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Genres: Mystery Romance, Romantic Suspense
Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on September 15, 2020
After the fabulous opener to the series, I was in high anticipation to get into this next suspenseful case with Bree and Matt. It opened strong and didn’t let up until the end leaving me eager for the next.
See Her Die is the second of a new series set in the Scarlett Falls world. Each mystery is standalone, but the ongoing character and relationship growth make it best to get the series in order. There are also crossovers from the two previous series so that reading order is the Scarlett Falls trilogy and then the Morgan Dane series before the Bree Taggart.
Bree is the new sheriff and has the job of clean up a department after replacing a corrupt sheriff while still grieving her sister and trying to be what her grieving nephew and niece need from her. Her own troubled childhood doesn’t lend itself to the job, but she wants them to have it better than she and her brother do as they still deal with the abuse and the later death of their own parents. Her plate is full so she never took Matt Flynn up on their mutual interest, but now with a witness who saw her friend shot though there is no body, she needs Matt and his K-9 partner Brody out at the lake and hunting down the tracks of a potential killer and she definitely needs a partner at her back she can trust.
Matt was disappointed Bree cancelled their dinner date and never got back with him, but he gets it. He is reluctant to help the sheriff’s department especially after getting shot in a friendly fire incident that he suspects wasn’t an accident, but he will do anything to help Bree. He also has committed to helping an older lady with her missing college-age grandson. Brody sniffs out a trail over the ice to a body, but it isn’t the girl who was supposedly shot and it wasn’t his missing grandson case. The case just got even more mysterious and it will take some dedicated work to catch a killer before he finishes his killing agenda and goes after the only witness and the new meddling sheriff.
After all the fantastic books that came earlier, I never have a doubt that I’ll be in for a riveting read when I pick up this author’s latest book. I’m really enjoying this latest series. Bree is a blend of strong, skilled, and smart with some vulnerability. Her fear of dogs is becoming a big liability as is her need to deal with her past, but she muscles through when needed to be what her family needs of her and do the job that will save lives and get a vicious killer off the streets. Matt is perfect as her working partner and more. He respects her as a person and as a law enforcement officer and especially now that she’s in charge. His injuries from the shooting keep him from full time law enforcement, but he’s still a good dog handler and detective. They are pure gold as a team.
The mystery was a clever one as usual. It looks cut and dry and I knew who the killer was and then realized that I got snookered about part of the situation. I love when a good mystery can do that. The intense action was peppered throughout the steady investigation and the sheriff’s department issues of who was trustworthy added tension to this part of the plot.
Just like in the first book, I was tickled when some familiar faces, both Dane sisters, crossed over and joined Bree and Matt.
I can’t wait to see what comes next for the series after I devoured this latest. Those who enjoy romantic suspense that is well-balanced, well-paced, and developed with good complexities in characters and mystery shouldn’t hesitate to jump into the Bree Taggert series or go all the way back to the beginning with the Scarlett Falls trilogy.
I rec’d this book through Net Galley to read in exchange for an honest review.
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About the Book
Sheriff Bree Taggert is both hunter and hunted in #1 Amazon Charts and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Melinda Leigh’s blood-freezing thriller of murder, rage, and revenge.
New sheriff Bree Taggert is called to a shooting in a campground shuttered for the winter. But she arrives to find a perplexing crime. There is no shooter, no victim, and no blood. No one but Bree believes the sole witness, Alyssa, a homeless teenager who insists she saw her friend shot.
Bree calls in former deputy Matt Flynn and his K-9 to track the killer and search for Alyssa’s friend. They discover the battered corpse of a missing university student under the ice in Grey Lake—but it’s not the victim they were looking for.
When two more students go missing and additional bodies turn up, Bree must find the link between the victims. She knows only one thing for certain: the murders are fueled by rage. When Alyssa disappears, Bree must race against time to find her before her witness becomes another victim.
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