The Nutcracker Conspiracy (Thorny Rose #4)
Three years ago, the nation gasped in horror when the President of the United States barely escaped an assassination attempt that left two dead—the vice president’s wife and the attempted assassin. Even after numerous investigations proved otherwise, conspiracy theorists argue that the assassin was acting on orders from the CIA, FBI, and every federal agency within a hundred miles of the capital.Aspiring Author Dean Conway is the last person Lieutenant Commander Murphy Thornton wants to spend his Saturday afternoon when they end up at the same wedding reception table. While their wives tend to bridesmaid duties, Murphy is trapped listening to Dean’s latest work-in-project—completing the manuscript of an investigative journalist who’d disappeared months earlier.“She was number twelve,” Dean says. “Twelve?” Murphy asks.“Twelve witnesses connected to or investigating The Nutcracker shooting have died either in an accident or suicide.”Two days later, Dean dies suddenly―but not before sending a text message to Murphy: “13”

The Nutcracker Conspiracy (Thorny Rose #4) Details

TitleThe Nutcracker Conspiracy (Thorny Rose #4)
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LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 30th, 2020
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GenreMystery, War, Military Fiction, Suspense, Thriller

The Nutcracker Conspiracy (Thorny Rose #4) Review

  • Sherry Fundin
    January 1, 1970
    Is that a lycanthrope that stole that hamburger patty right out of Orville’s hands? LOLI think I know the answer to that question. The critters in Lauren Carr’s books have distinctive personalities that have me laughing, and at times worrying about them.Newman is a basset hound TV addict. Don’t mess with his remote. Gnarly, a German Shepherd, is a force of nature. Spencer is the sweet loving female of the group.Archie has her own thoughts on the death of the vice president’s wife and I do love a Is that a lycanthrope that stole that hamburger patty right out of Orville’s hands? LOLI think I know the answer to that question. The critters in Lauren Carr’s books have distinctive personalities that have me laughing, and at times worrying about them.Newman is a basset hound TV addict. Don’t mess with his remote. Gnarly, a German Shepherd, is a force of nature. Spencer is the sweet loving female of the group.Archie has her own thoughts on the death of the vice president’s wife and I do love a good conspiracy. Was the president their target and Paloma just in the wrong place at the wrong time? Lauren Carr has thrown in so many twists and turns and multiple mysteries that make me wonder what they could possibly have in common.13 victims. Is there more than one murderer?I read The Nutcracker Conspiracy in one sitting. I couldn’t believe how fast I flew through it, having to know who would be the next victim and why.Lauren Carr has upped the game in this mystery, thriller, police procedural. There are a lot of characters, so to choose my favorites is hard for me to do. Of course, the dogs are always a hit and I look forward to what they are up to next. The love and romance is sweet and sexy without the details. Who wouldn’t love to have a husband like Murphy?Every time Lauren Carr has a new novel, I jump at the chance to read it. She keeps me entertained, unable to put the book down until the last page is read. She keeps the mystery alive and the story filled with lots of action that is so well written it is easy to fly through the pages…having to know who did what to who and having some laughs along the way. I do love some humor with my murder. I will be waiting…patiently (?)…for the next book.I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of The Nutcracker Conspiracy by Lauren Carr.See more at fundinmental
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  • Jypsy
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you IRead and the author for a complimentary copy. I voluntarily reviewed this book. All opinions expressed are my own. The Nutcracker Conspiracy By: Lauren Carr *REVIEW* I've been fortunate to read several of Lauren Carr's books, and each one has been enjoyable. The Nutcracker Conspiracy did not disappoint. This is a thrilling read full of mystery, intrigue, suspense and drama, all in the grip of Washington D.C and the kind of conspiracy theories you might expect in this type of climate. Thank you IRead and the author for a complimentary copy. I voluntarily reviewed this book. All opinions expressed are my own. The Nutcracker Conspiracy By: Lauren Carr *REVIEW* 🌟🌟🌟🌟I've been fortunate to read several of Lauren Carr's books, and each one has been enjoyable. The Nutcracker Conspiracy did not disappoint. This is a thrilling read full of mystery, intrigue, suspense and drama, all in the grip of Washington D.C and the kind of conspiracy theories you might expect in this type of climate. As the mystery unravels, it goes further back in time than I expected, and there are plenty of twists and turns. The characters are intelligent, engaging and likeable. I enjoyed this thrilling mystery and recommend for fans of this genre.
