Friday, 27 September 2013

Lowcountry Bombshell - Susan M Boyer

Lowcountry Bombshell blog tour:

Publication date: 3rd September 2013
Henery Press


'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.'

My Review:

I give this book 4*  out of 5*

This is the first book I have read by Susan M Boyes, I didn’t know that this was the second in the series of her books, however that didn’t actually matter, this can be read as a stand alone, however it does then make you want to go back and read her first as it is so good. 

This story is about Liz Talbot, a private investigator and when she thinks the ghost of Marilyn Monroe has turned up on her door one night she is adamant that she will help her. But when Calista McQueen’s life begins to mirror Marilyn’s she feels she needs to act quickly as the anniversary of her death is just around the corner. 

We learn about how Calista McQueen’s life is so close to Marilyn’s it’s scary, even down to who she married, Liz Talbots brother works in the police and thinks Calista is crazy, especially as when he say her she had dressed up in a disguise so he didn’t think she looked like her. 

One thing I needed to get my head around was Colleen, she was a high school friend of Liz’s but is dead, and she has come back to help her friend. I don’t know if she features in the previous Liz Talbot story (I’m guessing she does) and this may have made more sense if I had read the previous novel, however once I had worked out who she was it didn’t stop me from enjoying the book and she has a very important part of this book. 

We don’t only go on Liz’s journey to discover who did it and if our look a like does get killed, we also visit Liz on a more personal note and have brief encounters with her love life. The story is written in the first person and flows very well. 

This is a brilliant mystery book, I don’t normally read mystery’s however I am glad I read this, it had me on the edge of my seat with its pacey story line. I enjoyed trying to work out who had done it. This is a must read for any mystery fan, I don’t want to spoil the ending for you, but I found it a quick, easy and enjoyable read. I was very pleased to be part of this blog tour and cannot wait for Susan's next book!


  1. Sam, thank you so much for reading and for this lovely review! I'm so thrilled you enjoyed Lowcountry Bombshell!