Book Review: Fogged In by Barbara Ross

TitleFogged Inn (A Maine Clambake Mystery)
Author: Barbara Ross
Publisher: Kensington
Release Date: February 23, 2016
The Breakfast Octopus’ rating: B

Thanks to Kensington for this review copy!


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.

Nothing’s colder than a corpse–especially one stashed inside a sub-zero fridge. The victim spent his last night on earth dining at the restaurant bar, so naturally Julia finds herself at the center of the ensuing investigation. Lost in the November fog, however, is who’d want to kill the unidentified stranger–and why. It might have something to do with a suspicious group of retirees and a decades-old tragedy to which they’re all connected. One thing’s for sure: Julia’s going to make solving this mystery her early bird special…

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Book Review: Kings Rising, by CS Pacat

Title: Kings Rising
Author: CS Pacat
Publisher: Berkley
Release Date: February 2, 2016
The Breakfast Octopus’ rating: A+


Damianos of Akielos has returned.

His identity now revealed, Damen must face his master Prince Laurent as Damianos of Akielos, the man Laurent has sworn to kill.

On the brink of a momentous battle, the future of both their countries hangs in the balance. In the south, Kastor’s forces are massing. In the north, the Regent’s armies are mobilising for war. Damen’s only hope of reclaiming his throne is to fight together with Laurent against their usurpers.

Forced into an uneasy alliance the two princes journey deep into Akielos, where they face their most dangerous opposition yet. But even if the fragile trust they have built survives the revelation of Damen’s identity—can it stand against the Regents final, deadly play for the throne?


My work was canceled yesterday due to hazardous weather conditions, which was pretty darn fortunate for me. I stayed home and read my new copy of Kings Rising twice.

I haven’t been waiting nearly as long as some of Pacat’s fans, who have been with the story since she was posting it on livejournal.  But I felt just as invested in the fates of Damen and Laurent, her two very different but equally engrossing heroes.

Kings Rising is a fitting finish to the series. It’s as carefully plotted as the first two books, and Pacat is exceptional at building an excruciating amount of tension.  The first time I read it, my heart was in my throat for most of the story.  A few things felt almost too neatly wrapped up at the end, and some of the parallels seemed too perfect, but overall it worked well.

It’s also a surprisingly sweet story, with parts that were so funny that I cackled out loud and scared my dog.

I’m sad that the story is over, but I coludn’t have asked for a more satisfying or complete ending.

Kings Rising is out now from Berkley.

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