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For Julia Snowden, the Founder’s Day summer celebration in Busman’s Harbor, Maine, means helping her family’s clambake company to prepare an authentic taste of New England seafood. Any Mainer will tell you that a real clambake needs wood for the fire . . . so why is there a foot sticking out of the oven? The townspeople want to pin the murder of the RV park owner on Cabe St For Julia Snowden, the Founder’s Day summer celebration in Busman’s Harbor, Maine, means helping her family’s clambake company to prepare an authentic taste of New England seafood. Any Mainer will tell you that a real clambake needs wood for the fire . . . so why is there a foot sticking out of the oven? The townspeople want to pin the murder of the RV park owner on Cabe Stone, a new employee of the Snowden Family Clambake Company–who bolted from the crime scene and disappeared. Julia knows having another murder associated with her family’s business is a recipe for disaster . . . but who is the killer? Cooking up a proper investigation doesn’t leave much time for the rest of Julia’s life, and this is one killer who’ll do anything to stop her from digging up clues . . .


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For Julia Snowden, the Founder’s Day summer celebration in Busman’s Harbor, Maine, means helping her family’s clambake company to prepare an authentic taste of New England seafood. Any Mainer will tell you that a real clambake needs wood for the fire . . . so why is there a foot sticking out of the oven? The townspeople want to pin the murder of the RV park owner on Cabe St For Julia Snowden, the Founder’s Day summer celebration in Busman’s Harbor, Maine, means helping her family’s clambake company to prepare an authentic taste of New England seafood. Any Mainer will tell you that a real clambake needs wood for the fire . . . so why is there a foot sticking out of the oven? The townspeople want to pin the murder of the RV park owner on Cabe Stone, a new employee of the Snowden Family Clambake Company–who bolted from the crime scene and disappeared. Julia knows having another murder associated with her family’s business is a recipe for disaster . . . but who is the killer? Cooking up a proper investigation doesn’t leave much time for the rest of Julia’s life, and this is one killer who’ll do anything to stop her from digging up clues . . .

30 review for Boiled Over

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Robbins

    Book two in the Maine Clambake Mystery series. To participate in Founder's Day Weekend Julia and her family temporarily move the clambake to the pier using the Claminator. It looks like things are going great until the fire under neath starts to pop and hiss just before a leg shows up in the middle of it causing a scene in the middle of the celebration. The newest employee takes off running to hide out which makes them all suspicious. They all trust Julia though so of course she finds herself in Book two in the Maine Clambake Mystery series. To participate in Founder's Day Weekend Julia and her family temporarily move the clambake to the pier using the Claminator. It looks like things are going great until the fire under neath starts to pop and hiss just before a leg shows up in the middle of it causing a scene in the middle of the celebration. The newest employee takes off running to hide out which makes them all suspicious. They all trust Julia though so of course she finds herself in the middle of the investigation while still trying to keep up with the family business. There seems to be less family stress this time around which lets the characters open up a little more even letting Julia battle some of her inner demons when it comes to her weird relationship. The back and forth provided some nice back ground to the story and the surprises along the way were something to behold as well. I really enjoyed this next installment in this series and highly recommend it to cozy mystery fans giving it 4/5 stars.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Anastasia

    Boiled over by Barbara Ross is the 2nd book in the Maine Clambake Mystery series. The Founder's Day weekend in Busman's Harbor is marred when a body is found in the claminator and when one of her employees is accused of the crime, Julia Snowden investigates. An enjoyable book although the back and forth in time was a little distracting. The mystery was intriguing and well written. I love the characters and the setting and am looking forward to the next installment.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan

    A second book in what is becoming a solid, but not over-the-top series, Boiled Over was a delightful read with a few weak points. I really like Julia, though I wish she'd admit the inevitable; she's staying in Busman's Harbor. Chris is great, but I wish he'd open up a bit about himself. Sonny was absolutely horrible at the beginning, but he warmed up towards the end. I seriously don't know why he isn't nicer to his sister in law! The setting is absolutely idyllic. The last three books I've read in A second book in what is becoming a solid, but not over-the-top series, Boiled Over was a delightful read with a few weak points. I really like Julia, though I wish she'd admit the inevitable; she's staying in Busman's Harbor. Chris is great, but I wish he'd open up a bit about himself. Sonny was absolutely horrible at the beginning, but he warmed up towards the end. I seriously don't know why he isn't nicer to his sister in law! The setting is absolutely idyllic. The last three books I've read in a row were all set in Maine and I must say, it's looking pretty good right now! The mystery was positively wonderful, too. It was complex, and I was taken aback by the killer's identity. Besides an annoying brother-in-law, and too many flashbacks (which I don't like), this was overall a very solid book. I will be reading the next one soon.

