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Steamed Open

(Maine Clambake Mystery #7)

4.39  ·  Rating details ·  247 ratings  ·  77 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?
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Kindle Edition, 304 pages
Published December 18th 2018 by Kensington
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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…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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, mystery
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
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  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cooking, cozy, maine, 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
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
Oct 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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  ·  review of another edition
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 Stockwell
Dec 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
K.A. Davis
Dec 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Diane Hernandez
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
Cats of Ulthar
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
Megan Williams
Dec 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun, FUN series. It's always great to re-visit Busman's Harbor and see what's UP! This time we have a long time Maniac die and leave her estate to a flatlander who ends up dead when he doesn't 'fit in'. The characters are wonderful, the scenery to sigh over, recipes to try and a longing for summer.
Kristin Cochran Schadler
Loved this book! Parts were a little sad, but it was very interesting and hard to put down. Very complex and I didn't see the killer until the reveal. Looking forward to see what's next.
Debbie Carnes
I love this series and was not let down by Steamed Open . Can not wait for the next one
Steamed Open by Barbara Ross, her 7th Maine Clambake Mystery, is another well-written tale in this cozy series. It's the end of summer, and when a wealthy longtime resident passes away, the heir to her estate cuts off beach access on her property, raising the hackles of the residents of Busman's Harbor. Not surprisingly, it isn't long before the new heir is found dead, and Julia must sort through ancient family history to discover the motive for the crime. Lots of hidden secrets abound, and we e ...more
JoAnne McMaster (Any Good Book)
Julia Snowden runs her family's clambake business, and the end of summer is near. But one morning everything is delayed for the funeral of a local, Heloise 'Lou' Herrickson, a woman who was generous and loved by all who knew her. But the funeral takes a turn when Lou's heir, Bartholomew Frick, shows up late and doesn't speak to anyone, then leaves just as quickly when the service is over.

But what really causes problems is when Frick closes off the beach and road access in front of Herrickson Hou
Nov 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Steamed Open is the seventh installment in the A Maine Clambake Mystery series set in Busman's Harbor, ME and featuring Julia Snowden and her families Clambake business. Summer is in full swing with business on their private Morrow Island booming and plans underway to rebuild the fire ravaged family home Windsholme.

Sadly one of the town's matriarchs, the beloved Heloise "Lou" Herrickson passes away at the age of one hundred and one, and leaves her mansion, lighthouse and lighthouse keeper's cott
RO G'ma
Steamed Open is the seventh book in the Maine Clambake Mystery series written by Barbara Ross. This is a well-plotted murder mystery with a great cast of realistic characters. The story moves at a steady pace and has enough twists, turns, and suspects to keep the reader engaged. There is sufficient background information provided to allow this book to be read as a standalone.

It’s summer in Busman’s Harbor, Maine where Julia Snowden helps with her family’s business, the Snowden Family Clambake,
F.T. Bradley
Nov 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of my favorite cozy mystery series--and just yesterday, I was trying to determine why. I read my share of cozies, especially in winter (I like the comfort factor, the small town settings). But many lose my interest after a few chapters, often because they feel predictable, or don't challenge my intellect enough (a pitfall to the cozy, alas).

Barbara Ross somehow manages to combine the small town setting with a smart mystery, plus a recurring cast with real problems and depth. That's t
Dec 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Summer has come to Busman's Harbor, Maine and locals and tourists are eager to go clamming. Julia Snowden's family business, The Snowden Family Clambake Company has harvested clams on a local beach, as had most of the town. Upon the death of the owner of the beach, light house and mansion, Lou Herrickson, nobody has any idea that the beach would become off limits. Turns out Lou left her property to her great nephew, Bart Frick and he has other plans. He blocks all access to the beach, period. By ...more
Abby Fabian
Dec 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Julia Snowden and the gang are back in another enthralling addition to one of the best cozy series out there. One of my favorite things about this series is the balance. Neither the characters nor the mystery is lacking. Sometimes, especially in cozies, you can either have really great characters or a really great mystery. While the two can both be excellent, on many occasions, one overtakes the other. That is not so in this series. The characters are amazingly developed while the mystery will a ...more
I really enjoy this story. This is the seventh in the Maine Clambake Mystery series and the first I have read. When Netgalley offered the book, I was drawn in by the cover and description. I knew this was a good time to jump in and try the series even though I have one or two in my to-be-read pile.

This cozy is set in Busman's Harbor, Maine in the summer. Julia Snowden’s family business provides boat tours and clambakes for tourists. The death of a neighbor may impact the business.

Heloise “Lou” H
Nov 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Julia Snowden is back in the seventh Maine Clambake Mystery. This is a cozy mystery series I've been keeping up with since the first book was released. In this mystery, as a result of the death of a most beloved elderly citizen, a mysterious relative, Bartholomew Frick, inherits the property and closes all access to the beach, thus the citizens of Busman's Harbor, Maine are unable to do any clamming in the area. The closure of the beach does have a negative impact on the community. Shortly after ...more
Cozy Cat Reviews
This is one of my favorite cozy mystery series ! In the 7th in series the author takes us back to charming Busman's Harbor Maine. The descriptions of the food, the culture and the harbor are so perfectly described you feel as if you are visiting this wonderful place or want to jump on the next plane to Maine. The author has a talent for writing directly to the reader with exquisite descriptions that capture you from page one.. This book is set in summer which is delightful fun in Maine.

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Barbara Ross is the author of seven Maine Clambake Mysteries. The latest, Steamed Open, was released in December 2018. Her novellas featuring Julia Snowden are included along with stories by Leslie Meier and Lee Hollis in the anthologies 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 Crim

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)
  • Fogged Inn (A Maine Clambake Mystery, #4)
  • Iced Under (A Maine Clambake Mystery, #5)
  • Stowed Away (A Maine Clambake Mystery, #6)