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Sealed Off

(Maine Clambake Mystery #8)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  33 ratings  ·  27 reviews
Paperback, 256 pages
Expected publication: December 31st 2019 by Kensington Publishing Corporation
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Natalia  Ramlal
Nov 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Snowden Family Clambake business is wrapping up the busy tourist season in Busman's Harbor, Maine. When an employee is murdered, everyone immediately suspects Julia's boyfriend's ex-con brother. He swears he is innocent and Julia agrees to help him clear his name. Meanwhile, renovations are starting in the family's Island home and a secret diary is discovered in a hidden room from 1898. It tells the sad story of a young woman and the Snowden family is determined to find out what really ...more
Nov 05, 2019 rated it liked it
It's mid-October and the end of the Snowden family's Clambake season, set in Busman's Harbor, Maine. A crew of workers have been hired to restore the family home on Morrow Island. One of the workers is killed and Julia's boyfriend's ex-con brother becomes the main suspect. During the renovations, they also find an enclosed room on her family's island where a mystery woman wrote a diary a hundred years ago, they wonder what became of her. Julia is determined to find out who killed Jason, even if ...more
The first mystery is a hidden room from 1898 sealed away with everything in it intact. The second is a murder. All of this happens on a small, family owned island with a severely damaged Victorian home and currently part of a tourist attraction. Lots of twists and red herrings complete with state cops, an old diary, odd behaviors by main characters, and other peculiarities. I loved it!
I requested and received a free ebook copy from Kensington Books via NetGalley. Thank you!
The Kawaii Slartibartfast
Nov 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Another winner in the Barbara Ross Clambake mystery series!

This one involves a murdered rapscallion and a sealed off room in a renovated mansion!
K.A. Davis
Dec 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
SEALED OFF, the eighth book in the Maine Clambake Mystery series by Barbara Ross, is another entertaining installment in an enduring series. It’s been a treat watching the protagonist, Julia Snowden, develop as a well-rounded character from the beginning of the series. She’s smart, she’s determined, and she has a kind heart to help those in need around her. Julia’s family’s clambake is wrapping up the season on their private island and ramping up the remodel on the decrepit family historical ...more
Nov 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, cozy, netgalley, mystery
Julia Snowden's clambake company is just about finished for the season, holding the meals on Morrow island off the coast of Maine. Meanwhile, the beautiful mansion on the island is being careful demolition on the interior by a crew of Russian men after it had been destroyed by fire. A mysterious room is discovered on the third floor, just off the nursery - it had been sealed off from the nursery, and doors covered over and all the furniture and belongings left in place. A handwritten journal is ...more
Oct 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Summer is winding down and the Snowden family is wrapping up the Summer at their island clambake business. When an employee is murdered, everyone thinks another employee is guilty because he had spent time in prison, but he swears he is innocent and Julia agrees to help prove his innocence. But there are so many secrets that Julia has to get through before she can even begin to see the truth.

While wrapping up business for the season, the Snowden family also has an elderly relative visiting, to
Nov 16, 2019 rated it liked it
This is the 8th installment of the Maine Clambake Mystery series. I've only read a few in this series and they can be read out of order. This one has great suspense at the end and a tricky mystery to solve. My heart was pumping as our heroine raced for safety.

The Snowden Family Clambake business is wrapping up the busy season in Busman's Harbor, Maine. Julia Snowden is starting to get excited about the renovation of the island house where she will be living during the summers. However, a death
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love this series more and more with each book. It's like coming home to family every time I read a new installment. Fantastic book. I didn't want it to end.
Nov 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Two mysteries on Morrow Island vie for the reader’s attention in the latest Maine Clambake Mystery. First, one of the crew, Jason, is found murdered under the firewood pile. Then, the demolition crew discover a room, in the mansion being renovated, that is completely sealed off – and has been for decades.

Julia hires Chris’ brother Terry, a just released convict, to help the last few days of the clambake season. Terry and Jason, a long time crew member, fight over a misunderstanding with another
Nov 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

This is the eighth book in the Maine Clambake mystery series by Barbara Ross.

First comes the dead body that turns out to be one of the skeleton crew working on the renovation of and old mansion on Morrow Island. Then they discover a secret room in said mansion. Now the pressure on Julia begins. She is asked to find the killer and do it fast. The first problem with this request is that she is no police officer. And the police tend to look down on people interrupting their investigation.

Nov 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So nice to return to Busman's Harbor, ME amidst the demolition portion of the renovation of Windsholme, the Morrow family historic mansion on Morrow Island.

When Julia and the rest of the Clambake family discover a body on Morrow island, it starts a race to both clear Chris' brother's name while also finding out who the real murderer is. As usual, the reader doesn't know until the very end who actually did it, but it comes with quite a twist in the story line that brings other very serious
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley-2019
I absolutely love this series. Each time a book comes out I devour it within a couple of days.
Each books gets better than the last...I can't wait to see what happens in the next one.
Mysterious room, a murder and the renovating of the family home!
Julia has her hands full in this story...autumn is quickly approaching which means that the clambake business is coming to an end for the season.
Only a few more clambakes to go and 2 very special guests arrive in Busman's Harbor, Maine. Family members
Nov 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
A classic cozy set in beautiful New England on an island with a mysterious past.

