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Old Loves Die Hard by Lauren Carr (Review and Giveaway!)

Old Loves Die Hard

This was a good murder mystery and a great sequel to the first book!

Book Details:

Book Title: Old Loves Die Hard by Lauren Carr
Series: A Mac Faraday Mystery (Volume 2)
Category: Adult fiction, 318 pages
Genre: Murder Mystery
Publisher: Acorn Book Services
Release date: April 23, 2011
Tour dates: March 28 to June 24, 2022
Content Rating: PG-13 - Lauren Carr's mysteries are murder mysteries. Sometimes, the murder does happen on stage. There is no graphic violence or explicit sex. There is some very mild language (hell or damn, very few and far between) No F-Bombs!

Book Description:

In Old Loves Die Hard, Carr picks up where she left off in It’s Murder, My Son. Mac Faraday is settling nicely into his new life at Spencer Manor when his ex-wife Christine shows up—and she wants him back! Before Mac can send her packing, Christine and her estranged lover are murdered in Mac’s private penthouse suite at the Spencer Inn, the five-star resort built by his ancestors.

The investigation leads to the discovery of case files for some of Mac’s murder cases in the room of the man responsible for destroying his marriage. Why would his ex-wife’s lover come to Spencer to dig into Mac’s old cases?

With the help of his new friends on Deep Creek Lake, Mac must use all of his detective skills to clear his name and the Spencer Inn’s reputation, before its five stars—and more bodies—start dropping.

My Review:
Reviewed by Laura Fabiani

This is the second book in the Mac Faraday Mystery series. I've read 7 of the 14 volumes in this series, having read all of the latest ones but slowly catching up on the earlier novels. In Old Loves Die Hard, we learn more about Mac's past life when his ex-wife shows up. The story centers on her murder and touches on how this affects Mac, a hard-boiled private investigator who now becomes the prime suspect.

Mac is still adjusting to his changed lifestyle, having gone from a struggling PI to the heir of a large fortune left to him by his famous mother. He has fallen in love with Archie and has finally found a measure of happiness after his first wife cheated on him and kicked him out of their home. But old loves die hard, as they say, especially when they come creeping back into your life unexpectedly.

It never ceases to amaze me how Carr can create a diverse cast of characters, throw clues in every scene, lead the reader on twists and turns, and tie every loose end nicely with a bow by the end. And of course, there is Gnarly, the infamous German Shepherd kleptomaniac too smart for his own good. His antics always crack me up. Dog lovers will be delighted with the scenes involving Gnarly.

This was a good murder mystery and a great sequel to the first book. For me, it was fun to go back to the roots of the Mac Faraday mystery novels and I plan on reading more of the earlier volumes. They are entertaining and get the reader thinking hard to try to solve the murder mystery. Fans of this genre can look forward to seeing fresh covers of earlier novels that are now also available in various formats, including audiobook.

About the Author:

Lauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Mac Faraday, Lovers in Crime, Thorny Rose, Chris Matheson Cold Case Mysteries, and Nikki Bryant Cozy Mysteries—over twenty-five titles across five fast-paced mystery series filled with twists and turns!

Book reviewers and readers alike rave about how Lauren Carr seamlessly crosses genres to include mystery, suspense, crime fiction, police procedurals, romance, and humor.

The owner of Acorn Book Services, Lauren is also a publishing manager, consultant, and virtual book tour coordinator for independent authors.

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 two spoiled rotten German shepherds on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.

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