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Private Investigator Liz Talbot thinks she’s seen another ghost when she meets Calista McQueen. She’s the spitting image of Marilyn Monroe. Born precisely fifty years after the ill-fated star, Calista’s life has eerily mirrored the late starlet’s—and she fears the looming anniversary of Marilyn’s death will also be hers. Before Liz can open a case file, Calista’s life coa Private Investigator Liz Talbot thinks she’s seen another ghost when she meets Calista McQueen. She’s the spitting image of Marilyn Monroe. Born precisely fifty years after the ill-fated star, Calista’s life has eerily mirrored the late starlet’s—and she fears the looming anniversary of Marilyn’s death will also be hers. Before Liz can open a case file, Calista’s life coach is executed. Suspicious characters swarm around Calista like mosquitoes on a sultry lowcountry evening: her certifiable mother, a fake aunt, her control-freak psychoanalyst, a private yoga instructor, her peculiar housekeeper, and an obsessed ex-husband. Liz digs in to find a motive for murder, but she’s besieged with distractions. Her ex has marriage and babies on his mind. Her too-sexy partner engages in a campaign of repeat seduction. Mamma needs help with Daddy’s devotion to bad habits. And a gang of wild hogs is running loose on Stella Maris. With the heat index approaching triple digits, Liz races to uncover a diabolical murder plot in time to save not only Calista’s life, but also her own.


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Private Investigator Liz Talbot thinks she’s seen another ghost when she meets Calista McQueen. She’s the spitting image of Marilyn Monroe. Born precisely fifty years after the ill-fated star, Calista’s life has eerily mirrored the late starlet’s—and she fears the looming anniversary of Marilyn’s death will also be hers. Before Liz can open a case file, Calista’s life coa Private Investigator Liz Talbot thinks she’s seen another ghost when she meets Calista McQueen. She’s the spitting image of Marilyn Monroe. Born precisely fifty years after the ill-fated star, Calista’s life has eerily mirrored the late starlet’s—and she fears the looming anniversary of Marilyn’s death will also be hers. Before Liz can open a case file, Calista’s life coach is executed. Suspicious characters swarm around Calista like mosquitoes on a sultry lowcountry evening: her certifiable mother, a fake aunt, her control-freak psychoanalyst, a private yoga instructor, her peculiar housekeeper, and an obsessed ex-husband. Liz digs in to find a motive for murder, but she’s besieged with distractions. Her ex has marriage and babies on his mind. Her too-sexy partner engages in a campaign of repeat seduction. Mamma needs help with Daddy’s devotion to bad habits. And a gang of wild hogs is running loose on Stella Maris. With the heat index approaching triple digits, Liz races to uncover a diabolical murder plot in time to save not only Calista’s life, but also her own.

30 review for Lowcountry Bombshell

  1. 4 out of 5

    Carmen

    RE-READ 06/13/2015 This is good, but weaker than the first entry, Lowcountry Boil. If you are not fascinated with the life and death of Marilyn Monroe (this is me) than parts of this book are going to be boring to you. Also, this book ramps up the lovey-dovey-ness which was thankfully absent from the first installment. But still a good, fun mystery with a smart and resourceful protagonist. ... Calista McQueen's got a problem. She looks just like Marilyn Monroe. And her life so far has taken every RE-READ 06/13/2015 This is good, but weaker than the first entry, Lowcountry Boil. If you are not fascinated with the life and death of Marilyn Monroe (this is me) than parts of this book are going to be boring to you. Also, this book ramps up the lovey-dovey-ness which was thankfully absent from the first installment. But still a good, fun mystery with a smart and resourceful protagonist. ... Calista McQueen's got a problem. She looks just like Marilyn Monroe. And her life so far has taken every single turn Marilyn's has so far. So of course she's worried that her 36th birthday is coming up (on August 5th, of course). She's convinced someone is going to murder her and make it look like a suicide. So she hires PI Liz Talbot to investigate. Liz Talbot is just finding her footing after the events of her grandmother's murder. She's dating her ex-lover Michael, but just isn't feel any spark with him. But sparks are flying with fellow PI Nate. When Calista comes into her life, Liz is a bit skeptical at first. Is this woman for real? But when she starts investigating, all sorts of interesting things come to light. I thought this book was a good mystery. A good balance between light and fluffy / and grim and dark. This book is lighthearted without being cutesy and it's fast-paced and gripping enough to make you wish you could read faster. The love story is just a minor sideplot, but I would like to add that I like Nate. He loves Liz, and treats her with respect. He doesn't humiliate her or act like a jerk to her. So many books make the male leads sarcastic, dominating, controlling jerks and then act like the reader should think this is the sexiest thing in the world. I can't stand this trend. I like a guy like Nate - kind, thoughtful, sexy, understanding, patient, with a good sense of humor who respects Liz. I also admire Liz for being such a strong heroine. Let me explain. She's not strong as in 'badass' - she carries a gun but she's no fighting/kicking/shooting Lara Croft-type-character. But she's smart, she's tenacious, and she stands up for herself. The standing up for herself is the best part. She even stands up to the men she loves. I really like this refreshing change from 'heroines' who fall all over themselves to submit to their boyfriends. Susan M. Boyer just continues to impress me with her sharp plots and Liz's strong character. Also the love scene she wrote between Liz and Nate was pretty hot. I say love scene and not 'sex scene' because Boyer only has them engaging in foreplay in the scene - she does her character sex off-screen, which is also refreshing.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Natalie Mattila

    I absolutely loved this book. From start to finish I couldn't put it down! The suspense, mystery, crime, stakes...everything was wonderfully written and developed. Liz Talbot, Private Investigator, thinks the ghost of Marilyn Monroe is on her doorstep when Calista McQueen shows up seeking her help. Calista's life perfectly mirrors that of Marilyn's down to a "T" and she fears that the looming anniversary of Marilyn's death will parallel hers as well. Liz goes deep into the investigation to help C I absolutely loved this book. From start to finish I couldn't put it down! The suspense, mystery, crime, stakes...everything was wonderfully written and developed. Liz Talbot, Private Investigator, thinks the ghost of Marilyn Monroe is on her doorstep when Calista McQueen shows up seeking her help. Calista's life perfectly mirrors that of Marilyn's down to a "T" and she fears that the looming anniversary of Marilyn's death will parallel hers as well. Liz goes deep into the investigation to help Calista, from Calista's crazy mother, certifiable fake aunt, her lovesick ex-husband, yoga instructor, nosy therapist, and suspicious housekeeper - this book will keep you guessing from beginning to end. Meanwhile, Liz is tied up in her own steamy romance with her hunky guy! I would recommend this book to anyone, and don't forget to read the first in the Liz Talbot Mystery Series - LOWCOUNTRY BOIL! http://www.amazon.com/Lowcountry-Bomb...