  4. 5 out of 5

    LORI (Dollycas) CASWELL

    Dollycas’s Thoughts Barbara Ross has cooked us up another fine mystery in Boiled Over. In this follow-up to Clammed Up Julia is still trying to make sure the Snowden Family Clambakes are back on the right track. She thinks serving their food sat the Founder’s Day celebration will be the perfect way to advertise and put a little more money in the business account. Of course she didn’t plan for the dead body. Ross introduces us to some new characters who are not all who they seem to be. This leads t Dollycas’s Thoughts Barbara Ross has cooked us up another fine mystery in Boiled Over. In this follow-up to Clammed Up Julia is still trying to make sure the Snowden Family Clambakes are back on the right track. She thinks serving their food sat the Founder’s Day celebration will be the perfect way to advertise and put a little more money in the business account. Of course she didn’t plan for the dead body. Ross introduces us to some new characters who are not all who they seem to be. This leads the reader on quite an adventure. We even learn about the true founder of Busman’s Harbor and how the town got its name. We also traveled with Julia through a good bit of Maine tracking down clues. Julia is not only trying to save the family business, she is at a crossroads of her life. Does she want to go back to New York City? Or stay in Maine with her family and a very important man in her life? Did she wait too long to share her true feelings? Ross has served us a great mystery with a perfect amount of humor and romance. She has given us rich characters that continue to evolve and a nice little cliffhanger to bring us back for more when Musseled Out hits shelves in 2015.

  5. 4 out of 5

    J.H. Moncrieff

    The Maine Clambake series has been so enjoyable thus far, and this book continues the trend. Set in the picturesque setting of the Maine coast, the series gives you a taste (no pun intended) of what it's really like to live in this idyllic region, warts and all. Better yet, Ross has somehow managed to create a cozy mystery protagonist who isn't an annoying busybody. Her Julia always has a legitimate reason for investigating, and it never comes across like she's doing police-level work with no tra The Maine Clambake series has been so enjoyable thus far, and this book continues the trend. Set in the picturesque setting of the Maine coast, the series gives you a taste (no pun intended) of what it's really like to live in this idyllic region, warts and all. Better yet, Ross has somehow managed to create a cozy mystery protagonist who isn't an annoying busybody. Her Julia always has a legitimate reason for investigating, and it never comes across like she's doing police-level work with no training. I didn't roll my eyes once, and that's a high compliment--I'm pretty picky about these things. You may wonder why I'm reading cozy mysteries and expecting realism, but there you have it. I do, at least to a certain extent. I thought I'd solved the murder early, but it turned out I was wrong. Ross delivered a great twist in this one, without it seeming as contrived as an actual twist. This book is a great bit of writing, and the recipes sound delicious. Recommended for lovers of New England, or the idea of New England, and cozy mysteries that aren't the slightest bit annoying.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ronna

    Julia Snowden left her high powered New York job to help her family keep the Snowden Family Clambake making a profit, but she still plans to return to her "real" job. She's already helped in one murder investigation, getting her boyfriend out of trouble. Now on the Founder's Day committee, she comes to the docks to check on the Snowden families giant Clam baking oven, just to find a human leg hanging out of the fire and her newest young employee, Cabe, running away from the scene. Drawn into the Julia Snowden left her high powered New York job to help her family keep the Snowden Family Clambake making a profit, but she still plans to return to her "real" job. She's already helped in one murder investigation, getting her boyfriend out of trouble. Now on the Founder's Day committee, she comes to the docks to check on the Snowden families giant Clam baking oven, just to find a human leg hanging out of the fire and her newest young employee, Cabe, running away from the scene. Drawn into the investigation once again, Julia sets out to prove that this nice young kid, Cabe, is definitely innocent. I really have been enjoying this series. I like the atmosphere and food descriptions of the Maine coast and all of it's seafood. The cast of returning characters have really grown on me, and the situations and clues to this new mystery are done with suspense that kept me guessing, but definitely led me to the solution. I listened to this on audio and enjoyed the narration.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Edwin Hill

