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The snow is deep in Maine’s Busman’s Harbor and the mighty rivers are covered in ice. Snowden Family Clambake Company proprietor Julia Snowden and her mother, Jacqueline, are hunkered down for the winter when a mysterious package arrives—heating up February with an unexpected case of murder . . .   Inside the mystery package is an enormous black diamond necklace that once The snow is deep in Maine’s Busman’s Harbor and the mighty rivers are covered in ice. Snowden Family Clambake Company proprietor Julia Snowden and her mother, Jacqueline, are hunkered down for the winter when a mysterious package arrives—heating up February with an unexpected case of murder . . .   Inside the mystery package is an enormous black diamond necklace that once belonged to Julia’s great-grandmother and disappeared in the 1920s. Who could have sent it—and why? Julia’s search for clues takes her on a perilous journey through her mother’s troubled family history, from a squabble over the family fortune in “frozen water” to the recent unexplained death of Jacqueline’s long-lost cousin Hugh—who’d been missing and presumed drowned for more than forty years. To protect her mother’s inheritance, Julia must fend off a small army of feuding relatives, solve the mystery surrounding Hugh’s demise, and get back home before the next blizzard buries them all . . .


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The snow is deep in Maine’s Busman’s Harbor and the mighty rivers are covered in ice. Snowden Family Clambake Company proprietor Julia Snowden and her mother, Jacqueline, are hunkered down for the winter when a mysterious package arrives—heating up February with an unexpected case of murder . . .   Inside the mystery package is an enormous black diamond necklace that once The snow is deep in Maine’s Busman’s Harbor and the mighty rivers are covered in ice. Snowden Family Clambake Company proprietor Julia Snowden and her mother, Jacqueline, are hunkered down for the winter when a mysterious package arrives—heating up February with an unexpected case of murder . . .   Inside the mystery package is an enormous black diamond necklace that once belonged to Julia’s great-grandmother and disappeared in the 1920s. Who could have sent it—and why? Julia’s search for clues takes her on a perilous journey through her mother’s troubled family history, from a squabble over the family fortune in “frozen water” to the recent unexplained death of Jacqueline’s long-lost cousin Hugh—who’d been missing and presumed drowned for more than forty years. To protect her mother’s inheritance, Julia must fend off a small army of feuding relatives, solve the mystery surrounding Hugh’s demise, and get back home before the next blizzard buries them all . . .

30 review for Iced Under

  1. 4 out of 5

    Leslie

    One of my favorite current mystery series. Barbara Ross is writing some of the smartest, sharpest cozies in the flock.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Tari

    I had read the first book in this series last year, and I had every intention of staying in order, but one of the online book clubs I'm in chose this for their January book discussion, probably because of the snowy, icy theme. I'm looking forward to the discussion later this month, because I absolutely loved this book. When Julia's mom Jacqueline received an heirloom diamond necklace in the mail with no return address or explanation letter, Julia kept researching the family until she found a dist I had read the first book in this series last year, and I had every intention of staying in order, but one of the online book clubs I'm in chose this for their January book discussion, probably because of the snowy, icy theme. I'm looking forward to the discussion later this month, because I absolutely loved this book. When Julia's mom Jacqueline received an heirloom diamond necklace in the mail with no return address or explanation letter, Julia kept researching the family until she found a distant cousin living in the area of Boston that Barbara Jean at the PO had told her the package originated from. She was hoping to meet a cousin that her mom said had disappeared on her twenty-first birthday, but when she got there she was too late. He'd died of natural causes...or did he? This was a really interesting case with a couple of attempted murders thrown in. With the snowstorm the area was getting, Julia did most of her investigating online. The police detective in Boston even said that the police chief from Busman's Harbor had spoken highly of her, so she did go out on foot to talk to him. It was fun to meet some of Jacqueline's extended family, and I hope that they might be mentioned or appear in future books. In the meantime, I'm going to have to catch up, since I know the newest book of this series was just released.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Meg

    Great addition to the series. But brrrrr, I freezing while reading the book, at least the parts set in Maine. And that's saying a lot, considering I was reading this in 90 degree weather. My hat is off to you who live in icy climates during the winter. I've actually already read the next in the series as I already had it. I'm looking forward to the release of the latest addition.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Mark Baker

