Review of Stowed Away


Stowed Away

A Maine Clambake Mystery, Book #6

Barbara Ross

5 Stars




It’s June in Busman’s Harbor, Maine, and Julia Snowden and her family are working hard to get their authentic Maine clambake business ready for summer. Preparations must be put on hold, however, when a mysterious yacht drops anchor in the harbor—and delivers an unexpected dose of murder . . .

When Julia’s old prep school rival Wyatt Jayne invites her to dinner on board her billionaire fiancé’s decked-out yacht, Julia arrives to find a sumptuous table set for two—and the yachtsman dead in his chair. Suspicion quickly falls on Wyatt, and Julia’s quest to dredge up the truth leads her into the murky private world of a mega-rich recluse who may not have been all that he seemed . . . (Goodreads)







The characters are well developed and well rounded.  I enjoyed spending time with Julia and Chris, it was like visiting old friends.  Julia does not hesitate to snoop around and try to gather clues to help solve the murder and I think she is pretty good at being a detective.  I felt like the secondary characters added a lot to the story.  One of the things that I liked most about this book is the family ties and closeness that came through while reading.

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read.  The author is very talented in her descriptive writing.   Busman’s Harbor, Maine, is a place that I would like to visit.  I like the small town feel of it and I enjoy that everyone looks out for each other and everyone is so nosy.   

The mystery was carried on well throughout the book and it was not an easy one to solve.  There were enough suspects to consider and clues to sift through that I was left to keep guessing until the reveal at the end.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well plotted cozy mystery.  This is a great addition to a great series and it is well worth your reading time.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, Kensington Books, and NetGalley, which I greatly appreciate.