Thursday, July 6, 2017

Lowcountry Bonfire - Cozy Mystery Review

Lowcountry Bonfire (Liz Talbot #6) by Susan M. Boyer

Rating:  Very Good
Source:  NetGalley

Description:  Private Investigators Liz Talbot and Nate Andrews have worked their share of domestic cases. So when Tammy Sue Lyerly hires them to find out what her husband is hiding, they expect to find something looney but harmless. After all, this is the guy who claims to have been a DEA agent, a champion bull rider, and a NASCAR driver. But when he turns up dead the morning after Liz and Nate deliver the incriminating photos, Tammy is the prime suspect.
Questioning the truth of Zeke Lyerly’s tall-tales, Liz and Nate race to uncover small town scandals, long buried secrets, and the victim’s tumultuous past to keep Tammy Sue out of jail and the case from going up in flames.

Genre: Mystery - Cozy

Why I Picked This Book:  This is one of my absolute favorite cozy mystery series and I love that description!

My Impression:  This is without a doubt one of my favorite cozy mystery series.  I love the characters, I love the setting, and above all the mysteries are always fantastic.  This one is no exception.  There's no waiting around for the action to start here as in the first pages Tammy Sue is setting her husband's beloved car (with his belongings packed in it of course) on fire.  When a body is discovered the normal cheating spouse case turns into a murder investigation and an investigation into just what of Zeke's tall tales might have had some truth to it.

Liz and Nate are newly married and getting adjusted to living and working together.  I love their relationship.  They're really partners in their working relationship as well as their personal one and it's just nice to see.  Since the bulk of the book takes place on Stella Maris we really see a lot of the Talbot family which I enjoyed.  They're characters without being over the top and just seem like nice people.

This may have been my favorite mystery of the series so far.  It starts out as Zeke just being a bit of a liar who is trying to make himself sound important but as Liz and Nate look into his life more and more bits and pieces just don't quite fit.  Could there be some truth to Zeke's lies?  This was a fun read because I really had no idea how things were going to go so I felt like I was going right along with Liz testing theories and investigating.  

This is really a fantastic cozy mystery series with likable characters and interesting mysteries that never lets me down.  This may be my favorite yet though I think I say that about each new mystery that Boyer writes!

Would I Read More of this Series/Author?  Absolutely!  I'm anxiously awaiting the next book already.

Would I Recommend this Book?  Definitely!  If you enjoy mysteries this is a series not to be missed.  While this is the 6th in the series you can certainly jump in here though if you start at the beginning you won't be sorry as all the mysteries are fantastic!


  1. That is some great recommendation, Katherine! I haven't, as of yet, had great experience with a cozy mystery but maybe this one will grab my attention.
    Hope you had fun camping. Looking forward to photos if you have any to share.

  2. Ironically, I lived in the lowcountry for about 2 years, AND I knew a person in the Air Force who told tall tales all the time. He never ceased to keep us all entertained wondering what story he would tell next. (lol) Sounds like a fun read with great characters. Hugs...

  3. That's great that you're liking every book more and more as the series continues. That's not always how it works out. Especially when you read so much from one genre(you have your cozy mystery, I have my romance. Lol).
    Characters are definitely my bread and butter, good thing this one seems to be giving you some great ones!

  4. Great Review, Katherine! I read a Cozy a long time ago and really enjoyed it. I might need to do a fun genre switch and pick up a new one!

  5. This sounds like such a great series. I definitely want to read more of this kind of book. I will have to see if my library has a copy.

  6. Thanks for the review and the recommendations.