Review: Clammed Up

Clammed Up
Clammed Up by Barbara Ross
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This one could’ve been so much better, had the pace been a bit quicker and the characters not quite the stereotypes they were made out to be. For a good cozy mystery, you’ve really got to have likable characters, and I really can’t say that I like any of the characters in this story; they were all either too broadly sketched or too boring.

The author does capture the feel of a Maine fishing village quite well; she fills in the landscape and you can really see the community in your head. However, the clues to the actual mystery are slow to come, and while logical, it’s really hard for a reader to have guessed who the killer ultimately was; a major flaw when the characters aren’t as engaging as they should be. Still, at least none of the cardinal Dame Agatha rules were broken – and the killer wasn’t introduced in the last chapter.

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One thought on “Review: Clammed Up

  1. I felt the same way about this book. I was looking forward to it being a New Englander who misses a good clambake and who loves fun mystery, but it fell short and flat. I have the second book and might get around to it eventually ( a Netgalley book) but I’m not going to rush to read it.

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