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  • Emilie Davis
    January 1, 1970
    Fasten your seatbelt!! You are in for a great ride!!I have always loved Lauren Carr' s books. Many of the books are based Robin Spencer's family that she knew about, but never acknowledged and left all of her money. Others still deal with law enforcement and characters often cross over from one series to another. Even though they are all stand alones, it is always good to know how the whole thing started. This one - The Nutcracker Conspiracy - was jam packed with action and are a wee bit more Fasten your seatbelt!! You are in for a great ride!!I have always loved Lauren Carr' s books. Many of the books are based Robin Spencer's family that she knew about, but never acknowledged and left all of her money. Others still deal with law enforcement and characters often cross over from one series to another. Even though they are all stand alones, it is always good to know how the whole thing started. This one - The Nutcracker Conspiracy - was jam packed with action and are a wee bit more bloody than the others. But the plot was a thing of beauty. Chinese and American spies, stolen secret computer systems, and political assassinations are just a few of the goings on. Gnarly is present in all of his glory getting into all kinds of trouble as well as saving lives. Get comfortable and enjoy the trip with Gnarly and his family through one of the most exciting tales from Lauren Carr.
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  • Dawn
    January 1, 1970
    I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.I have read several of Lauren Carr’s books, and I always enjoy them, but this is my favorite so far. I like her humor, and I usually smile or giggle several times when reading one of her books, but The Nutcracker Conspiracy made me actually laugh out loud several times. While there was humor, there was plenty of mystery and drama with several twists.The book starts with an I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.I have read several of Lauren Carr’s books, and I always enjoy them, but this is my favorite so far. I like her humor, and I usually smile or giggle several times when reading one of her books, but The Nutcracker Conspiracy made me actually laugh out loud several times. While there was humor, there was plenty of mystery and drama with several twists.The book starts with an assassination attempt of the president gone wrong. According to the Nutcracker Conspiracy, several people wanted the president dead so the vice president could take over and the FBI, CIA, and other government agencies were in on it. But the vice president’s wife is the one who ends up dead. When 12 other people end up dead, several supposedly in accidents, it looks like maybe the Nutcracker Conspiracy is true…or is there more to it? Murphy ends up investigating the deaths and what a ride!I definitely recommend The Nutcracker Conspiracy. It does stand alone but I got more out of it having read previous books in the this series and other series in which the characters cross over.
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  • Carla
    January 1, 1970
    Wow – this is one INCREDIBLE novel that I could not put down. It had me on the edge of my seat and I can honestly say that I never saw the end coming. It was full of suspense, action but also humour (done in a way that only Lauren can accomplish).The book starts off with the murder of the vice president’s wife which led to the Nutcracker Conspiracy – that someone wanted the President dead and somehow the CIA, FBI and law enforcement were all in on it. Following her murder, eleven additional Wow – this is one INCREDIBLE novel that I could not put down. It had me on the edge of my seat and I can honestly say that I never saw the end coming. It was full of suspense, action but also humour (done in a way that only Lauren can accomplish).The book starts off with the murder of the vice president’s wife which led to the Nutcracker Conspiracy – that someone wanted the President dead and somehow the CIA, FBI and law enforcement were all in on it. Following her murder, eleven additional people were murdered. Their murders or disappearances were never solved and were thought to be connected to the original murder. Dean, an aspiring author but not a nice person, gets his hands on a book around this conspiracy but is murdered before he can publish his book – which forces Murphy to begin to look into the murders much closer. What he uncovers, will blow your mind away.What begins to unravel is an intense, well thought out plot – which definitely keeps you on your toes as you are introduced to new characters, new plot twists and history. The story takes off fast and keeps on moving, drawing you in deeper to the story and feeling a deeper connection to the characters. They solve the original crime but also keep good friends of theirs from being criminally punished for something they did not do.I loved this book from start to finish and would say this is by far one of her best written works. It has a little bit of everything with some well planned humour to lighten the mood. It is well written, an excellent, never before read plot with lovable characters. The Nutcracker Conspiracy is a definite must read, that does not disappoint!
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  • kelly duncan
    January 1, 1970
    Amazing!!!!This is one of my favorite books so far!!!! Its always interesting and keeps you wanting more!!!! I love the thorny rose series!!!! Murphy and Jessie make such an amazing team with a love story for the ages!!!!
  • Marilyn R.
