Steamed Open

Steamed Open

Barbara Ross / Feb 24, 2020

Steamed Open It s summertime in Busman s Harbor Maine and the clamming is easy or it was until a mysterious new neighbor blocks access to the beach cutting off the Snowden Family Clambake s supply Julia Snowden

  • Title: Steamed Open
  • Author: Barbara Ross
  • ISBN: 1496717945
  • Page: 478
  • Format: Paperback
  • It s summertime in Busman s Harbor, Maine, and the clamming is easy or it was until a mysterious new neighbor blocks access to the beach, cutting off the Snowden Family Clambake s supply Julia Snowden is just one of many townspeople angered by Bartholomew Frick s decision But which one of them was angry enough to kill Beachcombers, lighthouse buffs, and clammers are outr It s summertime in Busman s Harbor, Maine, and the clamming is easy or it was until a mysterious new neighbor blocks access to the beach, cutting off the Snowden Family Clambake s supply Julia Snowden is just one of many townspeople angered by Bartholomew Frick s decision But which one of them was angry enough to kill Beachcombers, lighthouse buffs, and clammers are outraged after Frick puts up a gate in front of his newly inherited mansion When Julia urges him to reconsider, she s the last to see him alive except the person who stabs him in the neck with a clam rake As she pores through a long list of suspects, Julia meets disgruntled employees, rival heirs, and a pair of tourists determined to visit every lighthouse in America They all have secrets, and Julia will have to work fast to expose the guilty party or see this season s clam harvest dry up for good Get A Copy Kindle Store StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Paperback, 265 pages Published December 24th 2018 by Kensington Publishing Corporation More Details ISBN 1496717945 ISBN13 9781496717948 Edition Language English Series Maine Clambake Mystery 7 Other Editions 1 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about Steamed Open, please sign up Popular Answered Questions Do you need to read the books in order or can you jump in mid series like 4 months ago See all 2 answers Brenda you will get out of the story if you start on an earlier or first book you won t have the background to understand some of the family and town you will get out of the story if you start on an earlier or first book you won t have the background to understand some of the family and town dynamics otherwise less flag See 1 question about Steamed Open Lists with This Book Culinary Mysteries Part 23 100 books 1 voter More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Dec 23, 2018 LORI CASWELL rated it it was amazing Shelves read 2018 Dollycas s ThoughtsBusman s Harbor, Maine is in an uproar as Bartholomew Frick shuts down Sea Glass Beach access on a property he is set to inherit from the much beloved resident Heloise Lou Herrickson Julia is worried about having enough crabs for their Snowden Family Clambake s and about the clammers that are losing their income The tourists aren t happy either especially a couple that was booked to spend a few nights in the nearby lighthouse Soon after Julia tries to meet with the man to Dollycas s ThoughtsBusman s Harbor, Maine is in an uproar as Bartholomew Frick shuts down Sea Glass Beach access on a property he is set to inherit from the much beloved resident Heloise Lou Herrickson Julia is worried about having enough crabs for their Snowden Family Clambake s and about the clammers that are losing their income The tourists aren t happy either especially a couple that was booked to spend a few nights in the nearby lighthouse Soon after Julia tries to meet with the man to try to come up a plan to reopen the beach he is found dead There are plenty of suspects as he had angered plenty of people Just who was mad enough to commit murder Julia plans to find out.It was so nice to escape to Maine in the summertime as the cold weather here tries to chill us to the bone.This time in addition to the beach being closed off preliminary plans have been drawn for repairing and renovating Windsholme, the mansion on Morrow Island that been empty since the 1920s The mansion on the beach that Bartholomew Frick was inheriting was built by the same builder so the architect and designer are anxious to get a peek as they continue to finalize the plan Julia and her boyfriend Chris are having some issues but she opens her will finally open up and tell her about the secret she knows he is keeping.This was a really fast read for me The death of Lou Herrickson sets off a chain of events that had my pages absolutely flying Her family tree and her will designations were very surprising to the people of Busman s Harbor.All my favorite characters were back and some new characters that definitely fit the quirky definition were introduced One couple traveling by RV is trying to see or sleep in all the lighthouses in the U.S What a fun idea I liked that we delve into Chris past in this story and start to understand him better He has had a complicated life and the author is finally allowing Julia and us readers in on his past.The entire story is very well written with subplots the blend perfectly into the main plot Twists, turns, and some exciting moments take place as Julia does her best to solve this mystery There is a clear edge of your seat moment near the end that had my heart racing.I love the way Barbara Ross tells a story She drew me in, set a brisk pace, and took me on a wonderful little trip complete with delicious food descriptions with recipes and a top shelf mystery.Each book in this series can be read on its own but for maximum enjoyment, I recommend reading them in order flag 19 likesLike see review Dec 19, 2018 Patty rated it it was amazing Streamed Open by Barbara Ross is the 7th book in A Maine Clambake Mystery, and a wonderful book Julia Snowden and her family are busy running the Snowden Family Clambakes Company After a beloved neighbor passes away and her nephew inherits the family mansion, the trouble begins Bartholomew Frick puts a large fence on the border of his property, and denies people access to the beach Clammers, beach combers and lighthouse buffs are very angry Next Frick is found dead, shortly after Julia talk Streamed Open by Barbara Ross is the 7th book in A Maine Clambake Mystery, and a wonderful book Julia Snowden and her family are busy running the Snowden Family Clambakes Company After a beloved neighbor passes away and her nephew inherits the family mansion, the trouble begins Bartholomew Frick puts a large fence on the border of his property, and denies people access to the beach Clammers, beach combers and lighthouse buffs are very angry Next Frick is found dead, shortly after Julia talked to him There are a lot of twists and turns in this book, which Julia is determined to solve Ms Ross s books just seem to get better and better I enjoyed reading about summer, as it snows outside my house I strongly recommend this book and the whole series, you won t be disappointed I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review flag 11 likesLike see review View 2 comments Dec 20, 2018 Mark Baker rated it it was amazing Shelves 2018, mystery Lou Herrickson, a beloved member of the Busman s Harbor community, has recently died Lou has left everything to her late husband s grandnephew, Bart Frick That includes the mansion where she lived and the lighthouse and beach connected to it Lou had always left the beach open to the public, but the first thing Bart does is fence off the beach The locals who make a living by clamming are the first to discover this when they arrive to start their morning of work, and that s when Julia Snowden Lou Herrickson, a beloved member of the Busman s Harbor community, has recently died Lou has left everything to her late husband s grandnephew, Bart Frick That includes the mansion where she lived and the lighthouse and beach connected to it Lou had always left the beach open to the public, but the first thing Bart does is fence off the beach The locals who make a living by clamming are the first to discover this when they arrive to start their morning of work, and that s when Julia Snowden becomes concerned Her