When Mystery Turns to Love—and a Free Ebook!

Lauren Carr fell in love with mysteries when her mother read Perry Mason to her at bedtime. The first installment in the Joshua Thornton mysteries, A Small Case of Murder, was a finalist for the Independent Publisher Book Award. A Reunion to Die For was released in hardback in June 2007. Both of these books are in re-release.

Lauren is also the author of the Mac Faraday Mysteries, which takes place in Deep Creek Lake, Maryland. The first two books in her series, It’s Murder, My Son and Old Loves Die Hard have been getting rave reviews from readers and reviewers. The third book in this series, Shades of Murder, was released in May 2012, also to glowing reviews.

The first in the Lovers in Crime series, Dead On Ice, was released in August 2012.

I love great couples. By that, I don’t mean sexy couples who look like they were brought together by a modeling agency to sell perfume. Have you noticed that couples like that don’t usually last? I think it’s because they don’t make mirrors big enough for both partners and their egos.

I’m talking about couples who complement and play off each other. They are two halves that, when put together, make one fun whole.

Back when my husband and I were newlyweds, shortly after the extinction of the dinosaurs, we were befriended by the couple who lived next door. Jack and Judy had been married close to forty years at that point and had raised three children. I loved spending time with the two of them. Their personalities played off each other so well.

A retired Navy officer, he was distinguished and honorable. She was fun and sparkly. When they were together, she would give him that adoring look that told you how much she loved him, even after forty years together. On his part, she made him laugh.

They had been together so long, that they were beyond the adolescent phase of sex and had moved into intimacy of the mind and soul. They were so into each other that they could read each other’s thoughts and finish their partner’s sentences.

That was the type of couple that I strove to develop for my Lovers in Crime mystery series. I wasn’t looking for a pair of glamour-pusses—rather, a couple of detectives who, when they come together make one whole lot of fun for themselves and the reader.

Dead on Ice is the first installment of my new series (Lovers in Crime). It features Hancock County Prosecuting Attorney Joshua Thornton and his new love, Pennsylvania State Police homicide detective Cameron Gates.

In this Lovers in Crime Mystery, Cameron Gates is tasked with solving the murder of Cherry Pickens, a legendary star of pornographic films, when her body turns up in an abandoned freezer. The case has a personal connection to Cameron’s lover, Joshua Thornton, because the freezer was found in his cousin’s basement. It doesn’t take long for their investigation to reveal that the risqué star’s roots were buried in their rural Ohio Valley community, something that Cherry had kept off her show business bio. She should have kept her hometown off her road map, too—because when this starlet came running home from the mob, it proved to be a fatal homecoming.

Even though this is a new series, I teamed up my first literary detective, Joshua Thornton, who is logical and serious with homicide detective Cameron Gates. Her spunky personality is a perfect complement to Joshua Thornton’s responsible nature.

Some readers may wonder why I decided to return to an old detective from my earlier series instead of creating a new one. My answer is, well, it kind of happened—which is usually how love happens, isn’t it?

It all started while I was writing Shades of Murder (released May 2012), a Mac Faraday mystery in which I brought back Joshua Thornton. In this mystery, Mac Faraday is working on the cold murder case of a famous artist, while Joshua Thornton is working on the murder of a Jane Doe in Pittsburgh.

Since I had not written a Joshua Thornton mystery in over five years, I had to think about where he was in his life. That answer:  His children are grown. He’s more independent. Now he’s ready for some romance and adventure. Suddenly, Cameron Gates, and her cat Irving, showed up!

The next thing I knew, I had a Lovers in Crime Mystery!

And so do you!

Today only, for readers of this post, Dead on Ice is FREE! I am inviting you to go to Amazon now, you can use this link, to download your free copy of Dead on Ice! Sale ends midnight Friday, September 7!


P.S. You don’t have to keep this a secret. You can pass this invitation on to all your friends!

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Lauren Carr Links:

E-Mail: writerlaurencarr@comcast.net, or


Website:  http://mysterylady.net/

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