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Steamed Open

(Maine Clambake Mystery #7)

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  815 ratings  ·  148 reviews
It’s summertime in Busman’s Harbor, Maine, and the clamming is easy—or it was until a mysterious new neighbor blocks access to the beach, cutting off the Snowden Family Clambake’s supply. Julia Snowden is just one of many townspeople angered by Bartholomew Frick’s decision. But which one of them was angry enough to kill?

Beachcombers, lighthouse buffs, and clammers are out
Paperback, 265 pages
Published December 24th 2018 by Kensington Publishing Corporation
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Brenda you will get more out of the story if you start on an earlier or first book. you won't have the background to understand some of the family and town d…moreyou will get more out of the story if you start on an earlier or first book. you won't have the background to understand some of the family and town dynamics otherwise.(less)

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Dec 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2018
Dollycas’s Thoughts

Busman’s Harbor, Maine is in an uproar as Bartholomew Frick shuts down Sea Glass Beach access on a property he is set to inherit from the much-beloved resident Heloise “Lou” Herrickson. Julia is worried about having enough crabs for their Snowden Family Clambake’s and about the clammers that are losing their income. The tourists aren’t happy either especially a couple that was booked to spend a few nights in the nearby lighthouse. Soon after Julia tries to meet with the man to
Dec 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Streamed Open by Barbara Ross is the 7th book in A Maine Clambake Mystery, and a wonderful book. Julia Snowden and her family are busy running the Snowden Family Clambakes Company. After a beloved neighbor passes away and her nephew inherits the family mansion, the trouble begins. Bartholomew Frick puts a large fence on the border of his property, and denies people access to the beach. Clammers, beach combers and lighthouse buffs are very angry. Next Frick is found dead, shortly after Julia talk ...more
Mark Baker
Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, 2018
Lou Herrickson, a beloved member of the Busman's Harbor community, has recently died. Lou has left everything to her late husband's grandnephew, Bart Frick. That includes the mansion where she lived and the lighthouse and beach connected to it. Lou had always left the beach open to the public, but the first thing Bart does is fence off the beach. The locals who make a living by clamming are the first to discover this when they arrive to start their morning of work, and that's when Julia Snowden ...more
Lisa Ks Book Reviews
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Everyone knows when I get a cozy mystery in my hands, leave me alone until I come up for air. The day I read STEAMED OPEN, the book didn’t leave my hands. It went everywhere in the house with me (Yes. Everywhere. TMI I know). Seriously, I couldn’t stop reading until I had finished.

I wouldn’t say book seven in the Maine Clambake Mysteries was lucky number 7 for author Barbara Ross. Luck had nothing to do with it. Brilliant writing and knowing what readers will love had everything to do with it!

Nov 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: maine, cooking, cozy, mystery
This book was so hard to put down, I read it in one sitting! I love the small, seaside town of Busman's Harbor and the family clambake featured in this series. They're practically characters in the story. The characters are great, from protagonist Julia and her boyfriend Chris to policemen Dawes, Binder, and Flynn, and all the family and friends in between. Some of the usual side characters are little more than a mention in this book, but we meet several interesting, new characters. This is a we ...more
Cozy Reads
Aug 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I just can’t say enough good things about this series, I absolutely love it! Can’t wait for the next book to come out.
Dec 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Steamed Open is a light cozy mystery. We get to go through the day to day running of the family clambake business with Julia Snowden. When Lou's heir is murdered, Julia sets out to get answers (just because she is nosy). The guilty party might as well have a neon sign over their head. It is easy to pick out the killer early in the book. We do get to learn more about Chris in this book. I will share my full review soon.Steamed Open by Barbara Ross has readers journeying to Busman’s Harbor, Maine ...more
May 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another strong entry in one of my favorite series. Ross makes me want to emulate a pair her characters and hop in an RV to visit as many lighthouses as I can, and of course, eat clams. The mystery is solid, with credible suspects and a strong motive for Julia to investigate. The revelations about one of the characters (no spoilers!) made my heart break a little, and the story might have been even stronger with a little more exploration into this character's seemingly-contradictory behavior towar ...more
Feb 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
A stranger puts up a gate blocking off the beach to clam diggers and beachcombers. Julia tries to get him to change his mind and leaves. Minutes later the stranger is found dead and Julia goes through a long list of people that could’ve done it. Everyone has secrets and Julia has to figure it out fast before the season is over. Julia and her mother are also making plans to redo their mansion that was in fire.. Lots of twists make it an interesting story
Oct 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another summer begins in Busman's Harbor, Maine and so does Julia Snowden's family's business of providing boat tours and authentic clambakes on their private island. But their quiet lives are disturbed with the death of a beloved elderly resident and the unwelcome arrival of her grandnephew by marriage, the executor of her estate. He promptly erects a fence on the property's beach, restricting public access to clamming and the lighthouse, which has been allowed for decades prior. When he is fou ...more
Dec 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozies
This is the seventh book in the Main Clambake series. Julia Snowden runs her families clambake business. A new neighbor, who inherited his home from a recently deceased resident, blocks access to the beach that many locals depend on for income. And tourists that booked a stay in the lighthouse were also denied access. Julia attempts to meet with the neighbor so try to make a compromise. Shortly after the neighbor is found dead. With the whole town having a issue with him, there are no shortage o ...more
Carla Johnson-Hicks
This series continues to entertain and challenge readers to figure out who the culprit is in the newest murder in Busman's Harbor, Maine. When Heloise “Lou” Herrickson, dies, Bartholomew Frick inherits her property. The first thing he does is block access to Sea Glass Beach. The clam diggers can't reach the clams, and local businesses are in trouble, including the Snowden Family Clambake. When Frick ends up dead, there is no shortage of suspects in the murder.

