Cross Her Heart by Melinda Leigh

I’m so excited to be on tour today with Amazon Publishing and Over the River Public Relations for Melinda Leigh’s newest book (and series!), Cross Her Heart!

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If you’ve read a book, and lived on this planet, I’m pretty sure you’ve heard of bestselling author Melinda Leigh – who has, to date, sold over 8.5 million books!

Cross Her Heart is book 1 of 4 in the new Bree Taggert series and if you’re looking for something that has you on the edge of your seat – look no further.

“A gripping thriller, Cross Her Heart is fast paced and riveting, with the complex and compelling lead homicide detective, Bree Taggert. The first in a destined to be a hit series.” —Karin Slaughter, international bestselling author

It’s been 25 years since Philly homicide detective Bree Taggert’s father murdered his mother and then killed himself. So when her sister Erin is murdered, in a situation very similar, it dredges up memories of that fateful night she’s worked so hard to forget. Although there is one difference. The prime suspect, Erin’s estranged husband Justin, is missing.

She teams up with Justin’s old friend, a former K9 cop, and vows to avenge her sister’s death. As they struggle to find evidence and protect Erin’s children left behind, she is determined to get her family through this violent crime, once again, despite the looming danger that may prove to be too much for her to handle.

This was definitely one of those books that had me suspecting everyone and everything early on and I really enjoyed the mystery. It started with such a great foundation, and dramatic scene, that it set the tone throughout the book which was has you guessing the connection and was a fresh and unique plot point. I loved watching each clue unfold and enjoyed the supporting characters like Bree’s partner Dana and brother Adam, as well as Erin’s kids.

Although it’s marketed as a romantic suspense, it felt very light on romance and heavy on suspense. Which I personally favor and was just fine with!

Bree was a real and relatable character (aside from all that murder business!) and I’m really looking forward to what the future holds for her in the rest of the series!

“Masterful! Melinda Leigh knows just how to blend poignant family drama with edge-of-your-seat suspense. As the heroine of this thrilling new series, Bree Taggert will capture your heart.” —Laura Griffin, New York Times bestselling author

FC43F9C5-46C9-416B-8BF6-0011634143F3Thank you Montlake (Amazon Publishing) and Over The River Public Relations for the gifted book to read and review!

And it’s available now! You can get it here!


  • Series: Bree Taggert (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 319 pages
  • Publisher: Montlake (March 17, 2020)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1542006945
  • ISBN-13: 978-1542006941


About the Book:

CoverAccording to USA Today, Melinda Leigh “masters every aspect of a thriller, and with every book sets the crime fiction bar higher.”  Readers will agree, as her books have reached over 8 million of them!CROSS HER HEART is the latest page-turner from this masterful mystery writer.  “I carried Bree Taggert’s character in my head for over two years before I could begin her series,” Leigh explains. “I set out to create a strong character.  It wasn’t enough that she responded with intelligence and resiliency—she needed compassion as well. A tragic backstory makes Bree driven to help others who have also suffered. To her, every case feels personal. But the last thing she expects is having to solve her own sister’s murder.  I’m so excited to finally share CROSS HER HEART with readers.”

For more than twenty-five years, Philadelphia homicide detective Bree Taggert has tucked away the nightmarish childhood memories of her parents’ murder-suicide…Until her younger sister, Erin, is killed in a crime that echoes that tragic night: innocent witnesses and a stormy marriage that ended in gunfire. There’s just one chilling difference. Erin’s husband, Justin, has vanished. Bree knows how explosive the line between love and hate can be, yet the evidence against her troubled brother-in-law isn’t adding up. Teaming up with Justin’s old friend, former sheriff’s investigator and K-9 handler Matt Flynn, Bree vows to uncover the secrets of her sister’s life and death, as she promised Erin’s children. But as her investigation unfolds, the danger hits close to home. Once again, Bree’s family is caught in a death grip. And this time, it could be fatal for her.

About the Author:

Melinda Leigh Photo#1 Amazon Charts and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author Melinda Leigh is a fully recovered banker. After joining Romance Writers of America, she decided writing was more fun than analyzing financial statements. Melinda’s debut novel, She Can Run, was nominated for Best First Novel by the International Thriller Writers. She’s also garnered Golden Leaf and Silver Falchion Awards, along with two nominations for a RITA and three Daphne du Maurier Awards.

Her other novels include She Can Tell, She Can Scream, She Can Hide, She Can Kill, Midnight Exposure, Midnight Sacrifice, Midnight Betrayal, Midnight Obsession, Hour of Need, Minutes to Kill, Seconds to Live, Say You’re Sorry, Her Last Goodbye, Bones Don’t Lie, What I’ve Done, Secrets Never Die and Save Your Breath. She holds a second-degree black belt in Kenpo karate, has taught women’s self defense, and lives in a messy house with her family and a small herd of rescue pets. For more information, visit



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