Review: Drown Her Sorrows by Melinda Leigh

Posted April 28, 2021 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 20 Comments

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I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Drown Her Sorrows by Melinda Leigh
Drown Her Sorrows

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Series: Bree Taggert #3
Genres: Mystery Romance, Romantic Suspense
Published by Montlake Romance
Released on March 16, 2021
Pages: 312
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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The Delight

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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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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Anne - Books of My Heart

I love this series so much!

Sophia Rose
4 months ago

Same here! It’s the best. πŸ™‚

sherry fundin
4 months ago

i love romantic suspense and that great cover. thanks for sharing your wonderful review.
sherry @ <a href=””> fundinmental</a>

Sophia Rose
4 months ago
Reply to  sherry fundin

I think you’d love these, Sherry. πŸ™‚

Debbie Haupt
Debbie Haupt
4 months ago

love these kinds of mysteries Sophia Rose I think I may look into it πŸ™‚

Sophia Rose
4 months ago
Reply to  Debbie Haupt

Definitely! Start with her Scarlet Falls trilogy, Debbie. πŸ™‚

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer

This series is on my list πŸ™‚ Fantastic review

Sophia Rose
4 months ago

You’re in for a treat, Kimberly. πŸ™‚

4 months ago

I love getting lost in a good mystery, and it sounds like this one more than meets the mark!

Sophia Rose
4 months ago
Reply to  Ethan

Same here. Her books never fail to pull me in.

4 months ago

I’ve read Leigh in the past and I know she collaborates with Kendra Elliott, a fav of mine, a lot. I should give this series a try. Glad to hear you’re enjoying it! πŸ™‚

Sophia Rose
4 months ago
Reply to  Rachel

Yes, love their collab books, too. Her books are great. Scarlet Falls trilogy is the original series then Morgan Dane and now these. All good stuff, Rachel.

4 months ago

It’s been a while since I haven’t read a book by this author. I wonder if I haven’t read a book in this series. I’ll have to check it out

Sophia Rose
4 months ago
Reply to  Melliane

Yes, they are fabulous, Melliane.

Carole @ Carole's Random Life

This sounds like such a good series! I love it when books do a Gotcha on me πŸ™‚

Sophia Rose
4 months ago

Same here, Carole. I figure out some of her mysteries, but mostly they have a good surprise element for me.

Carole Rae
4 months ago

I’m glad this series is working for you! Hopefully the next is great!

Sophia Rose
4 months ago
Reply to  Carole Rae

I can’t wait for the new release in September. πŸ™‚

4 months ago

This sounds like a good one! Hope you guys are doing well! Hugs, RO

Sophia Rose
4 months ago
Reply to  RO P

Love this series so much. Doing good. And wishing you the same, Radiant Ro!