family uses clams harvested from this beach in the Snowden Family clambake Hoping to resolve things faster than a court challenge will allow, Julia goes to talk to Bart the next morning only to find him closed to reopening the beach A few hours later, Bart is dead The suspects range from those impacted to by closing of the beach to any potential heirs to a couple obsessed with lighthouses Can Julia help find the killer I absolutely love this series, and this is another excellent entry The mystery is strong with several competing suspects and motives to keep us from seeing the truth until Julia figures it out A couple of sub plots carry over from the previous book, and I liked how they were woven into the main mystery No, you don t have to have read the previous book to understand what happens here, but it certainly helps The characters are strong, with layers to them that unfold as the book progresses This makes the characters introduced here complex than in many of the series I read, and I love them for it We also learned a bit about a series regular here, and I loved that added insight There are four recipes for you to enjoy once you ve finished the book, two featuring clams and two baked goodsTE I received an ARC of this book.Read my full review at Carstairs Considers flag 10 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Dec 31, 2018 Lisa Ks Book Reviews rated it it was amazing Everyone knows when I get a cozy mystery in my hands, leave me alone until I come up for air The day I read STEAMED OPEN, the book didn t leave my hands It went everywhere in the house with me Yes Everywhere TMI I know Seriously, I couldn t stop reading until I had finished.I wouldn t say book seven in the Maine Clambake Mysteries was lucky number 7 for author Barbara Ross Luck had nothing to do with it Brilliant writing and knowing what readers will love had everything to do with it B Everyone knows when I get a cozy mystery in my hands, leave me alone until I come up for air The day I read STEAMED OPEN, the book didn t leave my hands It went everywhere in the house with me Yes Everywhere TMI I know Seriously, I couldn t stop reading until I had finished.I wouldn t say book seven in the Maine Clambake Mysteries was lucky number 7 for author Barbara Ross Luck had nothing to do with it Brilliant writing and knowing what readers will love had everything to do with it Besides having wonderful characters that feel like family, food that will make your stomach growl Thanks for the recipes at the end of the book, Ms Ross , and a setting that makes you wish you were there, STEAMED OPEN is a fabulous mystery that will have you guessing, like it did me, until the end It also gets my vote for most creative murder weapon If you re looking to do something nice for someone, or yourself, get a copy of STEAMED OPEN flag 8 likesLike see review Nov 26, 2018 Amanda rated it it was amazing Shelves cooking, cozy, maine, mystery This book was so hard to put down, I read it in one sitting I love the small, seaside town of Busman s Harbor and the family clambake featured in this series They re practically characters in the story The characters are great, from protagonist Julia and her boyfriend Chris to policemen Dawes, Binder, and Flynn, and all the family and friends in between Some of the usual side characters are little than a mention in this book, but we meet several interesting, new characters This is a we This book was so hard to put down, I read it in one sitting I love the small, seaside town of Busman s Harbor and the family clambake featured in this series They re practically characters in the story The characters are great, from protagonist Julia and her boyfriend Chris to policemen Dawes, Binder, and Flynn, and all the family and friends in between Some of the usual side characters are little than a mention in this book, but we meet several interesting, new characters This is a well written mystery, centered around recently deceased Lou and her family s extremely valuable oceanside estate, her heirs one of whom winds up dead and a disinherited relative There are a few solid suspects and a couple characters with mysterious histories There s also a side storyline revealing of Chris background I m already looking forward to the next book in the series, and this one hasn t been released yet For readers who haven t discovered the joy of the Maine Clambake Mysteries yet, this book works as a stand alone, but I highly encourage you to start from the beginning and enjoy the whole series chronologically I received an advance copy of this book This review contains my honest thoughts and opinions flag 6 likesLike see review Dec 28, 2018 Kristina rated it liked it Shelves 2018, cozy mysteries, netgalley Steamed Open is a light cozy mystery We get to go through the day to day running of the family clambake business with Julia Snowden When Lou s heir is murdered, Julia sets out to get answers just because she is nosy The guilty party might as well have a neon sign over their head It is easy to pick out the killer early in the book We do get to learn about Chris in this book I will share my full review soon.Steamed Open by Barbara Ross has readers journeying to Busman s Harbor, Maine Steamed Open is a light cozy mystery We get to go through the day to day running of the family clambake business with Julia Snowden When Lou s heir is murdered, Julia sets out to get answers just because she is nosy The guilty party might as well have a neon sign over their head It is easy to pick out the killer early in the book We do get to learn about Chris in this book I will share my full review soon.Steamed Open by Barbara Ross has readers journeying to Busman s Harbor, Maine in the height of tourist season in the month of August Julia Snowden is on the Jacquie II with the rest of the town for Heloise Lou Herrickson s memorial service and to scatter her ashes Lou s heir, Bartholomew Frick arrives at the last minute is a fancy new red Porsche Bart inherited Herrickson Point along with a privately owned lighthouse The next day, everyone is shocked when they arrive at the beach access road to find a newly installed gate The clammers and lighthouse enthusiasts are particularly upset by this afront Since Snowden Family Clambake relies on the clams that the clammers find on that beach, Julia decides to visit Bart Frick and see if she can get him to change his mind maybe he is not aware of the problem he has caused Unfortunately, there is no reasoning with the rude man and Julia soon departs When Julia returns to the pier that evening, she is greeted by the local police Bart was found stabbed in his home with a clam rake and Julia was one of the last people to see him alive besides the killer, of course When Lou s former housekeeper, Ida Fischer ends up at the top of the suspect list, the Snugg sisters ask Julia to don her investigator s cap once again not that Julia needs an excuse Bart may not have been in town long, but he quickly managed to anger a significant number of people Julia wades through the suspect pool to identify Bart s killer while manages the clambake business and discovering what is bothering her boyfriend, Chris Steamed Open is the seventh A Maine Clambake Mystery It can be read alone if you have not read any of the previous books in the series I enjoyed Barbara Ross conversational writing style It makes for a light, airy cozy mystery that is easy to read We get to experience the day to day running of the Snowden Family Clambake with Julia and her family It is interesting to learn about Maine and the clamming industry I enjoy the descriptions of the area especially the beautiful home the Snowden s own on their island The mystery is uncomplicated, and the killer is easily identified might as well have been a giant neon sign over the persons head flashing killer There are several viable suspects including a couple determined to visit as many lighthouses as they can they are not going to let a gate stop them I am glad that we learned about Julia s boyfriend, Chris in Steamed Open His story is heartbreaking I did find his obsession with Vanessa a little odd despite the explanation I hope that Chris will be open to talking about