Stowed Away – a Book Review

Stowed Away - A Maine Clambake Mystery by Barbara RossTitle: Stowed Away (A Maine Clambake Mystery) by Barbara Ross

Genre: Currently #30 on Amazon Best Sellers Rank in Kindle eBooks, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Mystery

Publisher: Kensington Books

Publication Date: To be released December 26 2017

Source: Kensington Books and NetGalley

Title and Cover: Stowed Away – Cover promises cute cozy mystery

I love it when the cute and compelling book cover delivers on its promise to be a fun, sweet little ride. This sixth book in the series also makes you envy what appear to be a gorgeous Maine, Atlantic Coast blue skies, fair winds location and seaward lifestyle. And you know I’m all over that!

This little romp in the Maine Clambake Mystery series by Barbara Ross features versatile and capable Julia Snowden as protagonist and amateur sleuth. She is low-key, perceptive, and quick to catch any nuance. She is part of the Snowden family that offers an annual sail and clambake to their little tourist retreat on Morrow Island twice a day for the summer season. During the off-season, she is part owner of a little diner with Quentin Tupper in Busman’s Harbor, Maine.

The old family mansion on the island, Windsholme, deteriorated for lack of funds and then recently suffered a fire, rendering it uninhabitable until the family inherits sufficient funds to rehab. Mom Snowden is deliberating whether the old place would be worth renovating when a former prep school acquaintance of Julia’s, now architect, returns in a glorious monster yacht owned by billionaire Geoffrey Bower and anchors in Busman’s Harbor. Wyatt Jayne, the architect, has created quite the reputation for herself of restoring aging mansions to their original glory. A former girlfriend of Quentin, she is here to retrofit the yacht. He prompts Jacqueline Snowden to engage Wyatt to additionally consider whether Windsholme has the bones to achieve a significant retrofit of its own.

Julia has a boyfriend, Chris Durand, although he doesn’t figure as prominently as does Sergeant Tom Flynn, the local boyfriend of the yacht chef, Genevieve. Tom and Julia have collaborated before doing some amateur (on her part) sleuthing while Tom shares info with Lieutenant Binder of the state police.

Unfortunately, the reclusive billionaire Bower doesn’t live long enough to see his plans for Wyatt or his yacht, Garbo, get beyond the initial stage. Tom is in love with the yacht’s chef, Genevieve, who quickly becomes a suspect, and Wyatt herself becomes a suspect. Quentin implores Julia to help clear both ladies.

The town and people easily become visualized under Ms. Ross’s gentle descriptions. You can almost smell the ocean and taste the salt air, reach for a warm cable-knit sweater against the cool evening ocean breeze.

The book functions well as a stand alone. You get to know Julia as she tries to juggle helping her mother prepare for the clambake, sister, boyfriend, and delve carefully into the yacht personnel including both Wyatt and Genevieve.

As I’ve mentioned before, I don’t find many cozy mysteries rushing headlong into the plot. The subtle setting of the scene should draw you in and it does. The story weaves in and out of characters, both on land and those from the yacht, until they are fleshed well enough you can begin to make assumptions–but you’d be wrong.

This story includes a plot twist so deliciously different, you’ll find yourself grinning and bobbing your head. Of course! But it wouldn’t have occurred to you to even consider that.

Ms. Ross has a way with words, deceivingly comfortable dialogue. Fortunately, you don’t have to put the book down to eat.

I totally loved the climax! I had theories, but wouldn’t have guessed this one. I actually had to chuckle–you GOT me, Barbara! I think I can see where this might go in the seventh of the series, however, and when it does I want to be there.

I downloaded this digital offering from Kensington Books and NetGalley and was absolutely thrilled and delighted to read and review this book. Recommended for all who love cozy mysteries, thrillers, suspense, women or amateur sleuths, clambakes or coastal town stories. Sit down with a hot beverage, maybe a fish cracker or two, and treat yourself.

Rosepoint Publishing:  Five of Five Stars Five Stars of Five Rating

Barbara RossThe Author: (From Amazon Author page) Barbara Ross is the author of the Maine Clambake Mysteries–Clammed Up, Boiled Over, Musseled Out, Fogged Inn, and Iced Under. Stowed Away, the sixth Maine Clambake Mystery will be published on December 26, 2017. You can visit her website at

Barbara’s books have been nominated for multiple Agatha Awards for Best Contemporary Novel, and RT Books Reviewer’s Choice Awards, as well as the Maine Literary Award for Crime Fiction. Her holiday novella featuring amateur sleuth Julia Snowden was published along with novellas by Leslie Meier and Lee Hollis in Eggnog Murder from Kensington Books in October 2016.

