Today, as part of a Blog Tour organized by IRead Book Tours, I am pleased to introduce Lauren Carr’s most recent mystery – Kill and Run, A Thorny Rose Mystery.
Synopsis (from Amazon):
Five women with seemingly nothing in common are found brutally murdered in a townhome outside Washington, DC. Among the many questions surrounding the massacre is what had brought these apparent strangers together only to be killed.
Taking on his first official murder case, Lieutenant Murphy Thornton, USN, believes that if he can uncover the thread connecting the victims, then he can find their murderer.
The case takes an unexpected turn when Murphy discovers that one of the victims has a connection to his stepmother, Homicide Detective Cameron Gates. One wintry night, over a dozen years before, her first husband, a Pennsylvania State trooper, had been run down while working a night shift on the turnpike.
In this first installment of the Thorny Rose Mysteries, the Lovers in Crime join newlyweds Lieutenant Murphy Thornton and Jessica Faraday to sift through a web of lies and cover-ups. Together, can the detectives of the Thorny Rose uncover the truth without falling victim to a cunning killer?
Kill and Run is an interesting story that deals with sensitive issues of corruption in the military and in the political system.
At first I found myself a bit overwhelmed with the abundance of characters – Murphy and Jessica and their extended families and pets – and subplots that were introduced in the first part of the book. Although the author lists the cast of characters at the beginning of the book, I prefer to discover and get to know the characters as I read. As I got further into the story, the different personalities emerged and my confusion abated. Both of the female protagonists, Jessica and Cameron, are likeable, strong independent thinkers. Even the pets had distinct quirks. The antics of the four-or-more-legged characters added a great element of comic relief to the story.
The tone of the narrative was for the most part light. The aspects of the story that dealt with Murphy’s investigation into the women’s murder lent the book the feel of a police procedural. At the same time, the Jessica’s efforts to investigate on her own and the closed world of the Officer’s wives’ club reminded me of a cozy mystery.
I think the author did a great job of creating an intricate story and tying multiple subplots together. Overall, it was a very enjoyable read.
As noted above, this is the first book in a new series that includes characters that appeared in another series by this author. That said, it can definitely be read and enjoyed as a standalone novel.
FTC Disclosure: I received an ARC of this book as part of this blog tour. This has not affected the content of my review in any way.
About the Author
Lauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Mac Faraday Mysteries, which takes place in Deep Creek Lake, Maryland. Open Season for Murder is the tenth installment in the Mac Faraday Mystery series.
In addition to her series set on Deep Creek Lake, Lauren Carr has also written the Lovers in Crime Mysteries, which features prosecutor Joshua Thornton with homicide detective Cameron Gates, who were introduced in Shades of Murder, the third book in the Mac Faraday Mysteries. They also make an appearance in The Lady Who Cried Murder.
Three Days to Forever introduced Lauren Carr’s latest series detectives, Murphy Thornton and Jessica Faraday in the Thorny Rose Mysteries. Look for Kill and Run, the first installment in this series, was released September 1, 2015.
The owner of Acorn Book Services, Lauren is also a publishing manager, consultant, editor, cover and layout designer, and marketing agent for independent authors. Visit Acorn Book Services’ website for more information.
Lauren is a popular speaker who has made appearances at schools, youth groups, and on author panels at conventions. She also passes on what she has learned in her years of writing and publishing by conducting workshops and teaching in community education classes.
She lives with her husband, son, and three dogs on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.
Watch the trailer for Kill and Run here.
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