Boiled Over – Babara Ross

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4/5 Maine Clambakes

On The Back:

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 . . .

My Thoughts:

A second book in what is becoming a solid, but not over-the-top series, Boiled Over was a delightful read with a few weak points.

I really like Julia, though I wish she’d admit the inevitable; she’s staying in Busman’s Harbor. Chris is great, but I wish he’d open up a bit about himself. Sonny was absolutely horrible at the beginning, but he warmed up towards the end. I seriously don’t know why he isn’t nicer to his sister in law!

The setting is absolutely idyllic. The last three books I’ve read in a row were all set in Maine and I must say, it’s looking pretty good right now! The mystery was positively wonderful, too. It was complex, and I was taken aback by the killer’s identity.

Besides an annoying brother-in-law, and too many flashbacks (which I don’t like), this was overall a very solid book. I will be reading the next one soon.

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