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On Tour With Lauren Carr Featuring Her Book *The Root of Murder* @TheMysteryLadie @iReadBookTours #guestpost #giveaway

 

Praise for Lauren Carr’s Mysteries:

 

“Lauren Carr could give Agatha Christie a run for her money!”

​- Charlene Mabie-Gamble, Literary R&R

 

“As always, Lauren Carr brings an action-packed story that is almost impossible to put down. Her mystery plots have so many twists and turns that I didn’t know if I was coming or going. And the action just didn’t stop from the very beginning till the very end.” – Melina Mason, Melina’s Book Reviews

 

Book Details:

Book Title: The Root of Murder (A Lovers in Crime Mystery #4) by Lauren Carr @TheMysteryLadie
Category:  Adult Fiction (18 +),  332 pages
Genre:  Mystery
Publisher:  Acorn Book Services
Release date:   March 20, 2019
Format available for review:  print, Audible download, mobi, epub, PDF
Will send print books out:  USA & Canada
Tour datesSeptember 9 to October 25, 2019
Content Rating:  PG-13 (Lauren Carr’s books are murder mysteries, so there are murders involved. Occasionally, a murder will happen on stage. There is sexual content, but always behind closed doors. Some mild swearing (a hell or a damn few and far between). No F-bombs!

Book Description:
Homicide Detective Cameron Gates learned long ago that there is no such thing as a typical murder case. Each mystery is special in its own right—especially for the family of the victim.The homicide of a successful executive, husband, and father seems open and shut when the murder weapon is found in his estranged son-in-law’s possession. The circumstantial evidence is so damning that when her step-son, J.J. Thornton, agrees to act as the defendant’s public defender, he assumes his first murder case will be a loss. Only the report of a missing husband proves that this case is not as open and shut as it seems. Strap on your seat belts for a wild ride in this mystery rooted in decades of deception that sprouts into murder.

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A Lovers in Crime Mystery, Killer in the Band by Lauren Carr

Book Details:

Book Title: Killer in the Band  (A Lovers in Crime Mystery #3) by Lauren Carr @TheMysteryLadie
Category:  Adult fiction,  430 pages
Genre:  Mystery
Publisher:  Acorn Book Services
Release date:  Oct 3, 2016
Available for review in:  print, Audible download, mobi, epub, PDF
Will send books:  USA & Canada
Tour dates:  September 9 to October 25, 2019
Content Rating:  PG-13 (Lauren Carr’s books are murder mysteries, so there are murders involved. Occasionally, a murder will happen on stage. There is sexual content, but always behind closed doors. Some mild swearing (a hell or a damn few and far between). No F-bombs!

Book Description:

Summer of Love & Murder

Joshua’s eldest son, Joshua “J.J.” Thornton Jr., has graduated at the top of his class from law school and returns home to spend the summer studying for the bar exam. However, to Joshua’s and Cameron’s shock and dismay, J.J. moves into the main house at Russell Ridge Farm, the largest dairy farm in the Ohio Valley, to rekindle a romance with Suellen Russell, a onetime leader of a rock group who’s twice his age. Quickly, they learn that she has been keeping a deep dark secret.

The move brings long-buried tensions between the father and son to the surface. But when a brutal killer strikes, the Lovers in Crime must set all differences aside to solve the crime before J.J. ends up in the crosshairs of a murderer.


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Real Murder by Lauren Carr

Book Title: Real Murder (A Lovers in Crime Mystery #2) by Lauren Carr @TheMysteryLadie
Category:  Adult Fiction (18 +),  302 pages
Genre:  Mystery
Publisher:  Acorn Book Services
Release date:   May 28, 2014
Format available for review:  print, Audible download, mobi, epub, PDF
Will send print books out:  USA & Canada
Tour dates:  September 9 to October 25, 2019
Content Rating: PG-13 (Lauren Carr’s books are murder mysteries, so there are murders involved. Occasionally, a murder will happen on stage. There is sexual content, but always behind closed doors. Some mild swearing (a hell or a damn few and far between). No F-bombs!

