Lowcountry Bookshop: Liz Talbot Mystery #7 by Susan M. Boyer

Lowcountry Bookshop: Liz Talbot Mystery #7 by Susan M. Boyer

Susan M. Boyer comes to the blog today with the seventh in the Liz Talbot Mystery series, the first that I’ve read in this clever, fun and funny series, this installment releases tomorrow! Please read on for my review of

Lowcountry Bookshop

The first I’ve read in this series but fear not, I didn’t have any difficulty in following along: Boyer provided enough background information and some lovely (if highly chaotic) family interactions to bring a sense of both Liz and Nate to the forefront. Add in the spirit of Liz’s childhood friend, prone to dropping in and sharing information that encourages Liz’s curiosity (and occasionally helps her work) and the story is full of the charm that one would expect from a story set in Charleston, South Carolina.

Nate and Liz have been hired by an “anonymous” client to investigate and discover the actual culprit in a hit and run that killed a prominent resident, his body found tasered, pepper-sprayed, and stabbed when hit by an unknown driver in the midst of a torrential downpour. The primary suspect is a mail carrier, Poppy, who came upon the body just after the accident, and with her old dented auto. The attorneys that have hired Nate and Liz to investigate aren’t their favorites, but when Colleen reinforces Poppy’s innocence, and they start to investigate, there are many suspects and little to no reason to eliminate any of them.

From the widow to the brother, a childhood friend who stalked the victim, a group of women that meet secretly in an old graveyard, and the ever-popular Ghosts of Charleston books that serve as a message center, the questions and suspects are never ending. Through multiple lines of inquiry, hours of following and tracking, and a few ‘costume changes’, the possible reasons for the death are exposed, also unearthing an ‘underground railroad’ of sorts, that spirits abused women out of danger to safety.

Oh the questions and twists are strong in this one! And, when the story starts to unfold and pieces come together, the struggle for both Liz and Nate come clear as there are several well intentioned people, acting for good reasons, who could find themselves in great trouble. With so many layers, levels, and a whole organization operating out of necessity in secret out in the open, the story was a read in one sitting romp that kept me engaged and interested. Liz and Nate, and particularly the constant tweaking her father does to her mother were adorable, and I’d love to see where they started to come out here. A favorite read for the characters, the laughter and the clever plotting of a story that really surprised in the end.

Lowcountry Bookshop: Liz Talbot Mystery #7 by Susan M. Boyer

Title: Lowcountry Bookshop
Author: Susan M. Boyer
Series: Liz Talbot Mystery #7
Genre: Contemporary Cozy Mystery, Ghosts, Humor elements, Southern
Published by: Henery Press
ISBN: 1635113768
Published on: 29 May, 2018
Format:eARC
Source: Publisher Via Edelweiss
Pages: 268
Audio Length: 8 Hours
Rated: five-stars
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Lowcountry PI Liz Talbot returns to the streets of Charleston in the seventh installment of Susan M. Boyer’s USA TODAY bestselling mystery series.

Between an epic downpour and a King Tide, those historic streets are flooded—and dangerous. A late night tragic accident along the Lower Battery leads Liz Talbot straight to her next case.

Who’s the client? Well, now, therein lies the first puzzle. When the police arrive at the scene of the accident, Poppy Oliver claims she’s only trying to help.

But the dent on the front of her Subaru and the victim’s injuries provoke a certain Charleston police detective’s suspicious nature. A wealthy, anonymous benefactor hires Liz and her partner Nate Andrews to prove Poppy Oliver’s innocence.

What exactly was Poppy Oliver up to? Is she a random good Samaritan who happens upon the accident scene? Or perhaps this tragedy wasn’t an accident. She just might be his abused wife’s accomplice.

Why does everyone involved in this case have a sudden burning urge for reading material, leading them to the same charming bookshop along the waterfront?

From a risqué, exclusive club in an old plantation to an upscale resale shop in the historic King Street shopping district to a downtown graveyard crawling with ghosts, Liz tracks a group of women who band together to help victims of domestic violence.

In her most challenging case yet, Liz fears she may find a killer, but justice may prove elusive.

A copy of this title was provided via Publisher Via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

 

What really hooked me in – but couldn’t have come at a worse time as Liz and Nate were in the midst of a tricky investigation and more ‘family drama’, no matter how ridiculous it plays out – wasn’t needed. A pool is being installed at Liz’s childhood home, and her mother is not thrilled with it, or her father. Known for ‘acting up’ to keep his wife paying attention and amusing himself: here’s yet another moment – a phone conversation on Sunday morning before church:

“Unless you have called to tell me that you’ve decided to adopt one or – and this is unequivocally my personal preference – all five of your father’s pets, and are on your way right this very minute to pick them up, I have to go. God has his work cut out for him this morning.”

“Wait – five pets? “

“Oh, that’s riiight.”
Mamma’s voice sounded chillingly pleasant. “You haven’t met the latest addition to your father’s menagerie. He brought Larry, Roger and Moe home on Tuesday.”

“Larry -?”

Pygmy Goats. He keeps calling them his goat herd. He can’t stop saying the words. Goat Herd.” It came out as a strangled whisper. She hung up.

That song from the Sound of Music commenced playing in my head – the one about the lonely goatherd. I wondered vaguely if Daddy had taken up yodeling.

 

About Susan M. Boyer

Susan M. Boyer's debut novel, Lowcountry Boil, won the Agatha Award for Best First Novel, the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense, and garnered several other nominations, including the Macavity. The third, Lowcountry Boneyard, was a Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) Okra Pick, a Daphne du Maurier Award finalist, and short-listed for the Pat Conroy Beach Music Mystery Prize. 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. She lives in Greenville, SC, with her husband and an inordinate number of houseplants.

 

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