MUSSELED OUT is Book three in the Maine
mystery series by Barbara Ross. This series by Barbara
Ross just keeps getting better! Supporting characters
from previous books get fleshed out a little more in
MUSSELED OUT, and there are multiple mysteries to puzzle
and delight readers. I'm happy to see more of Julia's
friend Quentin. Even though he is frustratingly silent at
times, he gets her to think about her choices in a
I love that there is more than one mystery in MUSSELED
OUT. Having both a murder and a missing man early on in
the mystery helps make for a fascinating whodunit.
Barbara Ross captures the reader's imagination with so
much of the action taking place out on the water. While
reading MUSSELED OUT, I can picture the windswept shore,
the choppy water that can either paint a pretty picture
or turn ominous. Barbara Ross creates a wonderful feeling
of paranoia in MUSSELED OUT, where anybody could be a
suspect. With so many of the people that Julia knows and
cares about being suspects, the story has an emotional
Once again, Julia's inner debate over what direction to
take in her life is major theme in MUSSELED OUT. Her life
is at a crossroads, and she seems a little isolated at
times -- with her sister's family dealing with their own
issues, her mother taking a new and mysterious turn in
life, and some things still unresolved with her boyfriend
Chris. I love the direction Barbara Ross decides to go
with Julia's career and romantic relationship. Julia is a
very likable and sympathetic main character.
MUSSELED OUT is a multifaceted and compelling cozy
mystery with the right balance of riddles and romance.
The well-developed characters and their relationships
with each other keep me coming back for more. MUSSELED
OUT had me hooked from beginning to end. I eagerly await
the next installment in this series by Barbara Ross to
see what's up next for Julia.
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!