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A Small Case of Murder (Joshua Thornton Mystery #1)

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AUTHOR'S REVISED EDITION! A Small Case of Murder is set in the quaint West Virginia town of Chester, where everyone knows everyone, and there is never a secret that someone doesn't know. In such an intimate town, how many suspicious deaths can be left unquestioned? Following his wife's death, Joshua Thornton leaves a promising career in the U. S. Navy's JAG division to mov ...more
Paperback, 326 pages
Published April 26th 2011 by Createspace (first published May 6th 2004)
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Vicki
Apr 09, 2012 Vicki rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ms. Carr's title is fraught with irony, as so many folks die in this book that you will lose count if you aren't keeping a tally sheet. The protagonist is a retired JAG lawyer, who has left the service to be a more "in touch" parent to his five children. Their mother has recently passed away so Josh Thornton chooses to move back to his home town of Chester, West Virginia and into the home that had belonged to his grandparents. The first death we learn about in the prologue as we "witness" an unk ...more
Laura Thomas
Apr 01, 2012 Laura Thomas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recently widowed Joshua Thornton, a retired Navy Jag Commander, has packed up his 5 children and the family dog, returning home after almost 20 years to open his own legal practice.
Chester, West Virginia is like most small towns where everybody knows each others business. That all changes when Joshua's children discover an old, unopened letter to his parents dated on the day of their death 30 years ago. Joshua's curiosity about the contents of the letter opens a can of worms and the bodies start
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Jill
Unbelievably predictable and beats you over the head with details. It's also written in a painfully deliberate manner. The adjectives are repetitive, and Carr is constantly reminding you that the protagonist is manly, the amazing quarterback, small-town hero who dated the head varsity cheerleader. Everyone either loves the protagonist or is jealous of him, because they're a loser, etc. Super cliche. It just got really old really fast. This book was written for readers who don't pay attention to ...more
Sheri
I would have enjoyed it more if it was less preachy.
Lis Carey
After the death of his wife Valerie, Navy Commander Joshua Thornton has retired from the Navy and moved back to his childhood hometown of Chester, West Virginia to be a single parent to his five children. He has moved his family back into the old family home he grew up in, raised by his grandparents after the deaths of his own parents in a car accident. A JAG officer with a stellar record, Joshua expects to set up a quiet country law practice.

On the first day in their new home, his kids find a l
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Rhonda
Nov 08, 2012 Rhonda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I enjoyed reading a Small Case of Murder. It was full of murders and sucides over a long period of time. I wondered if I would like it as well as Lauren's later books.
Yes I liked her later books best but while saying that I did like this book.
I had a hard time putting this book down once I started it.
Thier are a lot of characters in this story. I especially liked meeting Joshua Thornton and his family.
Joshua moved his family after his wife's death back to his hometown of Chester, West Virginia
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Denise Zendel
May 14, 2015 Denise Zendel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Following his wife’s death, Joshua Thornton leaves a promising career in the U. S. Navy’s Judge Advocate General division to move to Chester, West Va., with his five children into his ancestral home. While clearing out the attic they find a letter written to their grandmother, postmarked 34 years ago, regarding what turns out to be an unsolved murder.

