Clammed Up: 01/16/23
Clammed Up by Barbara Ross and Dana Rosenberg (Narrator) (2013) is the start of the Maine Clambake Mystery series. Julia Snowden has returned to Busman's Harbor in a panic. Her family's clambake business is failing after her brother in law made some terrible investments. They have just this summer to save the business.
Before the season even officially opens, things are looking up. Julia's been hired by a wedding party. They want to be married on her family's island and host the reception as part of a private clambake. All that potential money is dashed when Julia finds the groom hanging dead in the old family mansion.
I found Julia's constant threats from the loan officer extremely stressful. Having only a certain number of days when the business could be closed was a huge motivating factor for Julia to turn amateur sleuth.
This is an island based murder, one where only a handful of people have regular access to the area. It's not far removed from a more typical locked room mystery. So the question becomes why and when, rather than who, even if it took Julia longer to reach the logical conclusion.
The second book is Boiled Over (2014).