Author Melinda Leigh is a fully recovered banker. A life-long lover of books, she started writing as a way to preserve her sanity while raising her kids. The process was much more fun than analyzing financial statements, and she decided to turn her hobby into a career.

Her debut novel, SHE CAN RUN, was nominated for Best First Novel by the International Thriller Writers. Since then, she has garnered numerous publisher awards, including two Silver Falchions and three Golden Leaf Awards. She is a two-time RITA® Award Finalist and has earned three Daphne du Maurier Award nominations. Melinda’s books have sold over 5.5 million copies.

Book List in Order: 31 titles


  • Sheriff Bree Taggert is blindsided by a killer’s devious plan in number one Amazon Charts and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Melinda Leigh’s novel of escalating shock and suspense.When Sheriff Bree Taggert discovers the body of a ...


  • The mysterious death of a local teen leads to a hunt for a killer in the sixth Widow’s Island novella by #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author Melinda Leigh. On Widow’s Island, the secrets are dark…and everybody has one. So when Deputy T...


  • Sheriff Bree Taggert is both hunter and hunted in #1 Amazon Charts and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Melinda Leigh’s blood-freezing thriller of murder, rage, and revenge. New sheriff Bree Taggert is called to a shooting in a campground ...


  • A homicide detective’s violent family history repeats itself in #1 Amazon Charts and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Melinda Leigh’s novel of murder, secrets, and retribution. For more than twenty-five years, Philadelphia homicide detec...


  • Dark secrets surface in the third Widow’s Island novella by #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author Melinda Leigh. When a body washes up on the state park beach, Deputy Tessa Black’s experience as a former Seattle detective tells her that th...


  • In the sixth thriller in the multimillion-copy bestselling series, Morgan Dane and PI Lance Kruger investigate the mysterious disappearance of a true-crime writer. When true-crime writer Olivia Cruz disappears with no signs of foul play, her new b...


  • The #1 Amazon Charts bestselling series continues as Morgan Dane and PI Lance Kruger fight for the innocence of a young murder suspect -- if only they could find him. When a retired sheriff’s deputy is shot to death in his home, his troubled tee...


  • In this gripping second novella in the Widow’s Island series, bestselling author Melinda Leigh delivers a chilling tale of murder in the Pacific Northwest. Deputy Tessa Black gave up her career as a detective with the Seattle PD and returned to ...






  • Morgan Dane’s new client has blood on her hands -- and no recollection of what happened -- as the #1 Amazon Charts bestselling series continues. Haley Powell wakes up covered in blood, with no memory of the night before. When she sees a man lyin...


  • Shocking evidence hits close to home for attorney Morgan Dane and PI Lance Kruger as Melinda Leigh’s acclaimed series continues. Private investigator Lance Kruger was just a boy when his father vanished twenty-three years ago. Since then he’s ...


  • From Wall Street Journal bestselling author Melinda Leigh comes the first thrilling novella in the Rogue Justice series. When Detective Seth Harding responds to shots being fired, he faces a familiar sight: a double homicide. However, he is shocke...


  • In this Wall Street Journal bestseller, the Morgan Dane series continues as the fearless attorney and her partner, investigator Lance Kruger, take on a disturbing disappearance… Young mother Chelsea Clark leaves the house for a girls’ night ou...


  • 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, s...


  • Louisa Hancock thought she was safe…but there’s a new killer in town. When a mysterious package lands on Louisa Hancock’s doorstep, the Philadelphia museum curator can hardly anticipate the nightmare that’s about to envelop her. The packag...


  • In the second Rogue Vows novella, the town of Solitude, Oregon, will learn that good TV makes for terrible reality. When Chase Ryan, a popular crime TV star, turns up dead, the entire town of Solitude is shaken -- but the show isn’t over yet. Th...


  • Wildlife biologist Mac Barrett avoided his hometown of Scarlet Falls for years -- too many bad memories. But when he receives the news that his father is dying, he rushes home only to discover he’s too late. Shaken, Mac retreats to his remote cabin...


  • Cristan Rojas just wants to raise his daughter in peace. But after twelve years on the run from a South American cartel, he learns that even the quiet little town of Westbury, Pennsylvania, has hidden dangers. Although he can’t shake the feeling he...


  • In the first thrilling Rogue Winter Novella, sleepy little Solitude, Oregon, wakes up to another deadly threat. County investigator Seth Harding intends to spend the holidays with his newly reconciled family, but a few days before Christmas, a hom...


  • After corporate attorney Hannah Barrett tries -- and fails -- to stop a kidnapping in Vegas, she can’t shake the haunting image of the terrified young girl she couldn’t save. She tells herself that a visit to her hometown in Scarlet Falls could b...


  • While fighting in Afghanistan, Major Grant Barrett receives devastating news: his brother and sister-in-law have been murdered in Scarlet Falls, the sleepy suburb of Grant’s youth. Emotionally scarred from war, the career soldier returns home on em...


  • The electrifying conclusion of the romantic suspense novella series from Melinda Leigh and Kendra Elliot.The sleepy town of Solitude, Oregon, has turned into ground zero for a turf war between the manufacturers and distributors of a lethal new drug. ...


  • In Solitude, Oregon, everyone has secrets…and some will kill to keep them.When she believes a teen is falsely accused of drug dealing, social worker Carly Taylor takes on a high-risk case and her estranged husband—the detective in charge of the i...


  • Curator Dr. Louisa Hancock left behind Maine and her troubled past for Philadelphia and a job at a prominent museum. Just when it seems that Louisa’s new life is safe from her dark secrets, the body of a museum intern is found -- the victim of a br...



  • From the moment Officer Ethan Hale pulls Abby Foster from icy waters, he senses there’s more to her than meets the eye. Abby has no memory of the accident that submerged her car in the frozen river. Three years ago, Abby was kidnapped and abandoned...


  • In one moment, high school teacher and single mother Brooke Davenport interrupts a vicious assault, saves a young woman’s life, and attracts the attention of a serial killer. Sixteen years ago, Brooke lost her roommate to a brutal murder. Now sh...


  • One by one, people are mysteriously disappearing from a small Maine town. Four months ago, a ruthless murderer killed two people and kidnapped three more, including Danny Sullivan’s sister, who barely escaped. Unfortunately so did the killer, va...


  • When a terrible accident abruptly ends her riding career, Rachel Parker returns to Pennsylvania to rebuild her family’s horse farm. But her welcome home is anything but warm. Her sister’s abusive husband and a violent vandal threaten Rachel’s n...






  • Point, click, die. When two hikers disappear, their hometown in Maine blames the blinding storms. But the truth is far more sinister. Unaware of the danger, tabloid photographer Jayne Sullivan follows an anonymous tip to find the most reclusive s...


  • Elizabeth was a young widow with two small children when she met Congressman Richard Baker. Handsome and wealthy, with a sparkling public image, Richard seemed like the perfect man to provide the security that Beth and her kids were craving. But when...