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  • Oh this was a fun story

    By glhince
    Oh this was a fun story, set in mid-coast Maine, Julia Snowden is on leave from her investment banking position to help out in the family owned clambake catering company. 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. The summer season is wrapping up, and Julia has several decisions to make: her leave of absence is almost up, the original family home on the island where they have their clambakes was damaged by a fire and needs to be winterized to enable restoration and her relationship is at a crossroad. But when a potential competitor turns up entangled in lobster trap lines under a boat with no crew, the questions of who did it start to run amok. Along with the mystery is a truly honest portrayal of the life in small town coastal Maine, hardships, tiny squabbles and fishing territory disputes. Characters are wonderfully built, from Gus and Mrs. Gus who own the ‘locals’ diner to the elderly twin sisters that run the B & B:, the local police, the women who rally around to support one another and even Le Roi, the Maine Coon Cat that is laden with personality and pizazz. Joanna is well built, with a line of insecurities and several questions. While an insider because of her family, she’s been away for a while, and this gives her a unique perspective and viewpoint on both the town and the mystery of missing men, murder and above all, her own future prospects in this small coastal town. There is little to not like about this story, and with several potential suspects and an ever-increasing set of secrets the end is both satisfying and fitting, all while keeping the feel of a small town surviving on full-time residents and heart. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.