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Fogged Inn

(Maine Clambake Mystery #4)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  917 ratings  ·  168 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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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
Carla Johnson-Hicks
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
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Bella storia, che mi ha fatto vagamente ricordare Assassinio sull'Orient Express e con una soluzione in parte inaspettata.
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 investigatio
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!
Jessica Robbins
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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.
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*
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
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
Mystereity Reviews
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
Mar 05, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 75-in-2016, netgalley
*I received a copy of this set from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*

I really struggled with this story. I'm not sure why, but I just couldn't connect with the characters. This was the fourth book in the series, and I have not read the previous books. The storyline did not require it, but I may have been more invested if I had.

I enjoyed the setting and the main character's spunkiness, but I struggled with the main character's relationship with her boyfriend. It also felt like the
Kathy Kennerley
Jan 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book! I love mystery series and I'm so glad I found this author. She has a charming way of phrasing things and finds a choice of words that are unexpected and fit perfectly. She touches on little details about the weather, food, chores, and characters and pulls it all together for a fun read and good ending. ARC
Caitlin Copp
Jan 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: april-2016
I love love love these books! Julia Snowden is settling back in to Busman Harbor and has started running Gus's Too with her boyfriend, Chris. When Gus finds a body in the walk-in freezer of the restaurant Julia just can't help but start digging around and asking questions. The story goes fast and is yet again another great read in the Clambake series.
Feb 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
My favorite of the series! Good food, a body in the freezer, a missing picture and a prohibition age tunnel-could you ask for anything more?!!!!!
Jun 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lots of confusion with the characters/suspects and their intertwined relationships. However, the mystery was clever and I loved the outcome.
Feb 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: readers interested in "panick attacks""Maine"
Even though it is not a 5* for me, it is sooo close now!
I said in a former review that when Julia takes a decision as to where her life is going to be, that might be the end of the series, or not. Definitely not!
Julia is kinda-settled. She has taken some decisions, everything is fine with the family, her love life is going strong. But once again she is put in a situation where she has to act herself just to keep sane.
The story line in this book goes way back, uncovering connections between peopl
Katherine Decker
Feb 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book, my favorite of the series. Julia and Chris have their hands full with the restaurant, dead bodies, and disappearing items. Despite warnings from Binder and Flynn, Julia is at it again, looking for clues, trying to solve the mysteries, new and old, and heading towards danger. What is the connection between the diners? Twists and turns throughout and more development of favorite characters make this a fun, must read for cozy fans. References to, and hints towards famili ...more
Nov 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, mystery, series
Quite possibly the best book yet in one of my favorite cozy mystery series. I love the progression of depth in the regular characters, so while the mysteries themselves are stand-alone, the series reads best without skipping around from the chronological order. Speaking of the mystery, this was a complicated but well-developed case. I never would have guessed at the connections, the twists, or the outcome, not because I couldn’t keep track but because the layers had a rich complexity I don’t typ ...more
Sep 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Typical murder mystery. Told mostly through conversation. After setting the scene it moves along slowly for awhile. The pace eventually picks up and you need to pay attention because there are a lot of characters. Typical unraveling of the mystery, and as often happens in this genre the explanation had some surprises but ultimately was a bit of a letdown.

A dead body appears in Julia's restaurant. The police keep running off to other cases so Julia launches her own investigation in small town Mai
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Barbara Ross is the author of six Maine Clambake Mysteries. The seventh, Steamed Open, will be published in December 2018. Her novellas featuring Julia Snowden are included along with stories by Leslie Meier and Lee Hollis in Eggnog Murder and Yule Log Murder.

Barbara’s books have been nominated for multiple Agatha Awards for Best Contemporary Novel and the Maine Literary Award for Crime Fiction.


Other books in the series

Maine Clambake Mystery (7 books)
  • Clammed Up (A Maine Clambake Mystery, #1)
  • Boiled Over (A Maine Clambake Mystery, #2)
  • Musseled Out (A Maine Clambake Mystery, #3)
  • Iced Under (A Maine Clambake Mystery, #5)
  • Stowed Away (A Maine Clambake Mystery, #6)
  • Steamed Open (A Maine Clambake Mystery, #7)
“Try as often as you can to give tribute to your friends, to stay in contact, to be at their momentous occasions. Drive across the country and go into debt to go to their weddings, fly across the country and be with them when their parents pass away. You cannot make any new old friends.” 4 likes
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