Wednesday, November 20, 2019


"Too many twists and turns to easily share about this book. Nevertheless, Carr has pulled off another "hit" that kept me reading in one setting until the clues were so well together that the villain fell into our laps...or Chris's, LOL Carr has put a lot into the book beyond the mysteries this time...Characters enjoyed chocotinis, visited book stores...and even blundered into getting engaged (the ring had been purchased 4 months ago)... But, for me, a special thank you for the political spoof at a time when politics at the national level is devastating, gave me a laugh and lightened the load of it all!" - Review by Glenda Bixler, Book Reader's Heaven 

Book Details:

Book Title:  The Last Thing She Said 
(A Chris Matheson Cold Case Mystery #3) by Lauren Carr
Category:  Adult Fiction (18 +),  386 pages
Genre:  Mystery
Publisher:  Acorn Book Services
Release date:   July 22, 2019
Formats available for purchase:  paperback, ebook, audiobook (audible & itunes)
Content Rating:  PG-13 (Lauren Carr's books are murder mysteries, so there are murders involved. Occasionally, a murder will happen on stage. There is sexual content, but always behind closed doors. Some mild swearing (a hell or a damn few and far between). No F-bombs!

Book Description:

“I’m working on the greatest mystery ever,” was the last thing noted mystery novelist Mercedes Livingston said to seven-year-old Chris Matheson before walking out of Hill House Hotel never to be seen again.

For decades, the writer’s fate remained a puzzling mystery until an autographed novel and a letter put a grown-up Chris Matheson on the trail of a cunning killer. With the help of a team of fellow retired law enforcement officers, each a specialist in their own field of investigation, Chris puts a flame to this cold case to uncover what had really happened that night Mercedes Livingston walked out of Hill House Hotel. Watch out! The clues are getting hot!

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The Last Thing She Said (A Chris Matheson Cold Case Mystery Book 3)The Last Thing She Said by Lauren Carr
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

THE LAST THING SHE SAID is brilliant. The opening chapter follows Chris when he's 7 years old! I loved that! Poor Chris, haha, being "dragged" to that conference. Having had the chance to read/listen ICE and WINTER FROST gave me a look at Lauren Carr's writing style. Which I really enjoy now that's I've been immersed in three of her books.

I LOVED how Ms. Carr included a book signing, an author meet/greet, and how a fan becomes amazing friends with their favorite author. Every book-lover's dream made reality through writing. And PSA: small tears were shed at one moment. That's just the kind of reader I am.

Mike Alger slayed the narration. I truly need to applaud his portrayal of the characters and the scenarios. I was fully with every word.

So, mystery lovers, and non-lovers because you will change your mind after visiting Lauren Carr's books, get your hands on this book. You will not be disappointed.

**I was provided with a complimentary copy of this audiobook through iRead Book Tours. All opinions are my own.

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Warning – You Could End Up in My Book
By Lauren Carr

