A Fine Year for Murder by Lauren Carr

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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The second book in this exciting new series introduced me to several new characters from Lauren Carr's limitless imagination. Even my spouse was chuckling over a smart house with attitude.

Ever since she gave her new husband a black eye, sleeping with Jessica Faraday Thornton has been an adventure for Murphy Thornton. While looking forward to a mini vacation, the newly wed couple find themselves drawn into a mystery with unexpected ties to Jessica's past. Could this have marital benefits as well?

Combining family secrets, a ghost story and unexpected meetings, as well as trying to preserve national secret connections, life for these blended families will never be dull. Even being financially well off doesn't guarantee a relaxing vacation. I don't see the complications ending soon for this new series.

I listened to the audiobook version and as the story progresses, my admiration for narrator C.J. McAllister continued to grow.

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.

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  1. Thank you so much for the great review of A FINE YEAR FOR MURDER. I am so glad you enjoyed the latest Thorny Rose mystery. Here's wishing each of your followers luck in the giveaway to win the $100 Amazon Gift Card!

  2. Sounds intriguing I'd like to read it. Thank you for the chance with the contest.

  3. This sounds really interesting! Thank you

  4. I love the cover.


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