Saturday, May 2, 2015

Great Escapes Book Tours Book Review: Lowcountry Boneyard


Lowcountry Boneyard
3rd in Series
Cozy Mystery
Publisher: Henery Press; First edition (April 21, 2015)
Paperback: 292 pages
Review Copy Provided By: NetGalley
ISBN-13: 978-1941962473
E-Book ASIN: B00SHNYOWW

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Synopsis
Where is Kent Heyward? The twenty-three-year-old heiress from one of Charleston’s oldest families vanished a month ago. When her father hires private investigator Liz Talbot, Liz suspects the most difficult part of her job will be convincing the patriarch his daughter tired of his overbearing nature and left town. That’s what the Charleston Police Department believes.
But behind the garden walls South of Broad, family secrets pop up like weeds in the azaleas. The neighbors recollect violent arguments between Kent and her parents. Eccentric twin uncles and a gaggle of cousins covet the family fortune. And the lingering spirit of a Civil-War-era debutante may know something if Colleen, Liz’s dead best friend, can get her to talk.
Liz juggles her case, the partner she’s in love with, and the family she adores. But the closer she gets to what has become of Kent, the closer Liz dances to her own grave.

Review: Lowcountry Boneyard is book 3 in the Liz Talbot Mystery series. I love love love this series. I read Lowcountry Bombshell in 2013 and I was hooked. This is a must read series, trust me on that.

Its very southern and for some reason that's one the draws for this very northern girl.

What really sets this series apart is the person that helps Liz with her cases, and that's her dead best friend.  I absolutely love Coleen's role in this series.  She's a spirit guide, rather than a ghost and she actually solidifies in this installment. Woot!

Oh and just because this is part of a series, don't be concerned, these books really stand alone, though if you really want to get to know all the characters, I highly recommend reading the prior two books.

I love the touch of paranormal to this series as well as the relationship between Nate and Liz which was touch and go for a while during this book. However, the end result will make most fans of this series jump for joy!

The mystery involves a missing young woman, Kent Heyward from a prominent family. There's a lot going on in her disappearance, both within her family and with people that are associated with Kent.

I have to say that about 50 pages before the end, I knew who was responsible for her disappearance. I will admit to being sad at the end, because I really was hoping for a little happy that wasn't related to Nate and Liz, but that wasn't meant to be.

The mystery is a page turner and a fun read!

Rating: 5 flowers


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About This Author
Susan M. Boyer is the author of the USA TODAY bestselling Liz Talbot mystery series. Her debut novel, Lowcountry Boil, won the 2012 Agatha Award for Best First Novel, the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense, and garnered several other award nominations. Susan loves beaches, Southern food, and small towns where everyone knows everyone, and everyone has crazy relatives.  You’ll find all of the above in her novels.
Susan lives in Greenville, SC, with her husband and an inordinate number of houseplants.

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Tour Participants
April 20 – Mystery Playground – Interview
April 21 – Christa Reads and Writes – Review
April 22 – I Wish I Lived in a Library – Review
April 23 – Babs Book Bistro  – Spotlight
April 24 – Laura’s Interests – Review
April 25 – Latte’ Da! – Guest Post
April 26 – deal sharing aunt – Interview
April 27 – Shelley’s Book Case – Review, Guest Post
April 28 – Musings and Ramblings – Review, Interview
April 29 – View from the Birdhouse – Review
April 30 – Community Bookstop – Review
May 1 – A Blue Million Books – Guest Post
May 2 – A Chick Who Reads – Review
May 3 – Cozy Up With Kathy – Interview

4 comments:

Renee B said...

I love those page turner mysteries

Susan M. Boyer said...

I'm so happy you enjoy spending time with Liz, Nate, and Colleen! Thank you so much for reading and for this lovely review!

Rowena said...

I love the paranormal element, too. Colleen is one of my favorite characters.

Rowena said...

I love the paranormal element, too. Colleen is one of my favorite characters.

 
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