It's Murder, My Son

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"With it's tight plot, well-crafted and believable characters, and complex mystery, It's Murder, My Son is a thoroughly enjoyable read. I look forward to many more Mac Faraday mysteries."
John J. Lamb, author of the Bear Collector Mysteries

"A most unusual and surprising plot, intriguing characters, snappy dialogue, great settings and a dog named Gnarly are the prime ingredients in Lauren Carr's terrific new mystery, It's Murder, My Son."
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Overview

"With it's tight plot, well-crafted and believable characters, and complex mystery, It's Murder, My Son is a thoroughly enjoyable read. I look forward to many more Mac Faraday mysteries."
John J. Lamb, author of the Bear Collector Mysteries

"A most unusual and surprising plot, intriguing characters, snappy dialogue, great settings and a dog named Gnarly are the prime ingredients in Lauren Carr's terrific new mystery, It's Murder, My Son."
F.M. Meredith, author of An Axe to Grind

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 covert 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 her new lakefront home in Spencer, Maryland, multi-millionaire 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 with only vague speculations from the local police department 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 killer.

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Editorial Reviews

Connie Gregory
In It's Murder, My Son, Lauren Carr has provided a complex plot with a diversity of characters that blend so well with the mystery. Lauren's dialogue is brisk, her setting beautiful and the addition of Gnarly is very clever. As I did, readers will love this overly intelligent dog and his antics. It's Murder, My Son is a delightful read and I look forward to more of Carr's Mac Faraday mysteries.
Laurel-Rain Snow
These and other questions intrigued me and kept me reading late into the night. I give It’s Murder, My Son (Mac Faraday Mysteries) five stars…I’d award more if I could.
Glenda Bixler
Lauren Carr has won a new fan with her first book. It will be fun to see what Mac and Archie face in the next Mac Faraday Mystery and to once again hear Mac shout, "I'm going to kill you Gnarly!" Gnarly and I both know he doesn't mean it...Gnarly is just on the job... A Mystery Lover Must-Read in my opinion!
Ariel Heart
The story takes hold immediately and the reader quickly identifies with Mac. The plot is well done without being overplotted. There are just enough twists and turns to keep the reader guessing. The climatic confrontation with the killer is good and the wrap up leaves you laughing and feeling good. The writing style is easy and draws the reader in effortlessly. I am looking forward to the next installment!
Margaret Lane
Inheritance always comes at a price. It's Murder, My Son tells the story of Mac Faraday is faced with a major inheritance he never knew about. A retired cop, he takes his inheritance as a cue to look for the truth and finds more than enough suspicious events to put the retired cop on edge. An exciting mystery with plenty of intriguing and enigmatic characters, It's Murder, My Son is not a read that should be missed for mystery fans.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781452819433
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/23/2010
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 602,771
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Lauren Carr fell in love with mysteries when her mother read Perry Mason to her at bedtime. She wrote her first book after giving up her writing career to be a stay-at-home mom. The first installment in the Joshua Thornton mysteries, A Small Case of Murder was named a finalist for the Independent Publisher Book Award 2005. Her second full-length book, A Reunion to Die For was released in June 2007. Her new series, The Mac Faraday Mysteries, is set in Deep Creek Lake, Maryland, where she and her family often vacation. Lauren is a popular speaker who has made speaking appearances at schools, youth groups, and on author panels at conventions. She is also an active member of Sisters in Crime. She lives with her husband and son on a mountaintop in West Virginia. Visit Lauren at her blog: http://writerlaurencarr.blogspot.com/, or her website: http://laurencarr.webs.com/.
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  • Posted April 18, 2012

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    A murder next door to Mac, earlier connected murders, a small to

    A murder next door to Mac, earlier connected murders, a small town filled with wealthy, cunning residents, a detective who is now a millionaire and also the illegitimate son of a recently deceased mystery-writing author, Robin Spencer, make up part of the "crew" in this well-written, intriguing murder mystery. And.....we can't forget Gnarly, a huge German Shepherd who steals food from anyone he can, causes havoc in the neighborhood, and even helps find clues for the murder investigations.

    The characters in this book are absolutely wonderful. You will fall in love the minute you meet Mac, the new millionaire, and Archie, Robin Spencer's assistant. Gnarly is a little scary and mischievous, but he grows on you. The small town of Spencer seems to be a dream town, but it is a haven for infidelity, a corrupt police force, and a creative author's twist of having mystery writers as characters. The eccentric, well-to-do neighbors enhance the storyline and bring a special focus to the plot. Each character has a background that won't quit and a background that you will love.

