Like its predecessor Three Days to Forever, author Lauren Carr’s Kill and Run sports before the main text an extensive list of dramatis personae, with a few references to and returners from the former book. The prologue occurs thirteen years before the main text, following State Troopers Nicholas “Nick” Gates and Reese Phillips. The main text begins with a lovemaking seen between Nick and Cameron Gates, along with a practice exercise on part of the special operations team known as the Phantoms in Washington, DC, whose Commanding Officer remains secret throughout the novel.
Other important events occurring in the beginning include Murphy Thornton receiving a medal for his naval service during what is initially an inspection, along with a home invasion in Reston, Virginia, and the nomination of General Sebastian Graham to the Joint Chiefs of Staff, with many considering him to be a shoe-in for the position. A mystery soon arises, considering the deaths of five women connected to the United States Army, with a woman named Isadora “Izzy” Crenshaw, found initially in a group home, playing her role within the story as well, and having a mysterious history.
The novel has occasional twists and revelations towards the end, which is reasonable and opens room for continuations, although to keep track of the extensive list of characters can at times be trying unless the reader takes notes, although this reviewer would certainly recommend this book to those who typically enjoy thrillers and mysteries, and would very much relish the opportunity to read prior and future books in the franchise.
Lauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Mac Faraday Mysteries, which takes place in Deep Creek Lake, Maryland. Open Season for Murder is the tenth installment in the Mac Faraday Mystery series.
In addition to her series set on Deep Creek Lake, Lauren Carr has also written the Lovers in Crime Mysteries, which features prosecutor Joshua Thornton with homicide detective Cameron Gates, who were introduced in Shades of Murder, the third book in the Mac Faraday Mysteries. They also make an appearance in The Lady Who Cried Murder.
Three Days to Forever introduced Lauren Carr’s latest series detectives, Murphy Thornton and Jessica Faraday in the Thorny Rose Mysteries. Look for Kill and Run, the first installment in this series, to be released September 1, 2015.
The owner of Acorn Book Services, Lauren is also a publishing manager, consultant, editor, cover and layout designer, and marketing agent for independent authors. Visit Acorn Book Services’ website for more information.
Lauren is a popular speaker who has made appearances at schools, youth groups, and on author panels at conventions. She also passes on what she has learned in her years of writing and publishing by conducting workshops and teaching in community education classes.
She lives with her husband, son, and three dogs on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.