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I really enjoyed the first book in this series, and I was excited to pick up Lowcountry Bombshell and see where Liz's story went. Sigh. There's just something about sequels, right? Basically, there were two deal breakers for me in this book, which eclipse all the good feelings I had about Susan Boyer after reading Lowcountry Boil, and which have put Ms. Boyer permanently on my Do Not Read list. 1. Normally I criticize books for having too much romance and not enough mystery. This book goes in the I really enjoyed the first book in this series, and I was excited to pick up Lowcountry Bombshell and see where Liz's story went. Sigh. There's just something about sequels, right? Basically, there were two deal breakers for me in this book, which eclipse all the good feelings I had about Susan Boyer after reading Lowcountry Boil, and which have put Ms. Boyer permanently on my Do Not Read list. 1. Normally I criticize books for having too much romance and not enough mystery. This book goes in the opposite direction. At the end of the first book, Liz is in a situation where she has the interest of the guy she has loved FOREVER (Michael), and is also coming to realize she has feelings for her partner, Nate (who literally does not make an appearance until the very end of Book 1). I was looking forward to a love triangle, or at the very least getting to know Nate's character, feeling the romantic tension in their partnership. Nope. The author resolves that issue at the beginning of book 2, and it goes like this: "Oh, Michael loves me back! [After they stare at each other significantly many times in Book 1] He is no longer married to my cousin, and we can finally be together! [AFTER TEN YEARS of waiting!] “- Liz "Meh, I want Nate." - Liz (Nate arrives) "Nate! Let’s make hot, steamy southern love RIGHT NOW! We shall be together FOREVER!" - Liz ??? Fine. What a nice conclusion... at the beginning of the book. EXCEPT!!! Nate sucks bad. He spends their entire (week long) relationship whining, being jealous and insecure, and treating her like a precious china doll (I guess the fact that she has been his partner-detective for years means NOTHING). By the end of this book I was sincerely rooting for Michael (who is not much of a step up). Okay, I hate both of Liz's romantic interests, and this brings me to my Number 2 reason for this book's low rating: 2. I hate Liz. I liked her SO much at the end of Lowcountry Boil. But she goes F***ing PSYCHO in this book. Basically, the premise of Lowcountry Bombshell is that a beautiful girl (who looks just like Marilyn Monroe and whose life creepily mirrors Marilyn Monroe’s) is afraid for her life and hires Liz and Nate to investigate (and prove her right). This girl, Calista, has psychological problems as a result of being raised to become Marilyn Monroe by her creepy mother and aunt (and is possibly a suicide risk?) In addition, she has a problem with employees who overstep their boundaries and try to control her. And Liz becomes the worst offender. Liz quickly becomes obsessed with this client and wants to be best friends. She bullies the girl into allowing her access to her phone to listen in on her calls and see her text messages. Nate and Liz’s sheriff brother seem to think this is out of bounds, but Liz isn’t bothered by their criticism. Mean old men, they just don’t understand! Then she spies on her client’s meeting with an admittedly creepy psychiatrist, after which she goes behind Calista’s back to said doctor and threatens him into ending his professional relationship with her. Oh, and he should NOT recommend the girl continue her therapy, because what she needs is girlfriends, not a psychiatrist. Liz knows this about a total stranger (that she met a week ago) because they have some kind of… mystical female connection? I don’t know. I also don’t know where Liz gets off meddling in the private life of one of her clients for no other reason than… she knows best? What’s worse is that she pretends to be Calista’s friend, lies to her about all this (keeping her involvement a secret) and there are no consequences to her actions. That’s just Liz, being a good friend. The final irony is that the author spent a considerable amount of time in the previous book developing a ghost (don’t ask) who was friends with Liz in high school and who… wait for it… committed suicide. So clearly Liz knows firsthand that sometimes, having girlfriends is NOT enough. All in all... this book was disappointing enough that I won't be back.

  4. 4 out of 5

    M.E.

    I was very excited to start the second in this series, since I enjoyed the first. First, I know this is advertised as a cozy. But to me, I think it stretches the boundaries of that definition. Not that I minded in the slightest, but cozy readers who have objections to strong love scenes or mild swearing might want to take note. But on that note, I was a little apprehensive at the beginning. Looking back, I think Boyer was smart to write the Liz/Nate relationship the way she did, because it all I was very excited to start the second in this series, since I enjoyed the first. First, I know this is advertised as a cozy. But to me, I think it stretches the boundaries of that definition. Not that I minded in the slightest, but cozy readers who have objections to strong love scenes or mild swearing might want to take note. But on that note, I was a little apprehensive at the beginning. Looking back, I think Boyer was smart to write the Liz/Nate relationship the way she did, because it allowed her to move onto the next phase. And Liz isn't the type of woman to moon about, waffling over "which guy shall I choose?" for too long anyway. =) The first 2/3 of the book had a decent pace, but things really picked up in the last third, which meant my lazy Sunday afternoon of reading was, well, faster than I expected. But that's not a bad thing. All of the quirky characters from LOWCOUNTRY BOIL are back. I could have wished for a little more Colleen, but she gets her moment. And Boyer manages to make me hear the southern dialect without resorting to campy use of colloquialisms or phonetic accented dialog, which is awesome. All in all, a great sequel. And Liz and Nate have made strides - but it'll be interesting to see where they go from here.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Cocktails and Books

