Adult Fiction Books

Solomon’s Whisper by @Sandra Brannan #LivBergen @SamiJoLien

I don’t read many thrillers, but I always look forward to anything Sandra Brannan writes!  Her latest title, Solomon’s Whisper, is just as good as her other books.  Here’s a bit about the book:

As Liv Bergen investigates the long-ago murder of her niece, she uncovers a well-guarded secret—and stumbles into one the most prolific killer she’s faced yet.Solomon's Whisper

Once an amateur sleuth, Liv “Boots” Bergen has now found her footing as an official FBI agent. It should be Liv’s dream career—she’s working closely with a bureau legend, Agent Streeter Pierce, as well as the exotic Agent Jack Linwood, with whom she shares a growing romance. Liv has proven to be an adept agent, and the whole office has been moved to a brand new, state-of-the-art facility in central Denver.

And yet, doubt plagues her. Liv is tormented by the knowledge that her work with the FBI could endanger her extended family—and has almost resolved to leave the bureau as a result. Agent Streeter Pierce, who harbors an affection for Liv that sometimes transcends the professional, comes up with an unorthodox plan to keep her around: she can investigate a cold case that’s especially important to her, the kidnapping and murder of her ten-year-old niece, Brianna.

Liv jumps at the chance, but her focus on finding Brianna’s killer is soon diluted. Piece by piece, the case reveals itself to be just one point in a harrowing series of murders. Spanning decades and the country, the web of crime Liv uncovers causes her to question everything—including the integrity of her own colleagues. (


So. I love Brannan’s books because just when I think I’ve figured it out, Brannan shows me that I am completely and utterly stupid. Not only have I not figured it out,  there’s this side complication that I didn’t even consider!

Much love for female agents and girl power and all that. Bergen’s character is tough but also not afraid to show an affectionate side for her dog, her family, and maybe her boyfriend.

And who doesn’t love the name Streeter Pierce?

Brannan, not only do I need a beta copy of your next book, I need a Streeter Pierce PREQUEL.

Can you get on that?


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Adult Fiction

Noah’s Rainy Day by Sandra Brannan #livbergen @SandraBrannan and @SamiJoLien

I love reading anything by Sandra Brannan.  You may remember my review last year of Widow’s Might.  I actually made my own book trailer about it.  Here’s the link. To be sure, Widow’s Might was probably the first mystery I’d read in ages.  The storyline moved so quickly I could not put it down, it was the perfect beach read!

This year’Noahs Noah’s Rainy Day is no exception.  Back is my old buddy Liv Bergen.  She’s a girl’s girl: she’s a woman who doesn’t define herself by girly high heels, smelly perfumes and all those other items that stereotypically make someone female.  Currently, she’s just out of Quantico and now an FBI agent; LOVE!

Here’s a blurb about the book:

From birth, Noah Hogarty has lived with severe cerebral palsy. He is nearly blind, unable to speak, and cannot run, walk, or crawl. Yet his mind works just as well as any other twelve-year-old’s—maybe even better. And Noah holds a secret dream: to become a great spy, following in the footsteps of his aunt, Liv “Boots” Bergen.

Now, freshly returned from training at Quantico, FBI agent Liv Bergen is thrown into her first professional case. Working side by side with veteran agent Streeter Pierce, enigmatic agent and lover Jack Linwood, and her bloodhound Beulah, Liv must race to find five-year-old Max—last seen at the Denver International Airport—before this Christmastime abduction turns deadly. Meanwhile Noah, housebound, becomes wrapped up in identifying the young face he sees watching him from his neighbor’s bedroom window, but he can neither describe nor inscribe what he knows.

And his investigation may lead to Noah paying the ultimate price in fulfilling his dream.

Noah’s Rainy Day (the fourth novel in Brannan’s mystery series) combines classic Liv Bergen irreverence and brainpower with an unflinching look at the darkest of human motivations, all while a whirlpool of increasingly terrifying events threatens to engulf Liv and Noah both in one final rainy day.

Sounds awesome, huh?  Now that a year has passed and I’m more familiar with mysteries (mostly through Lisa Scottoline) I look forward to watching tough ladies kick butt.  Especially keen is a woman who is involved with her extended family who somehow manage to get involved in her escapades.  Noah’s Rainy Day is no different.  Noah is Liv’s nephew and happens to know a dreadful secret but is unable to communicate it.  Meanwhile a disgusting pervert has kidnapped cute little Max.

Parts of this story make me sick to my stomach.  And parts make me happy.

And? I could totally have a cup of coffee with Liv and shot the breeze.  I’m prolly too girly for her though.  Then again, I’d tell her which boy to dump and which one to date.

Team Streeter!