USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR and AGATHA AWARD-WINNING SERIES
"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.
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Books in the Liz Talbot Mystery Series:
• LOWCOUNTRY BOIL (#1)
• LOWCOUNTRY BOMBSHELL (#2)
• LOWCOUNTRY BONEYARD (#3)
• LOWCOUNTRY BORDELLO (#4)
Part of the Henery Press Mystery Series Collection, if you like one, you'll probably like them all...
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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The plot certainly keeps your interest. The relationships of the main and supporting characters feel realistic. A mystery with a bit of fun.
I am really enjoying this series. Liz and Nate are finally getting married. It is going to be a Christmas wedding and they are finishing up their last case before the big event when Liz gets a call from Olivia. When Olivia, in tears, says she needs Liz right away, she heads off to Charleston to see what is the matter. Arriving at Olivia's great aunt Dean's house, she is told that Olivia's husband is dead inside the house. When they enter, there is no body, no blood and the room is fine. Is Olivia going crazy or is there a mystery here. Liz is smart, dedicated, and funny, even while dealing with her uptight wedding planner, her mother and trying to help Olivia out. The house is a high-end bordello and it turns out that Olivia is a half owner. Nate is very present in this book and it is nice to see him play such a huge part. Nate is a true partner in the story, both in the business and as a support to Liz as her future husband. The wedding plans kept interrupting the investigation which reminded us that Liz and Nate are working hard to have somewhat of a normal life. Once again her family are there to support and help her wherever they can. Sonny, her contact in the Charleston PD showed another side as well. He got quite upset with Liz and went behind her at one point. Nice to see he is not a total pushover. The murder mystery was cleverly plotted, as were how the bordello was started and how it was run by the great aunt. It was an interesting premise based on how expensive these older homes are to maintain. The ending was fantastic. It was totally plausible and the facts in the story backed it up, but did not totally give it away while reading. It is nice that she is able to pull off the supernatural bits with Colleen's presence. I love that Liz is finally going to be able to tell Nate about her spirit friend. Another wonderful addition to the Liz Talbot Mystery Series. I am ready to start on the next one.