Friday, April 7, 2017

Blog Tour Host: A Fine Year for Murder: A Thorny Rose Mystery, Book 2 by @TheMysteryLadie @iReadBookTours

A Fine Year for Murder Audiobook


A Fine Year for Murder: A Thorny Rose Mystery, Book 2
  • Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins 
  • Unabridged Audiobook

  • Release Date:02-06-17
  • Publisher: Acorn Book Services

  • Book Title: A Fine Year for Murder by Lauren Carr
    Category:  Adult fiction,  430 pages
    Genre:  Mystery
    Publisher:  Acorn Book Services
    Release date:  Jan 31, 2017
    Available for review in:  Print, Audible audiobook and ebook (mobi, ePub, PDF)
    Will send print ARC books to:  USA & Canada
    Tour dates:  Feb 1 to 28 and March 1 to April 14, 2017
    Content Rating:  PG -13 (Lauren Carr's books are murder mysteries, therefore they do include murder. The Thorny rose mystery series are her more adult series, which pushes the envelope just a bit more than in her other series. A Fine Year for Murder deals with a case pertaining to the brutal murder of a whole family (happens off-stage). The book does include some mild intimate scenes between the young married couple. Also has some gritty sexual references during the investigation. Mild swearing, but no F-Bombs.)

    Book Description:

    After 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 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 living near a winery owned by distant relatives she was visiting 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? 

    Audible Review:

    A cozy mystery at its BEST!  This book has strong characters with strong voices, which was blended perfectly with the quick plot and developing story.  I felt like I was never really certain which way the story was going to go...which was awesome!  I feel like listening to the book really allowed me to be part of the action, being there along side the characters.  I have never read/listened to Carr before and I am certainly going to be diving into more of these wonderful character driven books.

    Book Details:

    Book Title Kill and Run: A Thorny Rose Mystery by Lauren Carr
    Category:  Adult fiction, 350 pages
    Genre:  Mystery, Suspense
    Publisher:  Acorn Book Services
    Release date:  September 2015
    Available for review in:  Print, Audible audiobook and ebook (mobi, ePub, PDF)
    Will send books:  USA & Canada
    Tour datesMarch 1 to April 14, 2017
    Content Rating: PG 

    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 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?

    Meet the Author:

    Lauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Mac Faraday, Lovers in Crime, and Thorny Rose Mysteries—over twenty 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, romance, and humor.

    Lauren is a popular speaker who has made appearances at schools, youth groups, and on author panels at conventions. She lives with her husband, son, and four dogs (including the real Gnarly) on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV. 

    Connect with LaurenWebsite  ~  Twitter  ~  Facebook

    Mystery Series Written as Stand-Aloneswith A Dose of Cross-Over
    By Lauren Carr

