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5.13.2020

Kill and Run ~ Review with Giveaway

KILL AND RUN by Lauren Carr
Kill and Run
Thorny Rose Mystery #1
By Lauren Carr
Read by C.J. McAllister

Kill and Run opens with a hit and run accident 13 years ago that cost Police Office Nick Gates his life. Fast forward 13 years and a random attack results in the lives of 5 women with apparently no connection between them. Lieutenant Murphy Thornton catches the case and takes it for the US Navy to investigate when one of the women has a tie to the Navy. Let's just say that the head of his department is more than a little enraged acting in a most unbecoming, unprofessional manner and is in desperate need of a bar of soap to stick in her mouth for a few hours.

Soon Murphy and his wife of mere months are hosting a group in their home. First is Murphy's step-mother Cameron Gates, wife of the late Nick Gates, who has a chance to question a person of interest in her first husband's death. Second is 13-year-old Issy, whose mother was one of the victims, whom Murphy places in protective custody. The third is Jessica's brother Tristan and his tarantula Monique who has had a small problem with his apartment. So a busy full house is about to add some interesting twists to the Thornton home.

When Cameron's case and Murphy's murders seem to have a distant connection things get really interesting. But this is Washington, D.C., and truth has a way of getting buried in the quest for power. And there are a ton of layers of secrets that will have to be shifted through to get to the truth. And it ain't pretty - think scandal headlines that are a politician's worst nightmare and you have an idea of just what the Thornton men and Cameron Gates are up against. Someone wants these secrets buried forever and the cost of life it takes to accomplish it is no obstacle.

Kill and Run is most definitely in the PG category and not something I would label a clean or gentle read so be forewarned if that is what you are looking for this is as an acquaintance of mine would say "spicy but not too spicy." I will admit my favorite scenes all take place with the various animals and their antics. If murder is your thing you will love Kill and Run. As to the killer, there are plenty of suspects once the pieces start to come together it is just a question of who. The narration is well presented by C.J. McAllister. There is no drag and it progresses at a good pace for the 11-hour reading, good for a long commute or just eye-resting listening enjoyment.

I was provided a complimentary copy of this book with no expectations but that I provide my honest opinion. All thoughts expressed are my own.


About the Book:

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?



"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 the 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

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Book Details:

Book TitleKill 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
Tour dates: May 4 to Jun 5, 2020
Content Rating: PG (mild violence and sexual suggestion)



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 –book review of Kill and Run/giveaway
May 12 - Laura's Interests – series spotlight/giveaway
May 12 - Rockin' Book Reviews – audiobook review of Murder by Perfection/giveaway
May 13 - Mowgli with a book – series spotlight/author interview
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 18 - Merlot Et mots –book review of A Fine Year for Murder/giveaway
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 - Merlot Et mots –book 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 - Merlot Et mots –book review of The Nutcracker Conspiracy/guest post/giveaway
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 5 - The avid reader – series spotlight/giveaway


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