Lowcountry Mysteries (Boxed Set #1)

Trisha Leigh Ziegenhorn
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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.

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About the author

Lyla Payne has been publishing New Adult romance novels for a little over a year, starting with Broken at Love and continuing with the rest of the Whitman University series. She loves telling stories, discovering the little reasons people fall in love, and uncovering hidden truths in the world around us – past and present. In her spare time she cuddles her two dogs, pretends to enjoy exercising so that she can eat as much Chipotle as she wants, and harbors a deep and abiding hope that Zac Efron likes older women. She loves reading, of course, along with movies, traveling, and Irish whiskey. Lyla’s hard at work, ALWAYS, and hopes to bring you more Whitman University antics and at least one more Lowcountry ghost tale before the end of the year.


If you want to know more, please visit her at http://lylapayne.com


If you’re a fan of Young Adult fiction—science fiction or otherwise—please check out her work that’s published under the name Trisha Leigh. http://trishaleigh.com. 

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Publisher
Trisha Leigh Ziegenhorn
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Published on
Aug 10, 2015
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Pages
639
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Ghost
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Amateur Sleuth
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths
Fiction / Romance / Suspense
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