    Amusing, frightening, and unusual things do happen during the investigation that will keep your interest and keep you guessing until the last page. Just when you think you have the mystery solved, another character and more clues pop up leaving you still unsure. Lauren Carr is a master at and has a great knack for keeping you guessing. A great ending and lots of surprises make this book a treat for mystery lovers.

    If you haven't guessed it yet, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and give a huge, "gnarly" 5/5 for IT'S MURDER, MY SON and an equally-sized thank you to Ms. Carr for allowing me the pleasure of this read.

    Be on the lookout for her newest book:

    SHADES OF MURDER

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  • Posted October 30, 2011

    Entertaining and intelligent mystery

    It's Murder, My Son is an engaging murder mystery series debut by author Lauren Carr. Mac Faraday is a newly retired homicide detective whose difficult divorce and subsequent near bankruptcy leaves him at a loose end until he inherits millions from his biological mother, a famously successful mystery novelist. Mac moves into her luxury home in an exclusive gated community greeted by his mother's assistant, Archie and and an ungainly mutt named Gnarly, hoping to get to know his half brother David and acclimatise to his new found wealth. But when Gnarly brings home a decapitated head and Mac learns of the mysterious murder next door his cop instincts are aroused and he finds himself embroiled in a string of assassinations, unexplained petty thefts and corrupt small town politics.
    With a plethora of suspects, obscured motives and victims who have contributed to their own messy death It's Murder, My Son is a cleverly plotted murder mystery that is part cosy and part detective story. There is not just one murder to solve but several, both old and new, and I was intrigued by the twists and turns that connected the investigations concluding in a satisfyingly surprising ending. The novel is well written, suspenseful yet lightened by touches of humor.
    I liked Mac from the first, a slightly world weary, principled detective his interest is less in the sudden money he has inherited and more in learning about his biological mother and getting to know his half brother. He becomes involved in the murders not just because it is almost literally dropped in his lap but he sincerely believes in doing the right thing. His style is laconic yet he is shrewd and not afraid to take action. As side kicks go, Gnarly is one to enjoy - the German Shepard is a mixture of mischief and canine smarts and I really enjoyed how Carr involved him into the storyline. The other characters are well developed, not only Archie and David but also the victims and villains of the story.

    It's Murder, My Son is an entertaining mystery with cosy charm. Fans of mysteries who enjoy being challenged by an intelligent plot supported by engaging characters are sure to be satisfied with this novel. I look forward to reading the second in the series Old Loves Die Hard

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  • Posted August 1, 2011

    Read this!

    It's Murder My Son is a great murder mystery! The author, Lauren Carr, writes a smooth and engaging story that keeps you reading. It's not an easy mystery that you can figure out in ten minutes, it's a novel that gets you thinking.

    Mac Faraday is a great main character. His life has turned upside down, first for the worst with his divorce and then for the better with his inheritance. But does a low-key ex-detective know what to do with all that money? It's fun going on the journey with him as he learns to adjust to his new home, new money, a new dog, and a new assistant.

    The other characters are also well written. Each one has his/her own quirks and there are lots of witty remarks tossed around to keep the subject of murder from getting too heavy.

    This is definitely the book to read for any mystery lover. Do not hesitate to snap this one up! Also, she has the second book in the Mac Faraday series out already, Old Loves Die Hard. I haven't read it yet, but will do so and have the review up in the next couple weeks, so stay tuned!

    *Disclaimer: I received this book from the author. I was not required to write a positive review.

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  • Posted July 5, 2011

    Wonderful Murder Mystery!

    Carr is an exceptional writer, keeping the reader glued to the pages as her murder mystery unfolds. I was drawn into the story from the very first page as it jumps directly into the action with Katrina's murder. What I really enjoyed about this novel, aside from the thrill and suspense it created, is that Carr created every character with a purpose. There are no space filling characters within the novel at all; each person somehow connects back to the murder in some way and plays a vital role in figuring out the truth behind the many murders that ensue throughout the novel.

    I really enjoyed the character of Mac Faraday. Faraday, having come into millions of dollars, is thrust into the midst of a rich life, yet he doesn't allow such extravagances to go to his head. He is an extremely likable character with a nose for detective work, refusing to give up, even when it seems the trail has run cold.

    Even Gnarly, Faraday's inherited German shepherd, plays an important role within the story, which surprised me as I hadn't realized his importance within the novel prior to certain events that unfold within the story. Carr's ability to tightly knit together her characters and storyline, along with love, betrayal, mystery, and intrigue, is a testament to her sheer writing capabilities.

    Carr not only kept my attention throughout the entire novel, but also kept me guessing the identity of the murderer known as "Pay Back." It seems that everyone is a suspect in this novel, and I must admit that, in the end, I was shocked to find out who the real murdered was. Carr's talent for creating mystery and suspense is evident within her writing and I am excited to begin the next novel in the series, Old Loves Die Hard, as I cannot wait to find out what happens to Mac Faraday next. Five stars.

