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A Fine Year for Murder

(Thorny Rose Mysteries #2)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  494 ratings  ·  48 reviews
After months of marital bliss, Jessica Faraday and Murphy Thornton are still discovering and adjusting to their life together. Settled in their new home, everything appears to be perfect … except in the middle of the night when, in darkest shadows of her subconscious, a deep secret from Jessica’s past creeps to the surface to make her strike out at Murphy.

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Paperback, 374 pages
Published January 30th 2017 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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Sherry Fundin
A Fine Year For Murder by Lauren Carr is part of an ongoing mystery series that has many recurring characters, both human and animal, that I have grown to love.

These Thorny Rose mysteries stand alone, but you won’t want to miss any of them.

Jessica kicks, punches and scratches her new husband during her nightmares.

She is haunted…until Dallas Walker, an investigative journalist, helps her discover what has been causing her nightmares and refuses to allow her rest until she has the answers.

Nigel is
Jul 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the second book in this series. I am happy to revisit with Jessica and Murphy. Kill and Run was the first book I read from this author. I enjoyed that book a lot. This time, I listened to the audio version of this book. Which brought a different experience to this book. A very good one. Narrator, C. J. McAllister really brought life to all of the characters as well as the story. Listening to Mr. McAllister read this book kept my interest. There are times where I have listened to books on ...more
Jun 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In A Fine Year for Murder by Lauren Carr, Jessica Faraday and her husband of 10 months, Murphy Thornton, have dinner with friends and Jessica’s father, Mac. Investigative reporter Dallas Walker tells them all about her latest case, known as the Pine Bridge Massacre, where 15 years earlier, an entire family was bludgeoned to death, including 16-year-old Ava, who first was reported as missing before people discovered her body. Jessica builds up more and more tension as the discussion grows until s ...more
Jessica Bronder
Apr 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Jessica Faraday and Murphy Thornton are back. Ever since being married, Jessica suffers from nightmares and has a habit of beating up Murphy. She feels bad but doesn’t know what triggers them. Then Dallas Walker decides she wants to investigate the Pine Bridge Massacre and we learn that Jessica where there the night of the murder. Jessica knew the victim and it seems knows more about the murder than she thought. It seems this is what is triggering her night terrors.

So, Murphy, Jessica, and Dall
Mar 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
I have now read a few of author Lauren Carr’s books, but I was especially excited to see that she had written a second novel in her Thorny Rose Mystery series. Why? Because the first book in the series was my first introduction to author Ms. Carr and immediately I liked newlyweds Murphy and Jessica. A Fine Year for Murder puts the focus back on my favorite newlywed couple and throws some pretty huge road blocks in the way of their happily ever after. Jessica is experiencing nightmares and night ...more
Lauren Carr has brought you another thriller of a story. A Fine Year for Murder is a doozy of a mystery and gut wrenching. No has any ideas that Jessica as seen a family be murdered. When Dallas Walker start talking about a case that see is investing the case called Pine Creek Massacre.

I loved the story and the way it was laid out. Jessica is dealing with nightmares, and things get more intense when something happens to young girls. What is triggering her nightmares? It a book you can not put do
Carol Evans
Mar 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
The coincidence that bring everyone into the investigation seems a little forced. Jessica and Murphy attend a family dinner where investigative journalist Dallas Walker is describing a cold case she is investigating that is known as the Pine Bridge Massacre, when Jessica realizes that she witnessed the death of the young girl but has been suppressing the details causing her violent nightmares. What are the chances, really, first that Jessica was a witness to the massacre, and that a family membe ...more
Mar 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is another engaging and fast moving mystery with strong characters and good twists.

Jessica Faraday, daughter of a retired homicide detective, is recently married to Murphy Thornton, son of a former JAG lawyer, and a naval officer himself with some series skills and hidden assignments. Jessica is having nightmares that have been persistent since a childhood trauma and are causing her to strike Murphy while they are sleeping.