the future with Julia now he really needs to get counseling There is repetition of information that I could have done without and lack of details about characters i.e Chris last name, Livvie s last name Steamed Open is an upbeat cozy mystery that will have you yearning for warm days and sandy beaches with a cool drink nearby flag 5 likesLike see review Oct 31, 2018 Amy rated it it was amazing Another summer begins in Busman s Harbor, Maine and so does Julia Snowden s family s business of providing boat tours and authentic clambakes on their private island But their quiet lives are disturbed with the death of a beloved elderly resident and the unwelcome arrival of her grandnephew by marriage, the executor of her estate He promptly erects a fence on the property s beach, restricting public access to clamming and the lighthouse, which has been allowed for decades prior When he is fou Another summer begins in Busman s Harbor, Maine and so does Julia Snowden s family s business of providing boat tours and authentic clambakes on their private island But their quiet lives are disturbed with the death of a beloved elderly resident and the unwelcome arrival of her grandnephew by marriage, the executor of her estate He promptly erects a fence on the property s beach, restricting public access to clamming and the lighthouse, which has been allowed for decades prior When he is found dead just days after coming to town, few people mourn his death But what will become of the estate and who had motive to murder him This is one of my favorite cozy series and I have read all prior six books It was an excellent read The mystery had multiple plot layers containing family secrets, leaving no shortage of suspects Additionally, Julia and her boyfriend Chris face a crisis in their relationship I am looking forward to book eight and hoping they can work through this challenge together.Thanks to NetGalley for an advance digital copy of this book My review is voluntary flag 5 likesLike see review Jan 08, 2019 Hilary A Wytchs Book Review rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves cozy food and drink Another fantastic episode in the life of Julia Snowden and Busman s Harbour, Barbara Ross has a talent for making fictional people seem very real This book opens with a fairly sombre boat trip, one of Busman s Harbour s residents died a few weeks back and this trip is to honour her final wishes to scatter her ashes in the water, with the Snowden s boat being the only one large enough to take everyone they are doing the honours, but it starts badly when the heir to the Herrickson House turns up Another fantastic episode in the life of Julia Snowden and Busman s Harbour, Barbara Ross has a talent for making fictional people seem very real This book opens with a fairly sombre boat trip, one of Busman s Harbour s residents died a few weeks back and this trip is to honour her final wishes to scatter her ashes in the water, with the Snowden s boat being the only one large enough to take everyone they are doing the honours, but it starts badly when the heir to the Herrickson House turns up late, parks illegally and doesn t seem bothered about anything at all It gets worse the next day though when he has a fence and gate put up to stop people getting down to the beach This means the clammers cannot get any clams which can impact on the Snowden Clambake , so Julia tries to talk to him to change his mind Unfortunately she doesn t succeed but someone is even unhappier as half an hour after she left the house he is found dead Now with the livelihood of various people hanging in the balance, Julia s boyfriend Chris finally opening up and skeletons coming out of closets, Julia has than Clam Chowder on her mind flag 4 likesLike see review Oct 24, 2018 Fred rated it it was amazing Steamed Open is the seventh book in the A Maine Clambake Mystery series.I ve loved this series since the first book I can always count on an interesting and well written story with interesting and believable characters I ve never been to a clambake, but I never tire of reading what is included and what goes into the preparation of the clambake.Beloved resident, Heloise Lou Herrickson, has left her property, including her house, lighthouse, and lighthouse keepers cottage to her grand nephew, Steamed Open is the seventh book in the A Maine Clambake Mystery series.I ve loved this series since the first book I can always count on an interesting and well written story with interesting and believable characters I ve never been to a clambake, but I never tire of reading what is included and what goes into the preparation of the clambake.Beloved resident, Heloise Lou Herrickson, has left her property, including her house, lighthouse, and lighthouse keepers cottage to her grand nephew, Bartholomew Frick The first change that Frick makes is to install a fence and locked gate preventing clammers and residents access to the beach that they have enjoyed for years The clammers, wielding their clam rakes and residents begin a boisterous protest but are informed that the matter will have to go through a court process to resolve Julia thinks that if she can talk with Frick, that maybe some kind of agreement can be worked out As she approaches the front door she meets Ida Fischer, the Herrickson s housekeeper Ida lets Julia know that she has just resigned and tells her where Frick was when she last saw him It turns out to be a short meeting and Julia s pleas of understanding fall upon deaf ears Then as Julia is leaving, she is approached by a neighbor, Vera French, who wants to express her sympathies to Frick and get a look inside the house Later that day as Julia is returning from Morrow Island after the evening clambake, she is met by the police who inform her of Frick s death.Julia is concerned with who will inherit from Frick, than who the killer was, hoping that it isn t anyone involved in the protest But, at the same time, she feels that knowing who the other heirs that are mentioned in Lou s will may point to the possible killer This turns out to be a dilemma for her as the late husband s godchild, Elizabeth Anderson, cannot be found Also, there is mentioned in the will a daughter that no one seemed to know anything about and was written out of the will.Also coming out in this book is about Julia s boyfriend, Chris Chris has been mostly secretive about his past and family Finally, Julia is able to get him to open up and explain why he limits his contact with them Also, plans for the restoration Windsholme, the old family home on Morrow Island, are being reviewed so that construction may start soon.It always wonderful to spend time with the enjoyable residents of Busman s Harbor and I will definitely be watching for the next book in this great series flag 7 likesLike see review Dec 26, 2018 Missi Stockwell rated it it was amazing I am a HUGE fan of the Maine Clambake Mystery series by Barbara Ross I am a HUGE fan of the state of Maine so it makes sense that I would love this series as it is set in Maine But there is so much to love about this series You cannot help but fall in love with the main character Julia, her family and the neighbors, her family business and the fact that when there is a murder Julia jumps right in with both feet to help the local police department solve the case Even though Julia has he I am a HUGE fan of the Maine Clambake Mystery series by Barbara Ross I am a HUGE fan of the state of Maine so it makes sense that I would love this series as it is set in Maine But there is so much to love about this series You cannot help but fall in love with the main character Julia, her family and the neighbors, her family business and the fact that when there is a murder Julia jumps right in with both feet to help the local police department solve the case Even though Julia has her hands full running the family s clambake business and its summertime which is when they are at their busiest, when there is a murder Julia is off and runningeven if the murdered person is basically a stranger.Ross knows how to capture the readers attention as soon as you open the book and keeps your attention until you have read the last word and even