Book Description:

​​When Homicide Detective Cameron Gates befriends Dolly, the little old lady who lives across the street, she is warned not to get lured into helping the elderly woman by investigating the unsolved murder of one of her girls. “She’s senile,” Cameron is warned. “It’s not a real murder.”

Such is not the case. After Dolly is brutally murdered, Cameron discovers that the sweet blue-haired lady’s “girl” was a call girl, who had been killed in a mysterious double homicide.

Meanwhile, Prosecuting Attorney Joshua Thornton is looking for answers to the murder of a childhood friend, a sheriff’s deputy whose cruiser is found at the bottom of a lake. The deputy had disappeared almost twenty years ago while privately investigating the murder of a local prostitute.

It doesn’t take long for the Lovers in Crime to put their cases together to reveal a long-kept secret that some believe is worth killing to keep undercover.


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Dead on Ice by Lauren Carr

Book Details:

Book Title: Dead on Ice (Lovers in Crime Mystery Book #1)by Lauren Carr @TheMysteryLadie
Category:  Adult Fiction (18 +),  234 pages
Genre:  Mystery
Publisher:  Acorn Book Services
Release date:   August 22, 2012
Format available for review:  print, Audible download, mobi, epub, PDF
Will send print books out:  USA & Canada
Tour dates:  September 9 to October 25, 2019
Content Rating: PG-13 (Lauren Carr’s books are murder mysteries, so there are murders involved. Occasionally, a murder will happen on stage. There is sexual content, but always behind closed doors. Some mild swearing (a hell or a damn few and far between). No F-bombs!

Book Description:

Dead on Ice is the first installment of Lauren Carr’s new series (Lovers in Crime) featuring Hancock County Prosecuting Attorney Joshua Thornton and Pennsylvania State Police homicide detective Cameron Gates. 

Spunky Cameron Gates is tasked with solving the murder of Cherry Pickens, a legendary star of pornographic films, whose body turns up in an abandoned freezer. The case has a personal connection to her lover, Joshua Thornton, because the freezer was located in his cousin’s basement. It doesn’t take long for their investigation to reveal that the risqué star’s roots were buried in their rural Ohio Valley community, something that Cherry had kept off her show business bio. She should have kept her hometown off her road map, too—because when this starlet came running home from the mob, it proved to be a fatal homecoming.


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~ Guest Post ~

Food Tastes Better When Your Characters Eat It Together
By Lauren Carr

There’s a saying: “Food Tastes Better When You Eat It with Family.”

Food provides more than nourishment. That was the way I grew up. As a child, our family gathered together at mealtime to eat, catch on what was happening, and discuss the day. On Sunday, my mother, who I later realized hated cooking, would prepare a huge dinner and we would all sit down to eat together.

It wasn’t the food. It was the coming together as family. Numerous studies have proven that families that eat dinner together are closer than families that don’t. Children who eat dinner with their families feel more secure and have a deeper sense of belonging. They even have better grades in school.

So, it is no accident that my fictional family, the Thorntons do the same. For Joshua Thornton and his family, eating together is a natural thing. Even though most of his children have grown, married, and moved on, there are numerous scenes in The Root of Murder, where the family manages to come together to eat and discuss the latest developments in their case over dinner, lunch, or even breakfast, as you’ll see in this excerpt where Joshua visits his son-in-law to discuss an accident that he has come to suspect was more than just an accident:

John Davis’s death had caused a nagging feeling to resurface in Joshua’s mind. The facts of Lindsay’s death pointed to it being a tragic accident caused by driving while under the influence of drugs and alcohol.

As the county’s prosecuting attorney, Joshua would push Sheriff Sawyer and his deputies to keep digging until his gut told him there was nothing more. Yet, John and Kathleen Davis wanted to move on after their daughter’s death. Since there was no evidence of foul play, Joshua ignored his gut instinct and let the case rest—until John Davis’s murder brought that nagging feeling back with a vengeance.

Joshua waited until he had dropped off Izzy at the middle school and was on his way to his office in New Cumberland before calling Hunter Gardner on his hands-free phone.

