Book Review: Lauren Carr's Murder by Perfection


Book Title: Murder by Perfection
Author: Lauren Carr
Series: Thorny Rose Mystery Series (Volume 3)

Category:  Adult fiction, 422 pages
Genre:  Murder Mystery
Publisher:  Acorn Book Services
Content Rating: PG (mild violence and sexual suggestion)


My Review

As Lauren Carr's Murder by Perfection begins, Murphy and Jessica are no-longer the newly-weds, and the busy schedules with Murphy's work and Jessica's studies have the two needing to work on their marriage. However, the story takes an interesting turn when Murphy goes missing and a chef whom Jessica and Murphy had met the evening before is found murdered.
The third installment in the Thorny Rose Mystery Series helps us get to know other characters of the extended family better.
As they endeavour to find Murphy and solve the murder, it makes for an interesting read and helps one escape in a thrilling world.

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 Book Description:

Beware: Perfection has a dark side!

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.


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"Wow - this is one INCREDIBLE novel that I could not put down. It had me  on the edge of my seat and I can honestly say that I never saw the end coming. It was full of suspense, action but also humour (done in a way  that only Lauren can accomplish)." - 5-Star Review of THE NUTCRACKER CONSPIRACY by Working Mommy Journal
THE NUTCRACKER CONSPIRACY by Lauren Carr
Book Details:

Book TitleThe Nutcracker Conspiracy (A Thorny Rose Mystery #4) by Lauren Carr
Category:  Adult Fiction (18 +),  388 pages
Genre:  Mystery
Publisher:  Acorn Book Services
Release date:   January 30, 2020
Format available for review:  audible (download code), mobi, epub, PDF
Tour dates: May 4 to Jun 5, 2020
Content Rating:  PG-13 (Lauren Carr's books are murder mysteries, so there are murders involved. Occasionally, a murder will happen on stage. There is sexual content, but always behind closed doors. Some mild swearing (a hell or a damn few and far between). No F-bombs! 
Book Description:

Three years ago, the nation gasped in horror when the President of the United States barely escaped an assassination attempt that left two dead—the vice president’s wife and the attempted assassin.  Even after numerous investigations proved otherwise, conspiracy theorists argue that the assassin was acting on orders from the CIA, FBI, and every federal agency within a hundred miles of the capital.

Aspiring Author Dean Conway is the last person Lieutenant Commander Murphy Thornton wants to spend his Saturday afternoon when they end up at the same wedding reception table. While their wives tend to bridesmaid duties, Murphy is trapped listening to Dean’s latest work-in-project—completing the manuscript of an investigative journalist who’d disappeared months earlier.

“She was number twelve,” Dean says.

“Twelve?” Murphy asks.

“Twelve witnesses connected to or investigating The Nutcracker shooting have died either in an accident or suicide.”

Two days later, Dean dies suddenly―but not before sending a text message to Murphy:

 “13”  


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!

