Lowcountry Boil: A Liz Talbot Mystery [NOOK Book]

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USA TODAY Bestseller and AGATHA AWARD Winner for Best First Novel

FULL OF SIMMERING SUSPENSE AND INTRIGUE…

“Imaginative, empathetic, genuine, and fun, Lowcountry Boil is a lowcountry delight.” - Carolyn Hart, Author of What the Cat Saw
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Overview

USA TODAY Bestseller and AGATHA AWARD Winner for Best First Novel

FULL OF SIMMERING SUSPENSE AND INTRIGUE…

“Imaginative, empathetic, genuine, and fun, Lowcountry Boil is a lowcountry delight.” - Carolyn Hart, Author of What the Cat Saw

“It's a simmering gumbo of a story full of spice, salt, heat and shrimp. She had me guessing, detouring for a few laughs then doubling back for another clue right until the last chapter.” – The Huffington Post

PI Liz Talbot is a modern Southern belle: she blesses hearts and takes names. She carries her Sig 9 in her Kate Spade handbag, and her golden retriever, Rhett, rides shotgun in her hybrid Escape. When her grandmother is murdered, Liz high-tails it back to her South Carolina island home to find the killer. But when her police-chief brother shuts her out of the investigation, she opens her own. Then her long-dead best friend pops in and things really get complicated. As more folks turn up dead, Liz must use more than just her wits and charm to keep her family safe, chase down clues from the hereafter, and catch a psychopath before he catches her.

Praise for LOWCOUNTRY BOIL:

“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

“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 Award-Winning Author of The Other Woman

“Pulls the reader in like the draw of a riptide with a keeps-you-guessing mystery full of romance, family intrigue, and the smell of salt marsh on the Charleston coast. A welcome visit home with people you want to know and, in some cases, are glad you aren't related to. A fun summer read!” - Cathy Pickens, Author of the Southern Fried Mysteries and Charleston Mysteries

“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

“What do you get when you cross a Southern mystery, a ghost of a warning, a love triangle and a savvy protagonist who will stop at nothing? Easy, you get a page turning read—Lowcountry Boil.” - Donnell Ann Bell, Bestselling Author of The Past Came Hunting

Books in the Liz Talbot Mystery Series:

LOWCOUNTRY BOIL (#1)
LOWCOUNTRY BOMBSHELL (#2)
LOWCOUNTRY BONEYARD (#3) Spring 2015

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

Author - Carolyn G. Hart
"Imaginative, empathetic, genuine, and fun, Lowcountry Boil is a lowcountry delight.”
Author - Carolyn G. Hart
"Imaginative, empathetic, genuine, and fun, Lowcountry Boil is a lowcountry delight.”
Author - Hank Phillippi Ryan
“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!”
Author - Hank Phillippi Ryan
“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!”
Library Journal
"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
"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."
Author - Cathy Pickens
“Lowcountry Boil avoids caricatured Southerners and pulls the reader in like the draw of a riptide with a keeps-you-guessing mystery full of romance, family intrigue, and the smell of salt marsh on the Charleston coast. A welcome visit home with people you want to know and, in some cases, are glad you aren't related to. A fun summer read!”
Author - Cathy Pickens
“Lowcountry Boil avoids caricatured Southerners and pulls the reader in like the draw of a riptide with a keeps-you-guessing mystery full of romance, family intrigue, and the smell of salt marsh on the Charleston coast. A welcome visit home with people you want to know and, in some cases, are glad you aren't related to. A fun summer read!”
Author - Donnell Ann Bell
“What do you get when you cross a Southern mystery, a ghost of a warning, a love triangle and a savvy protagonist who will stop at nothing? Easy, you get a page turning read—Lowcountry Boil.”
Author - Donnell Ann Bell
“What do you get when you cross a Southern mystery, a ghost of a warning, a love triangle and a savvy protagonist who will stop at nothing? Easy, you get a page turning read—Lowcountry Boil.”
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940015703924
  • Publisher: Henery Press
  • Publication date: 9/14/2012
  • Series: A Liz Talbot Mystery , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 326
  • Sales rank: 4,892
  • File size: 638 KB

Meet the Author

Susan M. Boyer'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, and a 2012 RWA Golden Heart® finalist. LOWCOUNTRY BOMBSHELL, the second book in the Liz Talbot series, will be released September 3, 2013. LOWCOUNTRY BONEYARD and LOWCOUNTRY BORDELLO will be released in May and October of 2014, respectively.

Susan's short fiction has appeared in moonShine Review, Spinetingler Magazine, and Relief Journal, among others. She is the recipient of Relief Journal's editor's choice award in fiction and has been recognized by the Carrie McCrary Memorial Literary Awards program.

