Monday, March 30, 2015

Review: Lowcountry Boneyard (Liz Talbot Mystery #3) by Susan M. Boyer

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 609 KB
  • Print Length: 292 pages
  • Publisher: Henery Press; First edition (April 21 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English

Book Description

USA TODAY Bestselling Author - The AGATHA AWARD-WINNING Liz Talbot Mysteries

“Has everything you could want in a traditional mystery: a credible and savvy protagonist, a meaty mystery, and setting that will make you want to spend time in South Carolina. I enjoyed every minute of it.” – Charlaine Harris, New York Times Bestselling Author of Day Shift

“This brilliantly executed and well-defined mystery left me mesmerized by all things Southern in one fell swoop. Boasting a superb cast of characters, engaging conversations, a feel good atmosphere and all-around entertaining whodunit, this is the best book yet in this wonderfully charming series.” – Dru’s Book Musings

“This third in the series continues to smoothly combine elements of the paranormal and romance with a strong investigative plot that delves into the deeply hidden secrets of families…The charming setting, strong writing, and extremely engaging characters that have become hallmarks of this series never cease to entertain.” – Kings River Life Magazine

“Lovely writing with well-developed characters, a believable plot and plenty of interesting detail…Boyer may be unstoppable in conjuring mystery as she travels the social circles and back roads of the fascinating southern landscape.” – Speakers International

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.

Related subjects include: women sleuths, private investigators, cozy mysteries, murder mysteries, book club recommendations, Southern fiction, Southern humor, Southern living.

Books in the Liz Talbot Mystery Series:

  • LOWCOUNTRY BORDELLO (#4) November 2015
Part of the Henery Press Mystery Series Collection, if you like one, you'll probably like them all…

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 debut novel, LOWCOUNTRY BOIL (a Liz Talbot Mystery) is an Agatha Award winner for Best First Novel, a 2012 Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense recipient, a Macavity nominee, and a 2012 RWA Golden Heart® finalist. Lowcountry Bombshell (Liz Talbot Mystery #2) was released September 3, 2013. LOWCOUNTRY BONEYARD will be released in April 2015.

Susan’s short fiction has appeared in moonShine Review, Spinetingler Magazine, and Relief Journal, among others.

My Review

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Do you love Charleston, South Carolina? I do and that is what initially grabbed my attention. I enjoy writers who intimately know and understand the region they are writing about. Author Susan Boyer transports the reader to the Low Country of South Carolina in her latest novel Lowcountry Boneyard.

Our sleuth, Liz Talbot, lives in the family vacation home on a barrier island that she inherited from her grandmother. Liz had been living in Greenville, SC before moving back to the Charleston region. She loves the area, her family is close by and a resident ghost needs her to help save their island from developers. It is too bad that her boyfriend and business partner wants her back in Greenville...what is she going to do about that?

Charleston heiress Kent Heyward is missing. Did she disappear due to her own volition? Or did a greedy family member make her disappear? The Boyfriend? Liz is on the case.

I really enjoyed Lowcountry Boneyard. The writing style was easy to read. The mystery aspect was good. There were realistic relationships among the characters in the book. Liz Talbot is very likeable.  If you are a mystery fan then Lowcountry Boneyard is for you!

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