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!

Blurb:

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…

Thoughts:

Fogged Inn is a cozy mystery that I enjoyed reading, although it would have been helpful to have read the first few books in the series.  I felt that I was missing some of the emotional undercurrents of the story, but it was still a fun read with an unpredictable ending that made sense in hindsight.

Ross’ cast of characters include the grumpy-but-loveable owner of the restaurant that Julia uses to run her business, the cop who has a crush on her that he’s not yet over, the lovely old biddies who run a bed and breakfast in town, and her boyfriend with a shady past.

The biggest hangup for me was that I didn’t love Julia as a character; in real life, I’d probably find her too nosy to be my friend. It’s necessary for a mystery to have a detective, but I found some of her investigations intrusive. I also thought she was a little blind to the obvious affection of her cop friend, which I think may be explored further in the next books.

That said, I’m going to hunt down the earlier books to get an idea of how these characters came to be where they are, and to be surprised by another mystery.

Fogged Inn and Ross’ previous books are out now from Kensington.

 

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