Lowcountry Bordello: A Liz Talbot Mystery

Lowcountry Bordello: A Liz Talbot Mystery

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by Susan M. Boyer

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"The authentically Southern Boyer writes with heart, insight, and a deep understanding of human nature." - Hank Phillippi Ryan, Agatha Award-Winning Author of What You See

"Boyer deftly shapes characters with just enough idiosyncrasies without succumbing to cliches while infusing her lighthearted plot



"The authentically Southern Boyer writes with heart, insight, and a deep understanding of human nature." - Hank Phillippi Ryan, Agatha Award-Winning Author of What You See

"Boyer deftly shapes characters with just enough idiosyncrasies without succumbing to cliches while infusing her lighthearted plot with an insightful look at families." - Oline Cogdill, South Florida Sun Sentinel

"Southern family eccentricities and manners, a very strongly plotted mystery, and a heroine who must balance her nuptials with a murder investigation ensure that readers will be vastly entertained by this funny and compelling mystery." - Kings River Life Magazine

"An exciting, humorous mystery...authentically Southern. I absolutely love reading about my hometown and have been known to go check out a location to see if she got it right-she always does!" - Martha Thomas Rudisill, Artist and 11th Generation Charlestonian

"I'd read anything from this author-she is a terrific writer and her humor is so unexpected it makes me laugh out loud...This is such a great book I wish I could've stretched it out longer. I can't wait for the next one." - My Five Star Book Series

"The quirky characters and their quintessentially Southern names, and the intricacies of detective work are written in such detail that you disappear into the narrative without once being rudely awakened by awkward writing, contrived situations or inconsistencies. It is as if this is your hometown, and you are the detective. In short, I enjoyed every word of this book." - Librarian at Jefferson-Madison Regional Library System

"Fun and filled with the beauty of the Lowcountry. This is one of my favorite series." - For the Love of Books

The Charleston streets are dressed for the holidays in sophisticated Southern style: topiaries adorned with red ribbons, garland entwined with white lights, and poinsettias potted in gold planters. The high class bordello in a stately historic home is certainly no exception. When Private Investigator Liz Talbot's dear friend Olivia swears she saw a dead body in the parlor of this bordello, one Olivia accidentally co-owns, Liz promptly comes to her aid.

With her wedding back home on Stella Maris less than a week away, Liz must juggle one elderly madam, two ex and future in-laws, three ghosts in the bordello, four giddy bridesmaids, five lovely courtesans, six suspicious patrons...and a partridge in a pear tree as she tries to keep her bridesmaid out of jail and live to walk down the aisle.

Related subjects include: women sleuths, private investigator mystery series, cozy mysteries, murder mysteries, whodunit mysteries (whodunnit), book club recommendations, Southern fiction, Southern humor, Southern living.

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

Author Bio:

Susan M. Boyer is the author of the USA TODAY bestselling Liz Talbot mystery series. Her debut novel, Lowcountry Boil, won the 2012 Agatha Award for Best First Novel, the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense, and garnered several other award nominations, including the Macavity. Lowcountry Boneyard, the third Liz Talbot mystery, was a Spring 2015 Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance Okra Pick.

Susan loves beaches, Southern food, and small towns where everyone knows everyone, and everyone has crazy relatives. You'll find all of the above in her novels. She lives in Greenville, SC, with her husband and an inordinate number of houseplants. Visit her at susanmboyerbooks.com.

