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Clammed Up (A Maine Clambake Mystery) Mass Market Paperback – September 3, 2013
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Nominated as a Reviewer's Choice Best Book of 2013--Amateur Sleuth, RT Book Reviews.
Finalist for the Maine Literary Award for Crime Fiction.
"Clammed Up is a terrific start to what promises to be a top-notch series, with a cast of characters I look forward to knowing better." Suspense Magazine, September, 2013
"☆☆☆☆½ This first installment in a new series is a real treat...The story flows effortlessly, and the setting is a character on its own..." Romantic Times Book Reviews, September 2013.
Top Customer Reviews
Barbara Ross' debut is a magical trip into the summers of my youth, spent with my feet firmly planted in the ocean water and enjoying seafood. Right from the first page I knew that this was a book that I was going to enjoy immensely, that would keep me up late at night, and I wasn't wrong. Clammed Up was an absolute delight!!
With well-crafted characters and a fantastic mystery with more than it's share of red herrings, Clammed Up left me guessing and re-guessing as I tried to solve the mystery before Julia and the local police team.
I loved Julia, our amateur sleuth. To begin with she seems like a simple person who has come back to help her family out. She isn't suffering some great big divorce or some pain in her life, she comes from a happy family. The only loss she has suffered is the death of her father a few years before to cancer. But under the surface she is more complicated, and I enjoyed watching her navigate her relationships with people she knew in her childhood, as an adult. There are a few hints at future romantic entanglements and I'm eagerly awaiting to see how these will play out in future books.
Clammed Up was my favorite book of the September releases so far.Read more ›
Ross's story is well crafted. The small town Maine setting is welcoming and the characters are well developed "people" you will like and dislike as you might friends and family - and many of them will surprise you before you reach the last page. I enjoyed this book and almost wish I'd discovered the series a few books down the line so I could continue reading the Snowden Family Clambake mysteries. For now, I'll give some of the recipes at the back of the book a try. They sound as satisfying as the story.
Personally, I was convinced from the first chapter that this was going to be an intelligent, well-crafted and skillfully told mystery, and I wasn't disappointed. This was a relief to me because so many cozies these days are frivolous to the point of being ridiculous. I like frivolity and a light read sometimes, but I want the mystery and the characters' motivations to make sense. This story gave me that.
For instance, many cozies don't give us a strong enough reason for the main character to become an amateur sleuth. It's as if we're just supposed to accept that they do because, after all, they're starring in a cozy. But Barbara Ross doesn't leave us in any doubt of what's at stake for her sleuth, Julia. Everything in her life is at stake! I was so convinced of her need to find the murderer that I was almost having panic attacks along with Julia when the clues didn't happen fast enough and yet another day went by when her business wasn't allowed to open.
Another thing that impressed me about this story was the complicated lives of the characters and the way they kept important things to themselves, just as would be the case in real life. Everyone had their own angle, their own messed up life and past that interfered with the investigation. I loved how I was continually kept guessing and surprised.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Book 1: A Maine Clambake Mystery
I love to find a cozy mystery series that takes place on the East Coast. Read more
Clammed Up by Barbara Ross is the first book in the Maine Clambake Mystery series, and I really enjoyed it. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Beagle Girl
I loved the story--could not put it down! Fun sharing all the Main history and lore!Published 29 days ago by Amazon Customer
The first of a great series by this author, using the protagonist's family business as a starting point. The Maine setting is expertly rendered and the plotting was well executed. Read morePublished 1 month ago by knits well runs slowly
I very much enjoy reading books set in different areas, and this one set in Maine was no exception. I felt it was a little slow, but that's all right - not everything needs to be... Read morePublished 1 month ago by stellans
I've been reading many cozy mysteries over the past few years when I first stumbled upon the genre. This is one of the best I've read! Read morePublished 1 month ago by gypsy18