I don’t usually read cozy mysteries, preferring something with a harder edge and a bit more action. However, Lowcountry Boil caught my attention due to the fact that this debut title from Susan M. Boyer won the 2012 Agatha Award; a rare feat. The book introduces us to feisty southern belle Liz Talbot, a private eye who carries a Sig Sauer in a Kate Spade handbag. When her grandmother is murdered, Liz comes back to her South Carolina home to catch the murderer. Family secrets, local intrigue, ghostly visits, and the quirky nature of the town’s inhabitants keep Liz guessing right to the very end. This is fast-paced tale, full of wit and charm. Boyer’s writing style is inviting and fun, and
in the middle of all her characters’ hijinks lurks a very well-plotted mystery.