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ICE Book by Lauren Carr

Book Details:

Book Title: ICE by Lauren Carr
Category: Adult fiction, 380 pages
Genre: Mystery, Crime Fiction, Police Procedural, Cozy
Publisher: Acorn Book Services
Release date: February 26, 2018
Tour dates: April 2 to 30, 2018
Content Rating: PG (It’s a murder mystery and there is mild violence. Very mild swearing no F-bombs. No on-stage sex scenes.)

Book Description:

The clues for a close-to-the-heart missing person’s case heat up when Chris Matheson starts chipping away at the ice on the cold case.

When Sandy Lipton and her unborn child disappear, the court of public opinion finds 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!

I rated this book 5 *****’s 

This book blew my mind away 
 
The best book I read from Ms. Lauren Carr this year. This book blew my mind away. I thought I figured out who the killer is but I was wrong. When your an investigator and retired, your mind never stop solving mystery murders especially the cold case and the Geezer Squad. These guys are beyond amazing. My hats off to them. 
 
Being greedy always is badly and will always end in the deadly path. Second romance is sweeter than the first time. This book is so much of family love, hilarious and at the same time mesmerizing.  
 
This book is hard to put it down. I was glued right away. Ms. Lauren Carr, you nailed this book again. I cannot wait for your next book.

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About the Author:


Lauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Mac Faraday, Lovers in Crime, and Thorny Rose Mysteries—over twenty titles across three fast-paced mystery series filled with twists and turns!
Now, Lauren has added one more hit series to her list with the Chris Matheson Cold Case Mysteries. Set in the quaint West Virginia town of Harpers Ferry, Ice introduces Chris Matheson, a retired FBI agent, who joins forces with other law enforcement retirees to heat up those cold cases that keep them up at night.
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.
​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 three dogs on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.
​Connect with the author: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Instagram 

Lauren, tell us a little bit about your new release, Ice.

Ice is an enthralling cold case mystery that follows a former FBI agent who joins forces with a group of retired specialists. As they search out clues from crimes in the past, dark secrets are finally brought to light, thawing out cases that were once ice cold.

Twenty-five years ago, Sandy Lipton and her unborn child disappeared, and the court of public opinion found Chris Matheson, a college senior, guilty. Decades later, the retired FBI agent returned to his family home to discover that the cloud of suspicion cast over him and his family had never lifted.

With the help of the Geezer Squad, 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!

Tell us a little bit about your protagonist Chris Matheson.

The sudden death of his wife, killed during a terrorist attack in France, and the death of his father prompts Chris’s retirement as an investigator with the FBI. He moves back home to the family farm to live with his mother, who helps him to raise his three young daughters.

Notice that Chris is surrounded by women since he’s raising three little girls and lives with his mother, who is also dealing with the loss of her husband. But there is one male in his family for him to lean on. That’s Sterling, another retiree. He’s a law enforcement K-9, who recently lost his handler in an ambush.

What inspired you to have your male protagonist surrounded by women?

My own life. At one point, I was surrounded by men. I lived with my husband, son, and father-in-law (who has since passed away) under one roof. It was very frustrating because none of them seemed to understand me. We would actually get into arguments over their inability to understand. They’d go to the barber and pay ten dollars. I would go to the hairdresser and pay over a hundred, and they decided there was something wrong with me. Once, in the midst of this very frustrating period, someone pointed out to me, “Even your dogs are male.” That’s right. We had three big dogs and they were all male, too!

I actually went looking for a fluffy female purse dog because I was desperate for someone to understand me.

Chris Matheson is not so desperate. He handles the whole situation with humor. At one point, his six-year-old daughter sends him a text photo of Sterling, his German shepherd, who she has fitted with a tiara for a tea party. Chris jumps in his truck and rushes home to save him. From that point on, Chris takes Sterling everywhere with him.

While the women in his life may not understand him, Chris understands them. It is his depth of understanding women that aids him in solving a murder in ICE.

Your protagonist lives with his mother? Does she play a role in Chris’s investigation?

I love Doris Matheson. It was while going through the edits for ICE that I realized there is a lot of my late mother, who recently passed away, in Chris’s mother. Maybe that’s why I created her. She had married Chris’s father, a state police captain when she was only eighteen years old and has only recently been widowed. Yet, she is an emotionally strong woman, who has the ability to take charge of any situation. In one scene in ICE, Chris’s former boss, who is eight months pregnant, seems to go into early labor in their kitchen. While Chris and the local police lieutenant stand there in shock, Doris rushes in and takes over with such authority that the woman thinks she’s a doctor. Correcting her, Helen says she’s a librarian. But that’s okay because she reads a lot.

Like most mothers and sons, Chris and Doris share a loving relationship, but he’s not a momma’s boy by any means. Though, she does have the power to nag, which is how Chris ends up joining the Geezer Squad.

Tell us about the Geezer Squad.

The number one rule of the Geezer Squad is never talk about the Geezer Squad.

The Geezer Squad is a private team of detectives who work under the cover of a book club, which meets at the library where Doris is the director. Chris’s father formed the group after he got kicked out of his wife’s book club. After a couple of meetings to discuss actual books, they decided to combine their skills and talents to reopen the cold cases that keep them up at night.

Most of the squad members have families who would disapprove of them returning to doing investigative work, which is the reason for their secrecy.   

You release three, sometimes four, books a year. Does writing energize or exhaust you?

Both. When I get really rolling with a storyline and the words are coming easily, I can’t stop. There have been times when I have been left alone that I’ll start getting stomach pangs and realize I hadn’t eaten all day long. But the words and flowing and I can’t stop. I’m energized and completely focused. That’s when my husband will drag me away from the laptop and out to dinner to get food into me.

Then, when I’ve finished a book—I’m exhausted. After I had finished writing ICE and sent in the manuscript, I slept twelve hours a day for three days. My husband thought I was sick. No, I wasn’t sick. I was exhausted.

Do you have a favorite character or one that is especially close to your heart?

Gnarly! I have a special place in my heart for Candidate for Murder, because that is Gnarly’s story. I dedicated it to the real Gnarly, who passed away from canine cancer only a few months after that book’s release.

Now, I have a special spot for Sterling, the German shepherd in Chris Matheson’s series. The real Sterling is Gnarly’s nephew, who landed in an animal shelter on the same day Gnarly passed away. We adopted him eleven days later. Sterling is goofier than Gnarly and his best friend is Thor, another pet in the Matheson household. That’s all I’ll say. You need to read Ice to meet Thor and Sterling.

What is the best gift you have ever received; do you still have it and who gave it to you?

