Murder by Perfection is the third book in the Thorny Rose Mysteries and I was very happy to revisit characters that I've fallen in love with.
Book Title: Murder by Perfection by Lauren Carr
Series: Thorny Rose Mystery Series (Volume 3)
Category: Adult fiction, 322 pages
Genre: Murder Mystery
Publisher: Acorn Book Services
Release date: May 31, 2018
Tour dates: Oct 8 to Nov 2, 2018
Content Rating: PG (mild violence and sexual suggestion)
Perfection can be a fatal endeavor.
Frustrated with their busy schedules, Murphy Thornton and Jessica Faraday attempt to find togetherness by scheduling a weekly date night. The last thing Jessica Faraday expected for her date night was to take a couple’s gourmet cooking course at the Stepford Kitchen Studio, owned by Chef Natalie Stepford―the model of perfection in looks, home, and business.
When Natalie ends up dead and Murphy goes missing, the Thorny Rose detectives must peel back the layers of Natalie Stepford’s life to discover that the pursuit of perfection can be deadly.
Murder by Perfection is the third book in the Thorny Rose Mysteries. I have read the first two: Kill and Run and A Fine Year for Murder and was very happy to revisit characters that I've fallen in love with. This book can be read as a stand-alone, but if you want a great intro to newlyweds Jessica and Murphy Thornton, I suggest you read the first book.
Jessica and Murphy have settled into their first year of marriage. Life is very busy with Jessica studying forensics psychiatry in med school and Murphy on occasional assignments with covert military operations. So when Murphy agrees to take a couple's cooking class to get some inside info for a US Navy doctor friend, little does he know that this will start a series of events in which he goes missing and everyone is scrambling to find him before he ends up as another dead body.
Once again, Lauren Carr brings together her great cast of characters on a crazy ride to solve a few murder mysteries with the usual twists and turns that make her books great page-turners. With all the plot threads she introduces into the story, the reader is kept guessing how everything ties together. And the best part is that there are never any loose threads. Lauren Carr brings it all together smoothly (and almost effortlessly) by the end.
As is her trademark, Carr develops her animal characters just as well. The subtle antics of Newman, Murphy's couch potato Basset hound-mix dog, are hilarious. Spencer, the blue merle, is as cute and adorable as ever. And the virtual butler Nigel? Let's just say I wish I had one. Oh, and Carr introduces a whole new meaning to the expression "what not".
This third instalment in the Thorny Rose Mystery series is another fun book for those days when you just want to revisit book friends and be entertained. Each book always makes me look forward to the next story, in whatever series, as I continue to follow the lives of the families of law enforcers and their animal friends.
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Now, Lauren has added one more hit series to her list with the Chris Matheson Cold Case Mysteries. Set in the quaint West Virginia town of Harpers Ferry, Ice introduces Chris Matheson, a retired FBI agent, who joins forces with other law enforcement retirees to heat up those cold cases that keep them up at night.
Book reviewers and readers alike rave about how Lauren Carr’s seamlessly crosses genres to include mystery, suspense, crime fiction, police procedurals, 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 on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.
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