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The Nutcracker Conspiracy

(Thorny Rose Mysteries #4)

4.53  ·  Rating details ·  140 ratings  ·  42 reviews
Three years ago, the nation gasped in horror when the President of the United States barely escaped an assassination attempt that left two dead—the vice president’s wife and the attempted assassin. Even after numerous investigations proved otherwise, conspiracy theorists argue that the assassin was acting on orders from the CIA, FBI, and every federal agency within a hundr ...more
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Published January 30th 2020
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Sherry Fundin
Is that a lycanthrope that stole that hamburger patty right out of Orville’s hands? LOL

I think I know the answer to that question. The critters in Lauren Carr’s books have distinctive personalities that have me laughing, and at times worrying about them.

Newman is a basset hound TV addict. Don’t mess with his remote. Gnarly, a German Shepherd, is a force of nature. Spencer is the sweet loving female of the group.

Archie has her own thoughts on the death of the vice president’s wife and I do love a
Jan 22, 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.

The Nutcracker Conspiracy
By: Lauren Carr

*REVIEW* 🌟🌟🌟🌟
I've been fortunate to read several of Lauren Carr's books, and each one has been enjoyable. The Nutcracker Conspiracy did not disappoint. This is a thrilling read full of mystery, intrigue, suspense and drama, all in the grip of Washington D.C and the kind of conspiracy theories you might expect in this type of clima
Laura Thomas
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
I love this series and I’m thrilled to get back to it.

So much worked in this book. The characters were complex. Many of them were favorites I’d encountered in the previous books. The mystery was convoluted. Something caught my attention and pointed to who was behind the crimes. Later, something else kind of confirmed it for me. Imagine my surprise when I found out I was way off the mark and it was someone else. I think those misdirection’s Lauren planted were intentional and very clever.

There wa
Kathleen Kelly
Feb 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a review of the Nutcracker Conspiracy by Lauren Carr and done for iRead Book Tours.

What is the book about?
"Three years ago, the nation gasped in horror when the President of the United States barely escaped an assassination attempt that left two dead—the vice president’s wife and the attempted assassin. Even after numerous investigations proved otherwise, conspiracy theorists argue that the assassin was acting on orders from the CIA, FBI, and every federal agency within a hundred miles
Emilie Davis
Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fasten your seatbelt!! You are in for a great ride!!

I have always loved Lauren Carr' s books. Many of the books are based Robin Spencer's family that she knew about, but never acknowledged and left all of her money. Others still deal with law enforcement and characters often cross over from one series to another. Even though they are all stand alones, it is always good to know how the whole thing started. This one - The Nutcracker Conspiracy - was jam packed with action and are a wee bit more bl
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

I have read several of Lauren Carr’s books, and I always enjoy them, but this is my favorite so far. I like her humor, and I usually smile or giggle several times when reading one of her books, but The Nutcracker Conspiracy made me actually laugh out loud several times. While there was humor, there was plenty of mystery and drama with several twists.

The book starts with an assa
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow – this is one INCREDIBLE novel that I could not put down. It had me on the edge of my seat and I can honestly say that I never saw the end coming. It was full of suspense, action but also humour (done in a way that only Lauren can accomplish).

The book starts off with the murder of the vice president’s wife which led to the Nutcracker Conspiracy – that someone wanted the President dead and somehow the CIA, FBI and law enforcement were all in on it. Following her murder, eleven additional peop
kelly duncan
Feb 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing

This is one of my favorite books so far!!!! Its always interesting and keeps you wanting more!!!! I love the thorny rose series!!!! Murphy and Jessie make such an amazing team with a love story for the ages!!!!
Jan 31, 2020 added it
Twisty as ever

Lots of mystery, danger, humor and lots of friends to see again. Including a famous small town mayor who is a hero,a thief and has four legs. Gnarly is visiting.
Murphy boss turns up missing. Crouch doesn't like him.
Jessica's friends are caught up in a conspiracy.
Loved the book.
Mar 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
My favorite crime solving duo are back and full of wit and crime solving skills once again. In this installment Murphy Thornton and his wife  Jessica Faraday, try to solve a murder that happened years ago that is now somehow linked to the present. This is full of political intrigue, drama and surprise developments that had me guessing until the conclusion. What I love most about these books and actually all of this authors books are the animals that are characters in their own right. We have a T ...more
Ruth Hill
Feb 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated and all opinions are 100 percent mine.