    I like these cozies set in a Maine town that resembles Boothbay Harbor. This one picks up where the first book in the series left off, with Julia Snowden managing her families clam bake business while wrestling over whether to stay in Maine or return to her Manhattan life. The murder of a local man during Founder's Weekend provides a distraction, and when a young employee comes under suspicion, Julia jumps in to action to clear his name. The conclusion left me underwhelmed, unfortunately, but it I like these cozies set in a Maine town that resembles Boothbay Harbor. This one picks up where the first book in the series left off, with Julia Snowden managing her families clam bake business while wrestling over whether to stay in Maine or return to her Manhattan life. The murder of a local man during Founder's Weekend provides a distraction, and when a young employee comes under suspicion, Julia jumps in to action to clear his name. The conclusion left me underwhelmed, unfortunately, but it was a fun ride till then. The setting is interesting, and Julia is a great protagonist, so I'll come back for more.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Lucy Burdette

    This is an excellent cozy mystery series with a main character who has depth, a charming setting, and good food!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Gloria Mccracken

    If only the protagonist weren't such a self-involved dip, this would be a pretty good series.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    3.5 stars. This series isn't blowing me away, but I'm definitely enjoying it enough to keep on reading, especially because I'm in a headspace where I just crave cozies. In this, the second installment, Julia has saved the family clambake business, but is still planning to go back to her venture capital job at the end of the summer. She's on the committee to plan Founder's Day, but the celebration ends up ruined when a body is found inside the clambake oven. Julia sets out to prove the innocence 3.5 stars. This series isn't blowing me away, but I'm definitely enjoying it enough to keep on reading, especially because I'm in a headspace where I just crave cozies. In this, the second installment, Julia has saved the family clambake business, but is still planning to go back to her venture capital job at the end of the summer. She's on the committee to plan Founder's Day, but the celebration ends up ruined when a body is found inside the clambake oven. Julia sets out to prove the innocence of her young employee, Cabe, and naturally puts herself in danger in the process. The ending was a bit outlandish (one of those classic cozy mystery endings where the amateur sleuth does not actually manage to solve anything, just blunders into almost getting themself killed by the murderer), but I liked the mystery and Julia's investigation.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kim Reads (Read Your Writes Book Reviews)

    Boiled Over marks my first time reading Barbara Ross. I found the story and mystery to be enjoyable and a nice little escape. Though I did have a craving for seafood a time or two. **Received a copy of the book from the publisher and voluntarily reviewed.**

  12. 4 out of 5

    Laurie

    The second book of this series and as delightful as the first! Great fun to read!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Hannah

    Another great entry in the Maine Clambake series. I enjoyed trying to figure out who the killer was and loved the atmosphere Julia's family lives in. It's the sort of small town I'd like to go visit sometime and Julia is a pleasant sleuth to spend time around. Reading more of this series, for sure!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Dawn

    Thoroughly enjoyed this little cozy mystery! I enjoyed getting to know Julia a little more. I find her a very likable character. There is so much about the setting that speaks to me, having been born and raised in New England. What I found especially enjoyable, though, was the actual mystery. It didn't feel forced or overly contrived or cloying, the way some cozies do. I loved all the little strands, the way the characters were woven together, how the pieces fit together. I didn't figure out who Thoroughly enjoyed this little cozy mystery! I enjoyed getting to know Julia a little more. I find her a very likable character. There is so much about the setting that speaks to me, having been born and raised in New England. What I found especially enjoyable, though, was the actual mystery. It didn't feel forced or overly contrived or cloying, the way some cozies do. I loved all the little strands, the way the characters were woven together, how the pieces fit together. I didn't figure out whodunnit until right as it was being revealed, although I did see a couple of the twists coming. Regardless, it was still fun to see it all come to light. Suffice to say, I'm hooked on this series and really looking forward to reading more of it.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Mark Baker

    Founder's Day Weekend gets off to a rough start when a body is found in the fire the Snowden Family Clambake was using to prepare a meal. With the police looking at one of their employees, Julia must dig in and find the real killer. The story started out strongly and never faltered as it led me through several twists and turns. The characters were just as strong as in the debut, and I enjoyed spending time with all of them again. Note: I was sent a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review Founder's Day Weekend gets off to a rough start when a body is found in the fire the Snowden Family Clambake was using to prepare a meal. With the police looking at one of their employees, Julia must dig in and find the real killer. The story started out strongly and never faltered as it led me through several twists and turns. The characters were just as strong as in the debut, and I enjoyed spending time with all of them again. Note: I was sent a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review. Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Linda Rawlins

