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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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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.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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A good story

Board Stiff combines a quirky main character with an interesting group of supporting staff and a set of plot twists to bring about a very good story. The characters are a motley crew which all have their own set of flaw which can make them disliked at times but also makes them more human and relatable. The plot is slow moving but takes a number of twists that I didn’t see coming which made the overall story enjoyable. I’m probably not the target demographic for this story but overall I thought it was a nice little beach mystery.

Ms. Frawley does a decent job with the narration. She does a good job of switching up the characters but they all have her undertone in them so they're not totally distinct. She also pronounces her T's hard so if you tend to focus on one aspect of a narrator and have it drive you nuts this might not be the story for you.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Stopped after two minutes

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I have no idea about the story. The narrator over-pronounced "t"s, especially final ones and I didn't want to geT involved in the story and be irriTaTed by thaT all the way through. I'm all for clarity, but this felt forced.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Liked it! Want to listen to more!

Cozy mysteries are one of my favorite genres, but many are silly capers that might suit a child's story. This was humorous, but had a storyline that was layered and well paced. I won't go into the plot, that's why you listen to the book. Suffice it to say, OCD Elliot was fun to tag along with.
Narration has been a big subject in many reviews. Yes, Ms. Frawley was a bit stiff, precise in her diction and enunciation to the point that it was a little distracting. I have listened to many who are worse readers and after the first few chapters I put annoyance aside and enjoyed the well-developed cozy mystery.
I look forward to the next book in the series.

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  • Jean
  • Farmington, NM, United States
  • 08-23-17

First time with this author

Good listen.
Sometimes It was confusing but overall enjoyed it. Will purchase next book in series.

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easy read

lots of laughs and the ending was unexpected...great easy read. on to the next one for me.

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Board Stiff

Enjoyed the book. Will be getting the rest of her books as well. Hope there is another in the works.

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Love the book

Love the story line and I also loved the characters. Can't wait for the next one in the series

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  • 04-07-15

Grow Up

I am a great fan of the Low Country, so I approached this series with interest. Good depiction. Unfortunately the level of immature and bitchy behavior of many of the characters makes the characters in Glee's first season seem mature. For this series to be strong. they all need to grow up and fast and the drama can no longer come when stupid and/or illegal things are done by the protagonist

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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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.

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  • K.C
  • 11-04-16

Nice listen

Nice read with a surprising outcome. Didn't see the killer coming until it was almost revealed in the storyline. Nice