I really enjoy the setting in these
Hilary (A Wytch's Book Review)
Another fantastic episode in the life of Julia Snowden and Busman's Harbour, Barbara Ross has a talent for making fictional people seem very real.  This book opens with a fairly sombre boat trip, one of Busman's Harbour's residents died a few weeks back and this trip is to honour her final wishes to scatter her ashes in the water, with the Snowden's boat being the only one large enough to take everyone they are doing the honours, but it starts badly when the heir to the Herrickson House turns up ...more
Oct 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Steamed Open is the seventh book in the A Maine Clambake Mystery series.

I’ve loved this series since the first book. I can always count on an interesting and well-written story with interesting and believable characters. I’ve never been to a clambake, but I never tire of reading what is included and what goes into the preparation of the clambake.

Beloved resident, Heloise “Lou” Herrickson, has left her property, including her house, lighthouse, and lighthouse keepers cottage to her grand-nephew,
Missi Martin (Stockwell)
Dec 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am a HUGE fan of the Maine Clambake Mystery series by Barbara Ross !! I am a HUGE fan of the state of Maine so it makes sense that I would love this series as it is set in Maine !! But there is so much to love about this series !

You cannot help but fall in love with the main character Julia, her family and the neighbors, her family business and the fact that when there is a murder Julia jumps right in with both feet to "help" the local police department solve the case. Even though Julia has he
Caitlin Copp
Aug 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: august-2019
Summertime is just kicking off in Bussman's Harbor and that means Julia is working her butt off managing the clambake business. She is blown away when she hears from one of her clammers that one of the main beaches has been shut down. The owner of the property has recently died and left the estate, property and lighthouse to her great nephew, Bartholomew Frick. Frick decides that since it is his land now, he is shutting down the beach. This threatens the livelihood of many of Bussman Harbor's fa ...more
Dec 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Julia is happy that it is summertime and clamming season is upon her family. There's nothing greater than having clambakes and hoards of vacationers to enjoy them. When a newcomer to town denies access to the beach where the Snowden family holds their Clambakes there is an uproar of disapproval not only from the family but the town. People look forward to the Clambakes not only for themselves but for the people it brings to the town. When newcomer, Bartholomew Frick, ends up dead things don't lo ...more
Feb 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Maine Clambake series is one of my favorites, and Steamed Open has become my favorite of the series! I love the descriptions of the town—I can imagine Busman’s Harbor so clearly as I read the books. Julia Snowden is such a great character, and the secondary characters are great as well. I highly recommend this book and the whole series.
Sep 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
When an eccentric elderly lady dies and her estate passes to a rather unpleasant relative who cuts off access to the beach, his actions irritate a variety of people from local clammers to tourists. Julia gets involved since her clam source for the clambake is now having problems getting clams. When a murder occurs, Julia ends up learning a lot more about the secrets people keep, including some within her family.
K.A. Davis
Dec 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
STEAMED OPEN, the seventh book in the Maine Clambake Mysteries by Barbara Ross, captured my attention from the very beginning and held it until the very last word was read! I’ve been a long-time fan of this series and picking up this newest release was like sitting down and having a reunion with special friends that I haven’t seen in a year. Ms. Ross is tops in her league at creating memorable characters that readers feel can become close friends. And as happens (hopefully) in real life, these c ...more
Jessica Robbins
*I received a free copy of this book which I voluntarily chose to write an honest review for.

Welcome back to Busman's Harbor and the Snowden Family Clambake which is going full throttle as this book is right in the middle of the season for them. Julia finds herself involved in a murder investigation yet again after a longtime member of their community passes away and her heir ends up being found murdered. It was just Julia's luck that it happened directly after she went to try to talk some sense
Sue Em
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
In Busman, Maine, Julia Snowden's family operate clam bake dining adventure during the summer tourist season. Obviously a steady supply of fresh clams is critical. But after the supply is threatened when the heir to a property shuts off access to the beach in a local claiming spot. When said heir is murderef, Julia steps up to keep her friends from being implicated. Of course, the real not in this series is more than a quick rundown of the plot. Julia's friends and family keep us wanting to revi ...more
Feb 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love this series and every time I read it I want to pack the car and head for Maine. This is book 7 in the Maine Clambake Mystery series and it's another winner of a cozy mystery. It's a busy summer in Busman's Harbor but the weather isn't the only thing heating up. When Bartholomew Frick inherits his Aunt's property he promptly closes access to the beaches. Now the fisherman and the Snowdon Family Clambake can't get their supplies. It's no surprise he ends up dead. Too many people wanted him ...more
Diane Hernandez
Dec 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Steamed Open, the seventh in the Maine Clambake Mysteries, has great characters and will teach the reader about clamming but the mystery was too easy to solve.

Bartholomew Frick, a stranger in town, inherits the Hendrickson mansion, lighthouse, and beach after 101-year-old Lou’s death. His first move is to bar access to the beach. His second is to be murdered with a clamming fork.

When Lou’s elderly housekeeper, Ida, asks Julia for help in clearing her name, Julia looks for the real killer. Julia
Danielle Urban
Sep 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Steamed Open by Barbara Ross is an interesting cozy mystery. One that takes place in Maine. A lot of people require access for their livelihood. And it appears that the heir of a deceased town member is blocking it off. All the citizens are angry. But who would kill out of anger? There are many suspects and the murder is one that I wouldn't have guessed. I liked that it was not predictable like most murder mysteries are. 

Barbara Ross creates a tale that sweeps readers into a family like communit
J.H. Moncrieff
Jan 31, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

While an entertaining, easy read, this one fell into some of the tropes that have bugged me about other cozies. The victim and killer are easy to predict--so easy that I'd moved on from the guilty party, convinced it was too obvious. The protagonist is the typical nosy cozy sleuth in this one--badgering people repeatedly to tell her personal things that were none of her business. The other books in the series weren't like this, which is why I loved them.

I didn't notice it until Fogged I
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great Cozy Series I learned about digging for clams in book 7! Very detailed relationship searches to find Lou's heirs was very interesting.

Another season for Snowden Family Clambake and things are going well until Lou Herrickson's heir shuts off access to her beach for everyone, even Will Orsolini and the other clammers whose livelihood comes from gathering clams there and Will sells to Snowden family for their daily clambake excursions.

When heir Bart Frick is murdered, Julia is asked to invest
May 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
I just love this series which just keeps getting better! The setting is coastal Maine and the family owns an island which serves as the hosting place for their Snowden Family Clambake tourist attraction. How can you not love that? The mysteries are taut and I just love the character development throughout the books. Julia Snowden has returned home to help run the family clambake business so she's got the dual pull of NYC and small-town Maine going on. I like that she and her high school crush ha ...more
 Reading Reindeer
One of my favourite aspects of cozy mysteries is being an armchair traveler. While reading, I learn about local customs and color, geography, climate, foods, and all sorts of aspects of a particular location. I also devour any history included. I enjoy reading about Maine and have for decades, so it was pure delight to read Barbara Ross' STEAMED OPEN, with its likable characters (and a few not so, of course), a murder with far too many possible suspects, beautiful antique homes, and of course, C ...more
Alannah Davis
Aug 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent addition to the series!

I highly enjoyed reading this addition to the series. Even though the "reveal" of the heir was no surprise to me, there were other reveals that were indeed a surprise. I was very touched by the sad reveal involving Chris and his family. There is a lot going on here, but if I were a new reader to the series, I'd get it. Great job!!!
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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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