Salisbury author wins prize

  • Posted: Sunday, May 19, 2013 12:01 a.m.

Henery Press announces Susan M. Boyer’s “Lowcountry Boil” has won the 2012 Agatha Best First Novel Award. Winner of the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense and 2012 RWA Golden Heart Finalist, this first installment in the Liz Talbot Southern PI series is rife with secrets and is a refreshing blend of island allure and suspense.

Private Investigator Liz Talbot is a modern Southern belle: She blesses hearts and takes names. She carries her gun 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 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. When her long-dead best friend pops in, things really get complicated. Liz must use more than her wits and charm to keep her family safe, chase down clues from the hereafter and catch a psychopath before he catches her.

Boyer, a Salisbury native, has done a signing locally at Literary Bookpost.

Book release party

WINSTON-SALEM — BOOKMARKS and Summit School will hold a book release celebration featuring North Carolina’s Charlie Lovett, author of the critically acclaimed “The Bookman’s Tale: A Novel of Obsession.” The event will be Monday, June 3, at 7 p.m. at Summit School, 2100 Reynolda Road in Winston-Salem. This program is free and open to the public.

Books will be available to buy with proceeds benefiting BOOKMARKS. After the program, there will be a book signing and reception.

Lovett lives in Winston-Salem and is a writer, teacher and playwright whose plays for children have been seen in more than 3,000 productions worldwide. For more than a decade, he has been writer-in-residence at Summit School. He is a former antiquarian bookseller and has collected rare books and other materials related to Lewis Carroll for more than 25 years.

“The Bookman’s Tale” will be published May 28 by Viking Penguin. Barnes & Noble recently announced that Lovett’s book is the latest selection in the Barnes & Noble Recommends program. Titles chosen for this program are the books booksellers can’t stop talking about. Barnes & Noble Recommends selections are chosen for sheer reading pleasure and their appeal as book club picks. The Australian and UK editions of “The Bookman’s Tale” are due out this summer. The book will be published in nine foreign translations worldwide.

“The Bookman’s Tale” is a book for people who are passionate about books. Moving back and forth across the Atlantic and across time, this entertaining story of a quiet man’s search for truth (and the real William Shakespeare) is part mystery, part love story, a saga of families and feuds, and a rumination on the nature of art. For more information, visit

For additional information about the celebration call (336) 460-4722, email or visit

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