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Iced Under

(Maine Clambake Mystery #5)

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  1,196 ratings  ·  189 reviews
The snow is deep in Maine’s Busman’s Harbor and the mighty rivers are covered in ice. Snowden Family Clambake Company proprietor Julia Snowden and her mother, Jacqueline, are hunkered down for the winter when a mysterious package arrives—heating up February with an unexpected case of murder . . .
Inside the mystery package is an enormous black diamond necklace that once
Mass Market Paperback, 297 pages
Published December 27th 2016 by Kensington Publishing Corporation
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Dec 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite current mystery series. Barbara Ross is writing some of the smartest, sharpest cozies in the flock.
I had read the first book in this series last year, and I had every intention of staying in order, but one of the online book clubs I'm in chose this for their January book discussion, probably because of the snowy, icy theme. I'm looking forward to the discussion later this month, because I absolutely loved this book.

When Julia's mom Jacqueline received an heirloom diamond necklace in the mail with no return address or explanation letter, Julia kept researching the family until she found a dist
Aug 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great addition to the series. But brrrrr, I freezing while reading the book, at least the parts set in Maine. And that's saying a lot, considering I was reading this in 90 degree weather. My hat is off to you who live in icy climates during the winter.

I've actually already read the next in the series as I already had it. I'm looking forward to the release of the latest addition.
Mark Baker
Dec 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, 2016
It’s a cold, quiet February in Busman’s Harbor until Julia’s mom gets a mysterious package in the mail. Inside is a necklace, a family heirloom worth seven figures, that disappeared in the 1920’s. What happened to it all those years ago? And who sent it today?

This is definitely a different plot for a cozy, but I really loved it. Yes, there is a murder, but it comes in later and the mystery of tracking down family and the story behind the necklace takes center stage. Honestly, I like the break fr
Rachel Bea
Heartfelt, well-written "cozy mystery." I really liked the main character. I haven't read any other books in this series, but I may check them out now.

My main negative reaction has to do with the MC's boyfriend, though. She needs to dump him! :D
Dec 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2016
Dollycas’s Thoughts

It may be winter in Busman’s Harbor but Julia still has a mystery to solve. Her mom received a package containing a wonderful family heirloom, one the disappeared back in the 1920’s. The problem is they have no idea who sent the package. Julia’s investigation leads her to connect with family she didn’t know she had and she arrives at their door just in time to find out the person she hoped to meet died recently. Shortly after her arrival the family learns that the death was no
Jun 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, netgalley
This fulfilled all the requirements for a cosy, undemanding mystery. This is the fifth book in the series and I haven't read any of the previous books, but this works as a standalone. The storyline from the previous story were gracefully incorporated into the narrative and the characters were well-developed. The mystery involves missing jewels and family members and lost connections, so there's nothing remotely brutal or violent in here. There are some delicious descriptions of food and recipes ...more
Robin Leslie Coxon
Mar 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Iced Under by Barbara Ross is the 5th in the Maine Clambake Mystery series. As in the previous mysteries in this series the story centers around family but not the Snowden Family Clambake Company. The story is centered around the blustery cold winter of Maine, the pending birth of Julia's sister and the anonymous package delivered to Jacqueline. I found this book just as entertaining as the previous ones in this series. Although it is part of a series, it can be read as a standalone. The charact ...more
J.H. Moncrieff
Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The best so far. I thought this book might not be as interesting, as it was set in the off-season and in Boston rather than Maine, but it really impressed me.

Such a good mystery, and some new, well-drawn characters added to the mix. It even made me tear up in a few places, and although I enjoy a good cozy, they're usually brain candy books. I can't say one has ever made me FEEL anything before.

Julia is the ideal cozy protagonist. She's not annoying, unrealistic, or a busy body.

