I was given the opportunity to review Lowcountry Bombshell by Susan Boyer from TLC book tours and I'm glad I did. I don't normally skip a first book in a series, but it sounded funny and light hearted and I couldn't say no. I mean it's not like I haven't been in a South Carolina reading frenzy and murder and mayhem when it's not about the good ole lowcountry!
Description: 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.
I'll be honest it was a slow start for me but after about page 40ish it picked up. And it honestly could have just been the fact that I was exhausted while starting it but I really dove in on Friday night and hurried to finish it up once I got going with it.
Loved the characters. Loved the mystery. Will totally check out Lowcountry Boil (the first in the Liz Talbot series) when I get a chance. It's also has some very interesting information on Marilyn Monroe and I really liked it because I had read a book loosely based on her before that was sprinkled with rumor and truth and it seemed just like Calista's life. ;) So that was a fun visit back to Marilyn's life which I find fascinating.
I mean it's a bit cheesey but a good kind of cheese. And if you aren't huge into murder mystery this is a good one for you. Not scenes that will keep you checking under the bed at night. But it may convince you to visit South Carolina and it may make you a bit hungry. All the food talk had me craving seafood! Oh and the sex scenes were pretty great too. ;)
If you enjoy Stephanie Plum books give this series a try!
Is there a part of the country you seem to keep reading about? Do you know a lot about Marilyn Monroe?
As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own... book was provided.. ;)