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On Her Watch

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This series gets better and better. Lots of twists and turns. Ms. Leigh kept me on the edge of my seat, and had me flipping through the pages wondering what was going to happen next. I just couldn’t put it down. Sheriff Bree Taggert doesn’t lie when someone asks if there’s a serial killer out there, She won’t rest until the person is caught. They means long hours, and missing the kids. Matt Flynn is right by her side, and now that he’s living with her he’s just fits. There a team. So many victims. When one disappears can they find her in time? See what happens and buy the book. You won’t be disappointed. I would buy in order., but that’s just me.
I sure can’t wait for the next one.

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Another great book in this series. Sheriff Bree Taggert works a serial killer case as young women in her town are coming up missing. This book has great writing and a great plot. The familiar characters from her other books are in this book also. I love how Bree has grown to realize the great bond she has with her family.

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I adore this series. They can be read as standalones but reading them in order shows Bree’s growth. The crimes are always gripping and the characters are so damn lovable. Seeing a sick Kayla interact with Matt was too adorable. Bree and her whole family make the books and they add a lightness to the darkness of the murders. Bree’s personal life is always balanced beautifully with the crime aspect. The investigation kept me guessing and while I kinda worked out the motive I was surprised by the reveal which I always enjoy. The ending was as dramatic as ever and I wasn’t sure who was going to make it out.

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Bree and Co. have an already full plate dealing with a flu epidemic which has raged through the town and sheriff's office. Then a body is found in a remote wooded area but on further inspection further bodies are found. There would appear to be a new serial killer on the loose - one with a predilection for small, fragile looking females but that's not the only similarities between victims!

With overstepping reporters and the local police board representative hovering, Bree has her hands full. Dealing with mourning parents are horrible tasks but Bree and the team handle them with tact.

I love this series as it deals not only with the solving of the murder but with Bree's family life. Living and working with Matt, parenting her late sister's children and the beautifully portrayed relationship with her former cop partner/best friends/housemate! She is flawed, distracted and determined to be the best Sheriff she can be - despite the lackadaisical financial assistance from the police board.

This still feels as fresh and exciting as the first book in the series and even through the romance takes a back seat to the suspense, the relationship between Bree and Matt is evolving with every book.

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It's all hands on deck as flu sweeps through Grey's Hollow and Sheriff Bree Taggert is on the hunt for a serial killer in the small town.

Once again, she relies on the skills of Investigator Matt Flynn in helping her work towards solving and apprehending possible suspects.

I love Bree's leadership style. How she won't ask any of her deputies to undertake a task she isn't prepared to do herself.

This novel has an undercurrent of domestic violence which might be problematic for some readers but probably fairly standard for sheriff departments I'd imagine.

All in all another successful investigation for Sheriff Taggert and another winner from Melinda Leigh.

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On Her Watch by Melinda Leigh is the 8th entry in her Bree Taggert series. Randolph County Sheriff Bree is tasked with investigating several murders in the Grey’s Hollow area. Her romantic and working partner, investigator Matt Flynn, wonders if this is the work of a serial killer, and they embark on the investigation in this excellent police procedural, ably assisted by K-9 officer Greta and her handler, Deputy Collins. As the killer’s activity escalates, the action and dramatic tension ramps up, leading to an exciting hunt for the perpetrator in the last third of the novel.
Bree is written as a strong, competent, independent woman, an admirable member of law enforcement, which enhances my appreciation for this series. Her softer side shows in the sweet vignettes featuring her boyfriend Matt and their extended families who have a somber history but uplifting vision. The humanity, warm family life and love counterbalance the grim line of work that constitutes Bree’s chosen career.
While this is #8 of a series, it can easily be enjoyed as a stand-alone police procedural. For a deeper understanding of all the characters, I recommend reading all the novels in order. This is another outstanding, moving, crime novel by Melinda Leigh!

Thank you to Montlake and NetGalley for the ARC. This is my honest review.

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On Her Watch is the eighth book in Melinda Leigh’s Bree Taggert Series. This is a romantic suspense novel (heavy on the suspense) with a great storyline and fantastic characters.

When a serial killer’s dumping ground in found in a clearing deep in the woods, Sheriff Bree Taggert and investigator Matt Flynn are tasked with uncovering the killer. But will they discover want links the women in time save another young woman whose gone missing? Read it and find out!
Another fantastic addition to this thrilling series. I couldn’t put this book down, and read it in one sitting. Leigh is a phenomenal writer who uses each book in the series to show the growing relationship between Matt and Bree. The connection between them is open, honest and extremely supportive. I can’t wait to read the next book to see their relationship further blossom.