First of all, this is a thriller. While there are no bedroom scenes or what I would call vulgar language or graphic violence, the book would not be considered truly family friendly. I wasn't offended by anything in the book. It tries to present a realistic picture of a very involved conspiracy Travis dark and full of twists and turns. If you like thrillers, thi
Marilyn Wilson
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Nutcracker Conspiracy - book #4 in author Lauren Carr's Thorny Rose Mystery series - offers a wild and complicated ride. It is a political thriller full of head spinning twists and turns. Intriguing clues are offered along the way to guide you, but the complicated plot is one that will keep you guessing until the final chapter.

The book opens with a scene from the past. The US president and first lady, along with the vice president and his wife, are at a performance of The Nutcracker. During
Michele bookloverforever
What appears to be 2 separate mysteries changes into three then back to two. Lots of obfuscation, fed herrings. I guessed the villain right away but for the wrong reasons....good story.
Feb 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Another well written cozy thriller featuring the Thorntons and the Faradays. Why do I call it a cozy thriller? It has all the elements of page-turning thriller – an intricate plot, tension, action, and such – with the antics of several quirky canines, including a kleptomaniac and a TV remote hog, providing a light, humorous touch not typically found in thrillers or hard-boiled mysteries.The author did a great job of creating an intricate story, with interesting twists and subplots. A very enjoya ...more
BreeAnn (She Just Loves Books)
Jun 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, suspense
What I Loved:
One of the things I love about Lauren Carr’s books is her animals. She creates these animal characters that have a personality that you connect with! The Nutcracker Conspiracy did not disappoint me one bit with the animals woven into the story!

How I Felt:
The plot was so much fun. It’s a police procedural story, so I got lots of great details from the investigator’s perspective. The conspiracy really went back in time to pull all the details together, which made the fact-finding port
Lelia Taylor
Jun 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: full-reviews
4.5 stars

Unlike most of Lauren Carr’s books, The Nutcracker Conspiracy features one body after another after another and it’s no wonder that Dean Conway believes a conspiracy is tying so many of these deaths together. It all started with an attempt on the President’s life that actually claimed two other lives and it’s only natural to think that such an assassination attempt must have involved one federal agency or another, maybe more than one. Murphy Thornton didn’t pay much attention to Dean’s
Meagan Myhren-bennett
The Nutcracker Conspiracy
A Thorny Rose Mystery #4
By Lauren Carr
Read by Mike Algers

When Jessica Faraday's best friend finds herself suspect number one in her husband's murder, Jessica is determined to prove Amy's innocence. There is just one problem Amy looks good for the murder of Dean. Just days before at a wedding Dean told Murphy Thornton that he was about to publish a book based on the Nutcracker Conspiracy - a conspiracy in which 12 people had so far died to keep hidden.

When Dean is killed
Angela Thompson
Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Lauren Carr offers readers mysteries and characters to love. As with most of the author's novels, readers are faced with multiple murders and mysterious events--and a number of mini-plots and side stories that keep the story moving well and add to the twists and turns. The author has a knack for giving every character (canine, feline and human) a distinct personality that series readers come to love and expect with each novel. The Nutcracker Conspiracy builds on the relationships and characters ...more
Kristine Hall
AUDIO BOOK REVIEW. I’ve read (with my ears) a number of books from the different mystery series by Lauren Carr, and there are things I can count on, every time: a huge cast of characters, a number of plots and subplots with red flags and red herrings, non-stop action, a high body count, and animal antics to amuse readers. Most importantly, being immersed in one of Carr’s books is always time well-spent.

THE NUTCRACKER CONSPIRACY is no different. It’s the fourth in the Thorny Rose Mysteries (the s
Note: Even though this is book 4 in the series, it works fine as a stand alone.

This was such a fun story! I have liked all of Carr’s books, but this one was great, one of her better works. I love all of the humor and the pet companions. I especially enjoyed Nigel, the house AI. Tristan is responsible for him and his family makes good use of him. Nigel has a very dry sense of humor that is put to good use in this story.

