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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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I just can't get enough of the Bree Taggert series, and On Her Watch will whet my reading appetite until the next book comes out. As in all her novels, this one starts with a great hook, then some bodies are discovered, and the suspense never lets up. Bree's cat, Vader has a bit of a fun recurring role in Matt and Bree's homelife, and the dogs and horses make appearances, too.

My favorite part of the Bree Taggert books is the relationship between Bree and Matt. I enjoy seeing their love story develop and evolve, and the role of family in their lives. I especially like that the romance is very closed door, and that they take care to keep things professional when working. Melinda Leigh has allowed their friendships and families to develop into a close-knit and supportive community that works together, and in this book those relationships prove valuable.

I am eagerly anticipating book #9, can't wait to see what happens next. Thank you to Netgalley and Montlake for the digital ARC of On Her Watch by Melinda Leigh. The opinions in this review are my own.

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What a suspenseful read that pushes so many buttons! Relationships, homelessness, strife within the families, emotions, loss and oh the strength, safety net of what a family can provide, be it blood or not. There is a serial killer and half the department is out with the flu. While this is going on Bree is feeling guilty, like most parents, not being there for Luke (her nephew) and Kayla (her niece). Matt (investigator and her significant other) has moved in with them. I love that in the midst of the killing there is still the continuing growth between Bree and Matt and the kids. Not so much growth with Vadar (cat) haha. I cheerfully followed the red herring so I was surprised with the perp. Thank you Montlake and NetGalley for the opportunity to read another Melinda Leigh book! I freely volunteer my thoughts and opinions. #OnHerWatch #BreeTaggert #Montlake #NetGalley

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Several riveting cases for Sheriff Bree Taggert, her department and her significant other, civilian investigator Matt Flynn. She and Matt are living together along with her deceased sister’s children Luke and Kayla. Her sister Erin was murdered and if anyone understands the impacts of such tragedy, it is Bree who was there when her father murdered her mother then took his own life. When hikers find a body in the woods, the investigation will lead them to two other bodies. Do they have a serial killer in the area? Called to the scene of a possible domestic abuse situation, Bree counsels a young mother who believes that she has no other choice, but to remain in the home. When another woman is murdered, a woman very similar to the other women, Bree finally gets a connection to what may be happening and by who. Will she be able to save the latest missing woman before it is too late? Even Bree will not be prepared for the evil that has invaded her town. I received an advance review copy at no cost and without obligation for an honest review. (paytonpuppy)

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Reading Bree’s series is like getting the inside scoop into law enforcement, and a bit like spying on a friend. After eight books Bree and Matt are like old friends. They have that ideal relationship, a true partnership. Personal stuff aside the murder mystery story is full of intricate details and puzzle pieces that somehow fit just perfect at the end. A hidden graveyard, missing women, and tons of rain to make things even more intense. Anyone can read this series from any book, but to truly understand Bree and her small town office it should be read from the beginning. I enjoyed an early copy from NetGalley and wrote my review voluntarily.

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Thank you to #NetGalley, Montlake Publishers, and Melinda Leigh for the opportunity to read an advance copy of On Her Watch, to be published May 14, 2024. This police procedural is a Bree Taggart, Book 8, but it was fine as standalone. A serial killer is discovered when bodies begin showing up in a deserted field. As Bree investigates, she finds more clues and suddenly becomes embroiled in the serial killer’s plans. Really good read as all of Melinda Leigh’s books are. 5/5 Stars. #NetGalley #MontlakePublishers #MelindaLeigh

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I did not know that this book was a book 8 in the series, however i still thoroughly enjoyed it and would go back and read the first 7 books. Sheriff Bree Taggert series By Melinda Leigh. This book starts out when 2 hikers find a dead body in the middle of the woods. Sheriff Taggert and Investigator Flynn begin the long process of finding out who the victims are and what happened to them. The body is well hidden and not visible to the naked eye, it is the killers hunting ground and wasnt meant to be disrupted. However, Taggert and Flynn are working with a lack of staff due to the flu. They must work together to get this crime solved and catch a killer before they strike again. Will they find out who it is and will they do it in time or will the killer strike again before they solve the case.

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On Her Watch
by Melinda Leigh
Pub Date: May 14 2024

"On Her Watch" is a fast paced mystery with lots of action and suspense. With each twist and turn, "On Her Watch" keeps you guessing and wanting more. This is the 8th book in a series but can be read as a standalone book. I've not read the other 7 books but after reading this book I definitely plan on reading them.

Synopsis: Sheriff Bree Taggert becomes a target when she follows the twisting trail of a serial killer in a bone-chilling novel of suspense. A pair of hikers find a tarp-wrapped body in a clearing in the woods. When a search in the surrounding area yields two more, Sheriff Bree Taggert knows they’ve stumbled onto a serial killer’s dumping ground.

Many thanks to #OnHerWatch #NetGalley and #Montlake for providing me with an E-ARC of this book.

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As with the other Bree Taggert novels I've read I liked this one!

