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Lowcountry Boil (Liz Talbot Mysteries #1)

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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 ...more
Paperback, 408 pages
Published September 18th 2012 by Henery Press (first published September 13th 2012)
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Susan Boyer Hi! This is a great question, and one that I've received once before via email. The answer is alluded to in the book, but perhaps not spelled out in…moreHi! This is a great question, and one that I've received once before via email. The answer is alluded to in the book, but perhaps not spelled out in detail, at least in this context. Emma Rae Talbot married very young--at age eighteen--and began having children almost immediately. Stuart Devlin, who was the same age, didn't marry until eight years later, when he was twenty-six. Then he and his wife waited ten more years before having their oldest child. Stuart was forty-one when Michael was born. By that time, Emma Rae's oldest child, Frank had one child of his own, Blake, and would have Liz not much more than a year later. Thank you so much for reading! Susan M. Boyer(less)

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Carmen
Apr 17, 2014 Carmen rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Mystery fans
RE-READ: 06/12/2015
My thoughts are pretty much the same. I was so impressed with Liz's strength (emotional strength) when she (view spoiler) Wow, way to be a strong woman who makes smart decisions! <3
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This book starts with Liz and Nate, private investigators, watching a rabbit. The rabbit starts to run. They chase him. He pulls a gun on them saying, "I'm not giving that bitch a dime."

A page later, we
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Cynthia D'Alba
Sep 25, 2012 Cynthia D'Alba rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this book to be a totally charming read. The author’s voice and writing style are cozy-mystery in tone but the protagonist here is a professional private investigator (as opposed to a nosey heroine we find in so many cozies!)

The story opens with Liz coming home for her grandmother’s funeral, only to learn from her brother, the local chief of police, that the death is far from natural. She also discovers that her grandmother has bequeath her house to Liz. Liz’s first inclination is to so
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LynDee
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, run -- don't walk -- to the nearest bookstore or amazon link and order a copy of LOWCOUNTRY BOIL.

I admit, I completely felt like Susan M. Boyer wrote a mystery just for little ol' me. The heroine is 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 han
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Rebecca
Sep 17, 2012 Rebecca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I really enjoyed this book! I did not know what to expect when I started reading it, but it was really well written, and funny!
Larissa Reinhart
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
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Jonathan
Absolutely excellent debut. I loved all the characters and the author did a wonderful job. Highly recommend, and I can guarantee that I'll be reading the next one.
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
Private Investigator Liz Talbot, along with her business partner, Nate Andrews owns a small private investigation firm in Greenville, South Carolina. Then life takes a drastic turn for Liz.

First Liz receives an urgent message from her best friend from High School days, Colleen. Colleen says, "Liz, Come home." Now that may not sound critical but when you realize that Colleen died during their Junior year in school...well. Liz accepts this message in stride as haunts are accepted in her life on th
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Terri Austin
When Liz Talbot goes home to Stella Maris for her grandmother's funeral, she never expected to stay. But that's exactly what happens when she discovers that her grandmother's tragic fall isn't what it seems. So now Liz is determined to learn the truth about her grandmother's death, but she has a proper Southern mama to contend with, Merry, her do-gooder sister who wants to change things up in Stella Maris,her brother, Blake, the Police Chief who resents Liz's interference, and the one that got a ...more
Kim Boykin
Looking for a sassy Southern read? LOWCOUNTRY BOIL, Susan Boyer's debut novel,is a fast paced heart-warming whodunit with a slew of colorful characters. In protagonist Liz Talbot, Boyer has created an independent kick butt woman who isn't afraid of anything, not even the truth behind her grandmother's murder.

Diana Febry
Oct 07, 2012 Diana Febry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Liz Talbot returns home to bury her Grand-mother following an accident, but stays to unravel the mystery of her murder. To solve the mystery she also has to confront the issues that caused her to leave.
This book had one of the best operning chapters I've read for a while, a fast paced introduction,instantly drawing me in and setting the tone of the story. The pace was maintained through the first half of the book. Liz was a well-drawn interesting character, with a lot of issues and contradiction
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Lynn Farris
Sep 12, 2012 Lynn Farris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While Susan M. Boyer has been writing her whole life, “Lowcountry Boil” is her first full-length mystery novel. It is a 2012 Golden Heart Finalist and was nominated for a Daphne du Maurier Award. This is the third book published by Henery Press and so far all three books have been terrific.

