by Kendal Lynn
Board Stiff is a lighthearted detective novel that has a similar feel to the Janet Evanovich Numbers series with Stephanie Plum and her cast of over the top characters. The feel is similar, but the characters are more normal. There is a female lead who has some humorous idiosyncrasies and a couple of men that are competing for her attentions. Ms. Lynn gives us a few suspects, some dangerous and exciting action, and a couple of unexpected twists, along with funny dialog and humorous situations. This book fits in between Ms. Evanovich’s Numbers and Ms. Grafton’s Alphabet series’. If you like both of those authors, I’m sure that you will enjoy Board Stiff by Kendel Lynn.
Elliot Lisbon is the Director of The Ballantyne Foundation. She fixes problems that come up for the Board Members and is trying to get her Private Investigator’s license. If a Board Member is involved in a scandal, she will investigate and try to find a solution that won’t reflect badly upon The Ballantyne Foundation. She is using these investigative hours to fulfill the State P.I. License requirement.
I give this book 4 out of 5 stars and a Thumbs Up because it is a well written light hearted and fun mystery by a promising new writer. I recommend this book to all the Sue Grafton and Janet Evanovich fans.
I received this book for free from NetGalley.com.
Publication Date: April 30, 2013
As director of the Ballantyne Foundation on Sea Pine Island, South Carolina, Elliott Lisbon scratches her detective itch by performing discreet inquiries for Foundation donors. Usually nothing more serious than retrieving a pilfered Pomeranian. Until Jane Hatting, Ballantyne board chair, is accused of murder. The Ballantyne’s reputation tanks, Jane’s headed to a jail cell, and Elliott’s sexy ex is the new lieutenant in town.
Armed with moxie and her Mini Coop, Elliott uncovers a trail of blackmail schemes, gambling debts, illicit affairs, and investment scams. But the deeper she digs to clear Jane’s name, the guiltier Jane looks. The closer she gets to the truth, the more treacherous her investigation becomes: a brutal attack on her own suspect and the murder of a witness. With victims piling up faster than shells at a clambake, Elliott realizes she’s next on the killer’s list.
Part of the Henery Press Mystery Series Collection, if you like one, you’ll probably like them all! BOARD STIFF is the first book in the Elliott Lisbon humorous mystery series. Bonus: Includes book club discussion questions. To get a preview of Elliott and her adventures, check out Switch Back, the prequel to BOARD STIFF featured in OTHER PEOPLE’S BAGGAGE.
Praise for Kendel Lynn’s Elliott Lisbon Humorous Mystery Series:
“[OTHER PEOPLE’S BAGGAGE is] a cozy triple-scoop that tastes divine…the pleasantly contrasting novellas make it easy to finish off a story in one sitting, plus each novella serves as a prequel to the respective author’s full-length work.” – Library Journal
“Lost luggage has never been this fun! With well-drawn characters, OTHER PEOPLE’S BAGGAGE is your first class ticket to three fast-paced adventures full of mystery, murder, and magic.” – Elizabeth Craig, Author of the Southern Quilting Series
“Kendel Lynn’s Switch Back is a clever, entertaining mystery with small town flavor and Texas flair!” – Debra Webb, USA Today bestselling author
Paperback: 302 pages
Publisher: Henery Press; First edition (April 30, 2013)
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
About the Author
Kendel Lynn is a Southern California native who now parks her flip-flops in Dallas, Texas. She read her first Alfred Hitchcock and the Three Investigators at age seven and has loved mysteries ever since. Her debut novel, Board Stiff (April 2013), won several literary competitions, including the Zola Award for Mystery/Suspense. Along with writing and reading, she spends her time editing, designing, and figuring out ways to avoid the gym but still eat cupcakes for dinner. Catch up with her at kendellynn.com.
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