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Five women with seemingly nothing in common are found brutally murdered in a townhome outside Washington, DC. Among the many questions surrounding the massacre is what had brought these apparent strangers together only to be killed.

Taking on his first official murder case, Lieutenant Murphy Thornton, USN, believes that if he can uncover the threa
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Published October 14th 2016 by Acorn Book Services (first published July 20th 2015)
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LAWonder10
Sep 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book did not disappoint me in the least! This was so well-written, fast paced, mystery/suspense, with the right touch of romance! I am thrilled to discover this author!

Cameron's lack of closure from her first husband's death still haunts her new life with husband number two, Joshua Thornton and their combined families. Although her new family tries to be understanding, there is definitely problems on "the home front". The problems do not end there!...Newly Weds, Murphy and Jessie, are are r
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Sherry Fundin
The cozy cover of Kill and Run by Lauren Carr is not quite so cozy. Mystery and danger encompass the pages as the search for the serial rapist takes an impossible turn.

Let's meet Lauren's newest couple Lieutenant Murphy Thornton and Jessica Farady in her newest series, The Thorny Rose Mysteries. Jessica is the daughter of multimillionaire Mac Farady, from Lauren's Mac Farady Mystery series. We shall meet more of the characters from that series and I enjoy revisiting old friends.

Murphy and Jessic
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Floryie
Oct 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*I received a free copy from the author for an honest review*

Since this is the second book I have read by Lauren Carr, I was used to having a plethora of characters to get used to. Most of the ones at the beginning were already known ones. So it was easy to follow the story without being bombarded by names and other details.

This is another fine example why I love her books. The storyline was written with precision and an eye to detail. The mystery about the two different cases had me trying to f
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Cheryl
Aug 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my first introduction to author, Lauren Carr. I would agree with other readers that this is a cozy mystery. Not a bad thing to say a book is a cozy mystery. I like these types of books. They are a step down from suspenseful mysteries that I consider to have a bit more detail spent on the murder and the gore and a little stronger language. However this book was right on the edge of being right up there. I would also classify this book as a romantic, cozy mystery. The couple of Murphy and ...more
Black Butterfly
Sep 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ADULTS
Recommended to Black Butterfly by: AMAZON
Shelves: mystery-romance
I’VE BEEN WAITING PATIENTLY FOR THIS BOOK, I EVEN PRE-ORDERED IT. THANK GOODNESS MS. CARR NEVER DISSAPPOINTS ME AND SHE STILL BATTING A THOUSAND WITH THIS ONE. I LOVED GETTING RE-AQUAINTED WITH SOME OF MY FAV’S BOTH PEOPLE AND PETS. I LOVE THE TEAM OF HONEY BUNS & BUTTERCUP I’M SO HAPPY THEY ARE TOGETHER. THE STORYLINE HAS TWIST & TURNS, FUNNY MOMENTS, POWERFUL MESSAGES AND LOTS-O-ACTION. AROUND 19% I HAD A LITTLE PIECE OF THE PUZZLE FIGUIRED OUT, WHICH WAS LATER CONFIRMED (yea me!). I N ...more
Becca
Sep 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 STARS

In the previous book that I read by Lauren Carr, I was introduced to Lieutenant Murphy Thornton and again, all I have to say is Yummmmmmmy. I don't know what it is about a man in uniform but it's just sexy. Yes, it's just a book, but in my head and in the writing Murphy is just one beautiful man :).

We were also introduced to Cameron Gates, Murphy's step mother. Cameron's first husband had been killed in a hit and run, and she has never given up trying to find the person responsible.

Murp
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Laura Thomas
Jul 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Five women and counting… Who killed them and who’s next?

Lieutenant Murphy Thornton is assigned the case and at first finds no connection between the five murdered women. As he digs deeper, he finds iffy connections and one huge one that rocks many back on their heels.

After reading Three Days To Forever from The Mac Faraday Series, I was so excited to read this book. The Thorny Rose Mysteries are a companion series. I bumped into many of my favorite characters and this one features another fun co
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Lauren Carr
Aug 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Five women with seemingly nothing in common are found brutally murdered in a town home outside Washington, DC. Among the many questions surrounding the massacre is what had brought these apparent strangers together only to be killed.

Taking on his first official murder case, Lieutenant Murphy Thornton, USN, believes that if he can uncover the thread connecting the victims, then he can find their murderer.

