Book Spotlight: Murder by Perfection, by Lauren Carr

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An Article from Lauren Carr:  Inside Criminal Minds

It’s always a delight to feature a book written by Lauren Carr.  Not only is Lauren an outgoing and vivacious author who is always willing to share, she also writes highly amusing mysteries that grab your attention.  Throw in characters that grow on you and independent dogs that sometimes take over a scene, and you have a hit series.

Murder by Perfection is book three in the Thorny Rose Mysteries.  Featuring the daughter of Mac Faraday (of the series so named) and the son of  Josh Thornton (the Lovers In Crime series), fans were excited from the start.  Once again Jessica Faraday and Murphy Thornton don’t disappoint. It’s a terrific story with romance, humor, and a complex mystery.  You will find my review on Mystery Suspense Reviews.

Since Ms. Carr is on a virtual book tour right now hosted by iRead Book Tours, we are spotlighting her excellent new novel.  She has also written an article for Jaquo that you will find below.  You’ll appreciate her humor and insight.  We always do.  You will find a tour schedule at the end that includes links to Lauren’s other tour stops.  Do check out some of them.  Interviews, guest posts, and more reviews await you.


Inside Criminal Minds

By Lauren Carr

Being a murder mystery writer is a strange profession.

Think about it. You spend your days thinking about murder. Most would assume you are strategizing how to solve murder mysteries. They don’t realize how much of that encompasses putting yourself in the mind of a criminal.

It’s not as insane as it sounds. Really. Believe me.

The best detectives look at a crime scene, take the evidence into account, and recreate the event. By doing this, they put themselves into the mind of the bad guy. From there, they can deduct who among their suspects “did it.”

Mystery writers must piece together the crime like a real detective—only with fictional victims, witnesses, and suspects, and make-believe crimes. This gives us an advantage over the real detectives. If a time or place doesn’t fit, then we can change it. With my current work in progress, I changed the arrival times of flights from Seattle to Pittsburgh to fit with the time of the murder. Can real homicide detectives do that? Nope. The FAA isn’t so accommodating in real life. That’s why I prefer my fictional world.

When it comes to plotting mysteries, authors have to jump into the mind of the killer to plan the murder or other crimes. It’s all part of putting together the complete puzzle—before scattering the pieces that make up the murder mystery throughout the novel. Of course, this means research—and scouring the Internet about things that normal folks don’t research.

The latest Thorny Rose Mystery, Murder by Perfection takes readers into the world of cosmetic surgery, which leads into organ transplants. Murphy Thornton and Jessica Faraday attempt to find togetherness by scheduling a weekly date night and end up taking a couple’s gourmet cooking course at the Stepford Kitchen Studio, owned by Chef Natalie Stepford―the embodiment of feminine perfection. Natalie’s brutal murder leads them to a cosmetic surgery clinic and black-market organ transplants.

Due to the Internet, most readers are extremely savvy. It takes only a Google-search for them to discover if the author fudged the facts. As a result, writers are obligated to not only do their research, but clearly think out how the crime had been committed—all in the name of making it ring true for the readers.

This means thinking like a criminal.

For Murder by Perfection, I had to think about what would go into setting up an illegal organ transplant clinic in an upscale Washington DC suburb. Hmmm, I thought, I’d need an operating room, staff, nurses, equipment. Plus, this would all need to happen under the cover of something legal.

From there, I had to ask myself where the organs came from. This meant researching what areas of the world (third world areas) where the black-market operations. Since these areas are so far removed from Washington, I had the task of figuring how to get the harvested organs to the patient in a timely manner, all under the radar. That meant a private airfield. Thus, I had to find airfields where private planes could fly in and out without going through customs. Then, there was the matter of locating patients in need of these illegally acquired organs.

But then, after all this research and planning, there is one more thing that the murder mystery writer needs to figure out. What does the bad guy do to get caught? You’ll need to read Murder by Perfection to find out.

Usually, during my research and plotting phase, I will ask questions and bounce ideas off people—sometimes asking what would come across as a bizarre question for a normal person. Last Sunday at church, I asked a physics professor how much damage a body hurled from a fifth-floor balcony could do to a police cruiser. I didn’t get a clear answer.

Always, I remind our friends and family that I am a mystery writer. I do all this research for good.

I often joke about if anything happens to my husband, I’m going to be in real trouble when the police look at the browsing history on my laptop. That’s why he feels so safe.

The Tour

Audiobook Details:

Book Title: Murder by Perfection by Lauren Carr

Series: Thorny Rose Mystery Series (Volume 3) Genre: Murder Mystery

Publisher: Acorn Book Services

Release date: Aug 28, 2018

Narrator: Mike Alger

Length: 8 hours, 32 minutes, unabridged

Tour dates: Oct 8 to Nov 2, 2018

Content Rating: PG (mild violence and sexual suggestion)

Book Description:

Perfection can be a fatal endeavor. Frustrated with their busy schedules, Murphy Thornton and Jessica Faraday attempt to find togetherness by scheduling a weekly date night. The last thing Jessica Faraday expected for her date night was to take a couple’s gourmet cooking course at the Stepford Kitchen Studio, owned by Chef Natalie Stepford―the model of perfection in looks, home, and business. When Natalie ends up dead and Murphy goes missing, the Thorny Rose detectives must peel back the layers of Natalie Stepford’s life to discover that the pursuit of perfection can be deadly.

To read reviews, please visit Lauren Carr’s page on iRead Book Tours.

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Meet 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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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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