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Iced Under By Barbara Ross: Review/Giveaway

IN THE January 21 ISSUE

FROM THE 2017 Articles,
andCynthia Chow,
andFood Fun,
andMysteryrat's Maze

by Cynthia Chow

Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a copy of Iced Under. We also have a link to order it from Amazon, and from an indie publisher where a portion goes to help support KRL.

February is when Maine’s Busman’s Harbor closes up for the winter, with snowbirds fleeing and many residents departing for warmer climates. Even Julia Snowden’s winter restaurant has closed up for the season, as her boyfriend Chris takes advantage of an opportunity to help friends sail to Key West. This slow period allows Julia to spend a little more time with her mother, resulting in a routine errand to pick up mail opening up a maelstrom of family secrets, scandals, and indiscretions.

bookJulia couldn’t understand why the mysterious package sent to Jacqueline Morrow Snowden contained a diamond necklace or that it could be worth millions of dollars. It turns out that the Black Widow necklace was an heirloom from Jaqueline’s family last seen in the 1920s, with its loss blamed on a maid who also vanished from their Windsholme mansion. Julia’s mother never spoke much of her family’s past, as it became tied to her cousin Hugh’s disappearance from Morrow Island in 1978. Researching the necklace’s past leads Julia to also delve into the Morrow family, whose wealth from the ice business led to frictions between brothers and resentful Mainers. It also has Julia discovering far more than she ever expected to know about her mother’s relatives, secrets that she isn’t sure Jaqueline is prepared to accept.

This is a story of secrets, and to reveal much more would lessen the impact upon Julia and her family. Taking Julia to Boston and out of her beloved coastal Maine home and away from the family’s Snowden Family Clambake business allows readers to see a new side of her. Julia continues to be an eminently likable and loving character, one who strives to protect all of her family members. Seeing her attempt to shield her mother only makes her more admirable, as is her cleverness and dedication to solving the mysteries. The past and present collide in ways that are just as heart wrenching as they are heartwarming, and the genuine emotions they stir will satisfy fans of these exceptional novels.

To enter to win a copy of Iced Under, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “iced,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen January 28, 2017. U.S. residents only. If entering via email please include your mailing address, and if via comment please include your email address.

Check out other mystery articles, reviews, book giveaways & short stories in our mystery section.

Click on this link to purchase this book & a portion goes to help support KRL & an indie bookstore Mysterious Galaxy:

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Cynthia Chow is the branch manager of Kaneohe Public Library on the island of Oahu. She balances a librarian lifestyle of cardigans and hair buns with a passion for motorcycle riding and regrettable tattoos (sorry, Mom).

Disclosure: This post contains links to an affiliate program, for which we receive a few cents if you make purchases. KRL also receives free copies of most of the books that it reviews, that are provided in exchange for an honest review of the book.

{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Kathleen Kendler
Twitter: @Kathleen
January 21, 2017 at 11:25am

looks like a good read. Thank-you for the opportunity.


2 Kathleen Kendler
Twitter: @Kathleen
January 21, 2017 at 11:29am

forgot e-mail
kckendler at gmail dot com


3 Cynthia E. Blain January 21, 2017 at 2:45pm

Being a life-long New Englander, I love all of the cozy mysteries written about the Northeast. I have a lot of ties to Maine as well as other states, so attempt to read each series about Maine, and those written about Massachusetts where we have lived for all of our married life. So When Barbara’s series began, I was right there getting the first book. I have loved this series so much but had to cut back a little as I was getting overwhelmed with so many books that I was ordering and not able to read due to health reasons, and cataracts slowed me down a bit too. I have great new glasses until I can get my eye surgery so if I were to win a copy of Iced Under it would not be sitting on my end table very long, trust me. I see that my email address is listed above with my name so I won’t leave it here again as I don’t like to give this out to all that read blogs and postings. Thank you for giving me added incentive to get Iced Under read one way or another very soon. I love your postings very much. Keep up the great work. Sincerely,


4 Donamae Kutska
Twitter: @donamaekutska
January 21, 2017 at 3:55pm

Looks good! I want to read it!


5 Barbara January 21, 2017 at 4:12pm

Looks good I would enjoy reading it


6 Debbie sherwood
Twitter: @debbiesherwood8
January 22, 2017 at 9:12am

I would love to win this book looks like a really really good book thank you for the chance to win debbiesherwood50@gmail.com


7 Donna Gantt January 22, 2017 at 7:09am

I enjoyed reading the review and would like to read the book! Thanks for sponsoring the giveaway!


8 Judy Weaver January 22, 2017 at 7:21am

Have loved the Barbara Ross books I have read. Don’t think this one would be any different.


9 Valerie Hoynacki January 22, 2017 at 8:29am

BRRRRR! All I need is more snow and cold this time of year. I’ll save mine to read in the summer!


10 Laurie I
Twitter: @lauigl
January 22, 2017 at 9:01am

I’ve heard so many good things about this series. I’ve been reading cozies by “the wickeds” lately and loving them. Thanks for a chance to win. I chuckled at your short bio Cynthia Chow.


11 Annette Naish January 22, 2017 at 9:04am

Like the review and the story sounds wonderful.


12 Karen B January 22, 2017 at 9:31am

Books about secrets make such fascinating reading! I think this one is a winner.


13 Lorraine Bowen January 22, 2017 at 9:49am

Looks like a good series.
raineybird at yahoo/dot com


14 Pam January 22, 2017 at 12:37pm

Sounds like a wonderful book!


15 Dianne Casey January 22, 2017 at 4:23pm

Great review. Would enjoy reading “Iced Under”. Like the setting of the book being set in Maine.


16 peggy clayton January 23, 2017 at 12:32pm

Great review that was written. I would love to read ptclayton2@aol.com


Twitter: @Gamblinggal
January 23, 2017 at 1:36pm



18 Kelly Braun
Twitter: @69steelers2
January 23, 2017 at 10:36pm

Loved the review- I’m looking forward to the book!
Kelly Braun


19 Lynn January 25, 2017 at 9:50am

I like the cover — sounds interesting!


20 Doward Wilson January 25, 2017 at 1:36pm

Love this author & series. Thanks for the chance to win & catch up.


21 Brittany Abbott
Twitter: @ilovefinnegan
January 25, 2017 at 5:31pm

This is such a wonderful series and I look forward to reading it.


22 Anita Wasan January 26, 2017 at 11:10am

Looks like an awesome read with a hot cup of chai on a rainy, cold day!


23 Jeanie Dannheim
Twitter: @JeanieDannheim
February 2, 2017 at 1:29pm

Sounds exciting, and interesting secrets! Thank you for the chance to win!


24 Lorie
Twitter: @mysteryrat
February 6, 2017 at 12:12pm

We have a winner!


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