The mystery was pretty good too. We have more than one victim and more than on
Feb 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
In author Carr's latest, we are headed back to the Thorny Rose mansion and we get to spend some time with Murphy and Jessica Thornton.

The beginning of the story sets up our mystery, three years previously an assassination attempt was made on the President of the United States. He was ok but the VP's wife did not make it. What really happened that fateful evening has had many conspiracy theorists only guessing. However, Murphy finds out from an annoying acquaintance that there are a lot of bodie
Jun 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Nutcracker Conspiracy is the 4th book in the Thorny Rose Mysteries Series by Lauren Carr. I am a huge fan of Lauren Carr. I love how she keeps all of her characters the same in each book so they feel like old friends. I also love how she connects all of the characters in all of her different series. I like keeping up with old friends in real life and her books let me keep up with all the different characters from all of the different series. Characters from different series show up in all of ...more
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love a good conspiracy mystery and this one was loaded with mystery, murders, cover ups and “who done it”!

Per usual, there was more than one case happening at once – one that initially appears to be linked with the other.

I felt this time, there were many more characters, more deaths, more “frame jobs”, more cover ups than previous Lauren Carr reads (I may be slightly obsessed with Lauren’s mysteries) and the depth of the “conspiracy” made the entire mystery all the more enjoyable to figure out
Jessica Bronder
Feb 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A presidential assassination attempt three years prior took the lives of the vice president’s wife and the assassin. Since then there have been all kinds of conspiracy theories about the true target and who ordered the murder.

Zip to present day which finds Murphy Thornton at a wedding reception with author Dean Conway. Dean is going on and on about his book about the assassination attempt. He tells Murphy about how twelve witnesses have died in the last couple years. How when someone seems to b
Feb 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Nutcracker Conspiracy is the fourth and latest installment to Lauren Carr’s Thorny Rose Mysteries. I have read the previous books in the series and this one does not disappoint. It is by far my favorite of the series. I love how Miss Carr is able to throw in humor in addition to her murder mysteries. I love trying to figure out “who done it” and every time, she throws me off. I hardly every predict how it all ends. That is what is so great about her books. She is so clever coming up with the ...more
Feb 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: military, z-read-2020
"Just Saying"

Alternately funny and tense, this latest entry in the Thorny Rose series absolutely abounds with twists and turns. One minute you think that the conspiracy is government-oriented and then the next minute you wonder if it is really corporate espionage. Then it seems as if it's actually both at the same time with the same set of players. Yep, plenty of twists and turns to absorb.

And, as far as the murders are concerned, your mind gets a real workout trying to decide if He, She or They
Jun 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 read The Nutcracker Conspiracy in January and was happy to listen to it as well since it’s my favorite Lauren Carr book so far. I like her humor, and I usually smile or giggle several times when reading one of her books, but The Nutcracker Conspiracy made me actually laugh out loud several times (gotta love Mac’s dog, Gnarly). While there was humor, there was plenty
Stanley McShane
Jun 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, book-tour
Love all the characters in Ms Carr’s Thorny Rose Mystery Series that include canine characters as well as strong protagonists. Particularly love Gnarly (a German Shepherd) and the others, always sure to provide lively entertainment.

An assassination attempt of the president went awry several years ago, but since then, more than twelve other people have ended up dead in what was supposed to look like suicide or accidents. But no one believes in coincidence and coincidence doesn’t apply here part
Jun 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Narrator Mike Alger does a great job bringing the characters to life by giving a unique voice to each one. His steady pace and distinct tones add depth to this already intriguing story. His mannerisms add to the personalities of the characters making them more realistic to the listeners.

The story is a wonderful mixture of humor, suspense, mystery, and a touch of romance wrapped around a conspiracy plot. The characters are quirky and likeable. The author skillfully weaves canines as major charact
bookish tanna
Mar 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Nutcracker Conspiracy held my attention, keeping me flipping the pages through midnight. With a twist of mystery, romance, and thriller, readers of all genres will be sure to enjoy this book. There are no more words then to say, it is truly a masterpiece! The violent action along with the intense turns and cliffhangers bring a chilling addiction. A young, stubborn Lieutenant is out there searching for the truth to uncover what may be the government’s top situation. His beautiful, talented wi ...more
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