Cover Reveal–Sealed Off, Maine Clambake #8

by Barb, happy to be back in Portland, Maine. (But maybe not so happy about our spring snowstorms.)

I’m excited to announce that the eighth Maine Clambake Mystery, Sealed Off will go on sale on December 31, 2019. Happy New Year!

Here’s the cover. The folks at Kensington have outdone themselves once again.

Sealed Off cover

Here’s the back cover blurb.

Early October is “winding down” time in Busman’s Harbor, Maine, but there’s nothing relaxing about it for Julia Snowden. Between busloads of weekend leaf peepers at the Snowden Family Clambake and a gut renovation of the old mansion on Morrow Island, she’s keeping it all together with a potentially volatile skeleton crew—until one of them turns up dead under the firewood.

When the Russian demo team clearing out the mansion discovers a room that’s been sealed off for decades, Julia’s baffled as to its purpose and what secrets it might have held. Tensions are already simmering with the crew, but when one of the workers is found murdered, things come to a boil. With the discovery of another body—and a mysterious diary with Cyrillic text in the hidden room—the pressure’s on Julia to dig up a real killer fast. But she’ll have to sort through a pile of suspects, including ex-spouses, a spurned lover, and a recently released prisoner, to fish out one clammed-up killer.

Readers: What do you think? Does the cover make you want to read the book? Let me know and one lucky commenter will win a Snowden Family Clambake tote bag and an Advance Reader Copy of Haunted House Murder.

As I mentioned in this post, my story “Hallowed Out” in Haunted House Murder begins before the events in Sealed Off and ends after them. But it can easily be read independently in any order.

Updated 4/15/19. The winner has been chosen and the prize is on its way !

107 Thoughts

  1. I love the cove with the seal. And of course, food! I read my favorite authors including you no matter what the cover or title but I love colorful covers.

  2. This cover has me dreaming of planting myself in one of those chairs breathing in the ocean air. Can you tell I have had enough of winter? I was drawn by the cover from your very first book in this series. I have loved every cover since.

  3. Lovely cover and matches all the others so it is easy to tell it is an Barbara book. Looking forward to finishing the first seven before this one comes out. 🙂

  4. Love the cover! I’m the daughter of a Burnt Island Light keeper, so your books mean a lot to me! Not to mention, a very enjoyable read!

  5. I love the cover! It would definitely make me pick up the book and buy it. Great series, looking to reading “Sealed Off”.

  6. Yes!! I can’t wait to read the new book! I just discovered this series earlier this year and read them all within a few months. Great characters and great stories.

  7. Love the cover and yes I’d love to read the book! I never decide on a book based solely on the cover, even if it’s a new to me author, or series, but I do like an eye-drawing cover. Congrats on your new book release in December!

  8. You and Lee Wait have the best covers but yours Win over all because Food always takes home the prize for me.

  9. Love this cover. I see myself setting there enjoying the food and the water with the lighthouse across the water. So relaxing, but digging up a killer, would be very exciting. Might enjoy that too.

  10. The cover makes me want to visit! And, read the book. I love an interesting book cover and a blurb that catches my interest, too.

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