USA Today best-seller and Agatha Award Winner Winner for Best First Novel
Full of simmering suspense and intrigue
Liz Talbot is a modern Southern belle: she blesses hearts and takes names. She carries her Sig 9 in her Kate Spade handbag, and her golden retriever, Rhett, rides shotgun in her hybrid Escape. When her grandmother is murdered, Liz high-tails it back to her South Carolina island home to find the killer. But when her police-chief brother shuts her out of the investigation, she opens her own. Then her long-dead best friend pops in and things really get complicated. As more folks turn up dead, Liz must use more than just her wits and charm to keep her family safe, chase down clues from the hereafter, and catch a psychopath before he catches her.
©2012 Susan M. Boyer (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
"Imaginative, empathetic, genuine, and fun, Lowcountry Boil is a lowcountry delight." (Carolyn Hart, Author of What the Cat Saw)
"It's a simmering gumbo of a story full of spice, salt, heat and shrimp. She had me guessing, detouring for a few laughs then doubling back for another clue right until the last chapter." (The Huffington Post)
I passed this book up several times before finally giving it a chance. I'm glad I decided to listen to it. It was very entertaining. The characters were realistic and intersting. The plot was believable and nicely paced. This was an enjoyable book and I will buy the next in the series.
Enjoyable, light mystery. However, I would not recommend the audio version. I'm not from South Carolina, nor am I great with identifying regional accents, but something about the narrator's accent didn't ring true; it sounded forced to me. Also, the sound quality was not up to par for most Audible productions. Read the book in print instead.
At home in the snowy mountains of Utah. Who says you need to have a summer...
The author does a excellent job of pulling you in quickly and keeping your focus by adding many secondary elements that also somehow take you back to the main story and aid in the unravelling. I also find the brother/sister police/PI conflicts between Liz and Blake a great element of the story..
While it has many elements of other mysteries it is difficulty to categorize this story into any of the common mystery families. It has supernatural elements, but they are not the main focus. She owns and isn't afraid to use her "Glock", but it is not hard-boiled. There are some very funny scenes, but there are also some hard core PI elements. A mixture of many common themes all mixed together in a satisfying whole.
I love the accent, which while a little overblown, greatly adds to the atmosphere of the story. Loretta Rawlings shows a great mastery of pacing and uses it to good effect in helping the listener distinguish between the characters.
I would highly recommend that you set aside some time to enjoy this story. It easily draws yo in and moves a constant pace that leaves you wanted to go just one more chapter.
The series only gets the better in Lowcountry Bombshell with an appearance from Marilyn, or not. Do yourself a favor and find out why Joey met his destiny on night in Charleston. Will Marilyn die on August 4th?.
I could not get into this book. The story was slow and not at all interesting. I though it might be similar to Mary Kay Andrews, and was suggested to me by Audible based on my past purchases, but it was not at all interesting.
Narration was fine.
Narrator was perfect. Just the right drawl and attitude. The story is a perfect blend of suspense, romance, and whit.
p lease everyone - stop with the" sanitize my hands stuff "- did you read War of the Worlds? unless you're working with the CDC or tramping through buckets of disease YOU DO NOT NEED TO SANITIZE so obsessively .- wash your hands, shower normally, etc., etc. You did manage to grow and flourish all these years, didn't you? The book was fun though I will read more of them ( in case you're wondering, I spent 26 years as an ER nurse - sanitized at work - washed normally at home and survived to a healthy retirement)
I really enjoyed the story and thought the main character was very likeable. Like other reviewers, I thought the narrator's performance was really lacking. The "southern" (in quotes because I think that's what she was going for, but fell short) accent came and went, she used the exact same voice for all the characters, and paused in really weird places. Once I got used to the narrator I didn't mind as much, but I wouldn't buy another book narrated by her. I will definitely buy the 2nd book in this series.
Avid reader for 45 years
Totally enjoyed this story about going home to a small southern island where everyone knows everyone else. Susan Boyer delivers humorous dialogue, family squabbling, a murder mystery, romantic complications and a friendly ghost. Excellent entertainment for commuting!
The story was interesting, the characters quirky but relatable, and the narrator added the right amount of performance to the read. I'm always hesitant to pick a book and author I know nothing about...but I'm glad I did!
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