Say You're Sorry (Morgan Dane #1)by Melinda Leigh Published 16 May 2017
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In a new series from Wall Street Journal bestselling author Melinda Leigh, former prosecutor Morgan Dane faces the most personal—and deadly—case of her lifetime.
After the devastating loss of her husband in Iraq, Morgan Dane returns to Scarlet Falls, seeking the comfort of her hometown. Now, surrounded by family, she’s finally found peace and a promising career opportunity—until her babysitter is killed and her neighbor asks her to defend his son, Nick, who stands accused of the murder.
Tessa was the ultimate girl next door, and the community is outraged by her death. But Morgan has known Nick for years and can’t believe he’s guilty, despite the damning evidence stacked against him. She asks her friend Lance Kruger, an ex-cop turned private eye, for help. Taking on the town, the police, and a zealous DA, Morgan and Lance plunge into the investigation, determined to find the real killer. But as they uncover secrets that rock the community, they become targets for the madman hiding in plain sight.
"Say You're Sorry (Morgan Dane #1)" Reviews
Former Prosecutor Morgan Dane and her three young daughters have returned to her hometown of Scarlet Falls, following the death of her husband while serving our country in Iraq.
Now that she's near family and old friends, and with the promise of working with the District Attorney, she feels she's finally ready to put her grief aside and start her life again.
All goes well until her teenage babysitter is found murdered. The accused is her neighbor's son, Nick, who is just a few years older than the sitter. Nick was a frequent visitor in Morgan's home, entertaining her daughters, playing chess or checkers with her father. Nick's father begs for help for him and Morgan agrees. Deep down, Morgan just cannot accept that Nick could murder anyone.
Her decision turns her neighbors and friends against her and she loses the lucrative job before she even begins putting together a defense for Nick. Needing an investigator, she turns to her friend Lane Kruger, an ex-cop turned private eye. Morgan and Lance are going to have to battle the community, the cops, the DA.
As they systematically interview and question the girl's friends and family, they learn that just about every teenager in town knows something they aren't sharing. Meanwhile more evidence is stacking up against Nick.
Never a dull moment in this book! I really enjoyed how law enforcement worked with a private eye... just a touch of distrust on both sides, especially as the police looked in one direction only and never considered anyone else a suspect. There's an attraction between Morgan and Lance, she's a bit hesitant, he's determined not to scare her away.
There's a little bit of everything here .... a sadistic killer, a young murder victim who argued with her grandparents the very last time they saw her, a young man accused of a brutal crime, who only wants to continue helping his father with a landscaping business, a friend of the victim who seems to be in hiding... but from what?
Many thanks to the author / Montlake Romance / Netgalley for the digital copy of this romantic suspense. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.
Morgan Dane has returned home to Scarlet Falls with her three young girls after the devastating loss of her husband in the military. She's agreed to take a job as a prosecutor following in her family's footsteps of putting away the bad guys until her neighbors son is arrested for murder.
When Tessa was found raped and murdered the whole town wants justice but Morgan just has a gut feeling that there is no way Nick could have committed this crime having known both of them. Morgan decides to help defend Nick and do her own investigating with the help of Lance Kruger, an ex-cop turned private eye, to get her client off and find the real killer.
Say You're Sorry if the first book of the Morgan Dane series by Melinda Leigh. The series is apparently a spin off from another series but I never found myself lost from not having read other books my this author and felt the story was built rather well without having read other background from other series but after this one I may just go back and pick up her other books.
The story is a romantic suspense read that changes the point of view all throughout including some chapters from the prospective of the killer. Morgan however is the main character in the story, a former attorney who became a stay at home mom that is just returning back to work. Along with her former high school boyfriend turned P.I. they tackle the case to find a killer. The romance isn't overly pushed in the story letting a reader get invested more into the thriller side of the book as the investigation goes on.
