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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Books So This is Paris

So This is Paris: Crossing the Line (A Paris Homicide Mystery) by Frédérique Molay

So This is Paris: Crossing the Line (A Paris Homicide Mystery)

Today’s post is an interview with author Frederique Molay, author of the Paris Homicide Series (The 7th Woman and Crossing the Line).  Her latest book, Crossing the Line,  will be released in print (yay!) in September.

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Imagine Christmas in Paris and an uneasy feeling that something is very wrong in the case you are investigating. Chief of Police Nico Sirsky returns to work after recovering from a gunshot wound. He’s in love and rearing to go. His first day back has him overseeing a jewel heist sting and taking on an odd investigation. Dental students discovered a message in the tooth of a severed head. Is it a sick joke? Sirsky and his team of crack homicide detectives follow the clues from an apparent suicide, to an apparent accident, to an all-out murder as an intricate machination starts breaking down. Just how far can despair push a man? How clear is the line between good and evil?

What led you to be a writer?

I started writing when I was eleven years old. By that time, I was already passionate about reading and very intrigued by the mechanisms behind created suspense. I felt a need to create and recount my own stories and to share emotions with readers. And once I got started, I just couldn’t stop.

The 7th Woman won a prestigious crime fiction award. It is full of police procedure and forensics, with very detailed descriptions. What did you do to be able to go into such detail?

Before I started writing it, I did a lot of research in the field. I went to various sites, I interviewed police detectives, forensic scientists, coroners and judges, so that my characters would be credible. Writing gives me an excuse to meet people who share a real enthusiasm for their work with me, and I find that fascinating. And then my job as a novelist is to mix that reality with story.

In the second Paris Homicide mystery, Crossing the Line, there are just as many juicy details. It takes readers into the world of body donation. Did you actually visit the institutions mentioned in the book?

333x500-199x300Yes. I spent time haunting the halls of the medical school and attending dissections, and meeting some colourful personalities on the way. There were times what I saw sent shivers up my spine, but these things do exist in real life. Some people say that mystery writers are trying to come to grips with their own fear of death, and maybe that explains our fascination with it.

Nico Sirsky is a very likable character, who is both very human and good at his job with a strong sense of professional ethics. How do you create a character like that? Did a real person inspire him?

Nico Sirsky is certainly a novelized reflection of the police detectives I had a chance to meet at Paris’s mythic police headquarters. And, I’ll admit that I was certainly a little influenced by the positive comic book super heroes, which make me dream.

How do you work? Are you very disciplined?

I need to write on a regular basis. Writing requires a lot of effort and the capacity to question yourself permanently if you want to make any progress. Not to mention that the need to write is like a tidal wave you can’t resist.

Doesn’t that sound great? I can’t wait to read this title.  See you next time!

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Blogging from A to Z Challenge Books

#AtoZChallenge: O-Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathman

unconventional librarianHere we are a little more than half way thru the alphabet!

Today is the letter


which stands for

Oh my goodness have I got a book for you!

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Officer Buckle and Gloria!

Officer Buckle believes that safety is important.

He speaks regularly to children at schools but feels like his speeches are lacking something

Then he acquires Gloria, the dog and he becomes a sensation!

Little does Officer Buckle know that Gloria is performing tricks behind his back.

Like I always say, never work with kids and animals, right?

I can think of another sensational animal with a name starting with

O.  Can you?