Thursday 1 October 2015

Blog Tour / Book Musings / Giveaway - Kill and Run by Lauren Carr

Title : Kill and Run
Author : Lauren Carr
Series : Thorny Rose Mysteries
Genre : Mystery
Source : Free copy for an honest review

Blurb :

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?

My Musings : 

Since this is the second book I have read by Lauren Carr, I was used to having a plethora of characters to get used to. Most of the ones at the beginning were already known ones. So it was easy to follow the story without being bombarded by names and other details.

This is another fine example why I love her books. The storyline was written with precision and an eye to detail. The mystery about the two different cases had me trying to figure out who is the antagonist. It really had me hopping from character to character. At one time, I was sure that the person I was thinking of, was the bad guy. But it turned out to be totally another person. It was like solving  a puzzle , playing around with the various situations to know the identity. I did guess the right person before the person was revealed. So I was feeling pretty good at the end of the book.

The setting was good and it was focused on the Military on the professional side as well as family life on the personal side. I loved reading about the various dynamics of Jessica and Murphy's extended families. I felt so bad for Izzy but it all ended well with Josh's decision.

I met quite a bit of characters and they all added to the puzzle with their personalities and their life histories. No one made as big an impression as Izzy for me. I am looking forward to reading more about her and other family members too, especially the pets.

The plot was an intricate one and it kept me on my toes trying to guess and that made it a fast paced action read for me. I read it fast because my attention didn't deviate from the story at any point in action. The tale had my heart pumping and my mind racing with its hair raising action and mind numbing plot twists.

In short, this had made my appetite for Lauren Carr's mysteries worse! I hope the mystery lovers would give this author a try atleast once!

My one line review : A heart pumping and mind racing mystery to be savoured!

My rating : 4/5

My reread factor : 5/5

Meet 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, to be 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.

Connect with the author: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook

1. Win an ebook copy of Kill and Run with a $15 Amazon gift card (open internationally - 5 winners)

2. Win a print copy of Kill and Run (USA only - 4 winners)

3. Win a print copy of both Three Days to Forever and Kill and Run with a $25 Amazon gift card (USA only)


  1. Thank you, Book Addict, for the great review of KILL AND RUN! So glad you enjoyed. I'm sure your followers will enjoy it as well!

  2. This is a new author to me enjoy reading something new.