A Notable Cozy Read: Review Of “Lowcountry Boil” By Susan M. Boyer
Susan M. Boyer is a new talented voice in the sub-genre of cozy mysteries. Susan’s short fiction has appeared in moonShine Review, Spinetingler Magazine, Relief Journal, The Petigru Review, and Catfish Stew.
Her debut novel, Lowcountry Boil, was the 2012 Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense recipient.
A Brief Summary:
Private Investigator 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 her police-chief brother shuts her out of the investigation, so she opens her own. Then her long-dead best friend pops in and things really become tricky. When more folks start turning up dead in this small seaside town, 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.
Although we don’t review many cozy mysteries, the main protagonist for this novel, Liz Talbot, got our attention: She is a smart, sassy and Southern private investigator who pops from the page as a likeable character. The language for the story is witty and humorous and keeps the reader interested in the plot…
Overall, we recommend this book to the fans of cozy mysteries.
Our Rating: 4.0
Note: Lowcountry Boneyard is another notable title from this author which was a Spring 2015 Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance Okra Pick, and was shortlisted for the 2016 Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize.