As you’ll have seen from yesterday’s Week in Books, I had a less productive week in reading last week, but that didn’t give me a problem when it came to picking a BotW – because after I read Lowcountry Bonfire, I went and bought myself another book in the series straight away.
Lowcountry Bonfire is the sixth book in the Liz Talbot cozy crime series. Liz and her partner Nate Andrews run a private investigation agency on an island in South Carolina. Their bread and butter cases are suspicious spouses and adultery cases. They’re not expecting Tammy Sue Lyerley’s case to be any different. But when her husband Zeke turns up dead in the boot of the car that Tammy Sue has just filled with his stuff and is trying to set alight, they end up smack bang in the middle of a murder investigation. Soon they’re trying to work out the truth behind Zeke’s tall tales and uncovering buried secrets.
After a disappointing run of cozy crime novels during my holiday*, this was a breath of fresh air. This is just the sort of cozy crime that I like – a great cast of characters, a quirky setting and a satisfying murder mystery. And to top that off, Liz is one of my favourite things – a sleuth who has a legitimate reason to be snooping around. The plot is perhaps a little bonkers at times, but the book is so pacey that you don’t really have time to think about that – which is exactly what you want really.
As I mentioned at the start of this post, I liked this so much that I went off and bought myself the first book in the series so I could see how Liz got to where she is. I finished that on the train home on Monday afternoon and can report that that’s also a lot of fun – although the mystery and pacing isn’t quite as good as in Lowcountry Bonfire. Admittedly that may be partly because I could spot which townspeople were no longer about in book six and extrapolate some of the solution from that!
My copy of Lowcountry Bonfire came from NetGalley, but it’s out now and available on all the usual platforms, like Kindle and Kobo. But if you want to start at the beginning, Lowcountry Boil was £1.99 on Kindle and Kobo at time of writing, as was book two, Lowcountry Bombshell, (although only on Kindle) which I may have just bought myself. Naughty Verity!
*Written in Dead Wax (in my book at least) is not a cozy crime. And even if it was, I read it at the start of the week – it was the mysteries afterwards that were a disappointment!