    Boiled Over by Barbara Ross is the second book in her Maine Clambake Mystery Series. The Snowden Family Clambake Company was ready to serve cooked clams at the Founder's Day celebration, until a human body part rolled off the fire pile onto the pier. Horrified, Julia vowed to solve the murder and prove her new employee Cabe Stone innocent. The Snowden Clambake company already experienced one dead body this summer and Julia simply refused to make it two. Boiled over is a great cozy with a fresh s Boiled Over by Barbara Ross is the second book in her Maine Clambake Mystery Series. The Snowden Family Clambake Company was ready to serve cooked clams at the Founder's Day celebration, until a human body part rolled off the fire pile onto the pier. Horrified, Julia vowed to solve the murder and prove her new employee Cabe Stone innocent. The Snowden Clambake company already experienced one dead body this summer and Julia simply refused to make it two. Boiled over is a great cozy with a fresh storyline and reads especially well during the summer. Fast paced, with surprise twists and turns. If you love camping, Maine coastline, lobster and murder, you'll love Boiled Over.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Maya Corrigan

    The second entry in Barbara Ross's Maine Clambake series made me want to visit Busman's Harbor in August. The mystery is as engaging as the eccentric characters who inhabit the town. They're all gathered for Founder's Weekend, and Julia Snowden, trying to keep her family's clambake company above water, finds herself once more at the center of a murder. I learned a lot about Maine history, breathed in the salt air, and felt the sea breeze ruffling my hair as I read this book. One day I hope to en The second entry in Barbara Ross's Maine Clambake series made me want to visit Busman's Harbor in August. The mystery is as engaging as the eccentric characters who inhabit the town. They're all gathered for Founder's Weekend, and Julia Snowden, trying to keep her family's clambake company above water, finds herself once more at the center of a murder. I learned a lot about Maine history, breathed in the salt air, and felt the sea breeze ruffling my hair as I read this book. One day I hope to enjoy a real Maine clambake, but one that doesn't involve close encounters with the Claminator.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    This is a strong series for me. I have never been to Maine, but I think I will have to try to make it there some day. The characters draw me back and I really enjoy the history of the region that Barbara Ross has woven into the story. As I watch the snow pile up outside in Pennsylvania, a clam bake on a summer island sounds like the right ticket for me. Now I have to wait for the 3rd book.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Edith Maxwell

    Another intriguing plot, well-drawn characters, and a book I lost sleep over because I couldn't put it down. If you want to feel and taste coastal Maine, with a mystery or two thrown in, read this book.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Heidi (Yup. Still here.)

    3.5 stars - decent installment in the series and I will definitely continue with the next book - my only issue is that Julia (the protagonist) sometimes gets on my nerves but so far these instances are fleeting and not enough to hinder my enjoyment of the book.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    3.5 stars. This 2nd installment in the series didn't disappoint! I was definitely kept guessing and suspected just about everyone at some point. Good climactic ending and am looking forward to the next book.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jenny Pivor

    By the time you're done, these characters feel like your friends If you want to know how it feels to live in a small town in coastal Maine, Barbara Ross invites you in as she dishes up a mystery with all the flavor of a Maine blueberry pie.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Dawn

    I really, really liked this book. I thought it really had a good flow to it. Held my attention all the way through. Cannot wait for the next installment to come out, which won't be soon enough.

  24. 4 out of 5

    K.B. Wilson

    Busman’s Harbour is celebrating summer with a weekend full of activities for Founder’s Day. The Snowden family have devised a way to bring their clambake cooking to the boardwalk. Then a body is discovered in their oven & one of their employees runs from the scene, leaving Julia to solve another mystery, clear names & pray this doesn’t ruin the family business. • This is the second book in the Maine clambake series & a fun follow-up to the first. Julia is a very well drawn & relatable protagonis Busman’s Harbour is celebrating summer with a weekend full of activities for Founder’s Day. The Snowden family have devised a way to bring their clambake cooking to the boardwalk. Then a body is discovered in their oven & one of their employees runs from the scene, leaving Julia to solve another mystery, clear names & pray this doesn’t ruin the family business. • This is the second book in the Maine clambake series & a fun follow-up to the first. Julia is a very well drawn & relatable protagonist. She’s the right amount of curious & smart mixed in with realistic flaws that make her seem like a genuine person. One you’d like to be friends with. Ross has a great way of getting right to the mystery in the very first chapter, I’m happy to see that wasn’t just in the first book. I was pulled in immediately. The mystery is good too, lots of plausible suspects who all have secrets. It’ll keep you guessing. And the ending of the book leaves me ready to grab the third ASAP, I need to found out the resolution. So far, two books in, I’m really enjoying the series. I’ve seen other reviewers say that it has a slightly different feel than other cozy mysteries & while I can’t exactly pinpoint what it is (slightly more mature? Eccentric characters that are well written but not obnoxious?) I agree. I’ll be reading on in the series, that’s for sure.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Lorraine

