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Murder by Perfection

(Thorny Rose Mysteries #3)

4.54  ·  Rating details ·  166 ratings  ·  34 reviews
Beware! Perfection has a dark side!

Frustrated with their busy schedules, Murphy Thornton and Jessica Faraday attempt to find togetherness by scheduling a weekly date night. The last thing Jessica expected for her date night was a couple's gourmet cooking course at the Stepford Kitchen Studio, owned by Chef Natalie Stepford--the embodiment of feminine perfection.

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Published May 31st 2018
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Sherry Fundin
Oct 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Lauren Carr is one of my go to authors when I want a mystery that’s just right. Not too cozy and not too dark, but filled with suspense, humor and a critter or two or three…

I love being back with familiar friends and the pets who love them. Lauren Carr;s characters, both human and canine, are rich in personality and she gets right to the action. the hook is set early and I love that, even though I know when I open the cover I am in for hours of entertainment, laughter, danger and worry.

Right off
Feb 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you IRead and the author for a complimentary copy. I voluntarily reviewed this book. All opinions expressed are my own.

Murder By Perfection
A Thorny Rose Mystery #3
By: Lauren Carr

*REVIEW* ☆☆☆☆☆
Lauren Carr has become one of my favorite authors. I know her books will be intriguing entertaining and compelling. Murder By Perfection is the story of Murphy and Jessica and third in the Thorny Rose Mystery Series. Murphy and Jessica have overwhelming schedules and are missing quality time. A mu
Laura Thomas
Oct 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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It had been a while since I visited these character’s but I quickly found my footing on who was who, both human and other. One year into their marriage, Jessica and Murphy have hit a bump in the road. It’s push me pull me with so many things consuming all of their time. The murder of Murphy’s friend is sure to take even more of his time. But, a bone is tossed and they can work this case together. They just need to join a cooking class and warn the person instructing it that they’re in danger. Sh ...more
Jeff Klages
Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
They Just Get Better!

I thought this was one of her best yet. Her Characters just keep getting into deep dodo & what a wonderful read on how they get out of it. I just love each & every one of them. Please keep all the intermingling of all the different characters in this unique family. I just can't tell you how much I love her writing, and the telling of the story's. All I have to say is Just grab one of her books & get ready to smile, laugh, cry, & enjoy the next couple of hours of Reading. Tha
books are love
Nov 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
First and foremost if you pick this book up and haven’t read the others in the series it is okay. I did that and understood it perfectly. Yes the main characters go from each book but you don’t need previous books to understand and follow this one.

Here Murphy gets embroiled in a dangerous game of murder with many suspects and alot of reveals and twists along the way. He and Jessica are trying to find a way to make it through the tough schedules they have. Jessica it seems is taking a wee bit ad
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I chose to listen to this book after receiving a free audio copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

I have read several books by Lauren Carr including Kill and Run  and A Fine Year for Murder in which Jessica Faraday and Murphy Thornton are the main characters so I was looking forward to listening to this book. Thorny Rose Mysteries contain some of the same characters as the  Mac Faraday Mysteries. Mac Faraday is Jessica’s father so reading these mysteries are like a
Oct 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have listened to a bunch of audio books from this author. This author has a really good narrator who does great audio work. Therefore, I really like "listening" to books from this author versus "reading" them myself. This is my favorite series from Lauren Carr. It features couple Murphy and Jessica. They keep things entertaining but at the same time, they are very relatable. Murphy may be high ranking in the NCIS but when it comes to Jessica; he will fight "rush hour" traffic to get pizza for ...more
Oct 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Lauren is an extremely talented writer, who has the ability to draw you into a story, invest in the characters and never want to put the book down. I have loved all of her work but this story is by far one of her best.

This was a very intense, suspenseful novel with a plot line that I could never have dreamed of. There were multiple layers to the original murder and I never saw each turn coming. What starts off with a murder leads them to on the outside a perfect woman - Natalie. She has been mol
InD'tale Magazine

An excellent contemporary mystery with CSI or NCIS vibes, “Murder by Perfection” is the third book in the “Thorny Rose Mysteries” series that should be read in order to avoid spoilers.

