Thursday, June 25, 2020

The Nutcracker Conspiracy (+ Giveaway)

"Wow - this is one INCREDIBLE novel that I could not put down. It had me on the edge of my seat and I can honestly say that I never saw the end coming. It was full of suspense, action but also humour (done in a way  that only Lauren can accomplish)." - 5-Star Review of THE NUTCRACKER CONSPIRACY by Working Mommy Journal

Book TitleThe Nutcracker Conspiracy (A Thorny Rose Mystery #4) by Lauren Carr
Category:  Adult Fiction (18 +),  388 pages
Genre:  Mystery
Publisher:  Acorn Book Services
Release date:   January 30, 2020
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!

Book Description:

Three years ago, the nation gasped in horror when the President of the United States barely escaped an assassination attempt that left two dead—the vice president’s wife and the attempted assassin.  Even after numerous investigations proved otherwise, conspiracy theorists argue that the assassin was acting on orders from the CIA, FBI, and every federal agency within a hundred miles of the capital.

Aspiring Author Dean Conway is the last person Lieutenant Commander Murphy Thornton wants to spend his Saturday afternoon when they end up at the same wedding reception table. While their wives tend to bridesmaid duties, Murphy is trapped listening to Dean’s latest work-in-project—completing the manuscript of an investigative journalist who’d disappeared months earlier.

“She was number twelve,” Dean says.

“Twelve?” Murphy asks.

“Twelve witnesses connected to or investigating The Nutcracker shooting have died either in an accident or suicide.”

Two days later, Dean dies suddenly―but not before sending a text message to Murphy:

Buy the Book:
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BookBub ~ Add to Goodreads

Now for my thoughts on the (audio)book:

Narrator Mike Alger does a great job bringing the characters to life by giving a unique voice to each one. His steady pace and distinct tones add depth to this already intriguing story. His mannerisms add to the personalities of the characters making them more realistic to the listeners.

The story is a wonderful mixture of humor, suspense, mystery, and a touch of romance wrapped around a conspiracy plot. The characters are quirky and likable. The author skillfully weaves canines as major characters making readers/listeners believe their participation in this fascinating story.

There are several leads of thought going on throughout the tale, but it’s easy to follow all and not be lost along the way. While this is the fourth installment in the series, the story stands on its own. If you’re new to the series as I was, it will make you want to follow up on the previous stories just for the fun of it to find out where all the various characters come from.

The Nutcracker Conspiracy will hold your attention with zany characters, unexpected twists, and a tantalizing mystery to solve.

Meet 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!

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

Tour Schedule:
June 8 – She Just Loves Books – audiobook review/giveaway
June 9 – Mystery Suspense Reviews – audiobook review/author interview/giveaway
June 10 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – audiobook review/guest post/giveaway
June 10 - T's Stuff – audiobook review/guest post/giveaway
June 11 – Sefina Hawke's Books – audiobook review
June 11 - Bound 4 Escape – audiobook review/giveaway
June 12 – Splashes of Joy – book spotlight/guest post/author interview/giveaway
June 12 - Nighttime Reading Center – book spotlight/giveaway
June 12 - Locks, Hooks and Books – audiobook review/guest post/giveaway
June 16 – Dab of Darkness Audiobook Reviews – audiobook review/giveaway
June 17 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight/guest post/giveaway
June 17 - Blooming with Books - audiobook review/giveaway
June 19 – Stephanie Jane – book spotlight/giveaway
June 22 – Hall Ways Blog – audiobook review/giveaway
June 23 – Books for Books – audiobook review
June 24 – JBronder Book Reviews – audiobook review/guest post/giveaway
June 25 – Thoughts in Progress – audiobook review/giveaway

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Do you enjoy stories where the author includes the characters' pets as part of the story?

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  1. It definitely sounds enticing - and has my curiosity surging. Thank you. Drat you.

    1. With audible, you can listen to the book while doing housework or working at home, or driving. Though you have to be careful. You might miss a clue. ;)

  2. What an interesting blend of suspense, crime fiction, and thriller, Mason. I can see how you'd warm to the characters, too. Thanks for sharing it.

  3. Thank you so much fo the fabulous review for THE NUTCRACKER CONSPIRACY. I am thrilled that you loved this Thorny Rose Mystery and shared it with your followers. Thank you so much.

  4. I love that she has dogs in the story.


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