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Steamed Open

(Maine Clambake Mystery #7)

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  1,148 ratings  ·  178 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
Oct 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
This series! The pages consistently turn themselves for me. Just one more chapter...and then suddenly I'm finishing the book.

What I liked about Steamed Open:
All the same things I always like
- The characters, the setting, the writing style. It remains consistent from book to book. I love that I can rely on these core pieces every time I visit this series.
The mystery - I was guessing the entire time. Even though I thought I had nailed down both a suspect *and* a motive (I never get the motive). I
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: mystery, maine, cozy, cooking
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
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
Cozy Reads
Aug 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mystery
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.
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
Diane ~Firefly~
a prominent townsperson dies and her heir is jerk

What I enjoyed:
* We finally learn more about Chris
* the web of deceit on some of these relationships was interesting

What could be better:
* Julia confronted multiple people who could have been the murderer by herself
* Chris really should have shared some of his past sooner (view spoiler)
* the ending was awkward (view spoiler)
Aug 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library
Another great book in the series!
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
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 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,
Jessica Robbins
Jan 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
*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
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
Dec 03, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: maine, mystery, cozies
It's the height of the season in Coastal Maine, as the whole town is clogged with tourists. One of the town's Elders dies, and leaves her house to a grand nephew, who promptly fences off the beach. He gets the usual death sentence jerks get in these cozies.

Our tour guide sleuth investigates, and finds the Elder was not the paragon she seemed, and that many people had a motive to kill the nephew.

Not too bad.
Jul 08, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Steamed Open is the 7th book in the Maine Clambake Mysteries written by Barbara Ross. The series takes place on the coast of Maine in current times, and the protagonist is Julia Snowdown, a ~30ish young woman who spent time in NYC before returning home to help her mother and sister run the family business. She stumbles upon several murders and helps keep the town out of far worse trouble with the help of her boyfriend, Chris, and several friends and neighbors.

A 101-year-old woman passes away (na
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.
Feb 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
I always look forward to a new Maine Clambake Mystery. I am never disappointed. Julia gets involved in another murder during the height of the season. As she juggles work and investigating, Chris also opens up to her about his past. The plots in this story were engaging and entertaining. The mystery was difficult enough to keep me guessing ( incorrectly, as it ended up). Every time I read one of these books, I always want to go to Maine and go to a clambake like the Snowden Clambake. Maybe one d ...more
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
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
Heidi (Yup. Still here.)
This has become one of my favorite series. I like the setting and characters and especially like the character growth from book to book.
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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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