Lowcountry Boil: A Liz Talbot Mystery
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Lowcountry Boil: A Liz Talbot Mystery

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by Susan M. Boyer
     
 

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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

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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.

"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

"Imaginative, empathetic, genuine, and fun, Lowcountry Boil is a lowcountry delight." -- Carolyn Hart, Author of What the Cat Saw (October 2013)

"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

"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!" -- Cathy Pickens, Author of the Southern Fried Mysteries and Charleston Mysteries

"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

"Lowcountry Boil bubbles with all the ingredients of a great Southern mystery: A feisty firecracker of a main character, a magnolia-scented atmosphere, and pages full of simmering suspense and intrigue." -- Karin Gillespie, Bestselling Author of The Sweet Potato Queens' First Big-Ass Novel (with Jill Conner Browne) and the Bottom Dollar Girls series

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
When PI Liz Talbot learns that her grandmother has been murdered at her South Carolina island home, she returns to Stella Maris, where she will stay until she can help solve the shocking homicide. Two other factors sway this decision: the ghost of her late best friend from high school is talking to her, and she inherited Gram's house. Her big brother, Blake, who is also chief of police, doesn't want her meddling—as if his hardheaded sister is giving him a choice. Plenty of secrets, long-simmering feuds, and greedy ventures make for a captivating read. VERDICT Boyer's chick lit PI debut charmingly showcases South Carolina island culture. Her light paranormal garnered nominations for the 2012 RITA Golden Heart Award and the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense. A nice pairing with Sue Ann Jaffarian's "Ghost of Granny Apples" series.
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 - 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."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781938383045
Publisher:
Henery Press
Publication date:
09/01/2012
Series:
A Liz Talbot Mystery Series, #1
Pages:
316
Sales rank:
74,737
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

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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Lowcountry Boil: A Liz Talbot Mystery 4.1 out of 5 based on 2 ratings. 112 reviews.
RisWrites More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Claudibelle More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
With a touch of paranormal, funny and witty. Could not put down.
ILoveaMystery More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not bad for a debut. But lots of inconsistencies and credulity-straining assumptions. Likeable main character and well-drawn setting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Print hard to read - no margins. Story rambles. Didn't even finish
BJ-Reader More than 1 year ago
This is a good cozy mystery and a fun book to read. I will be looking for book # 2.
Wyeth_Vendue More than 1 year ago
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.
GratefulGrandma 15 days ago
This was a great mystery, with wonderful characters and a dash of humour thrown in. Private Investigator Liz Talbot is living off island in Greenville South Carolina working with the brother of her ex-husband, Nate. They run their own Private Investigating firm. Liz gets two messages, one from the ghost of her best friend to "come home" to the island (Stella Maris) and the second from her brother Blake, the sheriff on Stella Maris, that her beloved gram has died. She decides it is time to go home, puts her condo up for sale, packs up and heads back to Stella Maris. Once there, it is determined that her gram was killed and Liz, in direct opposition to what she is told by her brother, begins to investigate. She also finds out that she has inherited her gram's property and it is her job to protect it from development. The families on Stella Maris have been there for years and we begin to meet some of them and learn about their secrets and relationships. Not only does Liz's ex-husband show up, but we meet the "love of her life" Michael Sullivan, who married her cousin. There is also a strong pull with her partner Nate. I hope there is more development there in future books. Liz's mom is a hoot, there is nothing that will make a situation better or make someone feel better than having fresh lipstick. She is a southern lady after all. I love that Liz is a licensed PI who carries, her friend Sig is usually at her side. She is not just nosy, but has access to data bases etc. that help her gather information to solve the situation. She has excellent observation skills and a knack for being in the right place at the right time, okay maybe her sidekick, Colleen the ghost, helps her out there. This is a fun read that weaves the life of the Stella Maris islanders into an interesting story. I am definitely going to check out the next one in the series, in fact, it is already on my Kobo reading app. If you are a cozy mystery fan and have not checked out this book, I recommend you do so.
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Twisted I want her to take nate Bingaux
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JBJAX More than 1 year ago
I am constantly trying new authors and I thoroughly enjoyed Susan M. Boyer's writing in this book! It was a fun read, with great characters! At this writing I have read the series and I'm waiting for the next one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed every single minute as I did with Low Country Bombshell. South Carolina is one of my favorite places so needless to say both of these books were a great read for me.I plan on reading the next one very soon.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book. Liz, her family and friends can visit me any time. I will defnitely be visiting her again...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I now have read all 3 of Susan Boyes Lowcountry books and have enjoyed all of them. I like reading about such an interesting place. Amazing how many mysteries happen in small towns.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The reason I chose this book to read is because I like all things about "The Lowcountry". I had never heard of Susan Boyer so I didn't know what to expect. I loved the theme and the plot of this book. The main character Liz Talbot was well developed. It was one of those books that stayed with me well after I had finished it. Can't wait to read the next one in the series.
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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.
supporteria More than 1 year ago
Good read, interesting and humorous at the same time. I'm reading her second book in the series now.
knittygritty More than 1 year ago
I love the Low Country and felt the author portrayed it well. I thought it was a well rounded murder mystery.