Close to the Bone

Close to the Bone

FBI Special Agent Cate Wilde is back home on a remote Pacific Northwest island when she gets the call: a teenager’s skeletal remains have been found on a nearby island.Together with Tessa Black, a childhood friend turned local deputy, Cate confronts dreary weather and bleak leads to make sense of the death. The complications pile up as Cate is distracted by the coroner on...

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Title:Close to the Bone
Author:Kendra Elliot
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Close to the Bone Reviews

  • Melanie

    was a fun, quick read with an interesting mystery plotline and I enjoyed it quite a bit.

    FBI Special Agent Cate Wilde is back home on remote Widow’s Island while she recovers from an injury sustained on the job. In the middle of the night she gets a call that bones have been found on a nearby island and with the ferry from the mainland down, Cate is the only agent close enough to work the case. Cate quickly begins to see similarities between this victim and her best friend who h

    was a fun, quick read with an interesting mystery plotline and I enjoyed it quite a bit.

    FBI Special Agent Cate Wilde is back home on remote Widow’s Island while she recovers from an injury sustained on the job. In the middle of the night she gets a call that bones have been found on a nearby island and with the ferry from the mainland down, Cate is the only agent close enough to work the case. Cate quickly begins to see similarities between this victim and her best friend who has been missing for nearly twenty years. As Cate begins working the case, it becomes clear someone will do anything to keep this secret buried.

    Cate was injured three weeks prior to the start of the book and is still recovering when the story starts. Cate does experience some physical difficulties because of her injury and I liked that she wasn’t superwoman who didn’t feel any pain. In addition to Cate working the case there is also Tessa Black, Cate’s childhood friend who became a local deputy. Cate and Tessa are both forced to relive what happened to Samantha due to the similarities to the case they’re working. There’s also the hint of a romance for Cate with the local doctor/coroner, Henry Powers, and I’m excited to see where that goes.

    The investigation into the bones found on Ruby’s Island was an interesting one and I was curious who the culprit behind the death would be. I have to say I was quite surprised by who it was as I had a different suspect in mind. I like that there will be a common thread running through these novellas as Cate and Tessa look into the disappearance of their friend Samantha. I’m quite interested to find out what happened to her as they didn’t go too much into detail in this first novella.

    was a great introduction to the

    series and I’m excited to see where future books take the story.

  • ☕ Kimberly

    I've been enjoying Elliot's FBI series, Mercy Kilpatrick and was curious about her Rogue River series of novellas written with author Melinda Leigh. So when I got the chance to review this new series by them I jumped in. I am so thrilled that I did. Right now there are four books slated; Close to the Bone, A Bone to Pick, Whisper of Bones, and Bred in the Bone. They are all available in KU, Kindle, and it looks like Audible.

    In Close to the Bone, FBI Special Agent Cate Wilde has returned to her c

    I've been enjoying Elliot's FBI series, Mercy Kilpatrick and was curious about her Rogue River series of novellas written with author Melinda Leigh. So when I got the chance to review this new series by them I jumped in. I am so thrilled that I did. Right now there are four books slated; Close to the Bone, A Bone to Pick, Whisper of Bones, and Bred in the Bone. They are all available in KU, Kindle, and it looks like Audible.

    In Close to the Bone, FBI Special Agent Cate Wilde has returned to her childhood home to heal from a gunshot wound. With the ferry put of commission, they call Cate in to be the FBI liaison on a case. The locals have found the skeletal remains of a teenager on a nearby island. The FBI believes it might be the bones of a young girl who went missing two years ago. Cate cannot help but wonder if it might be the bones of her childhood friend who went missing. On the island she meets up with a childhood friend, Tessa Black. Tessa is now a local deputy.

    I love small-town island settings. At the crime scene we meet the local doctor, Dr. Henry Powers. Powers is new to the island and imagine his surprise when he learns he is also the county coroner. I quickly slipped into the story. While this is a novella, it didn’t feel rushed because there are overall series arcs and we get to know key town players. We even get hints at a romance.

    What I appreciated was that they solved the current case. It wrapped up quickly but felt realistic. I loved the stories surrounding the island’s name and the surrounding islands. Cate herself, or her family is part of that history. I loved the setting, but I don’t think I will take my husband there to live anytime soon. You will understand when you read the book.

    A great start to a promising new series, Close to the Bone is the perfect romantic suspense, mystery-thriller to dive into this fall.

