From clam chowdahs to oysters on the half-shell, Tulia Peters’ Lobstah Shack offers locals and tourists in Westham, Massachusetts, some of Cape Cod’s most amazing cuisine. But when the body of Annette DiCicero is discovered in the kitchen’s walk-in freezer—with a custom-made claw-handled lobster pick lodged in her neck—spoiled appetites are the least of Tulia’s worries.
After a heated public argument with Annette, Tulia is a person of interest in the police’s homicide investigation. To clear Tulia’s name, Mac and the Cozy Capers Book Group snoop into Annette’s personal life. Between her temperamental husband, his shady business partner, and two women tied to Annette’s past life as “Miss New Bedford”, there are now several suspects and multiple motives. And they’re getting crabby about Mac intruding on their affairs…
Source: NetGalley, Kensington, and Pre-Order Purchase Rating: 4/5 stars
The Bottom Line: No one likes to find a dead body in their cold storage freezer ☹ When Mac gets an early morning call from her friend and work neighbor Tulia, there is surely a dead body in the freezer and no one knows how the shockingly allergic to shellfish lady got into the local seafood haunt and died.
Once again, Mac and her cozy mystery reading club jump into the action in order to clear their friend’s name and work out who killed the poor woman in the freezer. What I particularly liked about this book is the fact everyone has started backing off in their warnings to stay out of the investigation. Even the police have realized it’s a futile effort that will fall on deaf ears and only offer the required warning . . . . once or twice 😊 In addition to the unraveling of the plot, this book also focuses on the social issue of homelessness and how it impacts communities. While it’s certainly not the overriding theme of the book, I liked seeing this small bit of social awareness woven into the fabric of the story. I find this series to be comfortable and one I will likely continue to return to, but I can’t say it is at the top of my cozies list. It’s a good/solid series but I can’t go further than that with what’s currently available.