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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.
One third of the way through the book, I have it figured out. Wait. I think. Well… no, not really. I mean… I have four suspects. But that doesn’t really make sense because one witness says two, but there is a third character that has to fit into that pair so then where do they fit in? But it could be…
Yeah, let’s be real. There is a 99.9% chance I am so off base, it would be comical if I said it out loud. It’s one of the reasons I love Lauren Carr’s mysteries. I never have it figured out. I may have a hunch, but I don’t EVER have it figured out.
And I didn’t. Wasn’t even close. Never saw it coming.
There is always a cast of characters which means tons of suspects to choose from. And there usually is more than one crime but somehow, they always link to each other.
I think the one aspect of this book that I liked best was that it really did become a family affair – the entire Thornton family (almost) – affair.
Lauren’s books never cease to disappoint me and always leave me turning pages and guessing at every clue. Hands down, one of the best mystery writers! Better yet; no matter the order or the time between books, I never feel lost! (I have read several out of order and have never felt like I missed a piece of a story!)
About the Author
Lauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Thorny Rose, Mac Faraday, Lovers in Crime, and Chris Matheson Cold Case Mysteries—over twenty titles across four 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.
Lauren is a popular speaker who has made appearances at schools, youth groups, and on author panels at conventions. She lives with her husband, and two spoiled rotten German shepherds on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.