Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Lowcountry Bombshell by Susan M. Boyer
Calista McQueen not only looks like Marilyn, she shares disturbing similarities to her life. She was born at the exact date and time as Marilyn, her mother named her Norma Jeane, and she spent her childhood in foster homes. Her second marriage was to a ballplayer, Joe. Now Calista is worried that she will be murdered on the anniversary of Marilyn's death, and wants Liz to help her escape what she fears is her fate.
There are plenty of suspects. There are her birth mother and her mother's best friend, the women who made it their lives' work to remake Calista into the spitting image of Marilyn. Her first husband has been searching for her for years since she moved away. Liz isn't happy about the current people surrounding Calista either. There is a yoga instructor who is in and out of the house, a doctor who seems much too interested in his patient, and a housekeeper with ties to the island but who no one knows much about. Strange things are occurring as the anniversary gets closer, and Liz is determined to find out who is behind them.
Liz's personal life is heating up also. Her partner, Nate, has finally realized that they should be partners in life as well as business. In the meantime, Matt, her ex, has decided to try to win her back. Nate is her dream but comes at a price as he wants to move her off the island and back to 'civilization'. Who will she choose?
Susan Boyer has written an engaging mystery that will have readers reaching for a glass of sweet iced tea as they relax on their porches. Liz is the typical Southern belle, which means her charming exterior masks a steel interior and a determination to win whatever contest she engages in. The mystery is intriguing, and the denouement is surprising. This book is recommended for mystery lovers.