Liz Talbot is back and I couldn’t be happier. With an angel and tombstone on its book cover, I guess it is indicative of some violence in the story. Or at least something sad?
I totally enjoyed Lowcountry Bombshell. The island of Stella Maris, a woman who is officially a sleuth, a handsome partner, close knit family, beach house, pimento cheese – what’s not to like? In any order? I also liked the whole doppelganger concept of the previous book.
In Lowcountry Boneyard, Liz and Nick are getting a bit serious. They are hired by an influential Charleston family to locate their missing daughter. Within hours, there is an attempt on Liz’s life which means their work is cut out for them. Kent Heyward was a young girl loved by all. She worked in an office, and had a chef boyfriend her parents were not too crazy about. Could that be a reason for her disappearance?
Colleen, Liz’s ‘friend’ is as active and helpful as usual. She manages to crack through the veneer and find out what really happened in the big mansion, and how things were with Kent. She may have been burdened with Great Expectations. One theory is that she just ran away, without a trace.
The Charleston police have already investigated and they are not too happy with a bunch of PIs intruding on their territory. But Liz being the smart lady she is, manages to recover things the police failed at. This further antagonizes the cops.
Closer to home, an island girl who was close to Kent may be deceiving Liz and passing on false info. Melody is in love with a finance guy and may even get married. Liz and Nick continue to bicker about where to live, and Nick is ready to call it quits.
Overall, I think there are not as many hijinks as the previous book. This one is a bit more serious, and even the end is more serious than I would have liked it to be. As with the Cherry Tucker mysteries, I like the background plot as much if not more than the mystery at hand.