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Board Stiff

(Elliott Lisbon Mystery #1)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  807 ratings  ·  93 reviews
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 more serious than retrieving a pilfered Pomeranian. Until Jane Hatting, Ballantyne board chair, is accused of murder. The Ballantyne’s reputation tanks, Jane’s headed to a jail cell, and Elliott ...more
Paperback, First, 302 pages
Published April 30th 2013 by Henery Press
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Susan Boyer
Jan 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Kendel Lynn's feisty sleuth, Elliott Lisbon, is such fun to read! She may be an amateur for now but she's working hard for her PI license and will let nothing stand in her way--not even her ex-FBI-agent ex-boyfriend who is now a local police detective. Elliott's competing love interests give Board Stiff a nice romantic sub-plot.

Ms. Lynn's characters are well-drawn and real. The setting--a South Carolina sea island--is one of my favorite places to relax. Readers who have spent time along the Sou
❂ Jennifer
Jan 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
A very strong first book. Excellent, vivid characters. Almost-tropical island setting. A sprinkle of humour, and a bit of sexual tension to keep things fun. The mystery was very well crafted and I think the author did an excellent job of hiding the murderer in plain site. There were a few slapstick moments in the book - you either like slapstick or you don't. The only moment I found I could have done without involved getting into a poker game, and I'll leave it at that. It all turned out well, b ...more
Lynn Farris
Feb 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
After launching Henery Press, an independent publishing house for mysteries last year, Kendel Lynn has finally published her own debut novel, ‘Board Stiff’ which is due out April 30th .

I have read most of the books by this publishing house and have absolutely loved all of them. So far they have all been fast-paced cozy mysteries with a hint of romance involved. Most have been located in the South.

We were first introduced to Elliott Lisbon, the protagonist in ‘Board Stiff’ in the short story col
Kait Carson
Aug 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Laugh out loud funny. Elliot Lisbon is the director of the prestigious Ballantyne Foundation and a budding private eye. Those two vocations may not sound like they should go together, but anyone who has ever worked non-prof can tell you it would be a handy skill. Elliot's PI talents generally extend to ditzy board members skipping out on restaurant checks and locating the lost dog. This time she finds a body. The body of a member of her board. Dead. His head bashed in by a coveted civic trophy. ...more
May 29, 2013 rated it did not like it
I had high expectations for this book. I am not even sure why that was. Sadly the reality is I didn’t think this book would ever end. Oh my, there were so many problems with this book .
For starters , the underdevelopment of characters. There were plenty of elaborate descriptions of food and fashion but very little character development. This story would also have been GREATLY enhanced by a fun feisty trusted sidekick. Instead we have a multitude of undeveloped people running around doing God kn
May 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebooks
I picked up this Kindle book because I had, inadvertently, already read the second in this series, Whack Job. I knew it would be good. And I was not disappointed.

The adventures, or should I say "misadventures" of Elliot Lisbon will definitely keep you interested and loving it. Her job, among others, working for the Ballantyne Foundation is to keep any scandals from happening to their board members which would affect donations. The crazy people on this board are definitely characters, get it? Ha
Paula  Phillips
Feb 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Elliot is on her way up to clocking hours in order to be registered as a PI , alls been going well and she has been working closely with the police station . That is until now , the old Chief Sullivan has taken early retirement and the new Chief of Police is none other than Nick Ransom - Elliot's old college boyfriend , who after a few weeks of dating just up and vanished from her life twenty years ago. In her day job Elliot works as the Director for the Ballantyne Trust which offers grants and ...more
Chantelle (aka the Blogmonstar)
Board Stiff was a pretty good cosy mystery. It has all the proper elements – amateur sleuth, unexpected murder, several suspects, and a big ol’ mystery surround the circumstances of the murder. Elliott, or Elli, as her friends call her, is the director of the Ballantyne Foundation, and is essentially charged with keeping the board members out of too much strife.

As is fairly normal in cosy mysteries, Elli got herself into a few pickles, especially in terms of what she did and did not disclose to
Jan 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This turned out to be a good read although I was initially sceptical because of the strong similarities between the setting and characters in this series and another published by the same press. The MC is likable as are her co-workers and friends. There's room for growth and character development as the series progresses.

