Yesterday, I shared with you the review for Kill and Run by Lauren Carr, and today, I want to share with you my thoughts on the second book in the Thorny Rose Mysteries. Let me tell you more:
Title: A Fine Year For Murder
Author: Lauren Carr
Publishing Date: January, 30th, 2017
Genre: Mysteries, Suspense, Romance
Synopsis of A FINE YEAR FOR MURDER:
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?
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Suppressed memories are usually, if not used well, a too convenient plot point for me, both in movies and books. It can be used to explain things away, to mask lazy writing or plot development. Thankfully this was not the case with A Fine Year For Murder. I was happy to revisit the cast of the Thorny Rose Mysteries, after having read Kill And Run – you can read my review about this novel here (, and was looking forward to seeing how they adjusted to life after the last book.
I was also happy, that Lauren kept the same lightness at times, that made me giggle at some of the points of the book, even though the book deals with multiple murders (which seems to become a theme in Lauren Carr’s books so far – the death of just one person will not do!) and botched investigations. It all hits home for Jessica Faraday, making this story, emotional and personal.
I love the large cast, and am so glad that I got to revisit them! Jessica and Murphy are of course my favorite, but the rest of the quirky family are still brilliantly developed, and I am so looking forward to reading more about them! This book only cemented the reasons why I like Lauren Carr as a mystery writer – her writing is brilliant, her plots are cohesive and flow effortlessly, and she is able to juggle large casts and multiple twists with ease.
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.
I received a copy of this book for free in return for an honest review.
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