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Fogged Inn

(Maine Clambake Mystery #4)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  1,199 ratings  ·  201 reviews
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 n
Mass Market Paperback, 314 pages
Published February 23rd 2016 by Kensington
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May 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another solid addition to this series by Ms. Ross. A quickly paced plot with several new characters that readers haven't met before made for an intriguing mystery that had enough twists to keep me guessing until Julia's reveal.
Mark Baker
Feb 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016, mystery
It’s the off-season in Maine, and Julia and her boyfriend Chris are operating a dinner restaurant in the building where their friend Gus has his breakfast and lunch restaurant. When Gus comes in one morning to open, he finds a dead body in the refrigerator. The victim had come in for dinner the night before, but he is a stranger in town. Who was he? And why was he murdered in the restaurant?

This book opens with the murder right away, and the pace never slacks. I did miss a few of the usual suppo
Nov 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
This series just makes me want to visit Maine...although not in the winter
Jessica Robbins
Jan 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book four in the Maine Clambake Mystery series. So we finally get to see what this little town does once the summer is over and only the locals remain. Julia and Chris have opened "Gus's Too" which is a dinner restaurant inside Gus's that they run separate from Gus. A new customer spends the evening at their bar and after some strange events ends up found dead the next day. Of course this puts Julia and Chris right in the middle of the investigation whether they want to be or not. This is yet an ...more
Carla Johnson-Hicks
May 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the fourth installment of the Maine Clambake Mystery series and I think the stories get better with each book. It’s the off-season in Maine, and Julia has moved into the studio apartment above Gus' Restaurant. She and her boyfriend Chris are operating the restaurant for dinner and calling it Gus' Too. Gus wakes Julia up hollering early in the morning that there is a dead body in his walk-in refrigerator. It ends up to be the stranger that was in the restaurant the night before. Not only ...more
Janet Robel
Apr 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
We are back in Busman's Harbor, Maine. Julia Snowden is now working at a restaurant during the off-season of her family's clambakes. The landlord and owner of the restaurant has woken to find a dead body in their refrigerator. No one has a clue who the guy is, which is strange. Julia sets out for a little sleuthing.

I love this series! I'm behind though, and need to get caught up. This is a bit different from the others in the series because it doesn't feature Julia's famous family clambakes, wh
Feb 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2016
Dollycas’s Thoughts

Back to Busman’s Harbor, Maine, and this time it is snowy and icy and there are no clambakes. Instead Julia and Chris have opened Gus’s Too. They take over Gus’s restaurant in the evenings to give locals one place to dine during the off season. They are still finding their way, running the business by themselves, but they are off to a great start. That is until a dead body is found in the walk-in frig. Julie and Chris recognize the man as a customer from the night before. This
Mary Brown
Dec 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing

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 investigati
Feb 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-books, cozy
Julia and Chris have agreed to keep Gus's restaurant open by serving dinner. A winter storm is raging through the area.The evening after Thanksgiving, a stranger sits at the bar for his meal. Four couples arrived separately and placed themselves in different areas of the restaurant. Later Officer Jamie Dawes informs the customers that there is a major accident blocking the highway and the customers are trapped there until the road is clear. The next morning a man is found dead in the walk-in fre ...more
Julia is woken up early by the owner of the Restaurant downstairs to be told there is a dead man in the walk in freezer. Though she had seen the man the prior night, nobody knows who it is or why he died and in the freezer no less. So she starts asking questions and finds a mystery dated years in the past.

This was a nominee for the Agatha, and though it did not win, it is well worth a read. Julia is interesting and it is a works well with the police balance that I liked in my cozy sleuth!
Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a fun series! I love returning to Maine and catching up with Julia and the residents of Busman's Harbor.
Dec 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received an e-copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
The 4th volume of Barbara Ross’s Main Clambake Mystery series is the best of the bunch so far. The writing is riveting and the plot unique.
The action takes place in fictional Busman’s Harbor, Maine, a delightful seacoast town, during the winter off season. Julia and her boyfriend Chris are running a dinner restaurant and living in an apartment above. They are shocked to find a body, q
Dec 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Fogged Inn-Book 4(a Maine Clambake mystery.

A great mystery/Dark secrets from the past. Gus lets Julia and Chris use his restaurant to Serve dinner, live above the restaurant and call it Gus's Too. They have been running the restaurant for several weeks. Julia is awaken by Gus yelling up the stairs that their is a dead body in the Walk in Refrigerator.. Julia of course is not happy about the dead body in the restaurant and how slow the police are in their investigation. She sets out to investigat
Jeanne Adamek
Jan 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
The author chose a different and unusual way of presenting her book. It reminded me a bit of Agatha Christie...but also of Judy Bolton, a childhood favorite.

Of course I do not mean to say that this story was childish. It was that I had the same feelings after reading the story, which was a gentle mystery. In some of her actions Julia reminded me of Judy... I do not want to go into this with examples as I do not want to spoil the story.

