Shades of Murder: A Mac Faraday Mystery

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Overview

Question: What do you get the man with everything?

Answer: When that man is the heir of the late mystery writer Robin Spencer, retired homicide detective Mac Faraday, you get him cold case to solve.

In Shades of Murder, Mac Faraday is once again the heir to an unbelievable fortune. This time the benefactor is a stolen art collector. But this isn't just any stolen work-of-art-it's a masterpiece with a murder ...

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Overview

Question: What do you get the man with everything?

Answer: When that man is the heir of the late mystery writer Robin Spencer, retired homicide detective Mac Faraday, you get him cold case to solve.

In Shades of Murder, Mac Faraday is once again the heir to an unbelievable fortune. This time the benefactor is a stolen art collector. But this isn't just any stolen work-of-art-it's a masterpiece with a murder attached to it.

Ilysa Ramsay was in the midst of taking the art world by storm with her artistic genius. Hours after unveiling her latest masterpiece-she is found dead in her Deep Creek Lake studio-and her painting is nowhere to be found.

Almost a decade later, the long lost Ilysa Ramsay masterpiece has found its way into Mac Faraday's hands and he can't resist the urge to delve into the case.
A world away, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; former JAG lawyer Joshua Thornton agrees to do a favor for the last person he would ever expect to do a favor-a convicted serial killer.

The Favor: Solve the one murder wrongly attributed to him.

Joshua finds an unexpected ally in Cameron Gates, a spunky detective who has reason to believe the young woman known to the media only as Jane Doe, Victim Number Four, was the victim of a copycat. Together, Joshua and Cameron set out to light a flame under the cold case only to find that someone behind the scenes wants the case to remain cold, and is willing to kill to keep it that way.

Little do these detectives know that the paths of their respective cases are on a collision course when they follow the clues to bring them together in a showdown with a killer who's got a talent for murder!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781470082444
  • Publisher: CreateSpace
  • Publication date: 5/8/2012
  • Pages: 230
  • Sales rank: 1,463,081
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Meet the Author

Lauren Carr fell in love with mysteries when her mother read Perry Mason to her at bedtime. The first installment in the Joshua Thornton mysteries, A Small Case of Murder was a finalist for the Independent Publisher Book Award. A Reunion to Die For was released in hardback in June 2007. Both of these books are in re-release.

Lauren is also the author of the Mac Faraday Mysteries, which takes place in Deep Creek Lake, Maryland. The first two books in her series, It's Murder, My Son and Old Loves Die Hard have been getting rave reviews from readers and reviewers. Shades of Murder is Lauren's fifth mystery.

The owner of Acorn Book Services, Lauren is also a publishing manager, consultant, editor, cover and layout designer, and marketing agent for independent authors. This spring, two books written by independent authors will be released through the management of Acorn Book Services.

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 two dogs on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.

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  • Posted August 1, 2012

    Have you ever had one of those moments where you had

    Have you ever had one of those moments where you had put down a book to do something and when you came back to it you were completely lost? That happened to me while I was reading this book. You see there are two murders, but one story. Two investigations, leading … well I’m not telling you that, you’ll have to read for yourself. Anyway I had to run an errand right when the story shifted from the first murder to the second murder and I got a wee bit confused since the murder I came back to was not the one I left, and neither was the investigator. Anyway, I sorted that out quickly and got back on track.

    There are a LOT of people in this story, but the main people are easy to keep track of once you get into the flow of the story. The story is fast paced, angst ridden, has touches of romance and whimsy, hard-boiled detective work, with just the right amount of humor to off-set the drama. I quickly got very involved with the investigations and the investigators. I worried that they would mess it up, but thankfully they eventually figured it out… and I was totally wrong anyway. It’s a good thing I’m not a detective. I love CSI, NCIS, Criminal Minds, etc. but I always get the ending wrong. Occasionally I get the right bad guy, but then again even a broken clock is right twice a day.

    This book is totally worth reading. I really came to care for the people in the story, and the animals were a hoot. There is Gnarly, the kleptomaniac, toll-bridge operating, dishonorably discharged dog who rules his house, and then there is Irving, the milk drinking, skunk look-a-like, Main Coon cat. And that’s just the pets, wait until you meet the people.

    I give this book 4.5 out of 5 clouds. A good read!

    This product or book may have been distributed for review; this in no way affects my opinions or reviews.

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  • Posted July 28, 2012

    Shades of Murder was a lot of fun to read! I can only imagine th

    Shades of Murder was a lot of fun to read! I can only imagine the rest of the Mac Faraday Mysteries in the series are too, as well other Lauren Carr titles.

    I'm an animal lover and an even bigger dog lover. I really enjoyed reading about Gnarly the dog's antics and Irving the skunklike cat. Believe it or not, they meet and become like best friends -- while their owners fall in love. How romantic! (That's the basis for another Lauren Carr series though. Look for it -- I will be!)

    Multiple murder and intrigue among the rich and powerful including the art world and high-tech secrets. Millions of dollars pass through more than one set of hands. It's a mystery that draws you in until the very end. I had my suspicions, but it took me that long to figure out. It's a good ending that leaves you wanting more.

    (Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of the eBook in exchange for my honest review.)

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  • Posted July 21, 2012

    Another Great Mac Faraday Mystery!

    This was a rollercoaster of a ride! I’ve read the other two Mac Faraday murder mysteries, and I’ve got to say, Carr does a phenomenal job writing enticing murder mysteries that keep the reader guessing throughout. Like her other novels, I wasn’t able to come close to guessing the culprit until it was spelled out for me by Faraday himself. And what an awesome mystery! There were so many twists and turns, I had a great time trying to figure it all out.

    Gnarly, Faraday’s cleptomatic German shepherd, and Archie Monday, Faraday’s sarcastic and witty lover, make for great comedy while the mystery surrounding a murdered artist, a lost painting, the body of a Jane Doe, and an eccentric family begins to unfold. Of course, as you can already tell, I really enjoyed this novel. Carr has such a way with words, and her ability to spin a story is amazing. If you’re looking for a great murder mystery, then look no further—Carr’s novels are the way to go. Four stars.

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  • Posted May 22, 2012

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    Intriguing and a Clever Plot

    Can two completely different murders in different places and years apart be connected? That is the question that the Spencer Police Department and Mac Faraday have to figure out. On the surface, it appears like a simple case of a murdered artist. That is, until you look beneath the surface where you find another murder years earlier. Could as they say.....a picture is worth a thousand words be a clue in the revealing of the murderer and other shady dealings?

    Ilysa Ramsay, a famous artist and wife of a CEO, was found bludgeoned to death in her studio and her final painting was stolen. The stolen painting was mailed by a friend to Mac's mother who had passed away, and he figured something fishy was going on, and the case was re-opened.

    Re-opened to the tune of new characters and a new murder in another great Lauren Carr mystery. The familiar characters of Mac, Gnarly, Archie, and David made you feel at home while reading. The new characters made the read intriguing. Ms. Carr definitely comes up with great twists and turns and plots that are hard to beat. And even better is the fact that Mac and Archie finally became romantically involved.....we all wanted that to happen…thanks, Lauren.

    You will be amazed at how cleverly Ms. Carr put the story together and wove two murders into one. It is a murder mystery with a storyline that I have never seen before. This is her third book that I have read, and I enjoyed each one of them....the town, the characters, the ambiance of the Spencer Inn, the creativity, and the surprise endings are worth the reads.

    Keep these mysteries coming, Ms. Carr. 5/5

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