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Murder by Perfection (A Thorny Rose Mystery Book 3) by [Lauren Carr]
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Editorial Reviews


"If you enjoy grown-up mysteries (that are still PG in content) with fun and engaging characters and a storyline that twists and turns just enough to keep you glued to the pages--I cannot recommend this novel (and the series) enough," review by Book Corner News and Reviews

"A missing husband, a secret life, black market organ transplants, and drug addiction are the ingredients that make Murder by Perfection by Lauren Carr a smorgasbord of mystery, suspense, and crime drama. Washington, D.C. is the perfect location for this novel that has everything, including several murders, an obsessed fan, and family dysfunction. From the very first scene, readers are thrust into the mysterious disappearance of Jessica Faraday's husband, Murphy Thornton, a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy and a member of the elite team Phantoms. Who would have the knowledge and skills to kidnap this dynamo?

Jessica and Murphy come from very different worlds - she's from a rich, well-known mogul's family and he's a soldier committed to justice and his country's freedom. Their lives have gotten even more complicated as she embarks on her own journey as a medical student, which means long hours and textbooks everywhere but little time for anything else. But even as they verbally battle over who was supposed to pick up the dry cleaning or the takeout, they strive to make time for each other and their relationship. These two are lovable, and their problems are those that real couples have.

Unfortunately, one date night, they find themselves in Natalie Stepford's Kitchen Studio looking for a murderer. Through careful plotting, Carr weaves a web of red herrings and misdirections as our intrepid couple tries to uncover the mystery of who killed Murphy's former classmate, Commander Ross Caldwell. In order to do that, the team must pull back the layers of Stepford's perfect life. Despite a few hiccups in scene transitions, Carr's mystery novel reads like a script and her characters could be spying in the dark alleys of a Hollywood movie set.

Along the way, the investigation takes on a life of its own, leading the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) deeper into a cover-up of black-market organ transplants. Carr's cast of characters keep the plot moving quickly, but their individual personalities make their interactions genuine and engaging. Add to the mix a know-it-all artificial intelligence system named Nigel, and readers will be hooked.

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.

Murder by Perfection is book 3 in Carr's Thorny Rose Mystery Series. The main characters - Murphy and Jessica - fell in love at first sight and married quickly. This 3rd story sees them struggling to try to find balance in their daily lives as well as enough free time to spend together. After a quarrel one evening, Murphy takes off on his motorcycle to calm down - and disappears! He has been kidnapped. Why - no one knows for sure. Friends, family and the government come together to search for answers. Can he be found in time?

Murder by Perfection is a wonderful read and a perfect to escape from the challenges of a busy day. Danger, intrigue, humor, and love all take their turn in this tale which will keep you reading into the wee hours." Review by Marilyn R. Wilson, Olio by Marilyn

"Wow, 2018 will definitely be remembered by me as "Lauren Carr" year because by the end of the year, I should have reviewed four of her books, Murder by Perfection is both third in the series and third I have read and finished this year. Just like her previous books, this is an addictive and enjoyable read that is far more than just its label of mystery. There is focus on family, romance, and on being there for one another." Review by Svetlana Reads and Views

"Carr is a clever weaver of tales,  merged with bits and pieces of humor interspersed to lighten the dark moods as murder and fear of a kidnapped family member drive each into action to do whatever is necessary to bring everybody safely home... Her storylines are unique in each and every book and amazingly grabs and pulls readers into each and every word she writes. You are missing a great writer if you don't read Lauren Carr! Highly Recommended!" 5-Star Review by Glenda Bixler, Book Reader's Heaven 

"Murder by Perfection is a mystery novel that is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat. The characters are well-developed with interesting backstories that slowly come to light to help add to the suspense. Carr has written a captivating mystery that will make you smile and laugh all while trying to solve the mystery at hand. Murder by Perfection is a remarkable read that is perfect for anyone who loves a good mystery." 5-Star Review by Truly Trendy

"Praise for Lauren Carr's Thorny Rose Mysteries:

"Her new Thorny Rose series steps up several levels into an exciting category all its own. It's thriller, cold case, mystery suspense, and police procedural, all rolled into one exciting novel." Review by Merry Citarella, Mystery Suspense Reviews

"I am so loving this series and can't wait for more. I know have to read more of Lauren's books. She is a very talented writer." Review by Stacey Schneller of Books, Dreams, Life. 

"Lauren Carr's books are never boring, that's for sure. They entertain, give us a good mystery to dig into, keep the reader guessing, give us a few good laughs and make us eager for the next book. Warning: Lauren Carr's series are addictive, so be ready to read more than just one book!"  Review by Laura Fabiani, Library of Clean Reads

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. --This text refers to the paperback edition.

Product details

  • Publication Date : May 31, 2018
  • File Size : 1136 KB
  • Print Length : 285 pages
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Language: : English
  • ASIN : B07CRP37HK
  • Text-to-Speech : Not enabled
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
  • Lending : Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.9 out of 5 stars 51 ratings