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Lot's Return to Sodom (A Liv Bergen Mystery Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Sandra Brannan
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Book Description

The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is no place for button-downed citizens—unless they’re trying to hide a murder

Sharp-witted Liv Bergen can’t avoid becoming embroiled in murders, it seems. Her family’s hometown of Sturgis, South Dakota, is quickly becoming the Sodom of the Black Hills during the dog days of summer as it hosts the infamous rally of grizzled hard-core motorcycle bikers—half a million of them. Crime comes too close for comfort when Liv must solve the mystery of a beautiful young townie to clear her brother’s name.

Liv witnesses the vile death of another young woman, and during her investigation of both crimes she attracts the uninvited attentions of the menacing leader of Lucifer’s Lot—the baddest of the bad biker gangs. Her quick wit and pragmatic thinking are all that stands between her and certain elimination.

FBI agent Streeter Pierce is back on the trail, working undercover to find the murderer and a shadow criminal called the Crooked Man. When he and Liv cross paths, sparks are flying, literally.

Fans of the amateur sleuth’s adventures will find this second book in the Liv Bergen series—the sequel to In the Belly of Jonah—an even deeper mystery, with greater consequences for their heroine.

Editorial Reviews


''With its harsh descriptions, violence, brutal sex scenes, and gritty dialogue, Lot's Return to Sodom is for hard-core crime-fiction fans.'' --Booklist

From the Author

"This inside story had to be shared.  What the law enforcement has to deal with during the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally to protect us citizens from the 1% motorcycle clubs is jaw-dropping.  LOT'S RETURN TO SODOM is dedicated to my friend, Mick Sherer, an FBI agent who worked the rally for years, and to everyone like him.  My thanks.

Enjoy this crazy 'Carerras meets Chrome', 'Luciano vs. Leather' Liv Bergen mystery thriller, number two in the series," Sandra Brannan, author of LOT'S RETURN TO SODOM, 2011 Top 50 Amazon E-books for Women's Mysteries.

Product Details

  • File Size: 776 KB
  • Print Length: 333 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1608321193
  • Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group Press (May 25, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0052UWTX4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #420,990 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Abuse, Brutality and Torture Themed Novel June 28, 2011
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While I enjoyed the 1st in the series, this book was just a bit too gruesome/realistic to me. Liv goes it on her own again to help solve the mystery and I found her to be "dense" this go round while the first novel showed Liv as savvy and shrewd. No, Liv was out on a limb most of the book, not wanting, taking or asking for help. Would someone really "forget" to take the gun they dropped with them? No, I don't think so. If I saw an evil motorcycle gang coming up to my house, I'd do more than run out the back since I had the authorities on the phone.

While Brannan leads us down the path of thinking the 1st "death/murder" will be the missing younger sister this isn't the case as the plot continues to develop.

In the 2nd of the series, Brannan is too graphic for my tastes and I didn't care for the motorcycle theme especially since they weren't the "culprits" so to speak.

Yes, Liv and Streeter eventually meet even though it should have been much sooner and yes, there is the romance already working for them in the next installment, but it's not enough for me to invest the time it takes to get through Brannan's work. Her books are a bit long and over-done while don't leave the satisfaction intended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Just Okay August 4, 2011
By tmtrvlr
I reviewed In the Belly of Jonah by Sandra Branna earlier this year and was really looking forward to reading her second book of the series, Lot's Return. It was very much a let down and was not as good as the first book in this series. Once again we have Liv Bergen involved in solving the crimes; this time in the area of Sturgis SD near her family's mining company. Of course with Sturgis there are bikers and the annual raunchy display.

The story line was all over the place and in dire need of editing for cohesiveness. The story did not flow well. There was a particular sexual assault that I think was only thrown in for shock value, but the repeated reference to the act was just unnecessary and tedious.

The characters also have some problems. Although I think the character of Murley was supposed to be a creepy, slimy character, he came off as a sympathetic and almost likeable. The character of Liv witnessed a crime, photographed it and did not tell police even though someone ended up dead! It was just unbelievable.

The Biblical references in both books have nothing to do with the story and these are certainly not books where the characters struggle with issues of faith. I am not sure why they are included. The ending was disappointing and unrealistic. I won't put a spoiler here, but let me just say that the FBI simply would not have given Liv a gift that took years of expensive development.

The best part of the book was the Dedication when she told her mother that she didn't have to read the story.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars An okay read for when there is nothing else July 3, 2011
When Michelle Freeburg, girlfriend of Jens Bergen, is found murdered the police think Jens might be a suspect. Liv Bergen, sister of Jens, decided that she should do some investigating to determine who really killed Michelle. Complicating the picture is the disappearance of Michelle's sister Charlene. The story is set in Sturgis, South Dakota during the summer motorcycle rally.

