Friday, August 12, 2022

The Wrong Side of Murder Book Review & Book Tour Giveaway

I have always loved cozy mysteries and Lauren Carr is one of my favorite mystery authors in recent years. I have read books from each of her many series--and today, I have her latest from the Nikki Bryant series to share! Check out The Wrong Side of Murder, learn about the author the series, read my thoughts on the book & be sure to enter for a chance to win a prize in the book tour giveaway at the end of this post!

Book TitleThe Wrong Side of Murder (A Nikki Bryant Cozy Mystery) by Lauren Carr
Category:  Adult Fiction (18 +),  274 pages
Genre:  Mystery/Cozy Mystery
Publisher:  Acorn Book Services
Release date:   July 21, 2022
Content Rating: This cozy mystery is rated G for everyone!

The Wrong Side of Murder is another wonderful cozy mystery by author Lauren Carr. It has all the elements that draw me in - an intelligent female lead, an equally smart boyfriend who partners to help her, a complicated plot where clues are slowly revealed, people who aren't what they seem to be, comedic moments to balance the darker ones, and several quirky pets full of personality.  

It's a wonderful book to escape into at the end of the day. And get ready to read into the wee hours as, if you're like me, you won't be able to stop reading until the mystery is revealed.  
- Marilyn R. Wilson, Olio by Marilyn
Nikki's an intense individual who makes the perfect investigative journalist. She wants answers yesterday and she is willing to dig in to get them. She might get it wrong at the beginning but with the help of her family and close friends, she'll get the answers she wants and needs. – review by Blooming with Books

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About the Book

Nikki Bryant’s Next Case Takes Her to the Wrong Side of Murder

One spring morning, Jodi Gibbons got up and went to school as she did every day. Her young life went sideways though when the police found that her mother had been brutally killed during the night.

Twenty years later, many in Pine Grove believe Jodi got away with murder. After all, how could she have possibly slept through her mother’s violent death in the very next room?
After decades of silence, Jodi accepts investigative journalist Nikki Bryant’s invitation to tell her side of the story. However, before the interview can take place, someone silences Jodi permanently.

Now it is up to Nikki Bryant and her friends to uncover the secret that Jodi Gibbons has been protecting—a secret someone believes it is worth killing to keep from being revealed.


My Review

The Wrong Side of Murder Keeps Readers Entertained and Guessing. I love the cozy mystery writing style that Carr brings to her stories. With multiple murders, well-placed plot twists, and a unique blend of quirky characters--she crafts a mystery that gives readers hints, makes them think they have solved things--then turns the path in a different direction. I love the bits of sarcasm and humor that keep the murder mysteries more light and clean. As with other books from the author, this one brings smiles from beginning to end.


Readers will find characters to love. Readers will find large casts of characters in Carr's stories--but will love the way the characters and pieces come together throughout to resolve the mysteries. I love the playfulness of the main characters. While murder is not a laughing matter--life often is. I love the humorous displays between Nikki and her family and friends--including furry friend Elmo.


Would I recommend The Wrong Side of Murder? If you enjoy light, clean, cozy mysteries, you should add this book and the series to your reading list. The novel is well-written, entertaining, fast-paced, and impossible to put down. I love that the story keeps me guessing and doubting myself through most of the book! I was sad to see this story end--but I look forward to another book in the series.


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Be Sure to Check Out the First Installment in the Nikki Bryant Cozy Mysteries

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: This cozy mystery is rated G for Everyone!

I love this cozy mystery! It is full of suspense, action packed, fast pace with that small town feeling. I love the characters, I have to admit, I fell in love with Elmo on the spot! I loved Nikki's spunk and determination. She keeps you on the edge of your seat the entire book! I highly recommend this book to those who loves a good cozy mystery!! - 5-Star Review at Splashes of Joy 

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. 


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Meet the Author
​Selling over half a million books worldwide, Lauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Mac Faraday, Lovers in Crime, Thorny Rose, Chris Matheson Cold Case Mysteries, and Nikki Bryant Cozy Mysteries—thirty titles across five fast-paced mystery series filled with twists and turns!

Book reviewers and readers alike rave about how Lauren Carr seamlessly crosses genres to include mystery, suspense, crime fiction, police procedurals, romance, and humor. 

The owner of Acorn Book Services and iRead Book Tours, Lauren is also a publishing manager, consultant, and virtual book tour coordinator for independent authors.  

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 two spoiled rotten German shepherds on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV. 

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  1. Thank you for sharing your review of The Wrong Side of Murder, the author's info and books' details, this sounds like a wonderful cozy mystery book and series and I am looking forward to reading these stories

  2. The Wrong Side of Murder sounds like a cozy mystery that I will enjoy reading and I love the cover, thanks for sharing it with me!

    Thanks, Book Corner News and Reviews for sharing your review!

    Have a sunshiny day!