after you close the book, Busman s Harbor will stay with you for a while How can it not The way the story is written, you feel like you are a part of their community and not just someone passing by You feel like you have a seat at the counter at Gus s and you feel like you are enjoying lunch with everyone employed at the Snowden Family Clambake.but the best is hanging out with Julia as she solves another murder in her close knit town.Steamed Open is the seventh book in this wonderful series and I cannot help but hope that there are many, many books in this series I need to return to Busman s Harbor as many times as I can Thank you Barbara for allowing me and all your other faithful readers the chance to take a vacation while sitting in our own living rooms flag 3 likesLike see review Dec 18, 2018 Taryn rated it really liked it Shelves cozy mystery Julia is happy that it is summertime and clamming season is upon her family There s nothing greater than having clambakes and hoards of vacationers to enjoy them When a newcomer to town denies access to the beach where the Snowden family holds their Clambakes there is an uproar of disapproval not only from the family but the town People look forward to the Clambakes not only for themselves but for the people it brings to the town When newcomer, Bartholomew Frick, ends up dead things don t lo Julia is happy that it is summertime and clamming season is upon her family There s nothing greater than having clambakes and hoards of vacationers to enjoy them When a newcomer to town denies access to the beach where the Snowden family holds their Clambakes there is an uproar of disapproval not only from the family but the town People look forward to the Clambakes not only for themselves but for the people it brings to the town When newcomer, Bartholomew Frick, ends up dead things don t look good for the Snowden family Julia knows that no one in her family could have murdered the man but who does that leave She soon learns that Frick had quite a few people who disliked him but who out of the bunch could have killed him and why Follow along as Julia digs into Frick s life and hopes to find a killer among the clues Will she find the answers she seeks or will this murder remain a mystery This is a great series filled with a wonderful cast of characters I love the relationship that Julia has with her family and it just adds to the story The location is beautiful and one I would love to visit one day I m from the south so I enjoy learning about the cuisine that is mixed throughout the story and it has me trying new things all the time I can t wait to see where the author takes Julia and her family next and I hope she brings some new and exciting recipes to the mix flag 3 likesLike see review Dec 16, 2018 K.A Davis rated it it was amazing STEAMED OPEN, the seventh book in the Maine Clambake Mysteries by Barbara Ross, captured my attention from the very beginning and held it until the very last word was read I ve been a long time fan of this series and picking up this newest release was like sitting down and having a reunion with special friends that I haven t seen in a year Ms Ross is tops in her league at creating memorable characters that readers feel can become close friends And as happens hopefully in real life, these c STEAMED OPEN, the seventh book in the Maine Clambake Mysteries by Barbara Ross, captured my attention from the very beginning and held it until the very last word was read I ve been a long time fan of this series and picking up this newest release was like sitting down and having a reunion with special friends that I haven t seen in a year Ms Ross is tops in her league at creating memorable characters that readers feel can become close friends And as happens hopefully in real life, these characters grow, change, and become better people from the events that shape them Even though STEAMED OPEN is easily read as a stand alone, I whole heartedly recommend reading in order if possible to fully appreciate the skill Ms Ross exhibits in creating her characters.Protagonist Julia Snowden and her family own and operate a clambake on their family s private island It s mid August in Maine and the tourists are out in force Ms Ross paints a beckoning description of the town and the island during summer season, enticing the reader to take a virtual vacation I would dearly love to visit this area in real life after reading this series But, it s not all fun in the sun for Julia and her family when a murder hits the town The story is tightly plotted with twists and turns to keep the reader guessing The subplots are riveting and adds an extra layer of intrigue to the book I ve been long curious as has Julia about her boyfriend s past and his reluctance to open up We re finally given a glimpse into his secrets which makes him all that meaningful to the story I also appreciated the bits and pieces of information the author adds about clams, lighthouses, and the plight of seasonal fishermen and workers, and how difficult it is for them to make a living in the area The author wove in the facts without ever detracting or slowing down the exciting story Julia, her family and friends, all enjoy lots of delectable food both on the island during clambake and in town The descriptions will leave the reader hungry but fortunately Ms Ross includes several recipes at the back of the book to satiate any appetite I was provided an advance copy with the hopes I would review All thoughts and opinions are my own flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 07, 2019 Jessica Robbins rated it really liked it Shelves 2019 craving for cozies challenge, blog tour, netgalley, own kindle I received a free copy of this book which I voluntarily chose to write an honest review for.Welcome back to Busman s Harbor and the Snowden Family Clambake which is going full throttle as this book is right in the middle of the season for them Julia finds herself involved in a murder investigation yet again after a longtime member of their community passes away and her heir ends up being found murdered It was just Julia s luck that it happened directly after she went to try to talk some sense I received a free copy of this book which I voluntarily chose to write an honest review for.Welcome back to Busman s Harbor and the Snowden Family Clambake which is going full throttle as this book is right in the middle of the season for them Julia finds herself involved in a murder investigation yet again after a longtime member of their community passes away and her heir ends up being found murdered It was just Julia s luck that it happened directly after she went to try to talk some sense into the man after he put up a fence that blocked access to the beach What follows is some great sleuthing that reveals some intriguing details that I would have never thought of This is an extremely well written cozy mystery that will draw you in so well that you will wish you could go on the clambake too since it sounds so yummy as well as fun Absolutely perfect for fans of the genre I really liked it so I give it 4 5 stars flag 2 likesLike see review Dec 18, 2018 Diane Hernandez rated it liked it Shelves netgalley Steamed Open, the seventh in the Maine Clambake Mysteries, has great characters and will teach the reader about clamming but the mystery was too easy to solve.Bartholomew Frick, a stranger in town, inherits the Hendrickson mansion, lighthouse, and beach after 101 year old Lou s death His first move is to bar access to the beach His second is to be murdered with a clamming fork When Lou s elderly housekeeper, Ida, asks Julia for help in clearing her name, Julia looks for the real killer Julia Steamed Open, the seventh in the Maine Clambake Mysteries, has great characters and will teach the reader about clamming but the mystery was too easy to solve.Bartholomew Frick, a stranger in town, inherits the Hendrickson mansion, lighthouse, and beach after 101 year old Lou s death His first move is to bar access to the beach His second is to be murdered with a clamming fork When Lou s elderly housekeeper, Ida, asks Julia for help in clearing her name, Julia looks for the real killer Julia juggles sleuthing