    It’s a cold, quiet February in Busman’s Harbor until Julia’s mom gets a mysterious package in the mail. Inside is a necklace, a family heirloom worth seven figures, that disappeared in the 1920’s. What happened to it all those years ago? And who sent it today? This is definitely a different plot for a cozy, but I really loved it. Yes, there is a murder, but it comes in later and the mystery of tracking down family and the story behind the necklace takes center stage. Honestly, I like the break fr It’s a cold, quiet February in Busman’s Harbor until Julia’s mom gets a mysterious package in the mail. Inside is a necklace, a family heirloom worth seven figures, that disappeared in the 1920’s. What happened to it all those years ago? And who sent it today? This is definitely a different plot for a cozy, but I really loved it. Yes, there is a murder, but it comes in later and the mystery of tracking down family and the story behind the necklace takes center stage. Honestly, I like the break from the familiar formula. The characters are fun as always, especially the new ones. And I might have cried (in a good way) through the last couple of chapters. Fans of the series will appreciate this one best, but they will love it. Note: I received an ARC of this book. Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Bea

    Heartfelt, well-written "cozy mystery." I really liked the main character. I haven't read any other books in this series, but I may check them out now. My main negative reaction has to do with the MC's boyfriend, though. She needs to dump him! :D

  6. 5 out of 5

    LORI (Dollycas) CASWELL

    Dollycas’s Thoughts It may be winter in Busman’s Harbor but Julia still has a mystery to solve. Her mom received a package containing a wonderful family heirloom, one the disappeared back in the 1920’s. The problem is they have no idea who sent the package. Julia’s investigation leads her to connect with family she didn’t know she had and she arrives at their door just in time to find out the person she hoped to meet died recently. Shortly after her arrival the family learns that the death was no Dollycas’s Thoughts It may be winter in Busman’s Harbor but Julia still has a mystery to solve. Her mom received a package containing a wonderful family heirloom, one the disappeared back in the 1920’s. The problem is they have no idea who sent the package. Julia’s investigation leads her to connect with family she didn’t know she had and she arrives at their door just in time to find out the person she hoped to meet died recently. Shortly after her arrival the family learns that the death was not from natural causes, it was MURDER! I really love these stories. So much happens in addition to the main mystery. In a subplot Julia’s sister, Livvie, is due to give birth any day and the snow coming could make getting to the hospital an adventure. This mirrors my daughter’s experience almost exactly 4 years ago. Her dad drove her to the hospital in the middle of a blizzard following a snow plow all the way. Babies seem to want to make appearances in reality and fiction at the most inopportune times. In the main mystery plot the author introduces many new characters enabling Julia to meet and learn about family members she and her mom didn’t even know existed. She also learns the truth about an event in the past that happened very differently than her mother thought. I enjoyed the history research and the stories told by these family members almost more than the mystery and it is a great mystery full of twists and surprises. The author provides enough background to allow this book to be read without reading the previous stories but I encourage you to read them all in order. The characters really grow and become more distinct throughout the series and each includes a stellar mystery.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Subashini

    This fulfilled all the requirements for a cosy, undemanding mystery. This is the fifth book in the series and I haven't read any of the previous books, but this works as a standalone. The storyline from the previous story were gracefully incorporated into the narrative and the characters were well-developed. The mystery involves missing jewels and family members and lost connections, so there's nothing remotely brutal or violent in here. There are some delicious descriptions of food and recipes This fulfilled all the requirements for a cosy, undemanding mystery. This is the fifth book in the series and I haven't read any of the previous books, but this works as a standalone. The storyline from the previous story were gracefully incorporated into the narrative and the characters were well-developed. The mystery involves missing jewels and family members and lost connections, so there's nothing remotely brutal or violent in here. There are some delicious descriptions of food and recipes are included at the end. Soothing and comforting, for when you need the pleasures of an entertaining quick read.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Robin Leslie Coxon