My one teensy comp
Iced Under (A Maine Clambake Mystery, #5) by author Barbara Ross takes Julia Snowden from Busman's Harbor, Maine to Boston, Massachusetts, as she follows the path of a priceless diamond necklace and discovers long-lost family members. Julia must solve the mystery, and get back to Busman's Harbor before her sister Livvie's baby arrives, all while trying to secure the inheritance the family needs to restore its family home. Engaging story that was a quick read, and nicely written. I'm looking forw ...more
K.A. Davis
Dec 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Ever since I saw the cover of ICED UNDER by Barbara Ross, the fifth book in her Maine Clambake Mystery series, I’ve been on pins and needles waiting to read it! And when Barbara released her novella in the Christmas book, EGGNOG MURDER, featuring Julia Snowden in October, my appetite for this series was whetted even more. So it was with great glee that I poured a steaming mug of tea, curled up on the couch with a fluffy blanket, and lost myself in the snowy world of Busman Harbor, Maine and Bost ...more
Jessica Robbins
Jan 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-kindle
Book five in the Maine Clambake Mystery series. Best book of the series so far and I absolutely loved every single page!!! Julia gets a call from her mother about a mysterious package that showed up in the mail. When they opened it they found a really expensive necklace inside that used to be a family heirloom before it came up missing. When Julia starts looking into where this could have come from she finds a whole new family that she never knew existed and the personal side of this story truly ...more
Janet Robel
Jan 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

One of my favorite cozy mystery series! This isn't like the conventional cozies where the murder takes place within the first few chapters. There's a lot of speculation with Julia and her mom trying to figure out who sent a mysterious package. In turn, the hunt leads to a murder far into the storyline where numerous suspects abound and no one is to be trusted. This is a series worth investing your time, starting
Feb 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another excellent book in this series. A mystery package leads to more questions than answers. After researching her maternal family history, she finds a lead and decides to go to Boston to find who sent the package and why. Her quest connects her with relatives she never knew she had. Unfortunately for one of them, they are murdered. While Julia tries to find out who would want to kill and why, she and another relative find themselves in danger as well.
Lea Wait
Jan 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love mysteries in which an event in the past influences characters' lives today ... and Barbara Ross' ICED UNDER fits that category perfectly. Although I figured out "the mysteries" pretty easily, I loved the reading journey with the interesting characters until they figured it out ... all in all -- an excellent read.
Lisa Malmquist
May 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
A cozy mystery with a touch of a historical mystery.
The arrival of a mysterious package starts a search into Julia's past.
A large black diamond necklace belonging to her Great-grandmother and worth a fortune...mmm.
Who sent this? And where has it been since mysteriously disappearing in the 1920's?
What happened to the rest of the family? Is beloved cousin Hugh still alive after all?
What about the family fortune made in the treacherous and cut throat trade of frozen water?
Julia must figure out all
I've enjoyed this series from the beginning and it is still a fun read. It starts with Jacqueline Snowden receiving a mysterious package. Her daughter Julia, searching for answers, goes to Boston to seek for some long lost relatives. This story is mainly about the Morrow family history. I will admit that at times I found all the family history quite confusing, but it does sort itself out at the end. I'm glad that the series has reached this point as there should be many more books now that the f ...more
Jan 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this latest in the Maine Clambake series. Winter has come to Maine so most people are hunkered down in their homes. Julia's mother receives a package containing a beautiful and expensive necklace that was part of her family for years but had disappeared. Who sent it and why? Where has it been all these years? Julia of course investigates and the path leads to learning more about her mother's side of the family. Loved the additional characters and hope that some of them can be a pa ...more
Jan 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Winter has come to Busman’s Harbor, Maine and to say it’s cold and snowy would be an understatement. Julia Snowden and her family run the Snowden Family Clambake Company which takes tourists on a clambake cruise to Morrow Island where everyone enjoys a real Massachusetts clambake. But a clambake is out of the question during a Maine winter so Julia and her mom, Jacqueline, are spending time together waiting for Julia’s sister, Livvie, to finally give birth. It’s been a long pregnancy.