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Another fantastic thrill ride with Sheriff Bree Taggert and Matt, from Melinda Leigh. I’m absolutely loving this series and don’t know how I haven’t read the first few books yet! I’ve read books 1 and 5-8, so still have to go back for more adventures.

The story in this one does get a bit touchy with the subject of missing pregnant women and bodies of the same turning up, so this is a trigger warning for those of you that may need to give this one a miss here. Otherwise, Sheriff Bree and her boyfriend Matt steps in due to a lack of staff during a flu outbreak while the entire state is suffering and it’s all healthy hands on-deck. They head to a remote hiking trail where hikers have come across a body and discover a few, which turns out to be a serial’s dumping ground.

Tracking the clues and the serial’s details discovering more about him (or her), leads us on such a rollercoaster of emotions due to the pregnant victim profile this time around. I went through a whole gamut of emotions because of it being so sensitive of a topic and really quite traumatic! She (Leigh) was extremely good with clues throwing me off with being able to guess the “who dunnit” correctly this time. She got me good!

Definitely recommend this to all mystery and thriller lovers - you can get away reading it as a standalone but would be best having at least a couple of the previous books as background because there’s quite a bit of info that is handy to know from Sheriff Bree’s past noted in here. I am completely excited for the crossover coming in July with another new favorite author and series, Kendra Elliot.

I received an advance copy from NetGalley and Montlake, and this is my honest feedback.

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Solid mystery!

As the rest in the series, I enjoyed this book. I love the leadership Sheriff Bree displays, her relationship with Matt (boyfriend/investigator) and her family (adopted niece and nephew). She is a great example of a strong female leader.

Bree and Matt have to work together to catch a serial killer before he strikes again. Young, petite women are being found dead in random places in her jurisdiction, but none of them seem to have a connection. Every time they think they have a good suspect, something else happens. The reader is kept in suspense the whole story, which moves quickly and keeps the readers' interest. Recommended for anyone who enjoys small town mysteries.

Thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this book, but my opinions are my own.

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I absolutely adore Bree Taggert. She's flawed, she's a mom and a chief of police and somehow she manages to juggle them. On Her Watch had a couple storylines that merged to one thrill! As an armchair sleuth, I always like to solve the story during the course of the novel. This one... I had no clue and was completely blindsided! Always love how Melinda always injects doggos into her novels too!

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I know when I pick up a new book from the Bree Taggert series I will not be disappointed. I loved the continuing character development and relationships throughout. This was another interesting mystery with lots of suspects, twists and turns. Such a good read! A solid 5 star recommendation.

In this 8th installment we find Sheriff Bree Taggert and Investigator Matt Flynn working several cases of murdered, missing young women all while her department- as well as her area - is down on manpower due to the flu. It doesn't take long before Bree and Matt realize they might have a serial killer on their hands.

** I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. ARC provided by NetGalley and the publisher**
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“When it rains, it pours” is still a popular aphorism for a reason. In the case of the latest installment in the Bree Taggart series, this also happens to be literal. It rains all through this book and figuratively rains down a great deal for Bree to deal with from the flu in the family to a serial killer stalking the county. Eight books in and I remain riveted to each installment I read and gasping for the next one.

On Her Watch, finds Bree and Matt dealing with sick kids with the flu making its rounds. Their relationship has grown so much since meeting in the first book and Matt is there to support the family in the home and work for Bree’s department on the job.

And, the job, yick! Bree is called to the scene in the woods of a body found by hikers and this leads to other bodies also dumped there. Local politics gets into the mix and the town council tries to tell her this is NOT a serial killer when she has bodies with gruesome things done wrapped up and left in the same spot. Bree has to walk a tight rope of half her staff being out with the flu and city hall trying to dip into her investigation. And, that is on top of the killer themselves sitting up and taking notice of Bree and this endangers her and those she cares for.

Bree is one of my favorite fictional characters the way she grew from her own dark childhood and those fears, went into law enforcement, took on her orphaned nephew and nieces, and now runs a good sheriff’s office. She is a strong, independent figure, competent and caring and handles the balance of work, family, and a relationship incredibly well. But, for all that, Melinda Leigh writes her so she feels relatable and human with her vulnerabilities and struggles.

