"This Highly Entertaining And Fast-Paced Thorny Rose Mystery Will Have Readers Seeing The Darker Side Of Perfection." - The IRead Review
"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
"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
"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
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 expected for her date night was a couple's gourmet cooking course at the Stepford Kitchen Studio, owned by Chef Natalie Stepford--the embodiment of feminine perfection.
When Natalie ends up dead and Murphy goes missing, the Thorny Rose detectives must peel back the layers of Natalie Stepford's flawless life to discover that perfection has a very sinister dark side.
"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 murder mystery 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 mystery books. 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
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