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Board Stiff: An Elliot Lisbon Mystery | [Kendel Lynn]

Board Stiff: An Elliot Lisbon Mystery

As director of the Ballantyne Foundation on Sea Pine Island, SC, Elliott Lisbon scratches her detective itch by performing discreet inquiries for Foundation donors. Usually nothing serious until Jane Hatting, Ballantyne board chair, is accused of murder. The Ballantyne's reputation tanks, Jane's headed to a jail cell, and Elliott's sexy ex is the new lieutenant in town. Armed with moxie and her Mini Coop, Elliott uncovers a trail of blackmail schemes, gambling debts, illicit affairs, and investment scams. But the closer she gets to the truth, the more treacherous her investigation.
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As director of the Ballantyne Foundation on Sea Pine Island, SC, Elliott Lisbon scratches her detective itch by performing discreet inquiries for Foundation donors. Usually nothing serious until Jane Hatting, Ballantyne board chair, is accused of murder. The Ballantyne's reputation tanks, Jane's headed to a jail cell, and Elliott's sexy ex is the new lieutenant in town.

Armed with moxie and her Mini Coop, Elliott uncovers a trail of blackmail schemes, gambling debts, illicit affairs, and investment scams. But the closer she gets to the truth, the more treacherous her investigation. With victims piling up faster than shells at a clambake, Elliott realizes she's next on the killer's list.

©2012 Kendel Lynn (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    Takeyabue Orem, UT, United States 02-15-14
    Takeyabue Orem, UT, United States 02-15-14

    At home in the snowy mountains of Utah. Who says you need to have a summer...

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    "A strong start to a new cozy mystery series"
    What did you love best about Board Stiff?

    The story was fast moving without a lot of interludes. It also included several episodes of peeling back the onion to find a new level of plot.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I personally loved the two chefs, especially their interactions with each other. i found Elliott a bit too much to believe, but that is somewhat the nature of the beast with cozy mysteries.


    What about Rachel Frawley’s performance did you like?

    While the narrator was a bit breathy and off-setting at the beginning once the story began to move along it was more that sufficient to draw me right in.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Once I was past the first couple of chapters and the characters were established, I knew i would be with them through to the end. Well deserving of it's nomination for best first novel in the 2014 Agatha awards.


    Any additional comments?

    It would be really nice to have a ongoing successful male character who could participate in the mysteries without being a romantic interest for the main female character or one of her friends. As is common with many current cozy's, male characters are either a possible love interest for the main female character or her posse, gay, humorous figures (boozers, druggies, losers, computer nerds), or father figures too old to be of any romantic interest. i would hope that a successful 40-year-old single female would have a few mainstream male friends.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    fred PETOSKEY, MI, United States 05-05-14
    fred PETOSKEY, MI, United States 05-05-14 Member Since 2006
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    "good listen, kept me interested"
    What other book might you compare Board Stiff to and why?

    the "alphabet" mysteries. maybe the "storm" series. not the same character exactly but in that genre for the main characters attitude or personality. more up beat.not grim like the cornwell character.


    Which character – as performed by Rachel Frawley – was your favorite?

    over all good narration with them all. in my opinion its generally harder for women to do men than vice versa but this narrator pulled it off smoothly.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought the narrator did a good job with different character voices. appropriately distinct but not exaggerated.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    "Mrs. V" MA 02-16-14
    "Mrs. V" MA 02-16-14

    Maria and Family

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    "Good story the narrator over pronounced T and D"
    What did you love best about Board Stiff?

    Cute cozy mystery


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I'm still listening


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Rachel Frawley?

    Caroline Schaffer or anyone


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not really


    Any additional comments?

    The narrators over pronounced T and D sounds were so frequent distracting and maddening at times. I probably won't listen to the next in the series because of the narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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