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Book Club Review and Author SKYPE of In the Belly of Jonah by Sandra Brannan January 13, 2013

Filed under: Life's Musings — Angie S. @ 12:22 am

I LOVE my Book Club “The Bookies.”  I have been a part of this book club for 11 1/2 years, ever since the beginning when there were only 3 of us meeting at Northwest Pizza.  Now we are a vibrant group of 18 who have outgrown most restaurants and usually meet at one of the member’s houses.

Our book club read for January was in In the Belly of Jonah by Sandra Brannan.  In the Belly of Jonah is the story of a young woman who manages a mining company named Liv.  One of her young female employees has just been murdered at the hands of a serial killer named the Venus de Milo killer.  When one of her old college classmates,  who now works with the FBI, contacts Liv and wants to help, she is relieved…until her former classmate is murdered by the Venus de Milo killer too and suddenly Liv is running for her life.  Can she solve this mystery before it’s too late?

Yes she can.  I’m not telling you too much by saying that and I’m not giving too much away.  There are two more books in this series featuring Liv Bergen so I think it’s fairly obvious she makes it!  I enjoy a good murder mystery and I enjoyed this one by Ms Brannan.  It was fast paced and very easy to read.  Her writing style is enjoyable as is Sandra herself.

I was very excited to get to meet this author via a SKYPE chat.  Sheila, the head of our book club, met Sandra a couple of years ago at Book Expo America in New York and they have been communicating ever since.  When Sheila told Sandra that we had chosen her book for our January read she was excited and not only offered to SKYPE with us but she sent us a box of goodies as well.

Sandra was delightful and very witty.  If I had not already liked the book I would have after chatting with her.  She is immediately relatable and I felt like I had known her for years.  She told us some funny personal stories and we shared BIG news with her as well.  Laura, a fellow bookie, revealed to us that she was pregnant in a very unique way.  She changed the book cover of Sandra’s book to look different from ours.


We are very excited to be having another Bookie baby!  Sandra was excited too and asked that we send pictures of not only Laura’s special cover but pictures of our book club to her as well so she could feature us on her website.  Here is the group picture of us holding gifts from Sandra that she sent in the goody box (as well as a “prop” from the book!)  What a fun event!  And that, my friends, is why I LOVE my Book Club!  (By the way, Laura is the young lady in the orange sweatshirt in the back row NOT the obviously 9 months pregnant Kerri in the brown shirt in the front!  lol)



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