This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Genres: Mystery Romance, Romantic Suspense
Published by Brilliance Audio
Released on October 22, 2019
We are back to the remote Widow’s Island joining former Seattle Police detective now Deputy Tessa Black and former Army Ranger now Forest Ranger, Logan, for a new grisly murder that washed up on the shore of one of the smaller nature refuge islands. I was glad to be back in this world for a new case and advances on the older cold case that Tessa and her best friend are investigating.
Whisper of Bones is the third of the Widow’s Island series of novellas written by a writing duo, each taking turns with a pairing of novellas each year. The advance of the cold case about Tessa and Kate’s long missing best friend, Samantha, and the inter-personal relationships make it a good series to take in order.
Tessa and Logan are called in when a body is spotted rolling in the surf on a remote beach. They soon identify it and have the difficult task of not discovering who would want to kill the wood-working contractor, but a shorter list would be who didn’t want to kill him. He was a bully and a womanizer with a bitter ex-wife, a bitter current wife seeking a divorce, a fired employee, and a disgruntled man who hired him let alone everyone else he encountered.
It’s nearing Christmas and Tessa wants to give her mother the best Christmas ever knowing it will likely be the last one her mom will remember since the Alzheimer’s makes her rarely lucid these days and she already doesn’t remember the existence of her youngest child. Then there is Logan’s nightmares and PTSD worsening because the murder case is bringing up memories of a bad time when he was back in Afghanistan. If he can’t open up to Tessa whom he thinks he’s protecting since she already has her mom and little sister on her plate, then their relationship might not survive.
As I said, the murder case was not about having a suspect or motive, but figuring out the opportunity. I enjoyed tagging along with Tessa and Logan as they questioned suspects and witnesses. I’ve said it before, but for novellas, these are extremely well developed both in plot and characters. There was a little advancement in Sam’s case and I can’t wait to see what comes with the next novella switching focus to spotlight Kate and Henry as the main characters.
Par for the course is Christine Williams magnificent narration work. She has a clear, laid back voice for Tessa and vocalizes all the other characters with enough difference to distinguish and a good male voice for Logan and the others. I like how she can draw the listener into the story and the situation without becoming a distraction. I would listen to more of her work without hesitation.
Romantic suspense, mystery, and thriller fans should give this series a go.
My thanks to Brilliance Audio for the opportunity to listen to this book in exchange for an honest review.
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