I have to say Sterling. After we found out that Gnarly’s nephew, a pup from his sister’s litter, had been turned into an animal shelter on the same day that Gnarly passed away, my son Tristan insisted on getting him out as my Christmas present. Sterling and I bonded instantly. He truly helped to mend my broken heart over Gnarly. He was the best Christmas present ever!

What is next for you?

I am working on two books that I expect to be released early summer and another this fall.  

Look for the third Thorny Rose Mystery early this summer. Murder by Perfection.

Frustrated with their busy schedules, Murphy Thornton and Jessica Faraday attempt to find togetherness taking a couple’s gourmet cooking course at the Stepford Kitchen Studio, taught by Chef Natalie Stepford.

As if spending her date night cooking isn’t bad enough, Jessica is further annoyed when the beautiful, talented, successful businesswoman starts paying too much one-on-one time with Murphy. When Natalie ends up dead, the Thorny Rose detectives find togetherness doing what they do best. As they peel back the layers of the Stepford marriage, they discover that the pursuit of perfection can be deadly.  

But wait! There’s more! Look for a Mac Faraday Mystery this fall! The next installment in the Mac Faraday Mysteries will be coming out just in time for Christmas – A Murder for Christmas (working title).

 
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Twofer Murder Book by Lauren Carr

Book Details:

Book Title: Twofer Murder by Lauren Carr
Category: Adult fiction, 400 pages
Genre: Mystery
Publisher: Acorn Book Services
Release date: November 17, 2017
Tour dates: Dec 4 to Jan 19, 2018
Content Rating: PG + M (Please be aware that TWOFER MURDER is a murder mystery. There are depictions of murder and some violence–though easy on the gore contents. No f-words but there may be some mild profanity, and mild religious expletives such as “damn”, “hell” and “Oh God!”. Some depictions of brief sexual content (kissing). No drug use or underage drinking among the protagonists.)

Book Description:

Twofer murder? What’s a twofer murder?

Twofer Murder is a treat for fans of best-selling author Lauren Carr’s fast-paced mysteries! Lauren’s latest novel contains the main characters from her three successful series: Mac Faraday, Lovers in Crime, and Thorny Rose mysteries. The guys go away for a fishing weekend only to get caught up in the murder of a journalist investigating fraud at a timber company. Meanwhile, the ladies are spending the weekend in the presidential suite at a posh resort where Jessica Faraday is to accept a lifetime achievement award for her late grandmother at a murder mystery writers conference. But before they have time to get their facials, they get wrapped up in their own real mystery when an up and coming author ends up dead!

Lauren Carr’s Twofer Murder is a 2-for-1—making it a must-read for any mystery fan!

I rated this book 5 *****’s 

Ms. Lauren Carr did amazing as always 
 
I super loved this new book. Ms. Lauren Carr did amazing as always. I super loved the main three characters rolled into one of this mesmerizing mystery story from her previous books.  
 
I enjoyed reading this book. It gives deeper story of Black Diamond. She is one mystery killer but oh so good. This story is like my husband and my son who loves fishing while my daughter and I love to go to the book event to have the fun minus the crime. The dogs Gnarly and Storm adds the flavor to the story as well.  

This might be my new favorite book from of my favorite mystery book author. Ms. Lauren Carr never stop to entertain her fans with her mystery stories. Twofer Murder is another fun and intense book to read. I really enjoyed figuring who the murders are. 
 
This story gives more insight of how being an author is a hard job. Kudos to them for creating stories like Ms. Lauren Carr who likes to twist our mind and makes our heart beats so fast while devouring her books. 

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Lauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Mac Faraday, Lovers in Crime, and Thorny Rose Mysteries—over twenty titles across three fast-paced mystery series filled with twists and turns!

Book reviewers and readers alike rave about how Lauren Carr’s seamlessly crosses genres to include mystery, suspense, romance, and humor.

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 three dogs on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.

Connect with the author: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Instagram


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Shades of Murder Book By Lauren Carr

Welcome to Lauren Carr’s Audiobook-a-palooza Blog Tour! To celebrate the release of Lauren Carr’s mysteries in audiobook format, we have 14 books from her three series on tour!



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Book Description:
 

Question: what do you get the man with everything?

Answer: when that man is the heir of the late mystery writer Robin Spencer, retired homicide detective Mac Faraday, you get him a cold case to solve.

In Shades of Murder, Mac Faraday is once again the heir to an unbelievable fortune. This time the benefactor is a collector of stolen art. But this isn’t just any stolen work of art – it’s a masterpiece with a murder attached to it.

Ilysa Ramsay was in the midst of taking the art world by storm with her artistic genius. Hours after unveiling her latest masterpiece, she is found dead in her Deep Creek Lake studio, and her painting is nowhere to be found.

Almost a decade later, the long lost Ilysa Ramsay masterpiece has found its way into Mac Faraday’s hands and he can’t resist the urge to delve into the case.

A world away, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, former JAG lawyer Joshua Thornton agrees to do a favor for the last person he would ever expect – a convicted serial killer.

The favor: solve the one murder wrongly attributed to him.

Joshua finds an unexpected ally in Cameron Gates, a spunky detective who has reason to believe the young woman known to the media only as Jane Doe, victim number four, was the victim of a copycat. Together, Joshua and Cameron set out to light a flame under the cold case only to find that someone behind the scenes wants the case to remain cold, and is willing to kill to keep it that way.

Little do these detectives know that the paths of their respective cases are on a collision course when they follow the clues to bring them together in a showdown with a killer who’s got a talent for murder!

I rated this book 5 *****’s 

Solving the crime at the same falling in-love unexpectedly 

I am late am sure reading the second book of these amazing series ” A Mac Faraday Mystery” but I will catch up sooner or later. Just like the first book of the series, the 2nd book is hard to put it down. I love to read mystery book not only the suspense is killing but much better when I laugh out loud. 

Couples like Mac and Archie, Cameron and Joshua made me giggle. They are just the sweetest couple but will knock your senses with their skills and talent to solve the mystery. 

They say that it is a sin to covet thy neighbor’s wife, right? When thy neighbor’s wife covets you, thou shall not refuse, right? Temptation is hard to resist and mix with greed, it is even sinful. This is what I learned from this book to name a few. 

As always Ms. Lauren Carr, never stop to blow my mind away. I am hooked with her writings and love reading her books.

Meet the Author:


Lauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Mac Faraday, Lovers in Crime, and Thorny Rose Mysteries—over twenty titles across three fast-paced mystery series filled with twists and turns!

Book reviewers and readers alike rave about how Lauren Carr’s seamlessly crosses genres to include mystery, suspense, romance, and humor.

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 three dogs (including the real Gnarly’s klutzy nephew Sterling) on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.

