Killer Deadline (A Nikki Bryant Cozy Mystery) by Lauren Carr
Category: Adult Fiction (18 +), 232 pages | Genre: Mystery/Cozy Mystery
Publisher: Acorn Book Services | Release date: April 23, 2020
Tour dates: April 20 to May 22, 2020
Content Rating: G. This is a true cozy mystery. No sex. No on-stage violence. No swearing. Just good clean fun!
Folks in Pine Grove, Pennsylvania, claim that where Nikki Bryant goes, trouble is not far behind. Her refusal to back down from a challenge has made Nikki Bryant a top investigative journalist.
When an online friend nudges her to join him in a pact to reconnect with their first loves, Nikki and her boxer dog Elmo leave the bright lights of Las Vegas for the charming town of Pine Grove. There, she must face the biggest challenges in her career and life—the first love she had left behind and her father’s unsolved murder.
But before she has time to unpack her car, Nikki stumbles upon the dead body of local news anchor, Ashleigh Addison, her childhood rival. Could Ashleigh’s death be connected to an explosive news story that she had teased about airing live? Did that explosive story have anything to do with the murder of Nikki’s father?
With the clues in her father’s cold case hot again, Nikki intends to chase down the story of her life until she catches his killer—no matter what it takes.
Release Date: April 23, 2020! Pre-Order the Book Today: Amazon.com | Add to Goodreads
REVIEW by LAWonder10:
Lauren Carr has created another humorous, exciting series!
'Killer Deadline' is a "deadly serious" story about Nikki, and
her recent acquired celebrity dog, leaving a lucrative career
in a big city to return to her small home town to take over
the news station that is family owned. She is anxious
in returning to not only some unpleasant memories, but to
the "one who got away" to discover if there is still a chance
Of course, the author has included another lovable dog
with a unique and peculiar personality, along with the
usual touch of humor. The reader is always in suspense
to the end of this author's books to discover, "Who Did It?".
This new series did not disappoint me. I enjoyed the
new characters and the fast-moving story-line. The scenes
were vividly described and the reader can easily connect to
the emotions and events.
I offer a Five Stars rating for this book.
*This was gifted me with no pressure for a positive review. This is my honest review.
"Here we go! Carr is a master storyteller who always offers a plot full of twists and turns, a bit of humor to offset the dark, and a unique cast of characters. In Killer Deadline that cast includes - handsome Ryan, her first love (who is now her step-brother); a mysterious social media friend called Nerdy Guy; Elmo, a super smart dog, a boxer, she rescued who has become asocial media star and has a penchant for cleaning; a TV station full of suspicious employees; and more.
"This book is a wonderful read to pick up at the end of a long day. It truly is a "cozy murder mystery." I promise, it'll draw you in right from page one and keep you turning the pages until you reach the very last page. I can't wait for the second book in this series." - Marilyn R. Wilson, Olio by Marilyn
Crossing the Flinch-Threshold By Lauren Carr
Q.: Where’s your flinch threshold?
You know what I’m talking about. That invisible line that a writer crosses in her book that makes you cringe. It can be a sex scene that names body parts, a fight scene in which you can actually “hear” the bones breaking even while reading it, or the single instance of a character uttering the f-word.
If you’re like most readers, the threshold is not one that you can express. You just know it when you read it—when the writer drags you across the line, you flinch and consider tossing the book into the fireplace. (Careful. Don’t forget that you’re reading that book on an e-reader when you make that toss into the flames.)
Some readers set their threshold so low that they can have difficulty in finding “clean” books. By clean, that means books that don’t have explicit sex, gory violence, and vulgar language. You can read the “look inside” feature on Amazon, but that only lets you check out the first few pages. Suppose the hot and steamy love scene that will make your hair curl is on page 142?
Believe it or not, flinch thresholds vary from reader to reader, which can make it difficult for writers, especially writers of crime fiction. Different readers have different triggers.
For example, years ago, a reader freaked out after reading Kill and Run, my first installment in the Thorny Rose mysteries. What set her hair on fire? The word “erection.” The bedroom door closed, and the scene ended with that. The scene did not include the mention of any body parts. The book did not have any f-words or other vulgar language. No blood. No gore. Just the word “erection.” For that reader, I had crossed the line.
But that’s okay.
Many readers I know can tolerate sex scenes with the mention of body parts. They can even stomach violence. But they will not tolerate any f-words.
Simply—each reader has a different flinch thresholLet me illustrate:
It’s like my son Tristan when it comes to Buffalo wings. Once, we went to a restaurant that offered Dragon Wings. Tristan ordered a whole platter for himself. While the server and restaurant manager watched in dismay, he ate every one. He declared them okay, but not at all as hot as he would have liked for them being called “dragon wings”. His pain threshold is so high that he preferred and would have eaten them hotter.
Yet, my husband, who has a low pain threshold, can’t stand even the smell of mild Buffalo wings.
Like Jack’s and Tristan’s varying opinion when it comes to chicken wings--
Everyone has a different threshold for sex (some people are offended by characters having sex, even if it is off-stage), foul–language (Yep, another reader objected with my use of the word “damn” during a heated exchange between Joshua Thornton and a drunk character), or violence. One reader declared that The Lady Who Cried Murder was too gory, even though the murders happened off staged and are never described. Readers are simply told that the victims had been dismembered.
Writing clean murder mysteries is basically a tightrope walk. By the nature of the genre, we do have bad guys who most likely swear and have sex and commit acts of violence (otherwise, where does the murder come from?).
As a writer, it took me several years to learn and accept the fact that each reader is different, and each reader’s flinch threshold is set at a different level. If, as an author, I try to keep my writing from crossing every reader’s line, then my mysteries will end up with all of the victims neatly poisoned by nice polite people, none of whom are sexually active or use four-letter words, no matter how insanely homicidal they may be.
So, I go by my flinch-threshold when writing my murder mysteries, which if pretty low itself. No on-scene sex, no graphic violence, or vulgar language.
This reminds me of a conversation I once had with a friend when I first started writing mysteries. She complained that I have a lot of dysfunctional characters in my books. She wasn’t referring to the protagonists.
I replied, “Duh, my books are murder mysteries. Generally, functional people do not commit murder. If I only had functional people in my books, then I wouldn’t have any murder, which means there would be no mystery, which means my protagonist wouldn’t have a case to solve, which means my readers would be reading pages and pages about nice happy functional people with nothing to do. What kind of murder mystery is that?”
“Whatever,” she said with a roll of her eyes.
No, she’s not a fan. As a matter of fact, she may end up being a victim in one of my books.
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Meet the Author:
Lauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Mac Faraday, Lovers in Crime, Chris Matheson Cold Case, and Thorny Rose Mysteries—over twenty-five titles across three fast-paced mystery series filled with twists and turns!
Killer Deadline marks Lauren's first venture into mystery's purely cozy sub-genre with a female protagonist.
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.
A popular speaker, Lauren is also the owner of Acorn Book Service, the umbrella under which falls iRead Book Tours. She lives with her husband and two spoiled rotten German Shepherds on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.
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