I remember the time when an attractive girl was called a bombshell. It wasn’t that long ago, and I’m not that old! The times we live in have unfortunately given a completely different connotation to the word. Lowcountry Bombshell is all about the first kind, though. Starring Liz Talbot, a Southern lady Private Investigator from South Carolina’s low country, this is a fun ride that will reel in mystery fans.
Liz Talbot lives on the island of Stella Maris off Charleston in an ocean facing cottage she inherited from her grandmother. Her latest client is a jaw dropping replica of Marilyn Monroe and has a strange story. Born on the same day fifty years after the real Norma Jeane, her mother has tried to rewrite history. Calista is afraid someone’s trying to kill her, that too on the same day Marilyn died. Liz takes up the case along with partner Nate, and opens a can of worms. As bodies drop, Liz and Nate barely survive attempts on their lives, and somehow manage to swim to safety.
The story is set in a Southern small town, actually island, and everyone knows each other. Liz’s brother is the police chief, her father is retired and thinking up new ways to grab attention, her mother fries chicken in an iron skillet, and you need a ferry to get to the mainland. The tension and uncertainty between Liz and Nate provides just another element to the backdrop. I definitely hope to see more of Nate in future books in this series.
Susan M. Boyer’s Lowcountry Bombshell is an easy and fun read. There is action but it’s not gory, and there is simple humor that lightens the mood. It is easy to keep turning the pages, and I give this Liz Talbot mystery a full thumbs up.
For the sake of all Kindle lovers, I hope there is a Kindle edition released soon.