I especially loved how Barbara Ross was able to make WINTER i
Lea Wait
Mar 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Always love visiting Barbara Ross' coast of Maine! This time around she starts with a body found in the walk-in freezer at a restaurant .. and then brings in a group of "summer complaints" who'd been part of a summer colony years ago, as young people, before tragedy struck. Now they're back in Maine to retire or start new lives. But who is that body in the freezer? You may guess -- but you won't know until the end! Recommended!
Feb 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Barbara Ross is writing some of the smartest cozies around, and this one is terrific, from the first line to the unusual ending. It's an exploration of long friendship, the role of an amateur sleuth in the community, and honesty in an evolving relationship. Highly recommended.
J.H. Moncrieff
Jan 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Out of all the Maine Clambake Mysteries I've read so far, this one had the best mystery. Though it's been done before, the concept of a group of seemingly unrelated people being brought together for a nefarious purpose always intrigues me.

Julia Snowden, the protagonist, wasn't perfect in this one, either. She got some things wrong and the cops actually knew more than she did, which made it more realistic than your typical cozy, where the cops all seem to be bumbling idiots.

The one thing I didn't
Another enjoyable installment in the Maine Clambake mystery series by author Barbara Ross (@barbross)! Fogged Inn delves into the history of Busman's Harbor, taking us back decades to old friendships, tragic deaths, and lost loves. Four couples have been mysteriously summoned to Julia and Chris' restaurant for dinner, and even though they haven't seen each other for years they all share a common bond, and it's up to Julia to discover the connection between them and the man found dead in their fr ...more
Rob Roeder
Oct 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I ADORE this series, particularly so because I am viscerally drawn to Maine and would love to live there. Consequently, I love the descriptive passages about the area, the scenery, the weather. It's an excellent story and a worthy addition to the series. The next one is a bit further down in my TBR pile.............. *rubs hands together gleefully*
Linda Smatzny
May 09, 2019 rated it liked it
It's late fall in Maine and Julia Snowden and her boyfriend, Chris, are running a dinner only restaurant in Gus' place. One night a stranger appears and then leaves but turns up dead in the walk-in the next morning. He has no id and so seems to know who he is. Julia wants answers and starts digging around. The book contains a few recipes. The book was an easy read.
Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Really about a 3.8. I really like Ross' plots; clever, intricate ones. Her main character is okay; I actually think she does better by the supporting cast. I appreciate that she tries to make the heroine complex, that she is self-aware, but somehow I don't have any real sense of her personality. For some reason I don't care for the boyfriend. Don't quite know why, Dr. Fell, but I don't.
Sep 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
It's winter time in Maine. While their family business is closed for the season, there is still plenty of mischief and mayhem for Julia and the others to get into
Jul 14, 2019 rated it liked it
The plot was the best of the four so far, but the copyediting was terrible to the point of distraction.
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm enjoying this series more and more with each book.
Linda Rawlins
Sep 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy
Fogged Inn is the 4th book in the Maine Clambake Mystery Series - Julia Snowden, now operating the Gus Too restaurant with her boyfriend, Chris, discovers some mystery, murder and intrigue after a seemingly group of diners all show up for dinner one night. A nearby car accident holds them together for some hours. But then, something else may have held them together for many years. An interesting read.
K.A. Davis
Dec 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
While it’s always fun to find a new author or new series to start, there’s something comforting about reading a new release in a series I’ve been following. It’s kind of like catching up with old friends and following along on one of their adventures…albeit from the safety of my sofa. When I found out that Barbara Ross was coming out with FOGGED INN, the latest installment in her Maine Clambake Mystery series, I was thrilled and couldn’t wait to dive in.

Julia Snowden has decided to stay in Busma
Jan 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Fogged Inn is the fourth book in the Maine Clambake Mysteries and is the best one yet! Winter finds Julia Snowden and her boyfriend Chris running Gus Too's restaurant two evenings a week and settling into their new relationship. The clambake business is non-operational in winter months so they're trying to make a go of another business. In order to promote business, Julia sold gift certificates for the holiday season and the book begins after the holidays are over. Four couples who seemingly hav ...more
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Fogged Inn is the fourth book in the Maine Clambake series and winter has arrived in Maine. Julia and Chris have just opened Gus's Too, transforming Gus's diner into a fine dining restaurant during the winter months. Just after they finally open the restaurant, a dead man is found in the walk in cooler and Julia is thrown into the middle of yet another mystery, this one spanning decades.

I really enjoyed this, the plot was really well done; I confess I had no idea where it was going until the end
Peter Ackerman
Feb 14, 2016 rated it liked it
"Fogged Inn" by Barbara Ross is the forth installment of her Maine Clambake Mystery series, and in my humble opinion it is the weakest of the four. The book opens up with the series' heroin, Julia Snowden now running an evening restaurant during the downtime when the summer clambake is not run. One one particular wet and snowy night a few regular couples come in, as well as one stranger. The stranger soon turns up dead and clues begin to point to a connection between the four townsfolk that wer ...more
Melissa Cochrill
Jan 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review from Netgalley and Kensington Publishing. All opinions and views expressed in this review are entirely my own.

"Fogged Inn" is the newest installment in the Maine Clambake Mystery. The book starts off with a bang, as Gus discovers a dead body in his walk in freezer. Julia and Chris are running a dinner restaurant out of Gus's breakfast/lunch restaurant. So, naturally the dead man dined at their establishment the night before. Who is thi
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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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