Wednesday, 2 October 2019

Real Murder by Lauren Carr + #Giveaway

Real Murder (A Lovers in Crime Mystery #2) by Lauren Carr
Published in America by Acorn Book Services in May 2014.

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.

It's been over two years since I read the first novel in Lauren Carr's Lovers In Crime series, Dead On Ice, so I was pleasantly surprised by how quickly and how well I remembered the main characters, Cameron and Joshua, and of course their scene-stealing pets. I like the contrasts between Cameron and Joshua. Their differences complement each other while often reversing the traditional gender roles which I appreciate. Real Murder unravels a complicated string of murders dating back to the 1970s. This necessitates a large cast of characters so sometimes I wasn't exactly sure who everybody was, but I loved the intricacies of this plot, especially how the seemingly disparate elements eventually slotted together. I imagine Lauren had to do a Lot of planning!

I was interested in the background ideas Lauren introduces and weaves through her novel. The original murder's not having been properly investigated because its victim was 'only' a prostitute showed that this situation is gradually changing with time. The frequent callous dismissals of obviously traumatised people as 'crazy' was disturbing though, especially as these calls were often made by characters with whom I felt I was expected to empathise. I wasn't keen on the the enthusiastic response to a young man's 'first kill' either. This sensibility made me feel quite uncomfortable. However I loved the portrayal of elderly madam Dolly. I could happily lunch with such a witty and acerbic person myself, as long as I managed to remain on her good side anyway! Food, as in Dead On Ice, is an important part of Real Murder so potential readers should probably make sure to have snacks to hand while reading! And the idea of a delicious ice cream sundae in lieu of a wedding cake is genius - why isn't this a regular Thing?!

Meet 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.

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

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Open internationally across the Lovers In Crime blog tour posts until the November 1st, 2019

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  1. Thank you for the wonderful review of REAL MURDER. Yep, I love the idea of a wedding sundae instead of cake, too. I'm sure your followers will enjoy the Lovers in Crime as well. Here's wishing each one luck in the giveaway for the $50 Amazon Gift Card.

    1. I enjoyed reading the four Lovers In Crime npvels! Hopefully there might be a fifth?