Review: Dead on Ice – Lauren Carr

Paperback: 234 pages
Publisher: Acorn Book Services (September 10, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0985726733
ISBN-13: 978-0985726737
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I contacted the author directly in regards to her book. I’ve been struggling with mysteries of my own running around in my head, which like this author are set in WV. The trick was to pull off the feeling of that culture, without resorting to caricatures or stereotypes. Ms. Carr does that wonderfully. The two church ladies represented in the story reminded me so much of some of the women of my Dad’s church when I was growing up.

Outside that, I found the plot well developed and logical. When I’d finally reached the conclusion of the story, it all made perfect sense, how the murder(s) were committed, who did them, and why. Along the line there were people I suspected who turned out to be innocent. A well written mystery in the old classic who done it style, with some romance thrown in.

If there were one problem with the story, I think the romance would be it. Not that there shouldn’t have been a romance, nor that it was unbelievable, it was just the pace of the romance. It seemed to move at a much faster pace than the rest of the story.

Outside that one issue, I found it a delightful book, and look forward to reading more in this series. Ms. Carr has definitely made a new fan. If you read it, drop back by and let us know what you thought of it.
About the Author

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 is also the author of the Mac Faraday Mysteries, which takes place in Deep Creek Lake, Maryland. It’s Murder, My Son, Old Loves Die Hard, and Shades of Murder, have all been getting rave reviews from readers and reviewers.

Dead on Ice introduces a new series entitled Lovers in Crime, in which Joshua Thornton will join forces with homicide detective Cameron Gates.

Lauren is currently working on the next Mac Faraday Mystery (Blast from the Past, coming Dec 2012) and Lovers in Crime Mystery (coming Spring 2013).

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 spring, two books written by independent authors will be released through the management of Acorn Book Services.

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 two dogs on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.

Visit Lauren’s websites and blog at:

Blog: Literary Wealth:

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Lovers in Crime Facebook Page:

Twitter: @TheMysteryLadie

*Disclaimer* A special thanks goes out to Lauren for a review copy of this book. It in no way influenced my review. You can discuss it here or join my facebook page and discuss it there.

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2 Responses to “Review: Dead on Ice – Lauren Carr”

  1. Lauren Carr Says:

    Hello, Rick,

    I am so glad that you enjoyed Dead on Ice, the Lovers in Crime Mystery. Do keep us informed about your own WV mystery? I’ll look forward to reading it.

    Best Regards,
    Lauren Carr

  2. Elizabeth Says:

    Rather than reading the Archer stories solely as mysteries, thrillers, entertainments, and detective stories (though of course they can exist solely on that level for readers who are interested in them as such), we’d do ourselves a favor to consider them in a few other ways as well. In the massive reference work World Authors 1950-1970, published by the H.H. Wilson Company, Macdonald wrote that The Galton Case and Black Money “are probably my most complete renderings of the themes of smothered allegiance and uncertain identity which my work inherited from my early years.” Of course, in Black Money the smothered allegiance occurs between the lovers Ginny Fablon and Tappinger.