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


Tour Schedule:
May 4 - Hall Ways Blog - series spotlight / giveaway
May 4 – She Just Loves Books – series spotlight / giveaway
May 4 - Elizabeth McKenna – Author – series spotlight / giveaway
May 4 - Rockin' Book Reviews – audiobook review of Kill and Run / giveaway
May 4 – Michelle L. Bloodworth - Goodreads – audiobook review of Kill and Run
May 5 - Michelle L. Bloodworth - Goodreads – audiobook review of A Fine Year for Murder
May 6 - Buried Under Books – audiobook review of Kill and Run / giveaway
May 6 - Michelle L. Bloodworth - Goodreads – audiobook review of Murder by Perfection
May 7 - A Mama's Corner of the World – series spotlight / guest post / giveaway
May 8 - Rockin' Book Reviews – audiobook review of A Fine Year for Murder / giveaway
May 11 - Locks, Hooks and Books – series spotlight / guest post / giveaway
May 11 - Jazzy Book Reviews – series spotlight / author interview / giveaway
May 11 - Merlot Et mots –series spotlight / giveaway
May 12 - Laura's Interests – series spotlight / giveaway
May 12 - Rockin' Book Reviews – audiobook review of Murder by Perfection / giveaway
May 13 - Bookish Quest – audiobook review of Kill and Run / giveaway
May 13 - Blooming with Books - audiobook review of Kill and Run / giveaway
May 13 -
Lamon Reviews - series spotlight / guest post / giveaway
May 14 - Buried Under Books – audiobook review of A Fine Year for Murder / giveaway
May 15 - Sefina Hawke's Books – series spotlight
May 19 - Rockin' Book Reviews – series spotlight / guest post / giveaway
May 19 - Rosepoint Publishing – audiobook review of Murder by Perfection / giveaway
May 20 - Stephanie Jane – book spotlight / giveaway
May 20 - Bookish Quest – audiobook review of A Fine Year for Murder / giveaway
May 20 - Blooming with Books - audiobook review of A Fine Year for Murder / giveaway
May 21 - Books for Books – audiobook review of Murder by Perfection
May 21 - La libreria di Beppe - series spotlight / giveaway
May 22 – fundinmental – series spotlight / author interview / giveaway
May 25 - Buried Under Books – audiobook review of Murder By Perfection / giveaway
May 25 - T's Stuff – series spotlight / author interview / giveaway
May 26 - Dab of Darkness Audiobook Reviews – series spotlight / giveaway
May 27 - Bookish Quest – audiobook review of Murder by Perfection / giveaway
May  27 - Blooming with Books - audiobook review of Murder by Perfection / giveaway
May 27 - Books for Books – series spotlight
May 28 - Bookish Quest – series spotlight / author interview/ giveaway
May 29 - Mystery Suspense Reviews – series spotlight / guest post
Jun 1 - Thoughts in Progress – series spotlight / giveaway
Jun 2 - Svetlana's reads and views – series spotlight
Jun 2 - Kristin’s Novel Café – series spotlight
Jun 3 - Buried Under Books – series spotlight / giveaway
Jun 3 - Blooming with Books - series spotlight / giveaway
Jun 4 - Rosepoint Publishing – series spotlight / giveaway
Jun 4 -Splashes of Joy - series spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Jun 5 - The avid reader – series spotlight / giveaway

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Sunayna Prasad's A Curse of Mayhem


Book Title: A Curse of Mayhem (Alyssa McCarthy's Magical Missions, Book 2)
Author: Sunayna Prasad
Category: Middle-Grade Fiction (Ages 8-12),  173 pages
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Amazon KDP
Release date: July 2019
Content Rating: G: There is no mature language or adult content whatsoever.

My Review

Six months after her first encounter with magic, thirteen-year-old Alyssa encounters the world of magic again. The difference this time is that she herself can perform magic, something she needs to get rid of to live a normal life. Alyssa's home life has improved since the first book as she is now living with her godfather, Alex.
The enemy in this one is Errol, a wizard from ages ago, who is trying to find life again through Alyssa.

In A Curse of Mayhem, Alyssa struggles to find a balance between her life - home, school, grades, friends and the fight to escape another evil wizard. Talking about the evil wizard, the one from the first book does have a presence on this one too, which connects the two stories, but it can still be read as a standalone story.

Alyssa lives an otherwise 'normal' world where magic is not supposed to be true, and yet it is surprising how easily it is accepted by almost everyone to be an explanation for what is going on. A mildly damaging magic, though done inadvertently, just earns you detention with a warning to get rid of the magic soon. Why are the authorities not being called in? Why is no one questioning her sanity? Why is no one taking her to a doctor? On the other hand, it's a fantasy and is to be enjoyed in the right spirit.

A Curse of Mayhem takes the story of the Frights of Fiji and is an interesting read for the lovers of fantasy.

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Book Description:

History, like magic, has a habit of repeating itself.

It’s been six months since thirteen-year-old Alyssa McCarthy left magic behind for good. Or so she thought…

Then the enchanted objects that protected her disappear. Now a skeleton named Errol has cursed her with magical powers that keep getting her in trouble. Suddenly strange things are happening with disastrous effects, and if Alyssa can’t remove the magic, she will lose everything she holds dear. In order to get rid of her unwanted wizardry, Alyssa will have to boost her bravery and confidence and determine who Errol really is. But every time Alyssa uses an enchantment, Errol is one step closer to getting his flesh back and becoming alive, and he will do anything to achieve his goals…even if it means destroying Alyssa’s happiness.

Originally published in 2016 as “Wizardry Goes Wild” and “The Unruly Curse” in 2019, “A Curse of Mayhem” is book two in the exciting and suspenseful “Magical Missions” series.


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Also Read and Enjoy:


The Frights of Fiji (Alyssa McCarthy's Magical Missions, Book 1)


Meet the Author:

Sunayna Prasad enjoys writing fantasy books for children, as well as cooking, creating artwork, watching online videos, and blogging. She has also written The Frights of Fiji, formerly titled as From Frights to Flaws. She is passionate about modern life, fantasy, and world-building. Aside from her website, she also has a blog about different creative and entertaining topics, including fiction and writing, called “Sunayna Prasad’s Blog”.
Sunayna has graduated from college in May 2017. She lives in Long Island, NY.

Connect with the Author:   website ~ twitter 

Tour Schedule:

May 4 – Olio by Marilyn – book spotlight / author interview
May 4 - Olio by Marilyn – book review of The Frights of Fiji / giveaway
May 5 – Splashes of Joy – book review of The Frights of Fiji
May 5 - Sefina Hawke's Books – book spotlight
May 6 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
May 6 - Rosco's Reading Room - book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
May 7 – Rockin Book Reviews – book review of The Frights of Fiji / giveaway
May 7 - Books and Zebras - book review of The Frights of Fiji / giveaway
May 8 – T's Stuff – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
May 8 - Karma Readz - book review of The Frights of Fiji / giveaway
May 8 - Books and Zebras - book review of A Curse of Mayhem / giveaway
May 11 – Rockin Book Reviews – book review of A Curse of Mayhem / guest post / giveaway
May 11 - Gwendalyn’s Books – book review of The Frights of Fiji / giveaway
May 11 - Ingo Sparkles Books & More - book review of The Frights of Fiji
May 11 - Karma Readz - book review of A Curse of Mayhem / giveaway
May 12 - She Just Loves Books - book review of The Frights of Fiji / giveaway
May 12 – Splashes of Joy – book review of A Curse of Mayhem
May 12 - Gwendalyn’s Books – book review of A Curse of Mayhem / giveaway
May 13 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of The Frights of Fiji / giveaway
May 13 - The avid reader – book spotlight / giveaway
May 14 – Bookworm for Kids – book spotlight / giveaway
May 14 - Nighttime Reading Center – book review of The Frights of Fiji / giveaway
May 15 – Bookish Quest – book review of The Frights of Fiji / giveaway
May 18 – michellemengsbookblog – book review of The Frights of Fiji / giveaway
May 18 - Ingo Sparkles Books & More - book review of A Curse of Mayhem
May 19 – Olio by Marilyn – book review of A Curse of Mayhem / giveaway
May 19 - Literary Flits - book spotlight / giveaway
May 20 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
May 20 - She Just Loves Books - book review of A Curse of Mayhem / giveaway
May 21 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of A Curse of Mayhem / giveaway
May 21 - Books for Books – book spotlight
May 22 – Writer with Wanderlust – book review of The Frights of Fiji / giveaway
May 25 – michellemengsbookblog – book review of A Curse of Mayhem / giveaway
May 26 – Bookish Quest – book review of A Curse of Mayhem / author interview / giveaway
May 26 - Stephanie Jane – book spotlight / giveaway
May 27 – Writer with Wanderlust – book review of A Curse of Mayhem / author interview / giveaway
May 28 – Nighttime Reading Center – book review of A Curse of Mayhem / giveaway
May 29 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway


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Book Review: Lauren Carr's A Fine Year for Murder



Book Title: A Fine Year for Murder
Author:  Lauren Carr
Series: Thorny Rose Mystery Series (Volume 2)
Category:  Adult fiction, 422 pages
Genre:  Murder Mystery
Publisher:  Acorn Book Services
Format available for review:  audible (download code), ebook (mobi, ePub, PDF)
Content Rating: PG (mild violence and sexual suggestion)


My Review

The second installment of Lauren Carr's Thorny Rose Mystery Series, A Fine Year for Murder surprises you with the thrill of a mystery that involves the back story of one of the central characters introduced in Kill and Run, the first book in the series, Jessica. Jessica's nightmares and a new twist to an old murder case have her, along with her husband Murphy, going to the scene of the crime, a place where she had spent many a holiday during her childhood days.

Once again, the author manages to weave the relationships and emotions with the thrill of solving cases. A Fine Year for Murder introduces many new characters and puts Jessica and Murphy's relationship to test as they struggle to bring together the clues from the present signs of danger as Jessica remembers threads of a memory she had suppressed as a child.

Another maze of whodunit by Lauren Carr that's interesting to read through.
  
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Book Description:

After ten months of marital bliss, Jessica Faraday and Murphy Thornton are still discovering and adjusting to their life together. Settled in their new home, everything appears to be perfect … except in the middle of the night when, in the darkest shadows of her subconscious, a deep secret from Jessica’s past creeps to the surface to make her strike out at Murphy.

When investigative journalist Dallas Walker tells the couple about her latest case, known as the Pine Bridge Massacre, they realize Jessica may have witnessed the murder of a family while visiting family at the winery near-by, and suppressed the memory.

Determined to uncover the truth and find justice for the murder victims, Jessica and Murphy return to the scene of the crime with Dallas Walker, a spunky bull-headed Texan. Can this family reunion bring closure for a community touched by tragedy or will this prickly get-together bring an end to the Thorny Rose couple?
 Buy the Book:  
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Enjoy this latest Thorny Rose Mystery! Coming soon to Audible!
"Wow - this is one INCREDIBLE novel that I could not put down. It had me  on the edge of my seat and I can honestly say that I never saw the end coming. It was full of suspense, action but also humour (done in a way  that only Lauren can accomplish)." - 5-Star Review of THE NUTCRACKER CONSPIRACY by Working Mommy Journal
THE NUTCRACKER CONSPIRACY by Lauren Carr

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!

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


Tour Schedule:
May 4 - Hall Ways Blog - series spotlight / giveaway
May 4 – She Just Loves Books – series spotlight / giveaway
May 4 - Elizabeth McKenna – Author – series spotlight / giveaway
May 4 - Rockin' Book Reviews – audiobook review of Kill and Run / giveaway
May 4 – Michelle L. Bloodworth - Goodreads – audiobook review of Kill and Run
May 5 - Michelle L. Bloodworth - Goodreads – audiobook review of A Fine Year for Murder
May 6 - Buried Under Books – audiobook review of Kill and Run / giveaway
May 6 - Michelle L. Bloodworth - Goodreads – audiobook review of Murder by Perfection
May 7 - A Mama's Corner of the World – series spotlight / guest post / giveaway
May 8 - Rockin' Book Reviews – audiobook review of A Fine Year for Murder / giveaway
May 11 - Locks, Hooks and Books – series spotlight / guest post / giveaway
May 11 - Jazzy Book Reviews – series spotlight / author interview / giveaway
May 11 - Merlot Et mots –series spotlight / giveaway
May 12 - Laura's Interests – series spotlight / giveaway
May 12 - Rockin' Book Reviews – audiobook review of Murder by Perfection / giveaway
May 13 - Bookish Quest – audiobook review of Kill and Run / giveaway
May 13 - Blooming with Books - audiobook review of Kill and Run / giveaway
May 13 -
Lamon Reviews - series spotlight / guest post / giveaway
May 14 - Buried Under Books – audiobook review of A Fine Year for Murder / giveaway
May 15 - Sefina Hawke's Books – series spotlight
May 19 - Rockin' Book Reviews – series spotlight / guest post / giveaway
May 19 - Rosepoint Publishing – audiobook review of Murder by Perfection / giveaway
May 20 - Stephanie Jane – book spotlight / giveaway
May 20 - Bookish Quest – audiobook review of A Fine Year for Murder / giveaway
May 20 - Blooming with Books - audiobook review of A Fine Year for Murder / giveaway
May 21 - Books for Books – audiobook review of Murder by Perfection
May 21 - La libreria di Beppe - series spotlight / giveaway
May 22 – fundinmental – series spotlight / author interview / giveaway
May 25 - Buried Under Books – audiobook review of Murder By Perfection / giveaway
May 25 - T's Stuff – series spotlight / author interview / giveaway
May 26 - Dab of Darkness Audiobook Reviews – series spotlight / giveaway
May 27 - Bookish Quest – audiobook review of Murder by Perfection / giveaway
May  27 - Blooming with Books - audiobook review of Murder by Perfection / giveaway
May 27 - Books for Books – series spotlight
May 28 - Bookish Quest – series spotlight / author interview/ giveaway
May 29 - Mystery Suspense Reviews – series spotlight / guest post
Jun 1 - Thoughts in Progress – series spotlight / giveaway
Jun 2 - Svetlana's reads and views – series spotlight
Jun 2 - Kristin’s Novel Café – series spotlight
Jun 3 - Buried Under Books – series spotlight / giveaway
Jun 3 - Blooming with Books - series spotlight / giveaway
Jun 4 - Rosepoint Publishing – series spotlight / giveaway
Jun 4 -Splashes of Joy - series spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Jun 5 - The avid reader – series spotlight / giveaway

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Alyssa in Wizardland




Book Title
:  The Frights of Fiji (Alyssa McCarthy's Magical Missions, Book 1) by Sunayna Prasad
Category:  Middle-Grade Fiction (Ages 8-12),  136 pages
Genre:  Fantasy
Publisher:  Amazon KDP
Release date:   October 2018
Content Rating:  G: There is no mature language or adult content whatsoever.

My Review

Alyssa, the protagonist of The Frights of Fiji is a twelve-year-old girl, orphaned from five years, is now living with her Uncle Bruce and Cousin Hailey. And then magic knocks on her life with a message written in raindrops on a window - "Your life will never be the same again, Alyssa McCarthy, as magic will interfere". Not surprisingly, my first thought on reading this was 'Harry Potter'. Alyssa's adventures are very different from Harry's journey. It is more reminiscent of Alice's adventures in Wonderland.

Alyssa is kidnapped by an evil wizard, but finds many good wizards, becomes friends with them, and discovers the enchanting world of magic. An interesting part of this magical world is that it is technologically advanced with internet and gadgets that are different from but parallel to the non-magical world. There's Enchanted World Network (think 'World Wide Web'), WiPad, and more.
Additionally, there are many magical creatures too, an example of which is centilede - a crocodile with a hundred legs.

The Frights of Fiji is an engaging tale of Alyssa's journey of experiences in a fantastical world.

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Book Description:

A world of magic and adventure awaits…

Sent to live with her strict, aloof, and uncaring uncle after her parents are killed in a car accident, twelve-year-old orphan Alyssa McCarthy longs for the life she used to have—one filled with fun and love. Then one stormy night, a message appears in the raindrops on the window that will change everything.

"Your life will never be the same again, as magic will interfere."

Before long, Alyssa is kidnapped by Master Beau, a banished sorcerer with a mysterious connection to her who can only regain his power by weakening hers. Suddenly hurled into a world of wizardry filled with fantastical beasts and marvelous technology beyond her wildest imagination, Alyssa must defeat Master Beau if she ever wants to get home again. But Master Beau will stop at nothing, including using Alyssa’s friends, to ensure he is triumphant.

Originally titled "From Frights to Flaws", this story is the exciting and enchanting first book in the "Magical Missions" series.
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A Curse of Mayhem (Alyssa McCarthy's Magical Missions, Book 2)

Meet the Author:

Sunayna Prasad enjoys writing fantasy books for children, as well as cooking, creating artwork, watching online videos, and blogging. She has also written The Frights of Fiji, formerly titled as From Frights to Flaws. She is passionate about modern life, fantasy, and world-building. Aside from her website, she also has a blog about different creative and entertaining topics, including fiction and writing, called “Sunayna Prasad’s Blog”.
Sunayna has graduated from college in May 2017. She lives in Long Island, NY.

Connect with the Author:   website ~ twitter 


Tour Schedule:

May 4 – Olio by Marilyn – book spotlight/author interview
May 4 - Olio by Marilyn – book review of The Frights of Fiji / giveaway
May 5 – Splashes of Joy – book review of The Frights of Fiji
May 5 - Sefina Hawke's Books – book spotlight
May 6 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book spotlight/giveaway
May 6 - Rosco's Reading Room - book spotlight/author interview/giveaway
May 7 – Rockin Book Reviews – book review of The Frights of Fiji / giveaway
May 7 - Books and Zebras - book review of The Frights of Fiji / giveaway
May 8 – T's Stuff – book spotlight/author interview/giveaway
May 8 - Karma Readz - book review of The Frights of Fiji / giveaway
May 8 - Books and Zebras - book review of A Curse of Mayhem/giveaway
May 11 – Rockin Book Reviews – book review of A Curse of Mayhem/guest post/giveaway
May 11 - Gwendalyn’s Books – book review of The Frights of Fiji / giveaway
May 11 - Ingo Sparkles Books & More - book review of The Frights of Fiji
May 11 - Karma Readz - book review of A Curse of Mayhem/giveaway
May 12 - She Just Loves Books - book review of The Frights of Fiji / giveaway
May 12 – Splashes of Joy – book review of A Curse of Mayhem
May 12 - Gwendalyn’s Books – book review of A Curse of Mayhem/giveaway
May 13 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of The Frights of Fiji / giveaway
May 13 - The avid reader – book spotlight/giveaway
May 14 – Bookworm for Kids – book spotlight/giveaway
May 14 - Nighttime Reading Center – book review of The Frights of Fiji / giveaway
May 15 – Bookish Quest – book review of The Frights of Fiji / giveaway
May 18 – michellemengsbookblog – book review of The Frights of Fiji / giveaway
May 18 - Ingo Sparkles Books & More - book review of A Curse of Mayhem
May 19 – Olio by Marilyn – book review of A Curse of Mayhem/giveaway
May 19 - Literary Flits - book spotlight/giveaway
May 20 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight/guest post/giveaway
May 20 - She Just Loves Books - book review of A Curse of Mayhem/giveaway
May 21 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of A Curse of Mayhem/giveaway
May 21 - Books for Books – book spotlight
May 22 – Writer with Wanderlust – book review of The Frights of Fiji / giveaway
May 25 – michellemengsbookblog – book review of A Curse of Mayhem/giveaway
May 26 – Bookish Quest – book review of A Curse of Mayhem/author interview/giveaway
May 26 - Stephanie Jane – book spotlight/giveaway
May 27 – Writer with Wanderlust – book review of A Curse of Mayhem/author interview/giveaway
May 28 – Nighttime Reading Center – book review of A Curse of Mayhem/giveaway
May 29 – fundinmental – book spotlight/giveaway


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Thorns and Roses: Lauren Carr's Kill and Run

KILL AND RUN cover thorny rose mystery Lauren Carr


Book Title: Kill and Run by Lauren Carr
Series: Thorny Rose Mystery Series (Volume 1)
Category:  Adult fiction, 422 pages
Genre:  Murder Mystery
Publisher:  Acorn Book Services
Release date:  September 2015
Content Rating: PG (mild violence and sexual suggestion)


My Review

Lauren Carr's Kill and Run begins with a long list of characters from the book with some information about them. I skimmed through the list and what the descriptions and kept coming back to this list as and when required, although the latter was not really required after the first few pages as the characters speak for themselves when they appear on the page. Oh, and the pets are almost as important as humans in this story, although their number is much lower than of the two-legged characters.

Kill and Run, the first adventure in The Thorny Rose Mysteries has Lieutenant Murphy Thornton responsible for solving the murder of five women, and later connecting the dots of these murders previous crimes, one of which is the murder of his step-mother's first husband.
 
Murphy and his newly-wed wife Jessica are at the centre of this investigation, although the other family members are in some way or the other associated with the law enforcement agencies, or crime-solving. All the good guys seem to be in good relationships - a bit of an exaggeration, I believe - but there is an element of 'perfection' in their relationships, despite whatever problems they may face, which brings a smile on your face.

Whether certain stereotypes encouraged in this mystery is a question I can't answer. For instance, the association between law-enforcers and donuts. Fact or exaggerated stereotype? 

All in all, Kill and Run is a good mix of mystery-solving and emotional storytelling which makes it a fun read.

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Book Description:

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 have 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 Murphy Thornton and Jessica Faraday to shift 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?


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!

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


Tour Schedule:
May 4 - Hall Ways Blog - series spotlight/giveaway
May 4 – She Just Loves Books – series spotlight/giveaway
May 4 - Elizabeth McKenna – Author – series spotlight/giveaway
May 4 - Rockin' Book Reviews – audiobook review of Kill and Run / giveaway
May 4 – Michelle L. Bloodworth - Goodreads – audiobook review of Kill and Run
May 5 - Michelle L. Bloodworth - Goodreads – audiobook review of A Fine Year for Murder
May 6 - Buried Under Books – audiobook review of Kill and Run / giveaway
May 6 - Michelle L. Bloodworth - Goodreads – audiobook review of Murder by Perfection
May 7 - A Mama's Corner of the World – series spotlight/guest post/giveaway
May 8 - Rockin' Book Reviews – audiobook review of A Fine Year for Murder / giveaway
May 11 - Locks, Hooks and Books – series spotlight / guest post / giveaway
May 11 - Jazzy Book Reviews – series spotlight / author interview / giveaway
May 11 - Merlot Et mots –series spotlight / giveaway
May 12 - Laura's Interests – series spotlight / giveaway
May 12 - Rockin' Book Reviews – audiobook review of Murder by Perfection / giveaway
May 13 - Bookish Quest – audiobook review of Kill and Run / giveaway
May 13 - Blooming with Books - audiobook review of Kill and Run / giveaway
May 13 -
Lamon Reviews - series spotlight / guest post / giveaway
May 14 - Buried Under Books – audiobook review of A Fine Year for Murder / giveaway
May 15 - Sefina Hawke's Books – series spotlight
May 19 - Rockin' Book Reviews – series spotlight / guest post / giveaway
May 19 - Rosepoint Publishing – audiobook review of Murder by Perfection / giveaway
May 20 - Stephanie Jane – book spotlight / giveaway
May 20 - Bookish Quest – audiobook review of A Fine Year for Murder / giveaway
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Passion vs. Societal Pressures (Book Review - Shilpa Suraj's Love, Marriage, and Other Disasters)


Title: Love, Marriage, and Other Disasters
Author: Shilpa Suraj
Genre: Romance

My Review


Alisha is an independent, successful female, who is also a divorcee. Even though she has made a good life for herself and has a supportive family, the 'society' doesn't let her be. A true representation of how things truly are in our society.

One of the aspects of this book that I really liked is how it's not a 'boy meets girl, they are attracted, have some minor problems, and then they live happily ever after story'. Actually, as I was writing the last sentence, I realised that it can be described as just that. But there's more.
We get to see Alisha interacting with others. The 'society' thing I mentioned before - well, that's how it comes through.

Enter the two main guys - Arjun and Vivaan. One is good for her, practically speaking. The other is just good for her in every which way, except when considered practically. And obviously, the societal pressures, etc. come in.

The strength of Love, Disasters, and Other Disasters is in the little moments among its characters that stay with the readers.
It is not your typical love story. There is a lot more depth to it. 

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Blurb


She believes in love, family and…squiggles!

Alisha Rana is not your typical single desi girl. For one, she is on the wrong side of 30.  For another, she is divorced. And last but definitely not least, she is still, gasp, a virgin!

Alisha doesn’t want much. But what she does want is that elusive thing all women search for – A man who gets her…but a man who gets her hot! She calls it “feeling the squiggle.”

Enter Dr. Vivaan Kapoor, cute, hot, squiggle-worthy. The younger brother of her cousin's prospective groom, he’s got the squiggle factor in spades. The only catch? He's never been married and is years younger than Alisha. Basically, completely off-limits.

And then there is Arjun. Widowed, older than her by the right number of years and a genuinely nice guy. He's Vivaan’s cousin and a so-called perfect match for Alisha. The problem is, Alisha’s squiggle-o-meter refuses to budge for him.

What will Alisha choose? A lifetime together with the 'right' man or a chance at happiness with the 'wrong' one?


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About the author, Shilpa Suraj:





Shilpa Suraj wears many hats - corporate drone, homemaker, mother to a fabulous toddler and author.
An avid reader with an overactive imagination, Shilpa has weaved stories in her head since she was a child. Her previous stints at Google, in an ad agency and as an entrepreneur provide colour to her present day stories, both fiction and non-fiction.


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