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A Small Case of Murder (A Joshua Thornton Mystery Book 1) (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Lauren Carr
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Best-Selling Mystery Author Lauren Carr's debut novel, A Small Case of Murder (originally published in 2004) is set in the quaint West Virginia town of Chester, where everyone knows everyone, and there is never a secret that someone doesn’t know. In such an intimate town, how many suspicious deaths can be left unquestioned?

Following his wife’s death, Joshua Thornton leaves a promising career in the U. S. Navy’s JAG division to move across country with his five children into his ancestral home. While clearing out the attic they find a letter written to their grandmother postmarked 34 years ago.

In the letter Lulu Jefferson wrote “…Remember that dead body we found in the Bosley barn?...I saw him today…I went to talk to the reverend and there was his picture on the wall.” What dead body? His interest piqued, Joshua asks about Lulu and finds that in 1970 she died on the same day that she penned the letter implicating the pastor in an unreported murder. There is much more to this story than a 34-year-old letter. It’s a 34-year-old mystery!

Today, a double murder has the whole town under a microscope. The state attorney general appoints Joshua special prosecutor to solve the crimes. In a small town where gossip flies as swiftly as a spring breeze it is impossible to know who to trust.

Asking simple questions about events long ago could prove to be deadly for Joshua and his family.

Read this Author Revised Edition of Lauren Carr's debut mystery novel. It's the same GRAND mystery, revised and edited for re-release by the author herself!

Biographie de l'auteur

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. Lauren Carr is the best-selling author of the Mac Faraday Mysteries, which takes place in Deep Creek Lake, Maryland. Twelve to Murder is the seventh 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 (the same detective in her debut novel) 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. Dead on Ice (A Lovers in Crime Mystery) was released September 2012. The second installment, Real Murder will be out in 2014. The owner of Acorn Book Services, Lauren is also a publishing manager, consultant, editor, cover and layout designer, and marketing agent for independent authors. This year, several books, over a variety of genre, written by independent authors will be released through the management of Acorn Book Services, which is currently accepting submissions. 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.

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3.0 étoiles sur 5 A SMALL CASE OF MURDER 6 mai 2014
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or not so small,as it turns out

a good read,as all of auther Lauren Carr books are that i have read so far!!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Small case of murder : plein de rebondissements 8 juillet 2014
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Toujours un mort de plus, toujours plus d'intrigue: le lecteur croit constamment deviner les ressorts de l'histoire mais... Les personnages sont bien campés, humains, et il y a toujours un chien ou deux pour rendre l'atmosphère plus familiale.
Bonne observation des personnages humains et canins!
Un livre vite lu, juste pour oublier les ennuis quotidiens en regardant les ennuis des autres dans le roman policier!
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 an interesting new sereis 14 février 2012
Par mcdabble - Publié sur
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Having read Ms. Carr's Mac Faraday series and enjoying the flow of her words, I bought this book. It was hard to put down even though at times I got thoroughly confused by the large cast of characters. In summary, Joshua Thornton, a recently widowed ex-Navy JAG commander moves back to his hometown to raise his five children and open a law practice. In the course of moving in he comes across possible evidence from a murder committed 30+ years ago. Pursuing answers to that murder leads him to more murder, drug dealers, and corruption in the local government and police force. It got confusing in places because so many events from the past tied into events of the present. As I said before, there is a large cast of characters past and present. This amazon page listed 39 in their Shelfari community. The ending reminded me of classic Poirot, with Joshua explaining all of the murders away to the assembled suspects.
As for the Kindle formating, my only issue was the hyphenating of words in the middle of sentences. It was jarring to the flow of reading because it was unexpected. Overall I enjoyed the book and have downloaded the second in the series, A Reunion to Die For.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 Worst book I ever read 29 septembre 2008
Par Fran Ishman - Publié sur
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I was influenced by other readers' reviews and want to give future potential readers a moment's pause with the only (so far) negative review. I would be considered an avid reader and can almost always find at least something I like in a book. But not this one. The one word which would cover everything from plot to characters to writing style in this book would be the word SILLY. Way too many murders -- it got to be boring. The plot unfolded in a contrived, ridiculous manner. It's as if the author took every plot she ever heard of and put them in this one book. And then tried desperately and unsuccessfully to connect all of them. Many of the characters were painfully annoying and unbelievable when they were meant to be just the opposite. It seemed as if the author thought she would be considered a good writer if she could include as many different physical characteristics in this one book as she could conjure up. This book is the literary equivalent of a HORRIBLE television soap opera. I sincerely do not mean to be unkind to the author, but rather to warn fellow readers that not everyone thinks this book deserves 5 stars by any means.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Cozy Mystery 29 avril 2012
Par druidgirl - Publié sur
When Joshua Thornton, a recent widower and former Jag Commander returns to his hometown with his five children all hell breaks loose. When Josh finds a twenty year old letter addressed to his deceased mother in the attic, he sets into motion a chain of events that put him,his cousin and inquisitive children in danger. We have murders, crazy women, bad cops, drugs and a crazy drug lord preacher. This is a mystery worth reading, it is a fast read because you can't put it down. I definitely want to read Book 2 in the Joshua Thornton series.

