Julia Snowden is intent on saving the family clambake business, which is teetering on the brink of bankruptcy. Every day counts in Maine’s short tourist season, and destination-wedding events are good moneymakers. But having the best man murdered on-site? Not so good. That’s just the first catastrophe for the small business; next is an arson fire that almost destroys the historic family homestead. Julia and the cops race from one calamity to the next, struggling to understand the motive behind the murder and arson. Almost everyone is lying, and Julia needs to get better at listening if she wants to solve the case. The clock is ticking. VERDICT This very satisfying series debut keeps a steady and confident pace from the beginning; readers can enjoy both figuring out the mystery and taking an armchair visit to coastal Maine. Recipes included.