- Series: An Elliott Lisbon Mystery (Book 1)
- Paperback: 276 pages
- Publisher: Henery Press; First edition (April 30, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 193838332X
- ISBN-13: 978-1938383328
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 180 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,080,623 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Board Stiff (An Elliott Lisbon Mystery) (Volume 1) Paperback – April 30, 2013
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"A solid and satisfying mystery, yes indeed, and the fabulous and funny Elliott Lisbon is a true gem! Engaging, clever and genuinely delightful." - Hank Phillippi Ryan, Agatha, Anthony and Macavity Winning Author of The Other Woman
"Margaritas and blue lump crabcakes, sun-bleached shells and briny air. Kendel Lynn captures the flavor of the South, right down to the delightfully quirky characters in this clever new mystery series. Elli Lisbon is the Stephanie Plum of the South!" - Krista Davis, New York Times Bestselling Author of the Domestic Diva Mysteries
"Elliott is smart and sassy, takes no guff and pulls no punches. Packed with humor, romance, danger and adventure, this is a good mystery full of plot twists and turns, with red herrings a plenty and an ending that I found both surprising and satisfying." - Cozy Mystery Book Reviews
"A mystery full of humor and the mannerisms unique to the South, that combine into a fun-filled ride. Elli proves that her skills as a detective are on the level of the exasperating lieutenant and rival her talents at balancing the egos of the rich and not-so-famous." - Kings River Life Magazine
About the Author
Kendel Lynn is a Southern California native who now parks her flip-flops in Dallas, Texas. She read her first Alfred Hitchcock and the Three Investigators at the age of seven and has loved mysteries ever since. Her debut novel, Board Stiff, is an Agatha Award nominee for Best First Novel. It features Elliott Lisbon, a mostly amateur sleuth who has a slight aversion to all things germy and is only five thousand hours away from getting her PI license. Along with writing, she spends her days editing, designing, and figuring out ways to avoid the gym but still eat cupcakes for dinner.
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I enjoyed this cozy and it's cast of characters. I look forward to another installment, however, I do agree with the reviewer who gave it 4 stars because of the two love interests. I'd prefer to see the obvious relationship develop and not force another suitor into the picture to complicate matters. That's been done to death.
The best part of all is that I actually could not figure out who the murderer was until the very end. It was a character I figured that I would be seeing in many more sequels to this book.
I'm not going to go into deep detail in this book, except to say that the vast majority of supporting characters are charming. The only reason I have given it 4 stars is that the author has jumped on the bandwagon in terms of many cozy writers, by introducing two romantic interests for Elliott. Personally, I must say this aspect is very tiresome for me. I have stopped reading cozies series when the author has taken this route. The characters start becoming one dimensional...it becomes the typical "stable, steady and boring guy" versus the "exciting, sexy and unreliable" guy. The female protagonist then ends up looking like an indecisive idiot. I am an avid romance reader and I don't mind a bit of romance in the book,but I read mysteries to figure out who committed the crime, not to see who the main character is dating in this book.
The main character, and she is full of moxy to use an older term, Elliott Lisbon, is a young sophisticated, woman who has an itch to investigate petty crimes. On her Island, Elli is charting up hours to qualify as a Private Investigator, with the aid of the local police department. Although she needs over six thousand hours to qualify...Elli finds her hours beginning to accumulate when the Chair of the foundation board is accused of murdering a fellow board member.
Ballantyne Board Chair, Jane Hatting is no favorite of Elli's but it is her job to try and keep her out of jail, in between handling indiscretions by other board members such as non-payment of bills, etc., Elli finds herself running parties, searching homes and offices, and trying to find clues before the police do. Further confusing the issues is the new police Lieutenant, Nick Ransome. Nick holds the cards to the current investigation as well as Elli's heart, as he quickly reminds her.
This book was filled with Blackmail schemes, gambling debts, illicit affairs, investment scams and more. The humor running throughout the tale keeps the book interesting. I found the romantic theme to be fun and not overwhelming.
This was a great read and I look eagerly forward to the next book in the series.
The author is also the publisher, but my initial concern -- from previous experience with that model! -- over writing was completely unfounded. The prose is clean and tight. Characters are well- and consistently-drawn, and there are several of them I'd love to hear from again. With regard to concern over the "R-rated vocabulary," I'll just say that the protagonist has a very realistic vocabulary (imo!) for someone who's stumbling over bodies and being stymied by spoiled rich folk at every turn... they're pretty much the same words I would have used!
I'll definitely look forward to the next book in this series!