With fall on the horizon, the biggest thing on inn keeper Natalie Barnes' plate is the upcoming cranberry bake-off. Somehow, she must navigate island politics and pick a winner without making the rest of her neighbors mad.
But that takes a back seat when her niece's boyfriend Adam finds a piece of an old, sunken ship. It's either the Myra Barton, a local captain's ship, or the even older Black Marguerite, a pirate's ship. Quicker than you can say "Shiver me timbers," there are two groups racing to identify the wreck. The University of Maine wants to preserve it for history while the other group wants to sell the treasures for a profit. Tension between the groups erupts immediately, and it only gets worse when one of the men turns up floating at the treasure site, very much dead. When one of Natalie's friends on the island is accused of the crime, she dives into the murder investigation. But can she find the killer?
I had forgotten just how much I loved these characters until I started reading this book. Visiting them again was like spending time with old friends, and I loved every minute of it.
The pacing of the book was a little off. It seemed like not much happened in the middle of the book. Instead, Natalie rehashed the same clues over and over again. But things did pick up again for a great climax that kept me glued to the book.
As always, there are recipes in the back that sound so good they make my mouth water.
I'm glad to see Natalie and company back in action and hope that she'll open her inn to us again soon.