with her island clambake lunches and dinners In addition, she uncovers why her boyfriend has been so secretive about his family Last, but not least, there are five recipes included Linguini with clam sauce, clam dip, clam potato casserole, raspberry muffins and sour cream coffeecake.I enjoyed the Maine atmosphere and the great and varied characters Chris backstory is heartbreaking Watching the police get mired down interviewing everyone multiple times while Julia proceeds to find the answers to two old Hendrickson secrets was fun However, the clue to the murderer s identity was too obvious, like a flashing yellow sign.Steamed Open is a good choice for cozy readers looking for a slice of life portrait of how people live in coastal Maine However, for armchair detectives like me, it didn t offer enough of a challenge 3 stars.Thanks to Kensington Books and NetGalley for an advance copy in exchange for an honest review flag 1 likeLike see review Sep 23, 2018 Danielle Urban rated it really liked it Steamed Open by Barbara Ross is an interesting cozy mystery One that takes place in Maine A lot of people require access for their livelihood And it appears that the heir of a deceased town member is blocking it off All the citizens are angry But who would kill out of anger There are many suspects and the murder is one that I wouldn t have guessed I liked that it was not predictable like most murder mysteries are Barbara Ross creates a tale that sweeps readers into a family like communit Steamed Open by Barbara Ross is an interesting cozy mystery One that takes place in Maine A lot of people require access for their livelihood And it appears that the heir of a deceased town member is blocking it off All the citizens are angry But who would kill out of anger There are many suspects and the murder is one that I wouldn t have guessed I liked that it was not predictable like most murder mysteries are Barbara Ross creates a tale that sweeps readers into a family like community in Maine Everyone knows each other However, one them is about to become a killer The question of how well do we really know the people in our area pops into mind One woman works to solve the case Her family owned business relies heavily on access to clams And the events lead to a chill that never leaves One person is killed and another is spared Mystery, intrigue, and entertaining characters made Steamed Open a good read I did not read the previous novels in the series and was able to follow along just fine Overall, it was well written I received this copy from the publisher This is my voluntary review flag 1 likeLike see review Nov 05, 2018 Brenda rated it it was amazing review of another edition Great Cozy Series I learned about digging for clams in book 7 Very detailed relationship searches to find Lou s heirs was very interesting.Another season for Snowden Family Clambake and things are going well until Lou Herrickson s heir shuts off access to her beach for everyone, even Will Orsolini and the other clammers whose livelihood comes from gathering clams there and Will sells to Snowden family for their daily clambake excursions.When heir Bart Frick is murdered, Julia is asked to invest Great Cozy Series I learned about digging for clams in book 7 Very detailed relationship searches to find Lou s heirs was very interesting.Another season for Snowden Family Clambake and things are going well until Lou Herrickson s heir shuts off access to her beach for everyone, even Will Orsolini and the other clammers whose livelihood comes from gathering clams there and Will sells to Snowden family for their daily clambake excursions.When heir Bart Frick is murdered, Julia is asked to investigate by a neighbor to clear the Herrickson housekeeper.Julia s skills at uncovering clues from the smallest detail has her providing the police with new people to question.The Snowden family home, Windsholme, restoration project is discussed and plans are underway Julia Chris relationship moves forward once Chris shares his family dark secrets.I volunteered to read an ARC through Net Galley Release date is Jan 2019 flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 04, 2019 Cats of Ulthar February Weird Fiction rated it it was amazing Shelves 2019_a z_ha challenge, 2018_end strong_readathon, 2019_cozies_challenge, 2018_cs_readingchallenge, armchair new england, 2019_reads_, 2019_winter s respite, january_2019, a1 i own books, dog_marathon One of my favourite aspects of cozy mysteries is being an armchair traveler While reading, I learn about local customs and color, geography, climate, foods, and all sorts of aspects of a particular location I also devour any history included I enjoy reading about Maine and have for decades, so it was pure delight to read Barbara Ross STEAMED OPEN, with its likable characters and a few not so, of course , a murder with far too many possible suspects, beautiful antique homes, and of course, C One of my favourite aspects of cozy mysteries is being an armchair traveler While reading, I learn about local customs and color, geography, climate, foods, and all sorts of aspects of a particular location I also devour any history included I enjoy reading about Maine and have for decades, so it was pure delight to read Barbara Ross STEAMED OPEN, with its likable characters and a few not so, of course , a murder with far too many possible suspects, beautiful antique homes, and of course, Clambakes STEAMED OPEN is Maine Clambake Mystery 7, a series I definitely want to delve into flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 27, 2018 Megan Williams rated it really liked it Fun, FUN series It s always great to re visit Busman s Harbor and see what s UP This time we have a long time Maniac die and leave her estate to a flatlander who ends up dead when he doesn t fit in The characters are wonderful, the scenery to sigh over, recipes to try and a longing for summer flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 23, 2019 Debra Goldstein rated it it was amazing An excellent addition to the Clambake mystery series perhaps a little edgy than earlier books were, but definitely a good read with further development of the characters flag 1 likeLike see review Oct 25, 2018 Kristin Cochran Schadler rated it it was amazing Loved this book Parts were a little sad, but it was very interesting and hard to put down Very complex and I didn t see the killer until the reveal Looking forward to see what s next flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 04, 2019 Debbie Carnes marked it as to read I love this series and was not let down by Steamed Open Can not wait for the next one flag 1 likeLike see review Nov 10, 2018 Nicole rated it it was amazing Shelves mysteries, craving for cozies challenge 2018 Steamed Open by Barbara Ross, her 7th Maine Clambake Mystery, is another well written tale in this cozy series It s the end of summer, and when a wealthy longtime resident passes away, the heir to her estate cuts off beach access on her property, raising the hackles of the residents of Busman s Harbor Not surprisingly, it isn t long before the new heir is found dead, and Julia must sort through ancient family history to discover the motive for the crime Lots of hidden secrets abound, and we e Steamed Open by Barbara Ross, her 7th Maine Clambake Mystery, is another well written tale in this cozy series It s the end of summer, and when a wealthy longtime resident passes away, the heir to her estate cuts off beach access on her property, raising the hackles of the residents of Busman s Harbor Not surprisingly, it isn t long before the new heir is found dead, and Julia must sort through ancient family history to discover the motive for the crime Lots of hidden secrets abound, and we even learn little bit of Chris family background which is a nice addition to the story I really enjoy this series, and Ms Ross does a wonderful job of keeping the reader guessing right up until the very end of the book I absolutely recommend it to anyone looking for a yes, pun is definitely intended cozy mystery to read A flag 5 likesLike see review Dec 14, 2018 JoAnne McMaster Any Good Book rated it it was amazing Shelves cozy, mysteries