Thursday, April 8, 2021

Book Review: Drown Her Sorrows by Melinda Leigh

Drown Her Sorrows

Melinda Leigh
Series: Bree Taggert (Book 3)
Publication: Montlake (March 16, 2021)

Description: Sheriff Bree Taggert is blindsided by a killer’s devious plan in number one Amazon Charts and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Melinda Leigh’s novel of escalating shock and suspense.

When Sheriff Bree Taggert discovers the body of a young woman floating near the bank of the Scarlet River, a note in her abandoned car suggests suicide. The autopsy reveals a different story. Holly Thorpe was dead long before she dropped off the bridge and hit the water.

As Bree and her investigator Matt Flynn delve into the case, secrets in Holly’s personal life complicate their efforts to solve the murder. Holly left behind a volatile marriage, an equally divisive relationship with her sister, and an employer whose intimate involvement with Holly was no secret. Each one has a motive for murder.

When Holly’s sister is terrorized by a stalker’s sick prank, and the prime suspect turns up dead, everything Bree was sure of is upended and her case goes off the rails. When the killer strikes close to home, Bree and Matt must race to solve the murders before one of their own becomes the next victim.

My Thoughts: Sheriff Bree Taggert's next case has to do with the death of young woman found floating in the river. At first it looks like Holly Thorpe committed suicide, but the autopsy indicates that she was dead before going into the river. Bree and her investigator Matt Flynn start trying to figure out who wanted Holly dead.

There are a number of suspects including the husband that she had many loud fights with. Also, Paul Beckett, her boss at the construction company, is a suspicious character. Everyone believes that he and Holly were having an affair. Even her family situation spawns suspects since she and her sister were constantly arguing about the bill's for their mother's cancer treatments. 

When the Beckett is shot to death, Bree and Matt need to find another prime suspect and solve another murderer. They believe that both were killed by the same person since it seems too coincidental that two people who worked at the same place would both be murder victims.

Bree is also dealing with her newly complicated home life. Since her sister's murder, she's become the guardian for her nephew and niece and is determined to do her best for them. The upcoming Mother's Day celebration is causing problems for both the kids and for Bree too. And her relationship with Matt is causing its own complications. The two are getting closer but Bree is so used to being alone that she isn't sure how to deal with a relationship.

This is a great series with lots of twists and turns, danger and suspense, and a growing romance. I didn't expect the way the plot twists would turn out which made for an exciting story. 

Favorite Quote:
When she'd been a homicide detective with the Philadelphia PD, Bree had used cases to blot out personal issues. Avoidance had always been her preferred coping mechanism. If compartmentalizing were an Olympic event, Bree would be the gold medalist. 
I bought this one. You can buy your copy here.

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