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The Thorny Rose Mysteries by Lauren Carr - Audio Book Tour + Giveaway




"The plot was original, fresh and fast paced in spite of the
"traditional elements" employed which can normally be found in any other
thriller of this genre. The USP of this story would be its
unpredictability. When you think you have it all guessed up, the plot
would change its course keeping you hooked. There were a lot of suspense
twists and turns that kept the momentum up. Needless to say, the
writing was simply perfect. One thing that writer needs to be lauded for
is the humor she inculcated in the book. Minus those humorous parts,
the book would have been one serious read." - Reviewer: Book and Ink

Join us for this tour from May 4 to Jun 5, 2020!




KILL AND RUN by Lauren Carr

Book Details:


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

Format available for review:  audible (download code), ebook (mobi, ePub, PDF)

Tour dates:  May 4 to Jun 5, 2020

Content Rating: PG (mild violence and sexual suggestion)


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 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 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?







"Mysteries, murder, danger, and memories that threatens their
lives keeps the action and suspense at a high level and even when the
answers are found, it left me wanting more." - Review by Sherry Fundin of Fundinmental



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?

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Murder by Perfection is a wonderful read and a perfect to
escape from the challenges of a busy day. Danger, intrigue, humor, and
love all take their turn in this tale which will keep you reading into
the wee hours." Review by Marilyn R. Wilson, Olio by Marilyn



 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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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
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”  


Author Interview
Lauren, you really have kicked things up a notch with The Nutcracker Conspiracy, which is full of attempted assassinations, political conspiracies, and cover ups. Your other best-selling mystery series (Mac Faraday Mysteries and the Chris Matheson Cold Case Mysteries) take place in more “sedate” settings of rural or small towns. What made you shift gears to set The Thorny Rose Mysteries in Washington, DC?
LC: Because that is where Murphy Thornton and Jessica Faraday live.
When creating the Thorny Rose Mystery series, I flipped my creative process somewhat. Since I write a number of murder mystery series, I have the luxury of choosing the series based on which one is the best fit for the plot. The Lovers in Crime is a small-town setting. I grew up in Chester, West Virginia. Mac Faraday lives on Deep Creek Lake, a resort area where my family vacations. The Chris Matheson Cold Case Mysteries is a combination. It is set in a rural suburb of Washington, DC.
However, in the case of the Thorny Rose Mysteries, the characters came first. Murphy Thornton appeared in my very first book—A Small Case of Murder. Then, he was only seventeen years old and aspired to attend the Naval Academy in Annapolis. Jessica Faraday, Mac Faraday’s daughter, has been mentioned in the Mac Faraday mysteries. Originally from Washington, DC, she was attending William and Mary University in Williamsburg and is planning to go to medical school.
Since Murphy is a navy lieutenant, it is natural for him to be assigned to the Pentagon. Therefore, I had little choice in the setting.

The Nutcracker Conspiracy involves a conspiracy surrounding an attempt assassination attempt of the president. I can’t help noting that you used to work as an editor for the federal government. Without giving away any government secrets, did your work for the federal government inspire you to write about such a conspiracy?
LC: Yes, but it’s not as sexy as you may think.
The Nutcracker Conspiracy, named after the ballet which the president is attending when there is an attempted assassination, is loosely based on the JFK assassination. This latest Thorny Rose mystery takes up three years later. Conspiracy theorists are convinced the attempted assassin did not act alone—but rather that the president’s cabinet had framed the alleged assassin in a failed coup attempt.
In my opinion, most people are skeptical of those conspiracy theories that are contrary to their own beliefs. Yet, they happily jump on board for those conspiracies that validate their agendas.
Several years ago, my late mother came to believe that the moon landing was faked. Distrustful of the government, this conspiracy fell in with her beliefs. Of course, the government would con the world in such a manner.
But also, The Nutcracker Conspiracy explores how a conspiracy theory takes root and grows from the smallest detail. One circumstantial piece of evidence after another is attached to the conspiracy—like the layers of an onion. In this mystery, our detectives must peel back those layers of the mystery in order to get to the truth.

So my next question to you is, Where do you get your ideas for your mystery plots?
LC. Anywhere and everywhere. I am always on the lookout for a mystery plotline. I’m one of those people that if I’m left alone in a café waiting for a friend and she’s late, I’ll start imagining why. If she’s late enough, I’ll have concocted an entire story in which she’s been kidnapped by terrorists mistaking her for an ambassador’s daughter. Of course, my explanation will be much more exciting than hers when she arrives to announce that she got stuck in traffic.
I don’t know of that means I’m terribly imaginative or twisted. It all depends on how you look at it.

You always have such interesting characters in your series—especially furry four-legged ones. There’s Gnarly in the Mac Faraday Mysteries, Irving and Admiral in the Lovers in Crime Mysteries. What four-legged sidekicks do you have in the Thorny Rose Mysteries?
LC: As with every new marriage, there is a merging of households. Jessica brought Spencer, a blue merle Shetland sheepdog into the marriage. Her long fur has a bluish cast to it, and she has blue eyes.
Murphy’s dog is Newman, a forty-five pound couch potato. He’s a Bassett Hound mix. One reviewer deemed Newman as “The Man.” Unlike Gnarly, who actively participates in Mac Faraday’s cases, Newman does nothing. He watches television from his recliner and doesn’t do anything—unless you try to come between him and the remote.

What’s next in store for Lauren Carr? Tell us that you are working on another mystery.
LC: Of course. Right now, I am working on the next Mac Faraday Mystery. Came Upon a Midnight Murder is a Christmas mystery in which Mac Faraday goes to a Christmas party and ends up investigating the murder of their host. Yes, Gnarly is there, too.

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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