Lowcountry Boil

Lowcountry Boil (A Liz Talbot Mystery #1) by Susan M. Boyer

So I first became aware of the Liz Talbot Mysteries with the third book, Lowcountry Boneyard. I was a book reviewer for a blog, we didn’t get paid but I did get free books to read, like that gum commercial.

I tried to get the rest of the series but the libraries didn’t have it and I thought about buying it but I really wanted to read it first. I finally got my hands on the first book, so here we go!

Liz Talbot left Stella Maris Island, her hometown, for college and marriage and has hardly been back. Her high school sweetheart, Michael Devlin, married her evil cousin Marci Miller (seriously she has some screws loose), and then she married, Scott Andrews, turned out to e a narcissistic conman.

She is divorced and now runs a successful private investigator team with her ex-brother-in-law Nate Andrews. (It is obvious he has feelings for her but Liz doesn’t see it and still carries a torch for her high school sweetheart).

Everything changes when she sees the ghost of her high school friend, Colleen Stevens. She warns her to come back to the island as her grandmother, Gram is dead.

At first Liz thinks her grandmother died by accident, but soon she and her brother. Blake Talbot, Police Chief, decide there was something more happening.

Liz inherits her Gram’s house and Colleen, a guardian spirit who is connected to the island. As long as Liz remains on the island, Colleen is there to guide and protect her-but if Liz doesn’t stay then terrible things will happen.

As Liz says goodbye to Nate and her other life, she sets out to make Stella Maris her new home and solve who killed Gram.

She finds herself in a wasp nest of developers, fighting city council, blackmail, hired guns, domestic violence, choosing between her old flame or starting something new, and more! Will she find out the truth, or end up joining Colleen in the spirit world?

Thoughts After Reading:

It was a great read. I love how classy and ladylike Liz is, as a Southern woman should be, along with how tough and resourceful she is.

This novel is great read as it gets intense in the middle and I was flipping pages trying to get to what happened next.

I loved it and can’t wait for book 2!

For more private investigators, go to The Case of the Invisible Dog

For female private investigators, go to Innocent in Las Vegas

For more Southern mysteries, go to Design for Murder

For more supernatural mysteries, go to Christina’s Ghost

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The Mystery of Jessica Benson

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The Mystery of Jessica Benson by C.K. Laurence

Thoughts Before Reading:

I got this book free in exchange for an honest review.

Plot Synopsis:

Jessica Benson is a beautiful young woman who every guy wants and every girl wishes she could be.

At the moment she is the girlfriend of the Miami team quarterback, Kyle Sands. When he first met Jessica he fell for her hard.

But since then he realizes that she is not the person for him. There are too many differences and she treats him like crap. He’s done.

Jessica stats a big argument and makes a huge scene. Kyle leaves her at her house, feeling older and wiser.

The next day Detective Karen Brandt is viewing Jessica’s dead body and investigating the case. A case that leads her to her brother’s old pal and her old crush, Kyle Sands.

It’s up to Karen to solve this case. Kyle insists he is innocent but is he? Will she be able to keep her old feelings out of it? Will she discover the truth?

Hmm…

Thoughts After Reading:

I hated this book.

I thought that it was boring, the characters were hard to connect to, and after wasting my time reading the first few chapters I just quit and couldn’t continue.

I wish I had passed on this book instead of accepting it.wish I had passed on this book instead of accepting it. I don’t know how many times I can right that. PASS ON IT!

Don’t read it!

For more female police officers, go to Triple Six

For more not in a series mysteries, go to The Night Sister

For more Miami mysteries, go to Snagged