In addition to the long-ago mystery, the town is faced with a double murder. The state attorney general appoints Joshua special prosecutor to solve
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Terry
Oct 19, 2014 Terry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Ellen Dark
A Small Case of Murder is an interesting book. I enjoyed the story itself, but the writing needed some work. The story is about Joshua Thornton, a widowed, recently retired JAG lawyer, who has moved back home to a small town in West Virginia with his five children. While cleaning out his grandmother's attic the children find an old, unopened letter addressed to Josh's dead mother. The letter is from a friend, who died of a drug overdose the same day Josh's parents died in a car accident, over th ...more
Black Butterfly
Jul 18, 2014 Black Butterfly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ADULTS
Recommended to Black Butterfly by: LISTED IN BACK OF BOOK BEING READ
Shelves: mysteries
WOW!THIS IS A SERIES BUT EACH IS A STAND ALONE, WHICH I LOVE. I DON'T KNOW HOW I MISSED READING THE FIRST BK#1 & BK#2 BUT I DID. THIS BK#1 MAY BE CALLED A SMALL CASE OF MURDER, THERE'S NUTTIN SMALL ABOUT IT. THE MURDERS STARTED IN 1952 UP TO PRESENT DAY, I MEAN THATS A LOT OF BODIES. JOSHUA LIKES TO SOLVE PUZZELS AND THIS WAS RIGHT UP HIS ALLEY. I COULD'NT FIGURE OUT ALL OF THE PLOT TWIST AND TURNS (just a few,hardly any) THAT THIS STORY LINE HAD IN IT. I HAD TO WAIT TILL IT WAS ALL LAID OUT ...more
Elizabeth
First of all, thank you to NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to read this book. However, I'm giving this 2 stars because of a couple of things. First, although the author may or may not have had control of editing, it was very difficult to read. Words ran together throughout the book, which I found immensely frustrating. It slowed the story to a crawl. Secondly, there were many characters it made my head swim. The plot was good, but it could have been stronger by concentrating on one or tw ...more
Adrienne Testa
Jul 09, 2014 Adrienne Testa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A plain old fashion multiple mystery, that has the reader turning the pages to solve the puzzle. Joshua Thornton is a puzzle master, taking his time to fit the pieces into the puzzle before revealing the truth. When an old letter addressed to mother is finally opened after thirty years, Joshua can't help but solve the mystery of the missing man. Little does he know it will lead him to becoming the special prosecutor to solve the murders, drugs, stolen identities case. For anyone who loves a good ...more
Deb Novack
When Joshua Thornton, a recent widower and former Jag Commander returns to his hometown with his five children all hell breaks loose. When Josh finds a twenty year old letter addressed to his deceased mother in the attic, he sets into motion a chain of events that put him,his cousin and inquisitive children in danger. We have murders, crazy women, bad cops, drugs and a crazy drug lord preacher. This is a mystery worth reading, it is a fast read because you can't put it down. I definitely want to ...more
Jezika
Nov 23, 2010 Jezika rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story was really good. The author did a wonderful job keeping the interest and separate sub-plots moving in the right direction so nothing was left out. There were a few times where the answer was completely obvious to the reader, yet the characters couldn't see it. I'm glad though that Ms. Carr didn't sacrifice the narrative in order to appease the audience quicker. I actually really enjoyed this story. It was a good suspense/murder mystery. Can't wait to read the next Joshua Thornton book ...more
Kelly
May 05, 2009 Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. I was caught from the beginning. I liked the twists at the end. I enjoyed the character Josh Thorton. It is kind of neat to think that a single dad can be an incredible lawyer and a father to 5 children. He is my dream man. The book was clean! I don't remember more than one or two swear words.
Trudy Pomerantz
Aug 15, 2012 Trudy Pomerantz rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This book was better than not listening to everything as I cleaned the house, though sometimes it became a little tedious. I don't know how she filled so much time since it was really not that much more intricate than other mysteries I have been reading lately. I think it was all the extraneous detail that did not add much to the story except for its length.
Annabelle
(Audio). Hmmm. Joshua Thornton is a perfect form naval attorney, a widower, with 5 perfet kids. He moves back to a small town, and all hell breaks loose. There’s a preacher who is a drug pusher, women die, people are sad & the protagonist turns out to be very close. The only good think is the bromance between Joshua and his cousin. Too many perfect people.
Shirley Green
May 28, 2014 Shirley Green rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book Josh is a great character with a very quick wit and a sound sense of humor.

I choose this rating because I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Again the characters were completely thought out and plot lines kept me guessing. The kids were wonderful, I can't wait to see what happens next. I love this authoress. is that a word? Shirley
tone
Sep 19, 2015 tone rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Small Case of Murder

After Joshua Thornton wife passes away he leaves Jag and San Francisco to return east to a small country town he grew up in. Joshua figured it's a safe place to rise his 5 children, till there is a double murder, two attempts on his life, and one of his children attacked in their own home.
Elizabeth Webber
The virgin/whore and saint/sinner dichotomies in this book got old really fast. The plot was pretty good but I just couldn't get past the women tripping all over themselves for the self absorbed hero. blah. This book was not for me.
Bex
Jun 24, 2009 Bex rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Truly awful - I thought it might be interesting since it's set in WV, but the plot is nonsensical, the writing is tortured, especially the dialogue, and the characters are caricatures. It is also oddly full of a spurious religiosity and blatant sexism: truly awful.
Deborah A Moreno
Excellent read

Really enjoyed this book. Great character development and please of plot twists to keep me interested. I couldn't stop reading once I started reading. I am looking forward to reading any and every book that Lauren Carr churns out.
Russ
Solid mystery

The book has a lot of interesting characters and I believe that every part was fully explained in connection with the twists and turns of the story. A fleshed out plot line that would be difficult to invent.
Harry Lane
Mar 25, 2015 Harry Lane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A bit more of a straight police procedural than the Faraday series, but with equally strong characters and action. Plotting was pretty twisty; one element could be seen fairly early, but another was hidden until the very end. A great evening's entertainment.
Patricia Mccammon
Complicated

After Joshua moved his kids back to his home town, he didn't expect to get involved with solving multiple murders.
Herman  Morgan III
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Beth
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Linda
Linda rated it liked it
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Denise
Sep 02, 2013 Denise rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
Predictable but mostly entertaining.
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Lauren Carr fell in love with mysteries when her mother read Perry Mason to her at bedtime. The first installment in the Joshua Thornton mysteries, A Small Case of Murder was a finalist for the Independent Publisher Book Award.

Lauren is also the author of the Mac Faraday Mysteries, which takes place in Deep Creek Lake, Maryland. It’s Murder, My Son, Old Loves Die Hard, and Shades of Murder, and B
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