 

Connect with Lauren: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook


  

 

 

A Fine Year For Murder Book By Lauren Carr

Book Description:

After months of marital bliss, Jessica Faraday and Murphy Thornton are still discovering and adjusting to their life together. Settled in their new home, everything appears to be perfect … except in the middle of the night when, in darkest shadows of her subconscious, a deep secret from Jessica’s past creeps to the surface to make her strike out at Murphy.

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When investigative journalist Dallas Walker tells the couple about her latest case, known as the Pine Bridge Massacre, they realize Jessica may have witnessed the murder of a family living near a winery owned by distant relatives she was visiting and suppressed the memory.

Determined to uncover the truth and find justice for the murder victims, Jessica and Murphy return to the scene of the crime with Dallas Walker, a spunky bull-headed Texan. Can this family reunion bring closure for a community touched by tragedy or will this prickly get-together bring an end to the Thorny Rose couple?

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I rated this book five explosive and intense stars of this best suspense book

 

When you read Ms. Lauren Carr’s mystery  book, you expect nothing but the best stories ever. I thought my last book of her that I read is my best, boy was I wrong? This book A Fine Year For Murder blow my mind to the highest level.

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First, this book is HARD to put it down.  I am dying to solve the mystery. It gave me sleepless night.

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I adore this newly weds Murphy and Jessica. They are funny and sweet. Though they are still in their honeymoon stage but instinct pursued both of them to help the community, help the victims and prosecute the murderers, solve the crimes that were happened when Jessica was a child.

A Fine Year For Murder is my best book of Ms. Lauren Carr at the moment. It is explosive, intense and phenomenal. It deals with situation with teens. Dirty politics and abused power not only with the politicians but cops as well. I loved the scenery. Anything that has a nature, it always calms me but reading this book scares me too.  This story has many laughs out loud moments despite the fast beating of your heart. It is scary and intensely good.  You might hold on to your e-reader because Ms. Lauren Carr will put you to the edge of wherever you are situated while reading this book.

If you love books that will blow your mind, heart thumping and sleepless nights, A Fine Year For Murder is one mystery book you will not put it down. Actually, any books from the author is I highly recommend for you to read. I know that you will become a fan just like me.

Author’s Bio:

Lauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Mac Faraday, Lovers in Crime, and Thorny Rose Mysteries—over twenty titles across three fast-paced mystery series filled with twists and turns!

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Book reviewers and readers alike rave about how Lauren Carr’s seamlessly crosses genres to include mystery, suspense, romance, and humor.

Lauren is a popular speaker who has made appearances at schools, youth groups, and on author panels at conventions. She lives with her husband, son, and four dogs (including the real Gnarly) on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.

Connect with Lauren: Website  ~  Twitter  ~  Facebook

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BOOK SPOTLIGHT A Fine Year for Murder By Lauren Carr

Book Description:

After months of marital bliss, Jessica Faraday and Murphy Thornton are still discovering and adjusting to their life together. Settled in their new home, everything appears to be perfect … except in the middle of the night when, in darkest shadows of her subconscious, a deep secret from Jessica’s past creeps to the surface to make her strike out at Murphy.

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When investigative journalist Dallas Walker tells the couple about her latest case, known as the Pine Bridge Massacre, they realize Jessica may have witnessed the murder of a family living near a winery owned by distant relatives she was visiting and suppressed the memory.

Determined to uncover the truth and find justice for the murder victims, Jessica and Murphy return to the scene of the crime with Dallas Walker, a spunky bull-headed Texan. Can this family reunion bring closure for a community touched by tragedy or will this prickly get-together bring an end to the Thorny Rose couple?

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 Author’s Bio:

 

Lauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Mac Faraday, Lovers in Crime, and Thorny Rose Mysteries—over twenty titles across three fast-paced mystery series filled with twists and turns!

Book reviewers and readers alike rave about how Lauren Carr’s seamlessly crosses genres to include mystery, suspense, romance, and humor.

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Lauren is a popular speaker who has made appearances at schools, youth groups, and on author panels at conventions. She lives with her husband, son, and four dogs (including the real Gnarly) on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.

Connect with Lauren: Website  ~  Twitter  ~  Facebook

A Conversation with Author Lauren Carr: Interview Number Three

By Lauren Carr

 

  1. Lauren, in your latest murder mystery series, The Thorny Rose Mysteries, you introduce your readers to a new detective team, Lieutenant Murphy Thornton, USN, and Jessica Faraday, heiress and daughter of multi-millionaire Mac Faraday, the protagonist of one of your other hit series, the Mac Faraday Mysteries. These newly wed characters have some notable differences from each other. What inspired you to pair these two characters?

LC: Actually, it was their differences that inspired me. While working on the plotline for Three Days to Forever, I knew that it was now time for readers to meet Mac Faraday’s grown children, Jessica and Tristan. The whole plotline revolved around Mac and Archie’s huge wedding. There was no way they weren’t going to be there.

Joshua Thornton, from the Lovers in Crime, was also in the mix—which brought in Murphy, who I had introduced to readers in A Small Case of Murder, my very first book. So, Murphy’s character was already established.

When a character is fully developed, they take on a life of their own. Murphy and Jessica really just happened.

 

  1. But they are so very different from each other. Murphy is a pescetarian (vegetarian who eats fish). Jessica eats pancakes for breakfast and steak for dinner and drinks wine and champagne.

LC: Which makes it more fun, doesn’t it? When you think about the most successful couples you know—I mean successful as in long happy marriages—they are actually different from each other. My husband and I have been married for going on twenty-seven years. We are as different as night and day. Sure, we annoy each other, but we also complement each other. If it wasn’t for him rooster-pecking me, nothing would get done. If it wasn’t for me, he wouldn’t have any friends. We have had some hilarious fights because of those differences.

That is what makes Murphy and Jessica fun. Murphy is a Naval Academy graduate. He is disciplined because he was trained to be and he must be in order to succeed in his job as a special operative for the military—working directly for the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Jessica has the freedom of wealth. She is a clothes horse who has a closet designated just for her hundreds of pairs of shoes. She is not as disciplined as Murphy, which will be good for him. He needs someone who he can kick back and relax with.

But don’t think they are all hugs and kisses. In A Fine Year for Murder, they have now been married for ten months. In a couple of scenes, the stress of the case leads them to get into some fights in which they drag in their real feelings about their in-laws, which is quite humorous.

 

  1. I was going to ask about that. In A Fine Year for Murder, Jessica and Murphy go to southern Virginia to investigate the brutal murder of a family because they believe Jessica may have witnessed the murder as a child. What type of role do you have planned for Jessica in future Thorny Rose Mysteries? Is she going to be a MacMillan and Wife type character, playing the devoted wife who gets into trouble, or will she have a more active role in the investigations?

