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A Bone to Pick

(Widow's Island #2)

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Deputy Tessa Black gave up her career as a detective with the Seattle PD and returned to the Pacific Northwest island she calls home to care for her ailing mother. Tessa thinks her mother’s illness is the worst thing she’ll face—until she responds to a routine call in the state park and discovers a local man harpooned to a sign.

As the murder investigation unfolds, it becom
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Kindle Edition, 101 pages
Published October 30th 2018 by Montlake Romance
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Carrie
Oct 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
A Bone to Pick by Melinda Leigh is the second book in the romantic suspense Widow’s Island series. This series is all at novella length and penned by Melinda Leigh along with Kendra Elliot by alternating the books. This pair of authors have teamed up in the past for the romantic suspense Rogue River series of which a couple of the characters have moved over to this series but the books can be read and enjoyed separate from the Rogue River series.

The first book introduced FBI Special Agent Cate W
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Melanie
Oct 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
A Bone to Pick was another enjoyable novella in the Widow's Island series with an intriguing mystery and a hint of romance.

Deputy Tessa Black left her job at the Seattle police department to return to Widow's Island to care for her mother. One night while on call she receives reports of someone screaming in the woods of the state park and upon investigating finds a local man harpooned to a sign. After she begins the murder investigation it becomes clear the victim was not who he claimed to be. F
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Ian
Sheriff's Deputy Tessa Black was forced to return to her hometown on Widow's Island to help care for her ageing mother with dementia. When a young artist is violently murdered she finds herself joining forces with the island's ranger to track down a killer.

Widow's Island is a collaboration between Melinda Leigh and Kendra Elliot. But while they share a setting and some characters each author has her own main characters. The books will probably follow the same pattern as their Rogue River series
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Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
Initial Thoughts
This was a nice short read. There are a whole lot of crazy things happening on this island! This one starts off with a murder and an investigation with a lot of twists and turns. There was even a bit of romance to top everything off. I thought that the narrator did a great job with the story.

Book Source: Kindle Unlimited

Full review to be posted soon.
Cyndi
Nov 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: no-ow-drama, safe
I liked this! The suspense was good. I would love a little more romance! I liked Tessa and Logan, but I need more Cate and Henry!
Anita
Oct 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, mystery-cozy, novella
Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) provided by the Author and Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an fair and honest review.

Part 2 of the Widow's Island novella series collaboration by Melinda Leigh and Kendra Elliot. These novellas are really short, in fact I read this one while watching the marathon 18 inning World Series Game, have a mystery to solve and a budding romance to cheer for. As was true in the first novella, the baddie was caught not through great police work, but because they self des
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☕ Kimberly
Sep 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Once again the small Pacific Northwest island known as Widow’s Island charmed me. While the first novella focused on FBI Special Agent Cate, this novel focused on Tessa Black. Tessa has recently moved back to the island from Seattle and she’s been enjoying her position with the quiet island police department. She made the move to care for her ailing mother. It was a decision she hasn't regretted. 

Local park ranger and the older brother of Cate, Logan Wilde is also back on the island. After a sti
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Richard
Oct 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Melinda Leigh takes over from Kendra Elliott to pen the 2nd Widow’s Island novella in this four book series.
Again it is a stand alone story drawing on the characters we have mostly been introduced to in the first episode.
Another investigation following the murder of a local artist. The enquiry is in the domain of the Sheriffs’ Dept and led by Tessa and as the body was found within the State Park, Forest Ranger, Logan helps out.
An interesting story unravels and a number of suspects emerge but the
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RachelW (BamaGal)
Oct 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
After an enjoyable first novella to the series, this was a bit of a letdown; and not nearly so entertaining a read. The story started off well, with a rather inventive murder to investigate; but quickly went down from there. The main problem was the shortness of the novella. It only took about 45 minutes to read; with a plot that was sparse and underdeveloped in the brevity of the read. The whole storyline felt like it was barely more than an outline.
Carla Johnson-Hicks
A Bone to Pick by Melinda Leigh is the second book in the romantic suspense Widow’s Island series. The second novella in this series spotlights Deputy Tessa Black, who grew up with FBI agent Cate Wilde (introduced in Close to the Bone).

Tessa returned to Widow's island from Seattle, where she worked for the Seattle P.D. Her mother had been diagnosed with alzheimers and she was needed to care for her. Tessa receives an unexpected call that a man has been killed in the local forest with a harpoon.
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Diane
Nov 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
As much as I dislike novellas, this was a pretty good read. Story line was nicely wrapped up and delivered. The characters are quite likeable, and the murder quite nasty! Apparently, this series will be made up of novellas - since I like the first two I guess I'll continue with it.

