- File Size: 4303 KB
- Print Length: 327 pages
- Publisher: Montlake (March 17, 2020)
- Publication Date: March 17, 2020
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07TMN6WR7
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #183 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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“This romantic suspense tale thrusts readers into the action, with one heart-racing, adrenaline-filled scene after another. Leigh’s (Morgan Dane series) vulnerable yet strong lead characters add depth to an exciting new series.” —Library Journal
“Leigh, (Whisper of Bones, 2019, etc.) has a genuine talent for creating believable, appealing characters and realistic dialogue…With a clear setup for future adventures, this novel promises to become a likable series.” —Kirkus Reviews
“From the first page in this gripping mystery, we are hooked…Start with Cross Her Heart, and keep reading as Leigh produces more installments of her series. You won’t regret it.” —Bookreporter
“Cross Her Heart by Melinda Leigh is action-packed. The mystery is full of twists and turns that leave the reader on the edge of their seat.” —Crimespree Magazine
“A gripping thriller, Cross Her Heart is fast paced and riveting, with the complex and compelling lead homicide detective, Bree Taggert. The first in a destined to be a hit series.” —Karin Slaughter, international bestselling author
“Melinda Leigh has topped herself—and goes to the top of my must-read author list. Cross Her Heart is everything I love in a thriller, and Bree Taggert is everything I love in a heroine. READ THIS BOOK. You won’t be able to put it down.” —Allison Brennan, New York Times bestselling author of The Third to Die
“Masterful! Melinda Leigh knows just how to blend poignant family drama with edge-of-your-seat suspense. As the heroine of this thrilling new series, Bree Taggert will capture your heart.” —Laura Griffin, New York Times bestselling author
About the Author
#1 Amazon Charts and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Melinda Leigh is a fully recovered banker. After joining Romance Writers of America, she decided writing was more fun than analyzing financial statements. Melinda’s debut novel, She Can Run, was nominated for Best First Novel by the International Thriller Writers. She’s also garnered Golden Leaf and Silver Falchion Awards, along with two nominations for a RITA and three Daphne du Maurier Awards. Her other novels include She Can Tell, She Can Scream, She Can Hide, She Can Kill, Midnight Exposure, Midnight Sacrifice, Midnight Betrayal, Midnight Obsession, Hour of Need, Minutes to Kill, Seconds to Live, Say You’re Sorry, Her Last Goodbye, Bones Don’t Lie, What I’ve Done, Secrets Never Die, and Save Your Breath. She holds a second-degree black belt in Kenpo karate, has taught women’s self-defense, and lives in a messy house with her family and a small herd of rescue pets. For more information, visit www.melindaleigh.com.
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The story focuses on Bree Taggert, a Philadelphia homicide detective who gets a desperate voicemail from her younger sister saying she's it trouble. Yikes!
Bree and her sister had a troubled youth, something that created a special bond, but the urgent call brings Bree unexpectedly back to her hometown an into the middle of a murder with more questions than answers. Once you start reading, you'll want to finish. Hold on!!
The author's reader-friendly storyline creates an engaging mystery thriller with plenty of suspense and tension but without the cheap shock and trauma elements that too easily destroy a good book.
The story plotline has a strong human element with believable dialogue, all built around family needs and small town values, but not without lots of conflicts and differing motivations, each revealed as the story develops. I especially enjoyed how the author made me feel I was right there---trying to figure everything out. Who to trust? Who to watch?
Even though the storyline is similar to many of the author's previous works, it was a satisfying reading experience because I trusted the author and knew it would be a worthwhile read. This novel is a great escape read for a rainy weekend or a long trip.
I've also become a big fan of Audible's narrations that make the storytelling even more interesting with just the right amount of dramatic flair in this version.
After several recent strange books, it was good to get lost in a reader-friendly novel again. So glad this first book in the series had a solid ending, while also creating a good series foundation with some interesting characters and potential adventures for future installments.
Pluses: good mystery that kept me guessing until late in the book when I was able to figure it out before the big reveal; depth of character development for Bree, her siblings and Matt; good background on Grey's Hollow; likeable characters who are not perfect but are good people. 4.5-stars and well worth the read.
It’s always good to start a book series with the first book. To do so provides you with the history of the main characters. Cross Her Heart provides a thorough description of what Philadelphia Police Department Homicide Detective Bree Taggert and former Sheriff’s deputy Matt Flynn have been through.
After Bree collars a criminal she has chased down, she listens to a voice mail message from her sister, Erin, in which Erin sounds like she is scared and says she is in trouble asking for Bree’s help. Bree immediately arranges for time off to go to Grey’s Hollow, New York, where she was born and where her sister Erin, and her brother Adam, still live.
Before Bree can get there, Matt Flynn, a former Sheriff’s deputy and K9 officer, who was shot in the line of duty, as a result of which can no longer pass a firearms test because of the damage done to his dominate hand from a “friendly fire” bullet, arrives at the house where his long-time friend Justin Moore, lives. Because of an injury received in an automobile accident, Justin has become addicted to OxyContin.
Erin did not want drugs in the house where her children lived and so she asked him to move out. He was now attending NA meetings and, since he was not allowed to drive, Matt picked him up and took him to meetings. When Matt and Brody, his former K9 partner and now his personal pet, arrived to pick Justin up, Brody alerted Matt to the fact that something was not right. When Matt finally entered the house he found Erin in Justin’s bedroom floor dead from a gunshot wound with Justin nowhere to be found.
Bree arrived at Erin’s house to find two deputies searching it. Upon their advice, she went to the Sheriff’s office to learn where her sister was and why her house was being searched. The acting Sheriff, Chief Deputy Todd Harvey, advised her that her sister had been shot and killed and her nephew and niece were with their Uncle Adam. The previous Sheriff had been found guilty of corruption and had committed suicide and it seemed as though no one wanted the job.
Realizing that both the individual who found the body and the individual who knew the victim best were experienced police officers, Todd asked both of them to steer clear of the investigation since they were too close to it. Since Bree knew of Matt’s history as a deputy sheriff, she wanted to talk to him about the situation.
Upon leaving the Sheriff’s office, Matt found Bree waiting for him. She asked to talk to him in private so he took her to his house. Unfortunately, because of an incident that happened when she was a child, Bree was terribly afraid of dogs and Brody was a large German Shepherd who looked a lot meaner than he was. Recognizing this, Matt sent Brody to his cage.
Matt and Bree agreed that it seemed certain Todd had already made up his mind that Justin had killed Erin. Matt assured Bree that he did not believe Justin was the killer. They also agreed they did not have confidence in the ability of the Sheriff’s office to find out who killed Erin. They decided to join forces and “work the case” together.
Then, of course, there is the matter of the secondary characters, Luke and Kayla, Erin’s children, Adam, Bree’s and Erin’s artist brother, Dana, Bree’s partner in Philadelphia, Craig, the children’s biological father, to whom Erin was never married and who is not named on their birth certificates, and Marge, who is the woman who “runs” the sheriff’s office from the receptionist’s desk.
All of these secondary characters have important roles and you will find them very interesting. So, by all means, read this book.
Bree makes the decision to go back to Grey’s Hollow to find and help her sister. There are interesting family dynamics, Matt Flynn and his German Shepherd, Brody, Dana Romano (homicide detective) and some surprises. Looking forward to the next one!
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