What’s New?

Thank you so much for asking! It’s shaping up to be a busy fall here at Maine Clambake Mysteries Central.

First up, Haunted House Murder releases on August 27 . This the third in a series of holiday novella collections by Leslie Meier, Lee Hollis and me–and this time the holiday is halloween.

My story in the collection is “Hallowed Out,” about a haunted house trolley tour and a reenactment of a famous Busman’s Harbor murder that goes horribly awry. Naturally, Julia Snowden is in the thick of it.

The book will be available in hardcover, ebook, large print and audiobook editions. I really enjoyed writing it and I hope you enjoy this latest installment in the Snowden family mysteries.

Next up, on September 24, comes the mass market paperback of Yule Log Murder. This is also a novella collection, themed around Yule Log cakes. I’m always anxious to see what my fellow authors, Leslie Meier and Lee Hollis, will do with the theme and I wasn’t disappointed.

When the paperback comes out, there is also usually a price drop for the ebook. Yule Log Murder is also available in large print and audio editions.

Yule Log Murder was named as a Best Book of 2018 by Suspense Magazine and its fans and was named the Coziest Book of the Year 2018 by the All Things Cozy podcast.

On October 29, Kensington is releasing “Nogged Off,” my novella from Eggnog Murder as a standalone ebook. Don’t buy this ebook if you already own Eggnog Murder as it is the same story.

I’m excited about this chance for readers who only know the Maine Clambake Mysteries from the novels to access this story via ebook. In the Snowden family universe this story takes place between Fogged Inn and Iced Under. I’ve written elsewhere about how happy I was to be asked to write a novella about eggnog and holiday murder.

“…a creepily convincing tale of tinsel-decked, cookie-scented psychopathology.” Publishers Weekly, (Starred Review).

Finally, on December 31, comes Sealed Off, the latest novel in the Maine Clambake Mystery series. Here’s the description.

Early October is “winding down” time in Busman’s Harbor, Maine, but there’s nothing relaxing about it for Julia Snowden. Between busloads of weekend leaf peepers at the Snowden Family Clambake and a gut renovation of the old mansion on Morrow Island, she’s keeping it all together with a potentially volatile skeleton crew—until one of them turns up dead under the firewood.

When the Russian demo team clearing out the mansion discovers a room that’s been sealed off for decades, Julia’s baffled as to its purpose and what secrets it might have held. Tensions are already simmering with the crew, but when one of the workers is found murdered, things come to a boil. With the discovery of another body—and a mysterious diary with Cyrillic text in the hidden room—the pressure’s on Julia to dig up a real killer fast. But she’ll have to sort through a pile of suspects, including ex-spouses, a spurned lover, and a recently released prisoner, to fish out one clammed-up killer.

So as you can tell, it’s going to be a busy fall. I also have two manuscripts due after the first of the year. So if you don’t see me around much, that’s why!

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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