Stowed Away (Maine Clambake Series #6)

Stowed Away (Maine Clambake Series #6)

by Barbara Ross

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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 . . .

Praise for Iced Under
“Ross knows her Maine coast and her snowstorms. Both provide an atmospheric backdrop for a cozy that . . . picks up its pace when its focus returns to the living and the newly dead.” —Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781496700414
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 12/26/2017
Series: Maine Clambake Series , #6
Sales rank: 108,557
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Barbara Ross is the author of the Maine Clambake Mysteries. The first book in the series, Clammed Up was nominated for an Agatha Award for Best Contemporary Novel, the RT Book Reviews, Reviewer’s Choice Best Book Award for Amateur Sleuth and was a finalist for the Maine Literary Award for Crime Fiction. She is co-editor/co-publisher of Level Best Books, which produces anthologies of crime stories by New England authors. She writes at her home overlooking the harbor in Boothbay Harbor, Maine. Readers can visit her website at

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Stowed Away 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great series, a couple of plot twists and room for more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all her books in this series and this so far is the best! Never saw it coming!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this one cannot wait to try some of the recipes
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful! Could not put it down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A silly, CLEAN murder mystery. Light reading. Enjoyed the whole series so far.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Stowed Away is the sixth book in the Maine Clambake Mystery Series. Although this is part of a series, this book can certainly stand alone. The summer tourist season has once again begun in Busman’s Harbor, Maine, where Julia Snowden operates the family business. In this edition of a Maine Clambake series we are introduced to an eccentric billionaire and an old high school nemesis, who take center stage in this engrossing mystery. The suspects include several people Julia knows, so she feels compelled to get to the bottom of this whodunit. As a cozy mystery, Stowed Away does not disappoint! The plot takes several surprising twists to keep the reader guessing. The town of Busman’s Harbor is idyllic, the main characters are well developed and the plot is well conceived. I received a copy of this book from Net Galley, but this did not affect my rating. I have provided an unbiased and honest review. Shelly9677
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great addition to a truly wonderful series !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love that the book pulled you in from the beginning. It wasn't gruesome and the mysteries and all the little stories within the story were intriguing. The characters didn't overlap, each was unique with their own backstory. I also enjoy that the author included recipes for some of the dishes at the end. I can't wait to read the next one in the series.
bookwomen37 More than 1 year ago
I have been reading this series since the beginning and I enjoyed this visit to Busman's Harbor. In this one a classmate of Julia has arrived on a mega yacht she is redecorating. When the reclusive owner is found dead on board Wyatt is the main suspect. Every one asks Julia to help solve the crime and clear Wyatt. The author does a very good job with the Maine background. The Snowden Family Clambake business is getting ready to open and recipes are included in the back. The mystery was OK. There were not a lot of suspects and it was easy to solve. In this book I enjoyed visiting the family more than the mystery. This series should be read in order. Enjoy
GratefulGrandma More than 1 year ago
I have really enjoyed all the books in this series, and Barbara Ross has penned another winner. I loved that this book went back to Busman's Harbor, Maine. It’s June and the Snowden Family Clambake on Morrow Island is getting ready to open for summer season. When Julia's mother got her share of the sale of an antique piece of jewllery, she is considering either renovation or restoring Windsholme, the family home that is on the island. Quentin Tupper brings in Architect Wyatt Jayne to look it over and estimate the costs to renovate. A yacht belonging to billionaire recluse, Geoffrey Bower has anchored in the marina and it seems that Wyatt is in a relationship with the owner. Once again, there is a murder and Julia is asked to help investigate to clear certain people. The usual characters are once again around including the rest of the family, Chris (Julia's boyfriend), the police investigators that we have grown to know and love and some of the local townfolk. It makes me feel like I have gone home again. This story had Julia, Chris and Quentin opening up and sharing some secrets that give us more information about their backgrounds and how that has affected who they have become. This was a good story that had a lot of surprises that I never would have predicted. I did figure out who the murderer was before the end of the book, but not much before. This was a well plotted story with great pacing and characters. I recommend this story to any and all cozy mystery lovers. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like this author and she never disappoints.
