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Publisher's Summary

A Wall Street Journal bestseller.

A former FBI special agent must come out of retirement to solve a murder in the fifth novella in the Widow’s Island series from Wall Street Journal bestselling author Kendra Elliot.

Former FBI special agent Cate Wilde is a new bakery and bookstore owner - and retirement is now complete with a doctor boyfriend. Although she struggles with PTSD, the sweet life she’s living is a far cry from the gruesome work she left behind six months ago.

But when skeletal remains turn up on Widow’s Island - and the MO of the killer is too familiar to Cate - the dream comes to an abrupt end. What if the case she solved eight years ago isn’t as closed as she thought? Her hometown needs her, and despite her mental health and her boyfriend’s protests, she has no choice but to return to her dangerous past life.

Soon Cate is in a desperate race to stop a cold-blooded murderer from killing again, once and for all…only this time, she’ll have so much more to lose.

©2020 Oceanfront Press Company. (P)2020 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • Shirley
  • 2022-02-28

What's next for Kate and Tessa?

Enjoyable listen, good story, excellent narration. Good characters. Stayed awake all night to finish. I will listen to more of this authors books.

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  • Kentucky Bohemian
  • 2022-01-20

Better and Better

This great series of novellas just keeps packing a punch. Each book is at least as good as the one before. You certainly can't ask for more than that.

Life on Widow's Island is beginning to find a new "normal" again. Especially for Cate, who has retired from her FBI job and chosen to stay on the island as a bookstore/coffee shop owner. But this island never seems to sleep for long. A skeletonized body found in the island's park has everyone's world tilted a bit, but especially Cate's. Because she's seen this M.O. before. In a New York minute, Cate's new quiet (and pretty boring) life is changed again. She's got things to do and decisions to make.

If you're new to this series, all of these stories can be read as stand-alones. But since they retain many of the same characters and some points of the plot are interwoven from book to book, I recommend starting with book one for best enjoyment.

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  • Books at Tiffany's
  • 2021-11-01

Love Widows Island

These are great short stories by Kendra Elliot & Melinda Leigh! Love them so much. The narrator though, isn’t one of my favorites. They’ve always had great narrators in the past.

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  • Debbie
  • 2021-10-18

Murdered Mothers

The fifth in the series finds Cate Wilde happily running her bakery and bookstore on Widow's Island when a bone is dug up by a local dog. Turning out to be an entire skeleton, having been buried for about five years, Cate's interest in peaked when there are many similarities to an old case she worked with the FBI. However, with the perp in jail at the time, it can't be the same killer. When Cate is asked to assist the FBI in solving the case, she agrees. But is she in for more than she bargained for? This is a great short murder mystery. I enjoy Cate'r relationship with Dr. Henry Powers who runs the medical clinic on Widow's Island and also serves as the coroner. I like that there is little bad language or involved sexual scenes in the books. The murder mystery wasn't solved until near the end, and I hadn't figured it out.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2021-10-12

Below The Bone Widow's Island Book 5

Within the pack a citizen who was walking with his dog found a human bone and he went to see what his dog has uncovered. As Jerry Hooper sew that the bone was human he call the Deputies who came to uncover the bone as they work with their own towns' FBI special agent Cate Wilde together with the only town doctors'. It was discovered that there are other bones and it led to agent Cate been called backed into the case. They had to see the killer that was responsible for the arts. Now in the Island this new bodies has raised more investigator. It led to uncover that new criminal is in the city and among the Island. In the end they discover who was responsible.

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  • S.R.L.
  • 2021-05-08

Entertaining suspense novella, very good narration

I really enjoy these quick novellas that Kendra Elliot and Melinda Leigh write (separately). This is more on Widow's Island with the enjoyable characters, entertaining suspense, and a bit of romance. The narration is very good.

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  • acorley84
  • 2021-04-16

Has Cate found her Niche?

The last book I wrote that I was excited to see what is up next for Cate Wilde. Although this books finds her wavering on if she made the right decision and is she content with her new life? I think by the end she has it figured out!

We pretty much have the same cast of characters that we have come to know and love out of the Widow’s Island crew, with a few former co-workers of Cate joining in!

The story kept you on your toes and kept me on the edge of my seat until the very end!

I love the fact that Christine Williams has narrated every book in this series! I felt like I have come to know her as these characters and she identifies well with them!

The Kendra Elliot/Melinda Leigh team does it again with another excellent novella!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2021-02-20

Short and good

I like these Widows Island short stories. They have mystery, humor and love all in a quick whodunit that gets solved. Fun!

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  • Tina P Kimble
  • 2021-01-19

Great job

Wonderfully written, interesting and the narrator did a great job with this story. I enjoyed the plot and the characters. I would recommend this story.

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  • Pennie Morgan
  • 2021-01-10

Below the Bones

Short and just right amount of suspense for an afternoon listen while crafting. Cate has settled on Widow's Island and runs the Bakery/Bookstore and is as far from the FBI as she can get after leaving since suffering from PTSD. That is until skeletal remains show up and she is drawn into the investigation when all the clues lead to someone she put away years before. Definitely a good addition to this series.