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Harpers Ferry, WV
About Me:
Lauren Carr fell in love with mysteries when her mother read Perry Mason to her at bedtime. From murderous bedtime tales, she grew up to write mysteries for television and the stage. She wrote her first book after giving up her writing career to be a stay-at-home mom. The first installment in the Joshua Thornton mysteries, A Small Case of Murder was named a finalist for the Independent Publisher Book Award 2005. Her second full-length book, A Reunion to Die For was released nationally in hardback in June 2007 by Five Star First Edition Mysteries. Lauren lives with her husband and son on a mountaintop in West Virginia.
I Am A:
Books And Authors I Like:
Perry Mason by Earle Stanley Gardner
The Only Pure Thing by Patrick Hyde, and most any books where there is a dead body and a mystery to solve
Movies And TV Shows I Like:
Scooby Doo
Star Wars
Jurassic Park

My second book, A Reunion to Die For was released this past June by Five Star Mystery.
Reviews from book critics have praised A Reunion to Die For, and my detective Joshua Thornton, a widowed father of five. Beth Cummings of Armchair Interviews says, “Carr takes us on an enjoyable journey into the working and private life of Joshua Thornton.”’s Number One Top Reviewer, Harriet Klausner calls Joshua Thornton “a delightful protagonist who struggles with a difficult case already personal made even harder when he becomes the prime suspect.” Robin Lee of Romance Reviews Today says, “A Reunion to Die For is a tightly written mystery with enormous suspense and appeal. Joshua is a wonderful series character, and I enjoyed reading about him and his murder cases… Author Lauren Carr writes with a flair that will not only keep you reading but also make you glad you didn't graduate with this class.” Another top-50 Amazon reviewer, Daniel Jolley says of Lauren Carr’s ability to web a mystery, “her story-telling prowess makes it hard to put the book down at all, and she has the amazing ability to bring even minor characters to memorable life. Most impressively of all, every aspect of the mystery makes sense in the end - Carr doesn't leave any rocks unturned or loose ends dangling after the fact - nor do any facets of the truth feel contrived in any way. You can't say that about many a mystery writer these days - as far as I'm concerned, Lauren Carr is one of the best out there right now.”

In A Reunion to Die For, Hancock County’s newly elected Prosecuting Attorney Joshua Thornton is a man of integrity with a determined sense of justice. When seemingly innocent cheerleader Grace Henderson is murdered, Josh’s memories fly back to high school and to the freakishly similar way his dear friend Tricia Wheeler had committed suicide. Re-opening the investigation into Tricia’s death while simultaneously conducting Grace’s, Thornton must use every ounce of his integrity, ingenuity, and tight circle of close friends while he scrambles to solve the two murders that have nearly everyone around him becoming either suspect or victim… including himself!

Since June I have been balancing my family life, editing my third book, and promoting my second book. What a life!

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Living for a Writing

Back when my hair was naturally blond and my idea of dieting was only three scoops of chocolate ice cream drowning in hot fudge sauce instead of four, I went through a stage where I wanted to be an actress.

I was pretty, had been in quite a few plays, and thought I had some potential to go professional at some point. Toward the end of this period, I confided to my acting coach that I dreamed of playing Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire, to which she responded with a… Continue

Posted on July 15, 2010 at 8:26am

Oops! I Did It Again!

Posted on June 22, 2010 at 11:19am

Am I Your Guest Blogger?

If any of you have had a chance to check out my Facebook page you will see my plea: Am I your Guest Blogger?

For the last week I have been struggling with my current crisis: My laptop crashed.

No, when it happened I didn’t scream and run around in circles with my hands on my head like one of those cartoon characters my son watches on Nick. I was prepared. I had a backup. Unfortunately, I didn’t discover until I restored my files that my backup didn’t include my Outlook. So… Continue

Posted on June 8, 2010 at 3:13am — 1 Comment

Mom Replaced by Free Download

It happens every year.

In May, every major school project is due all in the same week. Now that Tristan is in middle school, it is worse than before and I don’t see it getting any better as he goes into high school and then off to college.

Last week, Tristan’s social studies project was due. It was on the country of Poland, where his ancestors originated. It was very last minute. He only received the assignment right before Christmas in December.

Don’t get me wrong. For the last… Continue

Posted on May 24, 2010 at 4:07am

The Thirty-Page Labor

I haven’t been blogging the last few weeks because I have been working diligently on completing the rough draft of my next Mac Faraday Mystery, Old Loves Die Hard (working title) while recovering from my gallbladder surgery. Now comes the hard part. Revising and editing.