All in all, this one had a few hair-raising moments with a dangerous serial killer preying on the area and it was tense time as Bree and her team had to figure out what tied all those dead women in the killer’s mind. Those who like smart small town police procedural thrillers should not hesitate to give this series a go.

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I read On Her Watch (the 8th book in the Bree Taggert series) in an evening. It had been six or more months since I've read the 7th book and I had no problems remembering little details on the character's lives. The author gives subtle reminders. Do you need to have read the first seven? I don't think so, but you get more out of the story if you do.
This is a pretty standard police procedural with a female main character trying to catch a serial killer.

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I always enjoy the next installment in the Bree Taggert series, and this was no exception. I like Bree and Matt working together, and their personalities make for a good story. The pacing is quick, and I find it to be a really easy and enjoyable read. There is a predictable element, and it follows a similar structure of many detective police procedurals, but sometimes that's exactly what I'm looking for in a read. I think reading this series in order would be helpful to get some necessary context for all the characters state of mind and the interplay between them all. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to provide my honest review.

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Melinda Leigh has done it again. She has written another engaging crime fiction novel. This is the 8th book in the Bree Taggert series. The series keeps getting better with each release. In this book, Sheriff Taggert investigates the serial murders of young women after discovering three bodies in the woods. She struggles to balance family and work responsibilities as she hunts for a killer.

Leigh’s mystery/thrillers are always enjoyable to read. Her characters are well-developed and very likable. Watching relationships evolve throughout the series is satisfying. Bree is a strong main character to whom it is easy to relate and empathize. The plot is paced well and builds suspense and tension effectively while exploring topics such as domestic violence and family dynamics.

I highly recommend this series to fans of crime fiction, specifically with female protagonists. I look forward to more by Melinda Leigh.

Thank you to NetGalley and Montlake for providing me an advance reader copy of this book.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Ruthie – ☆☆☆☆☆
This is the eighth book in this series, and I have enjoyed them all. Bree is such an amazing survivor of her past and such an inspiration in her determination to right wrongs for her new family as well as for the community she lives in. Matt, her partner both in life and investigations, is once again also a key figure. I love that he respects her and her decisions.

Rain, dullness, and the sadness of a town in the grips of a serial killer do not put out the light that is provided by the ever vigilant and successful Sheriff Bree Taggert. Her newly made team of work colleagues is determined to ensure that life can be lived safely under their watch. It is very clever how the author continues to use the crimes of the past to lead to the troubles of today. Her newly made family draws closer as they face danger, and Matt's parents step up and again show Bree how it is okay to rely on and trust in others.

If you enjoy clever plotting, interesting individuals, and plenty of tension, then this book will give you a great read. If you are also invested in Bree and Matt and their family, then you will have plenty of heartwarming moments, as things get serious. I am already looking forward to the next installment!

Avid Reader – ☆☆☆☆☆
M/F Thriller
Triggers: Kidnapping and murder.

Bree is at it again. With women disappearing around them, it's up to Bree, her family, and her town to find those responsible.

This book contains family life, twists and turns you'll never see coming, and suspense that keeps you wanting to turn the pages.

I love this series and can't wait for more. The characters are complex without being overdone and the story is catching and engaging.

I really enjoy Leigh's ability to write twisted characters right alongside compassionate ones. It's a gift Leigh has, and you won't be disappointed!

Mary Jo – ☆☆☆☆☆
This is one series that I can't put down. I re-read the entire series before I started this book and fell in love with characters all over again.

Sheriff Bree Taggert didn't ask to be sheriff, thankless job that it is, however, she knows staying in town and helping to raise her sister's children is the best thing for her family. Mending fences, strengthening bonds, and falling in love makes Grey's Hollow more like home than it ever had been.

Since becoming sheriff, Bree and her boyfriend/investigator, Matt Flynn, have seen way more active investigations than she thought possible in this small town in New York. And today brings one more investigation that seemingly puts her and her family in a killer's path once again.

Determined to find those who have been murdering women, Bree and Matt start following the leads that seems to lead back to her family’s old home. When a body is found there, Bree can't help but wonder what exactly happened the night her father died.

Bree's determined to face the past and the truths it held in secret for so long. Will the past continue to haunt the future or will the serial killer succeed in stopping Bree's investigation for good?

Only time will tell...

Veronica – ☆☆☆☆
From the moment three bodies were discovered by hikers in the woods, I was hooked. The story is perfectly paced, and I enthusiastically followed along as Bree and Matt investigated, eager for the next clue. The author did a great job of keeping me in the moment and stopping my mind from running ahead to solve the mystery. This meant I thoroughly enjoyed the twists and turns as they happened.

