Lowcountry Boil (Liz Talbot Mystery #1)
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
This book oozes southern charm and a mystery that makes you feel like you are a part of the action with every page you turn. I love the way the author presented this lighthearted who...more
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...more
Susan Boyer's debut novel is full of ingenious plot twists, a cavalcade of unforge...more
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,...more
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...more
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.
Basic story - Liz comes home for her grandmother's funeral only to discover that her chief of police brother believes she was murdered. What was set-up to look like an accident...more
Blurb: Private investigator Liz Talbot is a modern Southern Belle: she blesses hearts, takes names, and carries her Sig 9 in her Kate Spade handbag. When her grandmother is murdered, Liz high-tails it back to her South Carolina island home to find the killer.
When her police-chief brother shuts her out of the investigation, she opens her own. Her long-dead best friend pops in and things really get complicated.
I loved this novel. To not be negative, most of...more
Susan M. Boyer has been making up stories her whole life. She tags along with her husband on business trips whenever she can because hotels are great places to write: fresh coffee all day and cookies at 4 p.m. They have a home in Greenville, SC, which they occasionally visit.
Susan’s debut novel, LOWCOUNTRY BOIL (a Liz Talbot Mystery) is an Agatha Award winner for Best First Novel, a 2012 Daphne d...more