Friday, January 5, 2018

Stowed Away by Barbara Ross- Book Review-Great Escapes Tour and Giveaway

About the book 
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 . . .
And I thought 
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!

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. 
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  1. Good Morning! Hard to believe tomorrow is Christmas Eve for those who celebrate. Time sure is flying by. Enjoy your Saturday and thanks again for the chance at winning.

  2. This sounds like a wonderful mystery. I used to love Agatha Crysty movies set in the Maine area (I think it was the Maine area) the fishing the mysteries
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  3. I love mysteries and anything set in Maine. Doesn't this sound like a great mystery? I couldn't find my other comment...

  4. I would really like to read more about Maine. Sounds like a great read.

  5. I'd like to visit Maine. Reading this series seems like a great way to do it.