Muddled Through is the tenth book in the Maine Clambake cozy mystery series. The small coastal Maine town of Busman’s Holiday is discussing closing four blocks of main street to cars on the weekend during the summer months. Phinney is vehemently opposed to the idea. When he is found dead in his neighbor’s shop, the owner Zoey is immediately a suspect. Julia, the town’s amateur’s sleuth (as every town in Maine requires), looks for the murderer to prevent her friend from going to prison.
While seeing the characters again was nice, I felt the mystery was a bit slow to build excitement. The Refrigerator Soup and Butterscotch Cookies recipes sound both easy and tasty though. There are four other recipes also included. Overall, Muddled Through is a good but not great addition to the series. 3 stars.
Thanks to Kensington Books and NetGalley for a digital review copy of the book.