What Am I Up To?

Thank you for asking.

Hi. Barb here.

Fogged Inn, the fourth Maine Clambake Mystery launched last week.

FoggedInnfrontcoveryellowHere’s the description.

An autumn chill has settled over Busman’s Harbor, Maine, but Julia Snowden is warming up the town by offering lobster stew at the local diner. When her landlord discovers a dead body in the walk-in refrigerator, Julia must figure out who ordered up a side of murder.

Early reviews have been good, which is fun and gratifying.

“I started reading and I just couldn’t stop.”

Escape with Dollycas Into a Good Book, February 2016

“This is the 4th book in her Maine Clambake Mystery series and I have to say they just keep getting better.”

Cozy Mystery Book Reviews, February 2016

“An entirely surprising conclusion wraps up this smartly-plotted mystery whose heroine is intelligent and as appealing as the gorgeous Maine coast.”

King’s River Life, February 2016

“Quite honestly, there is not one thing I would change about this book…”

mjbreviewers, February 2016

Read More about Fogged Inn

You can purchase Fogged Inn in paperback and e-book at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books A Million, iTunes, Kobo, and other fine retailers including your local, independent bookstore. The audiobook is coming soon and just yesterday I heard there will be a large print version. Not sure of the release date for that yet.

My editor signed off on my novella for Eggnog Murder

Eggnog Murder CompHere’s the description.

It’s Christmas in Maine! This holiday season, join New York Times bestselling author Leslie Meier and Lee Hollis and Barbara Ross and cozy up with a glass of eggnog and enjoy the spirit of murder and mystery in a Yultide treat perfect for those winter holidays…

(Or as Amazon calls it, by Leslie Meier, Lee Hollis and one other, which makes me laugh.)

I’m calling my contribution to the collection Maine Clambake Mystery 4.5, because it fits neatly between Fogged Inn, which takes place the week after Thanksgiving, and Maine Clambake Mystery #5, Iced Under which takes place in the end of February.

Here’s the description my novella, “Nogged Off.”

Julia Snowden’s tenant Imogen Geinkes seems to be jinxed. First, her poorly named “Killer Eggnog” gives all her co-workers food poisoning at the holiday party, then her boyfriend’s body shows up in Julia’s moving truck as she’s headed back to Busman’s Harbor. Now Julia has to get moving to catch the cold-hearted culprit.

You can pre-order Eggnog Murder at Amazon, Books A Million, Kobo, and other select retailers.

News from Level Best Books

ReddawncoverfrontBruce Coffin is a Maine Crime Writer, and we’ve already announced that his story, “Foolproof,” in Best New England Crime Stories: Red Dawn was chosen as a Best American Mystery Story of 2015 by Otto Penzler and guest editor Elizabeth George. It will appear in the Best American Mystery anthology when it is released in the fall. In past years, Level Best has had stories recognized as “Other Distinguished Stories” and listed in the back of the book, but this is our first “Best.” It’s a great way for the former editors to go out.

Three Red Dawn authors’ stories made the Derringer Award short lists, announced by the Short Mystery Fiction Society today. Vy Kava for “Hero,” Best Flash, and Chris Knopf for “Kill Switch” and Shelly Dickson Carr for “Words Can Kill” for Best Short.

We’re very proud of all of them!

You can buy Best New England Crime Stories: Red Dawn in paperback and for Kindle at Amazon, for Nook at Barnes & Noble and in paperback from Level Best Books.

And I’m hard at work on Maine Clambake Mystery #5, Iced Under

I am hard at work on Maine Clambake Mystery #5 now. It will be published December 26, 2016.

In other news…

In other news, while you’re reading this, my husband and I are driving back from Key West to New England and are happily working on the Wedding of the Century, our daughter’s, taking place in Portland, Maine in May.

So it’s a busy, crazy time.

About Barbara Ross

Barbara Ross is the author of the Maine Clambake Mysteries. Her books have been nominated for multiple Agatha Awards for Best Contemporary Novel and have won the Maine Literary Award for Crime Fiction. She lives in Portland, Maine. Readers can visit her website at www.maineclambakemysteries.com
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8 Responses to What Am I Up To?

  1. Lea Wait says:

    Brava, Barb! Not sure when you get a chance to eat or sleep … but look forward to seeing you after you get north! Bring some of that sunshine with you?

  2. Wishing you a safe journey north, Barb. Congrats on Fogged In and the holiday novella, not to mention your Level Best mentorship of Bruce and others, which has yielded such great honors. Hooray!

  3. David Edgar Cournoyer says:

    I just finished Fogged Inn and it was a fun read. After enjoying your entertaining posts on the blogg I decided to try your latest Clam Bake mystery. It didn’t dissapoint–the characters were interesting and the plot deliciously twisted. I plan to start the series from the beginning. Thanks for a fun story.

  4. Hi Barb – I’m about to get “Fogged Inn” (cool title) from Amazon and will write a review – know I’m going to love it. Since my protag always finds herself battling freezing cold Maine waters, “Iced Under” will be be a great read too. Speaking of which. looking forward to your “Two Minutes in the Slammer” reading.

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