My favorite part of being a writer is finding new characters and exploring their backgrounds and how they relate to their family and friends to figure out what makes them tick. I enjoy presenting the character to the readers as a whole, and then, through the story, I slowly peel back the layers to show the reader what is underneath—who that character really is.
In The Chris Matheson Cold Case Mystery series, the most interesting relationship is between my protagonist Chris Matheson and his mother, Doris.
While he does have a close relationship with his mother, Chris is not a momma’s boy by any means. Retired from the FBI, the recent widower has moved his family back home, where his mother, also a recent widow, helps him raise his three young daughters.
Both Chris and Doris are quick-thinking, strong-willed individuals. She’s an independent woman and she raised her son to be equally independent. When you put these two strong-willed people together, of course there are going to be sparks.
I found their exchanges to be some of the most fun and intriguing dialogue to write. I could envision their rapid-fire responses to each other, as illustrated in this excerpt The Last Thing She Said:
 The next morning, Chris waved farewell to Katelyn and Sierra from the top step of their porch. At the end of the lane, Sierra turned her SUV out onto the road and raced along the river. Seconds later, they were out of sight.
His stomach flipped and then flopped as he envisioned every potential catastrophe that could occur during the ten-minute drive to the high school—from drunk drivers to serial killing carjackers to zombies to space alien kidnappers. They all crossed his mind.
It took every fiber of his being to allow Sierra to drive Katelyn to school. The offer was kind and made total sense. The Matheson farm was on Sierra’s way, and the two girls did attend the same high school. If Chris had his way, he’d wrap them in bubble wrap, strap them into the back seat of his dual cab truck, and drive them himself at ten miles below the speed limit.
With two teenaged girls who thought they knew it all, that wasn’t happening.
He whispered a prayer for their safety, patted the top of Sterling’s head, and went inside to have a cup of coffee.
Clad in her silky hot pink nightgown and robe, Doris drank the fresh brew in a big mug while nibbling on a croissant. She dabbed a bit of cream cheese and strawberry jam on each bite as she ate it. Always near their charge, Mocha and Sadie lay on either side of her chair.
Yapping up a storm, Chompers hopped around Thor, who was watching the birds outside from her bed. Clad in her fuchsia romper with matching booties, the bunny looked bored with it all.
Sterling found a bone to chew on and sprawled out on the floor between Chris and the coffeemaker—forcing him to reach across the large body for the carafe.
“What time are you meeting Helen?” Doris asked.
“Nine-thirty. She wanted to check her emails before we left.” Chris picked up the pot to pour his coffee into the mug. While he was pouring the hot liquid, Chompers dug his needle-like teeth into his ankle. With a curse, Chris fought to keep control of the carafe and mug.
Yelping at the hot coffee splashed onto his back, Sterling grabbed his bone and ran for cover under the kitchen table.
Chris fought the pain of the tiny teeth gnawing on his ankle to get the pot and mug onto the counter without dropping them. The mission was made more difficult by the creature attached to his leg. By the time he managed to reach the kitchen counter, he had a brown stain down the front of his shirt and jeans.
“What are you doing?” Doris turned in her chair to watch her son dancing on the other side of the breakfast bar.
“I’m being attacked by our baby hound from hell!” Chris detached the snarling pup from his leg, carried him over to his mother, and dropped him into her lap.
“Really, Christopher.” She petted the pup. “You know as well as anyone that animals truly desire to please humans. Once Chompers learns that biting is unacceptable, then he’ll become a good dog.”
“If you know so much, you communicate to the devil dog why we humans don’t like being chewed on.” He peeled the hot wet shirt from his burning flesh.
“I will.” With a slim grin, she noted the dark stain on the front of his pants. “Good thing you didn’t spill that coffee on your good jeans.”
“These are my good jeans!”
“Oh.” Doris’s eyes grew wide. “Well, I mean …” She paused and pasted a big smile on her face. “At least it didn’t happen to the clothes you’re wearing to Spencer Manor.”
“These are the clothes I’m wearing to Spencer Manor.” With a growl, Chris went to the sink and wet a sponge to clean up the spilt coffee. “Next time he bites me, I’m going to bite him back.”
“Two wrongs don’t make a right.” She whispered to the pup sitting sedately in her lap, “Ignore him. He’s always grumpy before he gets caffeine pumping through his veins.” She gave Chompers the last bite of her croissant, much to the big dogs’ dismay.
The security system dinged to notify them that the button for the main gate had been pressed. They had visitors.
“Who is that?” Chris asked while Doris put Chompers on the floor and went to check the monitor on the wall console next to the mud room.
She put on her reading glasses to study the image of an SUV parked outside the gate. The dark-haired man hung out of the window to speak into the camera’s microphone. “Matheson! It’s me. Thomas Clarke, Helen’s husband. We met the other day. I’d like to talk to you—man-to-man. It’s important. Can you let me in?”
Doris uttered an audible gasp and turned to the kitchen. Chris, who had been on his knees cleaning up the floor, slowly rose up onto his knees to peer over the counter at her. She could only see the top of his head and eyeballs filled with surprise.
“What does he want?” Chris’s tone revealed irritation.
“What do you think he wants? He wants Helen back and he’s going to tell you to back off.”
The system dinged to signal that Thomas had pressed the button a second time when he didn’t receive a response.
With a gasp, Doris backed away from the console as if she feared he could see her through the monitor. “We’ll pretend we’re not home.”
“We can’t pretend we’re not home.” Chris rose to his feet and tossed the sponge into the sink. “Our vehicles are in the driveway. Anyone can see them from the road. Press the button and let him in.”
She threw herself in front of the console to block him when he approached it. “I can tell you right now that if he tells you to back off from Helen, things won’t end well.”
“Mom, I have no intention of fighting Helen’s ex-husband.” Chris tried to reach around her.
“I’m not talking about you. I’m talking about me.”
The security system dinged once more. Chris stabbed the button to open the gate. He then wagged his finger at Doris like a parent to a naughty child. “You mind your manners. I’m going upstairs to change. Let him in and” –he picked up Chompers in mid-strike of his leg and shoved him into her arms— “keep Chompers away from him.”

I’m often asked where I get my inspiration for characters and their witty exchanges. Simply, I’m a people watcher. Even before I wrote my first book, I would study those around me and try to dissect their personality. “Why is she like that?” “What is his motive for treating his wife that way?”
Not only do I watch people, but I listen to how they talk to each other. Sometimes, two people who really care about each other have the most amusing arguments. Friends have told us that my husband and I have hilarious arguments—even when we agree with each other. They’re not mean or hateful. There’s love in the disagreement. The discussion is just enegetic.
So take this as a warning. If you’re sitting in a restaurant with a writer nearby, most likely, she’s listening in on your conversation. It helps us to write dialogue. I read in one blog about an author who overheard a man plotting to kill his boss while his wife was shushing him.
So don’t plot a murder while eating at McDonalds. If I’m the lady at the next table, you may find your conversation in my next book.

Meet the Author:  

 Lauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Thorny Rose, Mac Faraday, Lovers in Crime, and Chris Matheson Cold Case Mysteries—over twenty titles across four 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.

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  ~  Twitter  ~  Facebook  ~  Instagram


​Ends November 30th, 2019


1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for the fabulous review for THE LAST THING SHE SAID. I am thrilled that you so enjoy the audiobook of the Chris Matheson Cold Case Mysteries. I am certain your followers will enjoy them as well. Here's wishing each one luck in the giveaway for the Amazon gift card.