Kill and Run (A Thorny Rose Mystery) by Lauren Carr Post

Kill and Run by Lauren Carr
Together, can the detectives of the
Thorny Rose uncover the truth without
falling victim to a cunning killer?


Five women with seemingly nothing in common are found brutally murdered in a townhome outside Washington, DC. Among the many questions surrounding the massacre is what had brought these apparent strangers together only to be killed.

Taking on his first official murder case, Lieutenant Murphy Thornton, USN, believes that if he can uncover the thread connecting the victims, then he can find their murderer.

The case takes an unexpected turn when Murphy discovers that one of the victims has a connection to his stepmother, Homicide Detective Cameron Gates. One wintry night, over a dozen years before, her first husband, a Pennsylvania State trooper, had been run down while working a night shift on the turnpike.

In this first installment of the Thorny Rose Mysteries, the Lovers in Crime join newlyweds Lieutenant Murphy Thornton and Jessica Faraday to shift through a web of lies and cover-ups. Together, can the detectives of the Thorny Rose uncover the truth without falling victim to a cunning killer?


Author Lauren Carr is an established writer with many books under her belt including The Mac Faraday series and the Lovers in Crime Mysteries series. Now she is launching a third - The Thorny Rose Mysteries. Kill and Run is the first installment.

In Kill and Run, the main characters are a husband and wife team of Murphy Thorton and Jessica Faraday who we met earlier in Three Days to Forever (review here). He is a specially trained, high level government agent, she the (now) wealthy granddaughter of a famous mystery novel writer. Married within days of meeting in the last book - they now take center stage in a new story of intrigue.

The plot takes many twists and turns - a back story that becomes relevant, professional mob hits, military involvement, mistreatment of women, cover-ups and more. Romance is still there, but it takes a back seat in this story of intrigue with readers left quickly turning the pages to figure out where it will all end up. It great escapism - a chance to walk away from all the things on your plate - and for me, that takes top billing. I'm pretty sure I'll be reading more from this author soon.

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Meet the author

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Lauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Mac Faraday Mysteries, which takes place in Deep Creek Lake, Maryland. Open Season for Murder is the tenth installment in the Mac Faraday Mystery series.

In addition to her series set on Deep Creek Lake, Lauren Carr has also written the Lovers in Crime Mysteries, which features prosecutor Joshua Thornton with homicide detective Cameron Gates, who were introduced in Shades of Murder, the third book in the Mac Faraday Mysteries. They also make an appearance in The Lady Who Cried Murder.

Three Days to Forever introduced Lauren Carr’s latest series detectives, Murphy Thornton and Jessica Faraday in the Thorny Rose Mysteries. Look for Kill and Run, the first installment in this series, to be released September 1, 2015. The owner of Acorn Book Services, Lauren is also a publishing manager, consultant, editor, cover and layout designer, and marketing agent for independent authors. Visit Acorn Book Services’ website for more information.

Lauren is a popular speaker who has made appearances at schools, youth groups, and on author panels at conventions. She also passes on what she has learned in her years of writing and publishing by conducting workshops and teaching in community education classes.

She lives with her husband, son, and three dogs on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.

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