#BlogTour ~ Killer In The Band by Lauren Carr #Giveaway #GuestPost

Killer in the Band
A Lovers in Crime Mystery
Lauren Carr


“We think of first love as sweet and valuable, a blessed if hazardous condition.” Roger Ebert

Summer of Love & Murder

Joshua’s eldest son, Joshua “J.J.” Thornton Jr., has graduated at the top of his class from law school and returns home to spend the summer studying for the bar exam. However, to Joshua’s and Cameron’s shock and dismay, J.J. moves into the main house at Russell Ridge Farm, the largest dairy farm in the Ohio Valley, to rekindle a romance with Suellen Russell, a onetime leader of a rock group who’s twice his age. Quickly, they learn that she has been keeping a deep dark secret.

The move brings long-buried tensions between the father and son to the surface. But when a brutal killer strikes, the Lovers in Crime must set all differences aside to solve the crime before J.J. ends up in the cross hairs of a murderer.

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Author’s Bio


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.

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Love and Murder
by Lauren Carr

Love and Murder.
How is it that love and murder seem to go hand in hand when it comes to murder mysteries?
Think about it. We pick up a mystery because we want to read about murder and mayhem. Yet, somewhere, someplace, whether it be in the forefront of the plot or in the background, there’s an interweaving of romance.
Nancy Drew had Ned hanging around.
Perry Mason had Della Street at his beck and call—at least I think so. You could never really tell. That was one of the things that kept readers coming back. Are they or aren’t they?
Romance is not only found in murder mysteries. On the other side of the bookshelf, in the romance genre, mystery often plays a big role in romance novels. I remember not being able to put down Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca, one of literature’s greatest romance novels, which is filled with mystery surrounding the death of Rebecca, the first Mrs. DeWinter.
Even mysteries with unattached detectives, some who want nothing to do with love, or who are never successful at it, usually seem to have a couple of characters who have been struck with cupid’s arrow somewhere in the plot. It is not uncommon for the protagonist to be dragged into the mystery to save the couple’s union. Does anybody know how often the hard-boiled detective has been hired by the wife of a murder suspect to clear her husband or boyfriend’s name?
“Love is for suckers and fools,” the detective will grumble before going off to solve the case, only because he wants to bring a smile to the poor lady’s pretty face.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not complaining. I’m all for love and romance, especially when it means a big box of chocolates on Valentine’s Day. Clearly, I’m not alone. I mean as far as love and romance in murder mysteries. Stay focused. We’re not talking about chocolate; we’re talking about love and murder. The chocolate will come later.
Love has a big part in murder mysteries. Mystery writers, including myself, seem to always write it in and readers love to scoop it up. In the latest Lovers in Crime (notice that it is “lovers” in crime), I couldn’t resist having Joshua’s eldest son J.J. rekindle a love affair with his first love, Suellen Russell, the former leader of a rock band who is twice his age.
Of course, we can’t forget that this is a murder mystery. So it can’t all be wine and roses. Suellen asks J.J.’s stepmother, Cameron Gates, to investigate the thirty-year-old murder of Dylan Matthews, lead singer in a rock band she had organized while in college. 
Why does love play such a big role in murder mysteries?
Well, the answer can be found in the definition of the two emotions.
Love: The definition of Love as defined by Google is “an intense feeling of deep affection.”
Murder: Also according to Google: “The unlawful, premeditated killing of another human being.” While Google doesn’t go on to say it, it can go without saying that this act is brought about by an intense feeling, but not of affection, the feeling that is opposite of love: hatred.
In my opinion the mixture of these two emotions, so extreme from each other, is akin to a literary sweet and sour mix. In one chapter, we have the plot surrounding the intense act of murder, only be complemented by the sweet love scenes.
The taste of a good romance in a mystery can take the edge off the gruesomeness of a killer plot, which is a good thing. I have found that books with no romance or tender emotion between characters to be depressing and leave a feeling of hopelessness—which is another genre.
Personally, I prefer a little love mixed in with my murder and mayhem—ending with a big box of chocolates!


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3 thoughts on “#BlogTour ~ Killer In The Band by Lauren Carr #Giveaway #GuestPost

  1. FYI – Your rafflecopter is not working properly. Tried to paste my tweet URL into the box and it keeps saying “Aw shucks. We didn’t get your entry.”

    • Thanks, it seems to be ok now. I think Rafflecopter have had a few issues today!

  2. Thank you so much for inviting me to your site to discuss this sweet and sour topic of love and murder. Here’s wishing each of your followers luck in the giveaway!

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