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review 2018-10-30 19:03
Murder by Perfection by Lauren Carr
Murder by Perfection - Lauren Carr

Note: While this is Book 3 in the series, it works just fine as a stand alone.

I’ve been a fan of Lauren Carr’s works for several years now. Sinking into this book was like joining an old friend for a lengthy cup of tea. I enjoy the writing style and characters equally. There’s also a twist or three and there’s usually more than one mystery to solve.

Jessica and Murphy are trying to balance her schooling and his career with their personal lives. And that’s how they get pulled into a minor investigation that involves a couples’s cooking class. Natalie Stepford is a well known cook and quite the looker too.

Of course, we get a body or two and the investigations into each are off and running. Then Murphy turns up missing. So the timeline jumps around a little in regards to Murphy and that through me a bit more than once. Still, I loved it that Murphy, this very capable man with lots of combat training and other special skills gained from his time in the super secret Phantoms, is the one that goes missing and it’s up to his wife and family to save him.

Newman was a source of amusement, a mix dog of some sort that rules over the TV, changing the station if the show doesn’t suit him. I also found the electronic butler Nigel fun, as people are sometimes started by his disembodied voice.

This tale had a few more cliches than normal for Carr’s works. On one hand, that made it easy to follow along and just enjoy the characters. On the other hand, it did make some things predictable. Despite this, I had a lot of fun with the story.

Murphy’s twin brother gets called in to help lay down a ruse that will bring the culprits to light even as other members of the family continue to pursue their investigations. I didn’t really like that Jessica had to use her feminine wiles, playing a woman in emotional distress, as her part of the ruse. First, she hasn’t acted like that at all, and secondly, she has plenty more to offer as a character.

The action is well balanced with humor and I also liked the flirtations between Murphy and Jessica as they do their best to fit in some sexytimes with their busy schedules. The end leaves us on a very satisfying note. 4/5 stars.

The Narration: Mike Alger has narrated several of Carr’s books and listening to his narrations is like listening to an old friend at this point. I love his voices for the men. He manages to make all the related men sound like relatives while also giving them their own unique voices. He makes a perfect Murphy. His female voices are usually feminine but there’s less range there and sometimes more then one woman will sound like the other. His pacing is perfect and there’s no issues with the recording. 4.5/5 stars.

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review 2018-10-14 03:38
Giveaway & Review – Murder by Perfection by Lauren Carr @TheMysteryLadie @iReadBookTours
Murder by Perfection - Lauren Carr

 

 

Book Details:

 

Book Title: Murder by Perfection by Lauren Carr
Series: Thorny Rose Mystery Series (Volume 3)
Category: Adult fiction, 322 pages
Genre: Murder Mystery
Publisher: Acorn Book Services
Release date: May 31, 2018
Tour dates: Oct 8 to Nov 2, 2018
Content Rating: PG (mild violence and sexual suggestion)

 

MY REVIEW

 

Lauren Carr is one of my go to authors when I want a mystery that’s just right. Not too cozy and not too dark, but filled with suspense, humor and a critter or two or three…
 

I love being back with familiar friends and the pets who love them. Lauren Carr;s characters, both human and canine, are rich in personality and she gets right to the action. the hook is set early and I love that, even though I know when I open the cover I am in for hours of entertainment, laughter, danger and worry.

 

Right off the bat I greet Newman. He’s a Basset mix and a couch potato, who pouts when he doesn’t like what’s on TV and doesn’t have the remote to change it. Sometimes it’s the stock report and sometimes it could be a movie, like Jurassic Park or zombies. He has good taste.

 

“You have a couch potato who pranks people by playing possum and another who’s a compulsive liar..”

 

A great description for the critters in this household. Gotta love ’em!

 

Jessica and Murphy are still in the honeymoon phase of their marriage, but, like a lot of us, they are busy with the necessities of life and don’t have enough time to spend together. Adds that bit of realism that makes the story read like true crime.

 

Technology plays a big part in this series and I would love to have a butler like Nigel and all the toys that are available to them.

 

We have secrets, murders, Phantoms, and more…

 

In fact, we have multiple murders and a long list of suspects. But don’t worry, we still have plenty of time for some laughter and lovin’.

 

Thanks Lauren, for another chance to get lost in a twist and turn mystery that leads me down one path, only to find I took a wrong turn somewhere. Keep ’em coming.

I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of Murder by Perfection by Lauren Carr.

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How to punish a child for stealing and lying using Positive Psychology
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Source: www.artof4elements.com/entry/226/how-to-punish-a-child-for-stealing-and-lying
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review 2018-10-02 02:15
Book Tour: Murder By Perfection by Lauren Carr
Murder by Perfection - Lauren Carr

 

Lauren Carr has done it again. If you have read one of her books, you know that you have been hooked from that first one you read. You will want more. If you have not read Lauren Carr books you are truly missing out on some really good murders and murder mystery. She write so well that you will not be able to stop with one chapter.

 

Murder by Perfection is no different. We see that Jessica Faraday and Murphy Thornton are doing in there lives. Things looks like they are still enjoying there bliss but it starting to warn off as they both have busy schedules. Can they fix it? Will they be able to find time for themselves?

 

Things really start to get interesting once Murphy runs into an old buddy of his from his time at the academy. His buddy starts talking to him about making it work to keep his marriage work. Though his buddy and Captain want to talk to Murphy alone about something important?

 

By the time, Murphy get to the park, there a crime and he a witness to his navy buddy crime. We go for a ride with murder galore. Murphy goes missing? Who want him gone and took him. Jessica get a ransom and also bring in the Thornton family like, JJ Thornton, Joshua Thornton, NCIS Team and a few others. We even see Tristan Faraday involved.

 

Lauren Carr brings in drugs, kidnapping and so much more. I loved just about everything. You are keep guessing until the end. How is it all connected? What does Natalie Shepherd's life got to do with Murphy?

 

 

Source: nrcbooks.blogspot.com/2018/10/book-tour-murder-by-perfection-by.html
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review 2018-09-02 21:03
good book and characters
Southern Perfection - Casey Peeler

Reagan is smart, a cheerleader, kind, and sweet. Jace is a butt quarterback and he wants to be with Reagan. But then Emmett moves back to town and Regan had never forgot him. Regan ois very close to her grandfather Diver as when her parents and grandmother were killed in a fatal car accident she goes to live and be raised by her grandfather. At that time Emmett and Reagan had been close and he gave her a stuffed rabbit when she was reeling from her parents death even though she was five she never forgot how special she had felt with the gift from Emmett and how sweet he was to her. Now, Regab, her grandfather, and her cousin Cole- who is Emmett’s stepbrother. run the family farm with a few others. Regan now have feelings for Emment that she has never had for another guy.Reagan doesn’t date she is just friends with everyone. But Regan has a secret she won’t tell anyone not even Emmett who she has now fallen for.  

I enjoyed this story. I really liked Emmett especially when he reached out to a five year old girl who had lost her parents and grandmother and gave her a stuffed animal. This was a sweet, short, intense romantic book. I loved how the story was about family and how important family was. This was repetitive at times and that was a little annoying. Also when the POV changes it got a little confusing especially at first until you got more used to this writing style. I liked how this showed keeping up appearances isn’t the most important thing to do. I did like the plot a lot. Sometimes I choked up when writing this and other times I chuckled. I loved Emmett and Reagan together and how they interacting with each other. I also liked how protective Cole is of Reagan. I loved the characters and the ins and outs of this book and I recommend.

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