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A Liz Talbot Mystery Series , #4
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Lowcountry Bordello: A Liz Talbot Mystery 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have loved all of her books. Great writer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Liz Talbot of Low Country Bordello is a cozy mystery heroine you can cheer on! She's capable, determined and savvy and she always gets her guy both good and bad. Just a few days before her Christmas wedding, Liz receives a desperate call from her friend who thinks she killed her husband. The plot twists and turns with mistaken identities, secrets and the earthbound spirit of a high class call girl in a seemingly genteel bordello. Liz is guided by her best childhood friend who died when they were kids. Their conversations add humor and complications for Liz who can't reveal she sees her for fear their connection will be severed. This is the first book I've read in Susan M. Boyer's private investigator mystery series set in Savanah, Georgia. While this is the fourth installment, I can't wait to catch up on the first three mysteries to see what happened to her colorful cast of family, friends and her sexy fiance. If you're looking for a swift paced, cozy mystery weelend read, Low Country Bordello is a great pick! I received a review copy from the author.
Fredreeca2001 More than 1 year ago
I admit, I have only read one of these books in the series. I am behind!!! After reading this one, I must go back and pick up the others. This is such a cute, quirky mystery. Liz is a private eye. Her best friend calls her in a panic. She thinks she has seen a body in her Aunt’s home. When she goes back…the body is gone!! Liz finds herself in a neat, little murder mystery surrounded by the ladies of a private bordello. I love that this book is set in Charleston. I felt like I was walking the streets myself. Liz is a wonderful character and her friend, Olivia keep this mysterious tale hopping right along. Between dead bodies and ladies of the night, you never know what to expect next. Being from the south, parts of this novel had me rolling on the floor laughing. The author hit the nail on the head when it comes to some of the southern ways. An adorable read…not to be missed! I received this novel from the author for a honest review.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
Lowcountry Bordello by Susan M. Boyer is the fourth book in the Liz Talbot Mystery series. Liz Talbot and Nate Andrews are getting married on Christmas. They are working to finish up their last case so they can enjoy the days leading up to their wedding. Then Liz receives a call from Robert Pearson. He is a local attorney on Stella Maris (an island near Charleston, South Carolina). Robert wants to hire Liz to follow his wife, Olivia (who is Liz’ best friend and a bridesmaid). Robert says that Olivia has been acting strange lately. Liz refuses the job. Then that evening Liz receives a frantic call from Olivia. Olivia insists that Robert is dead inside a house Olivia co-owns with her Aunt Dean (Willadean Beauthorpe). Liz rushes to Olivia (takes about an hour since she has to take the ferry to the mainland) and they enter the house. There is no dead body. When Liz calls Robert, he is very much alive. Did Olivia really see a dead body? Olivia refuses to call the police. The house is a secret among the rich men in the community. Originally, Aunt Dean and her deceased sister rented out rooms in the house to college girls. They needed the money to keep the house. But then the men started keeping their “nieces” (aka mistresses) in the rooms (and the men can visit them discreetly). Liz and her fiancé, Nate believe that Liz might have imagined the dead man until a dead body is found in a nearby park the next day. Thurston Middleton is a local real estate developer and was getting ready to enter the political arena. Thurston looks a lot like Olivia’s husband Robert (explains why Olivia mistook him in the dark room). Who killed Thurston? Was he killed in the house (If so, then who moved the body)? What was Thurston doing in the house? Liz and Nate agree to investigate (and then they can turn it over to the police). Can they finish in time for the wedding? Lowcountry Bordello was delightful to read. It is the fourth book in the series, but it can be enjoyed without have read the other books in the series (though you will want to read them). It is told from Liz’ point-of-view. I normally do not enjoy books written in the first person, but I felt it suited this book. It had just the right blend of romance, humor (there is a very funny scene near the end that will have you laughing out loud), and mystery. In addition, there is a fun paranormal element in the form of a ghost. Colleen is a deceased friend of Liz’. She protects Stella Maris and Liz. The mystery was very good (nice and complicated). It was not an easy mystery to figure out. There is a sweet ending with a lovely Christmas wedding. I liked the author’s nice conversational type writing style. It makes for an easy to read book. I just wish that there had been more clues. We get a lot of information and suspects, but not real clues that can help the reader figure out the mystery. The book also felt a little rushed. Everything was crunched into just four days. There is a lot going on in the book. There are the preparations for the wedding, the murder mystery, Christmas, and much more. I wish it had been spaced out a little more over a couple of weeks instead of days (leaves a person feeling a little anxious). I liked the paranormal element, but I felt there was not enough of it. I wanted more (I liked what there was though). I give Lowcountry Bordello 4 out of 5 stars. I received a complimentary copy from NetGalley.
JerseyGirlBookReviews More than 1 year ago