    January 1, 1970
    The Nutcracker Conspiracy - book #4 in author Lauren Carr's Thorny Rose Mystery series - offers a wild and complicated ride. It is a political thriller full of head spinning twists and turns. Intriguing clues are offered along the way to guide you, but the complicated plot is one that will keep you guessing until the final chapter.The book opens with a scene from the past. The US president and first lady, along with the vice president and his wife, are at a performance of The Nutcracker. During The Nutcracker Conspiracy - book #4 in author Lauren Carr's Thorny Rose Mystery series - offers a wild and complicated ride. It is a political thriller full of head spinning twists and turns. Intriguing clues are offered along the way to guide you, but the complicated plot is one that will keep you guessing until the final chapter.The book opens with a scene from the past. The US president and first lady, along with the vice president and his wife, are at a performance of The Nutcracker. During intermission, the Vice President's wife is shot during an attempt on the president's life. At least that's the official story. Immediately conspiracy theories arise, fueled by the sheer number of deaths that occur over time to those whose life touched this event in any way. Was the man accused of the crime and killed in the process really trying to kill the president or was the person shot the true target? Was the cabinet was trying to remove the president from office?Elite Phantom Murphy Thorton and his wife, Forensics Psychology student (and daughter of Mac Faraday) Jessica Faraday-Thornton, initially bought the official line. Case closed. Then a friend's husband brags he has intimate knowledge of a conspiracy, as well as a manuscript written by another author investigating the event. One who died mysteriously. The couple was at first skeptical. That was until this man becomes victim 13.What follows is a complicated, fast paced, exciting story that follows the key characters as they try to find answers to the many questions that arise. Are there corrupt people in key government jobs? Was the killing what it appeared to be or was there something else going on behind the scenes? Are there moles inside the government and what is their goal? What is the secret research project focused on at Cox Industries? Who has orchestrated all these deaths and how did they manage to make them all look like accidents or suicides?The only way you'll get the answer to these questions and more is to get your copy and dive in. And be prepared - it'll be a hard one to put down.
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  • Rhonda
    January 1, 1970
    Twisty as everLots of mystery, danger, humor and lots of friends to see again. Including a famous small town mayor who is a hero,a thief and has four legs. Gnarly is visiting.Murphy boss turns up missing. Crouch doesn't like him.Jessica's friends are caught up in a conspiracy.Loved the book.
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  • Michele bookloverforever
    January 1, 1970
    What appears to be 2 separate mysteries changes into three then back to two. Lots of obfuscation, fed herrings. I guessed the villain right away but for the wrong reasons....good story.
  • Angela Thompson
    January 1, 1970
    Lauren Carr offers readers mysteries and characters to love. As with most of the author's novels, readers are faced with multiple murders and mysterious events--and a number of mini-plots and side stories that keep the story moving well and add to the twists and turns. The author has a knack for giving every character (canine, feline and human) a distinct personality that series readers come to love and expect with each novel. The Nutcracker Conspiracy builds on the relationships and characters Lauren Carr offers readers mysteries and characters to love. As with most of the author's novels, readers are faced with multiple murders and mysterious events--and a number of mini-plots and side stories that keep the story moving well and add to the twists and turns. The author has a knack for giving every character (canine, feline and human) a distinct personality that series readers come to love and expect with each novel. The Nutcracker Conspiracy builds on the relationships and characters from the author's current series as well others--and pulls readers into that mystery-solving "family" of connected characters. With humor and sarcasm--fun characters and a well-developed storyline--this is another entertaining, engaging mystery.Stand-Alone--but, better as a series. As I have said before, while the novels of The Thorny Rose Mystery series are stand-alone--there really are a lot of characters to organize and a lot of history circling them. While you can certainly read this novel alone--I really think it is best to read the complete series and build an understanding of the characters and their relationships to see more of the humor and depth in some of the scenes. Would I recommend The Nutcracker Conspiracy by Lauren Carr? I love these mysteries. They are not overly complex or difficult to read. They are fun to read. So--if you are a fan of cozy mysteries--but, like something a little less cute and a little more grownup--with a few more twists and turns--this series is quick to read and enjoyable. I love the characters and I love their stories. This book was a little more predictable earlier on than some from the series--but it is still a fun mystery with great characters that I will continue to follow through more of the author's novels as I am sure that we haven't seen the last of any of them! I would certainly recommend this novel along with the other books of this series (as well as Carr's other novels). I received a copy of this novel from the author/publisher for use in a blog review. All opinions are my own.