  • Carrie

    Close to the Bone by Kendra Elliot is the first book in the new romantic suspense Widow’s Island series. This series is all at novella length and penned by Kendra Elliot along with Melinda Leigh by alternating the books. This pair of authors have teamed up in the past for the romantic suspense Rogue River series of which a couple of the characters have moved over to this series but the books can be read and enjoyed separate from the Rogue River series.

    This first book introduces FBI Special Agent

    Close to the Bone by Kendra Elliot is the first book in the new romantic suspense Widow’s Island series. This series is all at novella length and penned by Kendra Elliot along with Melinda Leigh by alternating the books. This pair of authors have teamed up in the past for the romantic suspense Rogue River series of which a couple of the characters have moved over to this series but the books can be read and enjoyed separate from the Rogue River series.

    This first book introduces FBI Special Agent Cate Wilde who has returned to the island after an injury to rest and recuperate. However Cate gets a call when a skeleton is found nearby and she is the only FBI close enough to cover the case quickly.

    Cate teams up with her old friend now turned local deputy, Tessa Black. Cate and Tessa know that a local girl went missing recently and the remains could belong to her but they also know that twenty years ago a friend of theirs had also gone missing that was never found and this new case may be the break to knowing what happened all those years ago.

    Close to the Bone was a great start to this romantic suspense series that even at the shorter length still contains all the elements of a good mystery to be solved. The characters and plot are fleshed out enough that one doesn’t feel the shorter length as you may with some novellas and gives just enough to get a reader hooked and ready to read the next in the series.

    I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

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  • Anita

    Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) provided by the Author and Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an fair and honest review.

    Book #1 in the Widow's Island Novella Series is a wonderful look at the life of an island off to the Washington State coast. It is also a great little cozy mystery that, while short, packs a lot into its' pages. I loved the previous collaborations of these two authors, Kendra Elliot and Melinda Leigh, and all their standalone, individual books. This short novella has a mystery,

    Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) provided by the Author and Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an fair and honest review.

    Book #1 in the Widow's Island Novella Series is a wonderful look at the life of an island off to the Washington State coast. It is also a great little cozy mystery that, while short, packs a lot into its' pages. I loved the previous collaborations of these two authors, Kendra Elliot and Melinda Leigh, and all their standalone, individual books. This short novella has a mystery, a budding romance and suspense. A lot to pack into a novella.

    FBI Special Agent Cate Wilde has returned home to Widows Island in the Pacific Northwest to recover from a gunshot wound and the PTSD that accompanied the shooting. She has been laying low at her grandmother's home when she is called to investigate human remains found on a nearby private island.

    Nearly twenty years ago Cate's friend, fourteen year-old Samantha Bishop went missing. Two years ago another fourteen year-old, Becca Conan, disappeared without a trace. Could the remains be one of these missing girls? Cate and her best friend, Deputy Tessa Black, must uncover who the remains belong to and, possibly, solve a twenty year old murder. With the help of the new, hot doctor/coroner, Henry Powers, Cate must battle, remote location, weather and her own demons to being justice to one of these girls.

  • Ian

    Kendra Elliot and Melinda Leigh are regular collaborators.

    There must be a dozen books in the

    series. Most of them are around 100 pages so they're a long way from weighty tomes.

    They've put that series to bed and have returned with the

    series. Set on an island loosely based on San Juan and the surrounding islands in Washington State it follows an FBI agent on the island to recover from a gun shot wound and a police officer. While the authors do share characters, Kendra E

    Kendra Elliot and Melinda Leigh are regular collaborators.

    There must be a dozen books in the

    series. Most of them are around 100 pages so they're a long way from weighty tomes.

    They've put that series to bed and have returned with the

    series. Set on an island loosely based on San Juan and the surrounding islands in Washington State it follows an FBI agent on the island to recover from a gun shot wound and a police officer. While the authors do share characters, Kendra Elliot's central character is Cate Wilde, the FBI Agent while Melinda Leigh is writing the story of Sheriffs Deputy Tessa Black.

    It's pretty good.

    Obviously with novellas you're not going to get a lot of plot development. You could read any of these comfortably in a few hours. But the characters and the writing is good and I love the idea. I rarely rate novellas higher than 3 Stars but I really enjoy Kendra Elliot's writing and this is no exception so 4 Stars.

