Board Stiff (Elliott Lisbon Series #1)

Board Stiff (Elliott Lisbon Series #1)

by Kendel Lynn
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Board Stiff (Elliott Lisbon Series #1) by Kendel Lynn

*** 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...

Product Details

BN ID: 2940016667164
Publisher: Henery Press
Publication date: 04/26/2013
Series: An Elliott Lisbon Mystery , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 276
Sales rank: 43,417
File size: 445 KB

About 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 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 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 10 months ago
Good characters. Good mystery. Worth reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A twist that wasn't predictable. A fresh perspective
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really like the characters and the way she works the Leland life into the story
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Pretty boring. I don't usually pay for an unfamiliar author. Now I remember why
Anonymous More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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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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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