Thursday, November 15, 2018

Crimes Past by Lauren Carr (Review and Giveaway!)

Another winner in the Mac Faraday Mystery series by Lauren Carr. Is it just me, or do her books keep getting better? Not only was this a great mystery but it had laugh-out-loud moments for me.

Book Details:

Book Title: Crimes Past by Lauren Carr
Series: A Mac Faraday Mystery (Volume 13)
Category: Adult fiction, 322 pages
Genre: Murder Mystery
Publisher: Acorn Book Services
Release date: October 16, 2018
Tour dates: Nov 12 to Dec 14, 2018
Content Rating: PG (mild violence and sexual suggestion)

Book Description:

It’s a bittersweet reunion for Mac Faraday when members of his former homicide squad arrive at the Spencer Inn. While it is sweet to attend the wedding of a former colleague’s daughter, it is a bitter reminder that the mother of the bride had been the victim of a double homicide on her own wedding night.

The brutal slaying weighing heavy on his mind, Mac is anxious to explore every possibility for a break in the cold case—even a suggestion from disgraced former detective Louis Gannon that one of their former friends was the killer.

When the investigator is brutally slain, Mac Faraday rips open the cold case with a ruthless determination to reveal which of his friends was a cold-blooded murderer.

My Review:
Reviewed by Laura Fabiani

I am now a big fan of Lauren Carr and enjoy all the books in her four series, but the series I like the most is the Mac Faraday series (although her newest Chris Matheson series is also my favorite). I think it has to do with Mac being the long-lost son of a bestselling and legendary murder mystery writer. And of course, there's Gnarly, ah Gnarly... Mac's beloved German Shephard with a law enforcement history who is now the Mayor of Spencer. How did THAT happen? You'll just have to read Candidate for Murder, which was a hoot to read.

Carr's whodunit mysteries include a great cast of characters (including pet characters), a fast-paced action-packed story that takes place over three days with a complex plot that comes together seamlessly by the end of the novel, and a good dose of humor throughout. Crimes Past, the latest in the Mac Faraday series, has all of this and was another fun book to read. So entertaining!

Mac Faraday is hosting a wedding at his 5-star Spencer Inn as a gift to the daughter of a former colleague who had been murdered sixteen years ago. A murder Mac has yet to solve. Among the guests are all those who were present when the murder took place and Mac is hoping to flush out the killer. There are a few surprises along the way that includes a nasty neighbor, a long-lost love and a character from another series making a brief appearance.

I'm always amazed at how Carr keeps all the different plot threads straight and then brings it all together in the end. I did guess who one of the killers was and I enjoyed trying to figure it all out. There were also some laugh-out-loud moments for me. If you like murder mysteries with an entertaining cast, I suggest you pick up one of Lauren Carr's books. They are all stand-alone novels but are addictive so that you will want to read the next book, and the next, and the next after that...

Books I've read in the Mac Faraday Series:

Three Days to Forever (Book #9)
Cancelled Vows (Book #11)
Candidate for Murder (Book #12)
Crimes Past (Book #13)
Twofer Murder (includes characters from 3 series)

Books I've read in the Lovers in Crime Mystery Series:

Dead on Ice (Book #1)
Real Murder (Book #2)
Killer in the Band (Book #3)

Books I've read in the Thorny Rose Mystery Series:

Kill and Run (Book #1)
A Fine Year for Murder (Book #2)
Murder by Perfection (Book #3)

Books I've read in the Chris Matheson Cold Case Mystery Series:

ICE (Book #1)
Spring Thaw (Book #1.5)

Buy Crimes Past:
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Praise for Lauren Carr's books:

“Lauren Carr is a master storyteller who combines the humor of Janet Evanovich and the investigative skills of Patricia Cornwell. She is always at the top of my reading list."
- Sherry Fundin, Fundinmental

"Lauren Carr could give Agatha Christie a run for her money!"
- Charlene Mabie-Gamble, Literary R&R

"Lauren Carr's books are never boring, that's for sure. They entertain, give us a good mystery to dig into, keep the reader guessing, give us a few good laughs and make us eager for the next book. Warning: Lauren Carr's series are addictive, so be ready to read more than just one book!"
- Laura Fabiani, Library of Clean Reads

"She is an amazing author that draws you into the story, makes you fall in love with the characters (they feel like family!) and keeps you guessing right to the very end."
- Working Mommy Journal

"Lauren Carr does a good job of moving the quirky storyline along nicely with an abundance of witty dialogue. And you have no idea who the good guys are and who the bad guys are until the end."
- Every Free Chance Book Reviews

To read reviews, please visit Lauren Carr's page on iRead Book Tours.

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!

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

Enter the Giveaway!
Ends Dec 22, 2018

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  1. Thank you so much, Laura, for the wonderful review of Crimes Past. I am thrilled that you enjoyed it and am certain your followers will enjoy it as well. Here's wishing each one luck in the giveaway for the Amazon gift card.

    1. Keep 'em coming Lauren! I'm always happy when I read your books. :-)

  2. I love to read mysteries! This sounds like an interesting read!

  3. This novel sounds riveting and intriguing. Thanks for this wonderful feature and giveaway.

  4. I'm so excited to learn of this author as I love mysteries!

  5. OMG, I seriously need to start reading her, I didn't realize you loved her writing so much! and thanks for the giveaway opportunity

    1. It started in 2015 when I read one of her Mac Faraday mysteries. Then I read another one and next thing you know, I'm hooked because I know the characters and it's fun to revisit them with each new book.

  6. Laura, I can't believe since this giveaway is open, no one told you the instagram link in the giveaway form doesn't work. I tried without the word author, nothing either. I went to her website, she doesn't have any instagram icon, so looks like she doesn't have any account there. anyway, I did leave my instagram handle

    1. I just checked and sent an email to Lauren. She used to have an Instagram account so perhaps it was changed.

  7. I would so love to win this one thanks for the chance.


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