  • Luli

    Este relato corto es el primero de la serie y promete.

    Como siempre, la señora Elliot mezcla de maravilla el suspense y las relaciones personales. En esta ocasión el formato no permite que la trama tenga suficiente complejidad, todo pasa muy rápido y falta desarrollo, aunque es interesante. Existe otra trama paralela que queda sin resolver y que parece que se extenderá a lo largo de la serie.

    El romance se queda en la primera etapa, esa de conocerse y pas

    Este relato corto es el primero de la serie y promete.

    Como siempre, la señora Elliot mezcla de maravilla el suspense y las relaciones personales. En esta ocasión el formato no permite que la trama tenga suficiente complejidad, todo pasa muy rápido y falta desarrollo, aunque es interesante. Existe otra trama paralela que queda sin resolver y que parece que se extenderá a lo largo de la serie.

    El romance se queda en la primera etapa, esa de conocerse y pasar tiempo juntos. Pero seguro que la autora no defraudará. Habrá que seguir la serie para ver cómo se desarrolla.

    This short story is the first in the series and it sounds promising.

    As always, Mrs. Elliot mixes suspense and personal relationships perfectly. This time the format does not allow the plot to have enough complexity, everything happens fast and with little development, although it is interesting. There is another parallel plot that remains unresolved and that, I guess, will develop throughout the series.

    The romance is in its first stage, that of getting to know each other and spending time together. But surely the author will not disappoint. We will have to follow the series to see how it goes.

  • Richard

    I love craft beer and real ale. If is often a real delight to sample a drink that comes about through the combined efforts of two separate breweries.

    Switching to my joy of reading. When I learned that two established and talented writers were working together on a new novella series I wanted to read them early and was grateful to receive advanced reader’s copies of the first two books.

    This is number one with the addition need to set the series and establish a sense of place its inhabitants. I fo

    I love craft beer and real ale. If is often a real delight to sample a drink that comes about through the combined efforts of two separate breweries.

    Switching to my joy of reading. When I learned that two established and talented writers were working together on a new novella series I wanted to read them early and was grateful to receive advanced reader’s copies of the first two books.

    This is number one with the addition need to set the series and establish a sense of place its inhabitants. I found the location extremely interesting and fun. The closed community especially outside of the tourist season was penned with detail and a little mischief.

    The concept of widows and the spirit of feeling you belong was a good aspect of laying down the magic and the mystery of the place.

    The story was carefully revealed with a number of issues unresolved going forward. Already the sense of a closed and potentially isolated community stuck on a Island has been added to the mix.

    I liked the idea of things from the past changing you as a person both for the worse as much as placing new determination in your attitudes and desires.

    The seeds of romance have been sown; future investigations opened up and unused characters introduced.

    In book 2 the other partner in this project takes up the story. I can’t wait to read on and contrast their writing style.

    For now I am hooked and have a greater appreciation for a new author to me. Not sure if I am sold on the use of italics to reveal what some characters are thinking in addition to their spoken words.

    Short enough to finish in one session and a story in its own right but of a high standard that you want to pick up the lives of Widow’s Island again.

    Will be devoured by fans of these fine authors but should also introduce their talents to a new group of readers as well. I for one have been won over.

  • Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)

    Not the best of the co-author novella series, but it’s the starter. There is world building to add in a short book. The wrap up of the mystery happened too fast, and I didn’t feel the explanation was enough though it was. I don’t know. Hard to explain. It felt as though it came out of left field.

    I didn’t really feel the romance connection. Like there wasn’t that spark for the slow burn to come. We were told, but I didn’t feel it.

    I think it was because the author wasn’t given enough word count

    Not the best of the co-author novella series, but it’s the starter. There is world building to add in a short book. The wrap up of the mystery happened too fast, and I didn’t feel the explanation was enough though it was. I don’t know. Hard to explain. It felt as though it came out of left field.

    I didn’t really feel the romance connection. Like there wasn’t that spark for the slow burn to come. We were told, but I didn’t feel it.

    I think it was because the author wasn’t given enough word count to accomplish this. Another chapter or two and maybe this could have been really good.

  • Jennifer

    This wasn't Kendra Elliot's best novella, but it wasn't bad either. There was decent character and setting development and I'm interested in reading more about this place. The romance was barely there, and that's ok, too, since I know there are future installments to enjoy. Overall, a decent beginning to a novella series.

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