A Small Case of Murder

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"Remember that dead body we found in the Bosley barn? How could you ever forget! His face is seared into my mind..."

Decades after writing those words, Lulu Jefferson's letter launches Joshua Thornton and his children into an investigation of an unreported death. Joshua soon learns that the small town pastor Lulu implicates in her letter moonlights as the valley's drug lord.

Just as the reverend's granddaughter is on the verge of revealing his ...

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"Remember that dead body we found in the Bosley barn? How could you ever forget! His face is seared into my mind..."

Decades after writing those words, Lulu Jefferson's letter launches Joshua Thornton and his children into an investigation of an unreported death. Joshua soon learns that the small town pastor Lulu implicates in her letter moonlights as the valley's drug lord.

Just as the reverend's granddaughter is on the verge of revealing his secret enterprise, she is brutally killed along with Joshua's high school sweetheart, Beth Davis, in a double homicide.

Appointed special prosecutor to solve the murders, Joshua Thornton uncovers a web of deception spun on the other side of the globe a half a century ago.

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Narayan Radhakrishnan
A Small Case of Murder is a GRAND case of murder. Following a style, reminiscent of that of Lisa Scottoline, and David Rosenfelt, Lauren Carr in her debut novel A Small Case of Murder, delivers a powerful and strong detective- legal thriller that has all the makings of a Hollywood movie.
Shelley Glodowski
Joshua Thornton is a hero most sublime, and his five children provide the perfect backdrop for a man searching for the next plateau. Chester, West Virginia is every town, and its inhabitants are fun and pivotal to the plot. The story is complicated, and Lauren Carr feints and thrusts to bring her various villains to the forefront. This is a fine tale for a beach blanket read.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780595302536
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/10/2004
  • Pages: 356
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Meet 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. Her latest mystery, Old Loves Die Hard, is set in Deep Creek Lake, Maryland, where she and her family often vacation. She lives with her husband, son, and two dogs on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.

In addition to being an active member and director of the Association of Independent Authors, Lauren is a popular speaker who has made speaking appearances at schools, youth groups, and on author panels at conventions. Visit Lauren at her website: http://laurencarr.webs.com for more information.
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  • Posted November 8, 2012

    I enjoyed reading a Small Case of Murder. It was full of murder


    I enjoyed reading a Small Case of Murder. It was full of murders and sucides over a long period of time. I wondered if I would like it as well as Lauren's later books.
    Yes I liked her later books best but while saying that I did like this book.
    I had a hard time putting this book down once I started it.
    Thier are a lot of characters in this story. I especially liked meeting Joshua Thornton and his family.
    Joshua moved his family after his wife's death back to his hometown of Chester, West Virginia. Joshua left JAG because he now was a single parent to his 5 children. He plans to open up his own law practice. Joshua bought a old building that the town doctor owned and it came with a lot of books and patients files.
    His cousin Tad was the town doctor now and was interested in the records and asked for them.
    During the move Joshua found a letter written from his parents friend Lulu that had died on the same day as his parents had. The letter was never opened till now.
    It talked about the dead body the four of them found on thier prom night that disappeared before they could get back with the Sheriff to show him. The sheriff did not believe them.
    Joshua and his family were interested that his parents found a dead body and did not know who it was. Lulu's letter mentioned that she saw the dead guy in a picture of
    Reverend Rawling,Sheriff DeLaney and some other guys in army uniforms. She asked Reverend about the picture.
    Lulu died of a drug overdose the same day she mailed the letter also the same day Joshua lost his parents.
    Thier are a lot of murders that happened in the past and again now that have not been solved. Everyone knows who the leader of drugs in the area but no proof. Joshua quiet life that he moved back for doesn't last for long even in church.
    I like all the plot twists and turns that kept me from putting the book down till i finshed reading it.
    I was given this ebook to read from Lauren and in exchange to write a honest review of it.
    Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 26, 2011) 324 pages.

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  • Posted April 29, 2012

    When Joshua Thornton, a recent widower and former Jag Commander

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2010

    A small case for reading

    A Small Case of Murder follows Joshua Thornton as he attempts to solve a string of murders in his small town as well as bring down a prominent family that has been involved in seedy underground of his town. Along with his children, he gets caught up in a story that goes back to the 1960's and even involves his dead parents. The story does have its twists and turns, but sometimes the writing takes away from the plot. The characters are overdramatic at times which makes it harder to really enjoy the story as you read. If you are looking for a book to read for fun, this fits the bill. If you are looking for a strong mystery that is on its way to win awards, look elsewhere.

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    Posted July 2, 2009

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