Death of a Clam Digger (Hayley Powell Mystery #16) (Mass Market)

As the tide rolls out in the coastal touristy town of Bar Harbor Maine, the tasty clams are plentiful–and so is murder in the latest Hayley Powell Food & Cocktails mystery from bestselling author Lee Hollis.

Food and cocktails columnist Hayley Powell usually reserves judgement for local cuisine, not the people who serve it. But staying neutral isn’t so easy when caught between the biggest seafood rivals in town—her BFF Mona Barnes and the successful Leighton clan. Adding to a bitter decades-old surf-turf war between family businesses, a modern Romeo and Juliet story unfolds as Mona’s son gets engaged to the daughter of her sworn enemy . . .

Spiteful patriarch Lonnie Leighton is also steamed about the arrangement—enough to go to dangerous lengths to break it up. At least, until he’s discovered face down and dead in the clam flats. With unanswered questions swirling, accusations flying in both directions, and a young couple stuck in the middle, Hayley has bigger fish to fry than determining who sources the best shellfish in Bar Harbor. Because someone wants to get away with murder . . . and send whoever else gets in their way to a muddy grave.
Lee Hollis is the pen name for the brother and sister writing team behind the Hayley Powell Mystery Series. Rick Copp is a veteran Hollywood writer/producer and also the author of three other mystery novel series. He lives in Palm Springs, California. Holly Simason is an award-winning food and cocktails columnist who lives in North Carolina. Please visit them online at

Product Details ISBN: 9781496736512
ISBN-10: 1496736516
Publisher: Kensington Cozies
Publication Date: July 25th, 2023
Pages: 336
Language: English
Series: Hayley Powell Mystery
Praise for The Haley Powell Mystery Series
“Lee Hollis does a good job of dispersing red herrings and keeping true identity under wraps until the requisite climactic scene at the end of the story.” –NY Journal of Books on Death of an Ice Cream Scooper

“Plenty of suspects interspersed with ice cream recipes beloved of the foodie sleuth.” –Kirkus Reviews on Death of an Ice Cream Scooper
“An enjoyably twisty mystery laced with the heroine's equally entertaining foodcentric newspaper columns.”Kirkus Reviews on Death of an Italian Chef
“One of my favorite things with really good long-running cozy series, culinary or otherwise, is seeing how the characters continue to develop and grow with each book. Over the course of 14 novels and the handful of novellas that make up the Hayley Powell Food and Cocktails Mystery series, I’ve been so pleased to see Hayley and her best friends change and mature in all the best ways. —Criminal Element on Death of an Italian Chef
“Nothing short of amazing!” —Fresh Fiction on Death of an Italian Chef
“Another highly entertaining installment of the Hayley Powell Food and Cocktail Mystery series.” —Criminal Element on Death of a Wicked Witch
" now I can't wait to whip up all the tasty recipes that are sprinkled throughout the story!" First for Women on Death of a Blueberry Tart

“Three women's vacation from their everyday lives is cursed from the start...The recipes scattered through the book include several cocktail suggestions.” Kirkus Reviews on Death of a Lobster Lover
“Well-written…the story will keep any reader’s attention. After reading just one and meeting these hysterical characters there is no doubt that you’ll go back.” Suspense Magazine on Death of a Pumpkin Carver
“With a fun heroine and a foodie murder plot, this will intrigue fans of the genre.” The Parkersburg Newsand Sentinel on Death of a Cookbook Author
"A snappy pace, fun characters and a clever plot. A tasty entrée for the culinary cozy crowd.”Library Journal on Death of a Country Fried Redneck
Hayley’s investigations get wrapped up inextricably in the chaos of wedding planning, leading to a climax filled with shocking revelations and deep repercussions for the future. I loved the cliffhanger ending…a great installment with plenty of mystery and drama.” Criminal Element on Death of a Wedding Cake Baker