• Buried Bones

  • Widow's Island Novella, Book 7
  • By: Melinda Leigh
  • Narrated by: Jane Oppenheimer
  • Length: 2 hrs and 55 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (452 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A college student’s murder shines light on community secrets left in the dark in the seventh Widow’s Island novella by #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author Melinda Leigh.

All communities have their secrets...but on Widow’s Island, there’s a skeleton in every closet, as Deputy Tessa Black knows all too well. When Tessa stumbles upon a half-buried body in the woods, a peaceful morning hike suddenly turns into a race to catch a killer.

Tessa identifies the skeletal corpse as Aurora Franklin, a young college student and aspiring actor. She’d come to Widow’s Island for a summer job, only to be strangled and discarded. Aurora has been dead for over a month - and not a single islander has reported her missing.

The investigation reveals a dangerous predator hiding in the Widow’s Island community. With her fiancé, park ranger Logan Wilde, by her side, Tessa must find Aurora’s murderer before they strike again.

©2021 Melinda Leigh (P)2021 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Enjoyed it

A must read! Exciting and interesting! The narration was superb and articulate. Loved it so much.

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Great Quickie

Solid writing and excellent narration combine in this short novella, part of the longer Widow's Island series. If you're the type of listener that has a hard time committing to longer books, this series is a great way to go.

Personally, I rarely like novellas because the character development usually suffers. But that's not the case with this series, as the author is excellent at building these personalities that reappear in each episode. I've enjoyed every story in this series and love the fact that they are easy listens and still great stories.

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Another great book

I loved this story. It was a wonderful addition to this series. wonderful characters and the narration was perfect. I recommend this book.

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Narrator below grade

I enjoyed the story, however the narrator in her whisper voice was sometimes laughable. yelling Stop Police in her whisper like voice made me pause.

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My favorite of the series!

Audiobook: Narrator - Jane Oppenheimer

I loved this narration! Ms. Oppenheimer’s voice and performance was exactly what I like in the narration. She gave the perfect enunciation to each character’s voice as well as their responses. This lacked the irritating overacting that the previous narrator was prone to give. I am thrilled at this change!!


I really enjoyed this addition to the series. The mystery definitely pulled me in and while I suspected who the killer was, I loved the pathway that led to them. I also liked that Tessa’s sister had a larger part in the story, although I was expecting much more from her behavior than what I received. Logan continues to prove what a great hero he is and I definitely need a Logan of my own.

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Another great case

I really enjoyed this one. We get to see things progress with Logan and Tessa as they are solving another case and figuring things out. I love the interaction with the other characters and still getting to see Cate and Henry as a good part of the story. There were definitely some twists as these two tried to find the connections of what happened in their case. I really enjoyed it and am excited for more in this series. Each case is interesting and exciting.

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book 7 didn't disappoint

Since I've been listening to these books I seem to get through them a little quicker. I enjoyed this one because I was actually surprised in a couple instances this time around. In some of the previous books I've figured things out before the story gets there. I do notice that the author has a a tenancy to repeat words which is just an irritation for me. my thought is whoever is proofreading needs to do a better job. I've gotten use to the repations in explaining certain parts of the book to bring people up to date on relationships and character backstories. all in all I enjoy this series and will continue reading. I am looking forward to the next big events in the 8th installment. wondering what new drama will unfold.

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GREAT, BUT JUST ONCE

(SPOILER) Great story but I would like, just once, for the inevitable woman that is grabbed by the villain in his bid to escape, to beat the holy hell out of him.

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Great series..

I'm a big fan of Melinda Leigh books and novellas but unfortunately I listened to the first 2 of this series and could listen to no more because the narrator was so bad. Whether it was a man or woman talking they all sounded alike, just like a woman. UGH! But the last of the novellas the narrator was changed and she was much better. I could concentrate on what was going on with the murder of Aurora instead of listening to Logan sounding just like Tessa.

No romance and the F-bomb was used 6 times.

As for the narration: Jane Oppenheimer was a much better narrator than the last one.

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This is a “read by” NOT “performed by”

I have heard other things by Melinda Leigh and loved them, but I couldn’t get past the first few chapters. I don’t think it was the story, I think it was the reader. She didn’t seem to understand her roles. Little voice variance between characters, emotional scenes lacked depth.