****Nominated for the RT Book Reviews, Reviewer’s Choice Best Book Award for 2014–Amateur Sleuth
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 . . .
☆☆☆☆½ With quick pacing and plenty of red herrings, Ross leads readers on a thrilling ride to track down a killer.
RT Book Reviews, May 2014
A top-notch mystery with equal parts local color, likeable characters, excellent plotting and yummy recipes. A Down-East, wicked-good winner!
Suspense Magazine, June 2014
The plot had enough twists to keep me guessing.
First Magazine for Women, June 2014
Ross clearly just gets people, and that understanding shines through in her character work; every thought, every word, every deed, and every interaction rings 100% true, and that’s ultimately what brings Ross’ tale to life. (And what a glorious life it is!)
Crimespree Magazine, May 2014
…lots of fun, quite cleverly plotted and loaded with interesting history…
Rae Francoeur, MetroWest Daily News, June, 2014
Boasting an eclectic cast of characters, engaging dialogue and a wonderful Maine setting, this was a delectably appetizing whodunit that left me wanting more.
Dru’s Book Musings, May 2014
The author has a way with describing the setting so well that I practically want to pack my bags and run away to Maine right this instant.
Girl Lost in a Book, July 2014
…in Julia Snowden [Ross] has an amateur sleuth whose investigatory skills and motives are utterly convincing…
Kingdom Books, June 2014
The second book in the series doesn’t disappoint.
YABookNerd, August 2014
The air of mystery surrounding so many of the characters coupled with the small town setting are evocative of an Agatha Christie-style story.
Fresh Fiction, June 2014
Boiled Over is so apt as a title because you literally sweat through the pages. Also, all that talk of beaches, islands, lobsters, clam bakes and berries will surely have you ready to hit the beach.
A Million Kindle Books, June 2014
…an entertaining, fast-paced page-turner.
Lisa Haselton’s Reviews & Interviews, July 2015
…a fun mystery in an interesting setting with likable characters. I’m definitely looking forward to another visit to Busman’s Harbor.
I Wish I Lived in a Library, July 2014
Ross has served us a great mystery with a perfect amount of humor and romance.
Escape with Dollycas, May 2014
…I loved Boiled Over. If you are looking for a cozy with wonderful characters and a plot that will keep you turning pages, you will, too.
Carstairs Considers, May 2014
Barbara Ross’s Maine Clambake series provides both great characters and a small town mystery that is intricate enough to keep even the best armchair detective guessing.
Criminalelement.com, May 2014
The characters are well-developed, endearing, and unforgettable.
Kimberly’s Bookshelf, May 2014
The book was well researched with Maine history and the story told was suspenseful and kept me reading to the very end. In spite of the notes I took to carefully keep track of the characters so I could write this review, I must admit that I missed the solution to the mystery!
Bee Bag Lady, May 2014
…she has given the reader a more detailed view of the residents of Busman’s Harbour. Between these two books I feel like I know these characters better and I absolutely can’t wait to set foot back there again and dive into whatever mystery Julia Snowden has to solve next!
Cozy Mystery Book Reviews, May 2014
This one will definitely catch you and reel you in…
Community Bookstop, April 2014
Experiencing an authentic Maine clambake just like the ones described in this series is definitely on my bucket list…minus the dead bodies, of course.
Melissa’s Mochas, Mysteries and Meows, April 2014
I love all of the twists and turns put into this story.
The Little Reading Cabin, April 2015
Blog Posts about Boiled Over
Vee’s Blueberry Pancakes
Cinnamon and Sugar and a little bit of murder, June, 2015
Summer in Busman’s Harbor, Maine
Killer Characters, July 2014
Not Quite Twenty Questions for Barbara Ross by Hank Phillippi Ryan
Pen, Ink and Crimes, June 2014
A Day in the Life of Gus Farnham
Dru’s Book Musings, May 2014
Interview with Barbara Ross
Writers Who Kill, May 2014
Recipe for Baked Camp Beans, with photos
Mystery Lovers Kitchen, March, 2014
A History for My Maine Town
Maine Crime Writers, March 2014
Wicked Cozy Authors, June 2013