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On the Prowl by Karen MacInerney Review

Title: On the Prowl

Author: Karen MacInerney

First published November 25, 2008

366 pages, Mass Market Paperback

ISBN: 9780345496263 (ISBN10: 0345496264)

Rating: 3.91


Sophie Garou, the werewolf who knows how to keep her inner beast in check, is living the dream. A promotion at work and a hot boyfriend, Heath, who seems to have a ring box up his sleeve, make her life perfect.

But when Heath starts working late with his new associate, a beautiful young woman, Sophie senses trouble brewing. Moreover, her professional connection with her new client – Texas’s most eligible bachelor – starts to heat up, and she can’t help but wonder if she’s following her instincts down the wrong path.

To make matters worse, the Houston werewolf pack has caught her scent and delivered a chilling ultimatum: Join them or become their prey. Sophie must prove her loyalty before the next full moon, or she might not live to see another.

About the Author

Hi there! I’m an author who has written several mystery series, including the Gray Whale Inn, Margie Peterson, and Dewberry Farm mysteries, as well as a new fantasy book that I’m currently working on. I enjoy reading a variety of genres, just like my writing.

Originally from the Northeast, I now reside in Austin with my husband, two children, and a pet rabbit named Bunny. If you’re interested in learning more about me or my books, feel free to visit me online.

I always appreciate connecting with readers.

Editoral Review

On the Prowl by Karen MacInerney is a thrilling novel that explores the themes of self-discovery, second chances, and of course, mystery. Published on November 25, 2008, this book stands out among its contemporaries due to its intriguing plot, relatable characters, and captivating storytelling.

Karen MacInerney is an American novelist who has written several mystery novels over the years. On the Prowl is the first book in her Gray Whale Inn Mysteries series, which currently spans seven books.

The author’s writing style is simple, yet effective, with vivid descriptions that transport the reader to the lovely surroundings of Maine. The story takes place in the picturesque town of Cranberry Island, Maine, and centers around Natalie Barnes, a woman who has left behind her old life and is now the owner of the Gray Whale Inn.

Life seems idyllic as she runs her inn and bakes goodies for her guests, but everything changes when one of her guests is found dead in her garden. MystIFIED, Natalie is spurred to solve the crime and clear the inn’s reputation.

The characters are well-crafted, and each presents a unique personality that adds to the story. Natalie is the protagonist who seeks a second chance to start again while running her inn.

Her kindness and dedication to her business are admirable, and her investigative skills help her to uncover the truth behind the mystery. The supporting characters are equally captivating, particularly her staff and the town’s folks, who exhibit the quirkiness, loyalty, and charm that make small towns endearing.

On the Prowl examines questions about friendship, trust, and betrayal while piecing together who the killer is. Karen MacInerney masterfully weaves together the mystery with the dynamics of the locals and their interactions.

The pace of the novel is consistent, with numerous twists and turns that keep the reader entertained. The book has some minor flaws in terms of character development, particularly with some of the secondary characters.

The author could have explored their motives and histories further, making them more convincing to the reader. The ending is somewhat predictable, but the journey leading up to it is exciting enough that the reader is engaged throughout.

Overall, On the Prowl is an excellent read for anyone who loves mystery novels. It is an engaging book that keeps the reader guessing till the end.

Its edition also contains recipes of some of the delicacies made at the inn that is an extra incentive to get hold of the book. This book deserves a rating of 4 out of 5 stars, and anyone who loves mysteries or is looking for an exciting read should definitely give this novel a chance.