Steamed Open–Maine Clambake Mystery #7

It’s summertime in Busman’s Harbor, Maine, and the clamming is easy—or it was until a mysterious new neighbor blocks access to the beach, cutting off the Snowden Family Clambake’s supply. Julia Snowden is just one of many townspeople angered by Bartholomew Frick’s decision. But which one of them was angry enough to kill?

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Beachcombers, lighthouse buffs, and clammers are outraged after Frick puts up a gate in front of his newly inherited mansion. When Julia urges him to reconsider, she’s the last to see him alive—except the person who stabs him in the neck with a clam rake. As she pores through a long list of suspects, Julia meets disgruntled employees, rival heirs, and a pair of tourists determined to visit every lighthouse in America. They all have secrets, and Julia will have to work fast to expose the guilty party—or see this season’s clam harvest dry up for good.

“Each one is even better than the previous.”

Suspense Magazine, Holiday Issue 2018

“In the seventh book of the excellent Maine Clambake mystery series, the summer tourist season is in full swing… I very much enjoyed the continuing saga of Busman’s Harbor and its inhabitants. A lot of cozy mysteries tend to elide the struggles of working-class folks in small towns, but Barbara Ross does a terrific job of grounding her novels in the reality of their day-to-day life.”

Criminal Element, December 2018

“Fun and summery with a salty touch of murder, makes Steamed Open a perfect cozy summer read.”

Wonder Woman Sixty, July 2020

“…a wonderful and entertaining story that I could not put down until all was said and done.”

Dru’s Book Musings, December 2018

“The entire story is very well-written with subplots the blend perfectly into the main plot. Twists, turns, and some exciting moments take place as Julia does her best to solve this mystery.  There is a clear “edge of your seat” moment near the end that had my heart racing.”

Escape with Dollycas, December 2018

“If you haven’t yet met Julia, you are in for a treat. And if you are already a fan, Steamed Open will satisfy your craving for another delectable mystery.”

Carstairs Considers, December 2018

“Sure to appeal to readers who treasure the Maine coast…”

Kirkus Reviews, October 2018

“…well-plotted investigation with its cords of friendship and deeper affection, in its salt-tangy Maine setting…”

Kingdom Books, December 2018

“While some cozy series start to become repetitive after a while, I think the Maine Clambake Mystery series actually gets better. Author Barbara Ross clearly dug deep for this one (clam pun not intended), with thematic depth and more serious family history at the center of the mystery–without losing the small town charm of the cozy.”

YA Sleuth, December 2018

“You will feel the warm Maine sun and smell the ocean breeze and the clambake while you are reading this.”

Map Your Mystery, December 2018

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Blog Posts about Steamed Open

Fast and Easy for the Holidays

Mystery Lovers Kitchen, December 9, 2018

Guest Chick: Barbara Ross

Chicks on the Case, December 12, 2018

My Little (Southern) (New England) Town by Barbara Ross and Debra H. Goldstein

The Stiletto Gang, December 14, 2018

Ma’s Sour Cream Coffee Cake

Cinnamon, Sugar and a Little Bit of Murder, December 17, 2018

How Two Non-Cooks Write Culinary Mysteries by Debra Goldstein and Barbara Ross

Jungle Red Writers, December 19, 2018

Cooking the Books: Steamed Open by Barbara Ross

Criminal Element, December 19, 2018

Get To Know ~ Julia Snowden

Dru’s Book Musings, December 20, 2018

A Christmas Letter from Busman’s Harbor!

Killer Characters, December 20, 2018

An Unexpected Meeting by Debra H. Goldstein and Barbara Ross

Mysteristas, December 21, 2018

Recipe of the Month from Steamed Open, A Maine Clambake Mystery

Military Spouse Magazine, January, 2019

Le Roi’s Perspective

Cozy Up with Kathy, January 8, 2019

Interview with Barbara Ross

Map Your Mystery, January 9, 2019

Interview with Julia Snowden

A Wytch’s Book Review Blog, January 12, 2019

An Interview with Barbara Ross by E.B. Davis

Writers Who Kill, January 16, 2019