Monday, February 15, 2016

Cancelled Vows: A Mac Faraday Mystery by Lauren Carr (Review & Giveaway)

What vows are being cancelled and by whom? Read on.

Cancelled Vows: A Mac Faraday Mystery by Lauren Carr
ISBN: 9780692578087
Published: January 28, 2016
Published by: Acorn Books
Trade paperback:  369 pages
Content Rating: PG

Book Description:

 Police Chief David O'Callaghan and Chelsea Adams' wedding day is fast approaching. Unfortunately, at the last minute, David discovers that there is one small problem to be taken care of before he can walk down the aisle – divorce his first wife! Lauren Carr takes fans of the Mac Faraday mysteries to the Big Apple in this nail biting adventure. In Cancelled Vows David, Mac, and Gnarly, too, rush to New York City to dissolve David's marriage to an old girlfriend – and he's got five days to get it done. When murder throws up a road block, it is up to David's best man, Mac Faraday, and Gnarly, K9-in-waiting, to sort through the clues to get David to the church on time!

My Review:
Reviewed by Sandra Olshaski

I am a first-time reader of Lauren Carr novels. This is a fast-paced whodunit full of colorful characters, quirky developments, NYC police corruption, murder, humor, and romance.

Among the main characters is Mac Faraday, a retired homicide detective who has inherited a fortune, his half-brother David O'Callaghan, Chief of Police in a small town, and Mac's German Shepherd, Gnarly.

My favorite character is Gnarly, who is a trained military and law-enforcement officer – the only K-9 dishonorably discharged from the US army! When he eats a box containing two wedding rings (he's a thief), it's a waiting game to see if they will "appear".

My second favorite character (and there are a lot of characters) is Ali Hudson, a lanky Texan brunette with a southern drawl, with plenty of "y"alls."  Not only beautiful, she has a biting wit and a wicked sense of humor. In reference to a murder suspect, she says "when it comes to competence, he couldn't knock a hole in the wind with a sackful of hammers."  Or, says Ali about herself, "I'm so hungry I could eat the sign off a hamburger stand."

All in all, the plot is good; the characters are real, with plenty of twists and turns in their personal lives. I appreciated the character list at the outset as I frequently referred to it.

As you can expect from a mystery, bodies pile up. I was surprised at the descriptive violence of some of the deaths. And, although there are no explicit sex scenes, there is verbal sexual innuendo between Ali and David O'Callaghan.

This book will appeal to mystery lovers and Mac Faraday fans alike.

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

Disclosure by Sandra: Thanks to the publisher for sending me this book for review. I was not compensated in any other way, nor told how to rate or review this book.

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About the Author:

Lauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Mac Faraday and Lovers in Crime Mysteries and the Thorny Rose Mysteries. Lauren is a popular speaker who has made appearances at schools, youth groups, and on author panels at conventions. She also passes on what she has learned in her years of writing and publishing by conducting workshops and teaching in community education classes. She lives with her husband, son, and four dogs (including the real live Gnarly!) on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.

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  1. Thank you so much for the fabulous review for CANCELLED VOWS! So glad you enjoyed it and I'm sure your followers will enjoy the latest Mac Faraday mystery as well!

  2. So glad you enjoyed this one, Sandra. This is the third novel I read from Lauren Carr and I'm hooked. :-)

  3. Sounds like a fun read! I'll have to check some of her books out! // ▲ ▲

  4. I enjoy reading suspense novels, especially when there is an element of romance.

  5. The cover of the book caught my attention and the reading about Gnarly really makes me want to read the book. I enjoy twists and mystery and this sounds like a fun read Thanks for the review and the giveaway opportunity.


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