Book Review & Giveaway: Killer Deadline by Lauren Carr

Book Title:  Killer Deadline (A Nikki Bryant Cozy Mystery) by Lauren Carr
Category:  Adult Fiction (18 +),  232 pages
Genre:  Mystery/Cozy Mystery
Publisher:  Acorn Book Services
Release date:   April 23, 2020
Format available for review:  print, mobi, epub, PDF
Tour dates: April 20 to May 22, 2020
Content Rating: G. This is a true cozy mystery. No sex. No on-stage violence. No swearing. Just good clean fun!

Book Description

Folks in Pine Grove, Pennsylvania, claim that where Nikki Bryant goes, trouble is not far behind. Her refusal to back down from a challenge has made Nikki Bryant a top investigative journalist.

When an online friend nudges her to join him in a pact to reconnect with their first loves, Nikki and her boxer dog Elmo leave the bright lights of Las Vegas for the charming town of Pine Grove. There, she must face the biggest challenges in her career and life—the first love she had left behind and her father’s unsolved murder.

But before she has time to unpack her car, Nikki stumbles upon the dead body of local news anchor, Ashleigh Addison, her childhood rival. Could Ashleigh’s death be connected to an explosive news story that she had teased about airing live? Did that explosive story have anything to do with the murder of Nikki’s father?

With the clues in her father’s cold case hot again, Nikki intends to chase down the story of her life until she catches his killer—no matter what it takes.

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

I have read quite a few of Lauren Carr’s books, and I’m never disappointed. She writes several different series, but I think this is the first cozy mystery of hers that I’ve read.

In Killer Deadline, a Nikki Bryant returns home to take over her family’s TV station. She’s also decided (with a nudge from an online friend) that it’s time to reconnect with her first and only true love, her former boyfriend and stepbrother.

The first thing that happens when Nikki arrives back home is a murder of the evening anchor for the station. Unfortunately, she’s the one who finds the body. The murder also causes her father’s murder, a cold case, to be looked at again. Will they find the murderer(s) this time?

I definitely recommend Killer Deadline. It has a little more substance than some of the cozy mysteries I’ve read. Just like I like it!

About the Author

Lauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Mac Faraday, Lovers in Crime, Chris Matheson Cold Case, and Thorny Rose Mysteries—over twenty-five titles across three fast-paced mystery series filled with twists and turns!

Killer Deadline marks Lauren’s first venture into mystery’s purely cozy sub-genre with a female protagonist.

Book reviewers and readers alike rave about how Lauren Carr’s seamlessly crosses genres to include mystery, suspense, crime fiction, police procedurals, romance, and humor.

​A popular speaker, Lauren is also the owner of Acorn Book Service, the umbrella under which falls iRead Book Tours. She lives with her husband and two spoiled rotten German Shepherds on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.

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Tour Schedule

April 20 – Olio by Marilyn – book review / giveaway
April 20 – Working Mommy Journal – book review / giveaway
April 21 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
April 21  The avid reader – book spotlight / giveaway
April 22 – Thoughts in Progress – book spotlight / giveaway
April 22 – Brooke Blogs – book spotlight / giveaway
April 22 – Mystery Suspense Reviews – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
April 23 -My Journey Back – book review / author interview / giveaway
April 23 – Christa Reads and Writes – book review / giveaway
April 23 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book spotlight
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April 24 –Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / giveaway
April 27 –Cassidy’s Bookshelves – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
April 28  It’s All About the Book  book review / giveaway
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April 29 -Laura’s Interests – book review / guest post / giveaway
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April 30 I’m Into Books – book spotlight / giveaway
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