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Julia Snowden returned to her hometown to rescue her family's struggling clambake business - not to solve crimes. But that was before a catered wedding on picturesque Morrow Island turned into a reception for murder. When the best man's corpse is found hanging from the grand staircase in the Snowden family mansion, Julia must put the chowder pot on the back burner and join the search for the killer. And with suspicion falling on her old crush, Chris Durand, the recipe for saving her business and salvaging her love life might be one and the same…
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By Byron on 07-15-14
Clambakes can be deadly!!
This new Maine Clambake Series starts off with a hanging body at a wedding. Not a good thing for a wedding celebration or the Snowden Family Clambake Company. Julia Snowden has left her high power job in New York to try and keep her family's floundering business from going under. Everything has been invested to keep it going, including her Mom's house, their boat, and the island where they have their clambakes.
I really enjoyed this book as the mystery took a few twisting turns and the conclusion was different but very believable. Also enjoyed the emphasis on family sticking together--those by blood and those by long time friendships. The hints at future romantic entanglements between a few of the characters left me wanting to get right into the next book. Recipes were included, and the food descriptions in the book made me feel like I was right there at the clambake. Winning start to this new series!
I listened to this on audio and really enjoyed the added dramatics. I'm finding that cozy reads are really fun to listen to as well as to read.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
By Kay Finch on 08-03-14
Entertaining Cozy Mystery
Clammed Up is a delightful beginning to the Maine Clambake Mystery series by Barbara Ross. From the start I was engrossed by the story and the hurdles before protagonist Julia Snowden in her quest to save her family's clambake. I felt Julia's heartache as her troubles piled up. The reader did a superb job and the book ended with a cliffhanger of the sort that absolutely makes me want to go straight on to book 2 in the series. Highly recommended to cozy mystery readers.
10 of 11 people found this review helpful