    Iced Under by Barbara Ross is the 5th in the Maine Clambake Mystery series. As in the previous mysteries in this series the story centers around family but not the Snowden Family Clambake Company. The story is centered around the blustery cold winter of Maine, the pending birth of Julia's sister and the anonymous package delivered to Jacqueline. I found this book just as entertaining as the previous ones in this series. Although it is part of a series, it can be read as a standalone. The charact Iced Under by Barbara Ross is the 5th in the Maine Clambake Mystery series. As in the previous mysteries in this series the story centers around family but not the Snowden Family Clambake Company. The story is centered around the blustery cold winter of Maine, the pending birth of Julia's sister and the anonymous package delivered to Jacqueline. I found this book just as entertaining as the previous ones in this series. Although it is part of a series, it can be read as a standalone. The characters are believable and you will find yourself drawn in with each page.

  9. 4 out of 5

    J.H. Moncrieff

    The best so far. I thought this book might not be as interesting, as it was set in the off-season and in Boston rather than Maine, but it really impressed me. Such a good mystery, and some new, well-drawn characters added to the mix. It even made me tear up in a few places, and although I enjoy a good cozy, they're usually brain candy books. I can't say one has ever made me FEEL anything before. Julia is the ideal cozy protagonist. She's not annoying, unrealistic, or a busy body. My one teensy comp The best so far. I thought this book might not be as interesting, as it was set in the off-season and in Boston rather than Maine, but it really impressed me. Such a good mystery, and some new, well-drawn characters added to the mix. It even made me tear up in a few places, and although I enjoy a good cozy, they're usually brain candy books. I can't say one has ever made me FEEL anything before. Julia is the ideal cozy protagonist. She's not annoying, unrealistic, or a busy body. My one teensy complaint is that there was a bit too much about her sister's pregnancy false alarms. I wasn't sure what the point of that was. But, other than that, this was a thoroughly enjoyable book from beginning to end. Highly recommend for cozy lovers.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    It's officially spooky season now, but there's a good chance I'm just going to end up binging on cozy mysteries between now and the election, because I am super anxious need comfort right now, damnit! Anyway, I've been tearing through this series, and it's been 100% comforting. I love the coastal Maine setting, but we actually get out of there in this book and spend most of the time in Boston, where Julia discovers long lost family members and investigates the origins of a mysterious (and extrem It's officially spooky season now, but there's a good chance I'm just going to end up binging on cozy mysteries between now and the election, because I am super anxious need comfort right now, damnit! Anyway, I've been tearing through this series, and it's been 100% comforting. I love the coastal Maine setting, but we actually get out of there in this book and spend most of the time in Boston, where Julia discovers long lost family members and investigates the origins of a mysterious (and extremely valuable) necklace that arrived in her mother's mailbox. The murder mystery in this one is less complicated than some of the previous books, but the investigation into Julia's family history and the necklace supplants some of that. This continues to be a really fun and enjoyable cozy series, and totally binge-worthy.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    Iced Under (A Maine Clambake Mystery, #5) by author Barbara Ross takes Julia Snowden from Busman's Harbor, Maine to Boston, Massachusetts, as she follows the path of a priceless diamond necklace and discovers long-lost family members. Julia must solve the mystery, and get back to Busman's Harbor before her sister Livvie's baby arrives, all while trying to secure the inheritance the family needs to restore its family home. Engaging story that was a quick read, and nicely written. I'm looking forw Iced Under (A Maine Clambake Mystery, #5) by author Barbara Ross takes Julia Snowden from Busman's Harbor, Maine to Boston, Massachusetts, as she follows the path of a priceless diamond necklace and discovers long-lost family members. Julia must solve the mystery, and get back to Busman's Harbor before her sister Livvie's baby arrives, all while trying to secure the inheritance the family needs to restore its family home. Engaging story that was a quick read, and nicely written. I'm looking forward to book 6! :-)