Jessica and Murphy attend a family bar-b-que where investigative jou
Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Have I mentioned how much I love Lauren Carr’s mysteries?? If I haven’t, let me say it again; I love Lauren Carr’s mysteries!

A Fine Year for Murder starts out with a bone chilling opening that sucks you in immediately.

I love that all the cast of characters are all linked in one way or another so that you never feel far from the other characters from previous books. While this story is more of a Murphy and Jessica story, we do get to catch up with Mac, Archie, Tristan and Nigel from previous stor
Mrs Mommy Booknerd
Audible Review:

A cozy mystery at its BEST! This book has strong characters with strong voices, which was blended perfectly with the quick plot and developing story. I felt like I was never really certain which way the story was going to go...which was awesome! I feel like listening to the book really allowed me to be part of the action, being there along side the characters. I have never read/listened to Carr before and I am certainly going to be diving into more of these wonderful character dri
Dhivya Balaji
May 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing

I have read many books of Lauren Carr, and am familiar with her writing style and characters. When this book came as a review copy, I picked it up immediately because I am a fan of the writing and the series. The summary was promising, hinting at something more than the normal mysteries I was used to. I have noticed a different angle to all of Lauren's stories thus far, and this one seemed to have a deeper plot element too. The convergence of two different plot angles by a commo
Lelia Taylor
May 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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4.5 stars

Nightmares or even normal dreams can tell a lot about a person, especially if they seem to be repetitive as in Jessica’s case. The fact that she strikes out at Murphy meant more to him than her at first but I was glad that he didn’t just dismiss what was happening. When they learn from investigative journalist Dallas Walker what might be the root of Jessica’s night terrors, finding out if she really did witness the murders becomes paramount and off they go with the unusual Dallas to do
Jul 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
( Format : Audiobook )
"Idle hands, the Devil's playground."
Recently married bliss of Jessica and Murphy Thornton is sometimes disturbed by her nightmares, so intense that she physically attacks her husband. Realising that the cause might like in her having witnessed a fifteen years old massacre of a family when on holiday as a child of ten, Jessica, Murphy, dog, and a journalist reporter, possibly soon to become another member of the wealthy extended family, decide to return to the small town wh
Meagan Myhren-Bennett
A Fine Year for Murder
A Thorny Rose Mystery #2
By Lauren Carr
Read by C.J. McAllister

Jessica Faraday is perfectly happy with her marriage except for her nightmares. Unfortunately for her husband Murphy Thornton, Jessica's nightmares cause her to lash out as if in a fight for her life.

During a visit with her father, Jessica and Murphy discover the root of Jessica's nightmares. She was a witness to a brutal murder fifteen years before. At ten-years-old Jessica somehow blocked all memory of what she
Katherine Jones
Mar 01, 2017 rated it liked it
It’s hard for me to resist the promise of a good mystery, and this one contains many appealing elements: community secrets, family dysfunctions, a pretty East Coast setting, with an interesting potpourri of characters — all part of a most atypical blended family — as the detective team. Another big plus to me is that this mystery is relatively clean.

As mysteries go, this one seemed a bit slow in taking off — in part because it took so long to introduce the large cast of characters. Though I’ve n
Feb 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
A Fine Year for Murder continues Lauren Carr’s Thorny Rose Mysteries. Readers are caught up with the married couple, Jessica Faraday and Murphy Thornton. All is great between the two, except at night when Jessica’s past haunts her and start lashing out. When she hears about the Pine Bridge Massacre from journalist Dallas Walker, she realizes that she may have witnessed it when it happened. She and Murphy team up with Dallas to start their own investigation to see if they are able to solve the cr ...more
Laura Thomas
Mar 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
I enjoyed the first book in this series and I’ve been following Lauren’s Mac Faraday series too. It’s fun to have the character’s cross back in forth in both of them.

This story focuses on Jessica Faraday and Murphy Thornton, recently married and getting used to life together.

