This is the fifth book in the Maine Clambake series by Maine writer Barbara Ross. I did read the first one, so I at least knew who was who, although I didn’t really remember Julia’s mom’s cousin Hugh mentioned, but in the acknowledgements, it says he was. It gave an interesting history of the family, which according to the author in her notes, was compiled from all the books leading up to this one. Apparently this one had the most comprehensive and detailed history though. The ending was just so sweet! I didn’t feel like it was a spoiler of any kind reading this out of order–I did it because one of the book clubs I’m in online is having a discussion this month.
Even though clambakes are not exactly in season in February (when the book starts), there are still some yummy recipes in the back of the book, including cousin Rose’s amazing-sounding lasagna. Enjoy!
My Goodreads review:
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
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.