Whitney Dagner is your tour guide to a Pacific paradise that’s to die for—only to find it’s a place people are also willing to kill for—in Gabby Allan’s Much Ado About Nauticaling, first in the Whit and Whiskers Mystery series.
After far too many years in the Los Angeles corporate world, Whitney Dagner has come home to Santa Catalina Island off the California coast to help her brother Nick run Nautically Yours, the family tourism business. Between gift shop shifts selling all manner of T-shirts and tchotchkes and keeping her feline Whiskers in fine fettle, she pilots the Sea Bounder, a glass bottom boat showing tourists the underwater sights of aquatic plants, marine life—and a murder victim?
The self-proclaimed “Master of the Island,” Jules Tisdale was a wealthy man with business interests throughout Catalina who was about to be honored as Person of the Year before someone strangled him with his own tie and tossed his body into the water. That someone appears to be Nick, who had a raw deal from Jules and no alibi the night of his murder. To clear her brother’s name, Whit will have to investigate Jules’ shady associates and not exactly grief-stricken family members—with the unwelcome help of Felix Ramirez, police diver and Whit’s ex-boyfriend who’s looking to rekindle their relationship.
Whitney "Whit" Dagner, the narrator of this pleasing series launch from the pseudonymous Allan (the Tallie Graver series as Misty Simon), has left corporate Los Angeles for more relaxed Santa Catalina Island, opening a shop for tourists and assisting her brother, Nick, in running the family business: taking vacationers on a glass-bottomed boat to see life under the ocean. When the body of local businessman Jules Tisdale floats by the boat, the police quickly finger Nick as the perpetrator, as the two men had fought. Nick goes on the run, leaving Whit to figure out who's setting up her brother as the fall guy. Is it Jules's widow, who is making ambitious plans for her expected inheritance; his goddaughter, who's well accustomed to Jules's money; his cousin, who has a tumultuous history with Jules; or a man who claims Jules stole from him? Another murder causes further complications, but dogged Whit, with her screwball tendencies, is up to the challenge. Colorful characters determined to weigh into Whit's private life promise much fun ahead. Cozy fans will be charmed.)\n