  12. 5 out of 5

    K.A. Davis

    Ever since I saw the cover of ICED UNDER by Barbara Ross, the fifth book in her Maine Clambake Mystery series, I’ve been on pins and needles waiting to read it! And when Barbara released her novella in the Christmas book, EGGNOG MURDER, featuring Julia Snowden in October, my appetite for this series was whetted even more. So it was with great glee that I poured a steaming mug of tea, curled up on the couch with a fluffy blanket, and lost myself in the snowy world of Busman Harbor, Maine and Bost Ever since I saw the cover of ICED UNDER by Barbara Ross, the fifth book in her Maine Clambake Mystery series, I’ve been on pins and needles waiting to read it! And when Barbara released her novella in the Christmas book, EGGNOG MURDER, featuring Julia Snowden in October, my appetite for this series was whetted even more. So it was with great glee that I poured a steaming mug of tea, curled up on the couch with a fluffy blanket, and lost myself in the snowy world of Busman Harbor, Maine and Boston! Barbara weaves a tight tale of Julia’s family history while unraveling the secrets the family has closely guarded for almost 100 years which culminates in the murder of a long lost cousin. The multi-faceted layers of the story kept me turning pages late into the night…that OMC syndrome (“one more chapter”) was in full force. I so enjoyed getting to know Julia’s mother, Jacqueline, more. In past books, Jacqueline has seemed exceedingly reserved and I never really warmed to her. However, in ICED UNDER, we learn the full story of what has made Jacqueline the woman she is and I now see her in a different light, and admire who she is. Julia is a strong character and it’s from her dedication and love for her mother, that she involves herself in solving the mystery. Both the setting and the plot are well developed, and Barbara’s descriptive language pulls me in, making me feel like I’m right there with the characters. She includes an especially touching sentiment when the murdered cousin’s caretaker tells Julia, “When you are needed most, that is when the work is most rewarding.” I have seen that type of dedication first hand with the people who work with my special needs granddaughter. I am always astounded at their capacity for caring and it is definitely at the forefront this time of the year! Barbara manages to capture the emotional impact of that kind of dedication in the book, which adds to the strength of the story. She also utilizes true historical events as the basis for Julia and Jacqueline’s ancestors building…and losing…their family fortunes. I was fascinated with the “Ice Kings” and appreciated the list of books the author provides at the back of the book for reading further on this subject. As with the previous books in this series, Barbara also includes recipes in ICED UNDER. I tried her recipe for Vee's Beef Stew. Absolutely delicious, providing warmth and nourishment, this recipe will become a regular in my dinner rotation, especially during cold winter months! I willingly reviewed this book after receiving a copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Robbins

    Book five in the Maine Clambake Mystery series. Best book of the series so far and I absolutely loved every single page!!! Julia gets a call from her mother about a mysterious package that showed up in the mail. When they opened it they found a really expensive necklace inside that used to be a family heirloom before it came up missing. When Julia starts looking into where this could have come from she finds a whole new family that she never knew existed and the personal side of this story truly Book five in the Maine Clambake Mystery series. Best book of the series so far and I absolutely loved every single page!!! Julia gets a call from her mother about a mysterious package that showed up in the mail. When they opened it they found a really expensive necklace inside that used to be a family heirloom before it came up missing. When Julia starts looking into where this could have come from she finds a whole new family that she never knew existed and the personal side of this story truly explodes yet in a wonderful intriguing way that is really enjoyable. The story really keeps you guessing and the finale was just the cherry on top of the cake. If you have read any of the books in this series then you should love this one too. I loved it so much it gets 5/5 stars!!!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Janet Robel

    I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. One of my favorite cozy mystery series! This isn't like the conventional cozies where the murder takes place within the first few chapters. There's a lot of speculation with Julia and her mom trying to figure out who sent a mysterious package. In turn, the hunt leads to a murder far into the storyline where numerous suspects abound and no one is to be trusted. This is a series worth investing your time, starting I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. One of my favorite cozy mystery series! This isn't like the conventional cozies where the murder takes place within the first few chapters. There's a lot of speculation with Julia and her mom trying to figure out who sent a mysterious package. In turn, the hunt leads to a murder far into the storyline where numerous suspects abound and no one is to be trusted. This is a series worth investing your time, starting with the first book. Julia is a solid protagonist and each book gets better and better. There are also mouth-watering recipes included at the end and you may want to try them all.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    Another excellent book in this series. A mystery package leads to more questions than answers. After researching her maternal family history, she finds a lead and decides to go to Boston to find who sent the package and why. Her quest connects her with relatives she never knew she had. Unfortunately for one of them, they are murdered. While Julia tries to find out who would want to kill and why, she and another relative find themselves in danger as well.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Lea Wait

