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Musseled Out

(Maine Clambake Mystery #3)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  1,324 ratings  ·  180 reviews
The busy summer tourist season is winding down in Busman's Harbor, Maine, but Julia Snowden senses trouble simmering for the Snowden Family Clambake Company. Shifty David Thwing - the "Mussel King" of upscale seafood restaurants - is sniffing around town for a new location. But serving iffy clams turns out to be the least of his troubles....

When Thwing is found sleeping wi
Mass Market Paperback, 313 pages
Published April 28th 2015 by Kensington
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Peter Ackerman I think it could be a stand alone, though the depth of the characters and their relationships, can be understood on that much of a deeper level if you…moreI think it could be a stand alone, though the depth of the characters and their relationships, can be understood on that much of a deeper level if you have read the two previous books, though the author does a good job of setting up the previous plot lines and relationships, so that you have what you need to enjoy this third in the series...and my favorite thus far!(less)

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Feb 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Dang, I love this series!
May 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A quick and easy to read addition to this series. Ms. Ross has a descriptive writing style with a fast paced plot that pulled me in and I didn't quit reading until I finished the book.
Nov 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great addition to series
Musseled out by Barbara Ross is the 3rd book in the Maine Clambake Mystery series. "Mussel King" David Thwing is opening a seafood restaurant in Busman's Harbor in competition with the Snowden family Clambake Company when he is found dead under a lobster boat and Julia Snowden's brother-in-law Sonny is suspected. An interesting series which just keeps getting better. We find out a little more about the characters with Julia finally deciding to stay in Busman's Harbor with her boyfriend, Chris. A ...more
Janet Robel
Dec 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a series I absolutely adore. I just love following the characters and story through each book. Julia's a fabulous sleuth, and readers will love getting to know her. If the setting and the food don't hook you in, then the mystery will.
Lisa Cornelius Ashby
May 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the 3rd book in the Maine Clambake Mystery series, and it was the best one so far for me. I loved this book. The story was complete in every way. The characters and the town came more alive in this 3rd installment. I got to know the characters and the town more intimately. The murder mystery was wonderful. It was well thought out and the story included other little mysteries solved along the way. I love how the island cat Lei Roi became a treasured part of the family. I had been waiting ...more
Apr 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2015

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Another tasty installment from Barbara Ross. In Clammed Up Julia came home to help save the family business. In Boiled Over she got the business steered in the right direction. Now in Musseled Out the season is drawing to a close and she needs to make a huge decision, return to her job back in New York or stay in Maine with her friends and family. Of course a dead body being found and her brother-in-law being a prime suspect will weigh heavily into her decision. First she need
May 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
I was pretty down on this series after book 2. I love the setting and the clambake descriptions but something was off for me. Book 1 was ok, book 2 for me, was awful. Still, on NetGalley, I saw that I could request book 3 for free and said, why not.

Finally this series clicked for me. I get it. Some long buried secrets are finally out in the open. The main character, Julia, has finally grown on me and is moving forward with her boyfriend Chris. Though her brother in law Sonny is one of the more
3.5 stars, rounded up

This continues to be one of my favorite series. Though there is murder and mayhem, the gore and unsavory bits are kept off screen. True cozy mystery here, but it’s not stupid fluff. Julia is a smart woman and does her best to figure out what’s going on before her brother-in-law gets locked up for good.

Content: a few minor swears
Jan 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is such a fun series and makes me want to drive up the coast to check the state of Maine out, and eat a bunch of lobster while I'm there. Some of the scenes truly make my mouth water.
Wow, Barbara Ross just moved up a step on my good authors list. The first two books of this series were good, solid four-star reads, but this book absolutely blew them out of the water.

Julia, Chris, Jacqueline, Sonny, Livvie, Fee, Vee, Gus, and the other assorted characters reappeared in this book, which was, of course, wonderful. Also, we got to meet Sonny's dad, and Gus's wife, both of who I really hope reappear in the next few books. Jacqueline, Julia's mother, and Sonny went through some thi
Jessica Robbins
Jan 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book three in the Maine Clambake Mystery series. Yet another excellent installment to this wonderful cozy mystery series. The clambake has made it to the end of the season with things looking reasonably good but then a competitor arrives which may make things difficult. Julia is trying to make friends with the guy but her brother-in-law just constantly argues with him. This ends up being a bad thing when the man is found dead tied to the bottom of a boat with Sonny being the main suspect. Of cou ...more
Apr 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Events in Busman Harbor Maine are winding down as the town gets ready for winter. Julia Snowdon meets a new competitor on the dock who tells that Family Clambake won't last a year. Julia heads to the island to think through her decisions. She must decided where she wants to live, rather to return to her former job and if she wants to continue with her relationship with Chris. Looking for her cat Le Roi she spots a lobstor boat that appears empty. When the book is pulled from the water the compet ...more
J.H. Moncrieff
Nov 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
These books are so enjoyable. As much as I love cozies, these are the only ones I've read where the protagonist isn't an annoying busybody, getting overly involved in everyone's business.

The setting of coastal Maine is perfect, the recipes sound amazing, and the way Julia and her relationships with everyone in town are evolving keeps things interesting. Somehow, the body count doesn't seem as contrived in this series as it does in the others I've read.

