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Whisper of Bones

(Widow's Island #3)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  7,753 ratings  ·  304 reviews
Dark secrets from the past bob to the surface in the third novella in the Widow’s Island series.

When a body washes up on the state park beach, Deputy Tessa Black’s experience as a former Seattle detective tells her that the death was not an accident. All evidence points to another murder on the remote island.

The victim is a local contractor with a shockingly long list of e
Kindle Edition, 97 pages
Published October 22nd 2019 by Montlake Romance
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Jun 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
When the body of a male contractor (Jason McCoy) is found dead, washed up on the beach, deputy Tessa Black believes it wasn’t an accident. As she investigates Jason’s death and talks to many people who knew him, she discovers Jason had many enemies. Tessa, with the help of her park ranger friend Logan Wilde (whom she is dating), starts looking for clues as to who could be responsible for the murder…

This was another enjoyable, short suspense story/novella from the “Widow’s Island” series. It was
Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Whisper of Bones by Melinda Leigh is the third book in the new romantic suspense Widow’s Island series. This series is all at novella length and penned by Kendra Elliot and Melinda Leigh by alternating the books and switching the main characters.

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. Each novella also
Lori Lamothe
Quick Engaging Read

Melinda Leigh's Whisper of Bones is the third novella in the Widow's Island series, which is set on a small island in the Pacific Northwest. Though I was unfamiliar with the series, I had little difficulty following the overarching story and got a good sense of Tessa and Logan, the two main characters in this installment. Like Bred in the Bone (Widow's Island #4), the novella contains two mysteries: a present-day murder and the disappearance of Deputy Sheriff Tessa Black's ch
May 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Whisper of Bones was another great addition to the Widow’s Island series with an interesting mystery and a bit more romance than the previous two installments.

After a body washes ashore on the state park beach, Deputy Tessa Black finds she has another murder on her hands on the remote island she calls home. When it becomes clear the victim, a local contractor, has a long list of enemies, Tessa has her work cut out for her to find his killer. And after the killer sets a fire to cover their tracks
Oct 18, 2019 rated it liked it
In this installment, we are back with Deputy Tessa Black & former Army Ranger Logan Wilde. Logan is the islands new Forest Ranger. He is Tessa’s boyfriend and suffers from PTSD. He is also the brother of one her dearest friends. A friend who went missing years ago. A body has turned up on one of the state park beaches and the two investigate.

I love the remote island and its unique setting. Everyone knows everyone, and the local doctor is also the coroner. Of course for big cases, they ship the b
Oct 31, 2020 rated it liked it
Episode 3 in the saga of Widow's Island
A body washes up on the state park beach, Deputy Tessa Black and her gang are on the case.
The dialogue informing the wife her husband is dead was awkward. And another house was burned.
Third death investigation in a month. Are the islands haunted?
Nothing too exciting but at 97 pages and it cost only a buck ninety nine it was worth it.
Maggie Mac
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Just love this series, I just could not put it down.
Oct 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
now i am hooked. This was such a great, easy and creative book. i was hooked after the first page.

The characters were easy to fall in love with and follow, along with the story. the author made the mental visions so easy and vivid of the surroundings and the characters actions felt so real.

i would highly recommend this author and this book.
Oct 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Here we go again. Just 12 months ago I devoured the first two books in this, what now appears to be, expanding series, Widow's Island - A novella series by Kendra Elliot and Melinda Leigh, set on remote islands in the Pacific Northwest, off Seattle.
Each author has form in this type of project where each write a separate instalment in the series.
Melinda did book 2 and now writes book 3. While Kendra wrote 1 and brings us book 4 later this month.
The writing is seamless and the timeframe within th
ARC received in exchange for an honest review.

Whisper of Bone is the third novella in the Widow’s Island series, which follows friends Cate and Tessa as they try and solve the mystery surrounding their childhood friend’s disappearance, as well as solve a few other murders along the way.

This novella continues Tessa’s narrative, which I admit is not my favourite of the two female leads. Together with old friend/new lover Logan, Tessa is called to the discovery of a body washed up on the docks. An
Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
This was a decent installment. I felt like the h led the H around by his balls. I thought he was a cop too yet h was telling him things every step of the way.


I thought the end was a little iffy. The h was holding a gun, yet the child walked in without noticing. It felt unbelievable that could happen and only as a plot device.

I also didn’t get much romance. I don’t need it. I’m fine with mystery/suspense. But if a book is sold as a romantic suspense or teases you with it, I want it. The s
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another fab book by a dynamic author. The murder mystery was well detailed, I just felt it could have had more layers to it.
The personal lives of the detectives and their friendship made it quite interesting. The writing was superfluous. The book totally worked as a novella.
Dilushani Jayalath
Oct 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Kindly received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

This novella series is slowly warming up to me. It's quite fun when the mysteries are solved relatively easily and the romance is taken a back seat from everything. With the length of the novel, romance really does not have enough space to spread out on. Just like the previous book this one too has enough going on to keep you interested till the last page and it's short enough you aren't bored.
Oct 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, arc, novella
Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) provided by the Author and Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an fair and honest review.

The novella is not my favorite mystery format. It is just to short for much character development and the mystery is fairly easy to solve, although in "Whisper of Bones" there were several great candidates for the baddie. The slow, easy romance is another element that could benefit from more pages and more heat. But overall, for its length, this plot was really great and as thi
julia ☆ [owls reads]
#1 Close to the Bone: ★★★★☆ | 4 stars
#2 A Bone to Pick: ★★★★☆ | 4 stars


Whisper of Bones was a bit underwhelming. It was shorter than the previous installments and, despite enjoying Tessa and Logan's perspectives, I didn't feel connected to the story in the same way. Everything felt rushed and a bit unnecessary.