Barbara blogs with a wonderful group of Maine mystery authors at Maine Crime Writers and with a group of writers of New England-based cozy mysteries at Wicked Cozy Authors. In the summer, Barbara writes on the big front porch of the former Seafarer Inn at the head of the harbor in Boothbay Harbor, Maine. ©2017 Virginia Williams I Love Likes and Comments--Please Share!

Author: Rosepoint Publishing

I am the granddaughter of Patrick John "Stanley McShane" Rose whose books including "Cocos Island Treasure" I've recently published. My time is now spent in reading, reviewing, and writing bookish articles. I'm looking forward to sharing this social media odyssey with you!

5 thoughts on “Stowed Away – a Book Review”

  1. Love that this one was a winner for you. It does look good. I’ve read a few reviews about stories set in Maine this week. Think I’ll need to get a New England cozy fix soon. About to dive into another Texas based one for now.


    1. Seems there is a sudden spate of Maine based books. I have a couple others as well. Hubby and I were headed to Maine in 2016 in our RV when the miserable thing stranded us in Indiana (where our son lives). We’re still here, but have high hopes of a road trip next year–to Maine. Interesting book I reviewed based out of Texas earlier, called An American Cage by Ted Galdi. Thanks for stopping by and the comment–always appreciate!

      Liked by 1 person

I love comments, ideas, and sharing. I will respond to you shortly!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

pandit kapil Sharma complaints and review

Read Here About pandit kapil Sharma complaints and review

Roars and Echoes

Where the power of my thoughts comes from the craft of writing.

Sareh Lovasen

Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Historical Fiction

Prady On The Beat

Jack of all trades, master of few

Medicina, Cultura, e Legge.

Articoli su Medicina, Legge e Diritto, ma anche Aforismi, Riflessioni e Poesie.

Kiran ✨

Reading And Writing is the best Investment of Time ✨ ( Motivational Thoughts) "LIFE IS A JOURNEY"

Taking On a World of Words

Homepage for fledgling writer Sam A. Stevens

Reading Is My SuperPower



Посмотрите, какой сегодня!

Barb Taub

Writing & Coffee. Especially coffee.

Reading On A Star

Everything is, everything exists, only because I love. 

Learning with Life

A learner for life….wants to live fully….destination matter so does the journey…every movement to feel alive…and die with peace in eyes…being me…

Premier Tech Digital Studios

Your Partner In Online Success

Enoble Asuquo

Truth to Light

Reading with My Eyes

lots of tales from the spine, your place for book reviews of all kinds

Oma's Minute

The heart and thoughts of man is broad. I share reasonings that alot of people out there needs to hear and hopefully adds value to their world***


Short Story Blogger

Emma's Writing Things

A place to share the things that I write

An Amyzing Journey

A spiritual journey with adventures & side quests


memories and musings

Scribbles 'n Bits

Original poetry, short stories, and other bits.



Let's talk

Vibe alone for a while

Barbara Crane Navarro

Rainforest Art Project - Pas de Cartier !

RealStuff by RealMe

Before, After, Then, Now and NEVER!

Islamic Dua and Wazifa For Love back and Solve All problems

Love problem Solution in just 2 Days: Lost love back, ex love back, ex husband back, ex boyfriend and other all love problem Solution. Call and Whatsapp +91 9571300113

Poetic reflections

Poetry and expression of ideas

Julia's Bookshelves

Book Reviews and Book Adventures

Book Reviews, Tags, Vlogs, & More.


I read, rant and write ;)

Beneath The Bones

seeking inspiration

Learning Thursdays

It is hard to fail, but worse to have never tried - Abraham Lincoln



Bhuvana Chakra

The Power of Living God Ministries

The Wild Coach

You are an important nexus of energy


Blog do jornalista e professor Solon Saldanha

Happiness for a moment with you....

I'm glad I learned to express my thoughts clearly and everyone loves to read them. Sometimes it takes a lot of thinking power to think about the surroundings. Someone who likes it, someone who enjoys it, appreciates that he is writing very well. Reading and commenting on the post I wrote would give me a lot of bullshit and I would get new ideas to write new ones. I'm really glad I got your response.

Brian Cook's Blog

When the gods wish to punish us they answer our prayers. - Oscar Wilde

Writing Roses

Welcome to the Roses

%d bloggers like this: