Monday, September 23, 2013

Lowcountry Bombshell

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.. ;)

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