MURDER IS A HARD SHELL TO CRACK....
|A Maine Clambake Mystery|
Book 1 in a new series!
Author: Barbara Ross
Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corp., 2013
First of all, I love this cover! It captures the best of coastal Maine, a place I've been obsessed with since a vacation there in 2011. This book is a "cozy mystery," a genre I don't normally read, but thoroughly enjoyed. Barbara Ross has a great author voice, and I enjoyed the short, fast-paced chapters. Plus, there's great Maine recipes at the end of the book, which I will attempt to recreate.
Julia Snowden returns home from New York to help save her family's clambake business on their privately owned Morrow Island after her sister's frantic phone call. After presenting the bank with a financial plan and convincing the board that the Snowden's can repay their debt, Julia heads forth to be the rock her family needs. The financial plan allows for five closed business days in case of hurricanes and other natural disasters. What Julia hadn't planned for was murder.
This book pulled me into the town of Busman's Harbor. With great secondary characters and an ending I didn't expect, I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good mystery. Will I be reading the next book in this series? Definitely.
I gave this book 4.5 out of 5 stars!