Disclosure: I received this book to review through iRead Book Tours, I have volunteered to share my review and all the opinions are 100% my own.
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?
Have I mentioned how much I love Lauren Carr’s mysteries?? If I haven’t, let me say it again; I love Lauren Carr’s mysteries!
A Fine Year for Murder starts out with a bone chilling opening that sucks you in immediately.
I love that all the cast of characters are all linked in one way or another so that you never feel far from the other characters from previous books. While this story is more of a Murphy and Jessica story, we do get to catch up with Mac, Archie, Tristan and Nigel from previous stories.
I love a good “who done it” mystery and Lauren always provides a cast of shady characters that leaves you guessing until the very end and A Fine Year for Murder was no different.
We had a wide array of shady characters spanning 15 years to sift through to find the real killers and no matter how many Lauren Carr books I read; I still can never guess the real killer before the book reveals itself. (I have read quite a few Lauren Carr books and that statement is still true!)
While I had suspicions, I still didn’t figure it all out before Murphy and Jessica. Not to mention; one unsolved murder turns into several unsolved murders, which left me in a constant puzzled state of who could be linked to all of them, the motive, and how in the world it had been covered up for so long!
Lauren Carr is fast becoming one of my favorite mystery writers. Her stories are easily stand alone reads (but made much more fun when you read more than one!) that really pull you in; throw you in the middle of the case; and leave you guessing right along with the main characters.
About the Author:
Lauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Thorny Rose, Mac Faraday, Lovers in Crime, and Chris Matheson Cold Case Mysteries—over twenty titles across four fast-paced mystery series filled with twists and turns!
Book reviewers and readers alike rave about how Lauren Carr seamlessly crosses genres to include mystery, suspense, crime fiction, police procedurals, 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, and two spoiled rotten German shepherds on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.