She and her husband live in Greenville, SC. Susan loves to hear from readers. Y'all come visit with her on the web anytime!
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  • Posted September 5, 2012

    Intriguing Mystery with Low Country Style

    Susan M. Boyer has written a clever mystery with an engaging female detective in Liz Talbot, a true "Steel Magnolia." She carries a Sig 9 and faces danger head on while keeping the gracious manners of a true Southern belle (although her mother has to remind her to wear lipstick).

    I loved the Low Country setting on her fictional but realistic island of Stella Maris, South Carolina. You will hunger for the Southern and Low Country food, yearn for the beautiful beach setting, and bite your nails as you read this fast paced thriller.

    LOWCOUNTRY BOIL is beautifully written, has intriguing twists, and is full of interesting Low Country details.

    10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2012

    A reader's delight. The first line of Lowcountry Boil--The dead

    A reader's delight. The first line of Lowcountry Boil--The dead are patient.--had me hooked from the get-go. Full of unique Southern insights and gracious charm, this book nonetheless packs a wallop you don't want to miss. Protagonist Liz Talbot is part Steffi Plum and part Kinsey Millhone, as quick to say, "Bless your heart." as she is to pull her trusty Sig Sauer 9 or deliver a roundhouse kick to the sternum.

    Susan Boyer's debut novel is full of ingenious plot twists, a cavalcade of unforgettable characters, and a setting so lush you can smell the marsh grass and feel the ocean's breeze. And, oh, before I forget, the story takes place near Charleston, South Carolina, so naturally, there's a ghost.

    9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 3, 2012

    Fabulous, Fun Southern Mystery

    This is a very entertaining, upbeat mystery. It has everything a Southern mystery needs--a wonderful lowcountry setting on an island near Charleston, family drama, quirky characters, a ghost, and a sassy, savvy private investigator who is one part Kinsey Millhone and one part Melanie Smooter (Sweet Home Alabama). I couldn't put it down. Highly recomended.

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2013

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    Plot spoilers should be banned and fined. Why do they have to ruin books by giving away every detail, then bragging about getting the book for free? Ok. You got the book for free, why ruin it for the rest of us who may eant to buy it. Now we cant buy it because you ruined it. Thanks a lot....insert heavy sarcadm here.

    5 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 8, 2012

    Y'ALL. There's a reason this book won a Daphne -- several reason

    Y'ALL. There's a reason this book won a Daphne -- several reasons, actually. If you like fantastic, funny mysteries with a great cast of very real characters, then hightail it right now to order a copy of LOWCOUNTRY BOIL.

    Liz Talbot is a heroine after my own heart: a smartassed PI who doesn't know how to listen to her well-meaning and over-protective big brother and has a healthy helping of hunky guys hanging around, plus a dog named Rhett, and affinities for the beach and Kenny Chesney. Oh, and a mamma who owns a cast iron skillet, makes mean deviled eggs, and loves Estee Lauder lipstick. Let's just say I identified.

    This one is a keeper. Full of mystery, fun, food, and several twists that I never saw coming, it's the kind of book that compels you to read it in a single sitting. Witness, I am still in my PJs at 2:30 on Saturday afternoon, and that horrific grumbling is my stomach complaining that I've eaten nothing today because I was so engrossed in the goings-on in Stella Maris (which, by the by, I am so sad isn't an actual place, because I want to go there).

    I'm off to make some chicken salad. You should be off to pre-order this book. In the interest of full disclosure, I read a pre-publication advance copy, but was under no obligation to review it or say nice things about it. It is an amazing read, though, and it'll be out in just 10 days, so go reserve yours. You can thank me in 11 days.

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 16, 2012

    Fun, small-town mystery. This female PI is capable and smart--no

    Fun, small-town mystery. This female PI is capable and smart--not just cute and stumbling into clues. Fast paced. Never saw the ending coming.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2013

    Good mystery,

    With a touch of paranormal, funny and witty. Could not put down.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 14, 2013

    a fun read

    This is a good cozy mystery and a fun book to read. I will be looking for book # 2.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2013

    Not bad for a debut. But lots of inconsistencies and credulity-s

    Not bad for a debut. But lots of inconsistencies and credulity-straining assumptions. Likeable main character and well-drawn setting.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2013

    Print hard to read - no margins. Story rambles. Didn't even fin

    Print hard to read - no margins. Story rambles. Didn't even finish

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2013

    A Fun read.

