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Friday, September 26, 2014

Real Murder by Lauren Carr, Review and Guest Post

About the Book:


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 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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 My Review:
As always, Lauren has delivered a page turner that will keep you on the edge of your seat.  This series is filled with intriguing and likeable characters, and some likeable pets also.  The writing is superb you feel like you really know the characters and you feel their struggles right along with them.  In this story, Joshua and Cameron have to solve the some long ago murders, and a murder in the present, which are all connected.  There is a secret that is being kept that, and the killer thinks it worth killing for. 
I always look forward to reading Lauren's books because I know they won't disappoint me, and this one didn't.
I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.
About the Author
Lauren Carr is the best-selling author of the Mac Faraday Mysteries, which takes place in Deep Creek Lake, Maryland. Twelve to Murder is the seventh installment in the Mac Faraday Mystery series.
In addition to her series set on Deep Creek Lake, Lauren Carr has also written the Lovers in Crime Mysteries, which features prosecutor Joshua Thornton with homicide detective Cameron Gates, who were introduced in Shades of Murder, the third book in the Mac Faraday Mysteries. They also make an appearance in The Lady Who Cried Murder.
Lauren launched the Lovers in Crime (first introduced in Shades of Murder) mystery series in September 2012 with Dead on Ice. Real Murder is the second installment in this series.
The owner of Acorn Book Services, Lauren is also a publishing manager, consultant, editor, cover and layout designer, and marketing agent for independent authors. This year, several books, over a variety of genre, written by independent authors will be released through the management of Acorn Book Services, which is currently accepting submissions. Visit Acorn Book Services website for more information.
Lauren is a popular speaker who has made appearances at schools, youth groups, and on author panels at conventions. She also passes on what she has learned in her years of writing and publishing by conducting workshops and teaching in community education classes.
She lives with her husband, son, and three dogs on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.
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Guest Post:
Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen: The Story of Irving Gates
By Irving Gates, as told to Donny Thornton
By Lauren Carr
I was born a poor black and white kitten on a farm in Pennsylvania, just outside of Pittsburg. My parents were both long haired felines. Mom was white. Dad was black. Yes, it was one of those interracial relationships and I can tell you from experience that it is the kittens who suffer.
You see, the sins of the parents are revisited upon the son. When I was born, I was black with a white stripe down my back—from the top of my head to the tip of my bushy tail. As I grew in size, with each passing week, I came to resemble more and more that creature who can strike fear into the hearts of any thinking being, whether it be man or beast—
A skunk.
I was spurned by all around me. My very appearance would cause people to cover their faces and run screaming in terror.
I was cast aside by all. I was alone. Rejected. Not only was I unloved, but I was feared.
Then, she came into my life.
Homicide Detective Cameron Gates.
Not only was she unafraid of me, but she saw and appreciated the curse of my appearance. She embraced my white stripe. She embraced me. Within hours, I was sleeping with her. She held me close. She stroked me. She told me how lovely my emerald green eyes were. I wanted to be with her always and forever.
Ah, life was grand.
Until he came into our lives.
Hancock County Prosecutor Joshua Thornton. That human male who stole my woman from me.
Now, when there is a murder to investigates, she goes off with him. Yes, since Cameron married that man, that human, we have moved into this big stone house and Joshua’s teenaged son, Donny is a nice enough dude … for a human man. And they have this huge dog named Admiral, who is one laid back dog. He’s okay … for a dog.
They have a huge back yard and some interesting folks who live in the neighborhood here in Chester, West Virginia.
There’s this one guy—Mr. Jenkins, who drinks too much beer and keeps forgetting that I’m a cat. So when he sees me, he screams and calls animal control. It’s really funny to see him running away when he sees me.
There is a strange sense of power in being able to strike terror in humans and make them run from me.
In my heart, I am still Cameron’s partner, even if she doesn’t know it.
For example, after she married that man, and moved me into their big house, I noticed that there was this nice little old lady who lived across the road. She ate Cheerios every morning. So, I would slip through her old cat door and she was kind enough to feed me her leftover milk.
Every now and then, this old woman, Dolly, would go on and on about how someone had killed one of her girls but no one would do anything about it. They all thought that she was a crazy old woman because she had never been married and had no children—so what girl was she talking about being murdered?
But when she told Cameron, who is no dummy, she believed the old woman.
Funny how Dolly was murdered hours after telling Cameron about her girl’s murder. I was the one who had to lead Joshua to the murder scene. He wanted me to come inside because Mr. Jenkins had come home and they didn’t want him calling animal control about me again.
But I had work to do.
Here Joshua was cussing at me, like he always does. Joshua doesn’t really cuss a lot. I mean, compared to Mr. Jenkins, he doesn’t swear at all. But, I tell you, if you pee in his loafers, then Joshua can exhibit a very wide and colorful vocabulary.
Well, it was after I led Joshua to Dolly’s murdered body that things got really interesting.
Then, everyone found out that she was a retired madam. It turned out this girl that Dolly had been talking about was one of her hookers and this murder that she had been rambling about all these years was a Real Murder!
Of course, even though I was the one who found the body Cameron when running off with Joshua to solve the case, which involved deeply hidden secrets going back fifty years the some believed it was worth killing to keep hidden.
But did I get any of the credit? No.
I wonder if I can sue Joshua Thornton for alienation of affection.
Any lawyers out there who want to take my case, email me.