"L.B. Cobb's debut book, Splendor Bay,
lands ex-lawyer Bill Glasscocks in the worst day of his
life, and the stars of the show are his girlfriend (gone
missing), his ex-wife (also missing) and her lover,
Governor Wallace Moreno (found dead on the beach in front
of Sally's mansion). Bill, the
prime suspect, embarks on a whirlwind search for the women
in his life, the murderer and proof of his own innocence"
Publishers Weekly, Copyright 2001 Cahners Business
Bay... The exceptional sense of place
draws you in... a sensual, suspenseful murder
mystery" Review of Texas Books
is one savvy lady who not only knows how to plot an
intriguing mystery but also knows how to people that
mystery with remarkably complicated yet true-to-life
Mary Welk, Chicago, IL, Amazon Reader Review and
Midwest Book Review
Cobb's writing style takes full advantage of
verisimilitude in a similar way many of W. Somerset
Maugham's stories evoke a sense of confidence in the
reader. The best mystery I've read, bar none.
Told from a male perspective and sure to be loved by both
sexes." The Rebecca Review
ambiguities, snappy dialogue, and twists that keep The
pages turning...an exceptionally accomplished debut novel.
Chris Rogers, author of Bitch Factor
Cobb delivers a page-turning story filled with cracking
wit and suspense. -- Julie Wray Herman, author of
Three Dirty Women and the Bitter Brew
sassy, and sexy, with enough twists and turns to make you
dizzy, SPLENDOR BAY is a splendid read.
Lorna Michaels, author of The Truth About Elyssa
plenty of humor, suspense, and complications in this
excellently crafted mystery.
Rendezvous (Vol 18, No.6, November 2001)
didn't want to put this book down after I began reading
it... I was taken
in by the main character, his sense of humor and approach
to solving the crime, and all the ways he showed he cared
about his family and friends."
Christine, Phenoix, AZ, Amazon Reader Review
a fun book! As an avid reader of mysteries and legal
thrillers, I was delighted to find such a talented new
author. L. B. Cobb writes with just the right mix of
mystery, humor, and romance..."
HLPTN, Knoxville, TN, Amazon Reader Review
dialogue in this book is very witty and I think it reminds
me of the Robert B Parker Spenser series... I liked the interactions between Bill,
his friends and extended family."
Connie Rutter, Daytona Beach, FL, Amazon Reader
Review and Murder and Mayhem Bookclub
plot catpults with intrigue, quirky characters, conflicted
relationships and wry, wry humor. Did I mention the humor?"
Roger Paulding, Houston, TX, Amazon Reader Review
great mystery which is entwined with funny and witty
characters... a great thriller and a can't put down book!"
Vicki Duby, February 2002, Scribes World Reviews
"Packed with action, realistic
characters who not only face incredible hurdles, but also
react with genuine emotions and tongue-in-cheek humor, Splendor
Bay is a book to be savored"
Mysterious Corner, The Romance Readers Connection
"Every once in a while I come across
a gem of a mystery novel. This type of novel is where you
want to read it cover to cover in one sitting."
Von Stiers Reviews
"A fabulous writer!"
Tony Fennelly, Edgar-nominated author of Don't Blame
the Snake and 1-900-DEAD
"I enjoyed losing myself in this
story... a quick read with satisfying twists and a
great ending. At first."
Robyn Glazer, MyShelf.com
Splendor Bay received a
number of awards in unpublished manuscript competitions
including the Fowler Award.
text of above reviews can be found here.
Read a chapter of L.B. Cobb's award-winning first novel here.
Buy Splendor Bay from these booksellers.
wonderful mix of characters highlights this memorable
mystery" Mystery Scene Magazine
"Promises Town had me
hooked on the first page and I was sad to reach the last
"Chiseled out of the Texas landscape,
politics, and Virginia Rodriguez's sometimes bitchy, but
mostly likable, character" Midwest Book Review
Cobb weaves a story of intrigue with Tex-Mex flavor,
realistic human emotions and wry humor. The
story is masterfully told from a point-counterpoint perspective,
interweaving the prosecution and defense point of view as Cobb takes
the readers through a criminal investigation, into the courtroom,
and then on to the unexpected ending."Roger
witty, perplexing mystery from L.B. Cobb. Multi-faceted
characters, biting humor and emotional discoveries pack the
pages from beginning to end" -- Tracy Farnsworth,
Mysterious Corner, The Romance Readers Connection
satisfying having a main character that was not only female
but a minority, a strong woman with the same problems many
single mothers face each day. MyShelf
PROMISES TOWN, introduces
smart and sassy Assistant District Attorney Virginia
Rodriguez and cagey high-profile defense attorney Leo
Zachmann who go point-counterpoint in a legal thriller that
offers a fascinating view of the
two-sided search for truth in criminal case. A
federal prosecutor, the nemesis of Washington elite, is
murdered in a posh Bayou City Texas hotel room. His wife is
found with the gun at the scene and is
arrested quickly. Perhaps too quickly, Virginia Rodriguez
soon realizes. Powerful people want a conviction and more than Virginia's
career is on the line -- calculating killers have added her
name to their list. Promises Town delivers a rich
blend of memorable characters, an intriguing
mystery, wry humor, and Virginia Rodriguez, a woman who has
it all -- a killer of a job, a child and a dog to feed, a
house to keep, promises to remember, and no Prince Charming
Read sample chapters
Promises Town, available from these mystery
Both Splendor Bay and Promises
Town were selected by the
Texas State Library and Archives Commission for its
Talking Book Program for readers with disabilities. Splendor
Bay included in the University of
Texas, Tarlton Law Library's "Law in Popular
LB Cobb grew up in Tennessee and practiced geology
before practicing law. Now retired, she and her husband spend most of their time
trying to keep up with children and grandchildren.