NetGalley: In the Belly of Jonah (A Liv Bergen Mystery #1) by Sandra Brannan
Title: In The Belly of Jonah
Author: Sandra Brannan
Published: Sept. 1, 2010
Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group Press
Genre: Murder mystery
Review: ebook provided by NetGalley and Publisher
In the Belly of Jonah is a fast-paced mystery with a likable protagonist and an intricately woven narrative brimming with bizarre yet believable twists. The first in a series, the book expertly lays the groundwork for Liv Bergen, amateur sleuth, and her love interest, FBI Agent Streeter Pierce.
Liv becomes involved in the investigation of the murder of Jill Brannigan, a summer intern at the limestone mine Liv manages near Fort Collins, Colorado (a breathtaking setting that unwittingly becomes an accessory to crime). In doing so, she inadvertently puts her friends, her family, and herself at risk of being swallowed in the belly of a madman bloated with perverse appetites for women, surrealistic art, and renown. Perhaps a bit too daring (and at times irreverent) for her own good, "Boots," as Liv's eight siblings call her, soon realizes she has a knack for outsmarting and tracking down the Venus de Milo murderer--and she enjoys it!
I received this book to give an honest review.
I read another book in this series by this author and when I saw them on NetGalley the entire series I knew I had to ask to review them. I was so glad I did now I get to see exactly how Liv Bergen became to be such a good case solver.
In this story, Liv gets face to face with a killer who has been able to fool the FBI since they can not figure out how he is able to carve his victims. Somehow Liv is just able to put the pieces together yet it will be too late for someone that she knows. When Liv starts to help solve the case just by being nosey what she uncovers is something more. She will have to fight for her life if she wants to be able to live. Her friend is right by the end of this book Liv should totally become an FBI agent she is quick to think on her feet and will find herself in certain situations. I enjoyed how the author did the murder's they weren't your normal kind of murders they were done with a weird elegance that only the killer could capture.
I really like how strong of a character Liv was. She took care of herself and owned her own business and was not afraid to get down and dirty. You don't find many characters like Liv and so for the author to write Liv the way she did was nice. I plan on finishing up this series and get ready for book 7 which comes out in June!!!
Sandra Brannan has created a heart-pounding mystery thriller series around Liv Bergen, a woman who embodies the spirit of South Dakota. Much like her character Liv Bergen, Brannan has spent her career in the mining business.
Working her way up from day laborer in the company her grandfather founded to a top executive in the family business wasn't easy, as Sandra often received threads from those opposed to mining. These life experiences gave her a first-person perspective into the high-stakes scenarios of which she writes.
In response to the overwhelming success of "In the Belly of Jonah" (2010), "Lot's Return to Sodom" (2011), "Widow's Might" (2012) and "Noah's Rainy Day" (2013), Brannan prioritizes her time first to the librarians and booksellers for nominating her to earn two ABA Indie Next List Notables, to book clubs and fans who have described Liv Bergen as the love child of Sue Grafton's Kinsey Milhone and Lee Child's Jack Reacher, and to teachers for all the gratitude she has for their role in her success. Her books have landed on the Denver Post best-seller list and reached the top 10 for e-book mysteries and top 5 for women's mysteries. She celebrates the launch of the fifth book in the series, "Solomon's Whisper," in September 2014.
Named one of the top 25 most fabulous women by Black Hills Magazine, Brannan lives in her hometown of Rapid City, South Dakota, with her husband. Their budding family consists of four boys and three grandchildren.
2010 In The Belly of Jonah
2011 Lot's Return to Sodom
2012 Widow's Might
2013 Noah's Rainy Day
If you'd like to know when Sandra will be in your area for a signing, interview or speaking event, please check her website or email firstname.lastname@example.org for appearances or book clubs.