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.
Before long, 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, Lieutenant Murphy Thornton and Jessica Faraday sift through a web of lies and cover-ups. Together, can the detectives uncover the truth without falling victim to a cunning killer?
©2016 Terri Zaleski (P)2016 Terri Zaleski
Kill and Run is the first book in the new series A Thorny Rose Mystery but it is a spin-off of two series Lovers in Crime Mysteries and Mac Faraday Mysteries. I am enjoying this new series.
I love dark gritty thrillers, mystery, psychological, police procedural, and horror with the romance set at a minimum to none.
I recommend this story to anyone that enjoys thrillers about serial killers. There are many twists and turns and the story will keep you guessing until the end.
I enjoyed Murphy. The author did a a great job building his character. He has a lot of depth and I hope there will be more of him in future books.
Good performance by the narrator.
I do not like to give away anything in my reviews.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.
I download over 100 books a year. I don't even know how to go about my day without listening to a title. It's my happy place!
Get ready for an incredible murder mystery!!
The story was intricate and very detailed. I love how the mystery unfolded. The whodunnit was a big "WHOA!"
Murphy, the main character, was the embodiment of Captain America and we should all have the relationship that he had with his wife.
There were several hold-your-breath moments and a good, warm, family feeling that came across as very real.
The narrator was excellent!! I felt every word and every personality. The cast of characters included military personnel and a 13 year old girl and he handled them all.
This listen is the first in a series but some of the characters were from another series. Now that I know they exist, I'm going back for the earlier stories. I'm hooked!!
This story had so many characters and a lot of twists and turns I never expected the guilty one to be who it was till near the end. Loved the characters and the story line the author made me believe there is a shadow unit within our military. Can't wait to read more from her. The narrator did a beautiful job.
I received this free from the author or narrator free for an honest review.
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This is a book full of surprises that keeps your attention as the author plays out the plot giving you a highly entertaining listen. I thought it was really well written that is fast paced filled with action and mystery. I did guess who was pulling the cords a little over half way through but I have been wrong before. I didn’t know the how or why until near the end. The author does a great job at keeping you entertained and guessing. This is a very fast pace thrilling read that goes back for years and ties into Murphy wife’s first husbands killing that everyone thought was an accident. As you first start to listen you think oh what a sweet wonderful cop and listen in horror as the action unfolds. The author skips ahead a few years and the book takes off leaving you with your mouth hung open thinking oh my Lord a time or two. The author gives you a ton of surprise along the way with some shocks as well. You will find monsters and still more monsters controlling everything from women to a career with one person behind it all trying to take the world on to get what they feel they deserve. As the end comes you will be left with shocks and surprises that will leave you with your mouth hung open.
Mr. McAllister I thought did a wonderful job with the character voices he really put emotion into them never leaving you guessing who was talking or what they were feeling. I thought his normal voice where he was just reading didn’t come across as easy or as natural as I thought it should. I did feel all in all he did a wonderful job at keeping me pulled in and entertained. You could really feel the emotions he put into the read. I did not hear any background noises or any places where the audio was higher or lower than any place else on the audio. If any breaks were taken I could not tell. I felt he gave a clear and clean listen that really pulls in the listener. His male voices were just as great as his females you had no trouble knowing who was talking or what they were feeling. I had no trouble picturing what the author wanted me to as he narrated the book. I do look forward to listening to more of his work.
The author gives you so many wonderful characters it is hard to pick my favorite. I would have to say my heart really went out to Cameron and Lizzy the most. Just wait until you meet Monica and the part she plays. Your heart may change on this little dear..that is all I can say. As the book takes off with 5 women dead and the why, who and what keeps you in surprise you are pulled in and left on the edge as more people’s lives are at stake you are left wondering who will be left a live if any. I loved the plot and the characters. The mystery was outstanding as well as the thrills and holding your breath to see what happens next. As the mystery builds and suspense takes over it was an audio I couldn’t put down. I found things to do around the home so I could listen longer. This is filled with action never a dull minute as the chilling mystery unfold leaving you wanting to get your hands on one person for all he put so many through. I had no trouble visualize the scenes as they came to life for me leaving me at times in shock at how far one person would go and what they would do. The title really fits this story it all started with a kill and run as the author takes you through the paces of one man and his career to get to the top. This book was really thought out giving the reader/listener a highly entertaining listen. I am so looking forward to more work from this author. If you love a little mystery, with lots of action and a little romance this is the thriller for you.
I would definitely recommend Kill and Run: A Thorny Rose Mystery by Lauren Carr to a friend or family member who enjoys a good mystery as well as those who enjoy the author, Lauren Carr. Lauren does a great job of creating a murder mystery that avoids many of the gruesome elements that murder mysteries tend to have.