TarynLee More than 1 year ago
The family is back to work getting ready for the new summer season for their clambake business but when a murder occurs they have to take a step back. Will Julia be able to figure out what is going on before it affects the business. Her rival from school is the main suspect, does she still have competitive feelings towards her and does she really want to help her out? Follow along with Julia as she answers the questions and more. If you love Maine or want to get to know more about it these are the books for you. The recipes at the end are also a wonderful way to get a taste of such a terrific series.
mymissdaisy More than 1 year ago
I was intrigued with the cover. The location and the setting took me back to my visits to Maine and enjoying a clambake with business associates. It was easy for me to envision the story. The author did a great job of making the characters and the locale come to life. I enjoyed the characters Julia and her family were close-knit . . . as close probably as any family that works together could be. I did feel a little dis-jointed with the characters because Stowed Away is book 6 in the series. I didn't really connect with Julia's family members and the whole plot of the burned family home that Julia's mother is considering rebuilding with income she received from an inheritance. The inheritance which mom sold previously is the main plot of the story. This reader was left wanting more and wanting the whole experience of the entire series Stowed Away is written as a stand alone. I had no problem catching on to what was going on and who was who like Genevieve the chef on board the yacht that apparently was accused of murder previously. Poor Genevieve can't seem to get a break as it seems to the victim her boss is poisoned. It doesn't take long to clear Genevieve but to Julia's dismay her ex-room mate from boarding school becomes the main person of interest and Julia is asked to snoop around and find out who really did the guy in. As everyone family and friends practically beg Julia to help with the investigation she struggles because of her past relationship with Wyatt who wasn't such a nice teenager. And then Julia is a little anxious about her growing relationship with her boyfriend Chris who isn't quite up front about some things from the past. There are twists and turns keeping the reader interested all the way to the end to find out 'who dun it'. And how Julia figures it out! The author also includes recipes at the end! If you like a good clean cozy this one is for you! There is no language and no bedroom scenes. Stowed Away is the first book I've read by Barbara Ross. I looked forward to completing the series and reading more. I received a complimentary copy from Great Escapes Tours.
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
Start of Tourist Season Derailed by Murder Each series author is different in their timeline. Some authors let us pop into the lives of their characters so far apart that the characters age in roughly real time. And some authors set their books close to each other time wise. That’s what Barbara Ross does with her Maine Clambake series. Stowed Away is the sixth book in the series, but it’s been a very murderous year for main character Julia Snowden since it opens just about a year after the first in the series. It’s June once again, and Julia and her family are getting ready to reopen the Snowden Family Clambake for the season. They are also discussing what to do with the ruins of Windsholme, the mansion that is on the island where they take their customers for the clambake. Julia’s mother wants to rebuild it, but Julia thinks they’d be better off tearing it down. Julia is surprised to discover that the woman coming in to consult on the project is Wyatt Jayne. Wyatt was Julia’s first roommate at her high school prep school, but their shared past makes Julia wary of the woman. Wyatt is in town thanks to billionaire Geoffrey Bower, a man who lives on a yacht. Geoffrey is having his yacht completely updated, and Wyatt is overseeing that project as well. However, when a dead body shows up on the ship, Julia finds herself being drawn into the case for a very personal reason. What happened on board the yacht? This book features several sub-plots that weave in and out of the main mystery. Unfortunately, I felt like they took too much of the focus early on in the book, delaying the murder. Now, don’t misunderstand, I found these stories just as interesting since they concerned Julia and the other series regulars, plus we were meeting the suspects during this time. Once the dead body is found, things do kick into high gear. I was very intrigued by the twists that happened along the way, including a couple that really surprised me. The ending was satisfying, which is an amazing feat considering some of the twists along the way, and how Julia arrived there showed some great deduction. There is a reason that I mentioned the series timeline at the start of this book. It is very interesting to watch the series regulars’ relationships develop as the series goes along. In this case, I’m definitely glad that each book is only a month or two