Overall, I really enjoyed this one from the explosive opening pages until the very end. I did decide to give this 4.5 stars just on one little detail from the end that I won't mention due to spoilers but otherwise a great read.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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I had the extreme privilege of reading an Advanced Release copy of this wonderful new series by one of my favorite authors - Melinda Leigh!
Morgan Dane is a widowed single mom with three young children, who abandons her new job, before it starts, with the Scarlet Falls District Attorney's office, to defend a young neighbor accused of the brutal murder of his girlfriend.
Joining her in her investigation is her friend, ex-cop turned private investigator Lance Kruger.
It was great reconnecting with characters from the Scarlet Falls series (I always secretly wonder what's happening with them when their story ends).
I loved this book, and cannot wait for the 2nd in the series - Her Last Goodbye.
4.5 Stars —I decided to read “Say You’re Sorry”by Melinda Leigh after noticing she had most of the top ranked books in the Kindle Unlimited store. After reading Leigh for the first time, I now understand why she is so popular. The book is written through the eyes of several different characters and Leigh does an excellent job of making you care for the two main characters (the Lawyer—private detective duo, Morgan and Lance). They have a very flirtatious relationship and banter a lot —- reminding me of the old television series “Moonlighting”. The mystery itself is pretty good as Morgan and Lance are retained as Lawyer and investigator for Jacob who is Morgan’s neighbor and chief suspect in a girlfriend’s murder. There are a lot of unexpected twists and turns that make the book hard to put down. The ending was a little too neat and clean for my taste and made me think back to the large number of red herrings that turned out not to have any connection with the murder or murderer that is eventually revealed. But, all in all very entertaining, and I will definitely be reading book #2 in this series to see what happens to these two likable characters
3 Slow Stars
After two years grieving for her husband’s death, Morgan decided it’s time to get back to being her old self. She is a thirty-three-year-old assistant district attorney. Her first case after two years is the murder of her occasional baby sitter (Tessa, eighteen-year-old). For this case she uses Lance’s help. Lance was a former police officer but after a bullet on his leg, he joined to a PI firm. Morgan and Lance knew each other since high school. And They have some feelings toward each other from that time. He works on a case too, a missing girl. They think maybe these two case are connected to each other somehow.
Okay, this story was really, really, really slow. The author didn’t give anything to occupy my mind. I even didn’t bother to think about the cases. I read first 70% and the things that I knew till then was from the first chapters, nothing more! Therefor I started to skim and skip. It didn’t intrigued me, at all. The slowness of it was killing me. So many details that wasn’t necessary to be said.
The story is told in multiple POV, 3rd person. It’s the first installment in "Morgan Dane" series but it can be read as a stand-alone. And I definitely do NOT reading the next book! I really didn’t enjoy it. It fell flat for me but I hope you enjoy it more than me!
I am still relatively new to the thriller genre, I like to dip my toe in every now and then, however, in this book Melinda Leigh has tempted me to belly flop right in. Say You're Sorry captivated me from page one as you witness the murder first hand, after that, it wasn't a want, it was a need; I needed to keep reading and find out the full story.
Morgan Dane is our main character, she's been widowed for two years and has 3 adorable small children, who she parents with the help of her father. Now, she has decided it's time for her to go back to work as a prosecutor. But, just as she's about to start her baby sitter is horrifically murdered and her neighbour is accused of the slaying. Morgan doesn't buy it. So with the help of her private investigator and former high school boyfriend, she decides to take up his defence.
This book is so easy to get into, Morgan is such an identifiable figure, a single mother trying to do the best for her children and now juggling a stressful job. A stressful job where she isn't sure she's doing the right thing. And then there's Lance the PI assisting her with the case and a guy with some pressures of his own. The murder case itself, although interesting to follow, as soon as the murderer popped up I figured it out correctly but that didn't stop me from enjoying the ride to get there.
It was Morgan and her relationship with people, her blossoming romance with Lance, her devotion to her family, her dedication to helping Nick - the young man accused of murder - that kept me glued to the book. I can't wait to read more in this series and I will definitely be looking up some more Melinda Leigh.
*ARC provided by publisher
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