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Death of a Wolfman

(Lily Gayle Lambert)

4.37  ·  Rating details ·  120 ratings  ·  70 reviews
The first book in the Lily Gayle Lambert Mystery series. Quicker than she can stitch together the threads of a genealogy project she's just signed on to research, Lily Gayle Lambert finds herself embroiled in investigating the murder of a stranger who suffers from 'wolfman syndrome’. And, when a member of a prominent family turns up dead soon after the 'wolfman', Lily Gayl ...more
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Published August 17th 2016 by Argent Ocean Publishing
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Oct 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016, usa-mississippi
The perfect mystery read for the Halloween season. A "wolfman" gets shot in the forest around Mercy, Mississippi. Lily Gale a genealogist and dressmaker who is selling her creations on etsy feels that her Cousin Ben, the local Sheriff needs her help solving the murder.
The busybody gets herself in some hair-raising and funny situations before the murderer gets caught.
A great start and an uncommon subject to a new series.
Lisa Ks Book Reviews
Oct 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
A unique victim and great plot makes this cozy standout from the rest!

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I read this first story in the Lily Gayle Lambert Mysteries. DEATH OF A WOLFMAN sounds like a perfectly normal title for a Halloween cozy. This however, is not your normal cozy!

Author Susan Boles made the town of Mercy, Mississippi come to life as I read about protagonist Lily Gayle Lambert and the rest of the memorable townsfolk. All of the elements of a cozy mystery are present . . . small
Nov 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Lily Gayle Lambert, a widow living in small town Mercy, Mississippi, has been retained by Liz Beth Mitchell to conduct a genealogical study of her prominent, but very private, family. Murder is rare in Barkley County, where her cousin Ben is the Sheriff. But a Halloween shooting of a wolf-like man has spooked the entire town. Other mysterious events follow and Lily Gayle believes the crimes are related. Her tenacious investigation provides valuable clues, much to the Sheriff's dismay. Can she fi ...more
Mary Brown
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Death Of A Wolfman
Lily Gayle Lambert, Book #1
Susan Boles
5 Stars


The first book in the Lily Gayle Lambert Mystery series. Quicker than she can stitch together the threads of a genealogy project she's just signed on to research, Lily Gayle Lambert finds herself embroiled in investigating the murder of a stranger who suffers from 'wolfman syndrome’. And, when a member of a prominent family turns up dead soon after the 'wolfman', Lily Gayle must find the link between the two and solve the my
A great start to this first in a series. Lily Gayle who makes clothing and researches genealogy is with her cousin when called to a crime scene with a dead wolfman. From here you know that you are in for one interesting read.
The characters are likable Lily Gayle is a little impulsive but her friend Dixie is full of common sense who balances her, I love their friendship, they understand each other completely. Her relationship with her cousin is fun, they lock horns but also respect each other. Th
Madison Warner Fairbanks
Death of a Wolfman by Susan Boles

A cozy mystery series starter. An amateur sleuth helps her cousin, the Sheriff, solve a murder. A bit southern charm, a bit busybody, Lily Gale crosses her fingers when she tells Ben she won’t investigate the murder on her own.
Yet everyone knows she lying. I didn’t care for her total lack of regard for authority or safety. But that’s what makes the story.
The mystery was apparent half way through but it takes Lily Gale a bit longer to get herself into danger.
Maranda Raven
Oct 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A southern mystery

A good little southern mystery story for the halloween season. Murder and genealogy don't mix. Lily Gayle finds herself in a heap of trouble and her cousin is the town sheriff. Together with the help of Dixie and Miss Edna they will find who the killer is.
Doward Wilson
Oct 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you want a rollicking, laugh out loud cozy mystery adventure, with lovable characters, charming setting and a very unusual murder plot, this is a must read book!

Meet Lily Gale, her best friend Dixie and her cousin Ben, the sheriff. When LizBeth, the local midwife and daughter of the most prominent and reclusive family in Mercy, Mississippi, hires Lily Gale to do a genealogical search of her family, murder happens!

While Lily Gale and Ben are having dinner, they get called to the scene of an u
Debra Parmley
Aug 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
What is "wolfman syndrome"? I'd never heard of it before reading the southern set cozy mystery, Death of A Wolfman, book one in the Lily Gayle Lambert series. And I won't give it away here, you'll have to discover it for yourself. Discovery was part of the fun of reading Death of a Wolfman and I enjoyed meeting all the interesting characters in this small southern town. Lilly Gayle just can't keep her nose out of anything and it was fun seeing what she would nose into next.

