Thursday 26 April 2018

Blog Tour / Book Musings - Ice by Lauren Carr

Book Details:

Book Title: ICE by Lauren Carr
Category: Adult fiction, 380 pages
Genre: Mystery, Crime Fiction, Police Procedural, Cozy
Publisher: Acorn Book Services
Release date: February 26, 2018
Tour dates: April 2 to 30, 2018
Content Rating: PG (It's a murder mystery and there is mild violence. Very mild swearing no F-bombs. No on-stage sex scenes.)

Book Description:

The clues for a close-to-the-heart missing person’s case heat up when Chris Matheson starts chipping away at the ice on the cold case.

When Sandy Lipton and her unborn child disappear, the court of public opinion finds young Chris Matheson guilty. Decades later, the retired FBI agent returns home to discover that the cloud of suspicion cast over him and his family has never lifted. With the help of a team of fellow retired law enforcement officers, each a specialist in their own field of investigation, Chris Matheson starts chipping away at the ice on this cold case to uncover what had happened to Sandy and her baby and the clues are getting hot!

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My Musings :

I am no stranger to the author's writing and so when I saw that she has a new series, I was happy to start with the first book for a change. But all her books are easy to easy as standalones because of the list of characters at the start of each book.

The main point which caught my attention was the unsolved mystery - the disappearance of Sandy inferred in the blurb. It had the making of a perfect mystery read especially with the prologue. I was immediately interested in Sandy's fate. This curiosity is what carried me through the pages.

The author's writing style is such that the reader can easily grasp and imagine what's happening. It is so full of imagery and so easy to read too. So her books always make for a delightful few hours spent in trying to solve a case. whatever it might be about. I literally flew through the pages and I was pleasantly surprised when I realised that I had finished the book in record time.

The pacing and the way the scenes were plotted had my mind turning in circles trying to figure out the happenings of the past case. As usual, there was a variety of characters to get used to and their various mannerisms especially that of the dogs had me laughing lightly. The vein of humour was seen in the interaction with most characters - Chris, Doris, Helen and the Geezer Squad. The latter were particularly entertaining.

And the case proceedings were intricately entwined with humour and romance. So it was an all round entertainer in my POV. The way Chris went about to solve the case was realistic and fun to follow with my own brand of armchair investigation.

What I found a bit disbelieving was the way the Geezer squad were able to figure out the Jane Doe. Yes, they are well connected because of their past professions. Inspite of that, it felt too easy for them. I would have preferred a more strenous search. That's the only point which marred this book for me. Otherwise it was a full 5 star read.

As such, I very much enjoyed the solving of the Sandy case and I look forward eagerly to the next book!

I received a copy voluntarily for reviewing purposes which doesn't impact my views.

My one line review : An all round entertaining mystery with a dash of romance and humour.

My rating : 4.5/5

My reread factor : 3.5/5

About 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!

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.

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

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for the fabulous review of ICE. I am so glad that you enjoyed it and am certain your followers will enjoy it as well. Here's wishing each on luck in the giveaway for the $100 Amazon gift card.