Stowed Away by Barbara Ross is the sixth book in the “Maine Clambake” mystery series. Publisher: Kensington, coming December 26, 2017.

It’s June in Busman’s Harbor, Maine, and Julia Snowden and her family are working hard to get their authentic Maine clambake business ready for summer. Preparations must be put on hold, however, when a mysterious yacht drops anchor in the harbor—and delivers an unexpected dose of murder . . .

When Julia’s old prep school rival Wyatt Jayne invites her to dinner on board her billionaire fiancé’s decked-out yacht, Julia arrives to find a sumptuous table set for two—and the yachtsman dead in his chair. Suspicion quickly falls on Wyatt, and Julia’s quest to dredge up the truth leads her into the murky private world of a mega-rich recluse who may not have been all that he seemed . . .

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This is another great novel that grabbed my attention immediately in this well-written and fast-paced drama. The tone was very comfortable making it an easy read to follow. The mystery was staged to perfection with plenty of suspects and a simmering of clues with a few surprising twists that kept me intrigued in all that was happening. From the introduction of Wyatt, to Page’s friend, to Julia’s search for answers, to Quentin’s past, to more character backstory, and to a well-rounded tale where pivotal roles were key to how well this story was told, and in particular, the outcome. Of course, any sighting of Gus is a bonus to me. This is a smorgasbord of delightfully engaging narrative that whets the appetite for more time with the citizens of Busman’s Harbor, Maine. This is one of the best book in the series and I can’t wait to see where we go next with Julia, Chris and the rest of the gang.

FTC Full Disclosure – I received an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) from the author.

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