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Barbara Ross is an American author that writes cozy mysteries. She had a thriving career in technology before turning her attention to publishing. Ross came across an ad for a company (Information Mapping) that promised part-time work.
Order of Maine Clambake Mystery Series
|1||Clammed Up||2013||Description / Buy|
|2||Boiled Over||2014||Description / Buy|
|3||Musseled Out||2015||Description / Buy|
|4||Fogged Inn||2016||Description / Buy|
|5||Nogged Off (Short Story)||2016||Description / Buy|
|6||Iced Under||2016||Description / Buy|
|7||Stowed Away||2017||Description / Buy|
|8||Steamed Open||2018||Description / Buy|
|9||Sealed Off||2019||Description / Buy|
|10||Shucked Apart||2021||Description / Buy|
|11||Halloween Party Murder||2021||Description / Buy|
|12||Muddled Through||2022||Description / Buy|
Order of Chief Ruth Murphy Mystery Series
|1||The Death of an Ambitious Woman||2010||Description / Buy|
Order of Jane Darrowfield Series
|1||Jane Darrowfield, Professional Busybody||2020||Description / Buy|
|2||Jane Darrowfield and the Madwoman Next Door||2021||Description / Buy|
Order of Barbara Ross Short Story Collections
|1||Eggnog Murder||2016||Description / Buy|
|2||Yule Log Murder||2018||Description / Buy|
Order of Hayley Powell Food and Cocktails Mysteries Series with Leslie Meier, Lee Hollis
|1||Death of a Kitchen Diva||2012||Description / Buy|
|2||Death of a Country Fried Redneck||2012||Description / Buy|
|3||Death of a Coupon Clipper||2013||Description / Buy|
|4||Death of a Chocoholic||2014||Description / Buy|
|5||Death of a Christmas Caterer||2014||Description / Buy|
|6||Death of a Cupcake Queen||2015||Description / Buy|
|7||Death of a Bacon Heiress||2016||Description / Buy|
|8||Death of a Pumpkin Carver||2016||Description / Buy|
|9||Death of a Lobster Lover||2017||Description / Buy|
|10||Death of a Cookbook Author||2018||Description / Buy|
|11||Death of a Wedding Cake Baker||2019||Description / Buy|
|12||Death of a Blueberry Tart||2020||Description / Buy|
|13||Death of a Wicked Witch||2020||Description / Buy|
|14||Death of an Italian Chef||2021||Description / Buy|
|15||Halloween Party Murder||2021||Description / Buy|
|16||Death of an Ice Cream Scooper||2022||Description / Buy|
|17||Death by Haunted House||2022||Description / Buy|
Order of Lucy Stone Series with Leslie Meier, Lee Hollis, Peggy Ehrhart
|1||Mistletoe Murder / Mail Order Murder||1991||Description / Buy|
|2||Tippy Toe Murder||1994||Description / Buy|
|3||Trick or Treat Murder||1996||Description / Buy|
|4||Back to School Murder||1997||Description / Buy|
|5||Valentine Murder||1999||Description / Buy|
|6||Christmas Cookie Murder||1999||Description / Buy|
|7||Turkey Day Murder||2000||Description / Buy|
|8||Wedding Day Murder||2001||Description / Buy|
|9||Birthday Party Murder||2002||Description / Buy|
|10||Father's Day Murder||2003||Description / Buy|
|11||Star Spangled Murder||2004||Description / Buy|
|12||New Year's Eve Murder||2005||Description / Buy|
|13||Bake Sale Murder||2006||Description / Buy|
|14||St. Patrick's Day Murder||2008||Description / Buy|
|15||Mother's Day Murder||2009||Description / Buy|
|16||Wicked Witch Murder||2010||Description / Buy|
|17||English Tea Murder||2011||Description / Buy|
|18||Chocolate Covered Murder||2011||Description / Buy|
|19||Easter Bunny Murder||2013||Description / Buy|
|20||Christmas Carol Murder||2013||Description / Buy|
|21||French Pastry Murder||2014||Description / Buy|
|22||Candy Corn Murder||2015||Description / Buy|
|23||British Manor Murder||2017||Description / Buy|
|24||Turkey Trot Murder||2017||Description / Buy|
|25||Eggnog Murder||2017||Description / Buy|
|26||Silver Anniversary Murder||2018||Description / Buy|
|27||Yule Log Murder||2018||Description / Buy|
|28||Invitation Only Murder||2019||Description / Buy|
|29||Christmas Card Murder||2020||Description / Buy|
|30||Irish Parade Murder||2021||Description / Buy|
|31||Halloween Party Murder||2021||Description / Buy|
|32||Easter Bonnet Murder||2022||Description / Buy|
Order of Barbara Ross Standalone Novels
|1||Hallowed Out||2022||Description / Buy|
|2||Logged On||2022||Description / Buy|
Order of Barbara Ross Short Stories/Novellas
|1||Bread Baby||2013||Description / Buy|
Barbara Ross Anthologies
|1||Thin Ice: Crime Stories by New England Writers||2010||Description / Buy|
|2||Best New England Crime Stories 2012: Dead Calm||2011||Description / Buy|
|3||Best New England Crime Stories 2014: Stone Cold||2013||Description / Buy|
|4||Best New England Crime Stories 2015: Rogue Wave||2014||Description / Buy|
|5||Best New England Crime Stories 2016: Red Dawn||2015||Description / Buy|
|6||Edgar Allan Cozy||2016||Description / Buy|
|7||Haunted House Murder||2019||Description / Buy|
She stayed with the company for twelve years, during which she lent her talents to practically every division in the firm. However, her career did not truly skyrocket until she combined forces with her friend (Carol Vallone).
