Five women with seemingly nothing in common are found brutally murdered in a townhome outside Washington, DC. Among the many questions surrounding the massacre is what had brought these apparent strangers together only to be killed.
Taking on his first official murder case, Lieutenant Murphy Thornton, USN, believes that if he can uncover the thread connecting the victims, then he can find their murderer.
Before long, the case takes an unexpected turn when Murphy discovers that one of the victims has a connection to his stepmother, Homicide Detective Cameron Gates. One wintry night, over a dozen years before, her first husband, a Pennsylvania State trooper, had been run down while working a night shift on the turnpike.
In this first installment of the Thorny Rose Mysteries, Lieutenant Murphy Thornton and Jessica Faraday sift through a web of lies and cover-ups. Together, can the detectives uncover the truth without falling victim to a cunning killer?
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"I can feel us getting into trouble."
This is a tale of many parts and even more characters. Initially starting as a mystery detection plot, five women, apparently unconnected, are found murdered at one of their homes. Because of a navy connection, Murphy.Thornton, a newly married Criminal investigations Liaison Officer, takes control of the case. What he discovers links in other disperate killings, also seemingly unrelated. Later, the who-and-why-dun-it? becomes a how-to-get-him? story.
Meanwhile, there is an ongoing backstory of Murphy's private as well as public life, his wife, father and his father's wife plus that of one of the victim's survivors, a 13 years old child named Izzy, who Murphy takes into his temporary care. And a host of sloppy tongued dogs.
With such a large cast list, narrator, C.J.McAllister, does a stirling job distinctly voicing them all. His wonderfully rich voice, however, is marred during the text reading by a somewhat flat intonation which I personally found irritating after a few minutes. Nevertheless, his overall performance is good and certainly enhances the understanding of the story.
This is an involved, interlocking thriller, quite exciting, sometimes surprising, but the domestic scenes were just a little too cozy for my liking. My thanks to the right's holder who gifted me a copy of Kill and Run, via Audiobook Boom.
- Norma Miles