Julia Snowden runs her family s clambake business, and the end of summer is near But one morning everything is delayed for the funeral of a local, Heloise Lou Herrickson, a woman who was generous and loved by all who knew her But the funeral takes a turn when Lou s heir, Bartholomew Frick, shows up late and doesn t speak to anyone, then leaves just as quickly when the service is over.But what really causes problems is when Frick closes off the beach and road access in front of Herrickson Hou Julia Snowden runs her family s clambake business, and the end of summer is near But one morning everything is delayed for the funeral of a local, Heloise Lou Herrickson, a woman who was generous and loved by all who knew her But the funeral takes a turn when Lou s heir, Bartholomew Frick, shows up late and doesn t speak to anyone, then leaves just as quickly when the service is over.But what really causes problems is when Frick closes off the beach and road access in front of Herrickson House, angering the townspeople The beach has been used daily by clammers who make their living, beachcombers, including one who lives in a nearby cottage, and the occasional tourist who stay in a small home next to the lighthouse When Julia goes to talk to Frick she comes across the housekeeper who has quit rather than work for him, and her attempts at getting him to open the beach again are fruitless But she learns later that day that Frick has been found dead, murdered, and she might have been one of the last people to see him alive.When she s asked by the Snugg sisters, who run a bed and breakfast across the street from her home, to help the housekeeper, Ida, prove her innocence if needed, she can t say no But things get complicated sooner than later when her boyfriend Chris has secrets of his own, and it starts to affect their life He also asks for Julia s help in something, but she needs information before she s willing to commit herself But Chris isn t so willing to share, and it causes problems.Now Julia has to help find a killer before someone is wrongfully accused and she doesn t realize just how complicated her life will become Will she find a link that will lead her to the truth, or will it be too late and the wrong person will be convicted Once again Ms Ross has given us an intriguing mystery to be unraveled, because that is exactly what we must do Take the tapestry she has woven and unravel it, thread by thread, to find the truth hidden inside It is an engaging tale that manages to take each piece and connect them seamlessly, with the reader discovering the connections one by one, the same as Julia While there are plenty of aha moments, it is indeed a pleasure to watch her as she takes each one and puts the puzzle together, coming to a satisfying conclusion.This was a highly enjoyable read, and I applaud Ms Ross on a story that is both delightful and believable We learn about Chris s past and why he is the person he is, which, as a subplot, brings compassion and understanding to the narrative The characters are convincing, and the descriptions of the clambake make you want to experience it firsthand.At the last, I was sorry to see the story end It kept me reading throughout the night, captured in the mystery This is the seventh book in the series, and quite as good as the others I hope to see it continue on for a good long while Highly recommended flag Like see review Nov 15, 2018 Brenda rated it really liked it Shelves netgalley Steamed Open is the seventh installment in the A Maine Clambake Mystery series set in Busman s Harbor, ME and featuring Julia Snowden and her families Clambake business Summer is in full swing with business on their private Morrow Island booming and plans underway to rebuild the fire ravaged family home Windsholme.Sadly one of the town s matriarchs, the beloved Heloise Lou Herrickson passes away at the age of one hundred and one, and leaves her mansion, lighthouse and lighthouse keeper s cott Steamed Open is the seventh installment in the A Maine Clambake Mystery series set in Busman s Harbor, ME and featuring Julia Snowden and her families Clambake business Summer is in full swing with business on their private Morrow Island booming and plans underway to rebuild the fire ravaged family home Windsholme.Sadly one of the town s matriarchs, the beloved Heloise Lou Herrickson passes away at the age of one hundred and one, and leaves her mansion, lighthouse and lighthouse keeper s cottage to her grand nephew Bart Frick Sea Glass Beach which surrounds the family compound had been kept open and available to the public for years, allowing both sunbathers and clammers to enjoy the beautiful Maine coast But on his first day in town Bart erects a sturdy fence cutting off all access and angering both townspeople and visiting tourists.With the steamer beds cut off and Julia s family relying heavily on the delicious bivalves to make their authentic clambakes complete, Julia sets out to try and reason with the new heir Her pleas fall on deaf ears and she resigns to find another means to get Bart to change his mind When the man is found dead bludgeoned by a clam rake, there is no shortage of suspects including Julia herself.Determined to find a killer and bring peace back to Busman s Harbor Julia sets out to dig up the killer Her investigation leads to deeply buried Herrickson family secrets and she soon finds herself trying to untangle a complicated string of clues that ultimately put her in the path of danger.A page turner from the start, a fast paced plot filled with twists and turns and the return of many well loved and developed main characters The author reveals a little about Julia s boyfriend Chris and his past which ultimately brings the two even closer together and it will be exciting to see what happens in the next installment Mouthwatering food descriptions will have you rushing to the nearest fishmonger to purchase a delicious saltwater delicacy.I received an advanced copy of Steamed Open from NetGalley via Kensington Publishing While not required to write a review I am than happy to offer my honest opinion flag Like see review Dec 10, 2018 RO Gma rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves 2018 craving for cozies challenge, read in 2018 Steamed Open is the seventh book in the Maine Clambake Mystery series written by Barbara Ross This is a well plotted murder mystery with a great cast of realistic characters The story moves at a steady pace and has enough twists, turns, and suspects to keep the reader engaged There is sufficient background information provided to allow this book to be read as a standalone It s summer in Busman s Harbor, Maine where Julia Snowden helps with her family s business, the Snowden Family Clambake, Steamed Open is the seventh book in the Maine Clambake Mystery series written by Barbara Ross This is a well plotted murder mystery with a great cast of realistic characters The story moves at a steady pace and has enough twists, turns, and suspects to keep the reader engaged There is sufficient background information provided to allow this book to be read as a standalone It s summer in Busman s Harbor, Maine where Julia Snowden helps with her family s business, the Snowden Family Clambake, which provides boat tours and authentic clambakes on Morrow Island, their private island, and operates a restaurant with her boyfriend, Chris Durand, in the off season Chris has always been secretive about his past and family, but Julia is finally able to get him to open up and explain some of his history with her which initially causes friction between them, but as he opens up , it ultimately brings them closer together When Heloise Lou Herrickson passes away at the age of one hundred and one, she leaves her mansion, lighthouse, and the keeper s cottage to her grandnephew by marriage, Bartholomew Bart Frick, to honor her deceased husband s wishes Bart wastes no time erecting a fence and a locked gate across the road, denying public access to the beach, clamming, the lighthouse, and cottage which Lou always encouraged The clammers, residents, and visitors stage a protest but are told the property will remain closed off until a court holds a hearing to