10/5/15

Kill and Run by Lauren Carr Book Review


By on 10/05/2015 09:55:00 AM

I love mysteries and crime dramas; so the latest series from author Lauren Carr seemed the perfect addition to my reading list. What was my review of Kill and Run? 

I received a complimentary copy of this book for use in my blog review. All opinions are my own.

Quick Summary of Kill and Run. 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?


Kill and Run is packed with suspense. I love mysteries that remain mysteries until nearly the end.Carr did a nice job leading readers into false conclusions and twists and turns with a complex plot, more than one mystery and intertwined characters. Complex plots with multiple victims and multiple suspects are often either confusing—but, Kill and Run offered clear connections and logical (although sometimes unexpected) plot twists.   I enjoyed the characters in Kill and Run.  Some of Carr's characters have appeared in her other books--but, since I have not read them; the characters and their pasts were all new to me.  Sometimes, readers a little left behind if they do not follow an author through other series.  Carr did a wonderful job creating an assortment of characters with enough detail that new readers to her books will not feel slighted. I think I fell for this series the moment the author introduced Irving, the 25-pound Maine Coon cat. (My readers have likely met my Frito--our own 25 pound Maine Coon cat with much of Irving's personality.) There was simply a real world, human quality to all of the characters and the interactions in this book--and an attention to real world details and subplots .
  Would I recommend Kill and Run? 
I enjoyed the author’s writing style—and I developed enough of an attachment to the characters in the series to not only recommend this book—but, to look forward to more from the author in the future.    The characters complement each other well and the writing style is easy to read, detailed, and very organized toward the story’s resolution. 

Buy Kill and Run (A Thorny Rose Mystery Book 1) on Amazon

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


About Angela

Angela is a freelance writer and blogger, blessed with 3 daughters, 4 cats, 1 needy dog, and 1 very supportive husband.

1 comments :

  1. Thank you so much for the glowing review of KILL AND RUN. I am so glad you enjoyed this first installment in the Thorny Rose Mysteries. I am sure your followers will enjoy it as well!

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