Friday, April 24, 2020

Killer Deadline by Lauren Carr - Book Tour & Review + Giveaway

"Lauren Carr's books are never boring, that's for sure. They entertain,
give us a good mystery to dig into, keep the reader guessing, give us a
few good laughs and make us eager for the next book. Warning: Lauren
Carr's series are addictive, so be ready to read more than just one
book!" - Laura Fabiani, Library of Clean Reads 

Join us for this tour from April 20 to May 22, 2020!

Book Details:

Book TitleKiller Deadline (A Nikki Bryant Cozy Mystery) by Lauren Carr

Category:  Adult Fiction (18 +),  232 pages

Genre:  Mystery/Cozy Mystery

Publisher:  Acorn Book Services

Release date:   April 23, 2020

Content Rating: G. This is a true cozy mystery. No sex. No on-stage violence. No swearing. Just good clean fun!

"Here we go! Carr is a master storyteller who always offers a plot full
of twists and turns, a bit of humor to offset the dark, and a unique
cast of characters. In Killer Deadline that
cast includes - handsome Ryan, her first love (who is now her
step-brother); a mysterious social media friend called Nerdy Guy; Elmo, a
super smart dog, a boxer, she rescued who has become asocial media star
and has a penchant for cleaning; a TV station full of suspicious
employees; and more.

"This book is a wonderful read to pick up at the end of a long day. It
truly is a "cozy murder mystery."  I promise, it'll draw you in right
from page one and keep you turning the pages until you reach the very
last page. I can't wait for the second book in this series." - Marilyn R. Wilson, Olio by Marilyn

Book Description:
Folks in Pine Grove, Pennsylvania, claim that where Nikki Bryant goes,
trouble is not far behind. Her refusal to back down from a challenge has
made Nikki Bryant a top investigative journalist.

When an online friend nudges her to join him in a pact to reconnect with
their first loves, Nikki and her boxer dog Elmo leave the bright lights
of Las Vegas for the charming town of Pine Grove. There, she must face
the biggest challenges in her career and life—the first love she had
left behind and her father’s unsolved murder.

But before she has time to unpack her car, Nikki stumbles upon the dead
body of local news anchor, Ashleigh Addison, her childhood rival. Could
Ashleigh’s death be connected to an explosive news story that she had
teased about airing live? Did that explosive story have anything to do
with the murder of Nikki’s father?

With the clues in her father’s cold case hot again, Nikki intends to
chase down the story of her life until she catches his killer—no matter
what it takes.

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My Review
Killer Deadline is the first book in the Nikki Bryant Cozy Mystery series. It follows investigative journalist Nikki Bryant as she leaves behind everything in Nevada to return to her childhood home in small-town Pennsylvania. Her mother is retiring from her job at the local news station, and Nikki is now in charge. Years before, her father, who owned the station, was murdered, but his case was never solved. Now that Nikki's back, she's determined to find out who killed her dad...before she becomes the next victim.
This is a fun little cozy mystery that I rather enjoyed. It's set in PA, which is where I live, so that's a plus. I love books set in my home state. Especially when they're small towns, since I grew up in one. And the mention of Latrobe made me excited, since I grew up about 20-30 minutes from that area.
I really liked Nikki. She was a tough cookie who didn't let anything get in her way of uncovering the mystery behind her father's death, or the mystery of another murder that happens the day after she arrives home. And her dog Elmo is pretty great too. As someone who used to have a Boxer dog, I have to agree that they are a bit ugly, but in a cute way that makes you want to squish their faces and shower them with love. This was my Brutus:

Anyway, back on track. While Nikki is pretty keen on unearthing clues and putting things together when it comes to the murder cases, the one thing she's a bit naive on is the identity of her mystery texter, NerdyGuy. I was surprised it took her as long as it did to figure out who it was.
The other characters scattered throughout the book are well-written, and they all have suspicions cast upon them as things start to unfold.
The mystery itself will keep you guessing, and while it was a little surprising to discover the person and their reason behind Nikki's dad's murder, the person who committed the other murder wasn't as shocking. I suspected them almost immediately, and then I had a few doubts, but I was almost positive they were behind it all. And I was right!
Fans of cozy mysteries will definitely want to give Killer Deadline a shot (pun intended), because it's fun, it's engaging, and it keeps you on your toes. I know I'll be continuing with the series. Can't wait to see what Nikki might have to investigate next!
4 stars!

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!

Killer Deadline marks Lauren's first venture into mystery's purely cozy sub-genre with a female protagonist.

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 ~ Pinterest

Tour Schedule:
April 20 – Olio by Marilyn – book review / giveaway

April 20 - Working Mommy Journal – book review / giveaway

April 20 - Michelle's Goodreads – book review

April 21 - Rockin' Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway

April 21 - The avid reader – book spotlight / giveaway

April 22 - Thoughts in Progress – book spotlight / giveaway

April 22 - Brooke Blogs – book spotlight / giveaway

April 23 - My Reading Journeys – book review / giveaway

April 23 - Christa Reads and Writes – book review / giveaway

April 23 - Sefina Hawke's Books – book spotlight

April 23 - Books for Books – book spotlight

April 24 - Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / giveaway

April 27 -Cassidy's Bookshelves – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

April 28 - It’s All About the Book – book review / giveaway

April 28 - Down the Rabbit Hole – book review / author interview / giveaway

April 29 - Book Corner News and Reviews – book review / giveaway

April 29 - Laura's Interests – book review / guest post / giveaway

April 30 - I'm Into Books – book spotlight / giveaway

April 30 - Stephanie Jane – book spotlight / giveaway

May 1 -

May 4 -

May 5 - She Just Loves Books – book review / giveaway

May 6 - A Madison Mom – book review / giveaway

May 7 - Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway

May 8 – Adventurous Bookworm – book review / giveaway

May 11 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway

May 12 – Bound 4 Escape – book review / giveaway

May 12 - Leels Loves Books – book review / giveaway

May 13 – FUONLYKNEW – book review / giveaway

May 14 – fundinmental – book review / giveaway

May 15 - Splashes of Joy – book review / author interview / giveaway

May 15 – Adventurous Jessy – book review / giveaway

May 18 – Mowgli with a book – book review

May 19 – Pause for Tales – book review / giveaway

May 20 – Peaceful Pastime – book review

May 20 - eBook Addicts – book review

May 21 – Books and Zebras – book spotlight / giveaway

May 22 -  Sahar's Blog – book review

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  1. Oh, Brutus is such a cutie pie! He reminds me of my boxer when I was a child growing up, which was kind of who I based Elmo on. Only my childhood dog was no social media influencer. But he could have been! Ugly is the new beautiful!

    1. Thank you! Brutus was a sweet dog (definitely not a social media influencer), but he had some health issues. He passed away 5 years ago. But his memory will always live on. <3


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