After reading Widow’s Might (see my review here), I liked the characters so much, I decided to go back to the beginning of the Liv Bergen series and read them in order.
Liv Bergen, age 29, manages her family’s limestone quarry in Livermore, Colorado.
Liv keeps getting mixed up in murders. In this book, it all starts when one of her employees at the mine is found murdered, in a very gruesome way. The circumstances of the death suggest the employee was the latest victim of the so-called Venus de Milo serial killer. One of the FBI agents who arrives in Fort Collins to investigate is Liv’s former college basketball teammate, Lisa Henry. Liv invites Lisa to stay at her house, and even suggests that Lisa and her colleagues use her house as their working headquarters. Liv leaves the house early and stays out late so she won’t disturb them. In fact, she never even meets the one agent Lisa characterizes as “a legend” and “incredibly handsome,” Special Agent Streeter Pierce from the FBI in Denver.
Liv also investigates on her own, in part because she cared for Jill (the victim), in part because of bits and pieces of conversation with Lisa, and perhaps mostly because she has a kind of Nancy Drew disposition. Eventually, she herself comes to the attention of the de Milo killer, and there is a tension-filled confrontation at the end of the book.
Evaluation: It was definitely worthwhile to go backwards in the series and meet Liv and Lisa and Streeter and the others at the beginning. The protagonists are all charming, especially Liv, and as soon as I finished this first book, I went on to the second….
Published by Greenleaf Book Group Press, 2010