Musseled Out–Maine Clambake Mystery #3

The busy summer tourist season is winding down in Busman’s Harbor, Maine, but Julia Snowden senses trouble brewing for the Snowden Family Clambake Company. Shifty David Thwing–the “Mussel King” of an upscale seafood restaurant chain–is sniffing around town for a new location. But serving iffy clams turns out to be the least of his troubles…

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When Thwing is found sleeping with the fishes beneath a local lobsterman’s boat, the police quickly finger Julie’s brother-in-law 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.

☆☆☆☆½ The latest trip to Busman’s Harbor is a lobster pot full of secrets and deceit. This cozy series continues to stand out with its exceptional plotting, intriguing storylines and authentic detailing of the lobstering life.

RT Book Reviews, May 2015

..a craftily plotted, brilliantly paced tale…I devoured Musseled Out in a single greedy sitting.

Crimespree Magazine, April 2015

Musseled Out has great characters and deft plotting that will keep readers enthralled…

Suspense Magazine, May 2015

Boasting an eclectic cast of characters, good conversation and a small town feel, this is my favorite book in the series.

Dru’s Book Musings, April 2015

Each book is getting better — and the first one was pretty darned good, so by now, the Maine Clambake series is one of the best amateur sleuth…mystery series coming out of New England.

Kingdom Books, April 2015

…this book starts strong and the pace never slacks. I was turning pages as quickly as I could…

Carstairs Considers, May 2015

The first two books of this series were good, solid four-star reads, but this book absolutely blew them out of the water.

More Mysteries Please, June 2016

I really love this series...

YABookNerd, April 2015

…a well-crafted, fun mystery that’s perfect for autumn reading.

Bill Bushnell, Kennebec Journal, September 2015

…a page-turning rescue scene that left me stunned…

Nightstand Book Reviews, December 2015

I can say with certainty that I have found a new cozy author which I plan to follow and read any chance I get.

Open Book Society, June 2015

The characters…were well developed, with flaws and strengths, and believable quirks.

Bea’s Book Nook, June 2015

This book is certainly a page turner, a nice beach read, and one you will enjoy reading by the fireplace when there is a blizzard outside. A must read!

A Million Kindle Books, July 2015

The delicious descriptions of local Maine cuisine, along with lobster recipes, are a wonderful bonus.

Kings River Life, May 2015

…a wonderful whodunit with just the right amounts of humor and romance.

Escape with Dollycas, April 2015

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.

Fresh Fiction, May 2015

I want to come back and visit again and see what the characters are up to…

readalot, March 2015

…enough characters and sub-plots to make it hard to guess “whodunnit”, yet without being confusing.

The Book’s the Thing, April, 2015

Musseled Out is the third in this series, but Barbara Ross has managed to present necessary information without overwhelming the reader, and the book reads well as a stand alone story.

I am, Indeed, April, 2015


You can’t help but get involved with the people of Busman’s Harbor…

Any Good Book, May 2015

This is a wonderful mystery series and the latest installment is the best yet. The ending is intense and action packed. The last few pages brought a huge smile to my face.

Open Book Society, September 2015

Definitely worth checking out!!

Community Bookstop, September 2015

The dialog flows as if the characters are real

Little Bungalow Life, September 2015

Barbara Ross has such a way with her writing that you feel like you are there.

Cozy Mystery Book Reviews, January 2016

Barbara Ross is back to her best in this gripping tale…

Criminal Elements, April 2017

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