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 . . . (Summary via Goodreads)
I want to live in Busman's Harbor and I want to be Julia's sister. I very much enjoy the Maine Clambake Mystery series by Barbara Ross. I love everything about it !! I love that while I am reading the story I feel like I am right there knee deep in the snow or sitting at the counter in Gus's listening to the local fishermen tell stories.
As are books in a series, you develop "feelings" for the characters, you begin to understand how things are, you feel like you are a part of something..... In Iced Under you get to meet more of Julia's mother's side of the family and you leave Busman's Harbor and spend time in Boston with Julia. And of course, there is a murder thrown into the mix. But with this murder it is different. The individual who is murdered was presumed to be dead for many years.
I really enjoyed Iced Under and I have to say that it was my favorite of the books in this series. It's hard to explain without giving away a lot of the book. It's like you were given a chance to meet a bunch of family members in a relaxing setting even though you were brought there by a death. And even though someone in the house is most likely the murderer it doesn't feel that way while reading it. Maybe it also helped that the clambake business is closed for the season.....
Like I said its hard to put into words the full impact of the story. I can, however, tell you this.... If you haven't started reading this series yet I would highly recommend putting it on your TBR list. This is one town full of characters that you will want to get to know.
Review by Missi S.