    It is a fun read but it wasn't particularly memorable. In fact I'm into another series of books and had to reread the overview to remember the characters and the plot. I enjoyed the story when reading it but it was soon forgotten.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 13, 2013

    South Carolina cozy at it's best. Liz Talbot is a modern girl in

    South Carolina cozy at it's best. Liz Talbot is a modern girl in a truly traditional family.  Her grandmother is a southern belle who throws great themed parties.  Her brother is the protective policeman brother.  Her sister has a heart for the underdog and needy kids. Her Dad heads the family , with his sidekick dog.  And her Mom's famous last words are always---"put on a little lipstick before you go out!".  But Liz is a gutsy PI, with her trusty Sig gun at hand, running on the beach, through neighborhoods and climbing trees whenever she wants to see what she wants to see, and refusing to stay "safely at home" when she "needs" to investigate things. 




    Liz has been working away from her hometown, with her partner, Nate, until she hears that her grandmother's death was NOT an accident, but a murder. At the reading of the will, she finds herself the sole owner of her grandmother's home and acres of virgin South Carolina coastal island lands, much to the chagrin of her cousin, who has grand plans for development of those lands. 




    A long dead best friend returns in Liz's life as her 'spirit guide'.  No one else can see or hear Colleen, whose 'job' is to protect the island.  Colleen's sister is in danger too, so Liz finds herself getting into lots of danger, with bad guys, and with avoiding her policeman brother.  Lots of thrills and chills, with fun and sassy heroine!!

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 12, 2012

    more from this reviewer

    Lowcountry Boil By: Susan M. Boyer Copyrite September 18,2012

    Lowcountry Boil

    By: Susan M. Boyer

    Copyrite September 18,2012

    Publisher: Henerey Press



    Private Investigator Liz Talbot is a modern Southern belle: she blesses hearts and takes names. She carries her Sig 9 in her Kate Spade handbag, and her golden retriever, Rhett, rides shotgun in her hybrid Escape. When her grandmother is murdered, Liz high-tails it back to her South Carolina island home to find the killer. She’s fit to be tied when her police-chief brother shuts her out of the investigation, so she opens her own. Then her long-dead best friend pops in and things really get complicated. When more folks start turning up dead in this small seaside town, Liz must use more than just her wits and charm to keep her family safe, chase down clues from the hereafter, and catch a psychopath before he catches her.



    This is the first book in a new series by Susan M. Boyer… If you’re a fan of Dame Agatha Christie you will love this book. The number of players, suspects, second string players and assorted family members who take part in this performance will boggle your mind.

    Thankfully we the readers are supplied with a list of the cast and their positions. I love the location for this murder, and Liz Talbot our lead heroine is a woman who has faced some real adversity and moved on to create a career for herself that is perfect for what is about to happen.

    Liz is dragged home by the death of her beloved grandmother. Her sister Merci feeds her what turns out to be a totally fabricated scenario which forces Liz (now the owner of her grandmother’s house and land)to take a roll in the management of the town and island. As the bodies start to stack up, Liz has to puzzle it all out, and her help comes from a surprising source.. The spirit of her best friend from childhood.

    If I’ve made you half as dizzy as this book made me, then I’ve done my job. This book is going to keep you up late at night as you turn page after page to reach the surprising conclusion.



    FTC Full Disclosure: I received this book from the publisher who only asked for a fair and impartial review.

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2014

    Fair

    It was a good book. I did not like the end as too many issues left unresolved. It ended to abruptly . I will read the others in the series.

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  • Posted May 23, 2014

    Quick read -

    Good read, interesting and humorous at the same time. I'm reading her second book in the series now.

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  • Posted May 20, 2014

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    If you like your mysteries with a side helping of Southern sass,

    If you like your mysteries with a side helping of Southern sass, Lowcountry Boil by Susan M. Boyer is a fun read!
    Set in the Charleston SC area, this story is like a tall glass of sweet tea on a hot summer day. Smooth and satisfying!
    I liked it so much, I purchased the second in the series before I even finished the first book. 
    Warning, there are a couple 'bad word' moments in this book, so if that upsets your sensibilities, you might wanna think twice,
    but those are random (and necessary to the plot IMO) so it ain't exactly Miss Marple, but it is a very fun read!

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  • Posted May 12, 2014

    A Southern treat

    I love the Low Country and felt the author portrayed it well. I thought it was a well rounded murder mystery.

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  • Posted April 23, 2014

    I really enjoyed this book. I liked the pairing of romance, come

    I really enjoyed this book. I liked the pairing of romance, comedy, mystery and a little bit of paranormal.  Have also read Lowcountry Bombshell and recommend the series. Looking forward to the next one!

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  • Posted April 11, 2014

    Thoroughly enjoyed this book. 

    Thoroughly enjoyed this book. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2014

    Suck

    Hhw

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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