Ice, by Lauren Carr

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New! The Christopher Matheson Mystery Series

Here’s another instant hit for bestselling author Lauren Carr.  The disappearance of a young girl has branded Chris Matheson a killer for most of his adult life, though never convicted of a crime.  After so many years is it possible to find what really happened to her?

The title actually does reveal the nature of the first installment of this new series by best-selling author, Lauren, Carr. The story (and future stories) revolves around a cold case. So cold that it is icy. Ms. Carr very cleverly reveals why sometimes ice is better than cold in the entertaining mystery.

Former Special Agent Chris Matheson is now retired from the FBI. Returning home was not an easy thing since many years ago he left with a shadow over his head. He was the prime suspect for the murder of young Sandy Lipton, a woman who they discovered was pregnant. While never charged, the town has been convinced of his guilt ever since.

The Book Club

When invited to join a local book club, he has no idea what he is getting into. First the other members are also former law enforcement. Secondly, they may read books, but the members are more interested in investigating cold cases. The Sandy Lipton murder becomes their number one focus.

Soon there are more bodies.  Could they all be connected to their search Sandy’s killer? Will one of them be next?  Unraveling the clues they find could put them right in the path of a murderer.

I so admire author Lauren Carr for her various series. Each comes from a different angle, part of this one being cold case murders. Of course the members of the very unique book club, add distinction too. Each brings his/her own talents to the table, each with plenty of connections and contacts to aid in their searches.

The supporting cast is fabulous as well, from his good friend, Helen, with the State Police, to his strong and surprising mother and his active children. It will be a kick to learn more about them as the series develop. It will also be fun to see potential relationships grow.

Don’t Forget The Dogs

As with Ms. Carr’s other series, dogs are featured throughout the stories, playing very important roles at times. This one features German shepherd, Sterling, a former police dog who was wounded in action and now retired as well. Don’t be surprised if Sterling comes to the rescue when necessary. The dog has skills.

Of course the animals add humor to the story. So does the dialogue. Even in the midst of a murder investigation, you’ll find smiles and chuckles along the way. It makes for an easy, light read, in spite of the subject—a great way to enjoy a solid mystery.

The new series is considered a cozy mystery, at least in some ways. You won’t find elicit sex, bad language, and descriptive violence, but don’t let that fool you. The bodies pile up in this one quickly, with a number of suspects. As expected from this fine author, you will find twists and turns that will have you turning in completely different directions during the story.

Is a serial killer at work? Might it be the same killer as that of Chris’ cold case investigation? So many questions. Will they find answers before Chris himself is the target?

The Audiobook

It was a delight to listen to the audiobook for my review. It’s a pleasure to listen while the narrator brings the story and the characters to life. Audiobooks let you get caught up in the story as if you were there.

Narrator Mike Alger does so well at distinguishing the voices of the many characters. Quite a task with so many! His pacing flows as you would read, so it sounds natural.

Definitely the series should be another hit for this popular author. Don’t miss it!

The Series

Be sure to check out her other continuing series as well: The MacFarraday series, The Joshua Thornton series, The Lovers in Crime series, and the Thorny Rose series. These overlap characters in a fantastic way that will keep you coming back for more and more. You can start anywhere, since each is a stand alone, but if you want to go to the beginning, I’ve included a link to each at the end.

Add Lauren Carr to your Favorite Author List. You’ll be glad you did.

The Tour

Book Details:

Book Title: ICE by Lauren Carr
Genre: Mystery, Crime Fiction, Police Procedural, Cozy
Publisher: Acorn Book Services
Release date: April 25, 2018

Narrated by: Mike Alger, Unabridged
Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
Content Rating: PG (It’s a murder mystery and there is mild violence. Very mild swearing no F-bombs. No on-stage sex scenes.)Book Description:The clues for a close-to-the-heart missing person’s case heat up when Chris Matheson starts chipping away at the ice on the cold case.When Sandy Lipton and her unborn child disappear, the court of public opinion finds young Chris Matheson guilty. Decades later, the retired FBI agent returns home to discover that the cloud of suspicion cast over him and his family has never lifted. With the help of a team of fellow retired law enforcement officers, each a specialist in their own field of investigation, Chris Matheson starts chipping away at the ice on this cold case to uncover what had happened to Sandy and her baby and the clues are getting hot!To read more audiobook reviews, please visit Lauren Carr’s page on iRead Book Tours.

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About the Author:

Lauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Mac Faraday, Lovers in Crime, and Thorny Rose Mysteries—over twenty titles across three fast-paced mystery series filled with twists and turns!Now, Lauren has added one more hit series to her list with the Chris Matheson Cold Case Mysteries. Set in the quaint West Virginia town of Harpers Ferry, Ice introduces Chris Matheson, a retired FBI agent, who joins forces with other law enforcement retirees to heat up those cold cases that keep them up at night.Book reviewers and readers alike rave about how Lauren Carr’s seamlessly crosses genres to include mystery, suspense, crime fiction, police procedurals, romance, and humor.

Lauren is a popular speaker who has made appearances at schools, youth groups, and on author panels at conventions. She lives with her husband, and three dogs on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.

Connect with the author: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Instagram

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Merry Citarella, often writing as Merrci, writes on a wide range of topics. Recently relocated to the Oregon Coast in the northwest United States, she frequently writes travel features on the beautiful Pacific Northwest. She specializes in health and aging, Alzheimer’s Disease, food, lifestyle, and book reviews. For more information you can see her on The Writers’Door. You can read more articles here or at her websites Alzheimers HQ and Simple Living Ideas

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  1. Thank you so much, Merry, for the fabulous review and feature on ICE. I am thrilled that you have enjoyed this first installment in my exciting new series and promise the more will be coming soon. I am sure your followers will enjoy it as well. See you next time!

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