GRIEVING GROUND, published by Undercover Books, is now available on Amazon in paperback and ebook format.
Private Investigator Mackenzie Brody is hired by a prominent Scottish author to search for his mother, who disappeared two years earlier in the USA. While Brody crisscrosses continents to follow leads in California, Massachusetts and Scotland, her personal search for her missing brother also reaches a head. As the investigation proceeds, lies and crimes are revealed and lives forever altered.
Grieving Ground offers so much more than a typical mystery. The protagonist, Mackenzie, is a tenacious, smart private investigator (PI), whose obsession is fueled by a childhood tragedy. Her client Aiden is a charmer, who has his own secrets. The shadow of people missing from Mackenzie and Aiden’s lives hangs over the story and their relationship, which promises to become more than a professional one.
The settings range from Boston to Scotland to Los Angeles; and Bergman’s clear descriptions of each city are full of affection and intimate details. The plot is well-paced and full of fascinating details about the work of a private investigator and scandal at a thinly disguised elite university. No question you’ll get your money’s worth! Therese Kosterman
A top-notch mystery thriller. Bergman uses her deep experience as a private investigator to take the reader into the colorful and suspenseful world of her protagonist, Mackenzie Brody, a highly-skilled private investigator who specializes in locating missing persons, and whose choice of professions is apparently fueled by a tragic event in her past. In the tradition of our best mystery writers, Bergman simultaneously informs the reader while taking them on an entertaining trip through the thought processes and techniques of a private investigator, as well as a rich journey through an insider's view of the settings: Boston, Edinburgh and Los Angeles, cities clearly close to Bergman's heart. While basking in the detail and ingenious twist and turns, as well as the promise of a budding romantic relationship between Mackenzie and her client, Aiden, I found myself intrigued and involved, on many levels, throughout this great read. I hope this isn't the last we hear of Mackenzie Brody. Doug Knoll
Grieving Ground is a fast-moving whodunnit with lots of twists
and an intriguing protagonist, with a healthy dose of international
sightseeing. It's a fast-paced mystery that kept me guessing right
through. Highly recommended! J.C. Reynolds
Julie Bergman's second published collection of poetry, The Finder, Poems of a Private Investigator, moves through the intriguing world of the licensed private detective intermingled with the author's interior dialogues. The author was a finder always, and vowed early to follow that path.
After trips into music and journalism, the private sector provided opportunity to solve complex investigative problems; corporate, industrial, environmental, personal. In this collection, she brings the reader into the shadows, where the past and present find simple or ominous resolution. The book is illustrated by noted German artist Hans Diebschlag. Published by Undercover Books. Available at Amazon in paperback and ebook versions via link below.
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The finder is an investigator, a musician and a poet, bringing the rhythm of music to poetry's form, and finding an unlikely partnership between the arts and the world of the detective.
The author is recounting with realism and humor, the mundane and the adventurous; surveillance in a dangerous inner city alley in Los Angeles, meetings with a witness in the bayous of Baton Rouge, searching for one-armed truck drivers in Detroit, or find the bodies to match misplaced gravestones. Her journey is accompanied by the delicate interpretive drawings of noted German painter Hans Diebschlag, her friend of 30 years.
In these verses the author may someday find her mother's lost diamond ring, and the gun she thought had been thrown into the dragon lake after a murder in her hometown. Mysteries have a way of solving, when you keep looking.
These are the musings of a lone female detective. She travels strange worlds that range between frightening and romantic. Under the radar, she reveals the terse adrenalized world of finding people, documents, motives, grails. And through her steady binoculars even catches some dazzling glimpses of her own soul.
"Thank you for your book of poetry. I've started reading it already and it's amazing... You know, I wrote a tv series called "The Finder" so the title leapt out at me with echoes and resonances flying off the cover like sparks. Lovely writing. Fascinating subject." Hart Hanson, television writer, producer, author, creator of "Bones."
"I found the situations fascinating. Writing so well measured, so much light between the lines. A page turner... the joy and ease of reading the verse and the seeming effortlessness in creating it. In short, The Finder is a brilliant, wonderful book of poetry. I can only kneel in envy. A slender volume we can all be thankful for." Eric Andersen, singer, songwriter
"Bergman writes with a compelling fire about some subjects; a wise, grounded feeling about others. She draws you in to her line of work with passion, pride, regret and true emotion. And let's face it, when was the last time you read a book of poetry written by a private investigator? Some great work here, complemented by excellent illustrations." James White, television/film critic, Empire Magazine
Los Angeles Fires of the Heart is a series of poems chronicling the migration of an East Coast U.S. native, with deep attachments to Western Europe's green isles, to a life in the desert City of Angels. The poems are an assessment and integration of life's anguish and passion. They are about transcending the harshness, the riots, the earthquakes, the wildfires, the apathy blanketed by the urban sprawl. These writings, penned by the author over a decade of transition, document her journey of finding balance, seeking sustenance within.