The Widow
Carla Neggers
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The Widow (Boston Police/FBI #1)

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Four days after Abigail Browning's wedding, her life changed unimaginably: her husband was shot, meeting his death along the rocky Mount Desert Island coast. Was it a random act of violence, or could someone have wanted Christopher dead?

That's the question that has haunted Abigail, now a homicide detective, for the past seven years. Determined to find her husband's killer,...more
Published (first published January 1st 2006)
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Isis FG
I actually fell asleep yesterday while reading this book. That should tell you something. It was just a completely lackluster story. The plot was dull, the romance utterly dull, and the characters moderately dull. There wasn't really anything I found particularly interesting.

The Widow is about a widowed woman (shocker, right?) who is now a Boston homicide cop. Seven years ago, on their honeymoon, her FBI agent husband was murdered while they stayed in his childhood home on an island in Maine. Ab...more
Abigail Browning has a tragic honeymoon as her FBI agent husband is killed. Severn years later, she has become a police detective for Boston but yet returns to the samll Maine island every year. She is searching for her husbands killer. Interesting, suspensful and even some romance thrown in. Good characters and even better read.
Really enjoyed this book. Great storyline and plot kept me guessing. Will definitely read more books by Carla Neggers.
Wendy Hines
New York Times bestselling author Carla Neggers does it again with another non-stop action, romantic suspense. Bestselling author of Abandon, and Cut and Run, she hits a homerun with her new edge-of-your-seat whodunnit.

Abigail Browning is a Boston police officer who has not been able to get past the murder of her husband, Chris, seven years ago on their honeymoon in Maine. The crime has remained unsolved, even with all the tips and leads received over the past years. On the seventh anniversary o...more
Seven years ago, Abigail and her husband Chris were honeymooning. It was pretty awful, as far as honeymoons go - she was attacked and he was murdered. Now a detective in a Boston police force, she's still obsessed with finding her husband's murderer.

An anonymous phone call on their wedding anniversary sends her packing to the island in Maine where it all happened. She meets pseudo-hostility from local police and neighbors of her dead husband.

The search and rescue worker who found her husband bac...more
2 3/4 stars
Seven years after the murder of her husband while on their honeymoon, Abigail Browning is still searching for answers to his death. After a mysterious phone call on her wedding anniversary, she is moved to investigate deeper into his murder. She returns to the scene of the crime and upsets the locals who had known her husband all his life.

Although Carla Neggers is classified as a romance writer, in my opinion, this is NOT a romance. This is a mystery/suspense book. Yes, there is a cou...more
Good - but she's done better.

Not too sure what to tell you... Right in the first chapter you meet Abigail and find out what happened in the past and how she feels 7 years later. I found her to be a strong woman who has in a sense let go of the past - but not all of it. Yes, she's accepted that Chris is gone, but she still harbors the feeling that had they done things differently, Chris would still be alive. Truthfully, she hasn't really let go. She wants to find who killed him, and she's tenacio...more
Having never read a Carla Neggers novel before, I have no way to compare this book to her other work. But if this is one of her best, I’d hate to see her worst.

The Widow seemed scattered, as if Neggers threw in anything she had on hand. Part of the problem is none of the characters were distinct enough to stand out, so I had trouble keeping them straight. Constant shifting points of view – including a scattered few from the bad guy’s – kept me from getting ‘close’ to any of them, even her main c...more
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Shonna Froebel
Abigail Brownings husband Christopher was murdered four days into their honeymoon. Seven years later the case is still unsolved and Abigail can't let it go. Her husband was an FBI agent and her father a senior staff member at the FBI. She wonders if her family connection had anything to do with his death. When Christopher died she was a law student, but after his death she quit law school and joined the police force in Boston. She is now a detective and has many friends on the force who value he...more
R J Mckay
Carla Neggers never disappoints. Her novels have lots of intrigue and plot twists, and The Widow is no exception.
Abigail Browning is a Boston detective, but when her husband Chris was murdered on their honeymoon. It has been seven years but the case remains unsolved. But someone is trying to stir up troubles. An anonymous phone call on their wedding anniversary re-opens the never-healed wounds left from Chris's death.Now she is back to the little town in Maine, to shake the trees and see what f...more
Mary Baker
This is another book by Carla Neggers that I have enjoyed. I was sure I had figured out who the killer the police were seeking was before the end, but I had to eliminate some other characters too. The Widow was a good, fast, enjoyable read. I'm beginning to like New England settings as much as I like Southern settings!!
Melanie (aka Serial Reader)
The first of Ms. Neggers' FBI series, the story starts off with a shocker - Abigail's husband of 4 days is murdered a day after she's knocked on the head and left unconscious. The story picks up seven years later and she's now a detective with the Boston PD, fixated on finding her husband's murderer. I never warmed up to either Abigail or Owen, who just happened to be one of her dead husband's best friends and is, in fact, the one who found him dying at the edge of the water. He's the one who to...more
I'd give it 3.5 if I could. I really enjoyed the mystery and I liked the characters in this book. However, I don't know if it was the writing style, the print, or what - but I didn't find this to be an easy read. I'd find myself reading sentences over and over trying to figure out what was being said. Sometimes I just wasn't reading it right - so that leads me to believe that the mass-market paperback print font/size was causing some of the problem. Other times, I never really did make sense of...more
Lisa Speck
My first book by this author. This was a well written story. I enjoy mystery series. I'm disappointed to see the author changes focus characters from book to book in the series. I liked the main character and would like to see her in her own series.
Abigail is a strong lady. She would have to be to survive the death of her husband on their honeymoon. Now 7 years later, the mystery is still unsolved and as a Boston Police Detective, Abigail plans to finally close this case. She is headed back to the cabin in Maine where the cliffs are as deadly as a gun.

