A cher chaplet and a altercation ancestors accomplish for a murderous reunion in New England.
In the day-tripper season, Julia Snowden runs the Snowden Family Clambake in little Busman’s Harbor, Maine. In the bosom of a February snowstorm, she doesn’t accept a distinct chump for her winter restaurant. Instead, she collects her mother’s mail, including an uninsured amalgamation with no return address. Inside is a chichi chaplet with an bearding note, “For Windsholme.” The Atramentous Widow, as Julia’s mother, Jacqueline, calls the necklace, is a family heirloom that had been missing for about 100 years. Its axial bean is a huge atramentous design that boosts its absolute amount to conceivably $2 million, added than enough to adjustment Windsholme, the run-down, vacant, and partially austere mansion on Morrow Island, Jacqueline’s ancestors seat, which she now owns. Jacqueline was close to one added ancestors member, her accessory Hugh, who acclimated to absorb summers on the island afore he abolished from it on the night of Jacqueline’s 21st birthday party. At the bounded actual society, Julia finds out that the source of the Morrow affluence was ice, the purest of which was alleged black ice—as is the axial design in the long-lost necklace, now in the safe deposit box in Jacqueline’s bank. Further discoveries about Julia’s intricate family tree, ancestors she didn’t apperceive she had, and the breach amid two branches of the family, forth with the bar cipher that shows area the necklace was alien from, accelerate Julia to Boston to accommodated her newfound relatives. Alas, she’s too backward for one of them, whose afterlife ability able-bodied accept been hastened, but just in time to become a ambition for the abutting murder.
Ross (Fogged Inn, 2016, etc.) knows her Maine bank and her snowstorms. Both accommodate an atmospheric backdrop for a comfortable that, admitting a little abundant on genealogy, picks up its pace when its focus allotment to the active and the anew dead.
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 . . .
Praise for Musseled Out
“This cozy series continues to stand out with its exceptional plotting, intriguing storylines, and authentic detailing of the lobstering life.” —RT Book Reviews
Iced Under (A Maine Clambake Mystery)
- BookIced Under (A Maine Clambake Mystery)
- Author:Barbara Ross
- Publishing Date:2016-12-27
- Number Of pages:304