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?
Please share with us a favorite memory?
Bedtime with Mom listening to her read Perry Mason to me. That was when I fell in love with mysteries. Later on, I would climb into bed with her at night and we would read together: She would read Perry Mason while I read Nancy Drew or the Hardy Boys. Ah, such wonderful memories.
Please describe a perfect meal – including menu and those present?
Lobster or crab legs, baked potato, Caesar salad, chocolate mousse pie, raspberry iced tea
What are some of your favorite ways to relax?
Fire in the fireplace on a snowy afternoon with my laptop and a free afternoon to write away with no one to disturb me.
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
Right here. I am fortunate enough to live in a beautiful home on top of a mountain with a fabulous view of the valley below. I have to confess that I sometimes yearn for the “other side” and a visit to the beach: but only to visit.
Share with us a few of your dreams. Also whether they have been fulfilled or are still a work in progress.
Years ago, in another lifetime, I defined success as being a best-selling author, fame, penthouse, etc. But, I came to realize with maturity that all of those things on my list are nothing more than things—and things do not bring happiness.
I have been blessed by achieving my dream: I am a writer, and I get to write my books, plus, I have the added blessing of a fabulous family (perfect husband and brilliant son, and three nutty dogs) and beautiful home. If I had to trade any of them in for a spot on the NY Times best seller list, I’d turn them down.
If you could leave the world with one piece of advice, what would it be?
The Rolling Stone’s song: You don’t always get what you want, but some times you get what you need.
What are some of your guilty pleasures?
A whole bag of chocolate kisses that I hide in my underwear drawer under my panties.
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.