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)
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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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?
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!