Right Behind Her by Melinda Leigh @MelindaLeigh1 #MontlakeRomance @amazonpub @melindaleighauthorpage #KindleUnlimited

Posted September 9, 2021 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review / 14 Comments

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Right Behind Her by Melinda Leigh @MelindaLeigh1 #MontlakeRomance @amazonpub  @melindaleighauthorpage #KindleUnlimitedRight Behind Her by Melinda Leigh
Series: Bree Taggert #4
Published by Montlake Romance on September 14, 2021
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 315
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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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!

About Melinda Leigh

Wall Street Journal bestselling author Melinda Leigh is a fully recovered banker. A life-long lover of books, she started writing as a way to preserve her sanity while raising her kids. Over the next few years, she learned a few things about writing a book. The process was much more fun than analyzing financial statements, and she decided to turn her hobby into a career. Melinda’s debut novel, SHE CAN RUN, was nominated for Best First Novel by the International Thriller Writers. She is a RITA® Award Finalist and has earned three Daphne du Maurier Award nominations, two Silver Falchion Awards, and a Golden Leaf.

Melinda holds a 2nd degree belt in Kenpo Karate. She’s dabbled in Arnis stick fighting, studied Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and taught women’s self-defense. She lives in a messy house in the suburbs with her husband, two kids, a couple of shelter dogs and two rescue cats who clearly run the show. With such a pleasant life, she has no explanation for the sometimes dark and disturbing nature of her imagination.

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Posted September 9, 2021 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review / 14 Comments

14 responses to “Right Behind Her by Melinda Leigh

    • 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.

  1. 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