apart because it allows us a chance to really see these relationships grow. We get a few surprises in the supporting characters in this book as a result of the subplots, which is something I truly loved. And have I mentioned yet how much I love this cast of characters? They are so real and so much fun to visit. We get plenty of time with the suspects, of course. They all get their moment to shine and therefore confuse us until the very end. The book features three recipes at the end, two that will have seafood lovers’ mouths water, and one for those of us who don’t enjoy seafood. Watching these characters grow and change is always a delight, and fans of the series will be happy to visit them once again in Stowed Away. And if you haven’t yet found this delightful series, you really do need to fix that today. NOTE: I received an ARC of this book.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
Stowed Away by Barbara Ross is the sixth book in A Maine Clambake Mystery series. Julia Snowden is getting ready for another tourist season in Busman’s Harbor, Maine. Julia and her family own the Snowden Family Clambake Company. They host authentic Maine clambakes on Morrow Island. Windsholme, the old mansion on Morrow Island, suffered severe fire damage and Quentin Tupper is bringing an architect to provide an evaluation on the house. Wyatt Jane, the architect, went to prep school with Julia (Julia is less than pleased to see her). Wyatt arrived on the reclusive Geoffrey Bower’s yacht, Garbo. She invites them to dinner that night to see some of her work and they are surprised to see their friend, Genevieve Pelletier who is the chef for the yacht. The next evening, Julia gets frantic call from Wyatt. Julia races over and Geoffrey Bower is dead in the dining room with a strange grimace on his face. Julia had noticed a diamond ring on the table which disappears before the police arrive on the scene. There was something about the diamond that looked familiar to Julia. Suspicion falls onto Wyatt and Quentin asks Julia to investigate the murder. Julia dives into her investigation and begins by chatting with the crew. She wants to see if any of them had a motive to kill Mr. Bower. But then Geoffrey’s attorney arrives with news that surprises them all and changes the focus of the investigation. Who is the killer? Will they find the culprit before the crew departs town? Stowed Away is nicely written and has a good pace. While Stowed Away is the sixth book in the series, it can be read alone. All the necessary details are included in the books. There are many cozy elements in the book. Getting the business ready for the season, Genevieve and her romance with Sgt. Tom Flynn, why Julia dislikes Wyatt, Page’s friend, Page’s friend Vanessa Bailey with green eyes just like Chris’, Julia’s romance with Chris Durand, whether to renovate or tear down Windsholme, and the upcoming Family Day clambake (for friends, employees, and family). The mystery is interesting, and many readers will not solve it before the reveal. Can it be solved? Yes. The clues are there to aid readers in solving the crime. There is a delightful twist that will surprise you (unless you paid close attention while reading the story). This is my favorite book in A Maine Clambake Mystery series. I especially appreciated the complex mystery and that the romance between Chris and Julia was in the background. Ms. Ross has created a lovely community of people in A Maine Clambake Mystery series. The main characters are smart, caring and friendly (instead of silly, bumbling fools). Fans of A Maine Clambake Mystery series will be delighted with Stowed Away.
Abby-F More than 1 year ago
Barbara Ross has once again written a stand out mystery. This series never fails to dissapoint! Ms. Ross truly is a master story teller. Every time I read one of her books, I am amazed at how she can continue to surprise me. These books always contain a mystery that is never what it originally appears to be. I liked that the book takes place right when the Clambake bussiness is getting ready to open for the season. It was fun to read about the preperations for the beginning of the season. The mystery did not dissapoint at all. It had more layers than one of the onions served during the clambake dinner! It also allowed us to learn much more about Quentin, a series regular. Quentin and Julia's interactions are always interesting, but they are really developing a true friendship. Plus, we get to learn a little bit about Julia's high school days. We also get to see a surprising amount of interaction between Julia and Flynn, who is with the state police. I really enjoyed their interactions, and I hope to see more like them in the next book. As always, we got to see plenty of interactions between Julia and her family. That is one of the things that never fails. Julia's relationship with Chis is still carrying on steadily. There is a speed bump for them in this one, but I am not going to give that away. This is most certainly another book in the win category for this series. I received a free copy of this book. I am voluntarily leaving a review of this book. All opinions and thoughts expressed here are my own.