Thanks to CreateSpace and Net Galley.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A Complex Murder Mystery 31 août 2004
Par Debbie Lee Wesselmann - Publié sur
In Lauren Carr's carefully constructed murder mystery, the protagonist Joshua Thornton, a JAG attorney on leave to care for his five children after the death of his wife, arrives in the small town of Chester, West Virginia, the place where he grew up and where he hopes his children will find stability. He is hoping for a quiet life as a single father. However, before the boxes have even been unpacked, his children uncover a mystery letter that suggests Chester might not be as idyllic as Joshua thought. Before long, Joshua is named as a special prosecutor to investigate a series of murders that may or may not be related to the letter written decades before. Is there a connection between the disappearing body that Joshua's parents stumbled upon and the charismatic Reverend Rawlings? What about the drug peddling of Rawlings' granddaughter Vicki and the addicted pharmacist? Who is Amber, and why does she know so much? And how does the deceased town doctor, the current sheriff, and Joshua's cousin Tad fit into the mystery?

The most painful part of reading this otherwise riveting novel is knowing that a commercial publisher would have snapped up this book and launched the author's career if not for the amateurish first fifty pages. Carr's manuscript probably never stood a chance because of the awkward writing - excessive adverbs, unnecessary dialogue tags, and inexact language. Characterizations are imprecise, particularly among Joshua's children, and keeping track of who's who can be cumbersome. However, once this story gets cooking, Carr proves herself an adept storyteller, juggling motives, clues, relationships, and red herrings like a pro. While the writing remains somewhat clumsy (several women "look becomingly" at our hero, and Joshua's children are often referred to as his "offspring" as though they were bear cubs) and the point-of-view shifts are dizzyingly inconsistent, the story itself takes over. And what a murder mystery it is! Even though readers will figure out crucial elements prior to the final revelation, there isn't enough time to contemplate all the twists Carr provides. The rush to the end is breathless.

Although this book desperately needed a few more revisions with a good editor, Carr's talent is obvious. For mystery lovers, this is a fun, rollicking ride - as long as you can overlook a few flaws. Hang onto your first editions of this book, as Carr has the ability to break into future best seller lists.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Lawyer uncovers a trail of death 26 juillet 2004
Par booksforabuck - Publié sur
After the death of his wife, lawyer Joshua Thornton brings his children back to his native West Virginia where he intends to set up a law practice. But from the moment he steps into his new office, he begins discovering clues to a wave of crime that has held the town in fear for decades--a crime wave associated with murder, the drug trade, and intimately connected to the largest church in town. But a lawyer has to eat--and the criminals control the police and prosecutors in their county. What can one man do against the power and evil he faces?

As Thornton starts digging into the case, he discovers that a string of strange deaths have been associated with the Rev. Rawlings. The minister's wife, his daughter-in-law, Thornton's own parents and their friend Lulu, and a strange and unidentified man discovered by teenagers on prom night are all dead. If anything, death strikes more quickly once Thornton arrives with Rawlings' own granddaughter the next victim--pierced through the heart with a steel stake. Along with his recovering alcoholic cousin, Tad, Thornton will have to move quickly if he doesn't want to be the next victim--or put his children in danger.

Author Lauren Carr delivers an intriguing mystery--plenty of murder, a dark secret, criminals with powerful political connections, and a twist at the end. Carr's writing is strong and engaging. The story could have been stronger, however, if Thornton had done less talking and more action. The long interogation scenes seem like throwbacks to Perry Mason. Also, it could be just me, but I wish the characters had smiled and chuckled a bit less when they talked. After a while, it started to pull me out of the story.

There is a strong element of faith involved in the story. Thornton's quest is more than that of a lawyer seeing the truth, to a real degree, he is also fighting evil.
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