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Sealed Off

(Maine Clambake Mystery #8)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  757 ratings  ·  159 reviews
Early October is “winding down” time in Busman’s Harbor, Maine, but there’s nothing relaxing about it for Julia Snowden. Between busloads of weekend leaf peepers at the Snowden Family Clambake and a gut renovation of the old mansion on Morrow Island, she’s keeping it all together with a potentially volatile skeleton crew—until one of them turns up dead under the firewood.
Mass Market Paperback, 246 pages
Published December 31st 2019 by Kensington Publishing Corporation
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Natalia  R
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 happe ...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
Mark Baker
Dec 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, mystery
The clambake that Julia Snowden and her family run on their family’s island is just running on weekends through Columbus Day. Unfortunately, tension among the staff seems to be reaching the boiling point. Romances among the staff have been causing issues all season, but Julia was hoping they could make it until the end of the season, and those issues would resolve themselves before the clambake starts up again in the spring. A fist fight as the guests and crew were leaving one days brings things ...more
Jan 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2020
Dollycas Thoughts

We are back in Busman’s Harbor, Maine in the final days of the clambake season. Julia is so excited because when the clambakes end the demolition of the inside of the island mansion, Windsholme, can really get going. Hopes are to get as much done as possible before the weather shuts work down. The really cool thing is a Morrow relative that spent summers in the mansion has come to take a final look. Marguerite remembers her time there as a child and wanted to see the place one m
Lucy Burdette
Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An excellent entry in one of my favorite cozy mystery series. It's neither silly nor scary, and the characters feel like real people with real problems. Busman's Harbor, Maine, is painted so clearly I feel as though I've visited many times.
Jan 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Julia is busy working at the family’s clambake and doing a total redo of the mansion. The Russian crew working on it finds a room sealed off that no one knew about. They also find a journal, which no one sits down and read right away something I would do and it always bothers me in books how they put off reading old journals. A member of the crew is murdered and Julia has to find the killer fast, she also wants to solve the mystery of the sealed room.
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is one of my favorite series — every time I finish a book in the series, I want to visit Maine. This is my favorite of the series so far. I didn’t figure out who the guilty party was until the end of the book. I also liked the mystery within the mystery involving Julia’s family and Morrow Island. I highly recommend the series and this book!
Sealed Off by Barbara Ross is the eighth A Maine Clambake Mystery. It can be read on its own for those who have just discovered this series. Julia Snowden has her hands full in Sealed Off between running the family business, getting ready for the opening of the winter restaurant she runs with Chris, the renovations at Windsholme, the murder of an employee, visiting relatives and the hidden room. Marguerite is an elderly relative who lived at Windsholme when she was a child and is visiting Busman ...more
Dec 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sealed Off by Barbara Ross is the 8th book in A Maine Clambake Mystery, and a great addition. Julia Snowden and her family are busy finishing up the Snowden Family Clambakes Company season, and starting to redo the families mansion. Worker's from Russia are doing the demolition on the place, when a hidden room is found. When a murder take place, the sleuthing begins. There are a lot of twists and turns in this book, which Julia is determined to solve. Ms. Ross's books just seem to get better and ...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!
Sue Em
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It's close to the end of the season for Julia Snowden's family clambake, but tensions are rising between several of the employees, so much so that Julia isn't sure they will make it through the 6 final meals without a blowup. When two of them come to blows, that's only the precursor for finding one of them dead the next morning. Promising her boyfriend to find out the truth and hopefully exonerate his brother, she looks into the murder. Meanwhile during the renovations of the.manor house on the ...more
Diane Hernandez
Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
It’s only a week until the end of the Maine clambaking season when a worker with the Snowden Family Clambake is found dead under a wood pile. Julia is running the clambake and also directing the renovation of the old family mansion, vacant since 1929, on Morrow Island. When the contractors find a hidden room complete with a diary from 1898, Julia decides to investigate both mysteries in Sealed Off.

The addition of a historic mystery in Sealed Off makes it a compelling read. Both mysteries are int
Jessica Robbins
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I fell in love with this series during book one so when I see a new one of course I have get my hands on it. This one is a fabulous addition. Julia is gearing up for the end of the season for the family clambake as well as a family visit. Windsholme is finally being worked on as well which adds some workmen into the mix. Things get interesting when two employees have a fight and one of them turns up dead on the island the very next day. Since her boyfriends brother is the one still alive from th ...more
Jun 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was un-put-down-able, and once again Barbara Ross excels and exceeds herself, with another better than ever story happening at the Snowden Family Clambake. And again I could not even guess at solving the mystery - well, I DID try to guess, but boy was I wrong, and when the answer was finally revealed, I never saw it coming.

