The Prime Suspect (A Sam MacKade PI Mystery) by Lauren Carr

Lauren Carr is a master storyteller who combines the humor of Janet Evanovich and the investigative skills of Patricia Cornwell." - Sherry Fundin, Fundinmental, As Eye See It

Synopsis - 

​Two murders with one common denominator. Both victims betrayed Bryce Greyson. How could she not be the prime suspect?

Four years after Bryce’s cheating husband is gunned down, her boyfriend-stealing former roommate’s remains are found buried under a statue at her alma mater. Declared the prime suspect by both detectives and the media, Bryce has no choice but to hire someone to clear her name.

Enter Sam MacKade, private eye.

To solve two murders, the former police K-9 officer and his canine partners must sift through the clues and the lies to reveal the true prime suspect.

Review - 

As author Lauren Carr is one of my favorite authors, I am always watching diligently for new titles and am first in line to read them.  It's especially exciting when she launches another series. It means meeting new minted, intelligent, resourceful characters and almost-human pets sure to charm. The Prime Suspect is no exception.

Bryce Greyson is the ultimate prime suspect. Both a university room mate and her husband were murdered. The odds she was involved are statistically high.  The fact she might be innocent is irrelevant to the police who have zeroed in on her alone, and are working hard to back up their decision with evidence. A chance meeting with Sam MacKade at soccer practice offers her a drop of hope.

MacKade is a former police officer who had to retire after taking a bullet to his knee.  He has serious trust issues when it comes to people. Other than his ex-wife and daughter, his closest connections are with his two dogs - both super smart and his only backup when he is working a case.  While hesitant, he decides to take on Greyson's case.  However, someone is manipulating the police and media behind the scenes to convict Greyson in the court of public opinion.

The plot is twisted. The characters are full of depth, with many hiding secrets. Mackade's two dogs and Greyson's cat are not only smart, but have attitude with a capital A.  I don't want to spoil anything, so all I am going to say is the cat is the hero who deals with one personal threat.

Another great cozy mystery by author Lauren Carr. Hopefully it's not too long before book two in this new series. 

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Other book reviews for this author -
It's Murder My Son HERE!
Killer Deadline HERE!
The Nutcracker Conspiracy HERE!
The Last Thing She Said HERE!
Spring Thaw HERE!
Crimes Past HERE!
Murder by Perfection HERE!
TwoFer Murder HERE!
A Fine Year for Murder HERE!
Killer in the Band HERE!
The Murders At Astaire Castle HERE!
Candidate for Murder HERE!
Cancelled Vows HERE!
Kill and Run HERE!
Shadow of Murder HERE!
Chris Crossed Murder HERE!​

Meet the Author -
2022 interview HERE!
2015 interview with author journey HERE!

Selling over half a million books worldwide, Lauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Mac Faraday, Lovers in Crime, Thorny Rose, Chris Matheson Cold Case Mysteries, and Nikki Bryant Cozy Mysteries—thirty titles across five fast-paced mystery series filled with twists and turns!

Book reviewers and readers alike rave about how Lauren Carr seamlessly crosses genres to include mystery, suspense, crime fiction, police procedurals, romance, and humor.

The owner of Acorn Book Services and iRead Book Tours, Lauren is also a publishing manager, consultant, and virtual book tour coordinator for independent authors.

Lauren is a popular speaker who has made appearances at schools, youth groups, and author panels at conventions. She lives with her husband, and two spoiled rotten German shepherds on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.

connect with the author: website ~ amazon ~ facebook ~ instagram ~ twitter ~ pinterest


  1. Thank you so much, Marilyn for featuring THE PRIME SUSPECT and reviewing this new PI mystery. Here's wishing everyone luck in the giveaway for the $50 PayPal!

    1. My pleasure and I hope everyone enters this contest.

  2. Replies
    1. I can highly recommend all her books. I have read every one.

  3. I liked your review, the book sounds very good!!

    1. Thanks. I love this author and have read all her books.

  4. Sounds like a great book deff would like to read it!


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