Thursday, June 15, 2017

Dead on Ice by Lauren Carr (Review and Giveaway!)

Lauren Carr's Audiobook-a-palooza Blog Tour is still on! To celebrate the release of Lauren Carr's mysteries in audiobook format, we have 14 books from her three series on tour. Today, I am posting my review of Dead on Ice, her first book in the Lovers in Crime series. See why I liked it so much and don't forget to enter the giveaway to win $100 Amazon gift card!

Book Details:

Title: Dead on Ice: A Lovers in Crime Mystery
Written by: Lauren Carr
Narrated by: Mike Alger
Length: 6 hrs and 9 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release Date:11-23-16
Publisher: Acorn Book Services
Content Rating: PG-13 (for murder scenes, some sexual content, not explicit, some profanity but no f-words)

Book Description:

Spunky Cameron Gates is tasked with solving the murder of Cherry Pickens, a legendary star of pornographic films, whose body turns up in an abandoned freezer. The case has a personal connection to her lover, Joshua Thornton, because the freezer was located in his cousin's basement. It doesn't take long for their investigation to reveal that the risqué star's roots were buried in their rural Ohio Valley community, something that Cherry had kept off her show business bio. She should have kept her hometown off her road map, too - because when this starlet came running home from the mob, it proved to be a fatal homecoming.

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My Review:
Reviewed by Laura Fabiani

Once again, I enjoyed reading a good mystery from Lauren Carr. I had already encountered the main characters Joshua Thornton and Cameron Gates in one of the Mac Faraday series, so I was happy to read the first book in the Lovers in Crime series that focused on the two of them.

Lauren Carr has the ability to quickly create drama and suspense, and then take you on all sorts of twists and turns, making you suspect almost every one in the cast of characters. The story begins with one old unsolved murder mystery and then escalates into another murder and enough action to keep your head spinning as you try to guess what is really going on. This author sure has the knack for creating a complex plot that comes together nicely at the end.

Lovers Joshua and Cameron are on the same case. They're a great couple and interspersed with the murder mystery is a touch of their romance, some great pet humor in the form of Irving the skunk cat and a colorful cast of shady characters.

I both listened to parts of the audio version of the book and read parts of it on my Kindle. I enjoyed Mike Alger's narration. He was engaging and great for the men's voices but I sometimes could not distinguish the female ones as quickly. My auditory skills are not quite as advanced as my reading, where I can quickly read through a page without missing a beat. Because this was a mystery with many characters, I preferred reading the cast of characters that Lauren Carr includes at the beginning of her books, and the prologue too. I didn't want to miss even one clue! That is what is so much fun about Carr's books. She keeps the reader engaged throughout in trying to catch the killer!

This was a fast read/listen and a good mystery, making me want to read more of Carr's books. They are addictive books and I'm already digging into Real Murder, the second one in the Lovers in Crime series.

To read more reviews of Lauren Carr's audiobooks, please visit her page on iRead Book Tours.

Books I read by Lauren Carr:

Mac Faraday Mystery:
Three Days to Forever
Cancelled Vows
Candidate for Murder

Lovers in Crime:
Dead on Ice
Killer in the Band

Thorny Rose Mystery:
Kill and Run
A Fine Year for Murder

Disclosure: Thanks to the author for sending me this book for review. I was not told how to rate or review this product.

Meet the Author:

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 and three dogs (including the real Gnarly’s klutzy nephew Sterling) on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.

Connect with Lauren: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook

Meet the Narrator:

A broadcast veteran of over 30 years, Mike Alger is best known as the award-winning Chief Meteorologist for KTVN-TV in Reno, NV. He is also a successful author, having penned the Mystery-Thriller novel "Snow Storm," and is the narrator of the audiobook of the same name.

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  1. Thank you so much for the fabulous review for DEAD ON ICE. So glad you enjoyed this first installment in the Lovers in Crime Mystery. Here's wishing each of your followers luck in the giveaway for the $100 Amazon Gift Card!

  2. I've read several books in a couple of her series and I've met these characters before. I need to get this book! Thanks for the wonderful review.

  3. Thank you for the chance !


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