Kudos to Barbara Ross for including everythi
Feb 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
The Snowden family is preparing for their last clambake of the season. Business has been good since Julia came back to town. However, she needs to decide if she will continue to stay in Busman's Harbor to help out with the family business or return to her previous lifestyle in New York. To make matters worse a couple family members and her love interest seem to be withholding big secrets from one another. Julia has little time to focus on those problems before a potential competitor is found bru ...more
Lea Wait
Jul 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Barbara Ross' series is popular, and I've read all three books published so far. They just keep getting betters and this one (I believe) is her best. She's got the lobstering community in Maine right, the emotions and confusion when someone unexpectedly dies, right, and the backstory of several characters adds to the depth of the book -- and the series ... and suggests issues and plots to come. Highly recommended.
Feb 23, 2017 rated it it was ok
This might have gotten three stars, but the narrator was so bad. I looked at reviews on Audible, and no other readers mentioned this, but she mispronounced probably ten words --some of them multiple times. It just seemed blatant poor reading to me. I tried to make allowances for the New England flat "A" but still. I did like the details on the Maine lobster fishing industry --all new knowledge to me.
Jan 24, 2015 rated it liked it
Almost a 4 star book for me but just cannot rate it that. There were some parts of the book I did like and some that just seemed to drag on to me. The story was fine, so I will continue on in the series.
Jun 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kayt, andra

Review brought to you by OBS reviewer Andra

Musseled Out is the third book in Barbara Ross’ A Maine Clambake Mystery series and the first book I have read by this author. Given my enjoyment, it will not be my last. What I liked most is that I was kept guessing as to whom the murderer was as the potential suspect list was long. And let us not forget…many of the suspects seemed to be related to Julia! Julia had other distractions in addition to solving the mu
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
There a lot of cozy mystery series available some are good and others not so much but the Maine Clambake Mystery series just keeps getting better. My mom and I have read the first three books in the series for our Mother Daughter Book Club and this one is our favorite so far. Musseled Out had several intriguing story lines that I had no idea how they would be solved. Sometimes I'm able to guess the ending or figure out the mystery but this one was so multi-layered I had no idea who the culprit w ...more
Linda Smatzny
Mar 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
In this book, it is October and the end of the season for the clambake. Julia Snowden has decisions to make about her personal life and her business life. If that wasn't weighing on her mind, a murder happens and her brother-in-law, Sonny is lying about his location at the time of the death. Julia tries to find out the truth and save her family and herself. The book was an easy read.
Jun 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: challenge
Another great Maine clambake mystery. These books are easy to read, the mystery was good and the ending exciting. I like the characters and it’s fun to get to see the clambake through the different seasons.
Linda Rawlins
May 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, cozy
Julia Snowden gets involved in another mystery, the death of her new competitor. There are more twists and turns in this novel than there is in spaghetti! Good book.
Jul 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am really enjoying this Maine Clambake series! It is a perfect summer mystery series!
Mar 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015, cozy-mysteries
Musseled Out by Barbara Ross is the third book in A Maine Clambake Mystery series. Julia Snowden had taken a leave of absence from her job working in venture capital and is helping her family run The Snowden Family Clambake Company (getting it back from the brink of bankruptcy). Owen Quimby, H.R. Director, has called saying she needs to come back to work or they are going to fill her position. Julia cannot decide what to do. She is given until Friday to make up her mind. The season is ending and ...more
Missi Martin (Stockwell)
Feb 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I love going to Busman's Harbor and spending time with the Snowden family and all the residents there. Barbara Ross has such a way with her writing that you feel like you are there. You feel like the invisible sister of Julia and Livvie or you will want to be.

Julia returned home in the first book of the Maine Clambake Mystery books, Clammed Up, to help run the family clambake business before her mom loses everything. As with Clammed Up, the second book Boiled Over, both involved murders that Jul
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I was given an ARC by the publisher in return for an honest review

Musseled Out, the third in the Maine Clambake mystery series, sees Julia and her family facing competition from Thwing, an smarmy entrepreneur. When Thwing turns up dead, Julia investigates to clear her brother-in-law Sonny from the list of suspects.

This was a complex plot; lots of suspects, lots of motives and lots of opportunity. It kept me guessing until the end, and I never had a good idea who was the culprit. I enjoyed that t
Apr 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a testament to how much I enjoy this cozy mystery series, when my county library co-op system managed to lose the single copy they had of this book, I was forced to purchase my own copy, because there was no chance I was either giving up on this series or skipping a book and continuing past it. This paper-and-ink girl even tolerated reading the e-version on my iPad's Kindle app. And despite all the obstacles, it was worth it. I really love each of the characters and the development of their p ...more
Mar 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book in exchange for an honest review from Net Galley
The busy summer tourist season is winding down in Busman's Harbor, Maine, but Julia Snowden senses trouble simmering for the Snowden Family Clambake Company. Shifty David Thwing--the "Mussel King" of upscale seafood restaurants--is sniffing around town for a new location. But serving iffy clams turns out to be the least of his troubles. .
I did not realise that this was the third in a series of books by Barbara Ross which is a s
Carolyn Injoy
Mar 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: cozy mystery readers, Barbara Ross fans
Recommended to Carolyn by: NetGalley
Musseled Out (A Maine Clambake Mystery) by Barbara Ross I received a free kindle copy of Musseled Out (A Maine Clambake Mystery) by Barbara Ross, published by Kensington Books from NetGalley in exchange for a fair review.
I gave this cozy mystery five stars. I had not read Barbara Ross before but will look for more of her books.  This mystery kept me guessing & taught me a lot about lobster catching in Maine. The characters were well developed & storyline was entertaining.
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Barbara Ross is the author of the Maine Clambake Mysteries and the Jane Darrowfield Mysteries. Her books have been nominated for multiple Agatha Awards for Best Contemporary Novel and have won the Maine Literary Award for Crime Fiction. Barbara's Maine Clambake novellas are included along with stories by Leslie Meier and Lee Hollis in three holiday anthologies from Kensington Publishing. Barbara a ...more

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Maine Clambake Mystery (9 books)
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  • Iced Under (A Maine Clambake Mystery, #5)
  • Stowed Away (A Maine Clambake Mystery, #6)
  • Steamed Open (A Maine Clambake Mystery, #7)
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