Lowcountry Mysteries (Boxed Set #1)
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This boxed set contains the first three books and novella in USAToday Bestselling Author Lyla Payne's Lowcountry Mysteries.
When Graciela Harper returns to the small town of Heron Creek, SC, she's looking for a place to hide, drink, and lick old wounds. Instead, she stumbles across old friends, estranged family, a handsome mayor, and the occasional insistent ghost.
NOT QUITE DEAD: When the ghost of swashbuckler Anne Bonny decides that pestering Gracie is how she wants to spend her undead time, Graciela is forced out of a lingering depression. In the real world, she navigates old friendships, cares for her ailing grandfather, and tries her best to shake Mayor Beau’s advances – but when reality crashes into the ghostly past, it presents complications that affect not only Graciela, but her family, too.
NOT QUITE COLD: If Gracie thought Anne Bonny was the first and last of her ghosts, she was sorely mistaken. The recently dead spirit of Glinda Davis, the town’s longtime hairdresser, insists that she was murdered…and she needs Gracie to find out why. The search leads her into moonshining territory, threatens to upset her still-new relationship with Beau, and Gracie thinks she’s in over her head.
NOT QUITE TRUE: With her boyfriend Beau in legal trouble, Gracie can’t sit by and do nothing. She starts an investigation of her own, which is interrupted by a famous Charleston ghost who wants her help to get closure of his own. That, combined with her cousin Amelia’s own mental and legal issues, means Gracie’s hands are all the way full—even when they’re not tied behind her back.
QUITE CURIOUS: The other residents of Heron Creek tell their sides of the story, and illuminate some lingering questions from the first three books.
QUITE A Good Deal
Not Quite Dead:
The review for this book is nearly impossible to write in a condensed version and still do it justice. Gracie Harper returns home depressed, falling apart, and borderline alcoholic to care for Gramps. His health, already failing rapidly declines as Gracie desperately tries to gain her footing in the town that owns her childhood. Beau, the handsome Mayor, is a better welcome wagon than the ghost of the insistent Anne Bonny. As childhood friendships are mended, Gracie learns she does not have to seal her heart away to survive. Forces beyond her imagination prove to have a vendetta against her that leave her risking everything if she can't solve the mystery.
This amazing story sucked me in and spit me out with a myriad of emotions. My favorite character, Gramps, was written with such love and admiration that I dare say he transpired from someone very special. How lucky and loved we would all be to have a Gramps on our side.
As for Beau … I look forward to reading more about this man who chisels patiently at the walls around Gracie's heart.
So many characters in this book are worth loving, so start reading and join the adventure!
NOT QUITE COLD:
Gracie Anne, as Beau calls her, finds herself in yet another ghost caper as Glinda lurks nearby wanting Gracie to find answers. The mystery ghost in mixed garb remains a part of Gracie's long list of unanswered questions.
Relationships are still a struggle for Gracie as she muddles through murky clues and the life Heron Creek has thrust upon her, but she's trying to remember how to let others in. She is forced to accept that unlikely alliances can sometimes save the day, things aren't always as they appear, and everyone has skeletons in their closet.
I'm "Not Quite Patient" for the next in this series to come along because I'm dying to know where Gracie's penchant for trouble will lead her next. Beau, mixed garb ghost, Mrs. LaBadie … so many stories are waiting to unfold! It's unlikely Gracie's life will be dull. As Millie told her, "So you're being haunted. Deal with it."
The author created yet another set of characters that make you want to know them personally. Her gift for story telling crosses genres and ages. I can't wait to see where she takes Gracie and the gang.
NOT QUITE TRUE:
Lyla Payne NAILED it yet again! I've loved this series from the very first time I sat down to read Not Quite Dead. Gracie Harper is, and always will be, one of my favorite literary characters. From her snarky inner monologues, to her snappy comebacks and sharp wit, she NEVER leaves me disappointed!
Not Quite True picks up where Not Quite Cold ends, and with Beau's indictment for the abuse of power in Lindsay Boone's case hanging over their heads, Gracie and Beau are trying to wade through the mire of their two messy lives. With Beau's little brother Brick around, and the town choosing sides, they have little chance to spend time together.
