Much Ado about Nauticaling (Whit and Whiskers Mystery #1) by Gabby Allan


A new Cozy mystery series is always something I am game to try. I am even considering making a standard format for the contents, that is, location, profession etc. If I did that, though, the aura of the off-beat jobs performed by these lead protagonists (mostly women) would be diminished, and the original ‘unique small-town feel’ would also go away. I might have talked myself out of making a standard presentation after all!
In this first book, we are introduced to Whitney Danger, running her family’s tour boat with her brother. She is someone who has left the high flying city life behind to make something in her own corner of her island home. Along with her, at her suggestion, two different people moved at varying times. This is not something she wants to think too much about.
She is relatively happy on a successful day out, but the day ends with her finding one of the most influential men on the island floating under her boat. She is plunged into investigating because her brother behaves most inappropriately for the situation and half the narrative has her chasing him out of tight corners while she figures things out.
I guessed the solution quite early on but admit that the red herrings are rather well placed. Overall, it is a good start to a series in a colourful town with equally colourful vocations/occupations. The writing is just the right amount of descriptive to get a feel for everything that is unfolding in the tale.
I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience.

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