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Drown Her Sorrows by Melinda Leigh
Series: Bree Taggert #3
Published by Montlake Romance on March 16, 2021
Genres: Romantic Suspense
When Sheriff Bree Taggert discovers the body of a young woman floating near the bank of the Scarlet River, a note in her abandoned car suggests suicide. The autopsy reveals a different story. Holly Thorpe was dead long before she dropped off the bridge and hit the water.
As Bree and her investigator Matt Flynn delve into the case, secrets in Holly’s personal life complicate their efforts to solve the murder. Holly left behind a volatile marriage, an equally divisive relationship with her sister, and an employer whose intimate involvement with Holly was no secret. Each one has a motive for murder.
When Holly’s sister is terrorized by a stalker’s sick prank, and the prime suspect turns up dead, everything Bree was sure of is upended and her case goes off the rails. When the killer strikes close to home, Bree and Matt must race to solve the murders before one of their own becomes the next victim.
I have loved every book in this Bree Taggert series. I have also enjoyed the author’s Morgan Dane and Scarlet Falls series which are very loosely related to this one. They are earlier but do not need to be read first. Drown Her Sorrows focuses on a complex case and Bree’s expanding relationships.
I am not going to rehash details of the previous books which are excellent reads. I would read these books in order. The world development and family history is not covered in depth here because it is in the earlier books. Many of the characters, particularly at the sheriff’s department, and most of the politics of Bree’s position are also not part of the primary story.
The murder investigation is very tricky and layered. The obvious suspects seem to have alibis, and the more they look at the victim’s life the more things they find which don’t make sense. Just when you think you know, then there’s another murder. So it was not easy to solve this as a reader. Bree and Matt work these cases together. Bree takes on the most dangerous parts and continues to work even when injured to make sure things are handled properly and completely.
Another aspect woven into the story is Bree’s personal journey. She has grief from her sister’s death, adjusting to her new demanding work, taking care of her sister’s two children, her fears and her expanding relationship with Matt, and her brother, Adam. She makes progress in so many ways. I don’t know how she deals with everything, with intelligence and poise; I am so impressed with her.
I am thrilled to say it looks like there will be at least three more books in this amazing series. The next release is Right Behind Her in September 2021. I really can’t wait!
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