Book Title: Murder by Perfection by Lauren Carr
Series: Thorny Rose Mystery Series (Volume 3)
Category: Adult fiction, 322 pages | Genre: Murder Mystery
Publisher: Acorn Book Services | Release date: May 31, 2018
Tour dates: Oct 8 to Nov 2, 2018
Content Rating: PG (mild violence and sexual suggestion)
Perfection can be a fatal endeavor.
Frustrated with their busy schedules, Murphy Thornton and Jessica Faraday attempt to find togetherness by scheduling a weekly date night. The last thing Jessica Faraday expected for her date night was to take a couple’s gourmet cooking course at the Stepford Kitchen Studio, owned by Chef Natalie Stepford―the model of perfection in looks, home, and business.
When Natalie ends up dead and Murphy goes missing, the Thorny Rose detectives must peel back the layers of Natalie Stepford’s life to discover that the pursuit of perfection can be deadly.
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MY REVIEW: (LAWonder10)
Lauren Carr has created another outstanding mystery/suspense novel!
As is her style, she "grabs" the reader's interest from the very beginning, then continue to build the mystery/suspense, adding slight humor and romance.
In this saga, The twins - Murphy and J.J. - play a key role. Jessica , Tristan and the father, Joshua, also have key roles.
It is another "page turner" which leaves the reader curious, until the very end, about "who did it?".
The author has a natural flair for creating characters that seem so alive and real, one may forget they are fictional. The scenes are vivid and easily visualized.
The Cover and Title of the book were a perfect "fit'.
I offer a Five Stars rating for this book
This book was sent to me with no requirement for a positive review. this is my honest review.
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Guest Post: Letting Go of Your Book By Lauren Carr
This post is an answer to a question I am often asked: How can you write three to four books a
Several months ago, I rejected a project in which an author asked me to edit his book. Not only
did I turn down the job because my schedule does not allow me to edit other authors’ books
anymore, but there was another reason I had turned down the project.
The first installment in a trilogy, the book had already been edited and released to the public to
favorable reviews. Two years later, readers of this first book were waiting for the next
installment, which the writer had still not finished. However, instead of focusing on completing
the second book, he had decided to go back to work on the first—already completed and
Note that the changes this author wanted to make were not glaring grammatical errors that he
wanted me to correct. Rather, a year or so after the book’s release, he had picked it up again
and started reading it and decided that he could “fine-tune” it.
Frankly, this is not an uncommon problem with some writers. Just the other day I saw where
the author of one book, which had been released three years ago, announced that he had just
received his first shipment of this same book: “Revamped and Re-Released.”
Why? I wondered. This book had received a ton of good reviews. Why has he not moved on to
write another book?
Some writers simply have a problem letting go.
Just like how some writers have a problem focusing on one project to its completion, other
writers have the opposite problem. They can’t let go and walk away after having written the
words “The End.”
There’s always at least one or two writers who can’t let go of “their baby” (as I heard one writer
describe it) when I teach a novel writing class. They are easy to spot. They have a book inside
them that they have been working on for five, ten, fifteen, or even twenty years.
I can still remember the very first thing I learned about writing on my first day of college. It was
in my first writing class that my journalism professor said, “Writers never finish a project. They
quit working on it.”
As a prolific writer who pens three (aiming for four) books a year, I know intimately what he
was talking about.
A writer can edit, re-write, revise, and proofread an article, short story, or book over and over
again, and still find sections that can be fine-tuned or corrections to be made. That’s why
professional writers, like myself, must set a deadline in which they force themselves to walk
away from the project—at which point they aren’t necessarily done, but rather they have let it
go to move onto their next project.
Writers who don’t let go, walk away, and never look back will continue to write, edit, rewrite,
re-edit, proofread one single book for their whole lives. Because—it is impossible to finish
writing a book.
Serious writers learn to let their books go. Admittedly, this can be very difficult—especially for
those writers who view their books as “babies.” I once read an article by an editor who
explained very simply, “It’s not a baby. It’s a book.”
Here’s a few pointers for writers who want to become prolific authors with more than one,
twenty-year-old unfinished novel under their belt:
1) Set a deadline to finish your book. I have been told that writers with a journalism
background learn early on how to let go. They are forced to write, even when they
aren’t in the mood, due to tight deadlines. My journalism training taught me to get a
project done by my deadline and then let it go, walk away, and then start on the next
As a full-time author, I still work on self-imposed deadlines. Since I’m my own boss, I can
move the deadline around (sometimes) but I still stick as close to it as possible.
2) Make each round of editing and proofreading count. Remember that you will always
find sections that can be “fine-tuned” every time you go through your book. With this in
mind, set a limit of how many times you will read through your project and when you
do, be ruthless in your search for errors.
Every writer is different. Personally, after completing the rough draft, I go through a
manuscript to rewrite it. Then, I will edit it. After editing, I send it to my editor. While
my current work in progress is with the editor, I will start working on my next book. (The
day after sending Crimes Past to the editor, I started writing The Root of Murder!) Then,
after going through the edits, I will proofread the book after layout. That is five times
that I will go through a book.
3) Once your book is released, don’t look back. Move onward! Unless you discover that
your book has a big glaring flaw, resist the urge to read through it again. (Once, six
weeks after a book was released, I was contacted by a reader who discovered that I had
a city in the wrong country. This mistake was missed by two editors and a proofreader! I
simply corrected that error—resisting the urge to look any further, and re-released the
I guarantee, when you go back to look at a book you wrote a few years ago, you will
definitely think, “Gee, I could have done that better,” Or “I should have done that.”
Every writer does that.
But, the pros who have more than one twenty-year-old unfinished book under their belt, they
let each book go, direct their attention on the next book, and never look back.
They move on.
Meet the Author:
Lauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Mac Faraday, Lovers in Crime, and Thorny Rose Mysteries—over twenty titles across three fast-paced mystery series filled with twists and turns!
Now, Lauren has added one more hit series to her list with the Chris Matheson Cold Case Mysteries. Set in the quaint West Virginia town of Harpers Ferry, Ice introduces Chris Matheson, a retired FBI agent, who joins forces with other law enforcement retirees to heat up those cold cases that keep them up at night.
Book reviewers and readers alike rave about how Lauren Carr’s 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 three dogs on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.
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