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A Great Procedural Crime Novel | “Right Behind Her” by Melinda Leigh (2021) Book Review | Guest Post

By Poonguzhali A
Special to InReview

Melinda Leigh is a well-known author but I don’t think I have read any of her works previously. And now that I have finally read my first book by her, “Right Behind Her”, I can totally understand why her books are as popular as they are. “Right Behind Her” is the latest in her Bree Taggert series which was published on Sept. 14. This series follows Sheriff Bree Taggert as she wades through all the complications of her life and challenging career. Though I hadn’t read the previous books in the series, the author has written it in such a way that I could follow what’s happened easily, and I was able to get invested in what was going on in this current book.

In this book, Bree has to confront more painful memories of her past and try to keep the balance on her emotions, while she investigates a murder case which seems to have happened many years ago in her old childhood home. Due to some circumstances, bones of people are exposed near the house, and it turns out that they died under suspicious circumstances, spurring a criminal investigation.

All of this causes old memories to resurface, forcing her to look at them in new contexts. And it makes her call into question several members of the community though to be upstanding, which makes the investigation challenging. Despite all these obstacles,  she works diligently in finding the culprit.

I was totally impressed with the way Melinda has narrated the story from Bree Taggert’s perspective; I particularly loved the way she grew her character as new info comes to light in the book. In fact, Bree Taggert has become one of my favorite fictional characters. She is complex, complicated, driven, honest, devoted to her work, and has very realistic flaws. She has a painful past and is still trying her best not to let those past events and her parents’ lives define the kind of person she is now, or interfere with her investigation.

The investigation that’s central to the book came off as realistic and practical, and the narrative was fast-paced and engrossing. Once I got into the story, I just couldn’t put down the book; I just flew through the pages until I reached its conclusion.

Thankfully, the series is not over yet. There are still some questions that need to be answered about the Sheriff’s past and I just can’t wait to read more. In fact, I am definitely going to try to get my hands on the previous novels in the series to know more about Sheriff Bree. I can’t recommend this book enough, especially to people who love to read realistic police-procedural thrillers that feature interesting, likable, complicated characters.

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