The case takes an unexpected turn when Murphy discovers that one of the victims has a connect
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Susan
Apr 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kill and Run by Lauren Carr Set in modern day Washington D.C., a serial killer has just taken out five women. As Murphy Thornton digs into it, more possible victims are discovered as the pattern becomes clear. He will need the help of his stepmom Cameron Gates to untangle this mess!
While there were plenty of things I liked about this book, I often felt that I needed two maps – one for the family tree of all the relatives involved in this story and the second for all the different military and st
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Susan
Set in modern day Washington D.C., a serial killer has just taken out five women. As Murphy Thornton digs into it, more possible victims are discovered as the pattern becomes clear. He will need the help of his stepmom Cameron Gates to untangle this mess!

While there were plenty of things I liked about this book, I often felt that I needed two maps – one for the family tree of all the relatives involved in this story and the second for all the different military and state police groups involved.
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Carol Evans
Mar 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
The mystery in Kill and Run was good. Carr lets you think you know who the bad guy is, right up until you’re wrong. Everything tied together, although some of the coincidences were a little tough to swallow. I don’t know why I thought this was going to be a cozy mystery, because it’s got a harder edge than that, which is not surprising considering Murphy is with NCI and a member of an elite secret force called the Phantoms. The tone of the narrator made it seem more like a thriller and less cozy ...more
Margaret Tidwell
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.

Kill and Run by Lauren Carr was an interesting book. I know in a prior review that I wrote that I love how this author has created an entire world for her books where characters from different books show up and have parts in other books. I really like that because it means that you still
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Cynthia
Nov 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a book full of surprises that keeps your attention as the author plays out the plot giving you a highly entertaining listen. I thought it was really well written that is fast paced filled with action and mystery. I did guess who was pulling the cords a little over half way through but I have been wrong before. I didn’t know the how or why until near the end. The author does a great job at keeping you entertained and guessing. This is a very fast pace thrilling read that goes back for yea ...more
Victor Gentile
Sep 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lauren Carr in her new book, “Kill And Run” Book One in the Thorny Rose Mystery series published by Acorn Book Services gives us the first adventure with Murphy Thornton and Jessica Faraday.

From the back cover: Five women with seemingly nothing in common are found brutally murdered in a townhome outside Washington, DC. Among the many questions surrounding the massacre is what had brought these apparent strangers together only to be killed.

Taking on his first official murder case, Lieutenant Murp
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Rhonda
Jul 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Kill and Run is the first book in the new series A Thorny Rose Mystery but it is a spin-off of two series Lovers in Crime Mysteries and Mac Faraday Mysteries. If your a fan of either one of these series you will recognize a lot of characters.

In Three days to Forever Murphy and Jessica meet for the first time. My review of it can be found here http://readalot-rhonda1111.blogspot.c... 4 STARS

Kill and Run can stand alone fine by its self. In the front of the book it tells a blurb about the characte
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Jeremy Gallen
Sep 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like its predecessor Three Days to Forever, author Lauren Carr’s Kill and Run sports before the main text an extensive list of dramatis personae, with a few references to and returners from the former book. The prologue occurs thirteen years before the main text, following State Troopers Nicholas “Nick” Gates and Reese Phillips. The main text begins with a lovemaking seen between Nick and Cameron Gates, along with a practice exercise on part of the special operations team known as the Phantoms i ...more
Denise Zendel
Sep 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In his first official murder case, Lt. Murphy Thornton, USN, has to uncover the threads that connect five women with nothing in common who are brutally murdered in a townhome outside Washington, D.C. If he can figure the connection out, he can find their killer. His wife, Jessica Faraday, on her way to being a psychologist, and other friends help him solve the case.

The story has ties to another couple of Carr’s series, “Mac Faraday Mysteries” (Mac is Jessica’s dad) and “the Lovers in Crime Myst
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Laura
Jan 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first book I read by Lauren Carr was Three Days to Forever which I enjoyed very much. Two of the characters from this book, Murphy Thornton and Jessica Faraday, become newlyweds and form the main characters in Kill and Run. I enjoyed this book even more than the first one I read, probably because Murphy and Jessica were further developed and we get to know them more intimately. We get to see their insecurities and how they deal with their new lives as a married couple.

Although Carr includes
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Dawn
Sep 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a free copy of this book for an honest review.

I just finished reading Three Days to Forever by Lauren Carr, which I really enjoyed, so I was looking forward to reading Kill and Run. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that the characters in this book were also in Three Days to Forever. Murphy Thornton and his new wife, Jessica, were married at the end of it and it is now just 4 months later.