LC: Jessica Faraday will be going to medical school, Georgetown University, to study psychiatry. Her specialty will be forensics psychiatry. Her character already shows a talent for analyzing people rather quickly. As the series progresses and she learns more, Jessica will be a very strong asset in profiling suspects and offering expertise that Murphy doesn’t have—possibly to the point that she will be officially brought into cases.

Jessica and Murphy are a team—they are partners. I don’t want the Thorny Rose mysteries to end up being a series where Murphy goes after the bad guys while Jessica worries about him. So I knew as soon as I had finished writing Kill and Run that the next Thorny Rose mystery had to be Jessica’s story.

I had already mentioned in passing that Jessica had nightmares, which resulted in her striking out at Murphy in her sleep. In A Fine Year for Murder, we explore the source of those nightmares.

When investigative journalist Dallas Walker tells the couple about her latest case, known as the Pine Bridge Massacre, they realize that Jessica, as a child, may have witnessed the murder of a family living near a winery owned by distant relatives she had been visiting and suppressed the memory.

 

  1. What’s next in store for Jessica and Murphy?

LC: Sorry, but the next Thorny Rose Mystery is at least a year away. But you will get to visit with them again in Twofer Murder.

The working title for the next Thorny Rose Mystery is From Rags to Riches to Dead. In this mystery, Jessica’s best friend Amy receives news that her leech of a husband was killed in a freak accident at an expensive resort, where he had spent the last several days living it up. Amy, and Jessica are still trying to sort out this news when Dean walks in—alive and well. Upon investigation, they discover that a killer has been stealing the identity of deadbeat husbands who have been living off their rich wives, and then luring them to expensive resorts to murder them.

 

  1. Please tell us that you have not abandoned Mac Faraday and Gnarly.

LC: Oh, no! I will never abandon Mac Faraday. Gnarly won’t let me. Look for Twofer Murder this summer.

Twofer Murder will be a treat for mystery lovers because it will be two mysteries in one novel. This book will contain all of the characters from the Mac Faraday, Lovers in Crime, and Thorny Rose mysteries. The guys go fishing and get embroiled in a murder mystery. Meanwhile, the ladies go off to a murder mystery writers conference and end up wrapped up in their own mystery when an up and coming mystery writer ends up dead! Can’t beat that! Two mysteries for the price of one!

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Killer In The Band Book By Lauren Carr

Summer of Love & Murder

Joshua’s eldest son, Joshua “J.J.” Thornton Jr., has graduated at the top of his class from law school and returns home to spend the summer studying for the bar exam. However, to Joshua’s and Cameron’s shock and dismay, J.J. moves into the main house at Russell Ridge Farm, the largest dairy farm in the Ohio Valley, to rekindle a romance with Suellen Russell, a onetime leader of a rock group who’s twice his age. Quickly, they learn that she has been keeping a deep dark secret.

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The move brings long-buried tensions between the father and son to the surface. But when a brutal killer strikes, the Lovers in Crime must set all differences aside to solve the crime before J.J. ends up in the cross hairs of a murderer.

Praise for Lauren Carr’s Mysteries:

“Lauren Carr could give Agatha Christie a run for her money!”

– Charlene Mabie-Gamble, Literary R&R

“As always, Lauren Carr brings an action-packed story that is almost impossible to put down. Her mystery plots have so many twists and turns that I didn’t know if I was coming or going. And the action just didn’t stop from the very beginning till the very end.” – Melina Mason, Melina’s Book Reviews

I rated this book 5 *****’s

This book blow my mind away

Wow! I am still speechless after I finished reading this book. Ms. Lauren Carr blow my mind away with this story. I thought I figured out the killer, oh boy! was I wrong. This story will amazed you breathlessly. It is oh so good. If you are a music lover like me, no doubt you cannot put this book down. Gosh! I spent many late hours reading this book. I even wake up early morning and finished what pages I left off. This book is hard to put it down.

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My favorite characters are Joshua and Cameron. I want to read where they first met. These two are so cute and adore them both.

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The characters will keep you busy. Suellen and J.J. loves story is different but you cannot help but fall in-love with them too. This book is so emotional and heart thumping too. Goodness gracious Ms.Carr, I always scream while reading this book. The book is so intense. Be prepare as you are in a bumpy first ride but smooth in the end.

My new favorite book from the author. She did a phenomenal job writing this story. I am so glad that justice was served. I cannot tell you who, you need to find it for yourself. I wish I could give this book 10 stars. It is one of the best mystery books I read recently. Thank you Ms. Carr, you never stop to amaze us. I cannot wait to read your next book.

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Author’s Bio:

Lauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Mac Faraday, Lovers in Crime, and Thorny Rose Mysteries—over twenty titles across three fast-paced mystery series filled with twists and turns!

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Book reviewers and readers alike rave about how Lauren Carr’s seamlessly crosses genres to include mystery, suspense, romance, and humor.

Lauren is a popular speaker who has made appearances at schools, youth groups, and on author panels at conventions. She lives with her husband, son, and four dogs (including the real Gnarly) on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.

Connect with Lauren: Website  ~  Twitter  ~  Facebook

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Book Description:

Summer of Love & Murder

Joshua’s eldest son, Joshua “J.J.” Thornton Jr., has graduated at the top of his class from law school and returns home to spend the summer studying for the bar exam. However, to Joshua’s and Cameron’s shock and dismay, J.J. moves into the main house at Russell Ridge Farm, the largest dairy farm in the Ohio Valley, to rekindle a romance with Suellen Russell, a onetime leader of a rock group who’s twice his age. Quickly, they learn that she has been keeping a deep dark secret.

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The move brings long-buried tensions between the father and son to the surface. But when a brutal killer strikes, the Lovers in Crime must set all differences aside to solve the crime before J.J. ends up in the cross hairs of a murderer.

Praise for Lauren Carr’s Mysteries:

“Lauren Carr could give Agatha Christie a run for her money!”

– Charlene Mabie-Gamble, Literary R&R

“As always, Lauren Carr brings an action-packed story that is almost impossible to put down. Her mystery plots have so many twists and turns that I didn’t know if I was coming or going. And the action just didn’t stop from the very beginning till the very end.” – Melina Mason, Melina’s Book Reviews

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Author’s Bio:

Lauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Mac Faraday, Lovers in Crime, and Thorny Rose Mysteries—over twenty titles across three fast-paced mystery series filled with twists and turns!

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Book reviewers and readers alike rave about how Lauren Carr’s seamlessly crosses genres to include mystery, suspense, romance, and humor.

