Fogged Inn by Barbara Ross is the fourth book in the Maine Clambake mystery series. Publisher: Kensington, February 2016

Fogged InnAn autumn chill has settled over Busman’s Harbor, Maine, but Julia Snowden is warming up the town by offering lobster stew at the local diner. When her landlord discovers a dead body in the walk-in refrigerator, Julia must figure out who ordered up a side of murder.

Nothing’s colder than a corpse–especially one stashed inside a sub-zero fridge. The victim spent his last night on earth dining at the restaurant bar, so naturally Julia finds herself at the center of the ensuing investigation. Lost in the November fog, however, is who’d want to kill the unidentified stranger–and why. It might have something to do with a suspicious group of retirees and a decades-old tragedy to which they’re all connected. One thing’s for sure: Julia’s going to make solving this mystery her early bird special.

I love a book that grabs my attention and never let it go until that last page is turned, and that is what Fogged Inn did for me. I love the style that the story was told and the comfortable tone that made it easy to follow. The author presented an intriguing mystery where the direction the story headed kept me wondering how it was all going to play out. The set-up was brilliant and I wavered on who was behind the murder until that last moment when it all came together and it was nicely done. Julia was at her best in this light drama and it was also fun to see the other supporting cast. Every time I read a book in this series, I fall in love with Gus all over again. This is one of the best books in the series and I look forward to more adventures in Busman’s Harbor with Julia, Chris, Jamie and the gang.

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