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  • IslandRiverScribe
    January 1, 1970
    "Just Saying"Alternately funny and tense, this latest entry in the Thorny Rose series absolutely abounds with twists and turns. One minute you think that the conspiracy is government-oriented and then the next minute you wonder if it is really corporate espionage. Then it seems as if it's actually both at the same time with the same set of players. Yep, plenty of twists and turns to absorb.And, as far as the murders are concerned, your mind gets a real workout trying to decide if He, She or They "Just Saying"Alternately funny and tense, this latest entry in the Thorny Rose series absolutely abounds with twists and turns. One minute you think that the conspiracy is government-oriented and then the next minute you wonder if it is really corporate espionage. Then it seems as if it's actually both at the same time with the same set of players. Yep, plenty of twists and turns to absorb.And, as far as the murders are concerned, your mind gets a real workout trying to decide if He, She or They did it or if there are multiple sets of He/She/They involved. Anyway, it's a great reading ride from start to finish.Now, most of us who have been reading Lauren Carr's four integrated series's from the beginning know to read them in publication order so that the greatest enjoyment of character growth and story arcs can be achieved. And we also have our own ideas, after 20-some books, about Gnarly. Basically, we have been fully indoctrinated into his personality, behavior, appearance and mannerisms. And we have become adept at following his actions on our own personal, mental video screen.Therefore, you might need to be prepared to apologize to anyone around you for your reaction to the scene when Jessica puts Gnarly - and Nigel - into timeout. You won't see the scene coming; Lauren Carr does not telegraph its impending occurrence at all. But it could well be one of the funniest scenes she has ever written. "Just saying!"
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  • Lindsay
    January 1, 1970
    Are you a fan of Murphy and Jessica? Then do not look much further than that of Lauren Carr. The Thorny Rose Mystery is picked up once again. We find that Murphy and Jessica are in the thick of things once again in “The Nutcracker Conspiracy”.The plot seems to be interconnected a bit. Is it just that or is it two different things but involvement. This book seems too real like it really as if I am in real-world experience in my time. There seem to be Jessica who seems to in the middle of Are you a fan of Murphy and Jessica? Then do not look much further than that of Lauren Carr. The Thorny Rose Mystery is picked up once again. We find that Murphy and Jessica are in the thick of things once again in “The Nutcracker Conspiracy”.The plot seems to be interconnected a bit. Is it just that or is it two different things but involvement. This book seems too real like it really as if I am in real-world experience in my time. There seem to be Jessica who seems to in the middle of defending her friend Amy and her friend Kenneth. When her house is blown up and her husband is killed? Is it Amy that plotted it or is it someone else?Murphy seems to be trying to find out who killed not one person but several different people. I seem to like this what my real-life government might be doing in a fictional tale. I hope not. But the plot seems to involve more than just the murder but also doing something called a spy ring?What is the PEAA group? Will Murphy and Jessica come out of this okay and survive? This book has it all. It got surprises and twists and turns from beginning to end. We even get Chris Matheson involved to a point. What is going on? What happens with the President's assassination attempt?
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  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    Every time I think I have read my favorite Lauren Carr novel, the next one from her TOPS it. This was not surprisingly my FAVORITE book so far and that is difficult to do. I don't know how this author can sleep with so many fantastic plots running through her head. The characters are amazing and even though there are political themes (not my usual or favorite genre) involved, she writes them so well I find it difficult to put her books down. She manages to balance the darker topics with well Every time I think I have read my favorite Lauren Carr novel, the next one from her TOPS it. This was not surprisingly my FAVORITE book so far and that is difficult to do. I don't know how this author can sleep with so many fantastic plots running through her head. The characters are amazing and even though there are political themes (not my usual or favorite genre) involved, she writes them so well I find it difficult to put her books down. She manages to balance the darker topics with well placed romantic suspense and humor!Whether or not you are a conspiracy theorist, you will find the plausibility of conspiracy worth pondering in this story. The question is, which one? Whose motive is the strongest and correct one?How significant is the number thirteen?With a sense or element of the paranormal added, I kept telling my family "just one more chapter" more than I usually do. Every page pulled me in deeper and would not let go.You can read this as a stand alone novel but once you meet the extended family you won't want to miss any of the related series and books.
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  • bonnie kirchner
    January 1, 1970
    The Nutcracker ConspiracyThis is a great mystery. Any book written by Lauren Carr is always a great book. I love all her book . I highly recommend all her books. The mystery and suspense of her book is great . All are a must read
  • E.M. Farmer
    January 1, 1970
    Very disappointing. Same old same oldI knew who the "Bad Gal" was before I got through the first action scene. There was a feeling of "have read this before" throughout the whole book. No surprises, no interesting parts. 👎 Very disappointing. Same old same oldI knew who the "Bad Gal" was before I got through the first action scene. 😐 There was a feeling of "have read this before" throughout the whole book. 😴😴 No surprises, no interesting parts.
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  • leslie lindsay
    January 1, 1970
    Perfect plots!Lauren has perfected the mystery/thriller genre. Well thought out and researched. You forget that her books are fiction. Gnarly is real! I have loved every single one of her books. Anyone who loves a well rounded story will not be able to stop reading!
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