• Her Second Death

  • A Short Story (Bree Taggert)
  • By: Melinda Leigh
  • Narrated by: Christina Traister
  • Length: 1 hr and 12 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (653 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In this short-story prequel to the Bree Taggert series by #1 Amazon Charts and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author Melinda Leigh, a murder investigation yields parallels to the Philly detective’s own frightening past.

When a man is shot in the head, Bree Taggert and her new partner, veteran detective Dana Romano, respond to the call. They break the news to the victim’s ex-wife and learn the estranged couple’s five-year-old daughter was supposed to have been with him. What starts as a murder investigation quickly morphs into a desperate search for a missing child. The case stirs memories of Bree’s own traumatizing childhood. To find the little girl, Bree will have to relive her own terrifying past.

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

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Unbelievable main character

The reader did an excellent job. The story was weak and annoying. A detective who is so busy reliving childhood memories rather than focusing on the current trauma of a missing child makes a very unlikeable character. And frankly the constant flashbacks detracted from the story rather than adding to it.

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I just don’t like the narrator… too clipped in her performance. It takes away from the story…

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Great intro to Bree and series!

This was a great short little story. It goes through the case very well and is a great intro to Bree Taggert and her partner for the series. I really enjoyed it and thought it was well done.

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Short fast read

This Amazon Original was a fast audible listen. Most notably, the short story uses a nonverbal autistic child in a respectful manner. I appreciated the clarification, nonverbal does not mean unintelligent. The author also points out deliberately, the need for this child and others with the diagnosis to have a schedule. In addition, the story skates around parental screaming matches and the effects on children. Quite frankly, I thought the approach was beautifully done. Many people will be able to relate.

The story centers around a murder and all the usual bookish things necessary to keep us (readers) coming back.

I enjoyed the narrator.

There was swearing, minimally, as if it was a requirement.

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Not worth a point

Simple story with no depth, no real mystery or drama or suspense. Not worth a whole point!

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  • EJ
  • 03-27-22

Quick Read

Great short story prequel to the Bree Taggert series. I can't wait for for the next in the series!

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The beginning of Bree Taggert as a homicide detective

A guy was shot and left hunched over the steering wheel of his car. Detective Bree Taggert is the investigating detective. She’s been a detective two days transferring over from police officer l
This was a typical police procedure story with detectives looking for clues trying to puzzle together the pieces of the crime starting with surveillance cameras and next of kin.
This is a short prequel for the Bree Taggert series. This series is about homicide detectives investigating crime scenes.
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Christina Traister is the sole female performer. I listened using 2X speed on the audible app. This audiobook is an unabridged version that is best explored using the free ebook available to prime members.

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Loved this narration!

Audio book: Christina Traister


This narration was excellent. Ms. Traister managed to bring these characters to life, each in unique ways. It really helped to pull me into the story.


While this is a short novella, it was a nice introduction to the main character. I liked her as well as her partner. The mystery was believable and laid out in a way that kept me guessing as to what exactly had happened. I'm definitely moving on to the next one. 

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Short and tidy

This half book gives a little bit more to Bree's story, who she is and how she functions.

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Not bad

The story line was good and so was the narration. Only thing I could say bad was I wish it was longer.