Saturday, November 3, 2012


It's Murder, My Son

Lauren Carr

About the book . . . 

What started out as the worst day of Mac Faraday's life would end up being a new beginning. After a messy divorce hearing, the last person that Mac wanted to see was another lawyer. Yet, this lawyer wore the expression of a child bursting to tell his secret. This secret would reveal Mac as heir to undreamed of fortunes, and lead him to the birthplace of America's Queen of Mystery and an investigation that will unfold like one of her famous mystery novels.

Soon after she moves to her new lakefront home in Spencer, Maryland, multi-millionaire Katrina Singleton learns that life in an exclusive community is not all good. For some unknown reason, a strange man calling himself "Pay Back" begins stalking her. When Katrina is found strangled all evidence points to her terrorist, who is nowhere to be found.

Three months later the file on her murder is still open with only vague speculations from the local police department when Mac Faraday, sole heir to his unknown birth mother's home and fortune, moves into the estate next door. Little does he know as he drives up to Spencer Manor that he is driving into a closed gate community that is hiding more suspicious deaths than his DC workload as a homicide detective. With the help of his late mother's journal, this retired cop puts all his detective skills to work to pick up where the local investigators have left off to follow the clues to Katrina's killer. 

About the Author . . .          

Lauren Carr fell in love with mysteries when her mother read Perry Mason to her at bedtime. From reading murderous bedtime tales, she grew up to write mysteries for television and the stage. She wrote her first book after giving up her writing career to be a stay-at-home mom. The first installment in the Joshua Thornton mysteries, A Small Case of Murder was a finalist for the Independent Publisher Book Award. A Reunion to Die For, her second full length book, was released nationally in 2007.

Both are now available in re-release in paperback and Kindle.

Her new series, The Mac Faraday Mysteries, takes place in Deep Creek Lake where Lauren and her family often vacation. The first installment in the Mac Faraday Mysteries, It's Murder, My Son, is available in print, Kindle, audio, and E-Book.

Old Loves Die Hard, is now available in print, Kindle, and E-Book and receiv ing rave reviews.

The owner of Acorn Book Services, Lauren is also a publishing consultant, editor, and interior layout designer for independent authors.

In addition to being an active member and director of the Association of Independent Authors, Lauren is a popular speaker who has made speaking appearances at schools, youth groups, and on author panels at conventions.

Lauren lives with her husband and son on a mountaintop in West Virginia. Lauren Carr is available for speaking engagements and personal appearances at libraries, bookstores, writing/book clubs, and other organizations.

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Reader Review . . . 

Mac Faraday left his divorce hearing hating all lawyers, but the one who chased him down changed his life forever.  As the heir to the Robin Spencer, "America's Queen of Mystery",  fortune, he can lead a life of leisure.  But as a former homicide detective, he has the skills to unravel the real-life murder mystery that threaten to consume his new life.  

Lauren Carr's first installment in her Mac Faraday series is an engrossing mystery that hooks the reader in the first chapter and doesn't let go until the very end.  Although I guess bits and pieces of the solution, the complete solution was complicated enough to keep the most veteran mystery reader hanging on for the last bit of the answer.  Great series.

4 stars

*Disclosure of Material Connection: I am a member of The Virtual Book Tour Cafe' and a copy of this book was provided to me by the author. Although payment may have been received by The Virtual Book Tour Cafe', no payment was received by me in exchange for this review nor was there an obligation to write a positive one. All opinions expressed here are entirely of my own and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, the book's publisher and publicist or the readers of this review. This disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*



"The crime novel is the great moral literature of our time." -   JEAN-PATRICK MANCHETTE 



Lauren Carr said...

Thank you so much, Ms. Self-Taught Cook for making my day and weekend with your review for It's Murder, My Son. Now I need to check out your recipes! Got any for scampi?



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