“What’s up, Dad?” his son-in-law answered.

Joshua grinned. Hunter’s father had been a childhood friend. They’d grown up together. A sheriff’s deputy, Hunter’s father had been murdered when his son was only five years old. Joshua felt honored that Hunter began calling him “Dad” as soon as he and Tracy had become engaged.

“What’s your location?” Joshua asked.

“I’m pulling into the sheriff’s office for my meal break. Why?”

“Can I swing by and talk to you?”

“Am I in trouble? Listen, I tried to get to the house to help J.J. sand those hardwood floors, but Tracy needed me to exchange her garbage disposal. She says she needs a bigger one. Can you believe that? The new one is as big as a tank.” He sighed. “I’m sorry. I just do what I’m told.”

“I want to talk to you about something else.”

“In that case, come on over. You’ll find me in the break room heating up my breakfast.”

In New Cumberland, the sheriff’s department was across the parking lot from the prosecuting attorney’s office. Joshua parked in his reserved space and jogged to the sheriff’s office.

He could smell Tracy’s hash browns casserole, stuffed with cheese and homemade sausage, all the way down the corridor. Thinking about the frozen waffles he had eaten for breakfast, he instantly became jealous.

Hunter had set up an elaborate spread across one of the tables in the break room. The microwave was heating up a fluffy three-egg omelet. Two slices of Texas toast rested on a plate next to the hashbrowns that had been prepared in a personal-sized casserole dish. There was also a small bowl of mixed fruit.

“Hungry?” Hunter held out the bowl of fruit.

Joshua broke off a branch of grapes. “Tracy doesn’t spoil you, does she?”

“Not at all.” Hunter peeled the lid from a plastic container. “Want a brownie? She baked them yesterday.”

The microwave beeped.

“How much weight have you gained since you got married?”

“Twelve pounds and counting.” Hunter took the perfectly shaped omelet out of the microwave oven and put another plastic container inside. “What’s so urgent that you needed to interrupt my breakfast?” He pressed the reheat button and the microwave proceeded to reheat the next item.

“You’ve become Sawyer’s go-to guy for accident reconstruction.” Unable to resist, Joshua tore off a corner from a slice of the Texas toast. The bread was warm to the touch.

Shrugging his broad shoulders, Hunter sat at the table. “I like doing it and it’s kind of fun trying to figure out how things happened.”

“Well, you came to work for the department the year after Lindsay Ellison was killed on Washington School Road.” He picked a piece of pineapple from the fruit bowl. “Have you ever taken a look at it?”

“No one ever asked me to.” Hunter held out the slice of the Texas toast. “Since you already started, you might as well finish it. Tracy made this with her new bread maker. It’s her own recipe.”

“Everything is her own recipe.” With a smile, Joshua took the slice and broke off a bite.

“She wiped out on that Y where Washington School Road breaks off of Locust Hill. It goes downhill and loops around,” Hunter explained between bites of his breakfast. “She had methamphetamine in her system and a point four blood alcohol level. It’s a miracle she was even conscious when she took that turn.”

“What if she wasn’t?” Joshua asked.

“Are you thinking it was murder?” Hunter arched an eyebrow in his direction. “She was knee deep in drugs—hanging out with druggies. That is a high-risk lifestyle. Maybe someone did want her dead.”

“It was definitely an accident. The thing is I’ve always felt like there was something more to it.”

“I’ve been hearing from friends that it was suicide,” Hunter said.

“You and J.J. have the same friends,” Joshua said. “What exactly do they say?”

“Anything I know is hearsay.”

The microwave beeped.

“What else did Tracy pack for you?” Joshua asked while taking in the table filled with food.

“Gravy!” Hunter jumped up to fetch the hot container filled with sausage gravy. He ladled it out across the hash browns and eggs. Pleased with the feast set before him, he retook his seat.

“If I ate all this for breakfast, I’d need a nap within an hour,” Joshua said.

“Jealous.” Hunter took a forkful of the hash browns and moaned with pleasure. “To get back to Lindsay, most of what I know about that time period, I’ve learned from Tracy.”