bluegreen91 More than 1 year ago
A well-written, quick, enjoyable read! Busman's Harbor is the perfect setting for a cozy mystery: a small, quiet, seaside town in Maine where all the locals know each other and the Snowden family clambake draws visitors from all over. Julia Snowden helps run the clambake and has a history - and a knack - for sleuthing. When a newcomer is found murdered and two of her friends are potential suspects, Julia has to investigate. The plot is believable and kept me guessing until the end. Although Stowed Away is part of an awesome series, I think it easily stands alone for anyone who hasn't read the previous books. I love this series and hope it continues for a long time! I received an ARC of this book and happily provide my honest opinion of it.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts Summer in Busman’s Harbor means a lot of work for the Snowden Family. Preparations for the summer clambakes are underway and a decision needs to be made about Windsholme, the home on Morrow Island that been empty since the 1920’s and that suffered additional damage in last summer’s fire. Do they update and renovate, restore the historic home to its glory or do they tear it down? Everyone has their own opinions but the decision is up to Julia’s mom. After her financial windfall last year she can afford to take on this huge project but a family friend, Quentin Tupper has brought in an expert to look over the home. Julia is shocked when she see’s the expert is her old roommate from prep school, Susan Wyatt Jayne, she just goes by Wyatt Jayne now. She is even more shocked to learn that the huge yacht docked in the harbor belongs to the woman’s “boyfriend”. When invited to meet the wealthy yacht owner Julia reluctantly accepts and finds she knows his chef too. The next day Julia receives a frantic call from Wyatt begging her to come to the yacht. When she arrives, she finds a table set for a romantic dinner and the billionaire dead at the head of the table. Everyone living aboard the yacht has become a suspect. Quentin asks Julia to investigate to help Wyatt but what she discovers is the most shocking thing of all. I eagerly picked up this book excited to return to Busman’s Harbor and I enjoyed every single minute of this trip. Chris and Julia are transitioning away from their winter restaurant and to their summer jobs. Julia managing her family’s clambake business and Chris back to his landscaping and bartending, meaning they are not going to see each other much. The whole Snowden family returns including baby Jack. Sonny, Livvie, and their kids will be moving to the island for the summer. Julia and Livvie’s mom will be taking a leave from her current job to return to work at the island gift shop, We meet several new characters including the crew aboard the Garbo and a mother and daughter that have moved to the area. This story takes place before the Snowden family clambakes begin giving Julia plenty of time to investigate. She has a bit of a vested interest to part of the mystery that adds a really cool element to the story. There is also a mind-bending twist that turn that turns the whole mystery on its ear. I really enjoyed when Julia paired up with someone unexpectedly as she started to form a theory about the murder. I also enjoyed that when she had more details Lieutenant Binder was willing to listen and then included her as they got closer to solving the case. The subplots fit nicely into the main mystery. Some secrets are revealed and decisions are made that may change some relationships. I am excited to see how they are addressed in upcoming installments of this fantastic series. A cozy escape to Maine always proves to be a good time. Great characters and the drama they create and that is created around them will grab you and hold on tight. The story is so well written and the dialogue realistic. Barbara Ross knows how to set the scene too. I was ready to dish up my plate at the friends and family clambake and relax on Morrow Island. The author does a wonderful job so that all her books can be read on their own, but I encourage you to read the series from the beginning. Be sure to check out the recipes too!
chefdt More than 1 year ago
Stowed Away is the sixth book in the A Maine Clambake Mystery series. Julia and her family are busy getting ready to open Morrow Island for another season of authentic Maine Clam Bakes. A day or two before, everyone in Busman’s Harbor was in awe of the large private yacht of recluse billionaire Geoffrey Bower tied up at the pier. When a family friend, Quentin Tupper, stops by Julia’s mother’s house with the young lady that designed the refitting of the yacht, Julia’s heart sinks. The young lady, Wyatt Jayne, was a roommate from high school who had treated Julia very badly. Jayne is being introduced to Julia’s mother for possibly doing the design work to rebuild the family home, Windsholme. Julia decides to put the past behind her and accept that Jayne might be around for a while. A couple of days later, Julia gets a call from Jayne pleading with her to come right away to the yacht giving no other information. When she arrives Jayne takes her to the dining salon where the body of Bower is seated at the table with a terribly gruesome look on his face. Bower was to have had a quiet, intimate dinner with Jayne and the table was set as if that was still the plan. As Julia is waiting for the police to arrive, she does a quick scan of the room looking for anything unusual that might point to what had happened earlier. One thing she does notice is a beautiful diamond ring being held by a lobster claw. By the time she is interviewed and relays this information to Lt. Binder, the lead investigator, the diamond is now nowhere to be found. As it was rare for anybody to be aboard the yacht, the crew immediately become suspects. Especially Jayne and Julia’s friend, Genevieve the chef, as it will be determined that Bower was poisoned. Even with the past history with Jayne, Julia feels compelled to search out the murder and clear Jayne’s name. I’ve read all six of the books in this series and have loved them all. Ms. Ross does a wonderful job of storytelling, providing a few twists here and there and also provide an exciting and believable cast of characters. I will be definitely looking forward to the next exciting story on Morrow Island and around Busman’s Harbor.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Entertaining story, interesting characters, and a few good twists and turns. Enjoyed it entirely.