Lauren is a popular speaker who has made appearances at schools, youth groups, and on author panels at conventions. She lives with her husband, son, and four dogs (including the real Gnarly) on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.

Connect with Lauren: Website  ~  Twitter  ~  Facebook

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Jessica Cassidy Interview with Lauren Carr

Lauren Carr is the bestselling author of the Mac Faraday Mysteries, the Lovers in Crime Mysteries, and the Thorny Rose Mysteries.  We caught up with the charming mystery writer during her most recent virtual book tour for Killer in the Band, the 3rd in the Lovers in Crime series.

Lauren, thank you so much for chatting with us.  Right off the bat, I’m curious.  Is it hard to break away from your successful Mac Faraday series to work on a different one?

Yes and no. I love Mac Faraday and the gang in Spencer, Maryland! But that’s not to say that I don’t love Joshua Thornton and Cameron Gates. The Lovers in Crime mysteries are set in Chester, West Virginia, the real small town where I grew up. Joshua Thornton was my first protagonist featured in my very first books, A Small Case of Murder and A Reunion to Die For. Returning to Joshua Thornton, Cameron Gates, and their family is very much like going home again.

Killer in the Band focuses a lot on J.J. Thornton, Jr., Joshua’s eldest son. Are you planning to take a new direction with the Lovers in Crime?  

No, not at all. Joshua Thornton and Cameron Gates are the Lovers in Crime and they always will be. But, like real people, they don’t live in a vacuum. Joshua Thornton does have a family from his previous marriage who are going to insert themselves into Joshua’s marriage and the Lovers in Crime’s cases.

In Killer in the Band, J.J. returns home after graduating from law school and rekindles a romance with his first love, Suellen Russell, a woman twice his age. When it turns out she has information on one of Cameron’s cases, J.J. can’t not get involved.

You always have animals who take on the personalities of characters in your mysteries. Of course, there is Mac’s German shepherd in the Mac Faraday mysteries. Spencer in the Thorny Rose Mysteries. Then, Irving, the skunk cat, in the Lovers in Crime. In Killer in the Band, you introduced a barn yard of critters from a Houdini horse named Gulliver to a watch rooster named Charley. Where do you get your ideas for furry characters?

Since I created Gnarly, based on my own Australian shepherd named Ziggy, people are always telling me stories about their animals and animals they have heard of.

Gulliver is based on a horse who I saw in a YouTube video who would let himself out of his stall and then let all the other horses loose, except for one—a mare who happened to be his mother! Seeing this video, I cracked up and called a friend of mine who has a horse farm to ask about it. She said Houdini horses are really not that uncommon, but suggested that this one must have some mommy issues since he doesn’t free his mother.

As for Charley the Rooster, he based on a rooster who used to belong to a friend of mine. Yep, his name is really Charley. My friend said that he was given to her niece as a chick at Easter and grew so big that they couldn’t keep him at their suburban home, so they sent him to live with relatives who lived in a small town in southern West Virginia. I’m sure you heard of the neighborhood dog who chases everyone and who everyone is afraid of. Well, that became Charley the Rooster. She said one day a store keeper decided he’d had it with Charley and went after him with a broom. The fight between the store owner and Charley spilled out into the middle of the street in this small town where the editor of the local newspaper snapped a picture of it. The next day, Charley and the store owner ended up on the front page of the newspaper.

When I heard that, there was no way I couldn’t put Charley in my book.

What made you decide to set Killer in the Band on a farm? Was it the plotline for the mystery or your furry characters?

Are you asking if I set Killer in the Band on a farm as an excuse to include Charley and Gulliver? No, Charley and Gulliver came after I had written the storyline. One of the mysteries in Killer in the Band dealt with the murder of an elderly woman whose husband manages the Russell Ridge Farm and Orchards, the farm owned by J.J.’s girlfriend. Without giving away any spoilers, the rural setting was crucial to the storyline. The farm animals were necessary characters. You can’t have a farm without animals.

What led to the decision to bring J.J. Thornton, the identical twin of Murphy Thornton from the Thorny Rose Mysteries, by the way, home to Chester? Is he going to remain with the Lovers in Crime?  

JJ.’s character came about in my first mystery book, A Small Case of Murder, a Joshua Thornton Mystery. At that time, he was seventeen years old. I knew then that he would be a lawyer, like his dad. As his age, it was time for him to come home. But notice that J.J. is not simply a younger version of Joshua, nor is he a duplicate of his twin Murphy. Yes, he is identical in looks, but that’s it. J.J. is the intellectual of the twins. He is into the arts. We find out that he was a musical prodigy. He’s a bleeding heart, which leads to conflicts between him and both Joshua and Cameron.

How about with his twin Murphy? Do you have any plans to bring J.J. and Murphy together in their mystery?

Oh, yes! But you’ll need to stay turned for that.

Your Mac Faraday series, the Thorny Rose Mysteries, as well as the Lovers in Crime series, have all garnered a loyal following.  I’m one of them.  We will still be seeing these series continue as well, won’t we?

Each series will continue to grow on their own with interconnecting mysteries occasionally. In January, there will be a new Thorny Rose Mystery, A Fine Year for Murder.  

In A Fine Year for Murder, Jessica Faraday and her husband, Murphy Thornton, dive into the cold case murder at a family owned winery.

After ten months of marital bliss, Jessica Faraday and Murphy Thornton are still discovering and adjusting to their life together. Settled in their new home, everything appears to be perfect … except in the middle of the night when, in darkest shadows of her subconscious, a deep secret from Jessica’s past creeps to the surface to make her strike out at Murphy.

When investigative journalist Dallas Walker tells the couple about her latest case, known as the Pine Bridge Massacre, they realize Jessica may have witnessed the murder of a family living near a winery owned by distant relatives she was visiting and suppressed the memory.

Determined to uncover the truth and find justice for the murder victims, Jessica and Murphy return to the scene of the crime with Dallas Walker, a spunky bull-headed Texan. Can this family reunion bring closure for a community touched by tragedy or will this prickly get-together bring an end to the Thorny Rose couple?

As long as readers are clamoring for mysteries, I’ll be writing them.

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The Murders At Astaire Castle Book By Lauren Carr

Book Description:

Never tell Mac Faraday not to do something.

Spencer’s police chief, David O’Callaghan, learns this lesson the hard way when he orders Mac Faraday to stay away from the south end of Spencer’s mountaintop – even though he owns the property. It doesn’t take long for Mac to find out what lies on the other side of the stone wall and locked gate, on which hangs a sign warning visitors to Keep Out!