Susan Bowles knows ho
Oct 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Death of a Wolfman by Susan Boles is the first in this cozy series and it perfectly established the cozy southern town and the characters.

Lily Gayle is sassy, spunky, nosy and independent. She has moved back to her hometown after her husband died. She has an etsy shop for costumes and she does genealogy research for clients. The town snoop, Miss Edna, her best friend, Dixie, and her cousin, Ben, were wonderful secondary characters.

I loved the wolfman syndrome brought up in the book. I, too, hav
Paula Adams
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I never would have guessed that this was the first book in the series. The character interaction was like they really knew each other all of their lives. I had watched that episode of CSI too that they kept referencing. The 2 cousins are a hoot even though I've had no experience of any cousins being the close but it works especially since Ben is the sheriff and Lily Gayle wants to help him solve the murder. The nosy old lady, Edna wants in on the solving also. Lily Gayle gets herself in some dif ...more
Hilary (A Wytch's Book Review)
Lily Gayle has come home after the death of her husband, on Halloween she is out for dinner with her cousin (who is also the head of the local law enforcement) when he gets called out to a scene (that everyone assumes is a hoax - at least until they get there!)  From there on in it is a roller coaster ride and a total page turner (I can see me reading more and more of this series and if the author does more series those as well!)
Oct 28, 2016 rated it liked it
Death of a Wolfman was an interesting story. I think the writer needed to flesh them out a little better. Considering this is the first book in the series, this is where you need to establish their place in the story.
This is a story about a small town in the south. Everybody knows everybody else's business and are not afraid to tell everyone else in town. Lily Gayle is the cousin of the locale sheriff and I have to say, she's really lucky she is. This little busy body thinks everyone will treat
Aug 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2016
Lily Gayle is not known for leaving an investigation to the professionals, even when the county sheriff is her cousin Ben Carter. And for this case, she is gets extra encouragement from Miss Edna, the town expert on everybody’s business (OK, the town snoop), and coerces Dixie’s participation, her best friend and owner of It’ll Grow Back Beauty Shop (OK, gossip central). However, Ben has nothing on the case: no one knows the first victim, a mysterious ‘wolfman;’ the MItchells, first family of Mer ...more
Jennifer Holzapfel
Oct 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Lily Gayle Lambert shares the same birthday as her cousin Ben the County Sheriff of Mercy.Mississippi. Lily makes and sells dresses on Etsy and is a genealogist. Lily and Ben argue like siblings. She always wants to solve crimes even though Ben tells her to mind her own business.
Lizbeth Mitchell, who is a midwife whose family named the town, asks Lily to do her family tree. Lily is shocked that the wealthiest family in town doesn't have records of their family. The same night Lily is going to di
Paula Ratcliffe
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Rose Langley
Nov 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Lily Gayle feels she must assist her cousin in solving 2 crimes that appear to be unrelated. However, when Lily Gayle gets in over her head with her friend Dixie and Miss Edna decides that a crime solving team needs to solve this situation quickly, Lily Gayle's cousin Ben, the town sheriff stops her in her tracks and decides it’s time she get back to her genealogy project. As Lily Gayle works on the project, she realizes that the key to the mystery may be waiting for her and she needs to figure ...more
Teresa Kander
Aug 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Lily Gayle Lambert is a woman of many talents--and it turns out one of them is solving murders. I love her personality, as well as the other people in her circle of friends, family and neighbors.

This was a really fun story to read. The interaction between Lily Gayle and her cousin, the sheriff, runs the gamut from hilarious to heartwarming, and you just know it's going to continue to be a large part of the series.

