Monday, September 2, 2013

Cozy Monday Review ~ Lowcountry Bombshell by Susan Boyer

We're making our way to Stella Maris, South Carolina this week to hang out with Liz Talbot, P.I. and meet Marilyn Monroe. (Kind of.) We could eat at the Cracked Pot with Moon Unit or have a girl's night out at The Pirates' Den. Make sure to watch out for wild hogs, but all in all, the town is quite cozy and lots of great locals to meet. Did I mention you have to get there by ferry?

Calista McQueen hires Liz to keep her alive. Confused by this request, Calista delivers a life story that closely parallels Marilyn Monroe's life story. As she prepares to take the case, Calista's life coach is killed in another town. Quickly, Liz hooks up with Charleston law enforcement, her brother (local law enforcement) and her partner Nate to investigate the case.

Title: Lowcountry Bombshell
Series: Liz Talbot Mystery #2
Author: Susan Boyer
Publish Date: September 3, 2013
Publisher: Henery Press
Source: eARC from publisher via Netgalley


Characters: The characters are well developed. Descriptive enough that you get to know them and can identify some of these characters in your own lives. Liz's family is quite entertaining, but very supportive. Wait until you get to have family dinner with her family. It is quite a treat. I liked all of the characters with one clarifying statement: At first meeting Colleen, I didn't know if I would like this type of character in the story at all, but by the end of the book, she had totally grown o
n me.

Location and Setting: On a few morning runs with Liz, you get to take in a lot of sites around town. Other specific spots are visited through the investigation, with Liz on her dates, and a girl's night out. The bed and breakfast sounded very quaint and definitely a place I would love to stay.

Crime: The dead body is in another town, how can it possibly be related? That's what I thought. I loved the mystery in this book. It was quite intense at times. The twists and turns kept me guessing at every page turn. Liz and Nate as crime solving partners are amazing. They definitely work well together and had me laughing at all their actions.

Romance: The romance in this book is quite hot. More so than most cozies I've read lately. The scenes are descriptive, but do leave enough to the imagination. I enjoyed the tense moments with Michael and Nate.

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BOLO Book Review
Kate Eileen Shannon Review
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Author Bio:
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, and they run away to the beach as often as possible.

Susan’s debut novel, LOWCOUNTRY BOIL (a Liz Talbot Mystery) is an Agatha Award winner for Best First Novel, a 2012 Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense recipient, and a 2012 RWA Golden Heart® finalist. LOWCOUNTRY BOMBSHELL, the next book in the Liz Talbot series, will be released September 3, 2013.

Susan’s short fiction has appeared in moonShine Review, Spinetingler Magazine, and Relief Journal, among others.

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