Friday, November 20, 2015

Review: Lowcountry Bordello by Susan M. Boyer

Published November 3, 2015
by Henery Press
What if your friend thinks she has found a body in the house she shares in ownership with her Aunt? And what if your investigation is complicated because it turns out the house is a bit of a high-class bordello?

Lowcountry Bordello is book #4 in the Liz Talbot series published by Henery Press. Liz and her fiance agree to look into the murder because, among other things, Olivia who found the body is one of Liz's bridesmaids. And the wedding is a week away. Couple that with a few ghosts in the bordello and her friendly ghost who is a guardian for all things Stella Maris, and you have an entertaining story.

The characters are interesting. How can you miss when you have an 80 something Aunt who runs the bordello? And with Liz, her family and friends just help to characterize her more. It would be easy to overuse the helpful ghost to solve the mysteries, but she has rules she must obey so that she can't reveal everything and spoil the story.

The plot moves along at a good pace, a little faster towards the end. It gets complicated at times like when they are reviewing the timeline for the murder and are trying to figure out who is a serious suspect. Overall though it's well done. The mystery is good and satisfying.

It's a southern mystery. Some might categorize it as a cozy even though Liz is a PI, probably because of the number of people involved that she knows and how homey it can get. I liked it in part because of the southern small town atmosphere.

I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.