The author obviously knows her southern culture, and weaves a plot around it which
A Holland Reads
Nov 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was a fun start to a new series. What more can you ask for in a mystery book, a small town full of gossips, a dead body or two and more than a few suspects and a fun loving amatuer detective. Susan hit all of these points which makes for a page turning fun time. I also liked the little bit of genealogy thrown in as that is something I enjoy to do. Lily is lucky that she is related to the sheriff or she might find herself in some hot water. She likes to stick her nose where is does not belon ...more
Barbara Flowers
Apr 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Susan Boles has the beginnings of an absolutely wonderful series in Death of a Wolfman. Set in small town Mississippi, this book has all the requisite elements for a good cozy mystery, but this is far from the average cozy. Boles paints a vivid picture of Mercy, Mississippi and small town life. Her characters are real, believable, and likeable -- people you want to know. Filled with mystery, family secrets, small town politics and a really interesting murder to set the action, this series has fa ...more
Apr 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cmc2020
The blurb fits this story perfectly, and I enjoyed so many of the things that makes it a cozy mystery ... small town life gossiping about small town secrets. I feel there was a lot of running around on the part of our lead character, Lily, and that her cohorts are going to need some convincing to get them completely on board with her sleuthing, which is why I'm glad the author opted to not designate an obvious love interest for the first installment. As if was, Lily seemed to be battling the 'So ...more
I enjoyed reading Death of A Wolfman. I found the characters to be likable and realistic. I love the relationship between Lily Gayle and her sheriff cousin. The mystery was not too hard but it definitely was fun to read about. I had a few scenes that had me laughing hard which had people asking what I was reading. This was a new author for me and I am looking forward to enjoying more Lily Gayle cozy mysteries.
Nov 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
This first in a series has a good solid cast of characters and small town setting that I look forward to reading more about.
This book was a quick read and although I figured out the why and how early on, it was still a good debut to the series.
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
InD'tale Magazine
It is not often one finds a story where the dialogue itself becomes a character.

Read full review in the 2016 December issue of InD'tale Magazine.
Nov 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
Death of a Wolfman by Susan Boles is the first novel in A Lily Gayle Lambert Mystery series. Lily Gayle Lambert lives in Mercy, Mississippi. Lily Gayle is hired by LizBeth Mitchell to do her family genealogy. Lily Gayle is known for sniffing out the obscure and unusual (she is nosy). That evening (Halloween night), Lily Gayle is having dinner with her cousin, Ben (the county sheriff), when he receives a call. He believes it is a prank so he lets Lily Gayle tag along. It turns out not to be a pra ...more
Lisa Millett
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received this book free for an honest review. Susan Niles is a new author for me. I am now a big fan as I loved this book. Set in Mercy, Mississippi with the main character named Lily Gayle Lambert who is a widow who does specialized dress making and ancestry investigations. Her cousin is the sheriff and he invited her out to dinner on Halloween. During dinner Ben, the sheriff gets a call about a dead body. Since he believes it is a Halloween prank he takes Lily Gayle with him to the scene. Th ...more
Miss W Book Reviews
Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Death of a Wolfman is the first book in the Lily Gayle Lambert series. Let me first start off by saying I read a lot of cozy books and I have no idea how I have not read this amazing author before now.

The author crafted a cozy book that had me pulled in from Page 1, seriously though, how did she do that?

All the elements of a great cozy were in this book including well developed characters, a unique small town setting , a well thought out complex mystery and humor! I mean I was laughing out lou
Missi Martin (Stockwell)
Dec 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Lily Gayle lives in a small town where everyone knows everyone and everything about each other. That is except for the Mitchell family. The Mitchell family is the oldest family in town going back hundreds of years.
Lily Gayle is asked to do a genealogy report of the family but LizBeth Mitchell. Unfortunately before she gets started on her research a dead body is found.

Having dinner with her cousin who happens to be the County Sheriff, he gets the call. Thinking it is nothing he allows her to ri
Sep 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-challenge
Lily Gayle Lambert has moved back to her hometown after the death of her husband. To make ends meet, she has an Etsy shop where she sells custom-made costumes and on the side likes to dabble in genealogy. She is hired by a prominent member of the community to prepare a family tree with the full genealogical background. But before she can even start on the project, a man with “wolfman syndrome’ is found murdered in the woods and then her client also is killed. Are the two deaths somehow connected ...more
Virginia Dixon
Nov 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I reviewed this book as an ARC
It takes place in Mercy, Mississippi and it has all the charm of a small southern town, if you have ever lived in one it will bring back some memories.
Lily Gayle is out to dinner with her cousin Ben, who is the sheriff. When he gets a call about a dead body in a clearing. He takes Lily with him since he thanks that it is a prank since it is Halloween. It turns out to be someone with the Wolf-Man syndrome, she tries to help her cousin out but he doesn't want her inv
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Susan is the USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author of the Lily Gayle Lambert Mystery Series and a contributing author to the Brotherhood Protectors World.

A lifelong long love of all things mysterious led Susan to write cozy mysteries. Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden were the first to show her that girls can be crime solvers. Agatha Christie showed her that even small towns have big sec

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