Review: Barbara Ross


wpid-wp-1400490369207.jpegClammed up by Barbara Ross

Julia Snowden returned to her hometown of Busman’s Harbor, Maine 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


Maine never looked so beautiful. Clamed up setting of Busman’s Harbour has all the quirky charm of New England.

The food is described in mouth watering details and there are even recipes in the back of the book for you to try at home. Clammed up has more to offer than just mayhem. It is a glimpse into Julia life and her character becomes a friend through the story.

This deliciously engaging read is full of red herrings and summer breezes. This summery read is perfect for the poolside or a chilly winters day, when you need a bit of sunshine.

Clammed up has a climatic ending and who-done-it is the biggest surprise. There is also a hint of romance on the horizon in the next book to come.



Boiled Over by Barbara Ross

For Julia Snowden, the Founder’s Day summer celebration in Busman’s Harbor, Maine, means helping her family’s clambake company to prepare an authentic taste of New England seafood. Any Mainer will tell you that a real clambake needs wood for the fire . . . so why is there a foot sticking out of the oven?

The townspeople want to pin the murder of the RV park owner on Cabe Stone, a new employee of the Snowden Family Clambake Company–who bolted from the crime scene and disappeared.

Julia knows having another murder associated with her family’s business is a recipe for disaster . . . but who is the killer? Cooking up a proper investigation doesn’t leave much time for the rest of Julia’s life, and this is one killer who’ll do anything to stop her from digging up clues . .


What’s cooking? Another ingenious death. Boiled over is another Maine Clam Bake Mystery triumph that will keep you guessing until the end. When you get to the end, you will be delighted with another set of scrumptious recipes.

Barbara Ross serves up another helping of quirky New England wit and mayhem. As always, Julia is ahead of the game. Along with some familiar faces from Clammed up, there are more mouth watering delights and this time so romance.

Boiled over is out just in time to put on your list for summer reads. If you haven’t read this series yet, I highly recommend this excellent cozy.