    I love mysteries in which an event in the past influences characters' lives today ... and Barbara Ross' ICED UNDER fits that category perfectly. Although I figured out "the mysteries" pretty easily, I loved the reading journey with the interesting characters until they figured it out ... all in all -- an excellent read.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Malmquist

    A cozy mystery with a touch of a historical mystery. The arrival of a mysterious package starts a search into Julia's past. A large black diamond necklace belonging to her Great-grandmother and worth a fortune...mmm. Who sent this? And where has it been since mysteriously disappearing in the 1920's? What happened to the rest of the family? Is beloved cousin Hugh still alive after all? What about the family fortune made in the treacherous and cut throat trade of frozen water? Julia must figure out all A cozy mystery with a touch of a historical mystery. The arrival of a mysterious package starts a search into Julia's past. A large black diamond necklace belonging to her Great-grandmother and worth a fortune...mmm. Who sent this? And where has it been since mysteriously disappearing in the 1920's? What happened to the rest of the family? Is beloved cousin Hugh still alive after all? What about the family fortune made in the treacherous and cut throat trade of frozen water? Julia must figure out all of these questions and protect the inheritance. Meanwhile there are feuding relatives, many questions to untangle about the family tree and long lost secrets to be found-all while another terrible winter blizzard is on its way to Maine. This was an interesting look into a trade I never thought about. The ice trade-brutal but lucrative. And so many mysteries were going on I never got bored with the story. kept my interest! If you enjoy a bit of history but without being ponderously slow, you might enjoy this! Moved quickly and kept my interest.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Joann

    I've enjoyed this series from the beginning and it is still a fun read. It starts with Jacqueline Snowden receiving a mysterious package. Her daughter Julia, searching for answers, goes to Boston to seek for some long lost relatives. This story is mainly about the Morrow family history. I will admit that at times I found all the family history quite confusing, but it does sort itself out at the end. I'm glad that the series has reached this point as there should be many more books now that the f I've enjoyed this series from the beginning and it is still a fun read. It starts with Jacqueline Snowden receiving a mysterious package. Her daughter Julia, searching for answers, goes to Boston to seek for some long lost relatives. This story is mainly about the Morrow family history. I will admit that at times I found all the family history quite confusing, but it does sort itself out at the end. I'm glad that the series has reached this point as there should be many more books now that the family has been discovered and the fact that the old Windsholme mansion is going to be restored. I'm hoping for some more great reads by Barbara Ross.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jammin Jenny

    I enjoyed this cozy mystery set in Maine off the coast of a peninsula. The female MC has come in possession of a rare black diamond, the Black Widow, right after a relative of hers passes away. Where did it come from and why did they send it to her? It's a pretty nice family mystery drama, with everyone having reasons to hide certain skeletons in their closet. I enjoyed the Maine clambake atmosphere and the life in Maine seems harsh but beautiful.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Stacy

    Really enjoyed this latest in the Maine Clambake series. Winter has come to Maine so most people are hunkered down in their homes. Julia's mother receives a package containing a beautiful and expensive necklace that was part of her family for years but had disappeared. Who sent it and why? Where has it been all these years? Julia of course investigates and the path leads to learning more about her mother's side of the family. Loved the additional characters and hope that some of them can be a pa Really enjoyed this latest in the Maine Clambake series. Winter has come to Maine so most people are hunkered down in their homes. Julia's mother receives a package containing a beautiful and expensive necklace that was part of her family for years but had disappeared. Who sent it and why? Where has it been all these years? Julia of course investigates and the path leads to learning more about her mother's side of the family. Loved the additional characters and hope that some of them can be a part of future books somehow.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    This was a great mystery! Complete with snow storms, genealogical mysteries, and antique jewelry.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sharon

