Susan M. Boyer comes to the blog today with the eighth installment in the Liz Talbot Mystery series as the mayhem continues with
Part of my enjoyment in this series is the main characters of Liz and her partner Nate – their ties to family and community, the pure ‘southern’ feel of the stories and the settings described and built for instant imagery. It’s easy to follow along as they investigate and ferret out the clues, with constant interference (or hiding from) the local police, or as in this case, delving deeper when the police have been ‘warned off’ by powers higher. A local boy has returned home after making a name for himself in show business, and not long after his high school sweetheart and up-and-coming local reporter is found murdered in a fairly public area. Nothing about this case is particularly straightforward to anyone but the police: the two had dinner and were observed in an argument – therefore he is the culprit.
But Liz doesn’t believe it, the circumstances and ‘testimonies’ of the witnesses, all tourists, doesn’t seem to fit, and her meeting with Darius didn’t leave her feeling as if he’d done it either. But the police have arrested their ‘only’ suspect, and the case seems to be a simple one. Until a bit of a hint is dropped by their detective-friend on the mainland, that leads Nate and Liz to believe there is more to the story. And the more, could be very dangerous for them. When you add in the investigation, an ‘explosive’ ferry ride, and Liz’s mother and father having their ‘usual set-to’s’ as most long-married couples do, the insets of family life, the setting and a particularly muddy dog all add up to winner!
Boyer adds in twists that continue stories and relationships established earlier in the series that help to further enmesh Nate and Liz into the setting, and while you don’t Have To read the earlier books in the series, I’m sure that you will want to – it helps to see who is who and get a real sense of the South Carolina coastal area and islands in which they live and work. With some marvelous food scenes, landscapes and town wanders – you will feel like you are on a walking tour of the area, and are sure to recognize many of the landmarks (and even the feel) of the place instantly. With a well-crafted mystery that needs solving by this unusual duo of Liz and Nate, and the downtime between ‘chasing clues’ perfectly balancing the tension, the story is easy to read, not easily solved and a great escape for a few hours of entertainment.
Title: Lowcountry Boomerang
Author: Susan M. Boyer
Series: Liz Talbot Mystery #8
Also in this series: Lowcountry Bookshop
Genre: Contemporary Cozy Mystery, Family Saga, Friendship, Murder, Mystery Elements, Romantic Elements, Small Town, Southern, Suspense Elements
Published by: Henery Press
Published on: 3 September, 2019
Source: Publisher Via Edelweiss
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Private investigators Liz Talbot and Nate Andrews are all set to enjoy some quality time on the beach. That’s until they get the news about Darius. Darius DeAndre Baker, star of the hit TV show, Main Street USA, has had enough of the Hollywood highlife. After ten years of visiting everyone else’s hometown, he returns to his own—Stella Maris, South Carolina.
But the moving trucks have barely unloaded when Trina Lynn Causby, Darius’s high school girlfriend, turns up dead, and the entire town reels as Darius is arrested.
Despite the mounting evidence against him, Liz and Nate believe Darius is innocent. They dig through a scandalously long list of suspects, including Darius’s three ex-wives—who have all arrived in Stella Maris—and his love child with Trina Lynn.
But Trina Lynn led a complicated life. She had at least one stalker and two suitors—one with a jealous wife who recently made a deliciously outrageous scene when Trina Lynn turned up at a charity ball.
As the danger mounts, Liz and Nate race to find a killer and clear Darius’s name—and keep him alive.
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.