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Against the Claw: A Lobster Shack Mystery    by Shari Randall Amazon.com order for
Against the Claw
by Shari Randall
Order:  USA  Can
St. Martin's, 2018 (2018)
Paperback, e-Book
* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Have you read Curses, Boiled Again by Shari Randall? If so, you are in for a treat ... the sequel, Against the Claw, featuring ballerina Allie Larkin.

Allie is recuperating from a broken ankle. She is not to dance on it 'til it is completely healed. She is helping her aunt run her restaurant Lazy Mermaid Lobster Shack. This is a new venture and everyone is holding their breath for a successful opening. Helping out on a lobster boat, Allie discovers more than legal lobsters she pulls the body of a beautiful woman from the waters of Mystic Bay!

The police have not been able to ID the body, so Allie feels compelled to once again try her hand at doing exactly what the local constabulary has forbidden her to do. She sets out to discover who is responsible for the death of this young woman.

The plot of Against the Claw is not really a new one. The writing and the characters are what make this mystery a delight to read. I heartily recommend it for a great beach read. I have been fantasizing about holding a lobster roll in my hands and biting into this delicious food. A simple sandwich but what flavor!

There is a bonus at the end of Against the Claw - the recipe for the wonderful sauce, with which to top that lobster roll.

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