Boiled Over by Barbara Ross is the second book in the “Maine Clambake” mystery series. Publisher: Kensington, May 2014
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.
This was a great read. The writing style is very comfortable with an easy flow from chapter to chapter. You get a taste of Maine as you move forward in this mystery. The author did a great job in pacing this drama filled with non-stop action as our heroine tries to do the right thing in clearing a man’s name, but also finding where her heart lies. The suspect list was full and I enjoyed watching it all played out as the list got shorter and shorter until the killer was revealed. Boasting an eclectic cast of characters, engaging dialogue and a wonderful Maine setting, this was a delectably appetizing whodunit that left me wanting more. I can’t wait to see what happens next with Julia and the gang in the next book in this delightfully charming light fare.