    Julia finds herself up to her ears in work during the Busman's Harbour Founders Day weekend. She's on the committee, and her family clambake business has set up a big stove on the dock with the other vendors. But when a body is found below the "Claminator", she sets out to find out who it is, and how it got there. Along the way she finds herself in love with Chris but unable to say it. I enjoy this series and look forward to more.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Val

    Enjoyed this cozy set in Maine. A small town has its small town festival with all the races, games, and food that characterize a festival. At the bake, a man's body is discovered in the ashes. Who is it and who did it? Characters are believable with their flaws and peculiarities.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Pamela

    Fun cozy mystery with a likable character, great setting in Maine, and a good plot that keeps the reader guessing until nearly the end. A perfect summer read.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly

    Founder's Day Weekend is a great way for the locals in Busman's Harbour to promote their business by drawing in tourists. The Snowden family is in charge of the clambake, but find themselves in the center of bad publicity when a body is found in their fire and one of their employees is a prime suspect. Julia must sort out the clues, decipher the past of some new characters and do a little soul searching herself along the way. To be completely honest, I had a hard time getting into this book at f Founder's Day Weekend is a great way for the locals in Busman's Harbour to promote their business by drawing in tourists. The Snowden family is in charge of the clambake, but find themselves in the center of bad publicity when a body is found in their fire and one of their employees is a prime suspect. Julia must sort out the clues, decipher the past of some new characters and do a little soul searching herself along the way. To be completely honest, I had a hard time getting into this book at first. The mysteries definitively picked up though and finally captured my attention halfway through the story. Even though I pegged the culprit early on, I was still curious about Cabe's story. I didn't care for the random flashbacks or the ongoing history of Busman's Harbour. I'm a bit torn on the characters. I like the main character, but was annoyed by her incessant talk about returning to New York. I also don't really feel a connection with any of the supporting cast. No one really stands out - except for the introduction of Phil. Loved his scenes and personality!! Not surprised about the relationship with Chris and the MC. The location is great. I love the coastal descriptions, the food mentions and really loved the blueberry farm. I really enjoyed book one in this series so I'll go ahead and give this one another shot with book three.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Wanda

    This was a good mystery, nothing too deep or complex. It starts off with a body being found during a Founder's Day celebration and the search is on to finder the killer. The setting is a small town on the coast of Maine and there are some definite feelings between the locals, tourists and those who live there now that are "From Away" or not having been born there. The state police are called in to investigate and a local girl also is investigating as one of her employees is considered the main s This was a good mystery, nothing too deep or complex. It starts off with a body being found during a Founder's Day celebration and the search is on to finder the killer. The setting is a small town on the coast of Maine and there are some definite feelings between the locals, tourists and those who live there now that are "From Away" or not having been born there. The state police are called in to investigate and a local girl also is investigating as one of her employees is considered the main suspect. She delves into the history of the victim and finds out he isn't who everyone thought he was. She then finds out he has connections to quite a few other people in town. At the same time she is dealing with helping to run the family business, her relationship with her boyfriend and is almost killed looking for the killer. At the end of the book there are some good recipes also that are mentioned in the story.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Patricia

    I really enjoy this series but I also love coastal Maine and will read anything set there. Just a warning that my liking for this series may not be unbiased. A great deal of my enjoyment comes from reading the descriptions and trying to figure out where places are located on the real map of Maine. If I weren't so enamored of the setting I'm not sure I'd be so quick to overlook the unlikelihood of one non law enforcement family being involved in two murders within a matter of months. (That's not I really enjoy this series but I also love coastal Maine and will read anything set there. Just a warning that my liking for this series may not be unbiased. A great deal of my enjoyment comes from reading the descriptions and trying to figure out where places are located on the real map of Maine. If I weren't so enamored of the setting I'm not sure I'd be so quick to overlook the unlikelihood of one non law enforcement family being involved in two murders within a matter of months. (That's not a spoiler, by the way, so please no hating.) On the other hand, the characters are likeable and I didn't solve the mystery halfway through the book. It was a fun book. But make sure you read the first in the series. I don't remember the title but there are only two books so far so you should be able to figure it out!

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