Julia Snowden is struggling with some major life decisions. And finding it really hard to choose what to do. We came across Julia and her family clambake business in Boiled Over. So I was pretty excited at the prospect of reading Musseled Out.
The summer season is winding up. Most of the businesses have shut down for the winter. Even the ferry will stop in a couple of weeks, and so will the clambake. Julia needs to clean up her act – decide how things are with Chris, decide if she wants to stay back home or go back to New York, decide if she wants to rebuild her ancestral home on the island. As if all this were not enough, an obnoxious man is setting up a seafood restaurant. He already has many other in Maine and has the potential to put the clambake out of business.
David Thwing, the Mussel King, turns up dead on a lobster boat. The boat owner is missing. Sonny, Julia’s brother-in-law does not have an alibi, and he is obviously lying about where he was. This makes him suspect number 1. The lobster men are in a war with the neighboring town that is getting ugly. Mrs. Gus, the local diner owner’s wife collapses and is unconscious in hospital.
Julia is troubled because Chris won’t share everything with her. She is trying hard to exonerate Sonny while putting in hours at the diner. Her mother is acting weird and absconding for hours at a time.
Musseled Out has a lot going on with something happening at every front. The life of lobstermen it portrays is fascinating. Julia zips across to the island in her boat at will, and that is something which is so intriguing to a land lubber like me. Boiled Over seemed more complex with the whole blueberry farming and several non local characters. Musseled Out stays closer to town but is no less complex plot wise.
This book is certainly a page turner, a nice beach read, and one you will enjoy reading by the fireplace when there is a blizzard outside. A must read!