Jessica is having a recurring nightmare, like a night terror, and they decide the only way to rid her of them is to revisit the scene from whence they come, a horrible crime from her youth. Several people were brutally murde
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is another audiobook that is a hit!  Lauren Carr’s mysteries are perfect to listen to.  I couldn’t wait to get into my car to listen to more!
The narrator did such a great job.  Most of the time, the narrator is the biggest turnoff for me.  There have books in the past that have received stellar reviews, and I thought it was just okay, due to the narration.  C.J. McAllister did a superb job.
In this book, Jessica’s past is explored.  She has been having night terrors, and has decided to get t
Mar 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
The second book in this exciting new series introduced me to several new characters from Lauren Carr's limitless imagination. Even my spouse was chuckling over a smart house with attitude.

Ever since she gave her new husband a black eye, sleeping with Jessica Faraday Thornton has been an adventure for Murphy Thornton. While looking forward to a mini vacation, the newly wed couple find themselves drawn into a mystery with unexpected ties to Jessica's past. Could this have marital benefits as well?
Margaret Tidwell
Mar 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
FTC: I received a free copy of this book from iRead Book Tours in exchange for my honest review. I received no other compensation and the opinions expressed in this review are one hundred percent true and my own.

A Fine Year for Murder by Lauren Carr was an okay book. I don’t think I have ever mentioned in any of the reviews that I have written about Lauren Carr’s books but I love that she puts a list of characters at the start of the book so that if you haven’t read other books by her you will s
Mar 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
I had the honor of being able to read and review the first book in this series, Kill and Run .

This developing series can be read as a stand a lone, but I would suggest reading it as a series.

Poor Jessica is having nightmares that her husband is suffering from along side her...until an investigative journalist (Dallas Walker) helps her discover the root of the nightmares and doesn't stop helping her or letting her stop until all questions are answered.

This is a pull-at-your-heart-strings kind o
Avid reader Di
Feb 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Definitely a murderous tale

Just a great novel. It nicely fits into all the others even though this is really number two of the series, Thorny Rose. One feels like these characters are friends and the more we read about them the more we know and like them.
There are murders and murders and more murders and who did what for what reason will be answered. Jessica decides she really does not like her dad's adoptive family, you will find out why after reading this family murder mystery.
Marilyn Wilson
Mar 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It's always a great day when I receive a new title from one of my fav authors - Lauren Carr. That is followed by a sigh when I curl up, consume it in one day and then have to wait patiently for her next book to come out. A Fine Year for Murder ws no exception.

Carr has several mystery series she adds to regularly. This title is the second offering in A Thorny Rose Mystery - a spin off from her wildly popular Mac Faraday series - following the lives and adventures of Jessica Faraday (Mac Faraday's
bonnie kirchner
Feb 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Fine Year for Murder

This is another great Lauren Carr mystery. I have read every one of her books and they are the best. She is the best mystery writer . I highly recommend anyone of her books. They are the best.
InD'tale Magazine

“A Fine Year for Murder” is a twisting turning story full of suspense, lies, love and murder.

Read full review in the 2017 May issue of InD'tale Magazine.
Emilie Davis
Jun 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it!

This is a great series with memorable characters and very involved plots! It is always great to visit the characters, but this one deals with the younger generation and they see life a bit differently. This is a really enjoyable read! Lauren Carr: write faster!!
Sandra Gonzales
Aug 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fun read

This was a real "who dunnit" with many interesting characters. I had to pay close attention through the book to the character names and dynamics which meant making constant mental notes. The story was excellent.
Rosemary Gillanders
Enjoyable read like the others in the series.
linda holben
Dec 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good who done it and why

Liked it because I didn’t know who done it or why until the last chapter! Recommend to anyone who likes a good mystery.
Mar 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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A Fine Year for Murder is the second suspense book in the Thorny Rose Mystery series written by author Lauren Carr.
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