Author Archives: Barbara Ross

About Barbara Ross

Barbara Ross is the author of six Maine Clambake Mysteries. The seventh, Steamed Open, will be published in December 2018. Her novella featuring Julia Snowden is included along with stories by Leslie Meier and Lee Hollis in Eggnog Murder. A second anthology, Yule Log Murder, is coming in October 2018. You can visit her website at

My Friend, Lea Wait

by Barb, listening to the gulls outside her window and feeling wistful In normal circumstances, eulogies come after a person is gone, which has always seemed like a terrible waste to me. And because my friend Lea Wait has been … Continue reading

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A Day on Monhegan, redux

Sorry, folks. I have an August 1, deadline, so I am giving you a rerun. (Remember before streaming TV when summer was all about reruns?) This one a memory of a beautiful trip two years ago. by Barb, writing on … Continue reading

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A Fourth of July Weekend in Boothbay Harbor

by Barb enjoying a fabulous run of Maine weather Our family gathered in our house in Boothbay Harbor over the Fourth of July. Because the fourth was on a Wednesday this year, we started arriving on Tuesday, with more arrivals … Continue reading

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Crime Fiction—Agent of Social Change

Hi. Barb Ross here. Please welcome Maine author Charlene D’Avanzo back to the blog. Today Charlene writes about something I also strongly believe in–fiction as a vehicle of social change. Welcome, Charlene! Not long ago I was a college professor … Continue reading

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The Stakes

by Barb, in her office in Portland, Maine, enjoying the breezes For a little more than a year, I’ve been doing a library/conference presentation called “Mystery Making: How They Do It!” (or some such, local listings may vary) with Sheila … Continue reading

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Re-Reading Miss Marple

by Barb, working in her new study in Portland, Maine. There are still some boxes to go through, but it’ll do for now I’ve been working on a new project for my publisher, Kensington Books. It’s actually an update of … Continue reading

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My Comfort Animal

Dear Friend, You ask about my experience with a comfort animal. As you’ll recall, there was a lot of talk around the place during our brief institutionalization about the value of comfort animals. Frankly, I was inclined to see it … Continue reading

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