Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Killer Deadline: A Nikki Bryant Cozy Mystery by Lauren Carr (Review & Giveaway!)

Lauren Carr's latest release Killer Deadline is the first book in her newest series!

Book Details:

Book Title: Killer Deadline (A Nikki Bryant Cozy Mystery) by Lauren Carr
Category: Adult Fiction, 232 pages
Genre: Mystery/Cozy Mystery
Publisher: Acorn Book Services
Release date: April 23, 2020
Tour dates: April 20 to May 22, 2020
Content Rating: G. This is a true cozy mystery. No sex. No on-stage violence. No swearing. Just good clean fun!

Book Description:

Folks in Pine Grove, Pennsylvania, claim that where Nikki Bryant goes, trouble is not far behind. Her refusal to back down from a challenge has made Nikki Bryant a top investigative journalist.

When an online friend nudges her to join him in a pact to reconnect with their first loves, Nikki and her boxer dog Elmo leave the bright lights of Las Vegas for the charming town of Pine Grove. There, she must face the biggest challenges in her career and life—the first love she had left behind and her father’s unsolved murder.

But before she has time to unpack her car, Nikki stumbles upon the dead body of local news anchor, Ashleigh Addison, her childhood rival. Could Ashleigh’s death be connected to an explosive news story that she had teased about airing live? Did that explosive story have anything to do with the murder of Nikki’s father?

With the clues in her father’s cold case hot again, Nikki intends to chase down the story of her life until she catches his killer—no matter what it takes.

My Review:
Reviewed by Laura Fabiani

Lauren Carr's latest release Killer Deadline is the first book in her newest series, which ventures into the cozy mystery genre versus the usual suspenseful crime fiction novels she writes. Having read most of the books in her other series, I was looking forward to getting to know a new cast of characters.

Nikki Bryant is a 35-year-old well-known investigative journalist who is still pining for Ryan, an old flame who she hasn't kept in touch with for 15 years even though his father is married to her mother. I know, it's weird. When her mother retires, Nikki decides to take over the family-owned TV station and moves from Las Vegas back to her small hometown.

Like all of Carr's mysteries, this one had me curious and looking for every clue, the whodunit part truly intriguing, keeping me guessing. There was plenty of humor and not only by the furry friends but also in the way the whole plot was written. The animal characters stole the show in this novel. Elmo, Nikki's smart boxer dog, and the evil stepsisters, Lucy and Ethel which were two skinny cats, forever hissing at Elmo.

The only thing that was not as satisfying this time were the main characters. I didn't feel like I knew Nikki or Ryan all that much. I had so many questions about them. Being the first book in the series, I was expecting a great introduction to the main characters, but they seemed somewhat superficial, not as fleshed out as they could have been.

If you're looking for a quick read and you love cozy mysteries, this one is fun.

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Meet the Author:

Lauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Mac Faraday, Lovers in Crime, Chris Matheson Cold Case, and Thorny Rose Mysteries—over twenty-five titles across three fast-paced mystery series filled with twists and turns!

Killer Deadline marks Lauren's first venture into mystery's purely cozy sub-genre with a female protagonist.

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.

​A popular speaker, Lauren is also the owner of Acorn Book Service, the umbrella under which falls iRead Book Tours. She lives with her husband and two spoiled rotten German Shepherds on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.

Connect with the author: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Instagram ~ Pinterest

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  1. i love her books and seeing this was a true cozy, I got what i expected and loved it. that cover is soooo much fun
    sherry @ fundinmental

    1. I love this cover too. And she is one of my favorite authors, but I think cozies are not my favorite genres.

  2. Killer Deadline sounds like a fun cozy and I like the cover.


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