Tuesday, September 8, 2015


pic and description taken from tour info


Five women with seemingly nothing in common are found brutally murdered in a town home 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?


In the previous book that I read by Lauren Carr, I was introduced to Lieutenant Murphy Thornton and again, all I have to say is Yummmmmmmy. I don't know what it is about a man in uniform but it's just sexy. Yes, it's just a book, but in my head and in the writing Murphy is just one beautiful man :).

We were also introduced to Cameron Gates, Murphy's step mother. Cameron's first husband had been killed in a hit and run, and she has never given up trying to find the person responsible.

Murphy is a member of an elite team called the Phantoms. During his day job he has been assigned to a desk job at the Pentagon as a Naval Liaison. When he is called into work one day, Murphy is sent to on a case to see if the military needs to get involved. He is instructed to "not" get involved.

Murphy walks into a house where he finds 5 women murdered. When he realizes that one of the women is in the military and the others had a connection to the military Murphy, needed to take on the case.

I love how Carr writes. She has such great characters, and there is always something happen. There is always some kind of fire fight going on, and the way she connects things is just fantastic.

There are always a lot of characters, and there is always some connection between all of them. Murphy has to find out what it is. From the moment I started the book I was immediately drawn in by the characters. Murphy and Jessica had a "insta" love in the last book, but now that they are married they really do seem like the perfect couple.  

At the murder scene Murphy comes to find out that one of the women murdered has a child at home who doesn't know that her mom has been murdered. Her name is Izzy. I loved this little girl. Okay she's not "little" but young :). Murphy goes into to automatic "care giver" mode. It's so sweet.

I don't know what to tell you without giving the ending away, but this was a great book to read. It kept me interested the whole time, and it was constantly moving. I had to really pay attention to what was going on because of so many characters, but I personally like that. Keeps me on my toes :).

The military aspect of this novel was absolutely intriguing. Murphy's involvement lets him find a connection between the 5 murdered women and his step mothers first husband. Cameron comes out to investigate the hit and run. Soon Murphy and Cameron find out that there was far more to Cameron's husband death than meets the eye. Not only that, but they are starting to find connections between Officer Gates, and the five murdered women. The story just gets more and more interesting at this point.

This book is so full of mystery, fabulous characters, love, gun fights, etc. I don't think you will be disappointed if you pick this one up.

Source: I was given this book as part of a blog tour in return for an honest review. I was not compensated in any way for this review. These are my own PERSONAL thoughts on the book.



pic and bio taken from tour info

Lauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Mac Faraday Mysteries, which takes place in Deep Creek Lake, Maryland. Open Season for Murder is the tenth installment in the Mac Faraday Mystery series.

In addition to her series set on Deep Creek Lake, Lauren Carr has also written the Lovers in Crime Mysteries, which features prosecutor Joshua Thornton with homicide detective Cameron Gates, who were introduced in Shades of Murder, the third book in the Mac Faraday Mysteries. They also make an appearance in The Lady Who Cried Murder.

Three Days to Forever introduced Lauren Carr’s latest series detectives, Murphy Thornton and Jessica Faraday in the Thorny Rose Mysteries. Look for Kill and Run, the first installment in this series, to be released September 1, 2015.

The owner of Acorn Book Services, Lauren is also a publishing manager, consultant, editor, cover and layout designer, and marketing agent for independent authors. Visit Acorn Book Services’ website for more information.

Lauren is a popular speaker who has made appearances at schools, youth groups, and on author panels at conventions. She also passes on what she has learned in her years of writing and publishing by conducting workshops and teaching in community education classes.

She lives with her husband, son, and three dogs on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.


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