    Okay, first, let me state that I am not a rebel. Yes, I have been known to go against the masses on more than one occasion. Witnesses will testify that I have been seen wearing white after Labor Day. Generally, I have never been a nonconformist.
    When I was a teenager, my rebellious streak lasted less than twenty-four hours. I came home after curfew. My mother made it very clear that she was not going to let any unruly adolescent get the best of her. For a week, she withheld hot fudge sauce from my ice cream sundae.(It’s a miracle I didn’t end up in therapy!) In no time, I was back on the straight and narrow—never to buck the system again.
    But there are just certain things about which I have refused to conform.
    Years ago after my second Mac Faraday Mystery was released, I started getting emails from readersasking me for the order of my mystery books. They would insist that they had to read them in the order in which I had written them. At the same time, other readers would postreviews saying that it was maddening trying to figure out the order of my series and I should number my books.
    The fact is that the Mac Faraday Mysteries,the Lovers in Crime Mysteries, and now the Thorny Rose Mysteries are written as stand-alones. Even though they have continuing characters, who sometimes cross over into the other series for a “guest appearance,” they do not need to be read in any particular order. Reviewers have often stated this in their glowing reviews of my books.
    Yet, I wasregularly bombarded by readers asking for the order of my murder mysteries—insisting that I should number each installment so that they could read themin the order in which they were written.
    For years, I refused to number my books.
    I had cut my teeth on Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys. Then I moved on to Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot and Earl Stanley Gardner’s Perry Mason. All of these are series and none of these books are numbered.James Patterson, Lisa Gardner, and Tess Gerritsen don’t number the books in their series.
    So, when I created the Mac Faraday Mysteries, the Lovers in Crime Mysteries, and the Thorny Rose Mysteries,numbering each installment never occurred to me. Like those mystery authors I adore, my books don’t have a series arc in the storyline that makes it necessary for fans to read the books in order. There’s no cliffhanger at the end of one book that forces the reader to go on to the next book for the resolution. There’s no personal drama between the characters spilling across multiple books. Sorry, readers, there’s no serial killer stalking Mac from one mystery to the other. The murder case begins and ends all in one book. All issues between the continuing characters get taken care of within a single installment.
    I don’t do this because I believe in being kind to my readers. It is purely for selfish reasons. I hate series arcs. It’s the realist in me. When I finish a mystery that ends with the serial killer stalking the protagonist or his family, planning to make his move in the next book, I feel like drowning my kindle in the bathtub.
    What if I get hit by a train before the author releases the next book? Or worse, what if the author gets hit by a train and never finishes that storyline? Then everyone is left hanging not knowing if the serial killer is going to kidnap, torture, and dismember the hero or not.
    But, in spite of my objections, some readers had insisted from the beginning that they needed to know the order of my books. They were always very kind about it. Many would outright confess that they were obsessive compulsive.
    I didn’t realize how badly some readers needed their books numbered untila book signing event for Old Loves Die Hard, the second book in the Mac Faraday Mysteries.
    To my surprise, everyone was buying It’s Murder, My Son, the first book in the series, while Old Loves Die Hard, the new release, sat there like a reject. I couldn’t understand why no one wanted the newest book in the series. It was getting rave reviews. Time and again I was told, “I want the first book in the series.”
    “But they are written as stand-alones,” I would object.
    “I need to read the first one first,” would be the reply.
    So I would sign It’s Murder, My Son and send them away.
    By the end of the day, I was frustrated. Yes, I was selling books, but I had only sold a couple copies of my later book while my first one was selling like hot cakes. Maybe I got a little pushy when an older woman asked me to sign It’s Murder, My Son. I may have been a little firm when I told her that my books are stand-alones.
    “There’s no continuing drama or cliffhangers. You do not have to read them in order. Here!” I shoved Old Loves Die Hardin her direction. “This is my latest. Read it. You’ll see for yourself that the mystery is a stand-alone. In no way are you going to be lost reading them out of order.”
    To this, the woman placed her hands on her hips and shot me a glare. “All of you authors say that about your books and you’re all lying!”
    So I sold her It’s Murder, My Son.
    But I still refused to number my books—until threatened to take away my hot fudge unless I started numbering them.
    Then, I decided to think it over.

    Order! Order!

    The number next to the book title is the number for the order in which it was written. Dead on Ice (Lovers in Crime Mystery) was written afterShades of Murder (Mac Faraday Mystery), which introduced the Lovers in Crime characters. Likewise, if you want to see Murphy Thornton and Jessica Faraday meet and fall in love, you will want to read Three Days to Forever before Kill and Run (the first installment in the Thorny Rose Mysteries

    Joshua Thornton Mysteries:
    These first two books were written many years ago--at a different time in Lauren's life. They are heavier and contain a different tone with less humor than her newer books.
    1) A Small Case of Murder
    2) A Reunion to Die For

    Mac Faraday Mysteries:
    3) It's Murder, My Son
    4) Old Loves Die Hard
    5) Shades of Murder (introduces the Lovers in Crime: Joshua Thornton & Cameron Gates)
    7) Blast from the Past
    8) The Murders at Astaire Castle
    9) The Lady Who Cried Murder
    10) Twelve to Murder
    12) A Wedding and a Killing
    13) Three Days to Forever
    14) Open Season for Murder
    16) Cancelled Vows
    17) Candidate for Murder

    Lovers in Crime Mysteries:
    6) Dead on Ice
    11) Real Murder
    18) Killer in the Band

    Thorny Rose Mysteries:
    15) Kill and Run
    19) A Fine Year for Murder

    Lauren Carr Mystery Novel
    20) Twofer Murder (Summer 2017)

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