This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Genres: Mystery Romance, Romantic Suspense
Published by Montlake Romance
Released on March 16, 2021
Trying to balance her new job as sheriff with grief and taking care of her niece and nephew, Bree barely has time to pursue her fledgling relationship with Matt let alone a new murder for them to solve. I rubbed my hands in anticipation when I was able to dive into this latest Bree Taggert mystery by an author whose books regularly make my annual favorites lists.
Drown Her Sorrows is the third of the Bree Taggert series that could be read standalone in a pinch, but definitely works best when read in order.
Bree gets a call from one of her deputies who responded to an abandoned car out by an old bridge, but when a body is found, things turn more sinister. Bree and Matt start investigating after the cause of death and victim is determined. A domestic gone wrong? Bad business on the job? Jealous spouse? and the motives pile up as evidence is sifted through. Meanwhile, someone is leaving nasty surprises and has deadly aim with a gun.
Bree and Matt both are forced to see their partner in danger and realize that they may be closer to deeper feelings than their secret occasional dates have had them realizing. Meanwhile, as Mother’s Day approaches Bree feels at a loss to be what her grieving niece and nephew need, but she is determined to open up to a stronger relationship with them and her brother. She’s never had a family come home to including retired fellow cop Dana and it feels good especially when Matt is there with them. They just need to follow the twisting trail to a killer who is both cunning and ruthless.
Drown Her Sorrows was as electrifying a read as the books that proceeded it. I lost myself in this book and I didn’t even notice when three-quarters of it were gone in a flash. I love the way the author develops her characters, their relationships, and the mystery they have to solve. The romance is strong and has a simmering slow-burn that each book carries the relationship just a little further along making it easy to see why the couple will endure and last.
The mystery in this one seems cut and dry until it isn’t. This one totally did a Gotcha on me. I had no idea who did it or why. I had guesses, but I didn’t even come close. I’ll say here that the attention to accuracy about police procedures and crime investigating is a highlight of the mystery side. It was great having Matt’s sister play a strong role in this one and of course I got excited over the little crossover moment with characters from the Morgan Dane series to see how they are doing these days.
I don’t think I’ve mentioned this in previous series reviews, but I’ve also appreciated the way Bree’s work situation has been developing as she settles into her role as sheriff dealing with her staff, learning to delegate, and figuring out how to balance work and family.
And so, it was fabulous and I was riveted from cover to cover and must now impatiently wait for the next installment. Those who love a good solid mystery with well-developed characters and slow-burn romance should definitely check out this series.
I rec’d this book from Net Galley to read in exchange for an honest review.
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