Shades of Murder: A Mac Faraday Mystery

Shades of Murder: A Mac Faraday Mystery

by Lauren Carr

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780985726706
Publisher: Acorn Book Services
Publication date: 05/07/2012
Pages: 234
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.49(d)
Age Range: 12 Years

About 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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Shades of Murder: A Mac Faraday Mystery 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
SilversReviews on LibraryThing 5 months ago
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
wifetoalineman02 More than 1 year ago
Solving the crime at the same falling in-love unexpectedly I am late am sure reading the second book of these amazing series " A Mac Faraday Mystery" but I will catch up sooner or later. Just like the first book of the series, the 2nd book is hard to put it down. I love to read mystery book not only the suspense is killing but much better when I laugh out loud. Couples like Mac and Archie, Cameron and Joshua made me giggle. They are just the sweetest couple but will knock your senses with their skills and talent to solve the mystery. They say that it is a sin to covet thy neighbor's wife, right? When thy neighbor's wife covets you, thou shall not refuse, right? Temptation is hard to resist and mix with greed, it is even sinful. This is what I learned from this book to name a few. As always Ms. Lauren Carr, never stop to blow my mind away. I am hooked with her writings and love reading her books.
JBronder More than 1 year ago
Ilysa Ramsay was taking the art world by storm when she is suddenly killed and her last painting disappears. Ten years later, Mac Faraday receives a package from a questionable collector that had a soft spot for his mother Robin Chase. The package is the missing Ilysa Ramsay painting and before he knows what’s happening people are trying to buy it from him and breaking into his house. At the same time Joshua Thornton is a military lawyer and detective. He is on vacation with no kids in the house and gets a call from Cameron Gates, a serial killer. He was blamed for one victim that was never identified and it has bothered him since he didn’t kill her. He asks Joshua to look into Jane Doe. Joshua meets up with the detective that worked the case and together they find themselves in Deep Creek Lake. Mac has his hands full when a missing painting shows up on this door steps. Mac has a bunch of rich people that act that way and are more worried about money than family values. I loved Gnarly and the toll bridge, too funny. But then you get introduced to Joshua Thornton. I read the first two Thorny Rose mysteries and really enjoyed his son and Mac’s daughter. He did a great job in Shades of Murder and I can’t wait to read his mystery series. This was another great Mac Faraday mystery. I loved the twists and the real reason the painting disappeared. Once again I didn’t really know who the killer was and was caught off guard by the reveal. I love these mysteries and recommend them to everyone. I received Shades of Murder from iRead Book Tours for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.
dreamer2229 More than 1 year ago
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.
TheLuckyLadybug More than 1 year ago
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.)
Read_A_Book More than 1 year ago
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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SilversReviews More than 1 year ago
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