A Bone to Pick (Widow's Island, #2)by Published 30 Oct 2018
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Deputy Tessa Black gave up her career as a detective with the Seattle PD and returned to the Pacific Northwest island she calls home to care for her ailing mother. Tessa thinks her mother’s illness is the worst thing she’ll face—until she responds to a routine call in the state park and discovers a local man harpooned to a sign.
As the murder investigation unfolds, it becomes clear that the victim harbored secrets. Together with her FBI agent best friend, Cate, and park ranger Logan Wilde, Tessa must connect the pieces before the murderer strikes again. But the closer she gets to the truth, the more she finds herself—and the ones she loves—in harm’s way.
Pressure mounts as Tessa attempts to juggle the current case with her search for the truth behind her childhood friend Samantha’s disappearance twenty years ago. Can Tessa find the murderer and uncover answers about Samantha without jeopardizing everything she holds dear?
A Bone to Pick (Widow's Island, #2) Reviews
I said I wasn’t going to listen to this because the narrator was soooooo awful but since it was a
free read, free listen I decided to give her another chance to see if she got better. She didn’t. So, I quit listening and just read the novella.
This was a story about the murder of an artist who’d been harpooned AND Tessa’s problem trying to take care of her mother who has dementia and who finally wandered off into the woods.
Since it was only 101 pages I can’t say much without giving it away so, enough said.
There was a thought or two of romance but that was all and the F-bomb was thrown out there 5 times.
AS to the narration: Horrible! Jeez, everything Christine Williams read was so romantic sounding. If she was talking about a dead body she made it sound romantic. That was the only emotion she had. AND every time the book said it was Logan talking I thought WTH, I thought that was Tessa or Cait. Every man sounded just like a girl. I quit listening after about 15 minutes, just about the time Logan spoke for the first time. NOTHING worse than a girly-sounding man. The other few reviews must be friends or relatives of the author or the narrator, to have given her 4 and 5 star reviews.
Tessa Black has left her job with the Seattle police department and taken a job as a deputy on Widow's Island. She needs to take care of her mother who suffers from dementia. She answers a call from a woman who hears screaming in the nearby forest. Because the other deputy's are off the island or already on duty, she calls local park ranger Logan Wilde to go with her. He's her best friends older brother and the object of her childhood crush. Logan has left the Army Special Forces to take this job because he couldn't deal with the situations he was forced to handle anymore. He's hoping that Widow's Island will be a quiet healing place for him.
Together, they discover the body of a young local artist who has been harpooned. He's only been on the island for about a year and no one knows him well. Almost the first thing that they discover is that he is living under a false identity. Tessa is attacked by a stranger when she goes to investigate the artist's house, but she also discovers a dufflebag with about $100,000 which is much more money than an artist painting landscapes for tourists should have and four nude portraits of older women. More searching also discovers a portrait of Tessa's mother.
Tessa and Logan investigate wondering if the killer is someone from the artist's past or perhaps one of the husbands of the women the artist painted. Meanwhile, Tessa's mother has taken to wandering away. One time, Tessa's friend Cate finds her and brings her back. Another time it takes an organized search before she is found. Tessa doesn't know what she is going to do, but the local Widow's Knitting and Activist group and Logan come up with a plan that will work for now.
The story was suspenseful and fast-paced. The mystery in this episode was solved. The larger mystery begun in the first book of this quartet takes the backburner here. FBI files about their friend's disappearance are located and are surprisingly thin.
Rcvd an ARC at no cost to author..(netgalley) And she is back and back at work looking at a new case and the poor thing really need a break she has her sick mother and another case and she is still working on Samantha's disappearance from years ago. Tessa comes across a dead man who is not all that he seemed as she starts working on the case, she finds that he has all these secrets, lots a money and fake ID, who was he? And why was he keeping all these secrets and keeping up a fake persona. The good thing for Tess is she is not working alone she is working with Logan who is her best friend Cate's brother and now Tessa's love interest. We will continue on to find out just a little of the Samantha's disappearance leaving us to a new book hopefully soon, and then we will continue to see where the attraction of Tessa and Logan will take us..Enjoy!
I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Deputy Tessa Black has come back home to Widow's Island to look after her mother, giving up her career as a detective in Seattle to do it. When she came back to her small island to look after her mother slowly succumbing to dementia she expected her job as deputy would be the easy bit. However, first there were the bones of a missing teenager found, a crime solved by her close friend Cate Wilde. Now there has been a grisly murder which she and Logan Wilde, her best friend's brother and park ranger must investigate before the murderer strikes again.
This is the second book in the Widow's Island series, in this series Kendra Elliot and Melinda Leigh each write alternating books. In this novella we get to know Deputy Tessa Black, Leigh's character, as she solves a brutal murder where at the dead of night in a public park a man has been harpooned. With her is Logan Wilde, the brother of Cate Wilde, the heroine in the first book and Tessa's best friend.
This was a short read, approximately 100 pages, but in that short time we get to see a murder solved, a woman struggling to take of someone with a mental illness and the beginnings of a romance. It's no wonder I raced through it! It was a lot to pack into such a small amount of pages. I'm a fan of Leigh's work and this book was no different, it was a good mystery read and I can't wait to read more.
I especially can't wait to read about the disappearance of Cate and Tessa's friend Samantha. It has been hinted at in these first two books that there may be something sinister happening in regard to their missing friend, so I now can't wait for them to dive into the case. Hopefully that will be the focus of the next two books coming out next year.
*ARC provided by publisher
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Seeing that author Melinda Leigh had a new book coming out I immediately jumped on it. Unfortunately, I thought it was part of her other series. Oops! No matter. I like her characters and storytelling so even though I haven’t read the first book in the Widow’s Island series, I knew I was going to be entertained.
Tessa gave up her career as a detective and returned back to her roots to take care of her ailing mother. Now a deputy on an island, things are relatively quiet. That is until she responds to a call and discovers a dead man, harpooned to a sign. Together park ranger Logan they set out to solve the murder before anyone else turns up dead…including them.
Wow! I know that A Bone to Pick was supposed to be a novella but honestly it was so well fleshed out and written, you could have fooled me that this was supposed to be a short read. Tessa and Logan, you certainly could feel of something between them, and we did get a little bit of heat from them. Unfortunately, it’s just a teasing amount because let’s get real, there’s a murder that needs solving. As for the murder, that dead guy really must have pissed someone off because death by harpoon…YIKES! As we find out more about him and his secrets, it’s not a wonder someone killed him.
I really enjoyed the layers to the story, as each as peeled back leaving the reader guessing. Who’s the killer? What were their motives? Really, considering the dead guy’s secrets, I’m more surprised there wasn’t a line of people harpoon in hand! The Widow’s Island series is co-written by Melinda Leigh and Kendra Elliot. The former I have read and enjoyed, the latter I have yet to discover and will be soon. From what I have read, this is a good series for those who enjoy a taste of romance with their mystery.
I received this book from The JeepDiva with the express purpose of an honest review. The opinions, contents, and rating of this review are solely mine
Stars – 4