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Topping the list of the 10 top haunted places in America, Astaire Castle is associated with two suicides, three mysterious disappearances, and four murders since it was built almost a century ago – and Mac Faraday owns it!

In spite of David’s warning, Mac can’t resist unlocking the gate to see the castle that supposedly hasn’t seen a living soul since his late mother had ordered it closed up after the double homicide and disappearance of Damian Wagner, a world-famous master of horror novels.

What starts out as a quick tour of a dusty old castle turns into another Mac Faraday adventure when Astaire Castle becomes the scene of even more murders. Mac is going to need to put all of his investigative talents to work to sort out this case that involves the strangest characters he has run into yet – including a wolf man. No, we’re not talking about Gnarly.

I  rated this book 5 *****’s 

It is scary good

My very first time to listen to Ms. Lauren Carr’s audio book though I read so many of her amazing stories. The narrator did an amazing job. He is fun to listened too.

This book is scary good. I thought I figured out who the killer is, boy! I was wrong. The turns and twists of this story made my mind goes crazy. This book is perfect for Halloween as well though it is beyond better than a Halloween book.

The characters keep me intrigued. The setting is so intense. I bet if I visit this castle, I will run for my life. There is no way I have the guts to step my foot on this haunted castle. Do you believed in ghost? I know I do, though I have not seen any but feel them.

This book is one of the best for me from Ms. Lauren Carr’s mystery book. She did nailed the mystery queen on this book for me. It is hard to put my Nook down so as the rest of her books. Kudos to Ms. Lauren Carr’s, this is the best mystery book from you. I cannot wait to listen or read your new books.

 

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Author’s Bio:

Lauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Mac Faraday, Lovers in Crime, and Thorny Rose Mysteries. The twelfth installment in the Mac Faraday Mystery series, Candidate for Murder will be released June 2016.

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Lauren is a popular speaker who has made appearances at schools, youth groups, and on author panels at conventions. She lives with her husband, son, and four dogs (including the real Gnarly) on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.

Connect with Lauren: Website  ~  Twitter  ~  Facebook

Book Trailer:

Lauren Carr Interview for Jessica Cassidy

Interview Questions:

  1. Why did you choose to write a recurring character into your books? Do you try (or expect) to keep Mac Faraday and the rest of the gang relatively unchanged from book to book, or do you try (or expect) to develop them over time?

Believe it or not, I did not plan on writing a series. When I dreamed of being an author, I always dreamed of writing stand-alones—big thick deep stand-alones. But then, when I wrote my first book that was published, A Small Case of Murder, I discovered that after spending so much time developing a character, in this case, Joshua Thornton, that I wanted to stay with him, and I still go back to him in the Lovers in Crime Mysteries.

By the time, I got to Mac Faraday with It’s Murder, My Son I was hooked on developing a character and sticking with him. Yes, my characters do change. I believe it is because they are real people to me. That’s what brings them to life to the reader. Like real people, they change due to the circumstances that they are in. For example, falling in love or even something like inheriting an overly-intelligent dog.

In Mac’s case, he suddenly comes into $270 million on the same day that he loses everything in a nasty divorce. That’s enough to change any man. Being down to earth, Mac does manage to see the humor in the ways of the rich and famous who surround him, which amuses my readers.  While his friends enjoy a life of extravagance, in Blast from the Past, Mac notes that the monthly bill for Gnarly’s grooming costs more than he spends annually at the barber. Yet, he also adapts socially over time to the new power that he holds.   

  1. How would you categorize your books? (Or, into what genre would you place your books?) Examples might be … Suspense novel, Thriller, Cozy, Hard-boiled, Police Procedural, Paranormal. Cross-over. Do you find there are advantages/disadvantages to labeling it as such?

There are both advantages and disadvantages to labeling an author’s books.

The Advantage: Readers know where to look for your books and have a certain expectation.

The Disadvantage: Traditional publishers and bookstores sometimes have trouble knowing where to place you.

That’s the beauty of being an independent author and publisher. I can write outside the box. One reviewer has coined the phrase “gritty cozy” for my books. Another reviewer says that my books have “a touch of crime drama to the cozy without losing the cozy charm.”

Amazon has also placed my books under police procedurals. They are cozy mysteries because Mac Faraday is a retired detective. However, he is hired on contract by the Spencer police department to help with murder investigations. That places it in the police procedural category.

Let’s go with gritty cozy. That sounds like more fun.

  1. How do you fact-check your books? Internet research? Consulting with experts? First-hand experience? What was your most challenging topic to research? What was your most exciting topic to research?

All of the above. Back before the Internet (which I love!), I started out phoning the police.

Being a newbie, when they answered, I said, “I have dead body. He was murdered, but it looks like a suicide. So when you come, what are you going to do?”

The police officer on the other end of the line got excited. “What? You have a dead body? Murder? Where are you? Who is this?”

I told him where I lived. Then, I realized I was so excited about being an author doing research on a murder that I failed to mention that this was all fiction. Scared out my wits, with visions of the police digging up my yard for a dead body while I tried to explain that I was just writing a book, I slammed down the phone and spent the rest of the day peering out the window looking for the police. At least I was smart enough to not call them on 9-1-1.

Now, I am lucky in that I have a handful of friends who actually work in these professions who I can check with. They supply me with small details that you can’t find anywhere on the Internet, which proves to be invaluable.

 

  1. If your books are set in a real place: Do you take liberties with your setting, or do you try to be true to its geography and/or local environment? How important is this setting to the character(s) and/or plot(s)?

The Mac Faraday Mysteries take place in Spencer, (a fictional town) set on Deep Creek Lake (a real lake) in western Maryland. While Spencer is a fictional town, I have stayed true to the local environment. Deep Creek Lake is a resort area in western Maryland. There are a lot of seasonal residents from metropolitan Washington DC.

Of course, there is a story behind how the Mac Faraday Mysteries ended up set in this fictional town.

Years ago, my sister-in-law had asked me to set a murder mystery in her home town, a sweet summer place in Wisconsin called Pelican Lake. At the time, I was working on a storyline that wasn’t a good fit for the Joshua Thornton Mysteries, my first series. So I went to work on a new series set on a lake in the resort town of Pelican Lake.

I had completed the first draft of It’s Murder, My Son in time for a visit from my sister-in-law. Excited about a murder set in her town at her request, she asked for all the details. When I mentioned that the murder victim was killed in her house, I was surprised to see horror on her face. Since her home and property had a unique design and layout, anyone knowing her could easily tell that the murder took place in her home.

For the sake of family harmony, I decided to do a re-write.

As luck would have it, my family started vacationing at Deep Creek Lake in Maryland. Like Pelican Lake, Deep Creek Lake is a resort area. It was child’s play to pick up my series in Pelican Lake and plop it down in Western Maryland, until I asked the local police department to let me portray them as a bunch of idiots.