From the blurb: In this gripping second novella in the Widow’s Island series, bestselling author Melinda Leigh delivers a chilling tale of murder in the Pacific Northwest.

Deputy Tessa Black gave up her career as a dete
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Jennifer
2.5 stars. A strong second installment of the series. I just adore Melinda Leigh’s heroines. They are so smart, confident and strong.
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Ooh yes. A Bone to Pick was a nice mystery that kept me guessing and left me even more curious about Widow's Island.

The Gist: An artist has been killed and naked paintings uncovered in his studio? Well they make for lots of potential suspects. They sure do.

Tessa & Logan were both wonderful and whew they have their hands full. Logan's a forest ranger and trying to settle back into life after leaving the military and
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Kathy Martin
Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Tessa Black has left her job with the Seattle police department and taken a job as a deputy on Widow's Island. She needs to take care of her mother who suffers from dementia. She answers a call from a woman who hears screaming in the nearby forest. Because the other deputy's are off the island or already on duty, she calls local park ranger Logan Wilde to go with her. He's her best friends older brother and the object of her childhood crush. Logan has left the Army Special Forces to take this jo ...more
Under the Covers Book Blog
Oct 30, 2018 rated it really liked it



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.


Deputy Tessa Black has come back home to Widow's Island to look after her mother, giving up her career as a detective in Seattle to do it. When she came back to her small island to look after her mother slowly succumbing to dementia she expected her job as deputy would be the easy bit. However, first there were the bones of a missing teenager fou
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Velvet Messer
Nov 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fabulous! Just fabulous! I just love Melinda Leigh! Always original and refreshing. As I said about the first book in this new novella series it's off to a fantastic start and I'm looking forward to the second installments. I only wish we didn't have to wait so long to get them.

The characters in this novella are wonderful and if I'm honest I like them a bit more than the ones in the first installment. The chemistry seems better and the characters seems to click better. But don't get me wrong th
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Asheley
Dec 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
Deputy Tess and park ranger Logan investigate a murder in a park on Widow's Island, off the coast in the Pacific Northwest area of the US. A man has been stabbed with a harpoon and stuck to a sign. As far as murders go, this is a fairly grisly one for the small town, but Tess' experience as a former Seattle detective will help her determine who did this and why. Her friends Cate, an FBI agent, and Henry, the local physician and coroner, will also assist with the investigation.

The previous novell
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Sophia
The night's calm is broken by the sounds of a man screaming in great pain. Thus begins Sheriff's Deputy Tessa Black's investigation into the gruesome death of a well-loved artist. With the aide of her high school crush and her best friend's brother, Logan Wilde, she works the case and attempts to balance a situation in her home life. I found this second novella in the series just as engaging as the first.

A Bone to Pick follows on the heels of the events in Close to the Bone. It continues Tessa a
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Pelusa Rivera
Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Rcvd an ARC at no cost to author..(netgalley) And she is back and back at work looking at a new case and the poor thing really need a break she has her sick mother and another case and she is still working on Samantha's disappearance from years ago. Tessa comes across a dead man who is not all that he seemed as she starts working on the case, she finds that he has all these secrets, lots a money and fake ID, who was he? And why was he keeping all these secrets and keeping up a fake persona. The ...more
Sonia Cristina
Nov 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
Também gostei muito dos protagonistas, Tessa e Logan, achei este casal mais interessante que o anterior, se bem que também gostei de Henry e Cate.

Como aconteceu com a 1ª novella desta série, achei que faltou qualquer coisa, mas que esta pequena história tinha muito potencial para ser desenvolvido.

Ao contrário da novella anterior, esta terminou com um momento mais romântico, muito bonito. Ah, e a galinha que aterrorizava Tessa?! Que máximo!

Quanto ao enredo, ora fui surpreendida pela identidade
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Todd Glaeser
Dec 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was thinking that this would deal more with the lost friend plot from Close to the Bone. Although that is mentioned somewhat, it seems the series shares characters rather than a central plot. (That could change in the next two books, however.)
Cindy ~
Sep 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
The dynamic writing duo is back with a new series that takes place on remote Pacific Northwest island. I just devoured both of these books loving the setting, getting to know the new characters along with the suspense in addition to an overarching plot mystery I am sure will take the whole series to solve.

