Sealed Off–Maine Clambake Mystery #8

Early October is “winding down” time in Busman’s Harbor, Maine, but there’s nothing relaxing about it for Julia Snowden. Between busloads of weekend leaf peepers at the Snowden Family Clambake and a gut renovation of the old mansion on Morrow Island, she’s keeping it all together with a potentially volatile skeleton crew—until one of them turns up dead under the firewood.

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When the Russian demo team clearing out the mansion discovers a room that’s been sealed off for decades, Julia’s baffled as to its purpose and what secrets it might have held. Tensions are already simmering with the crew, but when one of the workers is found murdered, things come to a boil. With the discovery of another body—and a mysterious diary with Cyrillic text in the hidden room—the pressure’s on Julia to dig up a real killer fast. But she’ll have to sort through a pile of suspects, including ex-spouses, a spurned lover, and a recently released prisoner, to fish out one clammed-up killer.

Sealed Off is a seamless blend of secrets into a page-turner any mystery fan will love.

Suspense Magazine, December 2019

The beautiful landscape of coastal Maine adds local color to two intriguing mysteries.

Kirkus Reviews, October 14, 2019

Barbara Ross is my favorite culinary cozy author and for good reason; her plots are engrossing and topical, her characters have both smarts and heart, and her books are always a terrific read.

Criminal Element, January 15, 2020

…by far the best book in this delightfully charming and endearing series…

Dru’s Book Musings, January 2, 2020

Sealed Off will please the series’ many fans and leave them as anxious for their next visit as I already am.  If you haven’t made that first trek to Maine yet, don’t wait another day to start this fantastic series.

Carstairs Considers, December 23, 2019.

This eighth in the series continues to surprise with its unexpected plot twists and steadfast characters who embrace their harsh winters, delicious seafood, and deadly cold seas.

Kings River Life, March 7, 2020

A mix of mysteries set in the past and present to entice and engage mystery fans!

Fresh Fiction, February 6, 2020

Ross has a great knack of grabbing the readers attention as soon as you open up the book and keeps you charging through until the very last page. 

Cozy Mystery Book Reviews, February 9, 2020

Another intriguing addition to Barbara Ross’ series with two tightly woven mysteries.

MapYourMystery, December 12, 2019

About the only thing, I love more than murder and mayhem is a good historical mystery! Secret rooms? Diaries from the 1800s? Sign me up!

Pirate Patty Reviews, December 20, 2019

Every time I open a book by Barbara Ross I know I am in for a real treat and that is just what Sealed Off was.

Escape with Dollycas into a Good Book, January 23, 2020

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