Book Title: Crimes Past by Lauren Carr
Series: A Mac Faraday Mystery (Volume 13) | Category: Adult fiction, 322 pages
Genre: Murder Mystery | Publisher: Acorn Book Services | Release date: October 16, 2018
Tour dates: Nov 12 to Dec 14, 2018
Content Rating: PG (mild violence and sexual suggestion)
It’s a bittersweet reunion for Mac Faraday when members of his former homicide squad arrive at the Spencer Inn. While it is sweet to attend the wedding of a former colleague’s daughter, it is a bitter reminder that the mother of the bride had been the victim of a double homicide on her own wedding night.
The brutal slaying weighing heavy on his mind, Mac is anxious to explore every possibility for a break in the cold case—even a suggestion from disgraced former detective Louis Gannon that one of their former friends was the killer.
When the investigator is brutally slain, Mac Faraday rips open the cold case with a ruthless determination to reveal which of his friends was a cold-blooded murderer.
REVIEW by LAWonder10:
Very talented author, Lauren Carr, "hit it out of the park" again with this amazing tale of Crimes Past (A Mac Faraday Mystery)!
Lauren Carr is one of the few authors who can successfully combine various mystery and dramatic situations without breaking the :flow" of the story, nor lose the reader's interest.
In this dynamic novel, Mac Faraday is haunted by a cold case sixteen years prior, which he could not solve when he was Chief of Police.
Now sixteen years later, he has the perfect occasion to bring all the suspects together. He calls on current Police Chief of Spencer, to be available to assist him. What makes this very unusual, is all the suspects are current and former law officers.
David's small team of Spencer's police force, are occupied on other matters or assisting him. The matters appear unrelated, but are they really?
I cannot imagine a reader who hasn't "fallen in love" with the humorous and lovable German Shepard, Gnarly. In this saga, Gnarly has obtained several new "fans".
With humor, steady action, increasing mysteries, with that tough of romance, the reader will be captivated throughout the tale and will not want to put the book down! "Who done it?" will keep you guessing until the very end.
The characters are so real, and the scenes so vivid, the reader will feel he/she is there!
The book Title and Cover are a great "fit"!
This novel earns a Five Stars rating
*This was gifted to me with no requirement of a positive review. This is my honest review.
Guest Post: 10 Fun Facts About the Mac Faraday Mysteries By Lauren Carr
1) Gnarly, Mac Faraday’s anti-heroic sidekick, was not in the first several drafts of It’s Murder, My Son, the first installment in the series.
While Mac Faraday did have a dog, Gnarly’ character emerged after I acquired a “gnarly-type”
Australian shepherd puppy during half-time at a football game. The unruly pup was so a
character that Lauren rewrote It’s Murder, My Son to include him—changing him to a German
shepherd named Gnarly.
2) Also in the original manuscript of It’s Murder, My Son, Robin Spencer, Mac’s deceased birth
mother, America’s answer to Agatha Christie, not only plays a living character in the book, but is Mac’s wife!
In the original premise for the series, Mac Faraday was a homicide detective who had married
an aspiring mystery writer named Robin Spencer—before she was published! She pens a novel,
basing her protagonist on her homicide detective husband, and becomes a best-selling author.
After becoming rich and famous, Mac retires from the police force. The couple moves to a resort town and Mac solves murder mysteries as a hobby.
Sounds intriguing, right?
After finishing the first couple of drafts, I found that Mac Faraday, the protagonist, did the active investigation, as was his role. Unfortunately, best-selling mystery author Robin Spencer had been reduced to a stereotypical dutiful wife, staring with adoration at her brilliant husband.
This gave me a challenge. Robin Spencer did have a necessary active role in the mystery in the
first book of the series. There were clues that she had uncovered and I didn’t want to get rid of
So, I decided to kill her off. Instead of being Mac’s wife, robin Spencer became the birth mother
he had only met once, briefly, without knowing she was his mother. Her contribution to the
mystery comes via her journal.
3) The original setting for the Mac Faraday Mysteries was Pelican Lake, Wisconsin, a real town. The
setting was changed to a fictional town in the real resort area of Deep Creek Lake, Maryland, for
After penning my first two novels set in my hometown of Chester, West Virginia, my sister-in-law asked me to set a mystery in the small resort town where she lived—Pelican Lake, Wisconsin. The plot-line for the Mac Faraday mysteries was brewing in my mind and I went to work. However, after I had finished the first draft, my sister-in-law was horrified when she discovered that the murder was committed in her house. You see, she lived in a house at the tip of “The Point” in Pelican Lake. It was a distinctive house in a distinctive location, which was why I used it.
So, for the sake of family harmony, I changed the setting to the fictional town of Spencer. That is
also how Mac Faraday has come to live on Spencer Point on Deep Creek Lake—based on The Point on Pelican Lake.
4) The Spencer Inn is loosely based on Snowshoe in West Virginia. Sort of. Like the Spencer Inn,
Snowshoe is a mountaintop resort. However, the Spencer Inn kicks it up a notch by being a five-star resort with granite floors and gourmet dining.
5) Archie Monday’s name is derived from Archie Goodwin, Nero Wolfe’s assistant in the Rex Stout
novels. Monday is a play on the term “My Girl Friday,” which was her actual role in the Mac Faraday series. She tells Mac in It’s Murder, My Son, that her name was actually R. C. Monday, but Robin Spencer ran the letters together to call her “Archie,” which others took up on.
6) David O’Callaghan, Mac Faraday’s half-brother, used to have a thing for Archie. In the prologue of Shades of Murder, David and Archie, who had just started working for Robin, do some heavy flirting with each other. It is clear that David had some hope of becoming more than a friend with the attractive assistant to the famous author. As he explains to Mac, he found out weeks later that his father (also Mac’s birth father) had been diagnosed with cancer and was forced to set all feelings aside to tend to him. By the time his father had passed away, Archie and he had developed a brother-sister relationship.
7) Mac Faraday had a happy childhood. One may assume since he rushed to Spencer, Maryland, to
meet his half-brother and learn about his roots, that he had an unhappy upbringing. On the
contrary, as Mac explains more than once, he had a happy upbringing. An engineer, his father was Irish and his mother was Italian. She loved to cook. From large families, the couple were heart broken when Mac’s mother could not have children. Both parents had passed away by the opening of It’s Murder, My Son. Robin Spencer’s lawyer tells Mac that she did not want him contacted about her identity until after their passing out of respect for them. Mac has numerous cousins.
8) The one dish that Mac Faraday can cook is Cincinnati Three-Way Chili. It is a dish that he had
learned from his adoptive parents and he likes to make it for his friends at parties.
9) