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
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
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