This second part of the series has Deputy Tessa Black getting a call that ends up leading her to find a man murdered in a most unusual way. I was very happy to see that her love interest was g
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Trish R.
Nov 01, 2018 rated it liked it


I said I wasn’t going to listen to this because the narrator was soooooo awful but since it was a
free read, free listen I decided to give her another chance to see if she got better. She didn’t. So, I quit listening and just read the novella.

This was a story about the murder of an artist who’d been harpooned AND Tessa’s problem trying to take care of her mother who has dementia and who finally wandered off into the woods.
Since it was only 101 pages I can’t say much without giving it away so, en
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Jacque
Seeing that author Melinda Leigh had a new book coming out I immediately jumped on it. Unfortunately, I thought it was part of her other series. Oops! No matter. I like her characters and storytelling so even though I haven’t read the first book in the Widow’s Island series, I knew I was going to be entertained.

Tessa gave up her career as a detective and returned back to her roots to take care of her ailing mother. Now a deputy on an island, things are relatively quiet. That is until she respond
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⚜️Trea
FTC DISCLAIMER: I RECEIVED AN E-ARC FROM THE PUBLISHER THROUGH NET GALLEY. I VOLUNTARILY OFFER MY HONEST REVIEW OF THE BOOK, THOUGH IT IS NOT EXPECTED OF ME! RECEIPT OF THIS BOOK IN THIS MANNER DOES NOT AFFECT MY OPINION OF THE BOOK OR THE CONTENT OF MY REVIEW!

This book follows on the heels of Close to the Bone and really shouldn't be read unless you've read that book. However, my biggest complaint about this story is that the ending was entirely too abrupt! It just felt like the story was going
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Niken Widyastuti
Nov 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
A continuation of Widow Island series, the second novella. Here was the story of Deputy Tessa Black, Cate’s best friend, and Logan Wilde, Cate’s brother. They’re facing another murder in the seemingly serene Widow Island, while also facing the growing feeling between them.

The story flew seamlessly, the romance was sweet and believable. The mystery… it’s not bad, but after getting a gripping mystery story in the previous book, this one felt less thrilling and less gripping. It’s still good, still
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Mags
Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I’m a huge fan of Melinda Leigh and Kendra Elliot and when they come together to produce their novellas you know you are in for a treat! A Bone To Pick is set on Widow’s Island where Deputy Tessa Black has returned home to look after her mother who isn’t well and she gets a call from an islander to say they heard a scream and when herself and the park ranger Logan go to investigate they come across a particularly gruesome murder! I absolutely loved A Bone To Pick and I read it in almost 1 sittin ...more
Megan
Oct 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, netgalley
Thank you, NetGalley, for providing this ARC for review!

If you've read Melinda Leigh before, then what's below won't surprise you.

A Bone to Pick fell in line with the rest of Melinda Leigh's books with its amazing characters and fast-paced story! I didn't read the first book in this series, but the author usually does a great job at creating solid standalones. This book was a short 100 pages, but packed a punch.

Leigh is one of the authors I'll put everything aside for and my go-to when I need a
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Sarah
Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thank you NetGalley for the ARC of A Bone to Pick by Melinda Leigh that I read and reviewed.
I really enjoyed the second novella in the Window's Island series. This was Tessa's story and I really enjoyed getting to know this character and her family. The crime that she had to solve was also intriguing because not that many people get killed harpoon gun. I can't wait to see what happens next and if Cate and Tessa find out what happened to Sam.
A Bone to Pick gets five out of five stars from me.
Melissa Borsey
Nov 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
The second book in the Widow's Island series. This first book, Close to the bone, by Kendra Elliott, focused on FBI agent, Cate Wilde. This second book, by Melinda Leigh, focuses on Cate's friend, Deputy Tessa Black who is trying to solve the murder of a man found dead in the state park while simultaneously caring for her mom who is dealing with signs of dementia. Once again, this was a fast-paced and suspenseful read with plenty of action. I thank Netgalley for the opportunity to read and revie ...more
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Wall Street Journal bestselling author Melinda Leigh is a fully recovered banker. A life-long lover of books, she started writing as a way to preserve her sanity while raising her kids. Over the next few years, she learned a few things about writing a book. The process was much more fun than analyzing financial statements, and she decided to turn her hobby into a career. Melinda’s debut novel, SHE ...more

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Widow's Island (4 books)
  • Close to the Bone (Widow's Island, #1)
  • Whisper of Bones (Widow's Island #3)
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