A Small Case of Murder 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!
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About the Author
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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.