Review: Whisper of Bones by Melinda Leigh

Posted October 23, 2019 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 22 Comments

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

Review: Whisper of Bones by Melinda Leigh
Whisper of Bones
Narrated by Christine Williams

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Series: Widow's Island #3
Genres: Mystery Romance, Romantic Suspense
Published by Brilliance Audio
Released on October 22, 2019
Format: Audiobook
Source: Publisher
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The Delight

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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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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2 years ago

I enjoyed a few books by the author but I didn’t know about this one I confess

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Melliane

This is a brilliant series, Melliane. Hope you get the chance.

Mary Kirkland
2 years ago

I haven’t read this author yet but the reviews have been really good that I’ve been reading.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

Oh yes, worth all the good vibes for these. 🙂

Debbie Haupt
Debbie Haupt
2 years ago

oh that sounds good and a series of novellas so it’s like a one or two sitting read. Thanks Sophia Rose this is going on my list

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Debbie Haupt

Yes, these are great. You get two novellas, one from each author, released every fall. 🙂

Carole Rae
2 years ago

You now have me intrigued!!

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Carole Rae

Widow’s Island will suck you innnnn!

2 years ago

I really to pick up this series.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Nadene

Knowing your reading tastes, I think its just your thing, Nadene. 🙂

Carole @ Carole's Random Life in Books

I need to check out this one. I listened to the first two novellas in this series even though I didn’t review them. Good to know that this one was well done.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

Yes, this pair get to that loose plot thread leftover from the first two. Good stuff! 🙂

Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

This sounds like good series of novellas. I like that even though it was short in length, it was well-developed with plot and characters. The narration sounds like it was excellent as well! Great Review Sophia 🙂

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

These are so great. You don’t even feel like they’re novellas b/c so much happens and you get to know the characters. 🙂

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer

I just devoured these books last weekend and am looking forward to the last 2. I need to check out Christine Williams.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

I usually wait until close to a books release to read/listen, but I devoured them, too. LOL

I am used to different narrators for both these authors, but I thought Christine Williams did fabulous. Now, we get to wait for the last two. 🙂

Rachel @Waves of Fiction

You know I love my romantic suspense and I do enjoy novellas when done right. The shorter books get to the point quicker and sometimes my impatient self just craves that. I’m going to try this out! 🙂

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

Super, Rachel! Make sure you start with the first pair that was released last year. 🙂

2 years ago

You already know I have a rough time listening to audio reads because I end up falling asleep(lol), but glad you really enjoyed this one. Happy Friyay! RO

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  RO P

I know and I wish it wasn’t that way for you. These are great in print, too.

You have a fab weekend, Radiant Ro!

Sarah @ All The Book Blog Names Are Taken

I find myself more and more interested in novellas lately, so this might be a good one to add to my list!

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

Oh yes! This is a great series of novellas. Perfect if you’re in need of shorter stuff, but still want some good development. 🙂