Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Killer Deadline Book Review and Book Tour Giveaway

I love mysteries--and have been a huge fan of author Lauren Carr and her various mystery series since I read her first book a few years ago. I was excited to have the opportunity to read and review the first book from her latest series which introduces readers to investigative reporter, Nikki Bryant.  What did I think of Killer Deadline by Lauren Carr?  Read my review, learn about the author and be sure to enter for a chance to win a prize in the book tour giveaway at the end of this post.

Book TitleKiller Deadline (A Nikki Bryant Cozy Mystery) by Lauren Carr
Category:  Adult Fiction (18 +),  232 pages
Genre:  Mystery/Cozy Mystery
Publisher:  Acorn Book Services
Release date:   April 23, 2020
Content Rating: G. This is a true cozy mystery. No sex. No on-stage violence. No swearing. Just good clean fun!

"Lauren Carr's books are never boring, that's for sure. They entertain, give us a good mystery to dig into, keep the reader guessing, give us a few good laughs and make us eager for the next book. Warning: Lauren Carr's series are addictive, so be ready to read more than just one book!" - Laura Fabiani, Library of Clean Reads 

"Here we go! Carr is a master storyteller who always offers a plot full of twists and turns, a bit of humor to offset the dark, and a unique cast of characters. In Killer Deadline that cast includes - handsome Ryan, her first love (who is now her step-brother); a mysterious social media friend called Nerdy Guy; Elmo, a super smart dog, a boxer, she rescued who has become a social media star and has a penchant for cleaning; a TV station full of suspicious employees; and more.

"This book is a wonderful read to pick up at the end of a long day. It truly is a "cozy murder mystery."  I promise, it'll draw you in right from page one and keep you turning the pages until you reach the very last page. I can't wait for the second book in this series." - Marilyn R. Wilson, Olio by Marilyn

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About the Book

Folks in Pine Grove, Pennsylvania, claim that where Nikki Bryant goes, trouble is not far behind. Her refusal to back down from a challenge has made Nikki Bryant a top investigative journalist.

When an online friend nudges her to join him in a pact to reconnect with their first loves, Nikki and her boxer dog Elmo leave the bright lights of Las Vegas for the charming town of Pine Grove. There, she must face the biggest challenges in her career and life—the first love she had left behind and her father’s unsolved murder.

But before she has time to unpack her car, Nikki stumbles upon the dead body of local news anchor, Ashleigh Addison, her childhood rival. Could Ashleigh’s death be connected to an explosive news story that she had teased about airing live? Did that explosive story have anything to do with the murder of Nikki’s father?

With the clues in her father’s cold case hot again, Nikki intends to chase down the story of her life until she catches his killer—no matter what it takes.

My Review

Cozy, Small Town Mystery with Engaging Characters to Love. The author begins this book with a cast of characters--and, while the list may seem a bit long--readers will quickly learn that every character (no matter the size of their role) plays a part in the mysteries at hand. If you have read the author's other series, expect this new mystery to be much more cozy mystery like without the high ranking police involvement, and big city feel of her other series. As always, the author puts together an odd, eclectic mix of characters for readers to love, hate, and suspect throughout the book!
Killer Deadline Offers More than One Mystery--and Twists and Turns to Create Doubts. Killer Deadline offered mysteries that were a little faster/easier to solve than some of Carr's previous novels--but the characters and their interactions kept readers doubting and guessing until the stories fully unfolded. If you enjoy cozy mysteries with some side stories and secrets playing into the mix--the is a fun series opener.  

Would I Recommend Killer Deadline by Lauren Carr? The author makes me smile from the first few pages of every one of her books. She can randomly interject some real-world thoughts and sarcasm into murderous plots and investigations--and that makes this cozy mystery novel so fun to read. I loved Nikki--and, of course, her dog, Elmo--and I will undoubtedly be waiting to read Nikki's next adventure. If you enjoy light cozy mysteries with a little humor and a host of characters to love--Killer Deadline is a fun one to add to your reading list.

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About the Author

Lauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Mac Faraday, Lovers in Crime, Chris Matheson Cold Case, and Thorny Rose Mysteries—over twenty-five titles across three fast-paced mystery series filled with twists and turns!

Killer Deadline marks Lauren's first venture into mystery's purely cozy sub-genre with a female protagonist.

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.

​A popular speaker, Lauren is also the owner of Acorn Book Service, the umbrella under which falls iRead Book Tours. She lives with her husband and two spoiled rotten German Shepherds on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.

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

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for the wonderful review. I am so glad you enjoyed Nikki Bryant and am certain your followers will enjoy her as well. Here's wishing each one luck in the giveaway!