    Boy, did I love this book! It was a great mystery novel, but Boyer managed to give the story so much more. I loved the Marilyn Monroe twist to it, loved the well-developed characters, and I loved the setting she described. I want to live on a quaint little South Carolina island too! It is hard for me to believe that this is only Boyer's 2nd novel. It was well-written and I can't wait to go back and read Lowcountry Boil! I found it so easy to fall in love with the characters in this book. Liz is a Boy, did I love this book! It was a great mystery novel, but Boyer managed to give the story so much more. I loved the Marilyn Monroe twist to it, loved the well-developed characters, and I loved the setting she described. I want to live on a quaint little South Carolina island too! It is hard for me to believe that this is only Boyer's 2nd novel. It was well-written and I can't wait to go back and read Lowcountry Boil! I found it so easy to fall in love with the characters in this book. Liz is a spunky private investigator and a lifelong resident of Stella Maris, a little island off of South Carolina. As is usual in a small town, everybody knows everybody so when outsider Calista seeks Liz's services for protection, it is intriguing. Especially when she sees that Calista is dead-ringer for Marilyn Monroe. At first, I didn't know what to make of Calista--was she lying? Crazy? Both?--she seemed a bit too much of a victim. However, as the story progressed, I liked Calista too. And the men? Please tell me the next story will focus on Blake! ; ) I don't want to give anything away about the plot because I thought Boyer did a great job weaving this tale. It was suspensful, but also playful. I thought the ending was very clever and unexpected. This is a must read for all mystery lovers! Reviewed by Joelle for Cocktails and Books

  6. 5 out of 5

    adlin

    This is the second book in the Liz Talbot Mystery series. I enjoyed the first book, Low Country Boil, and this one does not disappoint. In fact, it’s better. It’s an all around fun read. Liz Talbot has recently returned to the island Stella Maris, where she grew up, from Greenville, SC, where she and her partner Nate run a Private Investigation business. With her return to Stella Maris, they’ve opened a branch on the island (currently out of Liz’s house, which she inherited from her grandmother). This is the second book in the Liz Talbot Mystery series. I enjoyed the first book, Low Country Boil, and this one does not disappoint. In fact, it’s better. It’s an all around fun read. Liz Talbot has recently returned to the island Stella Maris, where she grew up, from Greenville, SC, where she and her partner Nate run a Private Investigation business. With her return to Stella Maris, they’ve opened a branch on the island (currently out of Liz’s house, which she inherited from her grandmother). Her most recent customeris Calista McQueen, a doppleganger for Marilyn Monroe. Her life has eerily mirrored that of Marilyn and she is convinced that within 10 days her fate will mimic that of Marilyn and she will be dead. She asks Liz to investigate, providing several strange incidents that have led her to believe that she will die. There is nothing routine about this story or mystery. We see more of Liz’s family - her brother, Blake, the sheriff, her very quirky parents, and a little of her sister, Merry. As with the first book, humor is very much present, but it doesn’t detract from the story. There are several twists and turns. You know that one of the people that Calista trusts, and there aren’t many, are involved, but I didn’t see the end coming. There’s a little side mystery around the housekeeper and it’s resolved as well and does factor into Calista’s story. There is also a romance of sorts with Nate that starts at the beginning and while I thought there might be an attraction between the two in the first book, I almost thought this hot and heavy romance came out of the blue - from 0-60 in the blink of eye, no in between. It didn’t detract from the story, but it almost seemed misplaced, walking a very fine line between a romance and a mystery. Still, I’d highly recommend this book, though read Lowcountry Boil first, if possible. I’m looking forward to the next book in this series.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ashley Farley

    Set on the fictional island of Stellar Maris, South Carolina, the author offers us glimpses of Mount Pleasant, the Isle of Palms, and Charleston. Boyer reminded me how wonderful it is to live at the beach, to enjoy the sand and the water every day without ever taking it for granted. Lowcountry Bombshell was my first experience with a cozy mystery. I found it a light-hearted enjoyable read with romance, action, and everything about South Carolina I love. A little gory but not too gruesome, I foun Set on the fictional island of Stellar Maris, South Carolina, the author offers us glimpses of Mount Pleasant, the Isle of Palms, and Charleston. Boyer reminded me how wonderful it is to live at the beach, to enjoy the sand and the water every day without ever taking it for granted. Lowcountry Bombshell was my first experience with a cozy mystery. I found it a light-hearted enjoyable read with romance, action, and everything about South Carolina I love. A little gory but not too gruesome, I found the action appropriate. I couldn't wait to find out what happened next. Liz Davis and her longtime partner, Nate, have recently become romantically involved. This new bond not only adds to the energy of their adventures but it creates an urgent need to protect one another when they find themselves in danger. I found their relationship endearing. I hope to see more of them in Boyer's next editions to the series, Lowcountry Boneyard and Lowcountry Bordello, scheduled for release in May and October of 2014, respectively. True to the Southern style of writing, Boyer presents her readers with many colorful characters. Liz Davis--our protagonist who has a feisty attitude, a huge appetite, and a fear of germs. Calista McQueen--Liz's client--a multi-million dollar lottery winner who is the spitting image of Marilyn Monroe. Colleen--Liz's best friend/guardian angel--although she's been dead for fourteen years she spends her days protecting Liz from flying bullets. Grace--the psychic godmother. Blake--her protective brother. At times, I felt lost trying to keep up with all these interesting characters. While Boyer does a fair job of providing her reader with the missing pieces, I found myself wishing I'd read her first novel, Lowcountry Boil, beforehand.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Andrea Guy

    Lowcountry Bombshell is the second book in the Liz Talbot Mystery series. About 30 pages in, I was in love with the book, and I immediately ordered Lowcountry Boil. Before I go into the book, I have to say, I low the covers for the books in this series, they are so quirky and they actually go hand in hand with the story line, which doesn't often happen. It is easy to connect with all the characters here, especially Liz and Nate. Their relationship really heats up in this book, making it part roman Lowcountry Bombshell is the second book in the Liz Talbot Mystery series. About 30 pages in, I was in love with the book, and I immediately ordered Lowcountry Boil. Before I go into the book, I have to say, I low the covers for the books in this series, they are so quirky and they actually go hand in hand with the story line, which doesn't often happen. It is easy to connect with all the characters here, especially Liz and Nate. Their relationship really heats up in this book, making it part romance and part cozy mystery. But the real star of the show is Calista the Marilyn Monroe doppelganger, whose crazy family tries to make her believe she's Marilyn reincarnated. Her life has been so manipulated by everyone close to her. There is just so much to love about this book. I love all the information about Marilyn Monroe. I mean, how can you not love her? And in this book, you can't help but love Calista, she's so messed up, but so sweet. I hope as the series continues that she'll still be part of the local color of the novels I want to compare it to other cozy mystery series that I've read, but I really can't, because Liz Talbot is so different. She's smart and savvy. She knows what she's doing. She's a character that you really want to get to know. Oh and I definitely want to see how things work out with her and Nate. As for the mystery, you will totally not be able to guess whodunit!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    I loved the 1st Liz Talbot mystery and I knew I would love the second one as well. Liz is an awesome sleuth because she's not an amateur. She's a professional private investigator. She and her partner, Nate, have their own business and do very well. Liz is polished and put together, wears Kate Spade and has an iPhone. She isn't afraid of technology. She runs and keeps in shape. These are all qualities that I admire in other people. She is one of my favorite detectives. In this edition, Liz has a I loved the 1st Liz Talbot mystery and I knew I would love the second one as well. Liz is an awesome sleuth because she's not an amateur. She's a professional private investigator. She and her partner, Nate, have their own business and do very well. Liz is polished and put together, wears Kate Spade and has an iPhone. She isn't afraid of technology. She runs and keeps in shape. These are all qualities that I admire in other people. She is one of my favorite detectives. In this edition, Liz has a new client, a Marilyn Monroe lookalike who thinks someone is trying to murder her so that her life truly mirrors Marilyn's. Liz has been hired to protect Calista, the client. Throughout Liz learning more about Calista's past and the people who have been in and out of her life, Liz faces her own romantic drama with Michael, her former love and Nate, her partner. I love the romantic angle and it was well done and did not take away from the overall story. Liz works her way smartly through the clues and is able to solve the mystery. Intelligently and sharply written, it makes me want to get on a plane and fly out to Lowcountry immediately!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jamie

    Love this series! This is the 2nd and I came across them by accident and am very glad I did. Great characters, great setting, great writing. If you are looking for a modern, detective series with a great female protagonist, you might want to check these out. The first is Lowcountry Boil. It makes me excited to think where this author could potentially go with the series.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Anastasia

    Lowcountry Bombshell by Susan M. Boyer is book 2 in the Liz Talbot Mystery series. Private investigator Liz Talbot is hired by a Marilyn Monroe lookalike, Calista MacQueen, as she fears she wil be murdered on the anniversary of Marilyn Monroe's death. A fun book with interesting characters that I enjoyed very much. Fast paced with plenty of suspense and very entertaining. Lowcountry Bombshell by Susan M. Boyer is book 2 in the Liz Talbot Mystery series. Private investigator Liz Talbot is hired by a Marilyn Monroe lookalike, Calista MacQueen, as she fears she wil be murdered on the anniversary of Marilyn Monroe's death. A fun book with interesting characters that I enjoyed very much. Fast paced with plenty of suspense and very entertaining.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Donnell Bell

    Lowcountry Bombshell (Liz gets herself into a heap more trouble in book two. It's sexy and fun and Ms. Boyer outdid herself with the incorporation of a ghost the spitting image of Marilyn Monroe. Loved following along this fantastic series. Lowcountry Bombshell (Liz gets herself into a heap more trouble in book two. It's sexy and fun and Ms. Boyer outdid herself with the incorporation of a ghost the spitting image of Marilyn Monroe. Loved following along this fantastic series.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Olson

    Sequel to "Lowcountry Boil", and just as fun -- spicy characters and lots of Southern flavor. Sequel to "Lowcountry Boil", and just as fun -- spicy characters and lots of Southern flavor.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Rhonda

    My Review 4 STARS I liked it so much I went and bought the first Liz Talbot Mystery to read soon. The characters were good, some kooky, some bad guys and even one that died years ago. The plot was twisty and I was not sure who did what. The story was easy to follow, funny, action packed, romantic and full of drama. Liz Talbot is a P.I. in her hometown. She has her high school friend Colleen who died back then come and visit her. Colleen even helps protect her sometimes. Liz romantic life is a mess. My Review 4 STARS I liked it so much I went and bought the first Liz Talbot Mystery to read soon. The characters were good, some kooky, some bad guys and even one that died years ago. The plot was twisty and I was not sure who did what. The story was easy to follow, funny, action packed, romantic and full of drama. Liz Talbot is a P.I. in her hometown. She has her high school friend Colleen who died back then come and visit her. Colleen even helps protect her sometimes. Liz romantic life is a mess. Her one ex-husband is back into the picture and wants to remarry her. She wanted that for years. Her partner in the P.I. is another ex-husband's brother. Who is coming back for her. Her new client Calista McQueen looks like Marilyn Monroe and has a lot in common with her. She is afraid that someone will kill her on the day Marilyn Monroe died. She even married a baseball player named Joe. Her mom even gave her into the foster care system so that she would be like Marilyn. She left home 18 years ago and has not seen her mom or first husband since than they don't even know what name she is using now. Liz's brother is the Chief of Police and even wonders if Calista is all there. It did not help that Calista was wearing disguises so she did not look like Marilyn. Then her life coach was murdered. Liz found out that Calista had millions of dollars. Her deceased husband won the lottery jackpot the day he was murdered. Liz feels like the danger has to be related to the money. Then some scary things happen to her. Liz should have died but her friend Colleen interfered. Liz is afraid that Colleen will get into trouble for helping her. Colleen sure brings some laughter and funny scenes with her. Liz is going to protect Calista, she is also going to be a friend to her too. She does a good job investigating with Nate as they try to add romance to their partnership. They have the fact live in two different towns and neither one wants to move. It is full of action, romance, danger, paranormal and fun characters that I enjoyed reading about. Kept me guessing to the end. I was given this ebook to read and asked in return to give honest review of it by Netgalley and Henery Press. 09/03/2013 PUB Henery Press 268 pages ISBN9781938383564 Description below is taken off of Netgalley The anticipated follow-up to the Agatha Award-Winning LOWCOUNTRY BOIL. "Is there anything more enticing than curling up with a thrilling whodunit that keeps you guessing until the very end? Susan Boyer delivers big time with a witty mystery that is fun, radiant, and impossible to put down. I LOVE THIS BOOK!" – New York Times Bestselling Author, Darynda Jones Liz Talbot thinks she’s seen another ghost when she meets Calista McQueen. She’s the spitting image of Marilyn Monroe. Born precisely fifty years after the ill-fated star, Calista’s life has eerily mirrored the late starlet’s—and she fears the looming anniversary of Marilyn’s death will also be hers. Before Liz can open a case file, Calista’s life coach is executed. Suspicious characters swarm around Calista like mosquitoes on a sultry lowcountry evening: her certifiable mother, a fake aunt, her control-freak psychoanalyst, a private yoga instructor, her peculiar housekeeper, and an obsessed ex-husband. Liz digs in to find a motive for murder, but she’s besieged with distractions. Her ex has marriage and babies on his mind. Her too-sexy partner engages in a campaign of repeat seduction. Mamma needs help with Daddy’s devotion to bad habits. And a gang of wild hogs is running loose on Stella Maris. With the heat index approaching triple digits, Liz races to uncover a diabolical murder plot in time to save not only Calista’s life, but also her own.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

    Since experiencing the joy of Broadchurch earlier in the year, I appear to have become a bit of a mystery fan. I’ve read a couple of mystery titles recently, Lowcountry Bombshell being the latest. This is the first of the Lowcountry mysteries I’ve read and although some of the history from Boyer’s debut Lowcountry Boil may have come in handy, I think it’s safe to say that you can read this second novel in the series without having read the first. Liz Talbot is a Private Investigator and her lates Since experiencing the joy of Broadchurch earlier in the year, I appear to have become a bit of a mystery fan. I’ve read a couple of mystery titles recently, Lowcountry Bombshell being the latest. This is the first of the Lowcountry mysteries I’ve read and although some of the history from Boyer’s debut Lowcountry Boil may have come in handy, I think it’s safe to say that you can read this second novel in the series without having read the first. Liz Talbot is a Private Investigator and her latest Client is not quite unique. Calista McQueen is the spitting image of Marilyn Monroe and we soon discover that her real name is Norma Jeane Monroe, and that her life has eerily mirrored Marilyn’s throughout her past. Calista fears that in just 10 days, she will be killed and her death will also mirror that of Marilyn’s – same date, same age and same circumstances. Lowcountry Bombshell is much more of a “whosgonnadoit” rather than a “whodunnit”, as Liz attempts to figure out who is going to try and kill Calista before that fateful date arrives. If she is to stand any chance of doing so, she will no doubt need some help along the way and she is offered assistance from her dead best friend, Colleen who just happens to be present in spirit, with the sole purpose of protecting the town of Stella Maris and it’s residents as well as her Brother and local Cop, Blake and her old friend, yet new romantic interest, Nate. The majority of characters making up the story are the family and acquaintances of Calista. Each has a possible motive for wanting her dead and Liz slowly eliminates people from her enquiries, whilst some of the suspects happen upon their own untimely demise. With the ricocheting of bullets, dodgy characters aplenty and a beautiful Marilyn-esque damsel in distress, this novel created visions of action movies in my head and I loved it! Lowcountry Bombshell is a brilliantly told story which is full of surprises. If you’re anything like me, you’ll find yourself getting all involved and attempting to solve the case yourself. It turns out I’m no Talbot P.I. and I wouldn’t have stood a chance of solving this mystery, left to my own devices! If you’re looking to read a gripping mystery with great characters, a touch of romance and a little bit of paranormal activity then I suspect the Lowcountry series will be right up your street! My rating 4/5 ~ A delightfully intriguing mix of mystery, action and romance. Lowcountry Bombshell keeps it’s best card up it’s sleeve until the very end and the reveal and the scenes that follow are brilliant and surprising. The addition of a local guardian angel felt a little unnecessary, but overall this was a great read and I’ll definitely be checking out the other titles in the series. *I was provided with a copy of the book for review purposes. I have not received payment for my review and all opinions are my own. You can read this review and others on my Blog

  16. 5 out of 5

    Reeka (BoundbyWords)

    I say this EVERY.TIME, but I keep forgetting how very much I enjoy mysteries. Why do I keep forgetting that? I have PILES of mysteries on my shelves, asking me, every day, whyyy I'm neglecting them. Lowcountry Bombshell was a hot mess of fun from the very first page. A Marylin Monroe doppleganger!? It was such a quirky, and clever, story line to run with. I was sad to realize that this is actually a book 2 in a series of Liz Talbot mysteries, but I don't think you would have had to read book I say this EVERY.TIME, but I keep forgetting how very much I enjoy mysteries. Why do I keep forgetting that? I have PILES of mysteries on my shelves, asking me, every day, whyyy I'm neglecting them. Lowcountry Bombshell was a hot mess of fun from the very first page. A Marylin Monroe doppleganger!? It was such a quirky, and clever, story line to run with. I was sad to realize that this is actually a book 2 in a series of Liz Talbot mysteries, but I don't think you would have had to read book 1 in order to fall in love with the characters, and Susan Boyer's talent for great mystery writing. Lowcountry Bombshell (what a great title too!), moved quickly, fleshing out characters, and laying down the main plot at a pace that was impossible to not get seriously hooked on. Calista McQueen is scared, that her eerily similar life and looks to the late Marilyn Monroe, will end in a death that mirrors the starlet's too. She hires the protective, and investigative services of Liz Talbot, who then enters a case like nothing she's ever dealt with before. One where EVERYONE and their mother becomes a potential suspect, and no suspicious activity is ignored. Lowcountry was as "whodunnit," as a mystery can get, and I was halfway done the book before I even realized it. One of the best page-turning mysteries I've read this year! If you're looking for a read to ease you out of summer, one that is deliciously fun, light, and a whole slew of quirky, then Lowcountry Bombshell is the one to dish out the cash for. It even had a romance aspect that caught me completely off-guard, not to mention some intimate scenes that are seriously blush-worthy. I'm always a sucker for Southern settings, and this one provided a backdrop that was easy to envision. The characters were the exact amount of suspicious, and the conclusion will have you wondering how you didn't realize it earlier. I'm one click away from purchasing Lowcountry Boil, I only wish I knew about it earlier! Recommended for Fans of: Cozy Mystery, Chick-Lit, Romance.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Carla Johnson-Hicks

