For Fans of the Liz Talbot Mystery Series…
Postcards From Stella Maris is a collection of five short stories for fans of the series who might be interested, for example, in Colleen’s backstory. I wrote the short story “Common Knowledge” for myself years ago, as a way to explore what happened to Colleen. As you might imagine, it’s not as light as the series in general. This story has never been published anywhere before.
“Eviction” is the story of how Liz first met Rhett, her golden retriever, back when she was married to Scott the Scoundrel. This story is also not lighthearted, and it likewise has never been published before.
“Hogwash” originally appeared in Spinetingler Magazine. This is a fun little case which introduces the character of Zeke Lyerly, who appears in Lowcountry Bonfire.
“Highlights & Hot Lead” originally appeared in The Petigru Review. This is a Stella Maris slice-of-life story featuring Shannelle Johnson, a local judge’s wife, and it takes place entirely at Phoebe’s Day Spa.
“Everything is Relative” is a peek inside a Talbot family Thanksgiving. A few of Mamma’s recipes are included at the end.
If by chance you’ve stumbled on this collection of stories, but you’ve never read a Liz Talbot Mystery, I would encourage you to start with Lowcountry Boil (A Liz Talbot Mystery, Book 1) and come back to these stories later.
I so hope you enjoy these glimpses into Liz Talbot’s formative years, her unfortunate first marriage, and her life between major cases.
Susan M. Boyer
Great Short Read
I love all the Lowcountry series from Susan Boyer so this came along at a great time while waiting on her next book. These “postcards”/short stories gave an added glimpse into the world of Liz Talbot the star of the Lowcountry series. Gosh I hope she does more of these. Plus she included recipes from Liz’s mother. If you haven’t read the series do it now. Light, fun, mystery, romance - they have it all. Then pick this up for a further look inside the life of Liz and friends. I received an ARC of the book but ALL opinions are my own.
DELIGHTFUL BACKGROUND ON STELLA MARIS!
Susan M. Boyer has finally written a book that gives a little more insight into the background of Liz Talbot, the main character of her award-winning The Liz Talbot Mystery Series. I have been a fan of Boyer’s writing since I read her first book, Lowcountry Boil, back in 2012. This series is loaded with mischief, mayhem, murder, and enough hilarity that will keep you entertained from the first word to the last in every single installment. Postcards From Stella Maris is delightful because I like learning the background of a beloved character, Colleen, and seeing Liz’s brother, Blake, the police chief, disarm a tense situation without breaking a sweat, getting an inside look at the relationship between Liz’s parents, and learning how Liz approaches the delicate situation of staking out a friend.
My favorite chapter is “Highlights & Hotlead” and has to do with an overzealous Mom who misunderstands a phone conversation she hears between her high school son and some unknown party. The part she “thinks” she understands is that she is going to be a grandmother! She goes to the local beauty shop, with her shotgun in hand, and proceeds with her brand of interrogation of the young, high school girls – much to the shock and dismay of all the other women in the building. The explanation is spectacular! It is Boyer doing what she does best – providing you with comedic relief that will have you laughing until you cry! Then she picks up the storyline and continues right on.
My other favorite part is when Liz is helping her Mom prepare for Thanksgiving. Her Mom has cooked everything you could want, then doubled it, then tripled it. She has multiple refrigerators & they are bursting at the seams. It is late the night before but she still “thinks we might need another dessert”. Oh, how I can relate! This sounds just like my Sweet Mother! She was exactly the same way! We always had those same conversations at Thanksgiving!
My favorite quote: “Before she would let Daddy retire, Mamma insisted that he find something to occupy his time besides sandpapering her nerves all day.” This will be the story of my life with my husband!
I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by the author/publisher. The opinions expressed here are completely my own and without influence.