Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Boiled Over-Barbara Ross

Boiled Over Barbara Ross Kensington, May 6 2014, $7.99 ISBN: 9780758286871 Residents of Busman’s Harbor, Maine prepare for the annual Founder’s Day gala that brings summer visitors to their town. As always the Snowden Family Clambake Company plans to enjoy the festivities while also serving up New England style seafood. However, Julia Snowden and others notice a human foot sticking out of the family claminator oven; at the same time new employee Cabe Stone flees from the scene. Local rookie cop Jamie Dawes takes control of the crime scene until State Police Lieutenant Binder and Sergeant Flynn arrive from Augusta. The victim is Founder’s Day committee member Stevie Noyes, owner of Camp Glooscap RV Park and the prime suspect is the vanished Cabe. Julie believes Cabe is innocent, but wonders how to prove her assertion. The second Maine Clambake murder mystery (see Clammed Up) is an enjoyable amateur sleuth as Julia’s inquiry leads to her uncovering the secrets of several residents including Cabe though some of her findings turn out to be red herrings re the case. Although subgenre fans will have to accept the former successful Manhattan venture capitalist feeling a deep need to investigate, readers will appreciate this Maine Island cozy with several delicious recipes. Harriet Klausner

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