resolve the matter or an agreement can be reached Julia tries to reason with him, but Bart refuses to grant access to the property Shortly after his arrival, he s found dead in the mansion Julia s mother s neighbors, the Snugg sisters, ask her to investigate the murder and protect Ida Fischer, Lou s longtime housekeeper and companion, who had served twenty years in prison for the murder of her husband Julia s determined to find the killer and figure out who inherits the property now that Frick is dead.I received an Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and voluntarily reviewed it flag Like see review Nov 30, 2018 F.T Bradley rated it it was amazing This is one of my favorite cozy mystery series and just yesterday, I was trying to determine why I read my share of cozies, especially in winter I like the comfort factor, the small town settings But many lose my interest after a few chapters, often because they feel predictable, or don t challenge my intellect enough a pitfall to the cozy, alas.Barbara Ross somehow manages to combine the small town setting with a smart mystery, plus a recurring cast with real problems and depth That s t This is one of my favorite cozy mystery series and just yesterday, I was trying to determine why I read my share of cozies, especially in winter I like the comfort factor, the small town settings But many lose my interest after a few chapters, often because they feel predictable, or don t challenge my intellect enough a pitfall to the cozy, alas.Barbara Ross somehow manages to combine the small town setting with a smart mystery, plus a recurring cast with real problems and depth That s the closest I can get to defining why this cozy series is one of my favorites.Steamed Open takes us back to familiar Busman s Harbor, this time because one of the somewhat reclusive and mysterious local residents passed away no murder , and has left her estate to a nephew who has just moved in He restricts local access to the beach, much to the chagrin of the local clammers who rely on the location for their income The nephew is killed at the estate just after amateur sleuth Julia Snowden has visited him, kicking the whodunit into gear.The mystery becomes bigger and bigger, as Julia tries to uncover family history going back generations, with secrets many of Busman Harbor s residents don t want uncovered.While some cozy series start to become repetitive after a while, I think the Maine Clambake Mystery series actually gets better Author Barbara Ross clearly dug deep for this one clam pun not intended , with thematic depth and serious family history at the center of the mystery without losing the small town charm of the cozy Great recipes with meaning and history in the back, if you re so inclined.Highly recommended This is a cozy that elevates the genre.If you re not familiar with the series, I highly recommend starting with the first book, Clammed Up Galley flag Like see review Dec 23, 2018 Susan rated it it was amazing Summer has come to Busman s Harbor, Maine and locals and tourists are eager to go clamming Julia Snowden s family business, The Snowden Family Clambake Company has harvested clams on a local beach, as had most of the town Upon the death of the owner of the beach, light house and mansion, Lou Herrickson, nobody has any idea that the beach would become off limits Turns out Lou left her property to her great nephew, Bart Frick and he has other plans He blocks all access to the beach, period By Summer has come to Busman s Harbor, Maine and locals and tourists are eager to go clamming Julia Snowden s family business, The Snowden Family Clambake Company has harvested clams on a local beach, as had most of the town Upon the death of the owner of the beach, light house and mansion, Lou Herrickson, nobody has any idea that the beach would become off limits Turns out Lou left her property to her great nephew, Bart Frick and he has other plans He blocks all access to the beach, period By doing that, the local economy will take a massive hit and a court battle will take too long Julia thinks calmer heads can prevail so she sets out to meet with Frick and see if some agreement can be reached When the answer is a swift and firm NO, she leaves but is soon informed that she was probably the last person to see him alive Actually the next to last person because the last person was his killer, using a clam rake as a deadly weapon.Things become very complicated when the search begins for family members both in and out of the estate Who killed him leads to a very long list of suspects and then there is the equally vital question to be answered who will become the next owner of the beach, lighthouse, etc There are lots of twists, turns and red herrings to keep the reader guessing from beginning to end.The characters are well defined and the backstory is enough that a reader new to the series will have no trouble enjoying this as a stand alone But, be warned, if you like this entry as much as I did, you will want to get your hands on the previous six stories and binge read them I read this is one sitting and now I have to wait and wait and waitMy thanks to the publisher Kensington and to NetGalley for giving me an advance copy in exchange for my honest review flag Like see review Dec 18, 2018 Abby Fabian rated it it was amazing Julia Snowden and the gang are back in another enthralling addition to one of the best cozy series out there One of my favorite things about this series is the balance Neither the characters nor the mystery is lacking Sometimes, especially in cozies, you can either have really great characters or a really great mystery While the two can both be excellent, on many occasions, one overtakes the other That is not so in this series The characters are amazingly developed while the mystery will a Julia Snowden and the gang are back in another enthralling addition to one of the best cozy series out there One of my favorite things about this series is the balance Neither the characters nor the mystery is lacking Sometimes, especially in cozies, you can either have really great characters or a really great mystery While the two can both be excellent, on many occasions, one overtakes the other That is not so in this series The characters are amazingly developed while the mystery will always make your mind race In this installment, Julia and Chris hit a stepping stone Their relationship strikes me as very real, and it was great to see it develop further Gus s restaurant is one of my favorite places for scenes to take place The interactions that take place there give you a window into what life in Maine is really like As always, it was wonderful to read about the inner workings of the clambake You get enough detail to educate you, but not too much to bore or confuse you I especially loved a scene in the book where Julia goes clamming It was incredibly interesting As I alluded to above, the mystery was superb Ms Ross was born to write mysteries She can create such a genuine story I also appreciated how Julia had to go through a process to solve the crime She doesn t just talk to people she digs through records, tracks things down, and thinks on it It doesn t all come easily This is a must read for those who love complex characters, captivating mysteries, and , the heart of the series, clambakes I received a free copy of this book I am voluntarily leaving a review All thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own flag Like see review Dec 18, 2018 Kathleen rated it it was amazing Shelves 2018 lit challenge, alphabet soup 2018, craving for cozies 2018, cruisin thru the cozies 2018, netgalley I really enjoy this story This is the seventh in the Maine Clambake Mystery series and the first I have read When Netgalley offered the book, I was drawn in by the cover and description I knew this was a good time to jump in and try the series even though I have one or two in my to be read pile.This cozy is set in Busman s Harbor, Maine in the summer Julia Snowden s family business provides boat tours and clambakes for tourists The death of a neighbor may impact the business.Heloise Lou H I really enjoy this story This is the seventh in the Maine Clambake