    I really enjoyed the second book in the Liz Talbot Mystery series. It had a little of everything that I like, mystery, humour, romance, family relationships and supernatural. I didn't identify it as a cozy as there is some sex, nothing too risque, but it is there along with some language. Liz is living in her grandmother's house on the island of Stella Maris and is exploring her newly minted relationship with her partner and ex-brother-in-law, Nate. She meets up with a new client only to find out I really enjoyed the second book in the Liz Talbot Mystery series. It had a little of everything that I like, mystery, humour, romance, family relationships and supernatural. I didn't identify it as a cozy as there is some sex, nothing too risque, but it is there along with some language. Liz is living in her grandmother's house on the island of Stella Maris and is exploring her newly minted relationship with her partner and ex-brother-in-law, Nate. She meets up with a new client only to find out that she is the spitting image of Marilyn Monroe. Calista McQueen wants to hire Liz to keep her alive. She is sure that someone will try to kill her on the anniversary of Marilyn Monroe's death. Liz is worried that Calista must be pulling her leg or have some mental health issues, but as the case unfolds, her concerns are legitimate. Her life has eerily mirrored that of Marilyn and she is convinced that within 10 days her fate will mimic that of Marilyn and she will be dead. She asks Liz to investigate, providing several strange incidents that have led her to believe that she will die. Liz investigates those closest to Calista including her crazy mother, certifiable fake aunt, her lovesick ex-husband, yoga instructor, nosy therapist, and suspicious housekeeper. Who is trying to scare Calista? Is someone going to try and kill her? As the investigation continues, Liz and Nate find themselves a target as well. Who is after them? What lead has caused them to become a target? With the help of the local police and her friendly ghost, they continue to try and protect Calista. The relationships are wonderful in this book. We see Nate and Liz become more than just partners and dealing with a new romantic relationship causes some issues with the business. Her family are not as prominent in this story, but her brother Blake helps her out and her mom is around often enough to keep the family involved and add some Southern humour. I love Liz's character. She is a little quirky, fun, but not too stuck on herself, a good southern character. She is also smart, stands up for herself, brave and will not give up when she takes something on. Colleen, the ghost of her high school friend, is not in a lot of this book, but when she does appear, she plays a major part. The new relationship with Nate is well done. There are some scenes that involve some sexual endeavours, but they are done tastefully and not described in detail. He is a normal male, who suddenly becomes overprotective of "his woman" as she is now more than just his partner. Overall, this is a great read. A lot happening to keep you reading well past the time you should be in bed or making dinner. I am ready to start on the next one.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen

    In the second book of the Liz Talbot Mystery series, Lowcountry Bombshell, P.I. Liz Talbot's new client Calista McQueen is a dead ringer for Marilyn Monroe. Calista states that her life has eerily paralleled that of the late bombshell, and she wants Liz to protect her from someone who wants to kill her. But there is just one teeny little catch: Liza has ten days to solve the mystery and keep Calista from dying on August 4th, the anniversary of Marilyn Monroe's death. Will Liz be able to solve th In the second book of the Liz Talbot Mystery series, Lowcountry Bombshell, P.I. Liz Talbot's new client Calista McQueen is a dead ringer for Marilyn Monroe. Calista states that her life has eerily paralleled that of the late bombshell, and she wants Liz to protect her from someone who wants to kill her. But there is just one teeny little catch: Liza has ten days to solve the mystery and keep Calista from dying on August 4th, the anniversary of Marilyn Monroe's death. Will Liz be able to solve the mystery and protect Calista, or is this a bizarre case of a delusional Marilyn Monroe lookalike con artist? Author Susan M. Boyer weaves an entertaining Southern cozy mystery set in the lowcountry island town of Stella Maris, South Carolina, that follows the adventures of Liz Talbot and partner Nate Andrews as they investigate the mystery of who is trying to kill Calista McQueen, a Marilyn Monroe lookalike. Written in the first person narrative, Liz's sassy wit and southern charm keeps the reader engaged as she builds Calista's case, and tries to fill in the pieces of the puzzle of who wants Calista to die an eerily similar death as Marilyn Monroe's. This fun cozy mystery is full of intriguing twists and turns that will keep the reader guessing. It has a paranormal twist in the form of Colleen, Liz's ghostly best friend, who is Stella Maris' resident guardian spirit, who also helps Liz with her investigations. And if that isn't enough to draw you into the story, the reader is treated to a subtle romantic triangle involving Liz, her partner Nate, and her ex-boyfriend Michael Devlin, who wants Liz back! With a quirky cast of characters whose witty dialogue will keep you stitches, and a fast paced Southern cozy mystery guaranteed to make you want some sweet tea and hushpuppies, Lowcountry Bombshell is an enchanting tale that will leave you wanting more of Liz's adventures! Lowcountry Bombshell is the second book in the Liz Talbot Mystery series. While the books can be a stand alone read, I would recommend that the series be read in sequential order, as the stories easily flows from one book to next with new mystery adventures for our sassy Southern P.I. Liz Talbot. Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Chick Lit Plus Blog Tours. http://jerseygirlbookreviews.blogspot...

  19. 4 out of 5

    Laurie Bok

    I was fortunate enough to win a free copy of Susan M. Boyer’s first Liz Talbot Mystery, Lowcountry Boil last year from Goodreads. This year I am a member of NetGalley and have had the privilege of receiving an electronic copy of Ms. Boyer’s latest Liz Talbot Mystery, Lowcountry Bombshell for the specific purpose of reading and reviewing on my Blog, Living Life by the Seat of Your Pants. These mysteries are like so many others that I have read lately, and have become a favorite distraction of mine I was fortunate enough to win a free copy of Susan M. Boyer’s first Liz Talbot Mystery, Lowcountry Boil last year from Goodreads. This year I am a member of NetGalley and have had the privilege of receiving an electronic copy of Ms. Boyer’s latest Liz Talbot Mystery, Lowcountry Bombshell for the specific purpose of reading and reviewing on my Blog, Living Life by the Seat of Your Pants. These mysteries are like so many others that I have read lately, and have become a favorite distraction of mine. They are light, fun, set in small towns that are full of quirky, and also dangerous characters – a great, short time distraction for all that ails us in our stressful, hectic everyday lives. In Lowcountry Bombshell, Private Eye Liz Talbot has recently moved back to the North Carolina Island town of her birth, Stella Maris. Her new client is the doppelganger of a certain 1950’s Blond starlet who died too early surrounding mysterious circumstances that to this day still baffle us. Coming upon the 50th anniversary of said starlets’ death, Liz’s client, whose life has run a close parallel to the Blond Bombshell – at the beginning we don’t know if it was patented that way or fabricated, hires Liz to “…keep me alive.” I do like how Ms. Boyer gets right into the flow of the issues – starting with the first chapter – right off the bat. The story is full of twists and turns, touches on crazy family members and unsavory characters, murder, attempted murder, and even a bit of romance and rivalry. Unlike her counterparts in this genre, such as Janet Evanovich, Lorna Barrett, Joanne Fluke, and even Charlaine Harris (her lesser know characters – Harper Connelly, Lily Bard and Aurora Teagarden), I’m hoping Ms. Boyer presents more scenes and background on the quirky cast of characters of Stella Maris in future books. I look forward to reading more of Liz Talbot’s adventures for many years to come! Lowcountry Bombshell (A Liz Talbot Mystery, #2) Henery Press Publication Date: September 3, 2013 Disclaimer: This book was provided to reviewer from the publisher, Henery Press through NetGalley for the sole purpose of reading and review.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Create With Joy