One day, Ja
Dec 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016, cozy-mysteries
Iced Under by Barbara Ross is the fourth book in A Maine Clambake Mystery series. It is February in Busman’s Harbor, Maine. Julia Snowden is on her way to her mother’s house and stops to pick up the mail. There is a package for Jacqueline, Julia’s mother. Upon opening it, they discover a beautiful necklace inside with a note that states “For Windsholme” (the old family summer home that recently suffered fire damage). The necklace is called the Black Widow (contains a rare black diamond) and has ...more
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It's winter in Busman's Harbor, and Julia has settled in for a quiet winter. The restaurant she runs with Chris is shuttered for a few weeks, and Chris has gone to Florida to help out a friend. When Julia's mom received a package containing a very old and expensive necklace that has been missing for several years, Julia tracks down the sender and uncovers her mother's long lost family with secrets someone will kill for.

I always enjoy a visit t
Nov 25, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley-books
This is cute and perfect if you are in need of a very mellow easy to read and just overall winter-y cozy feeling little family mystery book.

I never read a cozy mystery before but wanted to give them a try and while I did enjoy this and it was good, I also didn't really fall in love with it.

What I noticed throughout this book -and that is a very personal and specific to the reader thing!- is that I need a bit more action and thrilling parts to keep me actually interesting and wanting to continu
Jan 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
**I voluntarily reviewed this ARC**

I loved this book! The mystery of the necklace was intriguing, and I loved how Julia was doing genealogy research to try to solve it. I also loved the quirkiness of the characters. The only experience I have with this series is the novella in Eggnog Murder, but I had no trouble following the story. By the end, I was feeling a definite connection to the characters.
Melissa Borsey
Jan 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. I thought this book started off quite slowly, alot of genealogy searching was involved but then it turned into a very good murder mystery. I enjoyed all of the different characters and it's definitely a great book to read during the cold winter months! I look forward to reading more books by this author.
Dec 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-publisher
This is the first I've read in this series and I completely enjoyed it. The genealogy angle was engaging and the historical background in ice cutting from the water interesting.
Carla Johnson-Hicks
May 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Iced Under by Barbara Ross is the 5th in the Maine Clambake Mystery series. Once again, Julia Snowden is involved in a couple of mysteries, but this time, not in Busman's Harbor. This is a fresh idea that really pulled me in to this story. It is February and there is an impending storm coming. Chris is off in Florida helping a friend set up his boat for the tourists so Julia decides to visit her mom. Jacqueline asks her to pick up her mail at the post office on the way. As well, Livvie is expect ...more
Hilary (A Wytch's Book Review)
It's Winter and the majority of the residents of Busman's Harbour are hunkered down, the seasonal residents and tourists have left and now is the time to catch up on household jobs (providing the power stays on!), Julia's boyfriend is down in Key West and her sister is due to give birth at any time, so the last thing she needs is a mystery, but that is what lands in her (and her mother's) lap! A mystery in the form of a stunning Black Diamond necklace, known as the Black Widow, now Julia needs t ...more
Linda Smatzny
Jul 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Enjoyable book in this series as it was set mostly in Boston and concerned the background Julia Snowden's mother's family. Julia's mother receives a very costly necklace in the mail that sets Julia off on the trail of her family history on her mother's side. It was nice learning more of the family history and how families become divided. The book was a quick easy read.
Feb 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, chick-lit
Julia finds family and a whole host of issues, secrets, and murder. I loved going through the twists and turns with her to discover her family history. I liked the solution to the murder. I liked the romance in the book, not much and realistic. I like how far Julia was going to go for her mom and the rest of her family. Can't wait to read more.
Oct 07, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was much better than the other book in this series that I read. This one mostly takes place in Boston. There isn't much of a storm, but there are a couple of mysteries. I liked the way the two mysteries came together. There is a lot of family history in this story, too.
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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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