The Wrong Bones – Melinda Leigh 

It’s late evening on Widow’s Island in Washington and Deputy Tessa Black is heading home from patrol when she sees a small figure dart across the road, seemingly coming from the nearby cemetery.  She stops to assess the situation and finds three local kids, who, while playing hide and seek, spotted a ghostly figure digging a grave.  Tess heads in to see for herself, and catches a darkly cloaked figure with a shovel, who turns and runs as she approaches.  She chases him to a fence line where he climbs the fence and takes off, but not before leaving a box on the ground.  Much to Tess’s shock, the box contains human remains…

A quick examination by the medical examiner determines that the bones belonged to a young woman – and that she was murdered. A unique feature makes her easily identifiable – and it’s determined that she disappeared from nearby Bainbridge Island less than a year ago…but how did she wind up here, in a box, with someone trying to bury her bones? A killer’s remorse? Or something more.  Tess, and fiancé Logan, a State Forest Ranger, are determined to find out. 

This may be a ‘novella’, but it’s a fast-paced, who-dun-it and delivers all of the ingredients you’d expect from a full sized novel – suspense, murder, intrigue, dysfunctional characters, and a sweet ending – from two of my favorite authors! Great read – great series! If you enjoy murder and mayhem, you’ll love these authors and this series! 

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A Hard Day for a Hangover – Darynda Jones

Police Chief Sunshine Vicram and the colorful residents of Del Sol, New Mexico are back once more in another hilarious and unforgettable read! 

It’s just another day in Del Sol when Sunshine and her 2nd in command Quincy find themselves assessing an assault victim in the ED, a telltale knitting needle buried deep in his neck. But this isn’t any assault victim – it’s Doug the Flasher – and Sunshine figures that he finally flashed his pride and joy to the wrong person.  As Sunshine questions the victim,  Quincy sees that she is distracted, and calls her on it, allowing her to reflect (and update potential new readers) on the recent events that occurred between her and the town’s bad boy, Levi Ravinder – like his complete silence when she revealed to him that he was the father of her daughter, Auri, followed by his sudden disappearance when she tried to place him in protective custody for his safety, and taking Quincy’s police cruiser with him, to boot! 

As the duo finishes their interview with Doug, they head back to the Station, where they soon learn that a hunter has spotted a body, somewhere in Copper Canyon. As she and Quincy arrive on scene, they learn that the young female is alive, and group together to plan their rescue. Out of the blue, the aforementioned cruiser thief, Levi, walks up like he never left, and assists with getting the girl to safety. But now Sunshine has a real mystery on her hands – who harmed this girl and why? Have there been other victims? 

As Sunshine and Levi rekindle past feelings, she and her crew work to solve this latest mystery, while Auri – and every bit a chip off the old block, much to Sunshine’s delight and dismay – starts her own investigation into the going’s on around town, coming surprisingly close to the truth in doing so – and drawing a killer’s attention.  As a field trip gone awry becomes a game of cat and mouse, Auri must use her wits to outmaneuver the killer until her Mom and the rest of the force can arrive…

This was the third and final installment of a delightfully funny series, and I am so sad to see these characters and their exploits end.  I can only hope that somehow, the author and publisher will re-consider extending these characters, and the colorful townspeople of Del Sol for some more laugh-out-loud action and suspense!  I don’t think I could ever get enough.  In the meantime, I’ll have to settle for some of her older works – these novels were that good!!

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