A Fine Year for Murder: A Thorny Rose Mystery by Lauren Carr

Synopsis - 

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?

Review - 

It's always a great day when I receive a new title from one of my fav authors - Lauren Carr. That is followed by a sigh when I curl up, consume it in one day and then have to wait patiently for her next book to come out. A Fine Year for Murder ws no exception.

Carr has several mystery series she adds to regularly. This title is the second offering in A Thorny Rose Mystery - a spin off from her wildly popular Mac Faraday series - following the lives and adventures of Jessica Faraday (Mac Faraday's daughter) and her husband Murphy Thornton.

This storyline offers a truly unique premise that took me by surprise. While set in current times, the plot is inspired by an event buried in Jessica's past - one she doesn't even remember.  We get hints here and there. A small girl running in fear. Another murdered.  How do these memories fit into current times?

As investigative journalist talks about an old case she is looking into called the Pine Bridge Massacre during a dinner party, it stirs up old memories. Jessica was in the area at the time of the murder and called her dad to bring her home the morning after. Mac suddenly realizes that the story Jessica gave him at the time didn't add up with the facts.

Hit with the realization that her memories of that time are off, and struggling with increasingly dark nightmares, Jessica and her husband Murphy head back to the scene of the crime. It's time to figure out what really happened that day.  Slowly her memories reappear, but it's not without danger for them both.

Will Jessica finally remember what really happened that day? Will those memories help bring a cold blooded killer to justice? Only time will tell.

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Meet the Author -

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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