Mystery series and the first I have read When Netgalley offered the book, I was drawn in by the cover and description I knew this was a good time to jump in and try the series even though I have one or two in my to be read pile.This cozy is set in Busman s Harbor, Maine in the summer Julia Snowden s family business provides boat tours and clambakes for tourists The death of a neighbor may impact the business.Heloise Lou Herrickson, has left her property, including her house, lighthouse, and lighthouse keeper s cottage to her grand nephew, Bartholomew Frick The new owner erects a fence cutting off access to the beach This doesn t sit right with the community as they have had access for many years through this property.In a matter of days of his arrival, Mr Frick is found dead There are plenty of suspects, plot twists and few surprises This is a well written, entertaining read I enjoyed the characters, sub plots, and character interaction.Julia becomes involved in the investigation by trying to clear Ida Fischer, Lou Herrickson s housekeeper who had recently quit.It will be interesting to see how the Chris Julia relationship continues to unfold This book leaves you feeling there is to come.Looking forward to another installment.I volunteered to read and review an ARC of this book provided by Kensington Publishing Corporation and NetGalley These are my unsolicited opinions flag Like see review Nov 03, 2018 Katherine rated it really liked it Shelves netgalley Julia Snowden is back in the seventh Maine Clambake Mystery This is a cozy mystery series I ve been keeping up with since the first book was released In this mystery, as a result of the death of a most beloved elderly citizen, a mysterious relative, Bartholomew Frick, inherits the property and closes all access to the beach, thus the citizens of Busman s Harbor, Maine are unable to do any clamming in the area The closure of the beach does have a negative impact on the community Shortly after Julia Snowden is back in the seventh Maine Clambake Mystery This is a cozy mystery series I ve been keeping up with since the first book was released In this mystery, as a result of the death of a most beloved elderly citizen, a mysterious relative, Bartholomew Frick, inherits the property and closes all access to the beach, thus the citizens of Busman s Harbor, Maine are unable to do any clamming in the area The closure of the beach does have a negative impact on the community Shortly after closing the beach Frick is discovered dead, leaving the citizens to wonder who inherits next.This is a fun series Julia Snowden and her family own a clambake business that definitely keeps Julia and her family busy I enjoy reading about the clambakes and Maine and life on the coast Any story with a lighthouse grabs my attention and this mystery has three lighthouses.Julia does some great sleuthing in this mystery to discover the identity of the person who will inherit now that Frick is dead The story moves along at a great pace and kept me interested Chris, Julia s boyfriend, is troubled about something And The Snowden family is in the early stages of restoring their home on Morrow Island All in all it was an enjoyable read 4 stars I received a complimentary cop of this book from Kensington through NetGalley Opinions expressed in this review are my own flag Like see review previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 next new topicDiscuss This Book There are no discussion topics on this book yet Be the first to start one Share 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        Barbara Ross is the author of seven Maine Clambake Mysteries The latest, Steamed Open, was released in December 2018 Her novellas featuring Julia Snowden are included along with stories by Leslie Meier and Lee Hollis in the anthologies Eggnog Murder and Yule Log Murder.Barbara s books have been nominated for multiple Agatha Awards for Best Contemporary Novel and the Maine Literary Award for Crim Barbara Ross is the author of seven Maine Clambake Mysteries The latest, Steamed Open, was released in December 2018 Her novellas featuring Julia Snowden are included along with stories by Leslie Meier and Lee Hollis in the anthologies Eggnog Murder and Yule Log Murder.Barbara s books have been nominated for multiple Agatha Awards for Best Contemporary Novel and the Maine Literary Award for Crime Fiction.Barbara blogs with the Maine Crime Writers and the Wicked Cozy Authors She lives with her husband in Portland, Maine


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    1. Dollycas s ThoughtsBusman s Harbor, Maine is in an uproar as Bartholomew Frick shuts down Sea Glass Beach access on a property he is set to inherit from the much beloved resident Heloise Lou Herrickson Julia is worried about having enough crabs for their Snowden Family Clambake s and about the clammers that are losing their income The tourists aren t happy either especially a couple that was booked to spend a few nights in the nearby lighthouse Soon after Julia tries to meet with the man to Doll [...]


    2. Streamed Open by Barbara Ross is the 7th book in A Maine Clambake Mystery, and a wonderful book Julia Snowden and her family are busy running the Snowden Family Clambakes Company After a beloved neighbor passes away and her nephew inherits the family mansion, the trouble begins Bartholomew Frick puts a large fence on the border of his property, and denies people access to the beach Clammers, beach combers and lighthouse buffs are very angry Next Frick is found dead, shortly after Julia talk Stre [...]


    3. Lou Herrickson, a beloved member of the Busman s Harbor community, has recently died Lou has left everything to her late husband s grandnephew, Bart Frick That includes the mansion where she lived and the lighthouse and beach connected to it Lou had always left the beach open to the public, but the first thing Bart does is fence off the beach The locals who make a living by clamming are the first to discover this when they arrive to start their morning of work, and that s when Julia Snowden Lou [...]


    4. Everyone knows when I get a cozy mystery in my hands, leave me alone until I come up for air The day I read STEAMED OPEN, the book didn t leave my hands It went everywhere in the house with me Yes Everywhere TMI I know Seriously, I couldn t stop reading until I had finished.I wouldn t say book seven in the Maine Clambake Mysteries was lucky number 7 for author Barbara Ross Luck had nothing to do with it Brilliant writing and knowing what readers will love had everything to do with it B Everyone [...]


    5. This book was so hard to put down, I read it in one sitting I love the small, seaside town of Busman s Harbor and the family clambake featured in this series They re practically characters in the story The characters are great, from protagonist Julia and her boyfriend Chris to policemen Dawes, Binder, and Flynn, and all the family and friends in between Some of the usual side characters are little than a mention in this book, but we meet several interesting, new characters This is a we This boo [...]


    6. Steamed Open is a light cozy mystery We get to go through the day to day running of the family clambake business with Julia Snowden When Lou s heir is murdered, Julia sets out to get answers just because she is nosy The guilty party might as well have a neon sign over their head It is easy to pick out the killer early in the book We do get to learn about Chris in this book I will share my full review soon.Steamed Open by Barbara Ross has readers journeying to Busman s Harbor, Maine Steamed Open [...]


    7. Another summer begins in Busman s Harbor, Maine and so does Julia Snowden s family s business of providing boat tours and authentic clambakes on their private island But their quiet lives are disturbed with the death of a beloved elderly resident and the unwelcome arrival of her grandnephew by marriage, the executor of her estate He promptly erects a fence on the property s beach, restricting public access to clamming and the lighthouse, which has been allowed for decades prior When he is fou An [...]


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