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Lowcountry Bordello

(Liz Talbot Mystery #4)

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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 ...more
Paperback, First, 272 pages
Published November 3rd 2015 by Henery Press
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Shauna Yes! While you can navigate through the series without starting in order, it is best that you start from the first book. You get a better feel for the…moreYes! While you can navigate through the series without starting in order, it is best that you start from the first book. You get a better feel for the characters. You really get to learn them and how they are related to Liz (the main character) and her family. It is a great series, I wish that she could write faster. (less)

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Obsidian
Dec 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Please note that I gave this book 4.5 stars, however, Goodreads does not allow for half stars so I rounded up to 5 stars on Goodreads.


Please don't read if you haven't read the first three books in this series. Spoilers will be revealed in some cases due to events in the previous three books.

The only reason why I gave this book a 4.5 stars was that we kind of left a loose thread in this book that I don't know if the author will follow back up on a later date or not. It was just kind of not
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Melissa
I love this series. Liz is smart, dedicated, and funny while trying to figure out a murder inside a modern bordello run by a friend's (Olivia Pearson) great aunt. Nate really shines in this book too, as both her future husband and as a partner in their detective agency - he balances Liz's theories with his own without talking down to her or dismissing her. I could have done without all the wedding talk; I am just not one for paragraphs of dress fittings, mom of the bride demands, or snobby ...more
Andrea
I surely do appreciate the way Liz's Southern femininity is paired with consistent competence.
Carla Johnson-Hicks
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Meg
May 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
One of my favorite mystery series with intelligent characters and storylines. The next one already downloaded and waiting.
Camille Maio
Mar 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a fun read that captured my attention immediately. Though it is the fourth in a series, I had no trouble getting into it and now I'm looking forward to reading the previous ones!
Kathleen
Nov 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the fourth book of the Liz Talbot Mystery series, Lowcountry Bordello, the reader catches up with P.I. Liz Talbot's latest investigative adventures.

Author Susan M. Boyer weaves an entertaining Southern cozy mystery set in Charleston and the lowcountry island town of Stella Maris, South Carolina, that follows the adventures of Liz Talbot and partner/fiance Nate Andrews as they investigate the suspicious activities that are going on at Liz's friend Olivia Pearson and Aunt Dean Beauthorpe's high
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Judy Lesley
Oct 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
It's always nice to get back into a familiar Southern world when I pick up the latest Susan Boyer novel. This book number four in the series finds Liz and Nate just days away from their wedding when a friend tries to hire Liz to investigate his wife's recent strange behavior. Since Liz would not think of investigating her own best friend, she turns the job down. Unfortunately it wouldn't stay turned down. So what does a genteel, over 80 year old Southern lady do when she can't afford to pay the ...more
Judy
I was excited to see another Liz Talbot Mystery so soon after the last installment; and one with quite the provocative title. I'll be honest, I didn't read the blurb, so I didn't realize that this had a bit of a Christmas theme going on, Although the poinsettias and ornament on the cover should have given that away.

So Liz and her partner and fiancé, Nate are getting ready for their wedding, being held in 1 week, just 5 days before Christmas. They are wrapping up all their current cases in
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Nancy
Dec 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
It's just a few days until Christmas -- and P.I. Liz Talbot's planned wedding to her partner Nate Andrews -- when Liz gets a frantic call from bestie and bridesmaid Olivia that she's stumbled over a body in the parlor of her great aunt's historic home in downtown Charleston. Oh, and Olivia thinks the dead man is her attorney husband Robert, but y'know it was dark and she didn't turn on the lights she was so upset. . . So Liz rushes from nearby island Stella Maris -- just a ferry and a couple ...more
Christy Wilson
Nov 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Another winner by Susan M. Boyer!

In this book, Liz and Nate are preparing for their wedding. Just a few days before they are scheduled to be married, Liz receives a harried call from her friend and bridesmaid Olivia - who claims to have found a dead body in her elderly aunt's home.