    Please visit Create With Joy for your chance to win Lowcountry Boil – the 1st book in the Liz Talbot Mystery Series – now through September 30, 2013! (US/Can) What would you do if your doorbell rang and you saw Marilyn Monroe standing on your doorstep? If you’re private investigator Liz Talbot, you’d probably think you were seeing a ghost! After all, Liz’s best friend Colleen – the one who now resides in the afterworld –visits Liz every now and then to help her solve a crime. And so, for a brief mo Please visit Create With Joy for your chance to win Lowcountry Boil – the 1st book in the Liz Talbot Mystery Series – now through September 30, 2013! (US/Can) What would you do if your doorbell rang and you saw Marilyn Monroe standing on your doorstep? If you’re private investigator Liz Talbot, you’d probably think you were seeing a ghost! After all, Liz’s best friend Colleen – the one who now resides in the afterworld –visits Liz every now and then to help her solve a crime. And so, for a brief moment, Liz entertains the possibility that the woman on her doorstep is truly an apparition. But, the blond bombshell standing on Liz Talbot’s doorstep is no ghost. She’s Calista McQueen – Liz’s new client, the Lowcountry Bombshell herself! Now, Liz has seen and heard a lot of strange tales in her day. But few tales are as out there as the story that Calista McQueen – her potential new client – shares… Lowcountry Bombshell by Susan M. Boyer, the second book in the off-beat, oft-witty Liz Talbot Cozy Mystery Series. This book will enthrall you from beginning to end and leave you wanting for more! This was the quirkiest book I've read in a long time. I loved Susan's humor and her style. If you’re looking for an off-beat whodunit – this is it! There’s no better time than now to fall in love with Liz Talbot and friends, as the zany cast of characters will be returning with more cases to solve when Lowcountry Boneyard and Lowcountry Bordello are released in 2014! Please visit Create With Joy to read this review in its entirety and to enter the Lowcountry Boil Giveaway! Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review purposes. I was not compensated or required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Dalene

    Original review posted at A Date with a Book Characters: The characters are well developed. Descriptive enough that you get to know them and can identify some of these characters in your own lives. Liz's family is quite entertaining, but very supportive. Wait until you get to have family dinner with her family. It is quite a treat. I liked all of the characters with one clarifying statement: At first meeting Colleen, I didn't know if I would like this type of character in the story at all, but b Original review posted at A Date with a Book Characters: The characters are well developed. Descriptive enough that you get to know them and can identify some of these characters in your own lives. Liz's family is quite entertaining, but very supportive. Wait until you get to have family dinner with her family. It is quite a treat. I liked all of the characters with one clarifying statement: At first meeting Colleen, I didn't know if I would like this type of character in the story at all, but by the end of the book, she had totally grown o n me. Location and Setting: On a few morning runs with Liz, you get to take in a lot of sites around town. Other specific spots are visited through the investigation, with Liz on her dates, and a girl's night out. The bed and breakfast sounded very quaint and definitely a place I would love to stay. Crime: The dead body is in another town, how can it possibly be related? That's what I thought. I loved the mystery in this book. It was quite intense at times. The twists and turns kept me guessing at every page turn. Liz and Nate as crime solving partners are amazing. They definitely work well together and had me laughing at all their actions. Romance: The romance in this book is quite hot. More so than most cozies I've read lately. The scenes are descriptive, but do leave enough to the imagination. I enjoyed the tense moments with Michael and Nate.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    Calista McQueen won the lottery. Other than that her life has paralleled Marilyn Monroe's in so many ways starting with her birthdate and resemblance to Marilyn. Now according to her psychic, Harmony, some man from her past feels she owes him big. And Calista is scared because the time is approaching fast when her life will coincide with the age at which Marilyn Monroe died or was murdered. This is one coincidence she would much like to miss. In an effort to prevent her death, Calista hires Stella Calista McQueen won the lottery. Other than that her life has paralleled Marilyn Monroe's in so many ways starting with her birthdate and resemblance to Marilyn. Now according to her psychic, Harmony, some man from her past feels she owes him big. And Calista is scared because the time is approaching fast when her life will coincide with the age at which Marilyn Monroe died or was murdered. This is one coincidence she would much like to miss. In an effort to prevent her death, Calista hires Stella Maris's own private investigator, Liz Talbot. Along with her partner Nate, her brother Blake- the local law enforcement, and other friends and family, Liz finds that there is more to this mystery than an ex-husband stalking Calista. And it will take all of them and Colleen, Liz's ghostly best friend, to solve it and come out alive. Aside from a wonderful mystery, there is a pretty nice romance going on in the book. A few sex scenes, tastefully done, make this an adult book. I couldn't pick out the bad guy for sure until the end, though I had my suspicions. I like the way the relationships developed between Nate and Liz and between Liz and Calista during the course of the book. It's a good book. I give it 4 out of 5 stars. Lowcountry Bombshell is the second Liz Talbot Mystery. Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased opinion.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ronna

    What are the odds of a baby girl bringing born on the exact day and time that Marilyn Monroe was born fifty years ago. Then add the same location and birthweight. When Calista's Mom gave birth she named her daughter Norma Jean and began making sure her daughter's life mimicked Marilyn's life, even to putting her into foster care. Now, Calista McQueen ---our Marilyn look alike has changed her name---is coming upon the age that Marilyn Monroe was when she died. Fortunately, or unfortunately, Calis What are the odds of a baby girl bringing born on the exact day and time that Marilyn Monroe was born fifty years ago. Then add the same location and birthweight. When Calista's Mom gave birth she named her daughter Norma Jean and began making sure her daughter's life mimicked Marilyn's life, even to putting her into foster care. Now, Calista McQueen ---our Marilyn look alike has changed her name---is coming upon the age that Marilyn Monroe was when she died. Fortunately, or unfortunately, Calista actually looks like Marilyn too. She has also won a multimillion dollar lottery that she's trying to keep secret. But, she fears that someone will murder her on the anniversary of Marilyn Monroe's death. So she hires feisty, southern PI, Liz Talbot, and Liz's partner and lover to protect her. The second installment of this Agatha Award winning mystery series, continues to be an appealing and typically southern cozy mystery. Charm, interspersed with a guardian spirit, lots of suspects, moments of thrilling tension, and a little bit of graphic romance, makes this better than the average mystery. All the Marylyn Monroe facts definitely adds to the story also. Very enjoyable read!!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lara Kleinschroth