Read full review in the 2018 September issue of InD'tale Magazine.
Donna C
Jun 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A Real Who Done It

I love all of Lauren Carr's books. Murder By Perfection was especially good as it had so much going on all at once. The twists and turns had me working hard to keep up. Looking forward to the next book.
Michele bookloverforever
May 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Murder By Perfection (A Thorny Rose Mystery)

Lots of danger, action, tragedy. 4 murders, a kidnapping, mental health crises, suicide....scary, complicated..who done it? Read this and find out for yourself.
Glenda Bixler
May 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Murder by Perfection by Lauren Carr was another very well written mystery book by this author. I have now read many of Lauren Carr's books and have become something of a fan of her books. This was was just as interesting as all of her other mystery novels. I loved that it was an addition to the Thorny Rose Mystery Series. I enjoyed not only the plot, but also the characters themselves and the fact that this was a great mystery without the gore elements that many adult mystery books now use in bu ...more
Note: While this is Book 3 in the series, it works just fine as a stand alone.

I’ve been a fan of Lauren Carr’s works for several years now. Sinking into this book was like joining an old friend for a lengthy cup of tea. I enjoy the writing style and characters equally. There’s also a twist or three and there’s usually more than one mystery to solve.

Jessica and Murphy are trying to balance her schooling and his career with their personal lives. And that’s how they get pulled into a minor investig
Kristine Hall
Oct 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
AUDIO BOOK REVIEW. MURDER BY PERFECTION is the third book in the Thorny Rose Mysteries, but it’s my first book in the series. The book does stand alone, but I suspect I would have been able to better keep up if I had read any of the prior books. But who am I kidding? Author Lauren Carr is a master at writing multiple story lines, including a giant cast of characters, and so much murder and mayhem that it’s nearly impossible to solve the mysteries. I tried! I failed! Ha!

Speaking of the characters
Angela Thompson
Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Lauren Carr offers readers fun engaging mysteries. I love Lauren's writing style, her characters, and her mystery development. While there are some predictable moments in Murder by Perfection, there are enough twists and turns to keep readers engaged and interested in solving the mysteries through to the end. The storyline is never dull and is well organized with fun dialogue and great characters. Murder by Perfection is rated PG because there are (obviously) murders and flirty innuendo--but, ov ...more
Lelia Taylor
May 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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4.5 stars

Murphy and Jessica lead hectic lives but he’s more than willing when an old Navy friend asks to meet him, hinting that he wants to talk about something shady. Just as Murphy is arriving, he hears a gunshot and finds Commander Ross Caldwell dead in his car. NCIS is quick to respond and Murphy, even though he’s a witness, is soon deep into the investigation but no one can foresee what they will begin to unearth, beginning with the disappearance of the HHS representative Ross was planning
Jessica Bronder
Oct 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Jessica Faraday has been going to school to be a doctor. Her husband Murphy Thornton is in the Navy. Both are finding that they are having a hard time having some quality time together. Jessica suggests Date Night and they are about ready for a steamy night in when Murphy gets a new case. A former officer has had a lead relating to Chef Natalie Stepford but is killed before anyone can figure out what was going on.

Murphy suggests date night happen at Natalie’s kitchen studio. There the couple fi
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another Win for Lauren Carr. Murder by Perfection was a great read. In is book 3 in the Thorny Rose Mystery Series. Which is a spin off of her Mac Faraday series. Mac's daughter Jessica and her husband Murphy Thornton are the stars of this series. I have to admit Lauren Carr always fills her books with so much going on you never have a chance to get bored and every book is different and never gets stale. I also love how her books are clean reads. I mean this book has murder, kidnapping, a sex ki ...more
Meagan Myhren-Bennett
Murder by Perfection
Thorny Rose Mystery #3
By Lauren Carr
Read by Mike Alger

For Murphy Thornton and Jessica Faraday marriage is not easy with their schedules conflicting. But they are determined to take time out for them - but when Murphy is given an assignment on "date night" Jessica is less than thrilled. Who wants to take part in a couple's cooking class instead of having a romantic date at home? But a murder investigation is riding on what Murphy can uncover.

