by Melinda Leigh
Series: Widow's Island #2
Genres: Mystery, Romantic Suspense
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Deputy Tessa Black gave up her career as a detective with the Seattle PD and returned to the Pacific Northwest island she calls home to care for her ailing mother. Tessa thinks her mother’s illness is the worst thing she’ll face—until she responds to a routine call in the state park and discovers a local man harpooned to a sign.
As the murder investigation unfolds, it becomes clear that the victim harbored secrets. Together with her FBI agent best friend, Cate, and park ranger Logan Wilde, Tessa must connect the pieces before the murderer strikes again. But the closer she gets to the truth, the more she finds herself—and the ones she loves—in harm’s way.
Pressure mounts as Tessa attempts to juggle the current case with her search for the truth behind her childhood friend Samantha’s disappearance twenty years ago. Can Tessa find the murderer and uncover answers about Samantha without jeopardizing everything she holds dear?
A Bone to Pick by Melinda Leigh is the second novella in the Widow’s Island mystery suspense series written with author Kendra Elliot. We are back on Widow’s Island and this time the focus is on Deputy Tessa Black. When an artistic newcomer is found dead, Tessa along with the help of Park Ranger Logan Wilde search for a murderer on the island.
Once again the small Pacific Northwest island known as Widow’s Island charmed me. While the first novella focused on FBI Special Agent Cate, this novel focused on Tessa Black. Tessa has recently moved back to the island from Seattle and she’s been enjoying her position with the quiet island police department. She made the move to care for her ailing mother. It was a decision she hasn’t regretted.
Local park ranger and the older brother of Cate, Logan Wilde is also back on the island. After a stint in the military he is enjoying the peace and tranquility of the island.
When a disturbance call regarding the sounds of a screaming man are called in Tessa investigates. The sounds appear to be coming from the park and she reaches out to Logan to act as her backup.The two soon make a grizzly discovery.
As Tessa and Logan investigate the danger heats-up right as does the chemistry between them. This was an interesting case with a few suspects and a surprising twist. Along the way we learn about Tessa, her mom, and the sexy ranger she has been crushing on since she was a teen. We briefly touch base with Cate and see other locals. I am seriously craving cinnamon buns right about now.
I now see why the Rogue novella series were so popular. This writing duo has created an interesting series I cannot wait for the next installment. Fans of small-town romantic suspense and mystery series will want to scoop up A Bone to Pick and the other books in the Widow’s Island series.
At the moment there are four books slated for this series; Close to the Bone, A Bone to Pick, Whisper of Bones, and Bred in the Bone. They are all available in KU, Kindle, and Audio.
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This sounds like a good series. I will have to pick up the first tho to read them in order. I like it that way. Great review!
Yes in order is best. I love how the covers line up to make one image.
This is the third review on a book by this author that I’ve read recently and the second tonight. And none the same book! She’s very productive. I read at least four of the Rogue books back when they were new. I did enjoy them. This sounds like a good series as well. Thanks!
Good to know you enjoyed the Rogue books
Carole @ Carole's Random Life in Books
This really does sound like a great series. Sometimes a novella is just the right thing. I will have to keep these in mind. Great review!
Right. This is neat in that all of the novellas tie together and have an overall missing person case.
Suzanne @ The Bookish Libra
Nice! I do love a good small town mystery so I might just have to check out this series.
Sweet. Enjoy Suzanne. I would love to hear what you think.
Just finished catching up on Melinda’s Morgan Dane series and this new one with Kendra sounds like some more to appreciate. Definitely going to read these.
Oh nice. I have not read that one yet.
This series is so me, Kimberly! I add them to my list for when my next book budget rolls around.
Don’t laugh but I completely spaced on the name of your blog last night. I wanted to stop to visit last night while on my phone. As soon as I saw your comment and hat it came back!
Angela @ Simply Angela
I have heard so many great things about these novellas. They’ve now been added to my ‘must read’ list.
I like a good mystery and from all the reviews I’ve been reading, this sounds like a good one.
These are good Mary and the island makes it creepy.
oh Wow one of my other blog buddies just reviewed this too and now it’s going a little higher on my wish list. Thanks Kim
Yay I am glad others are loving it too.
Still easing my way back to romance, for now… Happy Halloween!!
This series is good because the romance is on the side. I too aside from some romcom and HF, have really been more into fantasy, thrillers and murder. LOL
Fabulous cover and I love stories that take place on islands.
Oh me too Sherry.
You and Sophia have convinced me I need to try these! It’s a favorite genre. Anne – Books of My Heart
Sweet. I look forward to your thoughts.
This does sound like a really fun book. Yet another to add to my TBR. 🙂
And its on audio!
Tanya @ Girl Plus Books
This sounds like such a good mystery. And I love that cover – so foreboding. And the fact that there’s a romance simmering is always a bonus. 🙂
I hope you try the series Tanya.
I do love a story when the town plays as much a part of it as the characters do. I read a book by this duo quite a while ago, and I remember enjoying it. I seem to be seeing their books all over the place now, and it’s making me itch to pick up another!
Nice. I’ve read Elliot but this is my first with Leigh.
This series sounds like it’s only getting better and better! I added the first to my TBR. I just need to buy it ASAP.
Sweet. Did you see my question on Goodreads about the Sherry Thomas series?
Yes, I responded the other day.
Well shoot. Goodreads didn’t even notify me. Going to look it up. Thanks 🙂
Someone else reviewed this today too and loved it. Definitely one I must add to my list of good mysteries to try.
Oh good. I am glad to hear others like it too!
Lizzy @ Bent Bookworm
This sounds really good! I’m so bummed a lot of the novella type books are Kindle only right now though. 🙁 I’m a diehard Nook user…I do have the Kindle app on my phone but it really bothers my eyes to try and read on the screen for long stretches.
I was die-hard Nook for a long time. My first Kindle was the Oasis. With Nook closing down, it might be time to switch. Plus with their new waterproof paperwhite you get 6 months of KU for free. Not sure when sale ends.
Lizzy @ Bent Bookworm
Yikes! I hadn’t heard anything about Nook officially shutting down…I know they closed the help forums awhile ago. I did search Google and still couldn’t find anything, do you have a source? If this is really the case I definitely need to figure out how to switch. Argh!
Lizzy, currently B&N is for sale. They have removed all eBook devices from their storefront businesses. Google B&N for Sale,
I saw another good review about this one on a blog and I confess that I’m really curious!
That makes me happy 🙂
And now I see why I should grab these novellas 😀 I really like the premise and it does sound like a very interesting series, so I gotta check it out!
I am glad I picked them up.