In the storyline for It’s Murder, My Son, homicide detective Mac Faraday discovers that his birth mother is the late Robin Spencer, America’s Queen of Mystery and he is her sole heir. Upon learning that he has a half-brother, police officer David O’Callaghan, he moves to Deep Creek Lake to meet him.

Mac is drawn into the murder investigation of his neighbor after Gnarly, his inherited German shepherd, drags home a dismembered head. When he sees that the chief detective is an incompetent, Mac joins David in the investigation. It is the perfect opportunity to get to know his brother better. As luck would have it, Mac ends up making David the prime suspect.

While rewriting It’s Murder, My Son, I was surprised when the local police department refused to cooperate in my research. The sheriff in Garrett County would only give me a tour of the jail if I brought my toothbrush and planned to stay a while. Their resistance was understandable. Even though I promised disclaimers in my acknowledgements about my work being completely fiction and not based on anyone real, the police department was concerned about their image.

So, out of respect for the real law enforcement, I created a fictional resort town resting on the shores of the real Deep Creek Lake and had a blast doing it. Thus, Spencer, the uptown section of Deep Creek Lake, was founded.

  1. What are your hobbies, interests outside of writing? Do any of these activities find their way into your books?

Cooking. I’m a gourmet cook and I love exotic food. So, of course, the character of Archie Monday, Mac Faraday’s lady love, is very much into this. She loves to cook and eat new things. Spencer Inn is a five-star resort with a gourmet restaurant. I will throw in foods that I have tried or yearn to try.

Like my husband, Mac Faraday has certain “food fears.”  In The Murders at Astaire Castle, I introduced an Indonesian head chef, Iman, who is based on a friend who was a chef on cruise ships. Like Archie and Iman, we love to share exotic recipes and try new foods.

In this scene, Iman teases Mac over his apprehension over eating certain foods. We learn that soon after they had met, Mac refused to touch a dinner of a whole fish because our big bad detective, who can track down brutal murderers, can’t eat something that still has its head and eyeballs.  

  1. What is next for you? (Could be book-related or something personal … or both!)

The next Lovers in Crime Mystery, Killer in the Band, is available now. I am currently on tour with iRead Book tours (http://www.ireadbooktours.com/blog—current-tours/book-tour-killer-in-the-band-a-lovers-in-crime-mystery-by-lauren-carr

Joshua’s eldest son, Joshua “J.J.” Thornton Jr., has graduated at the top of his class from law school and returns home to spend the summer studying for the bar exam. However, to Joshua’s and Cameron’s shock and dismay, J.J. moves into the main house at Russell Ridge Farm, the largest dairy farm in the Ohio Valley, to rekindle a romance with Suellen Russell, a onetime leader of a rock group who’s twice his age. Quickly, they learn that she has been keeping a deep dark secret.

The move brings long-buried tensions between the father and son to the surface. But when a brutal killer strikes, the Lovers in Crime must set all differences aside to solve the crime before J.J. ends up in the cross hairs of a murderer.

But wait! There’s more!

On January 1, 2017, the latest Thorny Rose Mystery will be released! In A Fine Year for Murder, Jessica Faraday and her husband, Murphy Thornton, dive into the cold case murder at a family owned winery.

After ten months of marital bliss, Jessica Faraday and Murphy Thornton are still discovering and adjusting to their life together. Settled in their new home, everything appears to be perfect … except in the middle of the night when, in darkest shadows of her subconscious, a deep secret from Jessica’s past creeps to the surface to make her strike out at Murphy.

When investigative journalist Dallas Walker tells the couple about her latest case, known as the Pine Bridge Massacre, they realize Jessica may have witnessed the murder of a family living near a winery owned by distant relatives she was visiting and suppressed the memory.

Determined to uncover the truth and find justice for the murder victims, Jessica and Murphy return to the scene of the crime with Dallas Walker, a spunky bull-headed Texan. Can this family reunion bring closure for a community touched by tragedy or will this prickly get-together bring an end to the Thorny Rose couple?

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Candidate For Murder Book By Lauren Carr

Book Description for Candidate for Murder :

It’s election time in Spencer, Maryland, and the race for mayor is not a pretty one. In recent years, the small resort town has become divided between the local year-round residents who have enjoyed their rural way of life and the city dwellers moving into their mansions, taking over the town council, and proceeding to turn Deep Creek Lake into a closed gate community—complete with a host of regulations for everything from speed limits to clothes lines.

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When the political parties force-feed two unsavory mayoral nominees on the town residents, Police Chief David O’Callaghan decides to make a statement—by nominating Gnarly, Mac Faraday’s German shepherd, to run as mayor of Spencer!

What starts out as a joke turns into a disaster when overnight Gnarly becomes the front runner—at which point his political enemies take a page straight out of Politics 101. What do you do when you’re behind in a race? Dig up dirt on the front runner, of course.

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Seemingly, someone is not content to rest with simply embarrassing the front runner by publicizing his dishonorable discharge from the United States Army, but to throw in a murder for good measure. With murder on the ballot, Mac Faraday and the gang—including old friends from past cases—dive in to clear Gnarly’s name, catch a killer, and save Spencer!

I rated this book 5 *****’s 

The perfect book to read to give us an insight of the coming election

Ms. Lauren Carr nailed this book again. As an avid reader of her stories, Candidate For Murder is a very exciting book to lay on the couch and read it. It is a perfect book to read to give us an insight of the coming election.

There are many characters of the books that I adore. Aside from Gnarly, the bravest German shepherd dog I adore, Dallas is my all time favorite of the story. This girl is not only beautiful, who is also has a gold spoons while growing up but very feisty. She cracks me up as well. A funny, beautiful and witty girl who is not afraid to dig some dirt about the candidate.

This book is very exciting, suspense and above all an eye-opener for us readers to select the right candidates that will serve the people in honesty and integrity. I cannot put this book down. Though sometimes, it feels right on my face during the late night when am reading it because I cannot put it down.

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Author’s Bio:

Lauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Mac Faraday, Lovers in Crime, and Thorny Rose Mysteries. The twelfth installment in the Mac Faraday Mystery series, Candidate for Murder will be released June 2016.

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Lauren is a popular speaker who has made appearances at schools, youth groups, and on author panels at conventions. She lives with her husband, son, and four dogs (including the real Gnarly) on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.

