Board Stiff (Elliott Lisbon Series #1)

Board Stiff (Elliott Lisbon Series #1)

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by Kendel Lynn
     
 

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*** An AGATHA AWARD Nominee for BEST FIRST NOVEL ***

PACKED WITH HUMOR, ROMANCE, DANGER, AND ADVENTURE...

"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 Award-Winning Author of The Other Woman

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*** An AGATHA AWARD Nominee for BEST FIRST NOVEL ***

PACKED WITH HUMOR, ROMANCE, DANGER, AND ADVENTURE...

"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 Award-Winning Author of The Other Woman

"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 the South!" - Krista Davis, New York Times Bestselling Author of the Domestic Diva Mysteries

As director of the Ballantyne Foundation on Sea Pine Island, SC, Elliott Lisbon scratches her detective itch by performing discreet inquiries for Foundation donors. Usually nothing serious until Jane Hatting, Ballantyne board chair, is accused of murder. The Ballantyne's reputation tanks, Jane's headed to a jail cell, and Elliott's sexy ex is the new lieutenant in town.

Armed with moxie and her Mini Coop, Elliott uncovers a trail of blackmail schemes, gambling debts, illicit affairs, and investment scams. But the closer she gets to the truth, the more treacherous her investigation. With victims piling up faster than shells at a clambake, Elliott realizes she's next on the killer's list.

Praise for BOARD STIFF:

"A sparkling new voice in traditional mystery." - New York Times Bestselling Author CJ Lyons

"A cross between an educated, upper class Stephanie Plum and a less neurotic Monk. Put this on your list for a great vacation read. FIVE STARS OUT OF FIVE." - Lynn Farris, National Mystery Review Examiner at Examiner.com

"Elliott's not just a charity director or a social host or a disastrous dater or a fledgling private eye--she's all of these things. Elliott Lisbon is a Renaissance woman, dammit, and that makes her uniquely suited for the task at hand. Renaissance women know how to throw good parties, but as it turns out, they're also perfectly capable of catching cold-blooded killers; it simply takes determination and a little chutzpah--two things the Ballantyne Foundation's director has in spades." - Katrina Niidas Holm, CriminalElement.com

"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

"This is an engaging read that grabbed my attention from the start...With witty banter, a likable cast of characters and a visually appealing setting, this is a great start to what I hope is a long running series." - Dru's Cozy Report, The Cozy Chicks Blog

Books in the Elliott Lisbon Humorous Mystery Series:

SWITCH BACK (Novella prequel to BOARD STIFF in OTHER PEOPLE'S BAGGAGE)
BOARD STIFF (#1)
WHACK JOB (#2) (May 2014)

Part of the Henery Press Mystery Series Collection, if you like one, you'll probably like them all...

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Editorial Reviews

Examiner.com - Lynn Farris
"A cross between an educated, upper class Stephanie Plum and a less neurotic Monk. Put this on your list for a great vacation read." – Lynn Farris, National Mystery Review Examiner at Examiner.com
Author - C. J. Lyons
"A sparkling new voice in traditional mystery." – New York Times Bestselling Author CJ Lyons
Cozy Mystery Book Reviews
"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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940016667164
Publisher:
Henery Press
Publication date:
04/26/2013
Series:
Elliott Lisbon Series , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
276
Sales rank:
16,689
File size:
452 KB

Meet 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. Catch up with her at kendellynn.com.

