Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Sophia Rose Reviews- Buried Bones by Melinda Leigh

Today once again my friend Sophia Rose is here to give us her opinions about the latest in Melinda Leigh's Widow's Island series, Buried Bones.

Buried Bones by Melinda Leigh

#7 Widow’s Island Novella

Romantic Suspense

Publisher:  Montlake

Published: 10.19.21


Pages: 109

Rating: 4 stars

Format: eARC

Source:  Net Galley

Sellers:  Amazon

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GoodReads Blurb:

A college student’s murder shines light on community secrets left in the dark in the seventh Widow’s Island novella by #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author Melinda Leigh.

All communities have their secrets…but on Widow’s Island, there’s a skeleton in every closet, as Deputy Tessa Black knows all too well. When Tessa stumbles upon a half-buried body in the woods, a peaceful morning hike suddenly turns into a race to catch a killer.

Tessa identifies the skeletal corpse as Aurora Franklin, a young college student and aspiring actor. She’d come to Widow’s Island for a summer job, only to be strangled and discarded. Aurora has been dead for over a month—and not a single islander has reported her missing.

The investigation reveals a dangerous predator hiding in the Widow’s Island community. With her fiancé, park ranger Logan Wilde, by her side, Tessa must find Aurora’s murderer before they strike again.


Sophia Rose's Review:

The Pacific Northwest’s scenic, isolated, and atmospheric Widow’s Island is disturbed once again when an unearthed body turns up during the height of the tourist season.  This tandem-written series between Melinda Leigh and Kendra Elliott remains rock-steady with the clever, quick novellas that are engaging installment after installment.


Buried Bones is the seventh novella in the Widow’s Island series.  The books work best in order as there is a character and relationship arc spread throughout the series though, each does contain a standalone mystery.


Tessa and Patience are hiking to the top of Crone Mountain for some sister time when they come across a decomposed body just off the trail.  With the help of her fiancé, forest ranger, Logan Wilde, Tessa tracks the evidence to a killer. 

Tessa’s life has definitely taken a strong turn for the better lately as Logan has helped her with her mom suffering from Alzheimer’s and her teen sister.  She is learning to balance work and a private life which includes wedding preparations.  Logan is doing better with his PTSD, too.  But, something is up with Patience- she’s too quiet.  Unfortunately, this new homicide has to be dealt with first.


I’ve likely said this before, but this series is addicting and is a wonderful blend of island- small town setting, engaging characters, and strong plotting.  There is a good blend of romantic suspense, but in this one, they focused on the mystery more.  The mystery wasn’t twisting, but it was satisfying and especially after that breath-stealing climax.  I’m glad that the next release comes shortly and I can dive right back into the Widow’s Island world.


In summary, I devoured it swiftly and want more.  Those who enjoy well-thought mystery and character development with a keen attention to setting should give these quick-read romantic suspenses a go.


Author’s Bio:

#1 Wall Street Journal and #1 Amazon bestselling author Melinda Leigh is a fully recovered banker who learned that writing books is way more fun than analyzing financial statements. Melinda’s debut novel, SHE CAN RUN, was nominated for Best First Novel by the International Thriller Writers. Since then, she has garnered numerous writing accolades, including two RITA® Award nominations and an induction into the NJ Romance Writers Hall of Fame. Her novels have sold more than 10 million copies across the world. Melinda loves martial arts, rescue dogs, and sea turtles.


Sophia’s Bio:

Sophia is a quiet though curious gal who dabbles in cooking, book reviewing, and gardening. Encouraged and supported by an incredible man and loving family. A Northern Californian transplant to the Great Lakes Region of the US. Lover of Jane Austen, Baseball, Cats, Scooby Doo, and Chocolate.

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  1. Oh I didn't realize that two authors share this series. I've never read Melinda but do enjoy Kendra. I'll have to give this a try. I do love the almost mystical backdrop of the Pacific NW, I think it's why Jayne Ann Krentz's novels really work when based there. Thanks Sophia Rose!

    1. Isn't it neat? They also share the Rogue River novella series, too. I haven't read those yet. I love Kendra's other series and yes, Jayne Ann Krentz's too. :)

  2. I have this on my kindle and cannot wait to dive in.

  3. I love these and I like both of these authors. These are very quick and I think you need the series in order if you are to follow the character / personal developments but I love them as an easy satisfying read.

    Anne - Books of My Heart

    1. I agree. They really do work best in order. So satisfying. :)

  4. I have read some of this author's work before and have enjoyed the books alternating with Melinda Leigh's books. This sounds like another series to add to my tbr.

  5. Ohhh, I have the book 1 on my kindle. I think its high time I try this series out. You definitely got me excited on this one Sophia Rose, hehehe

    Vanessa @ Blushing Geek

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    1. Yep, be prepared to want the next as soon as you're done with the last. :)