As the story opens, Liz Talbot’s grandmother is murdered and Liz, who runs a private investigation business, returns to her South Carolina island home of Stella Maris to help investigate. Stella Maris is a sma
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Donnell Bell
Aug 12, 2012 Donnell Bell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was given an advanced read of Low Country Boil. Susan Boyer writes Southern. She does it with a charm and an ability to place the reader there. Her southern Charm shines through as well as her impeccable writing. Note: She recently won the first place in MAINSTREAM of the 2012 Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery Suspense. To win this category requires a near perfect manuscript. I couldn't agree more. Expect great reads from this author.
Kendel Lynn
A Southern Mystery to be Savored! This traditional PI whodunit is like Southern charm, it slowly weaves a spell around you and before you know it, you’re sipping tea on someone’s beachfront porch. Susan M. Boyer does a lovely (and smart) job creating a truly engaging mystery while embodying the finer elements of Southern fiction. If you’ve got a book club in search of a mystery, then this is your book.
David Caldwell
I won a copy on Goodreads Firstreads.

I love southern mysteries.The closer to where I live,the better I like them.Unfortunately a lot of them are written by people who either live somewhere else or only live in the area part of the time. So this means, there are always those little pieces that just don't ring true.Thankfully not only is this book about areas I know and love (even though Stella Maris is fictional), but they are by an author from the area.She adds that special touch that makes the
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Nora-adrienne
Sep 09, 2012 Nora-adrienne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal-cozy
Lowcountry Boil
By: Susan M. Boyer
Copyrite September 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
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Bstrother4180charter.net
A reader's delight! The first line of Lowcountry Boil --The dead are patient.-- had me hooked from the get-go. Full of uniquely 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 unforge
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Gretchen Archer
A Delicious Read.
I gained ten pounds reading Lowcountry Boil. Southerners don’t skip meals, and they don’t miss a trick, especially private investigator Liz Talbot. With a setting so perfectly drawn out you’ll feel you’re there, this read will have you tasting every deep-fried bite and intimately knowing everyone on the island paradise of Stella Maris, South Carolina. Lowcountry Boil has it all: guardian spirits, brotherly and not-so-brotherly love, murder, skinny dipping, a hit man, Scarlett-wo
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James Jackson
May 11, 2013 James Jackson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Much has already been written about this finely crafted mystery by Susan M. Boyer, so I'll just add a few observations.