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Board Stiff 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
paulettejane More than 1 year ago
The early part of the book was only so-so. The pace picked up in the last third of the book so I would say the author shows potential. I like the main character but her thoughts and observations were too repetitive.
mariteje More than 1 year ago
I read the first few chapters and jumped to the last. I have no interest to read the ones in between. This story had me "Board Stiff". I would not recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A fun & entertaining mystery. Kept my interest thru the book. I hope this is the begining of a new series. Good work Ms Lynn.
Anonymous 11 days ago
Pretty boring. I don't usually pay for an unfamiliar author. Now I remember why
Anonymous 8 months ago
I read this book at the recommendation of a friend. And once I read the first paragraph I was hooked. The voice is fresh, the characters are lively, and the setting is someplace I haven't seen done before. Elliot (Elli) comes off the page like a long lost friend. The supporting cast is also charming. I loved Matty. And even though I’m an avid mystery reader, I didn’t figure out "whodunnit" until the end. I will confess I worried that one of my favorites might be the villain (and if he was, I would not be writing this glowing review). I will definitely read more from this author.
Anonymous 11 months ago
This book is tedious. We get every meal down to the english muffin. Every piece of clothing. This author hasn't met a description she didn't love. Oy. I kept coming up with reasons not to pick it up. Finally I just gave up.
Drewano More than 1 year ago
Board Stiff combines a quirky main character with an interesting group of supporting staff and a set of plot twists to bring about a very good story.  The characters are a motley crew which all have their own set of flaw which can make them disliked at times but also makes them more human and relatable.  The plot is slow moving but takes a number of twists that I didn’t see coming which made the overall story enjoyable.  I’m probably not the target demographic for this story but overall I thought it was a nice little beach mystery.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The plot is cute and I like the character, Elloit, but I lost a lot of interest when the author wrote that Elliot was in Savannah and was looking at the statue of Oglethorpe in Calhoun Square. The statue is in Chippewa Square. We visit Savannah often, but it took me less than two minutes to verify that online. It makes me less interested in reading the rest of the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Keeps you read I g til the end. Funny too
kaywKK More than 1 year ago
An entertaining, mostly well written read. A little girly-girly for my tastes but I enjoyed it.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable and just a good overall read. The killer was a surprise but certainly deserved the fall from grace.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Easy and entertaining.
debb855 More than 1 year ago
very cute book loved it
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garden_56 More than 1 year ago
This is a delightful cozy mystery that is a quick read! I am looking forward to alot more stories about Ell!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a really fun book. A midlife sleuth wannabe with a REAL life. Elliot is a woman after my own heart, dealing with 'lifestyles of the rich and famous' as the director of The Ballentyne Foundation on one of the Low Country Islands of S.Carolina. Not only does she have to "make nice" with the Board, she has to coddle the Founders and make everybody happy. When one of the Board is killed, it pulls Ellie into a melodrama rivaling a soap opera. Add an old flame, a new one, a chef-rivalry, and a plot twist that could kill ya, and you have the foundation for another Henery Press "hen house" brand mystery. This is laugh out loud funny
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Fun read w 253 pages. Never a boring moment
rhonda1111RL More than 1 year ago
4 STARS An Elliott Lisbon Mystery (#1) This is the first book by author Kendel Lynn that I have read but hopefully not the last. I loved Elliott Lisbon. She is smart, funny and faints during class. She is the director of Ballantyne Foundation. She does a little of this and that. She is working on getting her P.I. license very slowly. She is always worried about germs. Elliott, Monk and my mom would get along fine. At a foundation party her old boyfriend Nick Ransom of 20 years ago shows up and kisses her. Then leaves with his date. The president of the board is making threats against another board member. The day after the party Elliott goes to another board member's house to help set up for his board meeting, and finds Leo dead. After she runs out screaming she calls the police. The police detective turns out to be Nick Ransom. His prime suspect is Jane chairman of board for the Ballantyne foundation. Elliott's billionaire boss is out of the country calls her and asks her to help Jane and find Leo's killer. Ransom does not want Elliott to mess in his investigation at all. Everywhere Elliott goes she runs into Nick and his girlfriend. Elliott finds out some clues, gets into a food fight, is threatened and runs from Nick and hides from him. Which is hard to do because he bought the house next door to Elliott. Her male friend that is just a friend decides after seeing her and Nick fight decides that he wants them to start dating. The mystery keeps the suspense up. I did guess the killer right but not the reason why. The relationships between characters was good. did not want to put the book down till I had finished. I hope their are a lot of Elliott Lisbon Mysteries to come. I was given this ebook to read and asked to give an honest review of it from Netgalley. 04/30/2013 Pub Henery Press ISBN: 9781938383328
Mystery_GirlSC More than 1 year ago
Loved This Humorous Mystery! Kendel Lynn's feisty sleuth, Elliott Lisbon, is such fun to read! She may be an amateur for now but she's working hard for her PI license and will let nothing stand in her way--not even her ex-FBI-agent ex-boyfriend who is now a local police detective. Elliott's competing love interests give Board Stiff a nice romantic sub-plot. Ms. Lynn's characters are well-drawn and real. The setting--a South Carolina sea island--is one of my favorite places to relax. Readers who have spent time along the South Carolina coast may see some similarities between Sea Pine Island and Hilton Head. Board Stiff races to the finish line--I couldn't put it down. I loved this book and would highly recommend it to any friend who likes humorous mysteries with a side of romance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm very torn on this book. I really enjoyed the basic story and characters. However I have lived on Hilton Head for 15 years. This book is quite clearly set in Hilton Head and Bluffton, but for some reason all the names ( the island, plantations, streets, places) have been changed. It is very difficult to read for me - it's like reading a bunch of typos over in over. I don't know why it was done this way but it ruins an otherwise good book.