by Barb, in Somerville, MA, where it’s indisputably fall
We Wicked Cozies have a tradition of announcing good news here on the blog. Julie Hennrikus announced her new Clock Shop Mystery series. And more recently, both Edith Maxwell and Liz Mugavero shared happy news with our readers.
I’m thrilled to announce that my Maine Clambake Mystery series has been extended for books 4, 5 & 6. I’m excited about this because I have so many more stories to tell about the Snowden family, Morrow Island and Busman’s Harbor, Maine.
The planned books take place in late fall, winter and early spring–or as we call them in Maine, in winter, winter and more winter. The resort town of Busman’s Harbor is very different in the off season.
The books are tentatively titled Fogged In, Iced Under and Elvered After.
In Fogged In, the body of a stranger appears in the walk-in refrigerator of Gus’s restaurant. And we all know how Gus feels about strangers in his restaurant, much less dead ones. When the body yields no ID, Julia must help the police uncover the man’s identity and the mysterious reason for his visit to Maine.
In Iced Under, Julia investigates her maternal ancestry and the disappearance of her mother’s cousin Hugh, who left Morrow Island on the eve of his twenty-first birthday and disappeared. She discovers some dark truths about her mother’s family that lead her to a modern-day case of murder.
In Elvered After, a man is murdered in one of the Victorian bedrooms of the Snuggles Inn. He’s a Maine state official in town to regulate the local catch of elvers, the tiny, translucent baby eels that bring Maine fishermen as much as $2600 a pound and are sold to Asian farms to be raised for sushi. With high stakes, a short season, a limited number of highly-prized licenses and finite fishing grounds, the elver fishery provides plenty of suspects and reasons for murder. (I’m sure the publisher won’t let me keep the title because no one knows what elvers are, but it’s kind of perfect, isn’t it?)
I’m working on Fogged In now, and can’t wait to find out what happens!
It’s hard to believe how much has happened since the first book in the series, Clammed Up, was published a year ago this month. Thank you for a wonderful year to friends, family, and Maine Clambake Mystery fans. I’ve been so honored by the reception these stories have found and hope you will enjoy the new books.
That is wonderful news. Congrats!
Thank you, Dru. I always feel meeting you at Malice has been a big part of the series success.
Such awesome news, Barb! I never had a minute of doubt about your renewal, either. Can’t wait to read Fogged.
Thanks, Edith, right back at you!
Congratulations, Barb! FOGGED IN and ICED UNDER… all great titles for your series.
Boy do I remember the fall chill in Somerville! I remember first-year students showing up for the start of classes realizing they had no idea what cold meant in practical terms.
One student from a tropical climate said to me, “Yes I knew it was very cold here. I just didn’t know what that felt like.”
Even I had forgotten what it was like after growing up in New England. I had completely forgotten about what cold does to things. One day I went to the car and saw white stuff all over the windshield. At the time we lived over the P&K Deli on the corner of Museum and Beacon Street. I remember running up the stairs yelling for Steve, “Help! Help! I can’t drive the car! There’s white stuff all over the windows! And it’s hard! It won’t come off!”
My grandfather was right. College and a few years cavorting in California did rot my brain out.
Not only are they cold-they are lost! Julie and I were cursing at them in traffic yesterday.
And they’re always hungry! Never open your door to a hungry student. They are well-fed. They just want more.
Doing the happy dance for you, Barb! It’s too early for cyber champagne, so I’m toasting you with Dunkin’ Donuts!
Too early even for dancing, but I will join you in that coffee, Susan.
I’ll toast with Green Mountain coffee. Looking forward to three more.
Thank you so much, Gram!
Hooray! And I’m impressed that you already have not only titles but storylines for each already. Love the term “elvered.”
Oh Sheila–that’s all I have. Love the term “Elvered” too.
BRAVO!!! Glad to hear that your publisher knows a good thing when they read it. So very proud of you. Thank you so very much for keeping us filled in. Can’t wait for Musseled Out and the three new editions to the Snowden family.
Thanks so much, Bill.
Congratulations, Barb! Yours is such a delightful series and I am so pleased to hear it will be continuing!
Thank you, Jessie!
Congratulations on getting the go ahead for books 4, 5 and 6! I anxiously await book 3!
Thanks so much, Becky. I’m anxiously awaiting book 3, too!
Great news! Congratulations!
Thank you, Joyce.
Yay, Barb! Fingers crossed on the elvers. After all, they knew what mussels were.
Thanks so much, Kathy. Fingers crossed on the elvers.
Congratulations, Barb! I love your Maine Clambake series. That is so cool that you know the plots three books out.
Thanks so much, Ang. That means so much to me. Actually, I don’t know much more about the plots than the few sentences you see here!
So excited for you! woooohooo!
Never doubted it! Congrats!
Yeah! This is wonderful news!!!! Can’t wait to read books 3-6!!!!!!! (With the number of exclamation points I’ve used in this reply, you’d think today was punctuation day instead of yesterday.)
Love the exclamation points, Mark!
I’ve enjoyed both of your books so far, so I’m excited to hear more are coming! BTW, I was also excited that BOILED OVER is featured in the September 22 issue of Woman’s World magazine in the Woman’s World Book Club! Congratulations!
Thanks so much, Deborah. I was thrilled with the Woman’s World article.
So very happy for you, Barb! They are fabulous books.
Happy for you,and for us. Can’t wait to see what comes next!
Thanks so much Lil.
WOOT! So happy for you! And I can’t wait for Julia’s next adventures.
Thank you, Julie!
Great news! More clams for everyone!
Thanks so much, Ramona!
Wahoooo!! So glad as I love this series!!
Thanks so much, Kay!
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Maine Clambake Series Renewed!!!!! =)
Yay Barb!! So exciting! Can’t wait to read them 🙂
Delighted to learn the series will continue. The “eel title” just has to be EELED OVER. 😉
I am anxious to have the new releases.
Be well, do good works, and keep in touch
Would like Chris and Julia to get engaged
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