But Murphy goes missing and the gou
Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another amazing read by Lauren Carr! I love reading her books!

All of her books can be read as a stand alone without feeling like you are lost, but they all, in some way or another, tie into each other.

Murder by Perfection focuses on Murphy and Jessica, but also has a cast of characters that we have met in other books – Tristan, Jessica’s brother; Joshua, Murphy’s dad; JJ, Murphy’s twin; Poppy, JJ’s ranch hand slash horse trainer who we reunite with again in other reads. There is also mention of
Oct 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Murder by Perfection brings us back to Jessica’s and Murphy’s lives and how they are dealing with their first year of marriage while both pursuing their career goals. Their ups and downs were just like other couples, always striving to put their marriage first, unfortunately demands from outside on their time make making time for each other difficult. Spats and fights ensue, and angry words are left between them. Then the unthinkable happens and all are left with an urgency to make things right. ...more
Oct 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Murder by Perfection is the first introduction for me to Lauren Carr’s writing. And it is, also, the third installment from the Thorny Rose Mysteries series. I feel this book can be read as a stand alone as I did not feel as though I was missing any information that may have been addressed in the previous books
In Murder by Perfection, I was introduced to a cute couple, Murphy Thornton and Jessica Faraday, who struggle to find time together and far away from work responsibilities. Just when they
Marilyn Wilson
Oct 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Lauren Carr is a master of the light murder mystery. Each contain a strong couple as the central characters. Both the male and female roles are great role models - smart, loyal, talented and always interested in the truth. And as the author is a huge dog lover, there are always several incredible pets, each with their own unique personality. No matter how serious the threat they are facing, the author manages to work in a little humour to keep the tale from getting too dark.

Murder by Perfection
Lauren Carr has done it again. If you have read one of her books, you know that you have been hooked from that first one you read. You will want more. If you have not read Lauren Carr books you are truly missing out on some really good murders and murder mystery. She write so well that you will not be able to stop with one chapter.

Murder by Perfection is no different. We see that Jessica Faraday and Murphy Thornton are doing in there lives. Things looks like they are still enjoying there bliss b
Oct 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love the way Lauren Carr thinks and writes. Reading her books is always a joy and an adventure. LISTENING to one takes the experience up a notch. Mike Alger narrates this series to perfection. From the voice of the "smart house" to the attitudes of the dogs to each of the many individual characters, this book is amazing to listen to.
The plot, as always, will take you through a range of emotions. As often as you are on the edge of your seat, you will find reasons to smile. Sensuous and dangerou
Nov 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This cover is beyond gorgeous and the story is even better

Ms. Lauren Carr, knock my senses again with her new book Murder by Perfection. She could be perfectly mingling our minds in her twisted story and characters. This book never disappoint me just like her other stories.

Success is nothing when you are not satisfied of your status. There are people that are willing to do bad things to get something from someone. This book will keep you entertained until the last page. It is sweet to read s
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Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Murder by Perfection is a mystery novel that is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat. The characters are well-developed with interesting backstories that slowly come to light to help add to the suspense. Carr has written a captivating mystery that will make you smile and laugh all while trying to solve the mystery at hand. Murder by Perfection is a remarkable read that is perfect for anyone who loves a good mystery.
Seaside Book
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Murder by Perfection was a great thriller with sex, drugs, black market organ transplants, secret lives, kidnapping, crazy guys, an elite US Navy team, and family pulling together to solve the murder. Toss all that together with a plot that twists and turns and you have a great mystery/thriller!

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Kathleen Quinn
Jun 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A Can't Put Down Mystery!

A plot full of twists and turns and many suspects. A lot of different characters and confusing sometimes. But the good guys win in the end.
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