Fogged Inn by Barbara Ross
Series: A Maine Clambake Mystery, #4
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Publisher: Kensington Books
Release Date: 2/23/16
Page Count: 320
An 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…
Includes Traditional Maine Clambake Recipes!
This was my first introduction to Barbara Ross, even though I have Clammed Up sitting in my to-be read pile. Since this is the first book in the series I’ve read, I appreciated the details and bits and pieces of back story thrown in from the other three books, it helped to keep the story cohesive and it helped me to “meet” the characters and town faster and get immersed in their world.
The plot itself is well written and well developed, however I had to pay close attention through most of the book because of the list of supporting characters in this story. I admit I had to stop a few times throughout the story and realign my characters because I was confused. With that said though, the characters are well-rounded and well-written, making this story a fun and engrossing read. I really felt like I watched Julia grow throughout the story. Without giving away any details, I saw her mature and I felt her relationship with Chris grow deeper too. I can’t wait to see where their relationship goes in the future. I really liked reading their scenes together.
I loved all of the twists and turns that the book took, leading to a surprise finish, which I completely enjoyed. I love coming to the end of a cozy and really feeling wowed, like I never saw that coming. I was also so happy to find all of the recipes in the back of the book, as while I was reading about them I was practically drooling onto my phone. I can’t wait to try out the split pea soup and the lobster corn chowder.
Overall, Fogged Inn was a fun read with great writing enhanced by an enjoyable and suspenseful mystery and great characters!
I received an ARC of this book, from NetGalley, in exchange for my honest review.
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