Lowcountry Bordello ushers in Liz Talbot in a flurry of wedding planning. But don’t worry, Liz is hardly going to be bridezilla.
If you have been reading this blog for a while, you know I simply love the Liz Talbot mysteries. Lowcountry Boneyard was a bit shocking as far as the serious or gory aspects go. And Lowcountry Bordello is even more so.
Liz and Nick’s wedding day is just 3-4 days away. They are tying up loose ends. Mom and Merry are busy coordinating the wedding prep. One of Liz’s friends urges her to spy on his wife, one of her bridesmaids. And then the bridesmaid calls Liz saying her husband is dead. We are sucked into a baffling roller coaster that will leave you dazed. Turns out, friend owns a bordello, a high class house where the society gentlemen house their other women. These ladies are all classy and high paid. It is established that someone died in the house, but who? And why and how?
Nick reluctantly goes along and aids Liz in her sleuthing.Nick is gradually coming across as a loving partner. His love for Liz is above all. But I wonder if he is leaning toward hen pecked now. Maybe Nick will give Liz some ultimatum sometime soon in the future. For now, they are firmly in the lovey-dovey stage.
High action, twists and turns, shocking revelations, and the red haired Colleen – all usual elements entertain the reader. The pace is fast as we expect. One change I have noticed is that the crime is getting bigger. Lowcountry Bombshell was more investigative. Lowcountry Boneyard left a slight bad taste because it was just so sad. And ‘Bordello’ surpasses that in some way.
Another change seems to be that earlier, Liz got into trouble a lot. Bad things happened to her. But now the crime is the ‘bad’ thing.
Is it because the author is trying to make every subsequent book bigger and better, or increase the shock factor? Can the mystery not be more interesting or complicated without the body count going up exponentially? I cannot give many details without spoilers so I have to talk in riddles for now. But you will probably understand what I mean when you read the book.
If you love mystery books and women sleuths, this book will definitely wow you, no doubt. And if you are already a Liz Talbot fan, mark some time, sit in your favorite corner and prepare yourself to read without interruptions. You will not be able to put the book down, and Lowcountry Bordello is best read cover to cover.