In Barbara Ross’ award-winning series featuring sleuth Julia Snowden and her family’s coastal Maine clambake business, two mysteries rock the colony of Chipmunk Island after a suspicious memorial service has Julia and her mother shifting into some family sleuthing.
Serving up mouthwatering shellfish, the Snowden Family Clambake has become a beloved institution in Busman’s Harbor, Maine. But when new clues rise to the surface five years after the disappearance of Julia Snowden’ s mother’s friend, the family business shifts to sleuthing . . .
Julia and her mother, Jacqueline, have come to the exclusive summer colony of Chipmunk Island to attend a memorial service for Jacqueline’s old friend Ginny, who’s been officially declared dead half a decade after she went out for her daily swim in the harbor and was never seen again. But something seems fishy at the service—especially with the ladies of the Wednesday Club. As Julia and Jacqueline begin looking into Ginny’s cold case, a present-day murder stirs the pot, and mother and daughter must dive into the deep end to get to the bottom of both mysteries . . .
About the Author
Barbara Ross is the author of the Maine Clambake Mysteries and the Jane Darrowfield Mysteries. Her books have been nominated for multiple Agatha Awards for Best Contemporary Novel and have won the Maine Literary Award for Crime Fiction. Barbara’s Maine Clambake novellas are included along with stories by Leslie Meier and Lee Hollis in holiday anthologies from Kensington Publishing. Barbara and her husband live in Portland, Maine. Readers can visit her website at BarbaraRossAuthor.com.
Praise for Barbara Ross and the Maine Clambake Mystery Series
“Along the rocky coastline and pine forests of Maine’s landscape, a particular literary species thrives — the cozy mystery…Examples include (but aren’t limited to!) Lea Wait’s Mainely Needlepoint series and Barbara Ross’s Maine Clambake mysteries.” —The New York Times
“Small town Maine makes the perfect setting for cozy murder mysteries.” —The Portland Press Herald
“Proof that even the underemployed can get the cozy sleuth itch.” —Kirkus Reviews on Muddled Through
“I honestly don’t know how Barbara Ross does it, writing such a terrific cozy culinary mystery series filled with consistently intriguing puzzles and fresh social dynamics for our heroine, Julia Snowden, to navigate as she solves crimes while trying to run her businesses.” —Criminal Element on Shucked Apart "Shucked Apart is an intelligent, well-plotted page-turner with likable characters and a doozy of an ending. As an added bonus, it’s also a lesson in oyster farming . . . Highly recommended." —Suspense Magazine on Shucked Apart
“Sure to appeal to readers who treasure the Maine coast, Ross’s latest continues the lives and minor dramas of her fictionalized version of Boothbay Harbor with amiable characters.” —Kirkus Reviews on Steamed Open
“The beautiful landscape of coastal Maine adds local color to two intriguing mysteries.” —Kirkus Reviews on Sealed Off
“A seamless blend of secrets into a page-turner any mystery fan will love.” —Suspense Magazine on Sealed Off
“Barbara Ross is my favorite culinary cozy author and for good reason; her plots are engrossing and topical, her characters have both smarts and heart, and her books are always a terrific read.” —Criminal Element on Sealed Off
“Each one is even better than the previous.” —Suspense Magazine on Steamed Open
“A good mystery and cast of characters to keep readers entertained.” —Parkersburg News & Sentinel on Steamed Open
“Readers can enjoy both figuring out the mystery and taking an armchair visit to coastal Maine.” —Library Journal on Clammed Up
“If you like seafood and salty air, you'll love Clammed Up. A tasty tale that will have readers clamoring for second helpings.” —Leslie Meier, author of Easter Bunny Murder
“Take lobster, clams, and an ear of corn. Add one murder. Fold in a complex heroine, an assortment of colorful suspects, and a plot with lots of twists and turns. Heat up on an island off the coast of Maine. The result? Clammed Up contains just the right amounts of all the best ingredients to provide mystery readers with a tasty treat.” —Kaitlyn Dunnett, author of Vampires, Bones, and Treacle Scones