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Lowcountry Boondoggle–growing hemp for supercapacitors

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Lowcountry Boondoggle

by Susan M. Boyer

I am not regularly a reader of paranormal books, but Susan M. Boyer’s cozy mysteries have a different sort of paranormal twist. They focus on Liz Talbot, P.I., who is married to Nate, also a P.I. and her business partner. It’s no spoiler in my review of the ninth book in the series to say one of the characters is the spirit of Colleen who passed away during her junior year in high school. A spunky redhead, she has returned on a mission to guard their little town of Stella Maris. There are rules she has to follow or there will be consequences. Liz and Nate are the only people who can see her. She adds humor to the books but also aids in the investigations—sporadically. I write about her at such length because she has a pivotal role in this book, but to say more would indeed be a spoiler.

There are a number of threads in Lowcountry Boondoggle. Darius, a former reality TV star has been located by Brantley, his “long-lost love child” who is the sole survivor of a fire that wiped out his adoptive family’s home. Brantley has teamed up with two other friends, Tyler and Will, to establish an agricultural business to raise hemp. The young men will be concentrating on selling the stems to make supercapacitors, and they need money to start their business.

The plot centers around arson, murder, theft, deception, and jealousy. There is some humorous relief when Liz discovers her father’s plotting to create a Halloween scene on steroids on the front lawn. What will Mama say? Foodies will enjoy descriptions of Liz’s mama’s Southern cooking as well as some of the couple’s extravagant dining at the expense of their clients.

The plot was well-devised, but seemed to drag a little. I also didn’t enjoy the characters as much as I have in some other cozy mysteries in this series. Even the setting didn’t have the pizzaz I expected. Fortunately, I have read several books in this series and know the next one will probably be more to my taste as Boyer has included several intriguing hooks in her conclusion.

I would like to extend my thanks to Edelweiss and Henery Press for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 4/5

Category: Mystery

Notes: #9 in the Liz Talbot Mystery Series

Publication:   June 30, 2020—Henery Press

Memorable Lines:

“…bad people are often very good at hiding behind masks of fake virtue.”

My husband was up to something, just as sure as azaleas would bloom all over Charleston in the spring.

“I always thought I had plenty of time, no rush. We make that same mistake all the time, don’t we? Thinking we have time?”


  1. I have been reading this series as it comes out, so I’m excited there is now a new one! Thanks Linda!

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    • lghiggins says:

      This is one of the books I have taken on as an Advanced Reader Copy, and I am embarrassed to say that I am almost a year behind. Perhaps the lag will make it easier to get a used or discounted price; I have found that books have gotten very expensive. My delay is partly because I am now also reading other books with a small book club from my church that started during the lockdown. Since my goal in the reviews is to share my love of books and reading with others, in the long run it doesn’t matter. I hope you enjoy it!

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      • I read books mostly on my Kindle, going back and forth to the beach house, I started doing this when Kindles first came out so I didn’t have a heavy sack of books to lug. I use Kindle Unlimited, $10 a month and there are tons book and magazines, you “borrow” them like you would from a library…plus I have the Kindle app on my phone too, so I always have my books with me. I love your reviews, you’ve introduced me to some wonderful authors!

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    • lghiggins says:

      I’m glad to hear that I have introduced you to new authors. I still enjoy the feel and smell of a printed book, but I read mostly on Kindle too. It is so handy when traveling between two homes, and I can read at night after my husband has gone to sleep without having a light on.

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  2. Carla says:

    I also enjoy this series Linda. I did not read the Christmas novella that came out last year, so hopefully I will get a chance. I hope she writes another one soon. This one did have a different lean to it, but I still enjoyed the mystery. Nice review and I love that last line you selected, I think we all think that way sometimes.

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