“What did Tracy tell you?” Joshua dipped his slice of toast into the gravy.

“She’d made a big mistake throwing her life away on Derek,” Hunter said. “She really wanted to be a professional dancer, but she’d figured out that she didn’t have what it took to make it. Derek had been pursuing her, so she just gave up. By the time she realized what a mistake she’d made, she was trapped in a loveless marriage to a drunk and stuck with a baby that she didn’t know how to raise.”

“Do you think that you can tell by looking at the crime scene pictures and accident report, if it was an accident or suicide?”

“Probably.”

“How about if the victim had been thrown from the car?”

“What about it?”

“Can you tell if say …”

“If she was conscious?”

“If she was driving or a passenger?”

Hunter stopped eating and sat back in his seat. “What are you hunting for?”

“I don’t want to lead you in one direction or the other.”

“I understand.” Hunter resumed eating. “If I have all the data, I can give an educated guess. What makes you think someone else was driving?”

“Lindsay’s body was found in the middle of the road,” Joshua said between bites of the toast, while dipping each one in the gravy. “The car supposedly rolled over her. My cousin Tad did the autopsy.”

“Did he have an opinion about whether she was conscious or not?”

“He said with all of the drugs in her system that she could have been in a manic state, which could have explained why she took that curve at such a high rate of speed,” Joshua said. “She was crushed by the car rolling over her body—before it went over the hill. That bothered me. If she was the only one in the car and thrown out—landing in the middle of the road—then how is it that the car went off the road and rolled down the hill.”

“If she had enough speeding going into the curve before losing control, it could happen.”

“That’s what Sawyer says. Because of all the drugs and alcohol in her system, I just let it go.”

Hunter cringed. “With John Davis being murdered, do you really think now is the right time to tell the Davises that Lindsay killed herself if that turns out to be the truth?”

“First, let’s find out if my suspicions are right.” Joshua tossed the last bit of toast into his mouth. “Then we’ll cross that bridge.”

_____________________

Lauren Carr

Meet the author @TheMysteryLadie
With over forty years of writing and publishing experience, international best-selling author Lauren Carr has played an active role in the revolution of independent authors.

While studying for her college degree in English and journalism, Lauren worked as an editor and layout design artist with the federal government in Washington, DC. It was there that Lauren learned the foundations necessary for book publishing.

Lauren’s debut mystery, A Small Case of Murder was a finalist for the Independent Publisher Book Awards. On the heels of that success, she accepted an offer from a traditional publisher for A Reunion to Die For.

When it came time to publish her third book, Lauren rejected offers from two traditional publishers, choosing instead to independently publish It’s Murder, My Son, which made it to #1 in sales on Amazon in cozy mysteries. She has never regretted her decision to become an independent author.

Realizing that she could use her experiences to help other writers achieve their dreams to become published authors, Lauren established Acorn Book Services, offering professional services to independent authors.

The international best-selling author of over twenty-five murder mysteries, Lauren has gone on dozens of virtual blog tours (most with iRead Book Tours!) and has seen first-hand that how an author publishes is irrelevant to success. The key is exposure to potential readers. Virtual blog tours are an excellent avenue for book promotion. Book spotlights, reviews, author guest posts and interviews are forever, unlike in-person book events, which become a memory as soon as they have finished.

With her vast experience, it seemed only natural for Lauren Carr to jump at the opportunity to join the iReads Book Tours team. She lives with her husband, and two spoiled rotten German shepherds on a mountain in West Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley.

You can usually find Lauren plotting her next murder mystery in her writer’s studio on her mountaintop. Visit Lauren’s  website https://mysterylady.net/ to learn more about her murder mysteries, Acorn Book Services, and now iReads Book Tours!

Connect with the author:   Website  ~  Twitter  ~  Facebook  ~  Instagram



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  1. Wow, lots of intriguing stories the sound like they are very good page turners and with some very interesting covers! your books sound like the kind of books I love to read! I will be looking for this author’s books! I enjoyed reading the book descriptions. Thank you so much for sharing this post.

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