Something Fishy This Way Comes

Kensington. (Whit & Whiskers, Bk. 2). Jul. 2022. 304p. ISBN 9781496731074. pap. $16.95. M
Whitney Dagner, owner of a gift shop on Catalina Island, is hiding a treasure chest on the golf course for a customer when she finds two men arguing over a dead body at the designated spot. It appears Leo Franklin was run over by a golf cart, but when Jake Ahern, the park ranger, calls his relatives instead of the cops, the Aherns all insist Leo committed suicide. After Whitney reports the death, the actual police show up. Only then does she learn the confusing story about a long-running feud between the Aherns and the Franklins, a feud revived when Leo courted an Ahern relative. Although Whitney does not consider herself an amateur sleuth, even Whitney’s own grandparents expect her to find Leo’s killer because the police chief sides with the Aherns in claiming it’s suicide. Together with her best friend and her boyfriend, a police diver, Whitney digs into past island history to find the roots of the feud and the murder.
VERDICT The follow-up to Much Ado About Nauticaling is another humorous cozy mystery with an emphasis on island lifestyle and attractions. The eccentric characters will appeal to fans of Bree Baker’s “Seaside Café” mysteries.
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