In the fourth book of the Liz Talbot Mystery series, Lowcountry Bordello, the reader catches up with P.I. Liz Talbot's latest investigative adventures. Author Susan M. Boyer weaves an entertaining Southern cozy mystery set in Charleston and the lowcountry island town of Stella Maris, South Carolina, that follows the adventures of Liz Talbot and partner/fiance Nate Andrews as they investigate the suspicious activities that are going on at Liz's friend Olivia Pearson and Aunt Dean Beauthorpe's high class bordello. Written in the first person narrative, Liz's sassy wit and southern charm keeps the reader engaged as she tries to fill in the pieces of the puzzle of what kind of illicit activities goes on behind the stately doors of the bordello's occupants and their wealthy patrons, while also trying to finish getting ready for her Christmas wedding to Nate that is in five days! This fun cozy mystery is full of intriguing twists and turns that will keep the reader guessing. It has a paranormal twist in the form of Colleen, Liz's ghostly best friend, who is Stella Maris' resident guardian spirit, who also helps Liz with her investigations. And if that isn't enough to draw you into the story, the reader gets up-to-date on Liz and Nate's relationship, and their determination to put the bordello case's distraction behind them as quickly as they can as they make a mad dash to their wedding day. With a quirky cast of characters whose witty dialogue will keep you stitches, and a fast paced Southern cozy mystery guaranteed to make you want some sweet tea and hushpuppies, Lowcountry Bordello is an enchanting tale that will leave you wanting more of Liz's adventures! Lowcountry Bordello is the fourth book in the Liz Talbot Mystery series. While the books can be a stand alone read, I would recommend that the series be read in sequential order, as the stories easily flows from one book to next with new mystery adventures for our sassy Southern P.I. Liz Talbot. Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher in exchange for my honest review.
Meemo_B More than 1 year ago
Advance copy provided by Netgalley for an unbiased review. I continue to enjoy the Liz Talbot series. Susan Boyer does a wonderful job of plopping us into Charleston and the fictional island of Stella Maris. This time around, Liz has a lot on her plate between Christmas, her wedding, and of course a mystery to solve. As usual, there are interesting characters, fun family members, and excellent descriptions that make you want to head straight for the Lowcountry. I’m looking forward to the further adventures of Liz, Nate, and the rest of the Lowcountry crew.
weluvdopey More than 1 year ago
Great Series! This is a great book; this is the fourth book in the Liz Talbot Mystery series by Susan Boyer. These books keep getting better and better. This book can be read as a standalone since each book is a different mystery. However, once you read one you will want to go back and read the other books in this series. Liz Talbot, is a private investigator, she is trying to get ready for her wedding which is in five days. When one of her best friends Olivia calls her upset she drops everything to help her. She finds out that Olivia is part owner of a high class bordello and has found a dead body. When Liz gets there the body is gone. Now it is up to Liz and her fiancé to find out what is going on before their wedding. If you are looking for a great mystery with humor, which will keep you reading way past your bed time then you need to read this book. I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series. A Review copy was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. The free book held no determination on my personal review.
Deb-Krenzer More than 1 year ago
Liz Talbot is getting married! Then with just days before her wedding, she takes on a case involving one of her bridesmaids. Her sweet southern country belle Mamma is not happy about this AT ALL! This case has her casing a "bordello". Her first visit into the house, she's been told there is a dead body, however, she finds nothing there. Her bridesmaid is sure there is a body and ultimately ends up spending the day of the wedding rehearsal dinner in jail for murder. This little madcap mystery with all its little quirky characters makes for a very fun and enjoyable read. Of course, the wedding is one you will never forget as the case is finally solved as the bride is about to walk down the aisle. This series is very entertaining and little ole country belle Liz Talbot with her ghost of a high school friend who died will definitely make you chuckle. Thanks Henery Press and Net Galley for providing me with this free e-galley in exchange for an honest review.
Jarina More than 1 year ago
Lowcountry Bordello is the fourth book in the Liz Talbot Mystery series by Susan M. Boyer. While each novel is a stand alone with little recap, I am a fan and have read each so as not to miss a delectable mystery morsel. It is just a few days before Liz Talbot's marriage to PI partner Nate Andrews when she receives a call from fellow Stella Maris council member and attorney Robert Pearson. Robert is concerned with the odd actions of his wife. Olivia, one of Liz's oldest friends. He wants to engage Liz to follow Olivia and determine what is happening, but Liz declines, that is until she receives a frantic call from Olivia later that day begging Liz to come quickly to Charleston as she thinks Robert is dead. When Liz arrives, the body has disappeared, there is no sign of a crime, and the mystery begins. Robert proves to be alive and well and Liz and Nate sign on to find out what is going on. They pull out all the stops, using their wealth of technology to determine what is going on at Olivia's Aunt Willowdean's Charleston home. And what is going on seems to be steeped in dark secrets. There are dead bodies, kept women, blackmail, and behind closed doors secrets that are hard to imagine. As Liz and Nate work behind the scenes, anonymous tips are made to Charleston detective Sonny Ravenel, who is working to discover the motive and murderer of the politician's body found in the park. Once again Susan M. Boyer has woven a wonderful mystery with Charleston and barrier island settings. The clues are many, the possibilities varied, and the surprises one after another. In working to solve this case before their wedding, protect the ladies of the house, and juggle family commitments, Liz and Nate come to their wedding day and one more dilemma to deal with. This is another wonderful mystery in this series and I highly recommend it. I also suggest visiting Ms. Boyer's well developed website for character information and a wonderful map of her imagined Stella Maris island. It is unlike any other author website I have seen
TessT More than 1 year ago
Liz Talbot is back, as smart, sassy and as funny as ever. This is the 4th book in Susan Boyer's series. This book is as good as, if not better than the previous 3. Recently a little chick let it out that Susan has been signed for more books for Henery Press. Congratulations Susan, I look forward to more of Liz's antics. FTC Full Disclosure - A copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.
Anonymous 12 months ago
Too much Southern long past mannerisms. Good story, tho