Boyer has invented a fully-formed fictional island culture on the South Carolina coast. With the detailed descriptions you would swear you could drive to Charleston, take a ferry and come upon this wonderful world and be able to walk and drive its streets. I'm a fan of that kind of creation, but if you aren't someone willing to invest time with a whole island-full of characters,
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John Carenen
Susan Boyer's protagonist in Lowcountry Boil, Liz Talbot, carries lipstick and a handgun in her purse. She chases bad guys, weird guys, people who are not nice. She's a private detective in Greenville, South Carolina, and when she learns that her grandmother in the lowcountry on the coast has died, she rushes "home" to Stella Maris, an island where she grew up, and where her family still lives - all of them - and not a boring individual in the bunch. But then she learns that her grandmother was ...more
Melissa Levine
I really liked this book, I won it through the Goodreads giveaway. Once I started, it was really hard to put down. I ended up reading it within a day of course. The fact that the reader was pretty much guessing as to who killed who was nice too. A lot of times, when I read a mystery type book, by the middle, if not sooner I know who the killer is. But Lowcountry Boil was a complete mystery, at least to me. The reason I didn't give it 5 stars was because of the ending. I just didn't like how the ...more
Edel
Oct 15, 2012 Edel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This Cosy mystery is set in a small seaside town where our main character's grandmother has just died.Liz Talbot is the heroine of the story and she is a feisty but kind character who is determined to put the pieces together in the mystery she has found herself in while her dog Rhett comes along for the ride. .Suspicious deaths, ghosts, possibly a murderer are just a few things that will keep you on your toes while reading this. I was not able to guess the outcome of the book which is always goo ...more
Judy
Oct 31, 2012 Judy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
From the sweet smile on the author's face, you'd never suspect her as a writer of murder. This is a story of love gone wrong in so many ways, of obsession, love long awaited, a proposal. Romantic as that sounds, Boyer throws in a hit man, a spunky 17-year-old invisible being (who wears clothes), politics and greed to mix things up.
Susan would have her reader enjoy a visit to Stella Maris where people aren't quite what they appear to be. The author clearly identifies with her Southern PI sleuth.
I
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Polly
Mar 29, 2013 Polly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Susan Boyer's debut mystery is a terrific start to her series. Private investigator Liz Talbot is a likeable protagonist, and the setting made me long for the coast of South Carolina. The addition of her long-dead friend as sidekick takes this book out of the ordinary. Liz's police chief brother and her business partner will be back in the following books, I presume, and they make a great addition to the cast of characters. I assume Liz's sleazy ex-husband will be back too. Very enjoyable and hi ...more
Debra Goldstein
Jun 02, 2013 Debra Goldstein rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Maybe by Goodreads this isn't Amazing like To Kill a Mockingbird, but it certainly was a fun read that already has me anticipating more Liz Talbot adventures. The combination of a modern Southern belle who carries her Sig 9 a Kate Spade handbag whose sleuthing is helped by her long-dead best friend makes for a genuinely enjoyable read. There is a good reason this book won an Agatha and a Golden heart.
Rowena
If Stephanie Plum were Southern, an actual private investigator, and had an open mind to the supernatural, she would be best friends with Liz Talbot. I thoroughly enjoyed every page of Boyer's Lowcountry Boil and could not get enough of the rich characters and southern setting. Bring on the next in the series, please!
Sarah
Oct 10, 2012 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this cozy mystery. Loved it. Great setting, great characters. The main character, Liz, is a smart detective and while she is a private detective who takes on more than she might should, she's good at sleuthing and doesn't do 'stupid' things like I read in other cozy mysteries. Loved it and can't wait for the next one!
Melinda Walker
Nov 18, 2012 Melinda Walker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: southern-fiction
This book will remind you of Mary Kay Andrews' style. I love the wonderful sea island atmosphere & smart, sassy Liz Talbot. The mystery element kept me turning pages until the end.
Marlene
May 19, 2015 Marlene rated it it was amazing
Originally published at Reading Reality

I picked up Lowcountry Boil (and Lowcountry Bombshell) because I’m reading the third book in the series, Lowcountry Boneyard, next week for a tour. I picked the tour because I enjoy books that are set in or near places where I live, and the Carolina Lowcountry isn’t all that far from Atlanta.

I completely fell in love with this book, and raced through the entire series in just a couple of days. Liz Talbot is a terrific heroine; her adventures are hair-raisin
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Mary Ellen Fink
Mar 06, 2017 Mary Ellen Fink rated it it was amazing
This story is so good. I had a hard time putting the book down, each chapter found a way to suck me in more. I can't wait to get book #2
❂ Jennifer
I started reading this book on the train, because I had forgotten to bring the book I was currently reading and I was desperate to kill the time on the train. I bought it when Henry Press was having a sale on their books in the Kindle Store. Boy am I glad I did!

I found Lowcountry Boil to be an excellent read and an outstanding first in a series. From the moment the ghost showed up the first time, I was hooked. I was actually looking forward to getting back on the train so I'd be able to open the
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Susan M. Boyer is the author of the USA TODAY bestselling Liz Talbot mystery series. Her debut novel, Lowcountry Boil (Liz Talbot Mystery #1) won the 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.

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“Colleen appeared on the loveseat. “Stay.” “I’m staying, all right?” I leaned forward. “Would you please find Gram? Find out what happened.” Colleen turned transparent. “Can’t.” Her voice echoed. “Why are you here if you can’t help?” I shouted. “Merry.” The whisper was so loud it filled the room. “What” 2 likes
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