Lowcountry Bordello by Susan M. Boyer is the fourth book in the “Liz Talbot” mystery series. Publisher: Henery Press, November 2015
The Charleston streets are dressed for the holidays in sophisticated Southern style: topiaries adorned with red ribbons, garland entwined with white lights, and poinsettias potted in gold planters. The high class bordello in a stately historic home is certainly no exception. When Private Investigator Liz Talbot’s dear friend Olivia swears she saw a dead body in the parlor of this bordello, one Olivia accidentally co-owns, Liz promptly comes to her aid.
With her wedding back home on Stella Maris less than a week away, Liz must juggle one elderly madam, two ex and future in-laws, three ghosts in the bordello, four giddy bridesmaids, five lovely courtesans, six suspicious patrons…and a partridge in a pear tree as she tries to keep her bridesmaid out of jail and live to walk down the aisle.
This series continues to get better and better like fine wine with each story told. I thoroughly enjoyed this delightfully charming romp as Liz gets prepared to marry while tackling a discreetly sensitive case with great aplomb and foresight. The author’s descriptive narrative puts me smack dab in the middle of all the action as I too, sift through the clues to seek out the identity of the perpetrator. Bubbling with southern charm, fast-paced and non-stop action, and the will to get to the church on time, this tale of secrecy, excitement and adventure kept me reading long past the twitching hour to see how it all ends in the genteel manner which infuses humor and murder in the telling of this tale. I can’t wait to see where we go next with Liz, Nate, Blake, Sonny, Colleen and the rest of the gang on Stella Maris.