One of the most gratifying feelings in writing is finishing the first draft. It’s like child birth. There’s the pregnancy where everything comes together. Then there is the getting it out. That’s…

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 5:30am

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At 8:31pm on January 18, 2011, Brian L Porter said…

HI Lauren,

How is everything? Not seen you around for a while. We now have 15 rescue dogs here at home, and our pack is still growing!


I haven't been around much myself for a while but  I've been very ill the last few months, and I'm not getting much better at present. (Now on morphine)

Please can I ask you  if you'd mind voting for me in the annual Preditors & Editors Readers Polls?  Requiem for the Ripper has been nominated as Best Thriller Novel and Glastonbury as Best Mystery Novel.

To vote just go to the links below, tick the box next to the title and then go down and click on VOTE. You will receive an almost instant email with a confirming link to click on to verify your vote and once that's done, your vote is registered. It's really simple and I would appreciate any support I can get in this annual poll. If you could put the word round I'd be most grateful.

Here are the direct links to the voting pages for both books.

For Glastonbury, (Mystery)

 And for Requiem for the Ripper (Thriller)

Best regards and happy new year wishes to you.

At 1:54am on February 12, 2010, Beth Groundwater said…
Hi Lauren,
Thanks for befriending this fellow Five Star mystery author here on Crimespace, as well as elsewhere!
At 10:08am on August 12, 2009, Preetham Grandhi said…
Hi Lauren , I want to introduce you to my debut novel "A Circle of souls" which is a murder, mystery, psychological thriller and a tale of justice and hope. Do visit to read more about the book. Make sure you sign up to win an autographed copy of the book. You can also read more reviews by clicking on the More Reviews button at the website. Thanks for your time in advance.

Best regards

Preetham Grandhi

Early Endorsements for “A Circle of Souls”

Linda Fairstein, NYT Bestselling Author: "A fascinating debut - this novel takes the reader to the darkest places in the human soul, from a writer with the authenticity to lead us there. A stunning thriller and an important read."

Judge Judy Sheindlin, star of the Judge Judy Show: "The seminal work of this fine author kept me glued to my chair until the adventure was over and the mystery solved. A great read!"

Book Synopsis:

The sleepy town of Newbury, Connecticut, is shocked when a little girl is found brutally murdered. The town s top detective, perplexed by a complete lack of leads, calls in FBI agent Leia Bines, an expert in cases involving children.

Meanwhile, Dr. Peter Gram, a psychiatrist at Newbury s hospital, searches desperately for the cause of seven-year-old Naya Hastings devastating nightmares. Afraid that she might hurt herself in the midst of a torturous episode, Naya s parents have turned to the bright young doctor as their only hope.

The situations confronting Leia and Peter converge when Naya begins drawing chilling images of murder after being bombarded by the disturbing images in her dreams. Amazingly, her sketches are the only clues to the crime that has panicked Newbury residents. Against her better judgment, Leia explores the clues in Naya s crude drawings, only to set off an alarming chain of events.
In this stunning psychological thriller, innocence gives way to evil, and trust lies forgotten in a web of deceit, fear, and murder.
At 3:18am on January 2, 2008, Darren Laws said…
You are welcome. Best wishes for a successful 2008!
At 7:27am on September 16, 2007, Douglas Quinn said…
Hi Lauren. Your novel is just the kind I like to read. My most recent novel, Blue Heron Marsh, is the first of a continuing Webb Sawyer mystery series. Hope you will check out my Crimespace page and website and see what I'm up to.

Douglas Quinn
At 4:53pm on August 28, 2007, Dennis Venter said…
Hi Lauren, thanks for the invite. Good luck with your latest release.
At 1:34pm on August 28, 2007, Mark Stevens said…
Thanks for the addition! Finally somebody out there recognizes the inherent toughness of Scooby Doo.
At 11:59am on August 28, 2007, Lauren Carr said…
Thank you all for the comments about my dog, Ziggy. He's an Australian shepherd and look for him in my third book, which I am currently editing. While he is really cute and SO loveable--he's a really BAD dog!
At 10:17am on August 28, 2007, Maryann Mercer said…
Thanks for the invitation. Sounds like you're a busy woman! I'll keep an eye out for your books. And your dog IS really cute :o)
At 8:04am on August 28, 2007, Morgan Mandel said…
Hi Lauren,
I love your book cover. Also, your dog is really cute.
Morgan Mandel

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