After going to investigate, Liz finds out that Aunt Dean's home isn't exactly as it appears...it's a bit of a bordello. Local, rich businessmen rent rooms for their mistresses and spend time with them, when possible,
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Beth
Nov 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Oh my goodness, I thought for sure I had written I totally apologize to you Susan M. Boyer ... she is one of my all time favorite authors. Maybe I did my review on Amazon. If you are looking for a great mystery, bits of love story, family history, southern awesome super great folks from South Carolina, I can hear the accents now, love them!! this is the book series for you. I have read every single one & can't wait for the next one, super excited! not sure how I 1st found Susan ...but her ...more
Toni
Mar 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 stars

This is the fourth book in the Liz Talbot Mysteries series.

This mystery centers around an old house. I picture a vintage Victorian. Really classy but falling apart. It is really close to Liz’s wedding and one of her bridesmaids, Olivia, owns half of this building with another lady. Olivia stumbles across a dead body. And of course, she calls Liz to come investigate instead of the police because of … reasons.

Liz uncovers the mysterious nature of this house and its multitude of residents.
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Laura
Oct 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries, southern
The characters are interesting. How can you miss when you have an 80 something Aunt who runs the bordello? And with Liz, her family and friends just help to characterize her more. It would be easy to overuse the helpful ghost to solve the mysteries, but she has rules she must obey so that she can't reveal everything and spoil the story.

The plot moves along at a good pace, a little faster towards the end. It gets complicated at times like when they are reviewing the timeline for the murder and
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Debbie
Sep 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Liz Talbot is getting married! Then with just days before her wedding, she takes on a case involving one of her bridesmaids. Her sweet southern country belle Mamma is not happy about this AT ALL!

This case has her casing a "bordello". Her first visit into the house, she's been told there is a dead body, however, she finds nothing there. Her bridesmaid is sure there is a body and ultimately ends up spending the day of the wedding rehearsal dinner in jail for murder.

This little madcap mystery with
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Carole
Dec 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: lovers of well-written cozies
Recommended to Carole by: myself
I have now read all the books in this series by Susan M Boyer. The first 3 I purchased. Book 4 ( Lowcountry Bordello) was a gift from the author because I shamelessly contacted her and begged for it. I could not stand waiting until it was actually published. Thank you Susan. Once again you have written a fun mystery that has wonderful characters and an intriguing plot. The mystery had enough twists to hold my interest, yet I still laughed my way through the book. The first in this series, ...more
Betty
Sep 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books
While getting ready for her wedding and Christmas Liz Talbot receives a frantic call from her friend Olivia to come at once as she just found husband dead. Liz arrives to find no body and a clean room. A phone call reveals that Robert is alive. There are plenty of surprises in this book as Colleen is back along with friends. Liz and Nate needs to find if there is a body or not. As they investigated the incident they they need to prevent a scandal and more killings. How will this effect the ...more
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
Jun 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Private Investigators, Liz Talbot and her fiancé, Nate are getting ready for their nuptials, when out of the blue a panicked telephone call arrives from Liz's bridesmaid. Olivia has found a body and she thinks it is her husband, Robert.

Robert is alright, but, another man is not. And, how is it that Olivia is co-owner of a busy bordello? In this time and age?

Liz's deceased best friend, Colleen, tries to aid from the other side, and the wedding becomes threatened.

