Book Review (and a Giveaway!): Much Ado About Nauticaling by Gabby Allan

Posted August 7, 2021 by meezcarrie in contemporary, cozy mystery, Gabby Allan, giveaway, mystery/suspense / 14 Comments

A Whit and Whiskers Mystery #1
GENRE: Cozy Mystery
PUBLISHER: Kensington
RELEASE DATE: July 27, 2021
PAGES: 215

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.


Bottom Line:  Much Ado About Nauticaling by Gabby Allan combines so many of my favorite things! From the quaint setting to the dry humor and relatable characters, I definitely want to spend more time in this world. The mystery will keep you on your toes & I had fun tagging along on the case solving adventures. There’s even a bit of romance to satisfy my swoon factor 😉 A fun start to a charming new series!

(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 4 / loved it!

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After writing plays for her friends to act out as a kid, bad poetry in high school, and her high school Alma Mater song, GABBY ALLAN finally found her true passion—cozy mysteries. Being able to share her world with readers, one laugh at a time, and touch people’s hearts with her down-to-earth characters makes for the best job ever. This California girl now lives with her husband, daughter, and two insane dogs in Central Pennsylvania where she is hard at work on her next novel.

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14 responses to “Book Review (and a Giveaway!): Much Ado About Nauticaling by Gabby Allan

  1. Lynn Brown

    I like that it is a murder mystery and that it is her brothers name she is trying to clear. thanks for the chance.

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