• Paperback: 292 pages • Publisher: Henery Press; First edition (April 21, 2015)
Where is Kent Heyward? The twenty-three-year-old heiress from one of Charleston’s oldest families vanished a month ago. When her father hires private investigator Liz Talbot, Liz suspects the most difficult part of her job will be convincing the patriarch his daughter tired of his overbearing nature and left town. That’s what the Charleston Police Department believes.
But behind the garden walls South of Broad, family secrets pop up like weeds in the azaleas. The neighbors recollect violent arguments between Kent and her parents. Eccentric twin uncles and a gaggle of cousins covet the family fortune. And the lingering spirit of a Civil-War-era debutante may know something if Colleen, Liz’s dead best friend, can get her to talk.
Liz juggles her case, the partner she’s in love with, and the family she adores. But the closer she gets to what has become of Kent, the closer Liz dances to her own grave.
“Has everything you could want in a traditional mystery: a credible and savvy protagonist, a meaty mystery, and setting that will make you want to spend time in South Carolina. I enjoyed every minute of it.” – Charlaine Harris, New York Times Bestselling Author of Day Shift
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Susan M. Boyer is the author of the USA TODAY bestselling Liz Talbot mystery series. Her debut novel, Lowcountry Boil, won the 2012 Agatha Award for Best First Novel, the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense, and garnered several other award nominations. Susan loves beaches, Southern food, and small towns where everyone knows everyone, and everyone has crazy relatives. You’ll find all of the above in her novels.
Susan lives in Greenville, SC, with her husband and an inordinate number of houseplants.
Find out more about Susan at her website http://www.susanmboyerbooks.com/
Is It Worth Getting In Bed For?
This is the third Liz Talbot Mystery in this Agatha Award Winning Series and the first for me. I followed it without any problem and liked the characters but I find knowing the history from previous entries in a series almost always enhances the reading experience.
I thought I would find the best friend ghost Colleen hokey but it works in most places and I found the history of the various ghosts Colleen encounters interesting and even charming.
And speaking of charming…Charleston, South Carolina. One of my favorite places. I had a stopover there on my honeymoon and have visited several times. Boyer captures the architectural beauty and culinary delights of the city through her descriptions. She even adds to this by creating a character who is a painter. The old southern family hierarchy and the rich history with the mystery of a missing heiress and ghosts screams sweetgrass and She-crab soup.
So, yes. I would and will read more of this series, going backwards and forwards. And I might even read these other titles on a trip to Charleston, because that’s definitely Worth Getting OUT of Bed For! But that’s another entry…to be continued.
Thanks to Susan M.Boyer,Henery Press and TLC Blog Tours for providing a review copy. This did not alter my review in any way.