn 2020Description / Buy

Order of Gray Whale Inn Short Stories/Novellas

1Blueberry Blues (Short Story) 2012Description / Buy
2Pumpkin Pied (Short Story) 2015Description / Buy
3Iced Inn (Short Story) 2018Description / Buy
4Lupine Lies 2020Description / Buy

Order of Gray Whale Inn Short Story Collections

1Four Seasons at the Gray Whale Inn 2020Description / Buy

Order of Kitzi Camden Mystery Series

1Bead on Trouble ( By: Barbara Burnett Smith) 2005Description / Buy
2Beads of Doubt 2007Description / Buy

Order of Snug Harbor Mysteries Series

1A Killer Ending 2020Description / Buy
2Inked Out 2021Description / Buy

Order of Tales of an Urban Werewolf Series

1Howling at the Moon 2008Description / Buy
2On the Prowl 2008Description / Buy
3Leader of the Pack 2009Description / Buy

Order of The Margie Peterson Mysteries Series

1Mother's Day Out 2012Description / Buy
2Mother Knows Best 2016Description / Buy
3Mother's Little Helper 2017Description / Buy

Order of A Dewberry Farm Mystery Series

1Killer Jam 2015Description / Buy
2Fatal Frost 2016Description / Buy
3Deadly Brew 2017Description / Buy
4Mistletoe Murder 2017Description / Buy
5Dyeing Season 2019Description / Buy
6Wicked Harvest 2019Description / Buy
7Sweet Revenge 2020Description / Buy
8Slay Bells Ring (Short Story) 2020Description / Buy

Order of Karen MacInerney Non-Fiction Books

1The Gray Whale Inn Kitchen (Short Story) 2016Description / Buy
2Lucy's Farmhouse Kitchen 2019Description / Buy
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Another mystery book series about bed and breakfast located off the Maine’s coast and the last one about a suburban mom who decides to become a private amateur sleuth. MacInerney is a graduate of Rice University and Plano Senior High School currently living in Austin Texas with her family- husband and two children.

Karen became a published author in 2006 when Murder on the Rocks, the first book in Gray Whale Inn series was published. Since then, she has published other two novel series, Margie Peterson series and Tales of Urban Werewolf series. In 2007, Karen published a standalone novel titled, Beads of Doubt, in collaboration with Barbara Burnett Smith.


These are two best books by Karen MacInerney, Killer Jam and Mother’s Day Out.

Killer Jam: The first book in Dewberry Farm series by Karen MacInerney. The novel introduces the readers to Lucy, has just cashed in her retirement benefits and bought her grandmother’s old farm in Buttercup, Texas. She wants to make a go of it, and she is busy making jams and trying to contain her wandering cow. However, she runs into problems when a truck shows up in her new property to look for oil. She discovers that when she acquired the farm, the previous owner, Nettie retained the mineral rights and there is not much that she can do in order to stop her from looking for oil.

Two days later, Nettie is found dead at the Founder’s Day Festival with a bratwurst skewer through her hear, and one of Lucy’s jams besides her and the local town sheriff points fingers to Lucy as the main suspect. Frightened, Lucy starts to converse with Nettie’s neighbors but the more she gets to know the local townspeople, the more she discovers that she is not the only one who had grudge with Nettie. Will she be able to clear her name or will her dream life become a nightmare in such a short span?

The first book in the series is a brilliant read. Lucy is such a wonderful heroine- she is in her late 30’s gave up her city life to buy her grandmother’s farm. She is doing the whole homesteading thing now, selling egg and milk, planting crops, creating jam from berries she harvests from her property. Lucy is considered the main suspect in this murder mystery because she had an issue with Nettie because Nettie had retained the mineral right and had decided to drill for oil on Lucy’s property.

Other beautiful aspects of this book are the town’s people; they are charming and believable. The murder victim is the type of person, who had got everyone hating her. The main story weaves in a variety of situations that occur in real life. For example, the Café owner Quinn has an abusive ex-husband, the kind of man who will not take no for an answer and several homesteaders and farmers suffer true tragedies with loss of animals and continuous equipment failure.

Mother’s Day Out: For Margie Peterson, a house wife, life is pretty easy, she has got a prominent husband working as an attorney who is always busy working, and a caring mother in law who relentlessly keeps on giving her novels to read. Suddenly, Margie lands a job at a local Private Investigation firm, and soon her life is turned upside down.

By the ends of her first day at work, she has totaled her minivan, accidentally participated in a drag queen contest and submitted a picture of a naked man to the school newspaper. When she finds a dead man in a gay bar, she decides it be time for her to investigate, and finds out that the last call that the dead man made was to her own house. Determined to find the truth about her husband, who she later discovers that has lied to her about knowing the executive of a shipping company, Maggie sets out to discover the truth in what becomes a more dramatic case than she ever anticipated.

When Does The Next Karen MacInerney book come out?

Karen MacInerney doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is Inked Out and was released on January, 30th 2021. It is the newest book in the Snug Harbor Mysteries Series.


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