BOOK REVIEW - The Prime Suspect (A Sam MacKade PI Mystery) by Lauren Carr



Book Details:

Book Title The Prime Suspect (A Sam MacKade PI Mystery) by Lauren Carr
Category:  Adult Fiction (18 +), 430 pages
Genre:  Mystery
Publisher:  Acorn Book Services
Release date:   Oct 26, 2023
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!

"The plot is twisted. The characters are full of depth, with many hiding secrets. Mackade's two dogs and Greyson's cat are not only smart, but have attitude with a capital A.  I don't want to spoil anything, so all I am going to say is the cat is the hero who deals with one personal threat."  Marilyn R. Wilson, Author, Speaker, Book Reviewer, review of THE PRIME SUSPECT

"Lauren Carr is among my favorite mystery writers. She knows how to write a fun tale while keeping readers engaged. ..." - Amy Campbell, Locks Hooks and Books

"I am, bottom line, amazed at the giant step that places Carr comparable to significant authors whose name slips off our tongues like, for instance, Nora Roberts. Watch this author--she's moving quickly to where her goals are headed..." - review by Glenda Bixler, Book Readers Heaven

Lauren Carr is a master storyteller who combines the humor of Janet Evanovich and the investigative skills of Patricia Cornwell. She is always at the top of my reading list." - review by Sherry Fundin, Fundinmental, As Eye See It

Book Description:
Two murders with one common denominator. Both victims betrayed Bryce Greyson. How could she not be the prime suspect?

Four years after Bryce’s cheating husband is gunned down, her boyfriend-stealing former roommate’s remains are found buried under a statue at her alma mater.

Declared the prime suspect by both detectives and the media, Bryce has no choice but to hire someone to clear her name.

Enter Sam MacKade, private eye.

To solve two murders, the former police K-9 officer and his canine partners must sift through the clues and the lies to reveal the true prime suspect.


I received an advance review book for free and am leaving this review voluntarily. Thank you Lauren Carr and iRead Book Tours. I'm excited to be a part of this tour.

Lauren Carr is one of my favorite cozy authors! The Prime Suspect is her newest series and revolves around PI Sam MacKade. In this book, we meet a cast of eclectic characters who truly make this story. Each of them brings their own story and I look forward to learning more about them as the series evolves.

In The Prime Suspect, two murderers have one common denominator, Bryce Greyson. Both victims betrayed her and it’s natural she’d be a suspect. Four years after Bryce’s cheating husband is gunned down, her boyfriend-stealing former roommate’s remains are found buried under a statue at her alma mater. Declared the prime suspect by both the authorities and media, Bryce is forced to hire a PI to clear her name. Insert Sam MacKade, a former K-9 officer turned PI.

I am an animal lover and one thing I love about Lauren’s books is that the animals are as important as the characters, and they add a dimension that keeps me engaged. Sam and Bryce’s characters are well developed with backstories that give them depth and explain a bit about each character’s inner workings. Filled with twists and turns, I wasn’t expecting, this book kept me engaged and wanting to know what would happen. The descriptions are so well written I was fully immersed in the story and felt like I was living this investigation with them.

As with Lauren’s other books, this book includes a list of who the characters are. I appreciate this because I like referring to it while I’m reading. I recommend this book to all cozy mystery lovers, and I will be anxiously awaiting book 2! 

Overall Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟

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Meet 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 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 ~ amazon facebook ~ instagram ~ twitter 
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  1. Thank you so much for the fabulous review of THE PRIME SUSPECT. I am honored that you enjoyed this first installment in the Sam MacKade PI mysteries. I am certain your followers will enjoy it as well. Here's wishing everyone luck in the giveaway for the $50 PayPal.


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