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Publisher's Summary

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.

Critic Reviews

"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)

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  • Ian
  • Northmead, Australia
  • 08-13-15

Smarter than your ordinary cozy mystery.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. Cozy mysteries aren't rocket science. They're usually formulaic with the same characters and tropes you see in every other book. This book does follow the pattern but it's better than most. Honestly there isn't much difference between great and awful in cozy mysteries but this one is definitely up the great end.

Any additional comments?

If there is one criticism I have it's that it was a bit like Spiderman 3. Too many villains and honestly they were kind of hyper evil...almost cartoonishly so. It made the book a little cumbersome. One / maybe two villains was all the book needed.

19 of 20 people found this review helpful

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Wonderful read!

I really enjoy this series. The author is able to highlight the local feel of the community without making the reader feel like an outsider. The characters are interesting and full of southern charm and spunk. Their excentricities make them feel like old friends and family members.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Excellently!

Enjoyed the writing immensely, and while the narrator had a couple of vocal tics that I could live without, overall it didn't matter.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Great Story

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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.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Enjoyable book, not-so-enjoyable narrator

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.

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  • Jennifer
  • Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 02-28-14

Took a chance, glad I did!

Where does Lowcountry Boil rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

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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Really not good

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The narrator's fake southern accent and harsh voice made it impossible to listen to this audiobook. I might have stuck with it longer but it appeared that one of the major plot dynamics was an extremely unpleasant sister and the main character hating her. This might get resolved later in the book but the dialogue and mini-events were too petty and shallow to put up with long enough to find out.

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Engaging, w some plot flaws

Good low country detail, well read. Needed a continuity editor for minor plot problems; this PI and her friends get a LOT of help from coincidence. A fun, light "read once" book.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Low country boil

Fully enjoyable mystery that you could really sink your teeth into. I loved Liz, and her ghostly assistant. The mystery had heft, the characters were memorable and well used, and I was completely caught up in life on The island.

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  • Beatrice
  • Houston, TX, United States
  • 07-07-14

Pleasant surprise

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.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful