Wednesday, March 1, 2023

Book Review: ICE - A Chris Matheson Cold Case Mystery Book 1 by Lauren Carr

Book Title: ICE (A Chris Matheson Cold Case Mystery #1 by Lauren Carr
Category: Adult Fiction, 364 pages
Genre: Mystery
Publisher: Acorn Book Services
Release date: February 26, 2018
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.)

"Lauren spins an amazing web of lies, murder, and love that will have you on the edge of the your seat...I love the way Lauren spun this novel - I could not put the book down! I had to know what happened to Sandy and her unborn child how this disappearance was tied into a string of other murders. I never saw the end coming but it was perfect and suited the novel. A definite must read novel! 5-Star Review by Carla at Working Mommy Journal


When Sandy Lipton and her unborn child disappeared, the court of public opinion found young Chris Matheson guilty. Decades later, the retired FBI agent returns home to discover that the cloud of suspicion cast over him and his family has never lifted.

With the help of a team of fellow retired law enforcement officers, each a specialist in their own field of investigation, Chris Matheson starts chipping away at the ice on this cold case to uncover what had happened to Sandy and her baby and the clues are getting hot!


Chris moved home, burnt out with the FBI, and moved in with his mother. Chris is a widower with three daughters and his mother helps with caring for them. In an effort to get Chris out of the house and back involved in the community, his mother encourages him to join the book club his father enjoyed. Just a group of old geezers reading crime books. The group isn't sure of Chris because of his age - he's not an old geezer - but they were friends with his father. He's accepted when he seeks their help in finding out what happened to Sandy Lipton.

Chris is a likable main character, determined to see justice for Sandy Lipton and clear his name once and for all. The story unfolds with old friends who still hold a grudge for Chris' success. To his surprise, the girlfriend from high school who ghosted him so many years ago, also has moved back home. As Chris and his friends collect information through various channels, tension heats up. 

This is a great start to a new series featuring Chris, his family, the rekindled romance, and his small town. The characters are well developed and the story moves at a good pace. It was hard to put down - so I didn't. Another late night reading a great book. I always enjoy books by Carr and this one did not disappoint. 

FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in the hopes that I would post an honest review. This has not affected the content of my review in any way. 



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 aboout how Lauren Carr seamlessly crossed genres to include mystery, suspense, crime fiction, police procedurals, romance, and humor.

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 on author panels at conventions.

She lives with her husband, and two spoiled rotten German shepherds on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.


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  1. Thank you so very much, Christa, for the wonderful review of ICE. I am so thrilled that you enjoyed this first installment in the Geezer Squad mysteries and am certain your followers will enjoy them as well.

    1. My pleasure, Lauren. I'm looking forward to the rest of the series!

  2. thanks for your review. this sounds really interesting

  3. Thanks. This sounds like an exciting read!

  4. I purchased ICE right away after reading your review so thank you! I love finding new to me authors as well as expanding my reading library.