They created WebCT, a revolutionary company from the mid-90s that allowed businesses to upload courses to the internet. They profited significantly from the venture when they sold WebCT for $180 million.
Rather than resting on her laurels, Ross joined Wimba, a higher education technology firm eventually bought by a competitor in 2010. But despite her numerous victories in the tech field, Ross always saw herself as a writer who had accidentally stumbled into business instead of a business savant experimenting with writing.
She worked with a writers’ group to hone her craft for over fifteen years. Though, her foray into publishing was challenging. She was fortunate enough to land a big agent for her first book.
They parted ways when the agent in question tried and failed to sell Ross’ manuscript. For a time, Ross abandoned the manuscript, hiding it in a drawer and moving on to other things.
Years later, she retrieved the manuscript and sold it to a publisher without an agent, proving that she did not have to follow a conventional publishing blueprint to get ahead.
During her infancy in the publishing industry, Ross wrote by the seat of her pants. Later on, she was forced to become a plotter because she had to submit synopses to her editor for approval. The author also found that plotting allowed her to meet her deadlines because she could write with greater discipline.
Her first drafts are always rough. Whenever she sits down to write, Ross is confident that she will get better at drafting. But she is always wrong. The author has so much confidence when she starts each new manuscript.
But as she advances, that confidence begins to fizzle out. She cannot help but criticize her work, noting all the poorly developed characters, premature twists, and inconsistent details. By the time she completes the first draft, Ross is just glad that she finished the manuscript.
The book finally comes together during the revision process. Ross would probably revise her manuscripts indefinitely if the author had her way. She only stops because her deadlines arrive, and she has no choice but to submit the novels to her editor.
Ross takes the time to critique amateur sleuth manuscripts. She does what she can to set struggling writers on the right path.
Barbara Ross Awards
Ross has received multiple Agatha Award nominations. She won the Maine Literary Award (Crime Fiction).
Best Barbara Ross Books
Because she spent so many years working with tech startups, advancements in the publishing industry do not scare her. Ross’ best books include:
Clammed Up: Julie Snowden came back home to keep her family’s business afloat. The last thing the clambake business needed was the stain of murder. But it was too late.
Julia’s woes began with a catered wedding on Morrow Island. The best man was found hanging in the Snowden family mansion.
Before Snowden could rescue her family’s struggling business, she had to first identify the killer. But all fingers were pointing to Chris Durand, Julia’s old crush.
Boiled Over: The Snowden name was already associated with one murder. They couldn’t afford to add a second to their reputation. But once again, Julie did not have a choice in the matter. She was still in her hometown, doing what she could to help her family’s clambake company.
The Founder’s Day Summer celebration was just around the corner, and she wanted to give revelers a taste of New England’s seafood. But her neighbors had bigger news on their lips.
A man was dead, and everyone thought that Cabe Stone had committed the murder because he fled the crime scene. Because Cabe was a Snowden employee, Julia had to clear his name before the family business suffered the consequences.
But solving the murder was easier said than done, especially when the killer was working so hard to stop Julia’s investigation.
When Does The Next Barbara Ross book come out?
The next book by Barbara Ross is Muddled Through and will be released on June, 28th 2022. It is the newest book in the Maine Clambake Mystery Series.