Book Title: It's Murder My Son by Lauren Carr
Series: A Mac Faraday Mystery (Book 1)
Category: Adult fiction, 288 pages
Genre: Murder Mystery
Publisher: Lauren Carr
Release date: June 23, 2010
Tour dates: May 1 - June 28, 2019
Content Rating: PG (It's a murder mystery with mild violence. Mild swearing but no F-bombs)
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 confidence 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 Deep Creek Lake, Maryland, 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 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 executer.
Ever since I started reading books by Lauren Carr, I've been wanting to read her very first book It's Murder My Son. It's the book that introduces us to Mac Faraday and to the unforgettable Gnarly! Of course, as expected, this was a great start to a series I now love and hard to believe this is the author's very first book. Lauren Carr establishes her trademark writing that combines great characters with lovable pets and a complex plot with so many twists and turns that keeps one guessing until the end.
In this first novel, we get to meet Mac, Archie and David for the first time. Because I've read subsequent books in this series, it was interesting to see how the three met and how their characters stay true to form throughout the series. Once again, Gnarly steals the show. He had me cracking up in some scenes. I enjoyed learning how Mac came to own him.
The only thing missing in the novel were dates to the different events since I wasn't sure about the timeline in some scenes. Carr is good about stating dates in her recent novels though, so this is just a minor point.
If you are looking to start a great murder mystery series, look no further. I can see why Carr has a loyal fan base that eagerly await her next novels. I know that I can always expect a diversity of characters, murder cases and lovable pets in any of her series. These are fun books to escape with and are sure to please die-hard mystery fans.
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.
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