Morrow Island off the coast of Maine is where Julia Snowden holds her traditional Snowden Family Clambake and tourists are ferried over to participate in the feast. As the season is coming to an end the tensions between one of her employees, his ex-wife, his new flame, a shady Russian construction worker and old rival are only heating up. That is, until one of them ends up dead. Julia has to figure out how everyone
Nov 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the 8th installment in the Clambake Mystery Series. I have not read all the books in this series but can still follow the story easily enough. Julia is getting excited as the Snowden Family Clambake business season is coming to a close and the she is focusing on the renovations of the family home. A worker Jason has been killed and everyone is pointing the finger at her boyfriend’s brother who is an ex-con. Her boyfriend Chris asks her to look into it as they are both convinced that ...more
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sealed Off by Barbara Ross in the 8th book in the Maine Clambake Mystery series featuring Julia Snowden and her family in Busman’s Harbor, Maine.

I have loved this series from the beginning, and Ms Ross did not disappoint. I love Julia as an honest, feisty sleuth and her abilities continue on with this installment when she tries to find the murderer of an employee just as the tourist season is wrapping up. There are plenty of motives and potential suspects, and I enjoyed how it ended. I also
Amary Chapman
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Julia Snowden is in charge of running the family business. She brought it back from the brink of bankruptcy and has been working hard to make it profitable again.
A surprise inheritance for her mother brings the funds to rehab the beautiful but in dire need of repair home on the isle.
Julia is stressed between the repairs, disagreements between a few employees and keeping it all running smooth....well smooth until one employee turns up dead on the island.
The most obvious suspect is her brother
Nov 14, 2019 rated it liked it
This series is one I'm always happy to see a new release for. I like the characters, but it mostly focuses on Julia.

I thought this book was a little darker than the rest and dealt with several societal issues. It was not unduly dark, but more and darker issues than the average cozy.

I'd like to see Julia do more with her family and friends besides dinner and clambake scenes. This book would have been a good opportunity for her boyfriend to participate more, but he's barely there.

That said, I
Cynthia Moore
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was an entertaining addition to the clambake series. I always enjoy reading about Julia and her family business. I find the area of Maine that the story takes place is brought alive in the story. I have been to a town like this and it always reminds me of our visit. The town has interesting characters that are maybe a bit stereotypical. There seemed to be two mysteries in the book, one of the murder of one of the clambake workers. The other involving a decade old incident that is brought to ...more
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This soon to be released, 8th installment of the Maine Clambake Mystery series contains all of the wonderful scenery, characters and intrigue that you've come to expect from his fantastic series, but it contains so much more. Marguerite and Tallulah are back for a visit! (Fans of this series, will be thrilled by this news.) Between the clambake and renovating the old family home, Julia and the her family get embroiled in a mystery on their island and a mystery in their past. The development of ...more
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thanks go to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

I have loved this series from book one, and I can say that book 8, Sealed Off, is perhaps my favorite thus far. I love that the mystery centers on Windsholme and the island this time and allows us to get familiar with some extended family members, Marguerite and Tallulah. There were plenty of subplots to keep the story moving and interesting. Definitely recommend
Nov 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another amazing entry in the Maine Clambake series. Although it's considered a cozy series, I feel as though each story goes a little deeper than the typical light-heartedness than one expects when reading a cozy mystery. The character development continues, and as with the previous tales, Sealed Off contains twists and turns to keep the reader guessing throughout.
Rima Aiello
Nov 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was a fan of this series before this latest installment, but this book has its hooks in me good! So many twists and turns that really keep the reader engaged and interested in the plot and characters. One thing I really love about this series is that I never can predict what is going to happen. The author does a superb job of really writing a great fulfilling mystery.
Nov 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Lately I've had a problem with getting into books, but not this one. It hooked me from the very beginning and didn't let go. I enjoyed it very much, especially the mystery of what was up with the sealed off room . I really liked how the family was together and how the mystery of the murder was solved. The ending is a nice round up of all the remaining questions and perfect. #SealedOff #NetGalley
Anna Fox
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I found this book very interesting. I have started requesting the others from my library. I enjoy the characters and can't wait to see what happens with them (although I am feeling very sorry for Chris).

Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for my eARC in exchange for an honest review.
Chris gerst
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Love this series. This is the 8th book . Its clam bake season on the island. The Julia and sonny are setting up the clam bake the 2nd day when a body is found. Now julia sets out to find the killer before another like is taken. To hear more read the book.
Jean Utley
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another wonderful book about Morrow Island and the clambakes. For anyone who dreams about New England.
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Barbara Ross is the author of seven Maine Clambake Mysteries. The eighth, Sealed Off, will be released in December 2019. Her novellas featuring Julia Snowden are included along with stories by Leslie Meier and Lee Hollis in the anthologies Eggnog Murder, Yule Log Murder and Haunted House Murder.

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