Thursday, November 2, 2023

Mystery Review: The Prime Suspect by Lauren Carr

I love mysteries.  I am pretty sure I say that at least once a week!  Growing up, my grandparents and I read every mystery in my small town library from juvenile fiction to adult--and watched every mystery themed television show available.  Today, I still love finding mystery authors and new mystery series to share. If you have read many of my reviews, you know that I love mystery writer Lauren Carr--and I have read at least a few books from all of her mystery series.  Today, I have a new novel to share from her latest series!  Check out The Prime Suspect, learn about the author, read my thoughts on the book and enter for a chance to win a prize in the book tour giveaway at the end of this post!

Book Title The Prime Suspect (A Sam MacKade PI Mystery) by Lauren Carr
Category:  Adult Fiction (18 +), 430 pages
Genre:  Mystery
Publisher:  Acorn Book Services
Release date:   Oct 26, 2023
Content Rating:  PG-13 (Lauren Carr's books are murder mysteries, so there are murders involved. Occasionally, a murder will happen on stage. There is sexual content, but always behind closed doors. Some mild swearing (a hell or a damn few and far between). No F-bombs!

"The plot is twisted. The characters are full of depth, with many hiding secrets. Mackade's two dogs and Greyson's cat are not only smart, but have attitude with a capital A.  I don't want to spoil anything, so all I am going to say is the cat is the hero who deals with one personal threat."  Marilyn R. Wilson, Author, Speaker, Book Reviewer, review of THE PRIME SUSPECT

"Lauren Carr is among my favorite mystery writers. She knows how to write a fun tale while keeping readers engaged. ..." - Amy Campbell, Locks Hooks and Books

"I am, bottom line, amazed at the giant step that places Carr comparable to significant authors whose name slips off our tongues like, for instance, Nora Roberts. Watch this author--she's moving quickly to where her goals are headed..." - review by Glenda Bixler, Book Readers Heaven

Lauren Carr is a master storyteller who combines the humor of Janet Evanovich and the investigative skills of Patricia Cornwell. She is always at the top of my reading list." - review by Sherry Fundin, Fundinmental, As Eye See It

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About the Book

Two murders with one common denominator. Both victims betrayed Bryce Greyson. How could she not be the prime suspect?

Four years after Bryce’s cheating husband is gunned down, her boyfriend-stealing former roommate’s remains are found buried under a statue at her alma mater.

Declared the prime suspect by both detectives and the media, Bryce has no choice but to hire someone to clear her name.

Enter Sam MacKade, private eye.

To solve two murders, the former police K-9 officer and his canine partners must sift through the clues and the lies to reveal the true prime suspect.
My Review

The Prime Suspect Brings Twists, Turns, and Surprises Throughout. I have said it before, and this series opener is no exception: I love Lauren Carr's mystery writing style. Readers should expect the unexpected--with twists and turns, extra murders, and revealed secrets dotting the mystery-solving adventure. While this novel is a long one, it holds plenty of fast-paced murder mystery action and engaging scenes and dialogue to maintain interest from beginning to end.  


Readers will Find Wonderful Characters in this Novel. As with all of Lauren Carr's novels, this one begins with a pretty long cast of characters to help readers keep everyone in line in their minds as they read. Since this is the first novel in the series, I didn't really find that I needed to reference the cast list. I will admit, I was actually a bit glad that I didn't notice characters from the author's other books this time--it was nice to begin a series at the beginning and meet an all-new cast! I also found an immediate attachment to the series' main character (and his dogs) that kept me smiling and interested from the second he was introduced. This book is the perfect cozy mystery for dog and cat lovers as the author gives her canine and feline characters quite human-like qualities and "dialogue" throughout.  


Would I Recommend The Prime Suspect by Lauren Carr? If you enjoy well-developed cozy mysteries with engaging characters and twists and turns--this new series is a great one for your reading list. This novel was an excellent chance for me to begin a series from the author at the beginning! I enjoyed the characters and the mystery and look forward to following Sam MacKade into future mysteries and adventures.

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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 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 so much for the wonderful review of THE PRIME SUSPECT, the first installment in the Sam MacKade PI mysteries. I am honored that you enjoyed it so much. Good luck to everyone in the giveaway for the $50 PayPal giveaway.

  2. This sounds like a great book! Deff added on my tbr!

  3. Thank you for sharing your review of The Prime Suspect, it sounds like an excellent read and I am looking forward to it