    Winter has come to Busman’s Harbor, Maine and to say it’s cold and snowy would be an understatement. Julia Snowden and her family run the Snowden Family Clambake Company which takes tourists on a clambake cruise to Morrow Island where everyone enjoys a real Massachusetts clambake. But a clambake is out of the question during a Maine winter so Julia and her mom, Jacqueline, are spending time together waiting for Julia’s sister, Livvie, to finally give birth. It’s been a long pregnancy. One day, Ja Winter has come to Busman’s Harbor, Maine and to say it’s cold and snowy would be an understatement. Julia Snowden and her family run the Snowden Family Clambake Company which takes tourists on a clambake cruise to Morrow Island where everyone enjoys a real Massachusetts clambake. But a clambake is out of the question during a Maine winter so Julia and her mom, Jacqueline, are spending time together waiting for Julia’s sister, Livvie, to finally give birth. It’s been a long pregnancy. One day, Jacqueline receives a package in the mail and when she and Julia unwrap it they find a 70 caret black diamond necklace worth $2 million dollars. Jacqueline knows that it belonged to her great grandmother but it went missing in 1920. The necklace was named “The Black Widow” and rumor had it that a maid stole it during a large party. Who possessed it all this time and why was it sent to Jacqueline? Julia did some research and discovered that her mother had family living in Boston. After making sure that the necklace was safe in a deposit box at Busman’s Harbor, Julia drives to Boston to try to meet her relatives and figure out who sent the “Black Widow” to her mother. In Boston she meets her newly found cousins and finds out a lot about her family’s history including cousin Hugh, who died just before Julia’s arrival. Hugh and Jacqueline were very close when they were younger but Hugh mysteriously disappeared during Jacqueline’s 21st birthday party. The police were called and there was search for Hugh but he was never found. Everyone believed that he drowned. But now it’s decades later and Julia discovers that he was alive all this time and never contacted his favorite cousin, Jacqueline. Making things even more upsetting is that the police think that Hugh was murdered and did not die from the sickness that was killing him. But who would have murdered him? Hugh was in the house with the rest of his family and had been ill for a while and was dying so why would a family member want to murder him? Julia thinks the “Black Widow” might be a part of it all. There are too many questions that need answers and Julia plans to find those answers even though her life might be in danger. “Iced Under” is the fifth and the best in the incredible Maine Clambake Series by Barbara Ross. I've been a huge fan of Ms. Ross since I read the first Maine Clambake book and I’m constantly looking for the next one in the series to be released. Usually the books take place in Busman’s Harbor or Morrow Island where the clambakes are held but here most of the story is in Boston and not in Maine and I liked that. Don’t get me wrong, all the characters and stories that Ms. Ross has in Busman’s Harbor are wonderful but I enjoyed seeing how Julia handled herself away from the people and the area she feels most comfortable in. I’m not sure what genre the clambake series belongs to. I’m going to say that maybe it’s a cozy but much more than a cozy. I put Susan Bernhardt and Susan McBride’s books in the same category because their books aren’t really cozies either. These three authors write a story with some meat on them, something you can sink your teeth into. These women are true authors. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a cozy lover from way back. There are times I need a fun book involving a baker who turns into a private investigator in between baking donuts. And there are some wonderful cozy writers out there but there are also times when I want a good book that doesn't rely too much on, for a better word, fluff. Barbara Ross’s books are different. Like Ms. Bernhardt and Ms. McBride, Ms. Ross has some “meat” in her stories. You can tell that a lot of research goes into the plot lines and her characters are not two dimensional. They are very solid and well thought out. I’m not just talking about Julia, the protagonist, but every person we meet in Busman’s Harbor are real people. I appreciate all the thought that the author puts into this series. The stories are filled with thought and Ms. Ross directs her characters to exactly where she wants them to go to create a great page turner. Barbara Ross is a true writer and storyteller and definitely should be read by all book fanatics. “Iced Under” is s gem in this wonderful series. I cannot wait until the 6th installment comes out and I hope that Ms. Ross includes some, if not all, of the new family members in future books in this series. Find all my reviews at https://sharonreadsblog.wordpress.com/

