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Lie to Her by Melinda Leigh
Series: Bree Taggert #6
Published by Montlake Romance on January 17, 2023
Genres: Romantic Suspense
When a digital marketer is found murdered in his backyard—hands bound and face smothered by plastic wrap—Sheriff Bree Taggert and criminal investigator Matt Flynn respond to the call. Their investigation focuses on the man’s dating-app profile and the word liar carved into his forehead.
One day later, the killer strikes again.
Both victims are players in the internet dating scene. In their wake, they leave a trail of hurt—and angry—women. But Bree and Matt aren’t convinced the motive is as simple as it appears. Everyone they interview seems to be lying or hiding something.
I have loved this Bree Taggert series from the beginning. It is in the genre of police procedural which is a favorite for me. But the great development of complex characters with attention to both their professional life and personal one is a key. There is the mystery of the investigation which I always enjoy. But it is well blended with personal issues, relationship and family growth. I also have to dream about Dana’s cooking.
The murder investigation seems to be a serial killer angry at men who hookup through dating apps and lie to the women in multiple ways. Bree and Matt look into different people who use the apps to try to learn much more about their victims, but men keep dying. Things get dicey and there is a threat to Bree’s family, but they eventually solve the case.
On the personal side, Bree and Matt handle the aspect of their relationship being public now. That includes being very professional at work. Adam, Bree’s brother is connecting more with his niece and nephew, and getting more involved with the family. I loved the horses they got for more riding in the family.
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. I look forward to the next addition to the Bree Taggert series in 2023 Catch Her Death, because I have loved every book in the series.
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