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Julia Snowden returned to her hometown to rescue her family's struggling clambake business-not to solve crimes. But that was before a catered wedding on picturesque Morrow Island turned into a reception for murder. When the best man's corpse is found hanging from the grand staircase in the Snowden family mansion, Julia must put the chowder pot on the back burner and join the search for the killer. And with suspicion falling on her old crush, Chris Durand, the recipe for saving her business and salvaging her love life might be one and the same¿

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Julia Snowden is intent on saving the family clambake business, which is teetering on the brink of bankruptcy. Every day counts in Maine's short tourist season, and destination-wedding events are good moneymakers. But having the best man murdered on-site? Not so good. That's just the first catastrophe for the small business; next is an arson fire that almost destroys the historic family homestead. Julia and the cops race from one calamity to the next, struggling to understand the motive behind the murder and arson. Almost everyone is lying, and Julia needs to get better at listening if she wants to solve the case. The clock is ticking. VERDICT This very satisfying series debut keeps a steady and confident pace from the beginning; readers can enjoy both figuring out the mystery and taking an armchair visit to coastal Maine. Recipes included. (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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