Musseled Out – Barbara Ross

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5/5 Coast Guard Searches

On The Back:

The busy summer tourist season is winding down in Busman’s Harbor, Maine, but Julia Snowden senses trouble simmering for the Snowden Family Clambake Company. Shifty David Thwing – the “Mussel King” of upscale seafood restaurants – is sniffing around town for a new location. But serving iffy clams turns out to be the least of his troubles….

When Thwing is found sleeping with the fishes beneath a local lobsterman’s boat, the police quickly finger Julia’s brother-in-law, Sonny, as the one who cooked up the crime. Sure, everyone knows Sonny despised the Mussel King…but Julia believes he’s innocent. Proving it won’t be easy, though. It seems there’s a lot more than murder on the menu, and Julia needs to act fast….

Includes traditional Maine clambake recipes!

My Thoughts:

Wow, Barbara Ross just moved up a step on my good authors list. The first two books of this series were good, solid four-star reads, but this book absolutely blew them out of the water.

Julia, Chris, Jacqueline, Sonny, Livvie, Fee, Vee, Gus, and the other assorted characters reappeared in this book, which was, of course, wonderful. Also, we got to meet Sonny’s dad, and Gus’s wife, both of who I really hope reappear in the next few books. Jacqueline, Julia’s mother, and Sonny went through some things in this book that actually made me like them more. I really hope that Sonny stays this way in the next book and I hope we see more of Jacqueline.

The setting was absolutely to die for. I think I could move to Maine now and be fine for years to come. The mystery, however, was what brought this book to a new level. There were so many different things happening in the mystery that it left me thoroughly confused about who the killer could be and when the reveal happened I was shocked.

Overall an excellent book. I can’t wait to read Fogged Inn!

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