Book Title: Killer Deadline (A Nikki Bryant Cozy Mystery) by Lauren Carr
Category: Adult Fiction (18 +), 232 pages
Genre: Mystery/Cozy Mystery
Publisher: Acorn Book Services
Release date: April 23, 2020
Audiobook release date: August 5, 2020
Content Rating: G. This is a true cozy mystery. No sex. No on-stage violence. No swearing. Just good clean fun!
Folks in Pine Grove, Pennsylvania, claim that where Nikki Bryant goes, trouble is not far behind. Her refusal to back down from a challenge has made Nikki Bryant a top investigative journalist.
When an online friend nudges her to join him in a pact to reconnect with their first loves, Nikki and her boxer dog Elmo leave the bright lights of Las Vegas for the charming town of Pine Grove. There, she must face the biggest challenges in her career and life—the first love she had left behind and her father’s unsolved murder.
But before she has time to unpack her car, Nikki stumbles upon the dead body of local news anchor, Ashleigh Addison, her childhood rival. Could Ashleigh’s death be connected to an explosive news story that she had teased about airing live? Did that explosive story have anything to do with the murder of Nikki’s father?
With the clues in her father’s cold case hot again, Nikki intends to chase down the story of her life until she catches his killer—no matter what it takes.
Lauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Mac Faraday, Lovers in Crime, Chris Matheson Cold Case, and Thorny Rose Mysteries—over twenty-five titles across three fast-paced mystery series filled with twists and turns!
Killer Deadline marks Lauren’s first venture into mystery’s purely cozy sub-genre with a female protagonist.
Book reviewers and readers alike rave about how Lauren Carr’s seamlessly crosses genres to include mystery, suspense, crime fiction, police procedurals, romance, and humor.
A popular speaker, Lauren is also the owner of Acorn Book Service, the umbrella under which falls iRead Book Tours. She lives with her husband and two spoiled rotten German Shepherds on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.
What was your inspiration for this Killer Deadline?
Killer Deadline is my first cozy mystery series. I currently write books for four other series. The Mac Faraday mysteries, the Lovers in Crime, The Thorny Rose mysteries, and the Chris Matheson Cold Case mysteries. As an independent author, my mysteries are generally a blended genre—a mixture of police procedural and mysteries.
I was actually working on my fourteenth Mac Faraday mystery when the idea of a mysteries with a female protagonist, an investigative journalist struck me. AS the character of Nikki Bryant and her family and friends, and the small-town location came to life, I realized that Killer Deadline had to be a cozy mystery.
How did you select the names of your characters?
I have a lot of trouble with naming my characters. Sometimes, the character’s name will pop into my head as they come to life. It’s like they stand up and introduce themselves. That was the case for Nikki Bryant.
Other times, I do internet searches and call writer friends to actively search for a name that will help me to visualize the character. This usually happens with minor—guest characters. I have been known to change characters’ names when the book was being proofed right before its release.
What are the books that changed your life?
Agatha Christie’s mysteries. Especially, And Then There Were None. That book made me want to be a murder mystery writer. Yet, I didn’t think I could ever be that clever. It was decades before I decided to give it a try.
How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?
I am now working on my thirtieth book. Publishing my first book made any doubt I had that I could finish writing a novel evaporate. Ever since then, when I start writing a book, no matter what obstacle I may run into, I just keep on writing through it. Now I average writing three books a year.
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