I personally found that Kill and Run: A Thorny Rose Mystery by Lauren Carr reminded me a lot of the Mac Faraday Mystery series that Lauren Car wrote. It also struck me as an adult version of the old Nancy Drew mystery books.
The narrator, C.J. McAllister, did a very good job with the voices of the different characters in Kill and Run: A Thorny Rose Mystery by Lauren Carr. I felt like the narration allowed me to get a clearer picture of the characters than I would have if I had only read the book.
Overall, I found that I really enjoyed listening to Kill and Run: A Thorny Rose Mystery by Lauren Carr. The book just pulled me in, which is typical of books by Lauren Carr. There were a few spots that just had me chuckling. The overall feeling that I walked away with is: "I can't wait for book two"!
Lieutenant Murphy Thornton, USN, is newly married to a wealthy young woman, Jessica Faraday. He’d like to have more time for his new bride but he unexpectedly finds himself lead on his first homicide case. Although his crotchety boss didn’t plan for him to really take the case from the local police, when he discovers that the fifth woman murdered at the scene was a naval petty officer, he claims the case under NCIS jurisdiction. His boss hasn’t liked Murphy since he was assigned to her office and she resents his good looks, polish and apparent good reputation. She has no idea that he is really part of a secret government force.
Murphy’s father, Joshua, was a former Naval Commander now turned top notch lawyer. Joshua has recently married Homicide Detective Cameron Gates. Cameron has her own past demons as her first husband was killed by a hit and run four months after they wed. She has been fortunate to find love again but still has some healing to do, especially when the FBI inform her that they have just learned the identity of the man who killed her first husband. Cameron flies to Washington, DC, to interview the man. She will visit and stay with Murphy and Jessica but soon Cameron becomes engaged in Murphy’s investigation when a connection is discovered that links to her husband’s death. Jessica has just received her Private Investigator license so she insists on stepping into the investigation too.
The mystery uncovers a past string of suspicious deaths and although they point to a particular person the investigators are having a difficult time gathering hard evidence. The author does a good job connecting the clues and crimes and adding a few twists for extra interest.
I really liked the strong Thornton men and their lovely women. Cameron and Jessica are independent and have strengths to add to the story. There are also children and animal characters who are important parts of the story. I enjoyed getting to know the cat, dogs and Monique, a plate sized tarantula.
Ms. Carr does a good job portraying real characters and developing their personal lives while blending in ‘office politics’ and the mystery. The story is a good mix of cozy and intrigue. It moves along quickly and kept my attention wanting to know what would happen next. I recommend this to readers who like a good mystery with warm characters. I look forward to reading more in this series and earlier series by Ms. Carr. Please watch for my review of the next book, A Fine Year for Murder, which will post on March 16.
Audio Notes: At first I thought the narration by C.J. McAllister was a bit stiff. However, as I got into the story I found the narration worked well to deliver the characters and intrigue. Ultimately the narration added to my enjoyment of the story.
I received this through iReads Book Tours for tour review. My rating 4.5.
There were so many twists and turns in the plot that I could not put this audio book down. This is my fist book by this author and I definitely will go back and read the other two that have the Thornton's in them in order to get the background on them.
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I don't want to give too much away, but I will say that the book was well written that was
filled with action and mystery.
I was guessing until the end which made the story line a good mystery on a rainy day.
C.J. McAllister did well with the narration.
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for an unbiased review."
Awesome read. The story was suspenseful and beautifully woven. I love how it all came together and kept me guessing all the way to the end.
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""I can feel us getting into trouble.""
This is a tale of many parts and even more characters. Initially starting as a mystery detection plot, five women, apparently unconnected, are found murdered at one of their homes. Because of a navy connection, Murphy.Thornton, a newly married Criminal investigations Liaison Officer, takes control of the case. What he discovers links in other disperate killings, also seemingly unrelated. Later, the who-and-why-dun-it? becomes a how-to-get-him? story.
Meanwhile, there is an ongoing backstory of Murphy's private as well as public life, his wife, father and his father's wife plus that of one of the victim's survivors, a 13 years old child named Izzy, who Murphy takes into his temporary care. And a host of sloppy tongued dogs.
With such a large cast list, narrator, C.J.McAllister, does a stirling job distinctly voicing them all. His wonderfully rich voice, however, is marred during the text reading by a somewhat flat intonation which I personally found irritating after a few minutes. Nevertheless, his overall performance is good and certainly enhances the understanding of the story.
This is an involved, interlocking thriller, quite exciting, sometimes surprising, but the domestic scenes were just a little too cozy for my liking. My thanks to the right's holder who gifted me a copy of Kill and Run, via Audiobook Boom.
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