Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Lowcountry Boneyard - Blog Tour Review
Lowcountry Boneyard (Liz Talbot #3)
Rating: 4 Stars
Source: Blog Tour
Description: 23 year old Kent Heyward disappeared somewhere between her Charleston home and a nearby restaurant. The police believe she left of her own choosing but Kent's powerful wealthy family and her assorted friends believe differently.Just as Liz starts making progress she gets an unpleasant surprise delivered to her door. Is finding Kent going to cause Liz to disappear?
Why I Picked This Book: I absolutely love a missing person case and this series sounded interesting.
My Impression: I've read a lot of cozies and have gotten to be fairly picky regarding them. I like there to be reasons for the main character to be investigating, I like for the main character to act like the age they actually are, I like a fully developed setting, and I like the mystery to be well put together and well-paced. I'm glad to say that Susan M. Boyer has delivered on all counts. This was my first meeting with Liz Talbot but I can guarantee it will not be the last! Liz is smart, quick on her feet, and has a heavy dash of sarcasm. I also liked the way Liz and Nate's professional and personal relationships unfolded. They both acted like adults which was refreshing. They talked about their personal problems but didn't let that interfere with acting like business partners when they needed too. The mystery of Kent's disappearance was interesting and kept me turning pages far later into the night than was smart. I really enjoyed Boyer's details about the PI business and it really felt like Liz and Nick were actually PIs instead of it just being a label.
I have mixed feelings about Liz's ghostly friend Colleen and the side plot involving why Liz needs to stay on the island. While I enjoyed both aspects the story itself is strong enough that these parts didn't seem necessary. The phrase "gilding the lily" came to mind about them. Part of the problem could be that since I haven't read the first 2 books I wasn't as connected to the ongoing plots. That being said, I still found the subplot enjoyable even though I wanted to hurry up and get back to the investigation. This is a great cozy mystery - great characters, beautiful setting and perfectly paced.
Would I Read More of this Series/Author?: Definitely! I've already added the first 2 books to my TBR and am looking forward to getting to know Liz better.
Would I Recommend this Book?: Absolutely! I think any mystery lover would enjoy this and if you're new to cozies this would be a great place to start.
Challenges Met? Reading Road Trip (South Carolina)