When a member of the board is murdered and another member accused, she undertakes an investigation to clear the accused board member despite the member's caustic personality an
Jun 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Interesting little cozy that I enjoyed overall. The characters were pretty interesting. There was some well written humor that made me chuckle. The mystery was interesting and I only figured it out about the same time Elliott did. There were plenty of red herrings that added to the fun but there was also at least one loose end that I don't recall being tied up. The things I didn't like included the way Ransom treated Elliott (it was just plain mean a couple of times) and the way Elliott swore. I ...more
Diane Vallere
With Elliot Lisbon, author Kendel Lynn creates a character who is resourceful, determined, and willing to get her hands dirty. That’s saying a lot considering she’s addicted to hand sanitizer! Elli is used to dealing with “discreet inquiries” for members of the board of the Ballantyne where she acts as director, but when one member is found murdered and another suspected of the deed, she’s left with a mess worse than barbeque sauce spilled on a white cotton tablecloth. Chemistry between Elli and ...more
Mar 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
WOW! What a great story and its Kendel Lynn's debut novel. I can't wait to read her next book.

Elliott is wonderful, smart, go-getting and all female. I absolutely love her style. Nick, well Nick is one sexy man, and he and Elliott have a past. Not a big one, but enough to spur interest. I wasn't sure about Matty ay first, but I came around when he finally decided to get serious.

Add a great plot, interesting supporting characters and you have a book you can't put down. And one you definitely don'
Jul 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Cute summer read set on Sea Pine Island in south Carolina (sounds a lot like Hilton Head) . Elliott Lisbon (female--her dad decided to name the baby Elliott regardless of sex) is the director of the Ballantyne Foundation on the island and gets wrapped up in a murder of one of the Board members. Elliott tries to beat the Chief of Police (an old boy friend) to the solution and juggles two suitors at the same time, the principal of the local prep school and the aforementioned chief. It's funny and ...more
C.L. Leshure
Jun 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

It was an easy, quick read with lots of twists and turns. Very fun ride. The main character, Elliott Lisbon is sharp, witty and tough as nails with a touch of naivete. The story grabbed my attention from the beginning and never let go. I found myself agitated when I had to pull myself away. Great job, Kendel Lynn!

Kendel Lynn
D.L. Williams
May 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
I very much enjoyed this story. The main character, Elliott, has an unusual name, which goes with her unusual life. She is trying to become a private investigator, while juggling two love interests, a snooty board of directors, her friends, and the Uber-Wealthy Ed and Vivi Ballantyne, who happen to run the show from wherever they are in the world. The title is perfect for this story. I am now reading another in the series, Whack job.
Heather Andrews
I. Love. This. Book!

With her debut novel, Kendel Lynn introduces us to the spunky, albeit unlucky board-director-turned-private-investigator Elli Lisbon, for whom Murphy's Law is a daily plague. She is smart, though, and her guts get her into and out of many a tangle. While mysteries are generally not my cup of tea, I am a huge fan of this novel and now the entire genre and I want to devour them all! The writing is intelligent, the wit quick, and the humor rampant.

Read it.
May 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A fast paced ell written mystery that takes place on low country South Carolina on "Sea Pines Island". The main character is the director of a philanthropic organisation. One of the board members is murdered. Her investigation leads to an old flame, fraud, petty hatreds and lies. An excellent read and I look forward to the next in the series.
Mar 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: serial-cozy, 2018
In Kendel Lynn's Board Stiff, the first installment in the Elliott Lisbon Cozy Mystery series, this debut will give you goose bumps and take you on an emotional roller coaster ride. For Elliott Lisbon, she's a board member of the Ballantyne Foundation in Sea Pine Island, South Carolina. She's also working on a license to become a private investigator. When she was put in charge of the hotel, she had came into a crisis of her own. First she discovered a dead body of one of the board members, Leo ...more
Jan 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: blog-review
Elliott Lisbon is the Director of the Ballantyne Foundation and is working on her private investigator license. She conducts discreet inquires on behalf of the Foundation and when a board member, Leo Hirschorn, is found murdered, the Foundation’s benefactor specifically asks for Elliott’s assistance. She agrees, but then realizes that means trying to clear another board member’s name, Jane Walcott Hatting, and there’s no love lost between her and Jane. Elliott recognizes her investigation would ...more
Jan 31, 2013 rated it really liked it

An Elliott Lisbon Mystery (#1)

This is the first book by author Kendel Lynn that I have read but hopefully not the last. I loved Elliott Lisbon.
She is smart, funny and faints during class. She is the director of Ballantyne Foundation. She does a little of this and that.
She is working on getting her P.I. license very slowly. She is always worried about germs. Elliott, Monk and my mom would get along fine.
At a foundation party her old boyfriend Nick Ransom of 20 years ago shows up and kisses
Jun 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
It was a happy day when I discovered the books of Henery Press, publisher of cozy mysteries with humorous flair. I have read a number of their books, and have yet to be disappointed. The latest title, “Board Stiff” by Kendel Lynn, is no exception.

Elliot Lisbon lives, by most people’s standards, an idyllic life. She lives on Sea Pine Island, South Carolina, and has a home on the beach. She works as the director of the prestigious Ballantyne Foundation, which gives her a flexible schedule. She has
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
Jul 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a debut novel , An Elliott Lisbon Mystery series, revolving around South Carolina island resident and director of the 'Ballantyne Foundation' located on Sea Pine Island.

The main character, and she is full of moxy to use an older term, Elliott Lisbon, is a young sophisticated, woman who has an itch to investigate petty crimes. On her Island, Elli is charting up hours to qualify as a Private Investigator, with the aid of the local police department. Although she needs over six thousand hou
Dec 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Board Stiff is a lighthearted detective novel that has a similar feel to the Janet Evanovich Numbers series with Stephanie Plum and her cast of over the top characters. The feel is similar, but the characters are more normal. There is a female lead who has some humorous idiosyncrasies and a couple of men that are competing for her attentions. Ms. Lynn gives us a few suspects, some dangerous and exciting action, and a couple of unexpected twists, along with funny dialog and humorous situations. T ...more
Nathania Ma
I am no writer but I can imagine how hard it must be to write a book, so I try to finish a book no matter how boring it may be or how many times the plot has been recycled as long as the book does not break my golden rules, which are:
1) No slutty main characters who sleep around with everyone in town.

2) No love interest will be humiliating, enslaving or raping the main character or vice versa in the name of love. Instant DNF if the humiliated, enslaved, or raped character thinks its OKAY.

3) Hin
Jan 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Elliott Lisbon, director of the prestigious Ballantyne Foundation, loves her job and the idyllic beach life on gorgeous Sea Pine Island, SC. That is, until she discovers a less than popular member of the Ballantyne board brutally murdered following the May Bash fundraiser. When the new-in-town police Lieutenant targets the Foundation's board chair as his one and only suspect, Elliott must use all her skills as a burgeoning PI to find the real killer and protect the reputation of her beloved Ball ...more
May 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Elliot has worked for a charitable foundation since she graduated from college. She organizes events, soothes the disputes that pop up between board members and, on occasion, acts as their personal private detective. Her life is very comfortable with her close friends, co-workers and beach community.

When the chairman of the board of directors is accused of murdering another board member the founder of the foundation asks her to investigate. Much to her shock the new homicide detective in town is
Norma Huss
Apr 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries
Elliott Lisbon is a woman who solves problems and organizes everything for the Ballantyne Foundation. She's a professional who knows exactly what to do. Okay, she also wants to be a detective and sometimes what she actually does, with the best of intentions, turns into a disaster. So when her boss expectrs her to handle all problems, the fact that one is the forgetful lady who has been banned from her favorite restaurant, and another is a board member suspected of murdering another board member, ...more
Terri Austin
As a foundation director in wealthy Sea Pine Island, Elliot Lisbon's life is going pretty well. Sure she has a few wrinkles to iron out as various donors get into embarrassing scrapes, but that's all part of the job. Until one of the board members is murdered. And the chairman of the board, Jane Hatting, is the number one suspect. And that new cop in town who's convinced Jane's guilty? Elliot's college sweetheart--the one who dumped her. And her heart still feels the sting.

So to save the reputa
Heather Ashby
Jan 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
BOARD STIFF was a delightful, witty read with a zany cast of characters. LOVED, loved, loved the opening scene and adored the description of bumping into the heroine's former paramour: "Nick Ransom, my college major." Kendel Lynn has an excellent "voice," dripping with humor and a touch of sarcasm. The writing kept me laughing out loud - and underlining - well-worded descriptions and clever retorts. Phrases such as the following hit the nail on the head: "The youngest member of the board, but wi ...more
Denise Vasak
Dec 23, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2014
The start of this book was great. I was looking forward to strong character development and an equally strong plot. I was mistaken. The author does a great job with the chemistry of the lead and her suitors -if only the same could be said of the mystery. It's like the mystery was an afterthought or something a first time writer had done. I was ready to give up completely since the details of the mystery were few and far between and WAY too focused on the main characters ideas/opinions with nothi ...more
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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, was 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 ...more

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