Would recommend this if you love a good police procedural and serial killer stories. Not sure if I've read way too many mysteries but I knew who the Big Baddie would be as soon as they were introduced to the storyline. However the red herring was a good one too and had me doubting myself.

This is fast paced and has some tense moments. We have the same crew from previous books. I love these characters and what they bring to the team: Greta, Collins, Juarez, Todd, etc they all bring their own contributions to the force and make the story work so well. AND the kids, Dana, Matt's parents, Cady, also make appearances here :)

The mystery unfolds at a good pace and we go along with Bree and her frustrations at not getting answers faster. I do love a good police procedural so this series is a winner for me.

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On Her Watch is book 8 in the Sheriff Bree Taggert series by Melinda Leigh. The book starts out with 2 hikers finding a dead body in the woods. Sheriff Taggert and Investigator Matt Flynn arrive and have the hikers show them where the body is. The body isn't in a place you'd find it easily as the hikers found it when looking for a place to urinate. The body is in a camouflage wrap and it's been here for awhile. While waiting for the medical examiner to arrive Bree notices something off in the distance. She lets the dog lead her to the spot and it's a piece of camouflage wrap. They've found another body, but this one is in worse shape, and has been here longer. They have found a killer's dumping site. As they let the dog look around they find one more body that was dumped a long time ago. It's just a skeleton now and was the first body dumped.

Bree and Matt don't have their entire team available as the flu is going around their office. They will have to stay most of the night until the medical examiner finishes up and the bodies are removed. Bree and Matt now live together and care for Bree's niece and nephew. Their mother, Bree's sister, died a few years ago and Bree became their guardian. Dana helps a lot as the housekeeper, baby sitter, and cook while Bree and Matt are out working. Dana and Bree were partners back in Philadelphia. Dana was ready to retire and moved with Bree to help out. She also lives at the farmhouse.

As Bree and Matt investigate the murders, more young women go missing. The clock is ticking and they need to find these women before they're killed and dumped. Who would be taking young women and killing them? Why? It seems like the killer's timeline is shortening as he's taking women at a more rapid pace. When things get too dangerous for Bree and her family she has to move the kids. The kids both have the flu and have to be home, so they must find a safe place for them. Bree's fine with threats against her with her job, but she's not taking any chances with the kids. Will Bree's team find the killer before he can dump more bodies? Will Bree and Matt be safe? This is a fantastic entry into the Bree Taggert series and I rate it 5 stars with my highest recommendation. If you've never read a book in the series this could easily be read as a standalone book as Melinda Leigh gives background info for new readers. Don't miss this fantastic book! It's available on May 14, 2024. I'd like to thank NetGalley and Montlake for an advanced copy of On Her Watch in exchange for a fair review. #OnHerWatch

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Love the Bree Taggert series. Plenty of thrills and a quick and easy read. Great characters. Enjoy the style of writing. Plenty to keep you enthralled. Look forward to the next instalment. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for chance to review it.

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Melinda Leigh's On Her Watch is the Eighth installment in the author's Bree Taggert series. Key Characters: Former Philadelphia Homicide Investigator now Sheriff Bree Taggert of Randolph County, and Matt Flynn, former Deputy, and current criminal investigator after he was shot in the hand by friendly fire. Bree and her department have their hands full in this installment. The story starts out with a domestic violence situation which has a tendency to go badly for the police officers who respond. You never know if one of the parties has a weapon or not.

Soon thereafter, Bree and Matt are called to the scene where two hikers have discovered a dead body that appears to be female. When Bree calls in her K-9 team of Deputy Laurie and Grace, as well as the Medical Examiner, they discover two more bodies. The bodies are all females between 16-20 years old. To make matters worse, a ticking time bomb in the form of the flu is not only making its way through Bree's department but her own kids whom she has been taking care of since her own sister was murdered.

With Bree, Matt, and a few others not sick, it is up to them to find out if there is a serial killer loose, and if so, stop the killer before any more innocent women turn up dead, or missing. Unfortunately for Bree, another young woman is dumped literally on top of her vehicle as she is leaving for work. The message is pretty simple. You can't stop me from taking more young women, which is exactly what happens when a girl who was involved in the domestic violence incident ends up being kidnapped right outside of her place of employment.

Personally, Bree questions her role as sheriff, questions her role as a surrogate mother to her niece and nephew, and questions her growing relationship with Matt which has also included his parents, his sister Cady, and now her brother who has chosen to be more present than ever before to ensure the kids are taken care of and loved. Bree's relationship with the Country administrator reminds me of the defund the police radicals who think that social workers make better people to deal with non-violent crimes.

There are times when one has to suspend reality for a moment just to enjoy the story itself. If you were living in the real Randolph County, you would likely pack your bags and leave town quickly. I missed several of the first books in this installment which I hopefully will catch up on one day. The author kindly reminds readers of Bree's tumultuous childhood and the fact that she didn't have the best home until she was 8 years old and tragedy struck. On top of that, while she was a police officer in Philadelphia, her sister was murdered which still lingers to this day. I understand that there is another book scheduled to come out this year which features Bree in a crossover event with another author and her character. I might just check it out.

