- Paperback: 292 pages
- Publisher: Henery Press; First edition (April 21, 2015)
Where is Kent Heyward? The twenty-three-year-old heiress from one of Charleston’s oldest families vanished a month ago. When her father hires private investigator Liz Talbot, Liz suspects the most difficult part of her job will be convincing the patriarch his daughter tired of his overbearing nature and left town. That’s what the Charleston Police Department believes.
But behind the garden walls South of Broad, family secrets pop up like weeds in the azaleas. The neighbors recollect violent arguments between Kent and her parents. Eccentric twin uncles and a gaggle of cousins covet the family fortune. And the lingering spirit of a Civil-War-era debutante may know something if Colleen, Liz’s dead best friend, can get her to talk.
Liz juggles her case, the partner she’s in love with, and the family she adores. But the closer she gets to what has become of Kent, the closer Liz dances to her own grave.
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Susan M. Boyer is the author of the USA TODAY bestselling Liz Talbot mystery series. Her debut novel, Lowcountry Boil, won the 2012 Agatha Award for Best First Novel, the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense, and garnered several other award nominations. Susan loves beaches, Southern food, and small towns where everyone knows everyone, and everyone has crazy relatives. You’ll find all of the above in her novels.
Susan lives in Greenville, SC, with her husband and an inordinate number of houseplants.
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Lowcountry Boneyard combines two of my favorite things: a setting on the Carolina coast, and a spunky female detective, so it was obvious that I was going to ask to be included on this tour. In fact, my only regret is that I’m coming into Susan M. Boyer’s delightful mystery series at book three, because, while this book can stand alone, I think the experience would have been slightly richer if I’d already read the first two novels.
Still, I easily fell into this mystery, largely because Liz Talbot is so engaging, the concept of a dead woman (Colleen) as a sidekick, and the hunky partner-cum-lover Nate is the kind of guy we all kind of want.
I found the story to be interesting, and while I was a little ahead of Liz in the mystery-solving department, I didn’t find that detrimental to my enjoyment at all. In fact, the plot had a couple of twists I didn’t expect, which made me happy.
Boyer’s novels are set in a very specific place, and she does a good job of making us ‘see’ both the very real Charleston and the imagined island Stella Maris, to the point where I felt as though I had as much detail in my head as anything the GPS system in my car could provide. (Am I the only one who wants to move to Stella Maris?)
As well, the author really captures the social and political nuances of small-town life in a way that both impressed me and pleasantly surprised me. Not all of those nuances were necessary for the story she was telling, but they served to make the entire novel feel a lot more real than most cozy mysteries tend to be.
If you want a mystery you can devour in a single afternoon at the beach (well, you can if you’re me, but I read quickly) or just something that pays as much attention to killer clothes as actual, you know, killers, Lowcountry Boneyard will appeal nicely.
But read the first two novels, first. (I plan to download them to my Kindle later this week.)
Goes well with Fresh seafood, a Caesar salad, and a crisp pinot noir.
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