Mrs. LaBadie is still lurking in the shadows and wreaking havoc on Gracie and Amelia's life. The girls are still struggling to put their curse behind them but quickly realize the crazy voodoo witch isn't finished with them.
The ghost stories and history woven into this series is such a pivotal part of the story for me. I love early American history and the ghost stories that go hand in hand with it. Lyla Payne writes about Charleston in a way that makes me determined to walk the ghost tours and sit in the restaurants she describes with such detail. You will come to love both Henry Woodward and Joseph Ladd as they insinuate themselves into Gracie's life time and again. The ghostly aspects of her life are quickly becoming the norm - will she be able to accept them?
Lyla's attention to detail and descriptive knack for weaving visuals leaves you feeling as though you've stepped into the story straight from the pages to your mind. I can't wait to see where she goes with this series. It's time to make sure everyone you know reads the Lowcountry series and gets to know Gracie!
I really love novellas that add a fantastic transition from one novel to the next. This novella was a fantastic way to prepare us for Not Quite Gone (eep, so excited for it to release - is it time yet?)
Ah, the POVs … they’re stellar, of course. Beau’s POV leads me to believe his mother will be a force to be reckoned with. She has an agenda, and I can’t help but wonder what that means for Gracie and Beau.No Lowcountry book would be complete without Gracie, and this novella doesn’t disappoint. Amelia’s POV is both insightful and troubling, and I can’t help but ache for her as she struggles to keep her head above water. Clete, Will, and Leo also join the POV list, and having a chance to read from their perspectives was a real treat.
I really hope Daria’s character will appear more in Not Quite Gone because I think she can really teach Gracie a great deal, and I loved the role she played in this novella. This entire novella really has me excited for Not Quite Gone! As always, Lyla delivers the Lowcountry characters and story with detail and intrigue. I’m ALWAYS excited to read more about Gracie and her cohorts, and I’ve already one-clicked the next book!
QUITE Intriguing and Captivating!
Not Quite Dead
This was my first book by Lyla Payne and I LOVED it. The characters are well developed and the story is well written. I was drawn into the story from the get go. I enjoyed the concept of the book. That is that Gracie, the main heroine, begins seeing a ghost.
Gracie starts out the book broken and depressed and just wants to wallow. But it seems that fate has other plans for her. The problems that she is going through are real life problems and were easy for me to relate to. The secondary characters are wonderful, especially Gramps. I also loved how Beau was patient but supportive of her all the same. I felt many different emotions as I read this book. I also enjoyed the history aspect of the story that comes with Gracie learning about the ghost past.
Highly recommend this book and series.
Not Quite Cold
Great addition to the series.The author has a way of telling a story that is intriguing, captivating and humorous at times. I'm not going to summarize the book for you as you can read that above. But I will tell you that it is a MUST read. But start with book one of the series.
I'm anxious to see how the relationships between all the characters grow and develop.
Not Quite True
I love this series. Lyla does a terrific job relaying historical details,developing the characters,and describing details of a small southern town. Gracie is such a a great character. I love her sassy attitude, sarcastic comebacks and willingness to stand up and fight for what who and what she believes in. She is growing throughout the series and accepting her role as the helper of ghosts. I love all the characters and any glimpse or insight of them I can get.
Her relationship with Beau is being put to the test, with him being indicted. Her other relationships are also under strain with various issues. This book is more emotional and deals with some difficult issues.
I loved the history of the ghosts that are present in Gracie's life during this book.And the mystery, or should I say mysteries, will leave you guessing until the reveal. My heart was in my throat when it all went down.
I love novella's that continue the story but also give you POV's from other characters. And this one does not disappoint. It is insightful and wonderfully told. I'm impatiently waiting for the next book in the series to release. It is a must read!!!
Pirate ghosts and many adventures!!
~I received each book in this set for free in exchange for my honest opinion~~
I really wish that there were more stars than 5 to give a box set. In my opinion, there needs to be a 5 stars for every book that is in this set!! So really, I give this set 20 stars. This box set is full of mystery. There is trouble brewing all around Heron Creek, and for some reason Graciela is the only one that can do anything about it! This set is full of ghosts, adventures, sexy time, more ghosts, and friends that are there no matter how long it has been since you have seen them. I love this series! You will not be able to put this set down!! If you do not get this set, then you will be very sad!