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Bree and Matt are thrown in to the deep end again when two bodies are found in the woods. When news breaks of the deaths the amount of parents who turn up looking for their missing daughters is frightening. Things become more and more complicated with every twist and turn. It turns out there is a connection between the missing girls. Bree and Matt find themselves struggling with the workload and family life when everyone around them is being brought down by the flu. As usual Bree and Matt work together with the rest of their team and their extended family to find the clues that eventually lead them to a bigger problem than they originally expected. There were plenty of twist and lots of action to keep the story going and the connections between the main characters really brings the story together.

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would like to thank netgalley and the publishers for letting me read this exceptional book

when the first body was discovered by two men off the beaten trail bree was at first concerned but as they were setting up the scene for the rest of the team they found another body in fact they discovered 3 bodies and it was obviously the dump site of a serial killer....

it was a race against time to gather all the evidence they could with the weather so bad....

but bree was also busy with a domestic that could get ugly...

when wasnt bree busy but it didnt help that most of her team were out with the flu that was doing the rounds of the town... so with a depleted force she had to get on with it....

but when the autopsy results came back some shocks were to much to ignore... theres a serial killer in town and he wont stop taunting bree....

what a read... this series just gets better and better .... great to catch up with some of the characters again...cant wait for the next book in this series

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The plot of On Her Watch is original and fast-paced, with lots of action and suspense.
After a couple of hikers stumble across a serial killer's dumping ground, Sheriff Bree Taggert and investigator Matt Flynn struggle to find a link between the victims that will help identify the killer. Not helping is the fact that many of Bree's deputies are out with the flu, leaving the team short-handed. The seemingly endless rain sets a gloomy tone that reflects Bree and Matt's mood, especially after the killer takes another victim. In my opinion, whether you have read every book in the series or this is your first one, the characters will feel familiar and you will be vested in their lives and the story.

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Well done suspense with a good protagonist in Bree. Leigh has fine storytelling chops. Thanks to netgalley for the ARC. A good airplane read.

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The Bree Taggert series continues to be a much loved favorite of mine. Every book has been a pleasure to read. I like police procedurals but the found family, aspects of their personal lives, and some K9 work all really add to the overall read. I did feel Dana was barely there in On Her Watch which felt weird because she lives with them. There was more time with Matt's parents though.

Hikers find some dead bodies in various states off a trail. There's lots to do in figuring out who the young women are. Bree has to deal with devastated parents of missing young women. They all seem to be sixteen to twenty years old. She and Matt are trying to get a handle on who they are, what their connections might be. They are interviewing parents, co-workers and friends when more bodies are found.

They all seem to be petite blonde women. It took a lot to figure out the connections and get a lead on who was killing these women. They called in the FBI but that help never happened. There was a great deal of quality police work and evidence gathering which finally gave them a break. The villain here was truly evil.

I am excited to read the next book in the Bree Taggert series, Track Her Down in January 2025.

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Thank you Netgalley for the ARC of this book. Melinda Leigh never disappoints! What fantastic compelling serial killer storyline. I rooted for these detectives the entire time. The story was fast paced and the characters were well done. Highly recommend

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Ms. Leigh's Morgan Dane series had 6 books in it and I felt like it ended too soon. So the fact that this is #8 makes me worried we are near the end of enjoying Bree, Matt, her sister's kids, his family, Dana, Ladybug, Brody, even Vader, etc. You get the point! I love being able to slip into a comfy situation and still get my mystery fix! So, yes, I did peek! We get at least 2 more books in this series, and a cross over book. Interesting! But, back to this story. Bree and Matt spend more time getting closer to each other. I still wonder how she gets away with Matt basically being a full time employee but not a police officer, but what would the story be without that? I am appreciating that Matt is tempering his macho protective attitude towards Bree. I also love the expansion of characters to include Matt's family and give the kids more room to grow. There was an interesting not-mystery-related twist in the book. I am already wondering how that might play out in future books! I like this world and can't wait to read more in it!

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In the woods of Grey's Hollow, hikers find a gruesome scene, multiple bodies covered in tarps. In addition to tracking a serial killer, Sheriff Bree Taggert and her partner, Matt Flynn, find themselves in the middle of a flu outbreak impacting the entire department. Will Bree and Matt be able to identify the link between the victims before more people die?

This series is always a go-to read for me. These police procedural thrillers always have interesting crimes, plenty of action, and the investigations move at a fast pace. On Her Watch is no exception. Matt and Bree struggle to understand who this killer is targeting as they face escalating threats. There's a lot of mystery and suspense until the seemingly unlinked clues connect for Bree and Matt.

The more I read this series, the more I enjoy the tidbits of Bree and Matt's relationship as well as their home life. It's always incorporated in a way that doesn't take away from the main story while providing a fuller picture of Bree.


I can't wait to see what's next for Bree, Matt, and family!


I received an early copy of this book. This voluntary review reflects my honest opinion.

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