    Netgalley I missed the first book - Lowcountry Boil - on Goodreads Giveaways, but then came across the second on Netgalley and snapped it up, devoured it, then went searching for Book 1 so I could go back and get the beginning of the story. This is a fantastic new mystery series, set in South Carolina and simply dripping with Southern charm. Liz Talbot is a spunky, bright PI, and her island home is filled with all kinds of quirky and likable characters. Love the ghost (sorry, guardian spirit) sid Netgalley I missed the first book - Lowcountry Boil - on Goodreads Giveaways, but then came across the second on Netgalley and snapped it up, devoured it, then went searching for Book 1 so I could go back and get the beginning of the story. This is a fantastic new mystery series, set in South Carolina and simply dripping with Southern charm. Liz Talbot is a spunky, bright PI, and her island home is filled with all kinds of quirky and likable characters. Love the ghost (sorry, guardian spirit) sidekick - not the most unique device these days, but Boyer makes it work. The small town setting allows Boyer to focus on a core cast of characters, most of whom have been there forever and feel instantly knowable. Lots of good twists and turns as Liz works on her case, and we feel like we're working it out with her, neither ahead nor behind. With plenty of intrigue, drama and romance, without ever being overdone or precious, these are characters - and an incredible setting! - we can sink our teeth into and care about, as we anticipate many more books to come in this terrific series.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Rhodes

    Even better than the first, with more action and finally a love story too! I want my own guardian angel I can to with, preferably my Grandma Rowena. I hear she was one special lady. I think I want to be a PI for my next career!

  26. 4 out of 5

    HENERY PRESS PUBLISHING

    "Susan Boyer delivers big time with a witty mystery that is fun, radiant, and impossible to put down. I LOVE THIS BOOK!" - New York Times Bestselling Author, Darynda Jones "Susan Boyer delivers big time with a witty mystery that is fun, radiant, and impossible to put down. I LOVE THIS BOOK!" - New York Times Bestselling Author, Darynda Jones

  27. 5 out of 5

    Pat Cray-Hollis

    Great series. Start reading Julie Chase Cat Got Your Diamonds today.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

    Second in this series. Liz continues to be both smart and independent, and good at setting boundaries, which I appreciate. Really liked Calista as well. Hope we see more of her.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Judy

    This is the second book in the Liz Talbot Mystery series by Susan M Boyer. I just finished the first book, Lowcountry Boil and was very excited to dive right into the second book. Liz was a complicated and complex character who's idiosyncrasies made her fun to read about. The last book ended with a bit of a romantic cliffhanger. Michael, the guy that got away and the main reason she hadn't returned to Stella Maris for so many years, was free of his wife, Liz's cousin. He now seems ready to commi This is the second book in the Liz Talbot Mystery series by Susan M Boyer. I just finished the first book, Lowcountry Boil and was very excited to dive right into the second book. Liz was a complicated and complex character who's idiosyncrasies made her fun to read about. The last book ended with a bit of a romantic cliffhanger. Michael, the guy that got away and the main reason she hadn't returned to Stella Maris for so many years, was free of his wife, Liz's cousin. He now seems ready to commit to Liz. But Liz has finally started looking at him through the eyes of an adult, and not the teenager she once was. Liz has also realized that she has an attraction to Nate, her partner and former brother-in-law, that shows signs of being reciprocated. What will she do? This story starts about 3 months after the end of the last book. Liz gets a call about a new client by the name of Calista McQueen. As it turns out Calista is the spitting image of Marilyn Monroe. When she was born on the same date, at the same time as Marilyn, her mother named her Norma Jean and proceeded to do her utmost to make Calista's life mimic her namesake's. So much so that Calista eventually took off and changed her name to get away from the pressure of 'being' Marilyn. Now with the anniversary of Marilyn's death drawing near, Calista is scared she might be killed and it made to look like a suicide. All the signs point to it, as she is being subtly harassed and threatened in her own home. Calista wants Liz to keep her alive past August 4th, the anniversary of Marilyn's death. Oh, how much I liked this book. Liz retained that quintessential something that made me like her so much in book 1. I try not to be too spoilery, but I just have to say how glad I was that the author didn't draw out the love triangle aspect between Liz, Michael and Nate. A decision was made and Liz showed no signs of flip-flopping. It wouldn't be in her nature and the author stayed true to that. There was plenty of skulduggery and action to be found, as well as a chance to see Liz letting her hair down. The more I find out about Liz, the more I like her. We had a return of Liz's family, friends and Colleen, the Stella Marris Island Guardian. Liz's family gets crazier, more eccentric the more you get to know them and it makes for fabulous reading. This is well worth 4 stars on Goodreads.

  30. 5 out of 5

    McGuffy Morris

    Private Investigator Liz Talbot is back in this second book. We met her in Lowcountry Boil, the first book in this series. This book is just as much fun, if not more. There are the two men in Liz's life. Liz remains close to her brother, Blake, the Chief of Police in their hometown. She is now in a partnership with another private investigator, Nate, and their relationship is growing. Liz has a very unique client. Calista McQueen is a dead-ringer for Marilyn Monroe. Her entire life mirrors Marilyn Private Investigator Liz Talbot is back in this second book. We met her in Lowcountry Boil, the first book in this series. This book is just as much fun, if not more. There are the two men in Liz's life. Liz remains close to her brother, Blake, the Chief of Police in their hometown. She is now in a partnership with another private investigator, Nate, and their relationship is growing. Liz has a very unique client. Calista McQueen is a dead-ringer for Marilyn Monroe. Her entire life mirrors Marilyn in many ways. She is a widowed lottery winner, who is being stalked. here are millions of dollars at stake that could be the reason for threats on Calista's life. When Calista's personal psychic is murdered, things really heat up. Liz is determined to solve the mystery and protect Calista. Her own deceased friend, Colleen, watches over Liz. This adds a paranormal element, and also some interesting situations. The book is very entertaining, filled with southern charm. This is a mixture of romance, humour and mystery. The story will keep you guessing until the end, and then you will be left wondering what will happen in the next book.

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