Innkeeper Natalie Barnes has traded in Texas heat for Maine’s tangy salt air and risked her life savings on the Gray Whale Inn, a quaint bed and breakfast on bucolic Cranberry Island. She loves her new life of picking blueberries, watching the lobster boats putter around the island, and whipping up buttery muffins and other rich breakfast treats for her guests… until Bernard Katz checks in.
The overbearing land developer plans to build a resort next door… right on top of a colony of endangered black-chinned terns. Worried about the birds–not to mention the sweet little town and the Gray Whale Inn’s survival–Natalie speaks out at the town meeting, letting the whole island know what she thinks of the entitled developer. But the town board sides with Katz, greenlighting the resort… and the possible end to both her Maine island paradise and the inn she’s gambled everything to buy. Just when it seems like things can’t get any worse, Natalie finds Katz dead on the cliffs next to the inn. Now the police–and much of the island–are convinced the recent Texas transplant is a murderer.