Now that I have been reading a few of Lauren Carr's books, I can tell you for a certainty that they become addictive!
Book Title: Killer in the Band by Lauren Carr
Category: Adult fiction, 430 pages
Publisher: Acorn Book Services
Release date: Oct 3, 2016
Content Rating: PG (Lauren Carr's books are murder mysteries, so there are murders involved. Occasionally, a murder will happen on stage. There is sexual content, but always behind closed doors. Some mild swearing (a hell or a damn few and far between). No F-bombs!
Summer of Love & Murder
Joshua’s eldest son, Joshua “J.J.” Thornton Jr., has graduated at the top of his class from law school and returns home to spend the summer studying for the bar exam. However, to Joshua’s and Cameron’s shock and dismay, J.J. moves into the main house at Russell Ridge Farm, the largest dairy farm in the Ohio Valley, to rekindle a romance with Suellen Russell, a onetime leader of a rock group who’s twice his age. Quickly, they learn that she has been keeping a deep dark secret.
The move brings long-buried tensions between the father and son to the surface. But when a brutal killer strikes, the Lovers in Crime must set all differences aside to solve the crime before J.J. ends up in the cross hairs of a murderer.
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Now that I have been reading a few of Lauren Carr's books, I can tell you for a certainty that they become addictive! I've read 3 books in her Mac Faraday Mystery series (Three Days to Forever, Cancelled Vows, Candidate for Murder) 1 book from her Thorny Rose Mysteries (Kill and Run) and now 1 book from Lovers in Crime Mysteries. And I'm anxiously waiting to read her next release in January A Fine Year for Murder in her Thorny Rose Mystery series.
As in all her books, Lauren Carr has succeeded once again in creating a murder mystery with twists and turns, a great cast of unique characters and plenty of personal issues that keep the story interesting. In Killer in the Band, Joshua Thorton's son J.J. has graduated from law school and returns home, only to leave a few days later to live with his much older twice-his-age girlfriend Suellen, who is the owner of the largest dairy farm in the Ohio Valley. She was also once a leader in a rock group. Several murders are connected with people Suellen once knew and the novel takes the reader on a spin as one tries to figure out how the events are all connected.
All of this happens simultaneously as Carr continues to develop an already stellar cast of characters, including adorable tween Izzy, Charley the Rooster and Comanche the wild horse. There are family issues, a good dose of humor, some gothic cult, and a spooky psychiatric hospital. All of this in a fast-paced murder mystery that keeps one guessing. I've worked with seniors who have dementia so being familiar with this illness, I figured a few thing out on my own and can attest that the plot centred on this issue was realistic.
Although this is the third book in this series, and I had not read the first two, I had no problem following all the characters. Carr has a list of them in the front of the book, but they are all so unique and the story flowed well that I never felt lost. Truly, all of Carr's books are stand-alone, but once you start reading a few and become familiar with her lead characters, you're hooked. You've been warned!
Disclosure: Thanks to the author for sending me this book for review. I was not told how to rate or review this product.
Lauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Mac Faraday, Lovers in Crime, and Thorny Rose Mysteries—over twenty titles across three fast-paced mystery series filled with twists and turns!
Book reviewers and readers alike rave about how Lauren Carr’s seamlessly crosses genres to include mystery, suspense, romance, and humor.
Lauren is a popular speaker who has made appearances at schools, youth groups, and on author panels at conventions. She lives with her husband, son, and four dogs (including the real Gnarly) on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.
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