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Right Behind Her by Melinda Leigh
Series: Bree Taggert #4
Published by Montlake Romance on September 14, 2021
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Twenty-seven years ago, Sheriff Bree Taggert’s father killed her mother, then himself. Now Bree and her younger brother, Adam, find human bones on the grounds of their abandoned family farm. The remains are those of a man and a woman, both murdered in the same horrible way.
When the investigation determines the murders occurred thirty years ago, Bree’s dead father becomes a suspect, forcing Bree to revisit the brutal night she’s spent most of her life trying to forget. The only other suspect is an unlikely squatter on the Taggert farm who claims to know secrets about Bree’s past. When he mysteriously disappears and Bree’s niece is kidnapped, the cold case heats up.
Bree has stoked the rage of a murderer who’ll do anything to keep his identity—and motives—a secret. To protect everyone she loves, Bree must confront a killer.
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. I would read this series itself in order as they are excellent and both the world and relationships continue to develop.
We get murders and missing persons and everything seems to tie in to Bree’s family history from 30 years ago. She has been busy with her new family and new job plus who wants to dig up painful old memories? But now Bree has to face things from her past she would rather forget.
The people involved seem to be either the top or bottom of society and it seems strange they would be connected in the same cases. You wouldn’t think they would associate with each other, but the upper crust has more dishonesty and criminals than one would suspect. Bree and Matt work the cases with good strategy and careful reasoning from the evidence.
There are some new things happening in Bree’s team. She has hired some additional deputies, and some are women. She has some of the legacy team who is still dragging their feet to cooperate with her. But there are also those who appreciate her hard work and integrity. They stand for her when her family is targeted. Bree also has to navigate the politics in getting funding for her department.
Bree manages to also grow personally. Her relationship with Matt is progressing. She is learning to work with dogs and calm her fears by learning how to be with them. She makes great efforts to connect and spend time with the children. Her brother Adam wants to know more about their parents, especially their mother. She tries to share memories with him but it is very difficult for her. Dana continues to provide support and great food.
I will always be happy to read more. These characters matter to me. We even saw an old friend from another series, Lincoln Sharp who provided some evidence from an old case. I enjoy the police procedural aspects. Coming up next is Dead Against Her in May 2022., which I’ll definitely be reading!
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Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
I do love the sound of this series, and especially since there seem to be lots of layers. That always makes a story better?
It’s probably not as heavy or detailed as some of the fantasy or scifi we read, but I really enjoy this series. And there are plenty of layers.
I haven’t read this author but this does sound good. Thank you
I love this series. It has blown me away since the first book and this is #4. I would read in order.
I just finished the first book in this series and loved it! Now I understand why you love it so much. The loose connections to the earlier series just makes me like it even more. Wonderful review, Anne?
Thank you Jonetta! I do really love it. I don’t know how to explain it. It’s not as heavy or detailed as some fantasy or scifi but it is layered and has great emotional appeal for me. In general, I’ve enjoyed everything from this author. But this series has just been exceptional for me.
okay, her name sounds familiar so it’s off to my kindle to see if i have any of her work…..got some leigh’s but not any of hers. i’ll be watching because they do sound like my kind of books
She has multiple series and I like them all. I think they are all in KU.
I think I did try a book in this series, I’ll have to take a look
It’s a really nice combination with romance and mystery/suspense. he plot might be a bit more focus than the romance even.
I’ve read and enjoyed Melinda Leigh in the past but not this series. I do enjoy police procedurals too, and it sounds like the characters here are interesting.
I’ve really enjoyed all of her series which I have read. This is a newer one with books coming every 4-6 months so it has reached 4 books quickly.
I have been wanting to read more suspense, and been seeing this author all over the place. So I definitely need to pick her up. I need to see why you love them so much haha
I really enjoy this author. I hope you do too!