Book Review & Giveaway: The Wrong Side of Murder by Lauren Carr

Book Title:  The Wrong Side of Murder (A Nikki Bryant Cozy Mystery) by Lauren Carr
Category:  Adult Fiction (18 +), 274 pages
Genre:  Mystery/Cozy Mystery
Publisher:  Acorn Book Services
Release date:   July 21, 2022
Tour dates: Aug 1 to Aug 26, 2022
Content Rating: This cozy mystery is rated G for everyone!

Book Description

Nikki Bryant’s Next Case Takes Her to the Wrong Side of Murder

One spring morning, Jodi Gibbons got up and went to school as she did every day. Her young life went sideways though when the police found that her mother had been brutally killed during the night.

Twenty years later, many in Pine Grove believe Jodi got away with murder. After all, how could she have possibly slept through her mother’s violent death in the very next room?
After decades of silence, Jodi accepts investigative journalist Nikki Bryant’s invitation to tell her side of the story. However, before the interview can take place, someone silences Jodi permanently.

Now it is up to Nikki Bryant and her friends to uncover the secret that Jodi Gibbons has been protecting—a secret someone believes it is worth killing to keep from being revealed.

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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 this is the first cozy mystery series of hers that I’ve read. I read the first book, Killer Deadline, a couple of years ago, and I liked it, so I was happy to read the next book in the series.

In The Wrong Side of Murder, Nikki Bryant and her true love (and stepbrother), Ryan, are together, and their relationship is great. The characters are realistic, and like most of the author’s books, there are a lot of them. She always includes a Cast of Characters at the beginning, which helps a lot.

Jodi was a classmate of Nikki’s in high school, and Nikki was convinced that she’d murdered her mom 20 years ago. Now, she’s convinced that she didn’t murder her and wants to help prove her innocence. This cold case that the police decide to reopen as well has a lot of twists and turns. There are more murders, many suspects who were overlooked, and more crimes to solve!

I definitely recommend The Wrong Side of Murder. I look forward to the next Nikki Bryant book.

About the Author

Selling over half a million books worldwide, Lauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Mac Faraday, Lovers in Crime, Thorny Rose, Chris Matheson Cold Case Mysteries, and Nikki Bryant Cozy Mysteries—thirty titles across five fast-paced mystery series filled with twists and turns!

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

The owner of Acorn Book Services and iRead Book Tours, Lauren is also a publishing manager, consultant, and virtual book tour coordinator for independent authors.  

Lauren is a popular speaker who has made appearances at schools, youth groups, and on author panels at conventions. 

She lives with her husband, and two spoiled rotten German shepherds on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV. 

connect with the author: website ~ blog ~ facebook instagram ~ twitter pinterest

Giveaway

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The Wrong Side of Murder is another wonderful cozy mystery by author Lauren Carr. It has all the elements that draw me in – an intelligent female lead, an equally smart boyfriend who partners to help her, a complicated plot where clues are slowly revealed, people who aren’t what they seem to be, comedic moments to balance the darker ones, and several quirky pets full of personality.  

It’s a wonderful book to escape into at the end of the day. And get ready to read into the wee hours as, if you’re like me, you won’t be able to stop reading until the mystery is revealed.  
– Marilyn R. Wilson, Olio by Marilyn

Nikki’s an intense individual who makes the perfect investigative journalist. She wants answers yesterday and she is willing to dig in to get them. She might get it wrong at the beginning but with the help of her family and close friends, she’ll get the answers she wants and needs.– review by Blooming with Books

