Guest Post – Barbara Ross (Stowed Away)

Stowed Away (A Maine Clambake Mystery) by Barbara Ross


Stowed Away (A Maine Clambake Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
6th in Series
Setting – Maine
Kensington (December 26, 2017)
Mass Market Paperback 280 Pages
ISBN-13: 978-1496700414
E-Book ASIN: B06XZSXYQ6

It’s June in Busman’s Harbor, Maine, and Julia Snowden and her family are working hard to get their authentic Maine clambake business ready for summer. Preparations must be put on hold, however, when a mysterious yacht drops anchor in the harbor—and delivers an unexpected dose of murder . . .

When Julia’s old prep school rival Wyatt Jayne invites her to dinner on board her billionaire fiancé’s decked-out yacht, Julia arrives to find a sumptuous table set for two—and the yachtsman dead in his chair. Suspicion quickly falls on Wyatt, and Julia’s quest to dredge up the truth leads her into the murky private world of a mega-rich recluse who may not have been all that he seemed . . .

 

Dreaming Up a Yacht

When I wrote the sixth Maine Clambake Mystery, Stowed Away, I knew it centered on a yacht. An enormous yacht. We see these behemoths occasionally from our summer home in Boothbay Harbor, Maine, usually in August. They look all out proportion to the boats around them, like a German shepard sitting in a box full of kittens. We see them even more often in the winter in Key West, with their heliports and tenders bigger than most boats.

So I wanted a mega-yacht that would dominate my fictional Busman’s Harbor and raise a lot of curiosity. The owner of my yacht was a reclusive billionaire, so early on I decided to name it the Garbo, for the famous Hollywood star who wanted “to be alone.”

But what did the ship look like? Searching through the Web, I looked at one huge motor yacht after another. The images were beautiful—and that was the problem. I wanted my boat to be overwhelming and sinister, not gorgeous.

Then I happened on the story of Aristotle Onassis’s yacht, the Christina O. She was originally a Canadian warship, retrofitted by Onassis into a luxury yacht after World War II. Now I had just what I was looking for.

The Christina O. was converted to a personal yacht with many over-the-top features including a tile-lined swimming pool that could be covered by a dance floor. The children’s rooms were designed and illustrated by Ludwig Bemelmans who wrote the Madeline books.

Among Onassis’ many famous guests was Greta Garbo. What could be more perfect?

You can now charter the Christina O for a mere $665,000 a week, which does not include the cost of crew or fuel. Or you could buy it for $32 million, if you have something more permanent in mind.

Me, I think I’ll keep gazing at yachts out the kitchen window…and maybe making them up to put in books.

About Stowed Away

It’s June in Busman’s Harbor, Maine, and Julia Snowden and her family are working hard to get their authentic Maine clambake business ready for summer. Preparations must be put on hold, however, when a mysterious yacht drops anchor in the harbor—and delivers an unexpected dose of murder . . .
 
When Julia’s old prep school rival Wyatt Jayne invites her to dinner on board her billionaire fiancé’s decked-out yacht, Julia arrives to find a sumptuous table set for two—and the yachtsman dead in his chair. Suspicion quickly falls on Wyatt, and Julia’s quest to dredge up the truth leads her into the murky private world of a mega-rich recluse who may not have been all that he seemed . . .

Bio

Barbara Ross is the author of six Maine Clambake Mysteries: Clammed Up, Boiled Over, Musseled Out, Fogged Inn, Iced Under and Stowed Away. Her books have been nominated for multiple Agatha Awards for Best Contemporary Novel, and RT Books Reviewer’s Choice Awards, as well as the Maine Literary Award for Crime Fiction. She blogs with a wonderful group of Maine mystery authors at Maine Crime Writers and with a group of writers of New England-based cozy mysteries at Wicked Cozy Authors. In the summer, Barbara writes on the big front porch of the former Seafarer Inn at the head of the harbor in Boothbay Harbor, Maine.

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Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Stowed-Away-Maine-Clambake-Mystery/dp/1496700414/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

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Barbara Ross is the author of the Maine Clambake Mysteries. The first book in the series, Clammed Up was nominated for an Agatha Award for Best Contemporary Novel, the RT Book Reviews, Reviewer’s Choice Best Book Award for Amateur Sleuth and was a finalist for the Maine Literary Award for Crime Fiction. She is co-editor/co-publisher of Level Best Books, which produces anthologies of crime stories by New England authors. She writes at her home overlooking the harbor in Boothbay Harbor, Maine. Barbara blogs with the Wicked Cozy Authors and Maine Crime Writers. Readers can visit her website at MaineClambakeMysteries.com.

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