Blurb: For Julia Snowden, the Founder's Day summer celebration in Busman's Harbor, Maine, means helping her family's clambake company to prepare an authentic taste of New England seafood. Any Mainer will tell you that a real clambake needs wood for the fire . . . so why is there a foot sticking out of the oven?
The townspeople want to pin the murder of the RV park owner on Cabe Stone, a new employee of the Snowden Family Clambake Company--who bolted from the crime scene and disappeared. Julia knows having another murder associated with her family's business is a recipe for disaster . . . but who is the killer? Cooking up a proper investigation doesn't leave much time for the rest of Julia's life, and this is one killer who'll do anything to stop her from digging up clues . . .
Mochas, Mysteries and Meows Review: Boiled Over is the second book in Barbara Ross' Maine Clambake Mystery series and takes place during Founder's Weekend in Busman's Harbor. A pall is cast over the celebration when the body of RV park owner Stevie Noyes is found and one of the Snowden Family Clambake Company's new employees is the main suspect. Many suspicious characters and loads of family intrigue make this one a whodunit right up until the very end.
What Made Us Purr:
* The Cover: Watermelon, blueberry pie, corn on the cob...classic New England summer food. But what really kills me is the deviled eggs made to look like little chicks are popping out. Too cute for words!
* The Setting: I'm a lifelong New Englander who has never visited the beautiful state of Maine, but it is one of my favorite places to visit via the pages of a book. Experiencing an authentic Maine clambake just like the ones described in this series is definitely on my bucket list...minus the dead bodies, of course.
* The Murder: I always enjoy it when an author finds a unique way to kill off their murder victim, especially when it ties in to the theme of the mystery series. In this book the victim is found in the wood fire under the Claminator, a contraption built to enable safe cooking on the pier.
* Family Matters: Julia and her mother have a complicated relationship, which causes Julia to question if she wants to completely leave her life in New York City behind and stay in Busman's Harbor. She doesn't want to end up like her Mom, who it appears never quite belonged anywhere. She ends up discovering what I wish more people would understand: choosing to be alone does not necessarily mean you are lonely.
What Made Us Hiss: Truffles (and I) would like to see more of Le Roi, the island cat :)
Final Catcall: Grab your kitty, an iced mocha, and a copy of Boiled Over. Before long you'll be imagining that you're vacationing on the coast of Maine, feeling the sea breeze and tasting the ocean air.
Full Disclosure: I received an advanced copy of this book from the author.