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kristina

    Iced Under by Barbara Ross is the fourth book in A Maine Clambake Mystery series. It is February in Busman’s Harbor, Maine. Julia Snowden is on her way to her mother’s house and stops to pick up the mail. There is a package for Jacqueline, Julia’s mother. Upon opening it, they discover a beautiful necklace inside with a note that states “For Windsholme” (the old family summer home that recently suffered fire damage). The necklace is called the Black Widow (contains a rare black diamond) and has Iced Under by Barbara Ross is the fourth book in A Maine Clambake Mystery series. It is February in Busman’s Harbor, Maine. Julia Snowden is on her way to her mother’s house and stops to pick up the mail. There is a package for Jacqueline, Julia’s mother. Upon opening it, they discover a beautiful necklace inside with a note that states “For Windsholme” (the old family summer home that recently suffered fire damage). The necklace is called the Black Widow (contains a rare black diamond) and has been missing for almost a hundred years. There is no return address on the package and, as far as Jacqueline knows, she has no other family. Julia starts delving into her family history (hoping to find family for her mother) which sends Julia on a journey to Boston. It turns out that Julia and Jacqueline do have family, but one member just passed away. Jacqueline is to receive a nice inheritance from this lost relative (Hugh) but others are not happy about this revelation. Julia gets to meet new relatives, find out one of them is deceased, her sister is about to have her baby, a big snow storm is about to descent upon the area, and then the police show up. It turns out that Hugh did not die of natural causes. The suspect list is limited to the people inside Hugh’s home. Which one of them did in poor Hugh? Then an attempt is made on the matriarch’s life just after she stated she was going to change her will! Julia needs to flee and then find the culprit before the killer strikes again. Will Julia be successful? Join Julia on her latest escapade in Iced Under. Iced Under is my favorite book in the series. I enjoyed Julia’s search into her family history and how the Black Widow disappeared in the 1920s. I wish the mystery behind the matriarch’s attempted murder had been as puzzling (easily solved). Hugh’s death is also easily figured out (one question will give you the answer). Iced Under is well-written and has a good pace. While Iced Under is the fifth book in the series, it can be read alone. The author provides the needed information on the characters and previous books for the reader to catch up. I liked that we get to know more about Julia’s ancestors and her mother’s history. I found the history of ice very interesting (did not realize that it was such a cut-throat business). I found Iced Under a nice change of pace from the other books in the series. It was nice to get away from the family business. I give Iced Under 4 out of 5 stars (I liked it). I did feel that the ending was too abrupt. There needed to be a little more to the last chapter or an epilogue. I will be reading the next book in A Maine Clambake Mystery series.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Mystereity Reviews

    See this and all of my reviews at Mystereity Reviews It's winter in Busman's Harbor, and Julia has settled in for a quiet winter. The restaurant she runs with Chris is shuttered for a few weeks, and Chris has gone to Florida to help out a friend. When Julia's mom received a package containing a very old and expensive necklace that has been missing for several years, Julia tracks down the sender and uncovers her mother's long lost family with secrets someone will kill for. I always enjoy a visit t See this and all of my reviews at Mystereity Reviews It's winter in Busman's Harbor, and Julia has settled in for a quiet winter. The restaurant she runs with Chris is shuttered for a few weeks, and Chris has gone to Florida to help out a friend. When Julia's mom received a package containing a very old and expensive necklace that has been missing for several years, Julia tracks down the sender and uncovers her mother's long lost family with secrets someone will kill for. I always enjoy a visit to Busman's Harbor, even in winter. The intriguing plot was a refreshing change of pace from the usual stumbling-over-a-body type of plot, and I read it in one afternoon, I just couldn't put it down! The mysterious necklace sent by a mysterious relative and the relative's mysterious death made for a riveting story. I liked that more information was added to the family history, and the "lost" family added a great new dimension to the series. Overall, the Iced Under is a great cozy read for a cold winter's day by the fire, I definitely recommend it to cozy mystery fans. This book can be read as a stand alone or as an entry into the series, but I definitely recommend reading all the books in the series. Thank you to Kensington Books and Netgalley, who provided an advance copy in return for my honest review