I found the found the stereotypes of the motorcycle club needless. Once you get past those the story is fairly interesting. This is the second story about Liv Bergen and while you need not know the previous story to read this one, there are references to the first book. I think that some things would have been much more clear if I had read the first book. I would not put this book or this writer into the list of great thrillers or great authors, but it does have the requisite red herrings and plot twists of a mystery that makes for a pretty good summer afternoon read when you don't have anything else to do.

The publisher sent this book to me for review.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars English usage August 1, 2012
By ynotme
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It took me two tries to get interested enough to finish this book. While the writing was not bad there were just too many odd things going on that it was a difficult book to enjoy.

It was clear that the author did not do her homework about motorcycle gangs. For example while she knows about colors she continued to refer to black leather jackets while most biker gangs wear denim jackets or vests.

I also found the incident where Liv photographed the death of a young woman and didn't report it until days later to be unbelievable. And then she refused to give her name but sent the information using her work email? I didn't get it.

When the wife of one character states that the man who has been molesting and raping girls as young as 13 was impotent I was just flabberghasted. Surely the author knows the difference between being sterile or non-fertile (unable to bear or father children) and being impotent (unable to perform the sex act).

Finally, I found the introduction of a dog into the final pages to be bewildering at best. The dog was suppose to be specially trained by the FBI for tracking, trailing etc. and an agent just gave the dog away? It was never explained how the agent obtained ownership of the dog and supposedly the dog belonged to Liv's best friend but Liv had never seen the dog? Very strange.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very vivid because I live just a few miles from the location of all the evnets.
Published 1 month ago by Myron Weber
5.0 out of 5 stars lots return to sodom
Great book. I haven't read a book for a long time but I got right back into reading. I couldn't stop reading.
Published 2 months ago by ruth lengkeek
4.0 out of 5 stars Tough chick
Luv finds herself among the keepers of the peace in an unlikely town overtaken by motorcycles for a rally. Funny yet interesting
Published 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed it
It was definitively a good read and would recommend it to anyone who likes mystery books. It was well written and had me hooked the entire time.
Published 4 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Lot's Return to Sodom
This was an easy read. I couldn't put this book down. Sandra Brannan did a great job! this was a suspenseful book.I can't wait to read her next book.
Published 6 months ago by Ann
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Couldn't put it down.
Published 7 months ago by S Frank
4.0 out of 5 stars good read
Pretty good read somewhat predictable but entertaining
Published 8 months ago by Guuy Labonte
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Sandra Brannan books.
You know you've found a favorite author when you don't want the story to end and look forward to meeting the characters again in the next story. Read more
Published 8 months ago by jeri gragg
5.0 out of 5 stars She seems to get better with each book
Brannan's second book. Another enjoyable read. She seems to get better with each book. Was fun reading about the Motorcycle Rally in Sturgis since I haven't been in the past 10... Read more
Published 9 months ago by apachesioux
2.0 out of 5 stars How to solve a murder in several inept steps
I started this mystery with fairly high hopes that were quickly dashed by the uneven nature of the narrative and the bizarre behavior of Liv, the main character. Read more
Published 10 months ago by morehumanthanhuman
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More About the Author

Sandra has created a heart-pounding, award winning mystery series around the intelligent, ballsy Liv Bergen, a woman who embodies the spirit of South Dakota. Much like her fictional character, Sandra Brannan has spent her career in the mining business and lives in the Black Hills.

SOLOMON'S WHISPER, the 5th in the Liv Bergen Mystery series released in e-book on September 2, 2014 and in Trade Paperback on February 5, 2015.


In response to the overwhelming success of IN THE BELLY OF JONAH, launched in September 2010, and LOT'S RETURN TO SODOM, released June 1, 2011, Brannan prioritizes her time first to the librarians and booksellers for nominating her to earn ABA's Indie Next List Notable, to book clubs and fans who have described Liv Bergen as the love child of Sue Grafton's Kinsey Milhone and Lee Child's Jack Reacher, and to teachers for all the gratitude she has for their role in her success. The second in the Liv Bergen Mystery series reached the top 10 for e-book mysteries, top 5 for women's mysteries in 2011. WIDOW'S MIGHT, the third in the series, earned ABA's Indie NextList and numerous accolades in 2012 from Publishers Weekly, Library Thing, Booklist, and ABA Indie Next List Great Reads from independent booksellers across the country. Suspense Magazine calls WIDOW'S MIGHT the "perfect blend of suspense, thrills, and romance". The setting for Brannan's books are in the mountain states, including wonderful sites like Nemo and Rochford in the Black Hills.

The fourth in the series NOAH'S RAINY DAY released September 3, 2013 and was chosen as Best of 2013 list by Suspense Magazine, a finalist for Best Mystery/Thriller by USA Book News, and finalist for IndieFab Award by Foreword Reviews at the American Library Association conference in Vegas in 2014.

Sandra can be contacted at or by email at

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