Thursday, January 7, 2016

Kill and Run by Lauren Carr

With a great cast of characters that keeps this mystery / suspense novel light and fun, Kill and Run is a great first instalment to Lauren Carr's newest series A Thorny Rose Mystery.

Kill and Run: A Thorny Rose Mystery by Lauren Carr
Acorn Book Services
ISBN: 978-0692477151
Published Sept 2015
Trade Paperback, 350 pages
Content rating: PG for crime violence (shooting and knife stabbing) and some sex scenes

Book Description:

Five women with seemingly nothing in common are found brutally murdered in a townhome outside Washington, DC. Among the many questions surrounding the massacre is what had brought these apparent strangers together only to be killed.

Taking on his first official murder case, Lieutenant Murphy Thornton, USN, believes that if he can uncover the thread connecting the victims, then he can find their murderer.

The case takes an unexpected turn when Murphy discovers that one of the victims has a connection to his stepmother, Homicide Detective Cameron Gates. One wintry night, over a dozen years before, her first husband, a Pennsylvania State trooper, had been run down while working a night shift on the turnpike.

In this first installment of the Thorny Rose Mysteries, the Lovers in Crime join newlyweds Lieutenant Murphy Thornton and Jessica Faraday to sift through a web of lies and cover-ups. Together, can the detectives of the Thorny Rose uncover the truth without falling victim to a cunning killer?

My Review:
Reviewed by Laura Fabiani

The first book I read by Lauren Carr was Three Days to Forever which I enjoyed very much. Two of the characters from this book, Murphy Thornton and Jessica Faraday, become newlyweds and form the main characters in Kill and Run. I enjoyed this book even more than the first one I read, probably because Murphy and Jessica were further developed and we get to know them more intimately. We get to see their insecurities and how they deal with their new lives as a married couple.

Although Carr includes her signature heroic crime action scenes with both her human and animal characters--who I must say were a riot!--she involves many family scenes that endear us to the characters. Family loyalty is important to the main characters as is their duty to their work and country.

The plot line is well-executed and although as readers we think we have it all solved there is much more to the puzzle than meets the eye. I liked this. Carr knows how to keep a reader involved. She shows both the good and bad side of the government and its military. She manages to develop a great storyline that's easy to follow with alternately suspenseful and humorous moments. Best of all, she includes characters from her other series with some of their past history to tie in with this new story.

With a great cast of characters that keeps this mystery / suspense novel light and fun, Kill and Run is a great first instalment to Lauren Carr's newest Thorny Rose Mystery series. I truly look forward to the next book in this series.

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About the Author:

Lauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Mac Faraday Mysteries, which takes place in Deep Creek Lake, Maryland. Open Season for Murder is the tenth installment in the Mac Faraday Mystery series.

In addition to her series set on Deep Creek Lake, Lauren Carr has also written the Lovers in Crime Mysteries, which features prosecutor Joshua Thornton with homicide detective Cameron Gates, who were introduced in Shades of Murder, the third book in the Mac Faraday Mysteries. They also make an appearance in The Lady Who Cried Murder.

Three Days to Forever introduced Lauren Carr’s latest series detectives, Murphy Thornton and Jessica Faraday in the Thorny Rose Mysteries. Look for Kill and Run, the first installment in this series, to be released September 1, 2015.

The owner of Acorn Book Services, Lauren is also a publishing manager, consultant, editor, cover and layout designer, and marketing agent for independent authors. Visit Acorn Book Services’ website for more information.

Lauren is a popular speaker who has made appearances at schools, youth groups, and on author panels at conventions. She also passes on what she has learned in her years of writing and publishing by conducting workshops and teaching in community education classes.

She lives with her husband, son, and three dogs on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.

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  1. Thank you so much, Laura! So glad you enjoyed this first installment of the Thorny Rose Mysteries. Next installment in this series will be A FINE YEAR FOR MURDER in September! See you next month for the CANCELLED VOWS tour!

    1. I can't wait to see what else awaits Jessica and Murphy! Thanks for stopping by, Lauren.


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