Kill and Run has a Cast of Characters listed at the beginning which is helpful since there
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Teresa
Sep 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I usually like mystery books and don't usually read military books, and I am on the fence when it comes to romance. This book has all 3 and well I am actually glad I read it. It was a very good book. It drug me in and kept me involved. It was paced very well, it was quick but not to quick to loose you and it was not slow and boring at all.
There were twists and turns that had me feeling like a detective in spots. When I thought I had things figured out a new twist would jump up and I had to sta
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Leila
Sep 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved loved loved this book.

I fell in love with Murphy and tolerated Jessica in Three Days Forever.

I say tolerated Jessica because she came off as a rich snob with her purple Ferrari and fashionable (expensive) clothing. Fortunately, we get to see Jessica for who she really is in Kill and Run and I really like her! She is incredibly smart and makes for a great investigator!

One thing I really love about the Lauren Carr thrillers is that when you think you have it all figured out, you’re proven
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Cassidy
Aug 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At first I found myself a bit overwhelmed with the abundance of characters – Murphy and Jessica and their extended families and pets – and subplots that were introduced in the first part of the book. As I got further into the story, the different personalities emerged and my confusion abated. Both of the female protagonists, Jessica and Cameron, are likeable, strong independent thinkers. Even the pets had distinct quirks, with the antics of the four-or-more-legged characters adding a great eleme ...more
Lindsay
Kill and Run by Lauren Carr Laura Carr has really done it again to me. The story had me going from the start of who guessed the murderer. Her written catches you and grabs your attention and keeping entertained and wondering. Murphy some how get on to this murder case by being sent down from NCIS.
 
How Murphy's stepmother Cameron and his wife Jessica get in the middle of it is beyond it. They start to go from one crime scene to another. Murphy is called in and I wonder what's going to happen to t
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Nikki Cunningham
I am not usually one to be sucked into a murder mystery novel, let alone one military based, but after the first chapter I couldn’t put it down. Lauren Carr has a way of roping you in and immersing you in the story.

There were so many twists and turns in the plot that just as I thought I had it figured out, a new detail would emerge causing me to rethink my whole theory. This is definitely a book that will have you putting on your detective hats!

The characters were well developed and I especially
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Myra Ball
Sep 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent Lauren Carr mystery

Such a well written mystery that I stayed up hours to finish because it was THAT good. I've read many Lauren Carr books and this one ranks high on my best list. Lots of action and the story never gets dull. The book switches between Jessica and Murphy Thornton and Murphy's Dad and step mom, Joshua and Cameron but written where the story flows so well together. The suspense builds throughout and it's such a real page turner. I like how these series aren't so dark and
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A Holland Reads
Sep 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was a good start to a new mystery series. This was the first book that I have read by this author. The author did a good job of catching your interest from the first page. She kept me guessing throughout the entire book. There are plenty of twists and turns to keep the story moving right along and there is even a little romance thrown in for an added bonus. The charcters were well developed and very real. I also like how the author used animals in the story. You can tell she is an ...more
Jackie Roche
Sep 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am a big fan of Lauren Carr's books. I've read all of her previous novels. When I saw that she was writing a new series with the same characters I pre_ordered it as soon as it was available.
I am now completely exhausted after reading it.
Lauren Carr never disappoints. This book was more exciting and adrenilin-fuelling than a ride on the world's biggest roller-coaster.
It was lovely to meet the characters, and animals, again. I'd forgotten how "human" Irving the cat was.
I look forward to reading
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Jerry
Feb 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A continuation with some of the characters from the Mac Faraday series. The story begins with Jessie (Faraday's daughter) and her husband Navy Lt. Murphy Thornton. During the story a number of their family members from the Faraday series become involved in addition to Izzy (teenage daughter of a murder victim) who will no doubt a part of this series. A well written story of murder, politics and human worth. I enjoyed the book and have already downloaded the second of the series. It stands alone ...more
tone
Sep 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kill and Run

NCIS Murphy Thornton finds himself investigating the murder of 5 women. These murders may be connection to a hit and run that killed his step mothers first husband 13 years earlier
Margaret Grimstead
loved it

This is going to be one of my favorite books. I do miss Mac and Archie hope they're included in the next book. Love the new characters Lauren has a way of making you feel you really know them . Good one Ms. Carr couldn't put it down
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