From the back of the book: Private Investigator Liz Talbot is a modern Southern belle: she blesses hearts and takes names. She carries her Sig 9 in her Kate Spade handbag, and her golden retriever, Rhett, rides shotgun in her hybrid Escape. When her grandmother is murdered, Liz high-tails it back to her South Carolina island home to find the killer.
She’s fit to be tied when her police-chief brother shuts her out of the investigation, so she opens her own. Then her long-dead best friend pops in and things really get complicated. When more folks start turning up dead in this small seaside town, Liz must use more than just her wits and charm to keep her family safe, chase down clues from the hereafter, and catch a psychopath before he catches her.
I found this book to be a totally charming read. The author’s voice and writing style are cozy-mystery in tone but the protagonist here is a professional private investigator (as opposed to a nosey heroine we find in so many cozies!)
The story opens with Liz coming home for her grandmother’s funeral, only to learn from her brother, the local chief of police, that the death is far from natural. She also discovers that her grandmother has bequeath her house to Liz. Liz’s first inclination is to solve her grandmother’s death then head back to her home in Georgia. But she finds herself on the local city council and neck-deep in small community gossip and politics.
I really liked this heroine. I love that the author didn’t give us another bumbling heroine who keeps her gun in a cookie jar! Liz is strong, confident, carries a gun in her purse (and knows how to use it!), can give a round kick that will lay an attacker on his back and keeps a golden retriever as a body-guard. But if you’re familiar with goldens at all, he’s not the most vicious dog around! I loved the southern feel that the author captures on every page.
I’m looking forward to the next books in the series as we didn’t get to spend much time with Liz’s PI partner…and I’m interested in learning more there. We did get an introduction to Liz’s ex, Michael, a married man who still carries an Olympic-sized flame for Liz. Lots of potential for some future romance for Liz but with which one?
And one more thing…Liz’s dead friend is still keeping her company!
So we have a ghost, a strong heroine, a hunky ex, a hunky PI partner, a golden retriever, small town gossip and politics, a murder mystery and a southern setting. What’s not to like?
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