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  • Posted July 5, 2011

    High Society Mystery

    For as long as I can remember, I have always loved mystery books. When I was in junior high school, I read the Nancy Drew series. I just loved reading all the while trying to find out what happened. Mystery books have a way of keeping me glued to the pages, I just can't wait to get to the end.

    In It's Murder, My Son, you will find mystery, murder, drama, and high society! I enjoyed the different characters and different personalities. There were definitely some wild people, but they made the story interesting. I found myself laughing at how some of the characters portrayed themselves, especially in public! I suppose people with money think they can treat people as they see fit. It's so very sad to see that some people are even capable of acting they way they do. Even though Mac Faraday comes into a huge windfall, he never loses sight of his values and character as a person.

    Mac will learn who his friends and allies are. His first friend is Archie, who helps show him the ropes of his new house, and that of his family connections.

    I could feel a connection right away with Mac because of his character. He reminds me of my husband in that he wants to do the right thing and figure things out. My husband would always stay true to himself and to his character because that's just who he is. Like Mac, he doesn't let others judge him with the things we have or don't have, or even what we wear.

    Money may buy material things, but does it buy family, love, and friends?

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  • Posted August 1, 2010

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    amusing murder mystery

    In DC Homicide Detective Mac Faraday cannot believe the judge's ruling in his divorce from his wife of twenty years; she left him for another man but got their home and everything else of value. As he left the courthouse stunned, elderly lawyer Ed Willingham accosted him, but sick of his ex wife's attorneys he flees until he stopped feeling sorry for the man struggling to follow him. Ed informs him that he is the child and heir of the late Queen of Mystery Robin Spencer. She gave him up for adoption over four decades ago as an unmarried teen who knew kids can't raise kids.

    Mac moves into the closed gated community in Spencer, Maryland. As he takes first step towards his new home, Gnarly the German shepherd attacks him; Archie as Robin's assistant who comes with the manor, saves him from sever injuries. Archie tells the retired Georgetown cop that three months earlier, someone killed multi-millionaire Katrina Singleton who would have been his next door neighbor. The police believe the "Pay Back" stalker murdered her, but have not found any evidence as to who this individual is and whether he actually killed her. Reading his mom's novels, plays and journals and assisted by Archie and a brother he never knew existed, Mac investigates what is turning into a cold case murder.

    It's Murder, My Son is an enjoyable amusing murder mystery starring a likable cast and a few avaricious nasties. The story line is lighthearted fun as Gnarly brings jocularity to the mix while every time Mac and Archie try to kiss they are interrupted. The whodunit is top rate, but the entertaining plot belongs to Mac and friends and family as he leads the inquiry into the death of the next door neighbor.

    Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted April 1, 2012

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    This is a great first book in this series! Mac Faraday just lost

    This is a great first book in this series! Mac Faraday just lost everything in a divorce and was about to file for bankruptcy when he finds out his mother who put him up for adoption so many years ago and was a famous murder mystery writer has left him millions as well as her home and hotel. Now Mac who used to be a cop moves into her home and finds himself in the middle of a real mystery.

    This book will keep you turning pages to see if Mac Faraday can solve this mystery with help from some people in town.

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  • Posted November 20, 2011

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    Great Read

    Mac Faraday's life has extremes. Completely dejected by his divorce and facing bankruptcy, he felt that everything was against him. Another lawyer delivers the news that not only has he inherited a fortune, along with it comes an estate (Spencer Manor), and an exclusive Inn for him to run. Mac soon finds out that his real mother was a prolific writer of mysteries and had acquired millions from her books. Mac definitely gets the last laugh on his ex-wife. Last but not least of his inheritance comes a not so lovable dog called Gnarly. Gnarly who is presented as a stupid dog and unable to be controlled pays a pivotal role in finding out who dunnit and proves that he is an intelligent dog.

    Soon after moving in Mac meets the woman who cared for his mother. Archie had done research for his mother's mysteries. Together they make a great crime detective team.

    The novel begins with the disappearance of butter and bacon. Strange disappearances throughout the story keeps the reader wondering who and why is this being done. The true crime evolves around the murder of the beautiful Katrina Singleton. The ¿Payback Killer¿ is loose in this upscale community.

    The book brings forth many relationships found in a small community. It is amazing to learn that all crimes were committed to cover up who owes who and to keep the many secrets of the community.

    This book is a very easy read book. The humor takes away from the grisly murders and of course in the end the good guys win. You are left to wonder about Mac and Archie's relationship and must wait until the next book to discover what happens to these two.

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    Posted June 11, 2011

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