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    Murder, Mystery and Maine

    This is an intriguing little mystery by Barbara Ross.The characters are a tight- knit family, running a business, called Snowden Family Clambake which caters to Tourists. They are provided a day away which includes a clambake and a tour on the Jacquie II. The clambake this year has a lot of tension due to Emmy, a worker, who is attractive to two men or so it seems. Julia Snowden, is the main voice and through her we meet a lot of the locals and her family. The food sounds first rate too... lobsters, soft-shelled clams...some of Maine's finest. But murder has its own way of settling a score and when a body is found near the wood pile of Windsholme, the family mansion on Morrow Island... a lot of things from the past are stirred up. Part of the heart of this mystery is a Journal by Lilly Smythe, a Governess sent to the Island in 1898, to tutor two brothers. Her sealed room, unknown and hidden is discovered by the family during a remodel. Spooky- though because her clothes are still there and her wire-framed spectacles. The family shows Margarete, who is in her 90's, around the Mansion. Finally, we are treated to remnants of the Journal pages and the last remaining days of Lilly. What happened to her? I enjoy books set in Maine. The scenery is on the coast and set with long days of sailing and lots of historical settings. The extra ingredient is a good "whodunit" set among these families and neighbors. The hard work the fishermen endure and the descriptions of local haunts and people are vivid. The pace picks up in the last chapters, when we discover that all is not as it seems. But will the murders stop at one and who is doing them? Barbara Ross has given us another well- paced mystery with a cast of characters you want to know. I am giving it five stars. My thanks to Netgalley and Kensington Books
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    Another great book by Barbara Ross

    The Snowden Family Clambake business is wrapping up the busy tourist season in Busman's Harbor, Maine. When an employee is murdered, everyone immediately suspects Julia's boyfriend's ex-con brother. He swears he is innocent and Julia agrees to help him clear his name. Meanwhile, renovations are starting in the family's Island home and a secret diary is discovered in a hidden room from 1898. It tells the sad story of a young woman and the Snowden family is determined to find out what really happened to her. I really enjoyed this delightful installment in the Maine Clambake Mysteries. It is well-written with realistic characters, a lovely seaside town setting, and two intriguing mysteries. The murder mystery has enough twists, turns, and suspects to keep readers engaged throughout the entire story. The historical mystery is very enjoyable. I love genealogy so I was very invested in the mysterious secret room and wanted to find answers. Overall, I found the conclusion of both mysteries to be very satisfying. I have read a few books in this series and enjoyed every one of them. I will definitely be reading more by Barbara Ross. Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Books for the opportunity to read this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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    Good cozy hard to put down.

    A cozy mystery with so many plot twists and intertwined stores it was hard to put down. Demolition of the interior of the mansion reveals a closed-up room, complete with furniture and a journal from 1898. The season is almost over when tensions reach the breaking point between some of the Clambake employees. When one of them is found dead, Julia Snowden finds herself investigating the murder for her boyfriend Chris Durand. Recipes at the end look quite tasty. I have followed this series so it was easy to keep track of characters. I'm not sure if reading this as a stand alone would be as much fun. I volunteered to read this book from Kensington Press through Net Galley.
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    Works as a stand alone, too!

    My Recommendation law-enforcement, murder, murder-investigation, mystery, cozy-mystery, amateur-sleuth, Maine, family-dynamics The first mystery is a hidden room from 1898 sealed away with everything in it intact. The second is a murder. All of this happens on a small, family owned island with a severely damaged Victorian home and currently part of a tourist attraction. Lots of twists and red herrings complete with state cops, an old diary, odd behaviors by main characters, and other peculiarities. I loved it! I requested and received a free ebook copy from Kensington Books via NetGalley. Thank you!
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    A Mystery within a Mystery

    Summer is winding down and the Snowden family is wrapping up the Summer at their island clambake business. When an employee is murdered, everyone thinks another employee is guilty because he had spent time in prison, but he swears he is innocent and Julia agrees to help prove his innocence. But there are so many secrets that Julia has to get through before she can even begin to see the truth. While wrapping up business for the season, the Snowden family also has an elderly relative visiting, to see the family’s summer home that is being renovated. As they take the family on a tour of the house, a hidden room has been exposed and they find the diary of a young girl who worked for the family in the Summer of 1890. With the room and personal belongings intact, the Snowden family is pulled in by the young woman’s story that ends abruptly. Who was she and what happened to her? A lovely mystery within the overall story. This is a great series I discovered earlier this year that also has quite a few earlier books for me to enjoy while I wait for the next entry in this series.
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