Lowcountry Bonfire by Susan M. Boyer

Lowcountry Bonfire

Private Investigators Liz Talbot and Nate Andrews have worked their share of domestic cases. So when Tammy Sue Lyerly hires them to find out what her husband is hiding, they expect to find something looney but harmless. After all, this is the guy who claims to have been a DEA agent, a champion bull rider, and a NASCAR driver. But when he turns up dead the morning after Liz...

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Lowcountry Bonfire Reviews

  • Betty
    May 25, 2017

    Tammy Sue Lyerly is angry as she had learned that her husband, Zeke was having an affair with Crystal Chapman. Tammy, She has gathered all his clothes placed them in his favorite car and set it afire. The fire department has put out the fire. The plan is to move the car to the sheriff's department and in order to do the trunk must be open. Everyone stared in horror as Zeke's body is stuff in the trunk. Tammy Sue collapsed.

    Liz Talbot and Nate Andrews have their work cut out for them when they beg

    Tammy Sue Lyerly is angry as she had learned that her husband, Zeke was having an affair with Crystal Chapman. Tammy, She has gathered all his clothes placed them in his favorite car and set it afire. The fire department has put out the fire. The plan is to move the car to the sheriff's department and in order to do the trunk must be open. Everyone stared in horror as Zeke's body is stuff in the trunk. Tammy Sue collapsed.

    Liz Talbot and Nate Andrews have their work cut out for them when they begin to explore the death. There were many questions they need to find answers. Who were Zeke enemies? Was the killer from his twenty years as a CIA agent? Who is Alice, his first wife? Who on the island has access to the POISON? What happened at the bonfire picnic? Answers must be found to keep Tammy Sue from being convicted of Zeke's murder. The ending will surprise you as it did me. I highly recommend this book and series.

    Disclosure: I received a free copy from Henery Press through NetGalley for an honest review. I would like to thank them for this opportunity to read and review the book. The opinions expressed are my own.

  • Judy Lesley
    Jun 05, 2017

    I received an e-ARC of this novel through NetGalley and Henery Press. Thank you.

    I've read all of the Liz Talbot mystery novels and this is the one I like the least. I kept picking up on too many things that just seemed wrong. Granted, author Susan M. Boyer still writes Southern the way it really is - maybe with just a tiny bit of exaggeration for emphasis purposes. I must confess to liking the books more when the ghostly presence was kept as more of a background note and the way Liz and her husb

    I received an e-ARC of this novel through NetGalley and Henery Press. Thank you.

    I've read all of the Liz Talbot mystery novels and this is the one I like the least. I kept picking up on too many things that just seemed wrong. Granted, author Susan M. Boyer still writes Southern the way it really is - maybe with just a tiny bit of exaggeration for emphasis purposes. I must confess to liking the books more when the ghostly presence was kept as more of a background note and the way Liz and her husband Nate walked all over correct police procedure in this book was too egregious to overlook. So was this just me being too picky? I don't know for sure, but I didn't have to dither around to decide on a 3 star rating - smack in the middle of really/kinda bad and really/kinda good.

    This story begins with a woman pitching a purely hissy fit when she gets the investigative report from Liz and Nate (private detectives) that her husband is having an affair. So she gathers up his clothes, piles them in the 1969 Mustang convertible he loves so much and sets the clothes on fire. Naturally Tammy Sue is going to be a suspect when her lying, cheating husband turns up dead. Except that's also when everybody on the tiny island South Carolina community of Stella Maris finds out just how little they knew about Zeke Lyerly.

    As I have said, this one didn't work well for me. If you live in a very small community, and everyone is supposed to know the complete history of everyone there, then why was nobody ever curious about Zeke's background? You really can't have it both ways. Plus, Colleen (the ghost) has turned into a pest instead of a charming point of interest of the series. At least for me.

  • Obsidian
    Jul 03, 2017

    It definitely pains me to say this but the Liz Talbot cozy mystery series that I've enjoyed for the past couple of years is getting pretty meh.

    I don't know what else to say besides the fact that I think once Liz chose her now-husband Nate and they started investigating together the book just lost I guess that drive that the first couple of books really had.

    I mean I love cozy mysteries. I can read them all day any day if the series is done right. So I don't know what happened with this one I don'

    It definitely pains me to say this but the Liz Talbot cozy mystery series that I've enjoyed for the past couple of years is getting pretty meh.

    I don't know what else to say besides the fact that I think once Liz chose her now-husband Nate and they started investigating together the book just lost I guess that drive that the first couple of books really had.

    I mean I love cozy mysteries. I can read them all day any day if the series is done right. So I don't know what happened with this one I don't know if the romance ended up impacting the story or if the whole thing with Liz being connected to her dead friend (Colleen) who now is a ghost that comes back to help her solve cases just started to get really ridiculous in the last two books.

    "Lowcountry Bonfire" we have Liz and Nate dealing with their client who after finding out that her husband cheated on her proceeds to set his beloved car on fire. Only problem is the husband's found dead in the trunk of the car. I liked the mystery aspect of this book but once again I felt like the author went a little bit too far with trying to tie the case to things that just didn't make any sense. It just got so absurd I started to roll my eyes after a while.

    I did like the additional characters that we got some looks into but the book kept coming back to Liz needing to make sure that nothing could be developed on Stella Maris because if something did get built it could mean that years in the future everybody from the island would die if a hurricane came through.

    Based on reviews from other readers of the series it makes absolutely no sense. Liz has several options that she just keeps ignoring. She could demand that there be more boats brought in for people as the island grows and gets developed. She could try to stop the island from being developed by trying to have restrictions on it. Something tells me that's a thing in certain parts of the country. Or she could just I don't know move.

    The writing was okay, but the flow was terrible.

    There's still subtle shaming of Liz's brother for dating a woman who was a former mistress tied up in one of Liz's last cases. Her sister is absent in this one and so are Nate's awful parents. Liz's father ups the ante in being her kooky relative. Colleen is missing for most of the story, and sorry she's become a hindrance to this series. Either have her gone gone, or being in another specter. Or just get rid of that whole aspect, I don't think it matters when you see how she wasn't around for the majority of this book.

    I honestly think the series should have ended when Liz and Nate got married. Now with this dream thing, Boyer is going to keep this a main focus in future books it seems.

    I think I'll give it one more book to see if the series picks back up, but if not, I think I'm just going to pass on future books following Liz and her husband as they investigate crimes.


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