Among the action and the mystery we get glimpses of Bree and Matt’s romance and their home life as Bree raises her sister’s children. I really enjoyed this small amount of happiness in the middle of a frantic and dangerous murder investigation.

ON HER WATCH was an engaging mystery with a heart stopping climax. This is the eighth book in the Bree Taggert series, and I haven’t read all eight books, but you won’t need to have to enjoy this latest addition to the series. If you are a fan of romantic suspense, I’d definitely recommend ON HER WATCH and the whole series.

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Book Review: On Her Watch, Bree Taggert #8 by Melinda Leigh
Published by Montlake, May 14, 2024

★★★★☆ (4.25 Stars!)

I was first introduced to "Sheriff Bree Taggert" when author Melinda Leigh's novella, "Her Second Death" (2021), was featured in an "Amazon Original Stories" collection, alongside "single sitting" contributions from thriller giants Dean Koontz, N. K. Jemisin and Alice Hoffman. "Bree Taggert" was then presented in her prior job as a homicide detective with the Philly PD, in a city where her best male friend was a tabby cat.

A compelling character.
Leigh's upstate New York Sheriff Bree Taggert brand is that of a strong female in a position of authority, tough, no nonsense, in an even keeled sort of way, with oodles of compassion and realism. She's no "Lara Croft, Tomb Raider" action hero, but rather a prescient, sensible woman who acknowledges her natural limitations. Her home is a place of refuge for the orphaned children of her tragically deceased sister, along with their many rescue pets, with her sense of empathy heightened perhaps by her own desire to save herself from her own traumatizing childhood....

// "On Her Watch", Bree Taggert #8 by Melinda Leigh (2024) //

Randolph County (fictional),
Upstate New York

County Sheriff Bree Taggert, a former Philadelphia homicide detective, finds her quiet rural bailiwick rendered into the dumping grounds of a possible serial killer(s) as the bodies of brutally slain young women are found strewn randomly.

Tensions rise as the sheriff and her team feverishly scour for clues through twists and turns, even as the normally open community find themselves keeping children indoors at dusk, turning deadbolts on doors, latching windows and securing gates, and peering at anyone within the setback of the abode with suspicion.

It becomes especially personal and harrowing for the sheriff and her household when, on that quiet morning, a cadaver strung on an overhanging tree limb falls out of the sky and smashes in the sheriff's face, onto hood of her car and as she rolls her it out of the garage.

And yet, it is this very event, along with the sheer brutality of all those senseless slayings which task readers to somewhat suspend disbelief as the thriller culminates in its final reveal and ensuing less than impressive offering of motive, means and opportunity.

Nonetheless, any weakness in the story is entirely redeemed by the author's fine writing and further development of depth and breadth of her compelling protagonist, as the series glides along.

Review based on an advanced reading copy courtesy of Montlake, Amazon Publishing and NetGalley.

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Thank you Net Galley, for this advanced reader copy of On Her Watch by Melinda Leigh!
The Bree Taggert series by Melinda Leigh has been one of my favorites since I read book 1! I was beyond excited that I was approved for an ARC, and boy oh boy this one was GOOD!
I could not put it down! This is definitely my favorite in the series so far! I only reluctantly put it down to sleep and drive.
If you haven’t read this series yet, DO IT! They are all action packed with some romance and puzzles/crimes that need solving!
This one definitely had me guessing till the answers were right in front of my face 😝

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A new book in the Bree Taggert series brings you a solid mystery and suspense. It reads well as a standalone but highly recommended the whole series.

The whole department is stretched thin due to flu season and two hikers finding a body couldn’t have happened at a worse time. Problem is that wasn’t the only one, two others are found close by. All died at different times so trying to identify them is important to build some leads.

When a DV victim goes missing, and the friend of one of the victims is missing leaving blood and signs of a struggle the case gets intense.

This took a turn I wasn’t expecting, and some of the puzzle pieces came together at the end perfectly. I love seeing the personal side of her life behind the cases. We get to see some side characters and even a cameo by Morgan Dane from her other series.

I’ll pretty much read anything Melinda Leigh writes but this was a great read! Coming out May 14th.

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This is a great addition to the Bree Taggert series. It could be read as a stand alone but I highly recommend all the books in the series. Full of suspense, with great characters. A mystery that will keep you guessing. This book has it all. Thank you to network galley for an advanced readers copy.

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