A Fine Year for Murder (Thorny Rose Mystery – 2) 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?
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.
Jessica Faraday and Murphy Thornton are back. Ever since being married, Jessica suffers from nightmares and has a habit of beating up Murphy. She feels bad but doesn’t know what triggers them. Then Dallas Walker decides she wants to investigate the Pine Bridge Massacre and we learn that Jessica where there the night of the murder. Jessica knew the victim and it seems knows more about the murder than she thought. It seems this is what is triggering her night terrors.
So, Murphy, Jessica, and Dallas plan on going back to Pine Bridge and find themselves neck deep in trouble. From Jessica’s odd cousin that wants Murphy out of the picture to the owner of a civil war mansion and a prima ballerina, all three of them will find themselves in a tangled mystery that has some ghosts to help them solve the mystery.
This is another great mystery that will find you meeting up with Mac Faraday as he wants to protect his little girl. But Murphy has Jessica’s back as she returns to her rich family that looks down their noses at her. I loved the setting and how no matter who you think the killer is you will be wrong. There are plenty of red herrings throughout the story and a great reveal at the end.
But the part I loved was how Jessica can take care of herself. Besides beating up Murphy in her sleep, she gets trapped in an elevator and I love how she puts her attacker in his place. I help teach self-defense and will definitely be adding that move. But I will say one thing kept irritating me throughout the book. What in the heck is a tactical knife? It’s a fixed blade. I’m sorry but this continued to irritate the heck out of me. I also got the pleasure of reviewing this as an audiobook. CJ McAllister does a wonderful job narrating this series.
Beyond that, this is another great mystery from Lauren Carr. I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next.
I received A Fine Year for Murder from iRead Book Tours for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.
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