One positive point was how it touched back on Samantha's disappearance. I'm very curious about this subplot in particular and the novella delivered a little piece of information that I be
Carla Johnson-Hicks
Feb 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
I did a read/listen to this novella and it was a fun way to experience this story. Once again, Tessa finds herself investigating a murder on the small Widow's Island. When the staged drowning, turns out to be a murder, she has more suspects than she would have expected. The victim was not well liked, but who hated him enough to kill him. With the help of her partner, Logan, they quickly meet with all the suspects and ask questions. They get an inkling of who the culprit is, but will he/she get a ...more
Oct 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley-arc, 2019
Knowing that this is book 3 in the series, I was curious to see how it worked as a standalone, and in my opinion it does. I really liked how the characters were introduced, the background information that was provided, and how the overarching story of a missing woman fits into the main case.

This is a straight light police procedural with subtle hints of romance. I really liked following the two main characters and seeing them work together as well as apart. If anything this story left me wantin
Nov 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoy this series and this was another good one!
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
Oct 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Whisper of Bones is part 3 in the series that takes place on remote Pacific Northwest island.

Deputy Tessa Black and her boyfriend Park Ranger Logan Wilde are called out to a beach where a body has washed ashore. This book takes us through their interviewing many people who all have reason to want the deceased dead. Their job is figuring out which one of them actually did the deed.

Along with that we get to see how Tessa is dealing with her mom who is getting worse with in her early onset Alzhei
Wayward Readers (Tarrah Marie)
Oct 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is book three in the Widow’s Island series and can be read as a stand-alone. However, it does do the reader favor to read as a part of the series as all books are novellas. Melinda Leigh captures the reader’s attention from page one and holds onto it the entire way through. Her scene setting of the wintery small island and descriptive characterization only serves to build a suspenseful storyline. There are relationship aspects woven into the storyline between main characters, Tessa and Loga ...more
Oct 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Received an Advance Reader Copy in exchange for a fair review
An interesting thriller with well-developed and relatable characters as usual in Melinda Leigh’s stories, “Whisper of Bones” (Montlake Romance) is a quick read, perfect for a cozy autumn evening.
A strong heroine – Tessa, a deputy – and her love interest – Logan, a former Army Ranger, dealing with PTSD and the memories of the horrors of war – feature in this book, where a long-time mystery is yet to be solved.
The setting – Widow’s Islan
Cherry London
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
From the beginning of this book, the intrigue level started building up, it totally captivated my interest from the finding of the body. You can tell the medical aspects of this story were well researched. I like the comradery between Kurt, Cate, Tessa, The Doc Henry, and Logan, they work like a well-run team. Me and my carelessness I should have red Bred to the Bones first, I hate it when this happens, it’s like reading the end of the book before the beginning, bummer. I love this book its page ...more
I listened to the first four novellas in this series and I found them to be just OK. They were free so I can't complain too much. Some were very predictable and the majority of the voices were almost all OK. This series takes place on a remote island in the Northwest and involves Kate and her long-time friend Tessa. They have the usual murders and of course, the new doctor on the island who will of course, be falling in love with Cate, the main character. These novellas are all about 90 pages or ...more
Oct 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this latest instalment in the series of novellas.
Just enough to keep you enthralled with an ending that I did not see coming.
Looking forward to the next one to see if the cold case is solved.
Oct 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: leigh-melinda
I just wish I did not have to wait a year for this next episode in the novella series. Hopefully, the next one will not be a long wait.
Dark secrets abound as a body washes up on the island’s state park beach and for Deputy Tessa Black, another murder has occurred and it’s a race against the clock to find out what happened as well as who the killer is…before they set their sights on Tessa.

I was mixed about starting the third book in the Widow’s Island series after the meh I got reading books one and two. I gave book three, WHISPER OF BONES, a chance and it was interesting if a tad bit short. What hampers these stories is the len
Reading these Widow's Island novellas by Melinda Leigh is a lot like watching an episode of CSI or Law and Order... if you watch the first five minutes (or read the first five pages) you just have to see how it ends. Who did the murdering? Will they strike again? Are the good guys going to win?

Other than successfully drawing my interest, Whisper of Bones was just okay for me. I can't say that I'm particularly keen on any of the characters and I loathed the narrator's voice, which I think made m
Book Him Danno
Oct 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Whisper of the Bones is a short novella that Melinda Leigh and Kendra Elliot have written together using several different characters different points of views.

After finishing the book I had to go back and reread the first book. I was a little lost. The author crammed a lot of things into a short amount of pages an while sometimes it works this time I have to admit something was missing. The connection between the two lead characters in this book didn't seem connect. Male lead even brings up the
Dec 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Widow's Island Book 3
Since this is book 3 of the series, most of the characters in the novella have been in the previous books and we are familiar with them already. Deputy Tessa Black and Forest Ranger Logan Wilde are called to the shores of Camilla Island when kayakers find a body washed up on the beach. It turns out the victim is a local contractor who has more enemies than friends including a past and current wife and clients that are less than happy with him.
Lots of options for the bad guy
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#1 Wall Street Journal and #1 Amazon bestselling author Melinda Leigh is a fully recovered banker who learned that writing books is way more fun than analyzing financial statements. Melinda’s debut novel, SHE CAN RUN, was nominated for Best First Novel by the International Thriller Writers. Since then, she has garnered numerous writing accolades, including two RITA® Award nominations and an induct ...more

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Widow's Island (8 books)
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