Widow’s Might by Sandra Brannan is the third book in the “Liv Bergen” thriller series. Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group Press, August 2012

Liv Bergen finds herself trailing a vengeful killer with a crooked sense of justice.

The third Liv Bergen mystery picks up right where the second one left us: the murder of Liv’s future sister-in-law has been solved, but an older rancher has been bludgeoned to death in a style eerily reminiscent of a long-inactive serial killer known only as the Crooked Man. FBI agent Streeter Pierce, still on assignment in Sturgis, South Dakota must now turn his sights on tracking down the killer—his nemesis from ten years earlier. Pierce doesn’t complain, though; he’s falling in love with Liv and sets in motion an unconventional plan to recruit her for the FBI’s training camp in Quantico as they work the case together. But is Liv falling for the brilliant, exotic agent Jack Linwood instead?

Once again, Liv’s knowledge of the Black Hills of South Dakota–territory made famous by the gold rush that followed General George Custer’s expedition—and the novel folk who live there leads her to unearth critical clues about the Crooked Man. But are facts enough to safeguard Liv’s sister Elizabeth and her friend, an elderly woman battling cancer who was attacked just days after her husband was murdered? Will the frail yet feisty widow recover her strength in time to help Liv thwart the Crooked Man’s murderous plans and fatal blow?

A dead rancher, a hospitalized patient and a widow battling cancer…who wants them dead? Believing this to be the work of a long ago killer, Streeter enlists Liv’s help in catching this killer who will stop at nothing to get his prey. This non-stop and action-filled drama kept me in suspense, as I could not put this book down. The mystery kept me riveted to the pages with the many twists and turns and clues pointing elsewhere that I didn’t see the identity of the killer until it was too late. The author’s approach in giving us the central character’s point of view moved the story at an exhilarating pace towards a “survival of the fittest” finale that had my heart pulsing as to how it was going to end. With a finely tuned narrative and a terrific cast including Liv, Streeter and introducing Elizabeth, this was the best book yet in this fabulously thrilling series.

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