REVIEW: LOW COUNTRY BORDELLO by Susan M. Boyer [A Liz Talbot Mystery #4]
Old Charleston society in its new contemporary guise (resembling Belle Epoque Paris, and Marie Antoinette' s preference for style over substance) sparkles vividly in the 4th of the Liz Talbot Mystery series. It's Christmastime in Charleston, and also wedding bell time for Liz and partner-fiance Nate. For Liz's good friend Olivia, it's time for unburying secrets, confessing years of being blackmailed and part-ownership of a very high class establishment, and possibly, suffering hallucinations as well as drama. If you love witnessing how stately upper-class society in the genteel Atlantic Coast South lives, with a generous heaping of ghosts, come right in: the more the merrier. The Liz Talbot series provides delightful cozy mysteries in a lovely geographic setting with lots of history, a ghostly "Guardian Spirit," and a gently ironic bite.
The Charleston streets are dressed for the holidays in sophisticated Southern style: topiaries adorned with red ribbons, garland entwined with white lights, and poinsettias potted in gold planters. The high class bordello in a stately historic home is certainly no exception. When Private Investigator Liz Talbot’s dear friend Olivia swears she saw a dead body in the parlor of this bordello, one Olivia accidentally co-owns, Liz promptly comes to her aid.
With her wedding back home on Stella Maris less than a week away, Liz must juggle one elderly madam, two ex and future in-laws, three ghosts in the bordello, four giddy bridesmaids, five lovely courtesans, six suspicious patrons…and a partridge in a pear tree as she tries to keep her bridesmaid out of jail and live to walk down the aisle.
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Susan M. Boyer is the author of the USA TODAY bestselling Liz Talbot mystery series. Her debut novel, Lowcountry Boil, won the 2012 Agatha Award for Best First Novel, the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense, and garnered several other award nominations, including the Macavity. Lowcountry Boneyard, the third Liz Talbot mystery, was a Spring 2015 Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance Okra Pick. Lowcountry Bordello, the fourth book in the series, was released November 3, 2015. Susan loves beaches, Southern food, and small towns where everyone knows everyone, and everyone has crazy relatives. You’ll find all of the above in her novels.
Susan lives in Greenville, SC, with her husband and an inordinate number of houseplants.
Henery Press: http://henerypress.com/susan-m-boyer/