After months of marital bliss, Jessica Faraday and Murphy Thornton are still discovering and adjusting to their life together. Settled in their new home, everything appears to be perfect … except in the middle of the night when, in darkest shadows of her subconscious, a deep secret from Jessica’s past creeps to the surface to make her strike out at Murphy.
When investigative journalist Dallas Walker tells the couple about her latest case, known as the Pine Bridge Massacre, they realize Jessica may have witnessed the murder of a family living near a winery owned by distant relatives she was visiting and suppressed the memory.
Determined to uncover the truth and find justice for the murder victims, Jessica and Murphy return to the scene of the crime with Dallas Walker, a spunky bull-headed Texan. Can this family reunion bring closure for a community touched by tragedy or will this prickly get-together bring an end to the Thorny Rose couple?
Summary & Cover taken from Goodreads.com
Length: 335 pages (Kindle)
Source: Review Copy
Series: A Thorny Rose Mystery
Available Formats: Print/Kindle/Audio
Publication Date: January 30th 2017 by Acorn Book Services
Set a few months in the future from the events that took place in the first book in the series and it was nice to see Jessica and Murphy again and see who they've settled into their marriage along with their merry band of animal sidekicks whom I was so happy to see again. Seriously the animal shenanigans in the books give the books some really good laugh out loud which I soooo loved.
This one was again surprising, even though I was surprised that Kill and Run (the first book) was a little more on the darker side than I expected I thought that it might be one of those deals where that was just to get readers attatched to the characters. But, this one was just as dark as the first and even more gut wrenching.
This was such an exciting, thrilling, gut wrenching follow up to the first book in the series that I read it in one sitting. Well one day/evening. Seriously! We had a bit of nasty weather the day I read this one and I was super excited to spend the day snuggled up with the furbabies seeing the story unfold on my mind. This book breaks the usual standard that sophmore books in a series have of not standing up to the first book. The mystery was flawlessly woven together and I really enjoyed how the ending came to fruition. The characters were more at home with themselves (nothing wrong with them in the first book btw) but it was nice to catch up with them and see how their work is changing not only them but their relationship.
This is another one that I would absolutely recommend to people but I have to say based on my experience, read the first book. I know someone who read these out of order and while she didn't have any issues in doing so, when she finished the first book (after she mistakenly read book two first) said that it filled in some gaps for her. In general though, mystery fans who want a hot couple as the main characters in a crime solving duo that is a medium on the dark aspects of the genre check these books out.
If you haven't yet read the first book, and this series is completely new to you, I reviewed the first book on my blog yesterday and you can find my review by clicking here.
Lauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Mac Faraday, Lovers in Crime, and Thorny Rose Mysteries—over twenty 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, romance, and humor.
Lauren is a popular speaker who has made appearances at schools, youth groups, and on author panels at conventions. She lives with her husband, son, and four dogs (including the real Gnarly) on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.