Tour Schedule

Aug 1 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review of THE WRONG SIDE OF MURDER / guest post / giveaway
Aug 1 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of THE WRONG SIDE OF MURDER / giveaway
Aug 2 – She Just Loves Books – book review of THE WRONG SIDE OF MURDER / giveaway
Aug 3 – Bound 4 Escape – book review of THE WRONG SIDE OF MURDER / giveaway
Aug 3 – Chit Chat with Charity – audiobook review of KILLER DEADLINE / giveaway
Aug 4 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – audiobook review of KILLER DEADLINE / giveaway
Aug 4 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review of KILLER DEADLINE / giveaway
Aug 5 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review of THE WRONG SIDE OF MURDER / giveaway
Aug 8 – Review Thick And Thin – book review of KILLER DEADLINE / giveaway
Aug 8 – Kam’s Place – book review of KILLER DEADLINE
Aug 8 – Blooming with Books – audiobook review of KILLER DEADLINE / giveaway
Aug 9 – Olio by Marilyn – book series spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Aug 9 – Olio by Marilyn – book review of THE WRONG SIDE OF MURDER / giveaway
Aug 10 – Kam’s Place – book review of THE WRONG SIDE OF MURDER
Aug 10 – Chit Chat with Charity – book review of THE WRONG SIDE OF MURDER / giveaway
Aug 10 – The Momma Spot – book review of KILLER DEADLINE / giveaway
Aug 11 – Literary Flits – book review of THE WRONG SIDE OF MURDER / giveaway
Aug 11 – Blooming with Books – book review of THE WRONG SIDE OF MURDER / giveaway
Aug 11 – Books for Books – audiobook review of KILLER DEADLINE
Aug 12 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review of THE WRONG SIDE OF MURDER / giveaway
Aug 15 – Stephanie Jane – book series spotlight / giveaway
Aug 16 – The Momma Spot – book review of THE WRONG SIDE OF MURDER / giveaway
Aug 16 – Books for Books – book review of THE WRONG SIDE OF MURDER
Aug 17 – Paws.Read.Repeat – audiobook review of KILLER DEADLINE / giveaway
Aug 17 – Older & Smarter? – book review of KILLER DEADLINE / giveaway
Aug 17 – fundinmental – book review of THE WRONG SIDE OF MURDER / giveaway
Aug 17 – Ebook addicts – book review of THE WRONG SIDE OF MURDER / giveaway
Aug 18 – Christa Reads and Writes – book review of THE WRONG SIDE OF MURDER / giveaway
Aug 18 – Pause for Tales – book review of THE WRONG SIDE OF MURDER / giveaway
Aug 19 – Paws.Read.Repeat –book review of THE WRONG SIDE OF MURDER / giveaway
Aug 19 – Bigreadersite – book review of KILLER DEADLINE / giveaway
Aug 19 – Older & Smarter? – book review of THE WRONG SIDE OF MURDER / giveaway
Aug 22 – Review Thick And Thin – book review of THE WRONG SIDE OF MURDER / giveaway
Aug 23 – Splashes of Joy  – book review of THE WRONG SIDE OF MURDER / giveaway
Aug 23 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review of THE WRONG SIDE OF MURDER
Aug 24 – Splashes of Joy  – book series spotlight / giveaway
Aug 24 – Books Are Love – book review of KILLER DEADLINE / giveaway
Aug 24 – My Reading Journeys – book review of THE WRONG SIDE OF MURDER / giveaway
Aug 25 – I’m Into Books – book series spotlight / giveaway
Aug 25 – Books Are Love – book review of THE WRONG SIDE OF MURDER / giveaway
Aug 26 – Bigreadersite – book review of THE WRONG SIDE OF MURDER / giveaway
Aug 26 – Books and Zebras – book review of THE WRONG SIDE OF MURDER
Aug 26 – Adventurous Jessy – book review of THE WRONG SIDE OF MURDER / giveaway
Aug 26 – Reading Excursions – book review of THE WRONG SIDE OF MURDER

8 thoughts on “Book Review & Giveaway: The Wrong Side of Murder by Lauren Carr

  1. Eva Millien August 3, 2022 / 4:58 pm

    The Wrong Side of Murder sounds like a great book for me to read and enjoy, thanks for sharing it with me! Thanks, Bound 4 Escape, for sharing your review! Have a terrific day!

    Liked by 1 person

    • sleepygirl2 August 3, 2022 / 7:14 pm

      You’re welcome. I’m sure you’ll love it. Thanks for your comment.

      Like

  2. Beatrice LaRocca August 3, 2022 / 8:34 pm

    Thank you for sharing your awesome review of The Wrong Side of Murder, this sounds like a must read book and series for me and I can’t wait to meet these characters

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Shelly Peterson August 4, 2022 / 1:17 pm

    I would love to read this.

    Liked by 1 person

    • sleepygirl2 August 4, 2022 / 2:06 pm

      You should! It’s a stand-alone but I recommend reading the first book in the series first.

      Like

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