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Lowcountry Boil (A Liz Talbot Mystery) (Volume 1) Paperback – September 18, 2012
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"Plenty of secrets, long-simmering feuds, and greedy ventures make for a captivating read...Boyer's chick lit PI debut charmingly showcases South Carolina island culture." -- Library Journal --Library Journal
"Imaginative, empathetic, genuine, and fun, Lowcountry Boil is a lowcountry delight." -- Carolyn Hart, Author of What the Cat Saw (October 2013) --Carolyn Hart, Author of What the Cat Saw
"I love this book. And you will too. Witty, droll, clever and just a tad quirky! This light-hearted and authentically Southern mystery is full of heart, insight, and a deep understanding of human nature. Susan M. Boyer is a fresh new voice in crime fiction!" -- Hank Phillippi Ryan, Anthony, Agatha & Macavity Winning Author of The Other Woman --Hank Phillippi Ryan, Anthony, Agatha & Macavity Winning Author of The Other Woman
"Twisted humor has long been a tradition in Southern literature (maybe it’s the heat and humidity), and Boyer delivers it with both barrels. In lesser hands, all the hijinks could be distracting, but not in Lowcountry Boil. Boyer’s voice is so perky that no matter what looney mayhem her characters commit, we happily dive in with them. An original and delightful read.” – Betty Webb, Mystery Scene Magazine
About the Author
Susan M. Boyer has been making up stories her whole life. She tags along with her husband on business trips whenever she can because hotels are great places to write: fresh coffee all day and cookies at 4 p.m. They have a home in Greenville, SC, which they occasionally visit. Susan's short fiction has appeared in moonShine Review, Spinetingler Magazine, Relief Journal, The Petigru Review, and Catfish Stew. Her debut novel, Lowcountry Boil, was the 2012 Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense recipient and an RWA Golden HeartÂ® finalist.
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Liz Talbot grew up on Stella Maris—a residential island near Charleston, SC accessed only by ferry. She has lived in Greenville, SC for a number of years where she and her boyfriend, Nate Andrews, operate a private investigation company. She gets a call to return home as her grandmother has died. But once she arrives home, her brother Blake, the chief of police of Stella Maris, informs her that her grandmother was actually murdered. Not only that, but Grandmom left Liz her beach cottage. The town council of Stella Maris has tried to shoot down plans for resort development and perhaps this is the reason for the murder. “Much of the land on our twenty-four-square-mile paradise had been in the same families for generations—folks who cherished our small town and were terrified of timeshares. Others look at our wide beaches and saw the potential for enormous wealth. Zoning regulations protected the island from exploitation. Still, the town stood one town council election and one real estate deal away from becoming its own worst nightmare.” But could the murder be something more basic like jealousy or hate?
Liz has her hands full with the investigation. But she also must deal with her future. Does she move to Stella Maris? Does she give up her home in Greenville? What happens to her business, Talbot and Andrews, and her boyfriend and partner, Nate? The book will also introduce the reader to many characters who will become regulars in Boyer’s novels including Liz’s family, her godmother Grace Sullivan, Charleston cop Sonny Ravenel, and a host of other locals.
Boyer has a love for the low country, and it shines through the pages of Lowcountry Boil. “Stella Maris is a sultry, wind-swept Eden…The island both nurtured and seduced us. My family’s roots sank deep into the sand and anchored us here. Our souls are salt-water cured.”
This is good stuff and I am a new fan of Susan M. Boyer and Liz Talbot.
In this first book of the series we are introduced to Liz Talbot, her family and neighbors, her friends and enemies as the story evolves. Liz is faced with a tragic event in her family that leaves her little time to mourn as she sifts through a lifetime of secrets. She uncovers multiple twists and turns as her personal and professional life are weaved together into a new cloth of awareness and responsibility. This book involves a credible, full scale mystery with a likable, lead and a full array of characters well developed to just the right level of familiarity. I recommend this to male and female readers who appreciate an author of detail and a story to recall and enjoy.
It's a rollicking read, but for those who care, the language is trashy; peppered with the full complement of curse words. Given that, it was a pleasant surprise not to read any o.m.g.'s.
This is the first book in the Liz Talbot Mystery. I liked the characters. The plot, the mysteries.
It is easy to get to know the characters and there messed up lives. I want to read more and see what else happens.
Liz Talbot is single. She is a Private Investigator. She sees her best friend who died when they were 17 tells her to go home. Then a phone call from her brother telling Liz that there Grandmother had died.
Liz left her island home because her cousin stole her boyfriend. She thinks she still loves him. Her grandmother left Liz her house and land. To protect the island from development.
Her ex-husband is back on the island. Her partner is his brother Nate. There are so many relationships that intertwine with each other. You never know who will end up with whom.
Liz is determined to find out who killed her grandmother. She thinks she knows why but she is not sure. Only Liz can see her friend. Who now is a guardian spirit who's job is to protect the island. But she also wants to protect her sister and friend.
It is a clean fun murder mystery. For a small North Carolina island there is a lot of drama, murder and fun.
Can't wait to read more Liz Talbot Mystery