Book Title: A Fine Year for Murder by Lauren Carr
Category: Adult fiction, 430 pages
Publisher: Acorn Book Services
Release date: Jan 31, 2017
Tour dates: Feb 1 to 28
Content Rating: PG -13 (A Fine Year for Murder deals with a case pertaining to the brutal murder of a whole family (happens off-stage). The book does include some mild intimate scenes between the young married couple. Also has some gritty sexual references during the investigation. Mild swearing, but no F-Bombs.)
After months of marital bliss, Jessica Faraday and Murphy Thornton are still discovering and adjusting to their life together. Settled in their new home, everything appears to be perfect … except in the middle of the night when, in darkest shadows of her subconscious, a deep secret from Jessica’s past creeps to the surface to make her strike out at Murphy.
When investigative journalist Dallas Walker tells the couple about her latest case, known as the Pine Bridge Massacre, they realize Jessica may have witnessed the murder of a family living near a winery owned by distant relatives she was visiting and suppressed the memory.
Determined to uncover the truth and find justice for the murder victims, Jessica and Murphy return to the scene of the crime with Dallas Walker, a spunky bull-headed Texan. Can this family reunion bring closure for a community touched by tragedy or will this prickly get-together bring an end to the Thorny Rose couple?
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This is the second book in the Thorny Rose Mysteries. It can be read as a stand-alone, but if you want a great intro to newlyweds Jessica and Murphy Thornton, I strongly suggest you read the first book Kill and Run.
Once again, I thoroughly enjoyed Lauren Carr's latest mystery. She has a way of creating great characters that stand out. We see a vulnerable side to Jessica in this story and how this affects Murphy. I liked that Lauren also showed issues that newlywed couples deal with and weaved this into her story. Lauren Carr's books are never boring, that's for sure. They entertain, give us a good mystery to dig into, keep the reader guessing, give us a few good laughs and make us eager for the next book. Warning: Lauren Carr's series are addictive, so be ready to read more than just one book!
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