Review: A Bone to Pick by Melinda Leigh

Posted December 16, 2018 by Sophia Rose in Audio Delight, Reviews / 14 Comments

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Review: A Bone to Pick by Melinda Leigh
A Bone to Pick
Narrated by Christine Williams

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Series: Widow's Island #2
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Published by Brilliance Audio
Released on October 30, 2018
Format: Audiobook
Source: Kindle Unlimited
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The Delight

The night’s calm is broken by the sounds of a man screaming in great pain.  Thus begins Sheriff’s Deputy Tessa Black’s investigation into the gruesome death of a well-loved artist.  With the aide of her high school crush and her best friend’s brother, Logan Wilde, she works the case and attempts to balance a situation in her home life.  I found this second novella in the series just as engaging as the first.


A Bone to Pick follows on the heels of the events in Close to the Bone.  It continues Tessa and Cate’s investigation into their high school friend’s disappearance, but shifts focus from Cate’s POV to Tessa’s and introduces a new murder to investigate.  Book one introduced the history and way of life on the island and now book two is able to move right along with the new chain of events.

I enjoyed being along as Tessa worked the case, taking into consideration the way the locals on Widow’s Island are isolated and have to do things a little differently even with their police work.  I liked seeing Cate’s brother, Logan, introduced into the story and getting to know this man who is trying to heal after his work as an Army Ranger of three tours of duty.  The murder happens in the park and so he partners to solve the crime with a now grown up and capable Tessa who, yes, he notices she is all grown up without his matchmaking grandmother’s help.  Logan doesn’t think any woman should have to take on his issues and Tessa’s life is complicated with a mother diagnosed with Alsheimer’s and a younger teen sister in her care.  Again, I found the blend of character and relationships developed well with an engaging murder to be solved was done so well.

Christine Williams continues to delight me with her narration work  She does male and female voices, age and emotion well.

Now, I’m caught up on the series and now have to kick my heels for another year to find out what comes next for Cate, Tessa, and the rest on Widow’s Island.  These well-developed and clever romantic suspenses are a series I can whole-heartedly recommend to others.


Romance Roundabout #387 RS
New Release #201
Audio #89


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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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Mary Kirkland
3 years ago

I’ve been seeing this author around but I haven’t read anything by her yet.

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

Yes, she is producing a few books a year now, it seems, and in partnership with another writer. I’ve got one more book from her backlist on my kindle, but then there are all her books on KU, too. 🙂

Lover Of Romance
3 years ago

I just love this genre and an author that writes romantic suspense and I have never heard of…adding this book to my list. I do love seeing two people figure things out together like these two do in this book.

Sophia Rose
3 years ago

I think I’ve become a raving fan, Renee. 🙂 I did her Scarlett Falls trilogy and then I’ve read/listened to her Morgan Dane series until I caught up. And, now I’m onto her Widow’s Island series here. You might enjoy trying her Scarlett Falls books first, but any of these series are good.

3 years ago

I have most of her books. Really need to start reading them. ☺ Too many books, too little time.

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Nadene

That lament is so familiar. I have the stack and the need for more time, too. 🙂 At least you know there will be some good ones waiting for you on the stack.

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer

I was all what do you mean a year…then I saw October 2019. Well poop. I thought it was coming in February. I am kicking my heels with you!

Sophia Rose
3 years ago

Yeah, for whatever reason, I thought the next installment would be February like the first of these novellas was, but no, its the fall… can is officially kicked. 🙂

Carole @ Carole's Random Life in Books

I did think that this series was really well done. I flew through both of these audiobooks and am impatiently waiting for the next installment. Glad you enjoyed it!

Sophia Rose
3 years ago

Yes, now we must impatiently wait until next fall. 🙁
Not that I don’t have many more options until then. LOL

Carole rae
3 years ago

Boring cover, but the book sounds good!

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Carole rae

Its half of a whole with the first book being the other half. Interesting how they did that. I think they are meant to be atmospheric. I wonder if the next two books will do the same thing.

herding cats
3 years ago

I can’t believe a year until the next set. I stopped and stared at Amazon like that would hurry it up. lol I’m curious how they’ll continue things.

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  herding cats

Oh, I know, waiting a year is awful and I’m curious if we’ll be jumping full time into the cold case or still getting some contemporary ones.