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#Book Review #Buried Bones (Widow Island Novella 7) by Melinda Leigh @Montlake


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.

Publisher: Montlake

Expected Publication Date: October 19th 2021

Series: Widow Island


Buried Bones is the seventh novella in Widow Island series authored by Melinda Leigh and Kendra Elliot. If you have been following the series, you’ll be very happy to see the familiar faces and get a catch-up on their lives.

Deputy Tessa Black has a complicated family life. Her mother has been diagnosed with an early onset dementia and, naturally, taking care of her is taking its emotional and physical toll on Tessaandher much younger half-sister Patience. Luckily, there’s Logan, Tessa’s  fiance, her rock of strength, who’s been invaluable in providing much-needed stability into Tessa’s household. The whole island community is pulling together to take turns to keep Tessa’s mother company.

Patience and Tessa’s hike comes to a quick end when they discover a half-buried body. The police quickly identify the victim and start a murder investigation which requires quick thinking and plenty of solid police work when several suspects emerge.

The pace is excellent and there is plenty of action packed into this fairly short story. Melinda Leigh has a very engaging writing style that kept me turning pages, Who would have thought a small island like this can become the setting for so much drama and all the homicide cases covered in the series so far ?

Looking forward to reading the next story in the series.

Thank you to NetGalley and Montlake for the review copy. All opinions are my own and were not influenced in any way.

Widow Island Series:

1 Close to the Bone
​2 A Bone to Pick
3 Whisper of Bones
4 Bred in the Bone
5 Below the Bones
6 A Broken Bone
7 Buried Bones
​8 The Lost Bones

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