Summer has come to Busman's Harbor, Maine, and tourists are lining up for a taste of authentic New England seafood, courtesy of the Snowden Family Clambake Company. But there's something sinister on the boil this season. A killer has crashed a wedding party, adding mystery to the menu at the worst possible moment…
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…
©2013 Barbara Ross (P)2014 Audible Inc.
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.
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.
I thought the author did a good job creating the activities associated with the murder. Several characters held a piece of the story which was revealed little by little. The conclusion tied all the events and clues together nicely. The narrator was OK but I think if I get the next book of the series, I won't get the audio version.
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Having been born in Maine, I was anticipating a light, cozy mystery in Clammed Up - similar to the TV series Murder She Wrote. I usually enjoy books set in small communities where the personalities are as interesting as the plot.
Unfortunately, I couldn't relate to the characters (a family who owned a business, their employees and the town's residents), who all seemed so one dimensional. There was no "Down East" feeling, local phrases or Maine accents, to make it feel authentic.
I kept listening, hoping the characters would grow on me, but by the end I just glad it was over. The narrator didn't help, sounding whiney and talking way too fast for the region.
The setting, description of scenes, and great info on running a clam bake as a seasonal business
Lots of twists and turns to story Stayed up all night to read book because i just could not put it down
Yes, comparable performance
Had a couple good chuckles
Enjoyed read and would recommend it to friends
Nice to see local authors (New England) in selection of books
A teenage perhaps. Nothing by this author or narrator.
Something a lot more adult.
Couldn't correctly pronounce anything that ended in g!
Not much of a reader but love to listen
I have recommended this book to friends and family. My daughter in law was already reading it. We both love it.
The narrator does such a good job with the southern accent and the different characters. Her timing is spot on. Don't miss this series.
Anything would be better
Setting and mystery
A poor narration easily turns a potentially good book into an unenjoyable experience
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