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  • 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 (14 ratings)

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Her Second Death

By: Melinda Leigh
Narrated by: Christina Traister
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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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  • Daune Robinson
  • 15-12-21

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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  • janiem
  • 13-12-21

Narrator…

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

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 02-10-22

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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  • Lexee Toste
  • 25-08-22

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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  • Kathy
  • 01-02-23

Very moving and intense.

Wish it were a whole book with those two detectives. I'll definitely look for more.

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  • Darla Pinkerton
  • 22-01-23

Short story

Good narration of a short story. Bree Taggert 0.5, a prequel to the series by Melinda Leigh.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-01-23

Hardly a story at all!

Hardly a story at all! Wish it was more in depth. Love the author though!

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  • eliza
  • 10-01-23

No excitement at all

Easily predictable. Characters were underdeveloped. But how much can you do in a book that’s read in just a little over one hour?

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  • Cathleen Colbert
  • 05-12-22

Poor engineering

The hiss of an open mic interferes with the narration. I wish the engineer would have taken better care with the recording.

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  • Robin Myers
  • 20-10-22

Very short prequel

Detective Bree Taggert is new to the homicide division. She is called out on a homicide, along with her new partner, veteran Detective Dana Romano. A man, identified as James Tyson, was found shot to death in his car. Video from nearby buildings show a figure in a hoodie leaving the area in the early morning. When Bree notifies Tyson's ex-wife of his murder, they learn that his five-year-old autistic daughter was supposed to be with him that night. Now Bree and Dana are desperately searching for a missing child.

This is the prequel to the Bree Taggert series. It's a short story, only 41 pages. As Bree hunts for little Lena, we learn Bree's backstory and her traumatic childhood. I listened to the audiobook narrated by Christine Traister. Very enjoyable.