I also enjoyed that, as usual, there’s more than one story happening - it’s not just about the murder. An elderly relative who may hold a clue to a secret room, vari
Carla Johnson-Hicks
I always enjoy this series and I anticipate what Barbara Ross will come up with next. One of the things I really enjoy about this series is that there is a secondary mystery in the books beyond the murder that is being solved. This book is not exception. The season is winding down and as winter is approaching, Julia is hoping that the demolition of Winsholme will be finished in time. Julia is also dealing with the return of her boyfriend Chris's brother. He has been released from prison and she ...more
Alannah Davis
Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another excellent Julia Snowden mystery!

I always look forward to a new addition to the Maine Clambake Mystery series, and book 9 does not disappoint. There is a nifty little side mystery from the past, as well as the main story involving the murder of one of Julia's clambake employees. I read it through last night when I should have been sleeping because I just did not want to stop reading. Excellent, strong characterization.
Can't wait for the next one!
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 man ...more
Mar 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: completed-2020
Sealed Off earns 5/5 Clambake Mysteries...Entertaining Fun!

Another Maine Clambake Mystery delight from Barbara Ross! It’s been a couple of year’s since Julia Snowden returned home to Busman’s Harbor to help run the family’s authentic clambake business, and butting heads with her brother-in-law never seems to let up. Currently it’s due to an employee “quadrangle” that interferes with the business operations. Jason is flirting with Emmy, Jason’s ex Prudence is not happy, then Terry, Julia’s boyfri
Karen Hollins-Stallman
“Sealed Off“ is the 8th instalment in the lA Maine Clambake Mysteries” by Barbara Ross. It can be read as a stand alone but I do recommend reading from the beginning.

Early October is “winding down” time in Busman’s Harbor, Maine, but there’s nothing relaxing about it for Julia Snowden. Between busloads of weekend leaf peepers at the Snowden Family Clambake and a gut renovation of the old mansion on Morrow Island, she’s keeping it all together with a potentially volatile skeleton crew—until one
Oct 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
I love this series. I love the setting and the characters and the way it is written. Every time I pick up a book in this series, I never want to put it down. (Darn it, being a responsible adult gets in the way of that.)

What I liked about Sealed Off:
A double mystery
- In addition to the rambling list in my brief opening, there is always a mystery to be solved (I mean, *obviously*, given the genre, right?). This one had two and they never competed for your attention or your brain space. They were
RO G'ma
Sealed Off is the eighth book in Barbara Ross’ Maine Clambake Mystery series. There is sufficient background information provided to allow this book to be read as a standalone. This is a well-plotted murder mystery with a great cast of characters. The story moves at a steady pace, with two mysteries to keep the reader engaged.

Julia Snowden and her boyfriend, Chris Durand, live in Busman’s Harbor, Maine. During the off-season, they operate their fine dining restaurant and bar. During the summer
Feb 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I will admit I'm some what biased when it comes to this series because I have visited Boothbay Harbor (the town this is based on) countless times and love it. I'm inclined to love a book that has so many places that I can identify, even if the names have changed--Squirrel Island has become Chipmunk Island.

That being said, I enjoy the series for other reasons as well. The characters are down-to-earth and realistic. Relationships continue to evolve (and sometimes devolve) and a love of family is
Missi Martin (Stockwell)
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love getting lost in a good book, especially when they are part of a series and you've read the previous books and that is exactly how it was for me reading Sealed Off by Barbara Ross.

Sealed Off is the eighth book in Ross's Maine Clambake Mystery series and the reader cannot help but love hanging around with main character, Julia Snowden. Julia is a very, very busy person running her family clambake business along with her sister, brother-in-law and mother but add a dead body and Julia turns i
Susan Johnston
Feb 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Princess Fuzzypants here: The clambake season is winding down but emotions are heating up amongst the employees. Chris’ brother, newly released from prison, is working with Jason with whom he has a nebulous history. On the surface the cause appears to be single mom Emily. But as events progress, it is clearly something far deeper and more sinister. And when Jason turns up dead, Chris’ brother heads the list of possible suspects.
Chris asks Julia to look into it. Initially, Julia is apprehensive,
Nov 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy, mystery, 2019, netgalley
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
Jan 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Julia has no time to relax, there are buses of people ready to enjoy her families Clambake and they have just begun a few renovations to the mansion located in their island. Things seem to be going well that is until the renovation crew finds a sealed off room. No one can figure out why the room would be closed off and attentions are turned elsewhere when one of the crew is found dead. A diary was found in the sealed off room, did it have something to do with the mans death or was it simply a ca ...more
Mar 07, 2020 rated it liked it
About a 3.4. I was a little disappointed, I confess, because I expected too much. This is another mystery, well written, interesting characters. There are two mysteries, actually, one set in the past; it was the more interesting to me, but the revelations sputtered instead of popped. Our heroine leaps to an unsupported conclusion and tries to make us buy it. The present day mystery left unanswered questions and end-loaded information. Shortly put, this is not a whodunit and if you think it is, y ...more
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 o
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