You will have to read this novel.
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Linda Smatzny
Nov 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
The book begins five days before the wedding of Liz and Nate. They are finishing a case when a best friend of Liz calls to say she needs her help. Liz goes to Olivia and is told by Olivia that her husband is dead inside a house in Charleston. When they go inside there is no body and Olivia's husband is home with the kids. It turns out that Olivia owns half the house and it is a very high class exclusive bordello. Liz and Nate agree to look into the matter of the missing body but only for 24 ...more
Caitlin Copp
Sep 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: june-2016
Liz is prepping for her wedding which is only a week away when one of her bridesmaids and long time friends, Olivia comes to her for help. Olivia's family has been running a high class bordello for many years which Olivia co-owns. Olivia calls Liz in hysterics when she finds the body of a man who she mistakes for her husband on the floor of the bordello. Liz has only a week to get fitted for her dress, attempt to please her ex-now to be current in-laws, find out who the dead man is and of ...more
Kayla
Dec 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-books, blogged
This book was my first Susan M. Boyer book and it definitely will not be the last! I read this book as a standalone and do not believe that it didn't matter that I had not read the first books in the series. I enjoy reading books that are set in locations that I am familiar with. I didn't want to put the book down until I knew who did it! Just when you think you may have figured out, you find out you were incorrect. Take this book along with you on your next vacation and thank me later!!

I
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Tamara
Jul 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
There is a whorehouse in Charleston and it's up to Liz to find out if more than just hanky-panky is happening there... Could someone have been murdered?

Liz is back to entertain us readers along with her family, her smoking hot fiancée, and a few calamities along the way.

This is classic Susan M. Boyer style writing - if you've enjoyed the other books in series, you'll love this!
Shauna
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Once again! An excellent book by Susan Boyer. This is a really great series! I am trying to read it slowly.....only one more left for me in the series so I am trying to pace myself! LOL!

If you love the Charleston/Low Country are of South Carolina you will enjoy the references to local places found in this series.
Lauren
Nov 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoy this series. I like that we get walked through the thought process to find the evidence and solve the mystery. Nate and Liz are both intelligent
Betty Armstrong
Aug 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This one is the best one that I have read in the series. The setting in Charleston is point on.
Marlene
Dec 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Originally published at Reading Reality

I didn’t realize I was working on a theme when I started Lowcountry Bordello. Both the heroine of this book, and yesterday’s Between a Rock and a Hard Place, are brides who are heading to the altar sometime well after their 20s, and both women are planning their weddings while in the middle of solving murders.

I think that Pru Parke and Liz Talbot would probably get along like a house on fire.

But today is Liz’ day, at least for the book review. In the book,
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David McClendon, Sr
Aug 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Have you ever read a whodunit book that drags you in early in the story so that you just can’t put it down? Lowcountry Bordello by Susan M. Boyer is that kind of book.


This is the fourth book in the Liz Talbot Mystery series. This book might well be the best so far. From the very beginning, there are so many people who could have done it that the reader stays engaged with the story throughout the book.

We feel Lowcountry Bordello rates all five stars. It is very well-written, spellbinding, and
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Jeanie Jackson
Jun 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense
Lowcountry Bordello is the best yet of a great mystery series. Two things stand out for me among the many awesome elements, the almost magical way Susan M. Boyer brings even secondary characters to life, and the ways she surprises me in each book.
I was excite to read the book leading up to Liz and Nate's wedding but once again, I had no clue abut the adventure this book would take me on. The people living in the bordello and those from the past brought character and depth to the story. The fact
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Denise Zendel
Aug 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
PI Liz Talbot is a week away from her much anticipated wedding when one of her bridesmaids gets accused of murdering a man in a bordello the bridesmaid inadvertently owns. In addition to juggling a steam-rolling wedding planner; crazy family members on both sides of the aisle; her bff guardian spirit; and a full workload, Liz must find the real killer so her wedding party will be complete.

I cannot say enough good things about this series. The characters are fully-developed and multi-dimensional.
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Bette Stanek
Dec 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
This is my one of my favorite mystery series! It's filled with proper Southern characters and lots of Charleston charm. While I suppose you don't have to read this series in order, it will make more sense if you do. You will appreciate relationships, dialogue, and the characters much more by having the needed background information.

Liz and Nate are just days away from their much-anticipated wedding. They're just finishing up a case and are about to focus entirely on their big weekend. Then, Liz
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