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“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
Winner of the 2012 Agatha Award for Best First Novel
Posted September 5, 2012
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.
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Posted September 4, 2012
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.
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Posted September 3, 2012
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.
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Posted June 25, 2013
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.
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Posted September 8, 2012
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.
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Posted September 16, 2012
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.
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Posted July 4, 2013
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Posted October 4, 2013
Not bad for a debut. But lots of inconsistencies and credulity-straining assumptions. Likeable main character and well-drawn setting.
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Posted July 30, 2013
Posted July 22, 2013
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.
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Posted March 13, 2013
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!!
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Posted September 12, 2012
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.
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Posted May 26, 2014
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Posted May 20, 2014
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!
Posted May 12, 2014
Posted April 23, 2014
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!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 11, 2014
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