Connect with Lauren: Website  ~  Twitter  ~  Facebook

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Book Spotlight CANDIDATE FOR MURDER By Lauren Carr

Book Description:

It’s election time in Spencer, Maryland, and the race for mayor is not a pretty one. In recent years, the small resort town has become divided between the local year-round residents who have enjoyed their rural way of life and the city dwellers moving into their mansions, taking over the town council, and proceeding to turn Deep Creek Lake into a closed gate community—complete with a host of regulations for everything from speed limits to clothes lines.

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When the political parties force-feed two unsavory mayoral nominees on the town residents, Police Chief David O’Callaghan decides to make a statement—by nominating Gnarly, Mac Faraday’s German shepherd, to run as mayor of Spencer!

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What starts out as a joke turns into a disaster when overnight Gnarly becomes the front runner—at which point his political enemies take a page straight out of Politics 101. What do you do when you’re behind in a race? Dig up dirt on the front runner, of course.

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Seemingly, someone is not content to rest with simply embarrassing the front runner by publicizing his dishonorable discharge from the United States Army, but to throw in a murder for good measure. With murder on the ballot, Mac Faraday and the gang—including old friends from past cases—dive in to clear Gnarly’s name, catch a killer, and save Spencer!

Author’s Bio:

Lauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Mac Faraday, Lovers in Crime, and Thorny Rose Mysteries. The twelfth installment in the Mac Faraday Mystery series, Candidate for Murder will be released June 2016.

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Lauren is a popular speaker who has made appearances at schools, youth groups, and on author panels at conventions. She lives with her husband, son, and four dogs (including the real Gnarly) on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.

Connect with Lauren: Website  ~  Twitter  ~  Facebook

Lauren Carr Interview – Candidate for Murder

Interview Questions:

  1. Why did you choose to write a series with a recurring character? Did you expect to keep Mac Faraday and his friends relatively unchanged from book to book, or do you purposely try to develop them over time?

I didn’t set out to center my books around a recurring character, who has now grown into a group of recurring characters. It simply happened.

In 2010, when I released It’s Murder, My Son, the first installment in the Mac Faraday Mysteries, Mac was a newly retired homicide detective who inherited two-hundred-seventy million dollars on the day the divorce from his cheating wife became final. He moved to Deep Creek Lake in western Maryland where he started a new life, solving mysteries instead of playing golf or tennis.

Honestly, I did not expect any of the characters to change from that first book. I grew up reading Agatha Christie and Earl Stanley Gardner. Perry Mason never changed. Yet, I find that my characters are doing a natural transformation, like real people, as the circumstances in their lives change and more of their quirks and idiosyncrasy come to light.

In Candidate for Murder, readers once again encounter Mac’s daughter Jessica Faraday and her husband Murphy Thornton. These two characters met and married in Three Days to Forever. They were newlyweds in Kill and Run, the first Thorny Rose mystery. In Candidate for Murder, they have been married for several months. Now, they are less lovey-dovey as they work on some minor marital differences—like what to do with Nigel. Readers—Wait until you meet Nigel! No, he is not a dog!

  1. How would you categorize your books? (Or, into what genre would you place your books?) Examples might be … Suspense novel, Thriller, Cozy, Hard-boiled, Police Procedural, Paranormal. Cross-over. Do you find there are advantages/disadvantages to labeling it as such?

I started categorizing my books as “gritty cozies.” But I find that they are moving more into a police procedural category.

  1. What was your greatest challenge in writing Candidate for Murder?

Writing a murder mystery with a political backdrop without allowing it to come across as political messaging.

Politics is a hot issue button this year and I went into writing Candidate for Murder knowing that I was using a hot backdrop for this story. But, I’m fearless when it comes to a literary challenge. Good writers are like athletes. If you want to improve, you need to write every day, or your writing muscles will get weak. If you don’t challenge yourself, then your writing will get stale, not just for you doing the writing, but for your readers.

Over the last seven years, our country has become so divided, especially in this election year. The purpose of Candidate for Murder is not to tell readers this is how it should be and this party is right and that one is wrong. Readers will notice that some of the political “guest” characters bear similarities to people who are currently in the news, but I make a point to never attach either candidate to a specific party or political viewpoint. Rather, I explore characters and the use of politics to achieve personal agendas.  

Readers will see some similarities between local issues addressed during the campaign to national issues. Of course, a mystery with a political backdrop would not be complete without poking fun at how the media handles things.

I’m not a political person—really I’m not. I’m a registered independent!

However, I’m a writer and as a writer, I sit back and observe and ask, “What if ….”

That’s what I did with Candidate for Murder. I looked at how things are in our country right now. How could I not? It’s right there in my face. As a writer, I asked, “What if with so many people so angry, and so many people so unhappy with the current government, and neither political party nominating a candidate that the people want … a hero overflowing with integrity and character rose up to be put on the ballot—and that candidate was a dog?”

  1. Candidate for Murder deals with the mayoral election in Spencer, a fictional small town set on Deep Creek Lake? How important is this setting to storyline?

The Mac Faraday Mysteries take place in Spencer, (a fictional town) set on Deep Creek Lake (a real lake) in western Maryland. This fictional small town ended up being perfect for Candidate for Murder. The election is a hotly contested race in a town that over the years has become divided. Sound similar? As it is explained in the opening chapters, Deep Creek Lake, a real lake located in western Maryland, is a resort area. Most of the lakeside residents, living in luxurious homes, are seasonal, coming in from Washington DC, Baltimore, and other areas. The year round residents are rural country folks, accustomed to a laid-back lifestyle. Yet, over the last several years, more and more of the seasonal big-city residents have moved in and infiltrated the local government and started imposing big-city regulations—upsetting the way of life for the town’s original residents.

As a result, Spencer is a town divided between the quiet country folks who have grown up in Spencer, and the big-city folks who want to change their town to reflect the urban area from which they have come.

I have a few friends who do live in and around Deep Creek Lake who have told me that this situation is a real brewing conflict. So, even though Spencer is fictional, the atmosphere is real.
What is next for you? (Could be book-related or something personal … or both!)

By the end of summer, September 2016, Lovers in Crime will see the third installment for that series, Killer in the Band. Fans of the Lovers in Crime and the Thorny Rose Mysteries will get to know more about Joshua Thornton Jr (J.J.), Murphy’s identical twin brother and Joshua Thornton’s eldest son.

J.J. has graduated at the top of his class from law school and is returning home to spend the summer studying for the bar exam. However, to the Thornton’s shock and dismay, J.J. decides to move in with Suellen Russell, a lovely widow twice his age. The move brings long buried tensions between the father and son to the surface. When a brutal killer strikes, the father and son must set all differences aside to solve the crime before J.J. ends up in the crosshairs of a murderer.

In November, fans of the Thorny Rose Mysteries will see the second installment for that series, A Fine Year for Murder.

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