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Beware: Perfection has a dark side!
Frustrated with their busy schedules, Murphy Thornton and Jessica Faraday attempt to find togetherness by scheduling a weekly date night. The last thing Jessica Faraday expected for her date night was to take a couple’s gourmet cooking course at the Stepford Kitchen Studio, owned by Chef Natalie Stepford―the model of perfection in looks, home, and business.
When Natalie ends up dead and Murphy goes missing, the Thorny Rose detectives must peel back the layers of Natalie Stepford’s life to discover that the pursuit of perfection can be deadly.
“Murder by Perfection by Lauren Carr mixes the police procedural with the spy game, in much the same way that James Patterson does with his Alex Cross novels. Ripping true crime stories from the headlines and weaving her characters into the plotlines, while adding a dash of humor and romance, this highly entertaining and fast-paced Thorny Rose Mystery will have readers seeing the darker side of perfection.” Review by The iRead Reviews
“Lauren Carr is a master of the light murder mystery. Each contains a strong couple as the central characters. Both the male and female roles are great role models – smart, loyal, talented and always interested in the truth. And as the author is a huge dog lover, there are always several incredible pets, each with their own unique personality. No matter how serious the threat they are facing, the author manages to work in a little humor to keep the tale from getting too dark.” Review by Marilyn R. Wilson, Olio by Marilyn
Another amazing read by Lauren Carr! I love reading her books!
All of her books can be read as a stand alone without feeling like you are lost, but they all, in some way or another, tie into each other.
Murder by Perfection focuses on Murphy and Jessica, but also has a cast of characters that we have met in other books – Tristan, Jessica’s brother; Joshua, Murphy’s dad; JJ, Murphy’s twin; Poppy, JJ’s ranch hand slash horse trainer who we reunite with again in other reads. There is also mention of Mac and Archie – Jessica and Tristan’s dad and step-mother. I love being able to catch up with other characters (and be “introduced” to characters when they first came into the story, but I met them at a later point!)
Murder in Perfection was a great read with more than one “who done it” going on at once (as per usual with Lauren Carr’s books). It had me on the edge of my seat as our hero, Murphy, was kidnapped.
There were a lot of different characters and background with this one that created a bigger net of who could be behind each act. And as per usual with a Lauren Carr read; I had a hunch about only one suspect and wasn’t even all that confident until it was revealed to us. I have yet to confidently pick out the real criminal in any of her mysteries which make them must read favorites of mine.
Lauren’s mysteries intertwine law enforcement, military, legal into amazing mysteries that capture your attention.
If you enjoy a good mystery that leaves you guessing with characters that you cannot help but fall in love with; anything by Lauren Carr is a great option and Murder by Perfection is a great place to start! (Trust me, you won’t be lost!)
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.