  25. 5 out of 5

    Dawnie

    This is cute and perfect if you are in need of a very mellow easy to read and just overall winter-y cozy feeling little family mystery book. I never read a cozy mystery before but wanted to give them a try and while I did enjoy this and it was good, I also didn't really fall in love with it. What I noticed throughout this book -and that is a very personal and specific to the reader thing!- is that I need a bit more action and thrilling parts to keep me actually interesting and wanting to continu This is cute and perfect if you are in need of a very mellow easy to read and just overall winter-y cozy feeling little family mystery book. I never read a cozy mystery before but wanted to give them a try and while I did enjoy this and it was good, I also didn't really fall in love with it. What I noticed throughout this book -and that is a very personal and specific to the reader thing!- is that I need a bit more action and thrilling parts to keep me actually interesting and wanting to continue on reading. Which this book just doesn't have. Which is fine! But for me personally it was just a tat boring and not what I need in my mysteries. That's fine. Not every type of book is for everyone. It is a very nice book. The writing is good, the characters nice and the mystery okay even if I personally found it a bit too out there for what it was. Still it's a nice cutesy little mystery an der rather perfect for a nice afternoon on a cold winter day! So definitely recommended! *thnaks to NetGalley, the publishers and the author for providing me with a free ebook copy of this book in exchange for a free and honest review!*

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    **I voluntarily reviewed this ARC** I loved this book! The mystery of the necklace was intriguing, and I loved how Julia was doing genealogy research to try to solve it. I also loved the quirkiness of the characters. The only experience I have with this series is the novella in Eggnog Murder, but I had no trouble following the story. By the end, I was feeling a definite connection to the characters.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Borsey

    I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. I thought this book started off quite slowly, alot of genealogy searching was involved but then it turned into a very good murder mystery. I enjoyed all of the different characters and it's definitely a great book to read during the cold winter months! I look forward to reading more books by this author.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sue Em

    Another solid entry in the series -- one of my favorite cozy series.. Julia Snowden's mother received a mysterious necklace in the mail which leads to a search into the past for other, and previously unknown, family members. Julia goes to Boston to discover what is going on. Enjoyable on many levels.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lori

    This is the first I've read in this series and I completely enjoyed it. The genealogy angle was engaging and the historical background in ice cutting from the water interesting.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Carla Johnson-Hicks

    Iced Under by Barbara Ross is the 5th in the Maine Clambake Mystery series. Once again, Julia Snowden is involved in a couple of mysteries, but this time, not in Busman's Harbor. This is a fresh idea that really pulled me in to this story. It is February and there is an impending storm coming. Chris is off in Florida helping a friend set up his boat for the tourists so Julia decides to visit her mom. Jacqueline asks her to pick up her mail at the post office on the way. As well, Livvie is expect Iced Under by Barbara Ross is the 5th in the Maine Clambake Mystery series. Once again, Julia Snowden is involved in a couple of mysteries, but this time, not in Busman's Harbor. This is a fresh idea that really pulled me in to this story. It is February and there is an impending storm coming. Chris is off in Florida helping a friend set up his boat for the tourists so Julia decides to visit her mom. Jacqueline asks her to pick up her mail at the post office on the way. As well, Livvie is expecting to deliver the new baby anytime. When an anonymous, mysterious package that was in the mail is opened, a family mystery is revealed. As the story unfolds we learn about long lost relatives, family betrayals, tightly held secrets and a history that many would consider shady. This history helps us to understand Jacqueline and the life that shaped her. Once again, Julia uses her brain, her computer and her research skills to follow the clues and information to unravel the mystery of the "Black Widow". There is a murder in this book, but it is actually secondary to the family mystery. Julia's love for family and her moral compass push her to dig deeper to solve the mysteries. The new characters in this story are wonderful. They are accepting, honest and loving. The plot pulled me right in and I kept reading quite late in the night to finish this one and find out what happened. This book was much more emotional than the others in this series. When family is such an integral part of the story like it was in this book, it is easy to become more involved with the characters. The historical information imparted in the story was quite interesting and not something I had heard of before. I will definitely do a bit more reading to find out more. It was obvious to me that this had been quite well researched. This book took a different route than the others in the series, but was still just as good and entertaining as well. I am looking forward to what Barbara Ross has in store for us with her next book. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley.

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