Owen is just one of the many men in this small burg who are connected to the crime, but Owen has his own heart break. Witnessing his sister drown at the age of 11 has left a drive in him to...more
I have read Carla Neggers before so I knew she is a good suspense writer but I did not figure out the "who dunnit" until the very end. I was on the edge of each page and just could not put it down. Great story line and characters. A definite must read.
A little slow in the beginning but what a great read! Suspenseful all the way through and never having a clue how things would end up. Looking forward to reading more of Carla's work.
Abigail Browning's husband, Chris, was murdered on their honeymoon at his cottage on Mount DesertIsland. Years later detective Browning is still looking for answers. On her trip to the island she suddenly starts getting mysterious phone calls and strange things start happening. Several attacks on several people ensue before Abigail solves the mystery.

Abigail Browning becomes a widow four days after her wedding. Her FBI husband, Chris, was shot on their honeymoon at his quaint Maine island home. They story opens with Abigail burning seven years of retelling journals on her charcoal grill in Boston. Another anonymous tip, drives her (now a detective) to return to Mount Deset Island Coast and push for the truth of who killed Chris. Half way through the book I thought I may have figured out "who done it" but really wasn't sure until closer to th...more
This book was labeled "Romantic Suspense". Honestly, it's more a murder mystery than anything else, but it is fairly well written. I thought the author introduced the names of too many characters at the beginning of the book, before you had any really connection to them. That meant that for the first several chapters, I was trying to figure out who she was talking about, instead of being drawn into the story. After that, the story became much more enjoyable, and I started to connect to the prota...more
On her honeymoon Abigail Brownings husband was killed. Now 7 years later Abigail is receiving phone calls saying she needs to return to the scene of the crime. Determined to find his killer Abigail starts stiring up trouble. Will she be able to discover the truth before the killer targets her.

I enjoyed reading this book and will be reading more of Neggers books. Although the romance between Abigail and owen started out promising I dont feel that it really developed liked I wanted it to do. The m...more
Better than I expected, though my expectations were quite low, as a later book in this series is a hot mess (The Mist). Abigail Browning's FBI agent husband was murdered on their honeymoon; seven years later, a series of anonymous phone calls sends her back to the small Maine town where her late husband grew up on a renewed quest for answers.

I didn't find the course of the romance entirely convincing, and as usual, you can figure out who the villain is by the simple process of elimination (some...more
Jackie Lane
This was my first book by Carla Neggers and it was totally enjoyable.

The book was about Abigail Browning and how her life was changed after the death of her husband Chris. It is set up on Maine and the story revolves around Abigail's determination to find the individual responsible for murdering her husband on their honeymoon. The book portrays how you can come back from something bad and still be a good person in the end.

There are plenty of twists and turns in the book all coming together to po...more
Anita Fleming
Carla Neggers gives us a real, good, who done it in The Widow. Abigail is the Widow of the title. Her husband, Chris, an FBI agent, was murdered 7 years ago, while on their honeymoon in Maine. The case remains unsolved. Abigail quit law school after Chris was murdered and became a homicide cop with the Boston PD. It appears her motive was to try and solve his murder. After she receives a strange call on her anniversity, she returns to Maine to try and solve the case. We are presented with a fine...more
How would your life change if your husband was murdered four days into your honeymoon? For Abigail, it changed the course of her career and the obsessed way in which she chose to spend her time. She became a homicide detective, convinced that she would some day learn enough to find her husband’s killer, but seven years later she was still stuck reliving the past, looking for answers. Then one day she receives a phone call that sends her back to Maine, where her husband was killed and she still o...more
Linda C
Abigail Browning was widowed 4 days after her marriage when her husband was shot along the Maine coast where he grew up and they honeymooned. Now, 7 years later, she is getting phone calls regarding the unsolved murder. She returns to the cottage to try to search for answers. Owen Garrison, search and rescue expert and her husband’s best friend, helps her in order to get his own closure. Three closely intertwined families are the source of much of the suspicion and interaction. This was a good s...more
Why do female law enforcement characters always have to be tstl? FBI agent Abby Browning returns to the Maine cottage where her FBI agent husband was killed seven years earlier. The old, moneyed families don't want Abby stirring things up and finding who killed her husband. Owen, a member of the old money, and who was friend of the husband (he also found the body) stirs Abby's interest (boom chicka wah wha). Red herrings abound, but killer is not hard to figure early on. Abby doesn't seem to pos...more
Great book. Exciting. Good plot. Read books out of order,but didn't matter.

Great "who done it". I had no clue until the end. Fun.
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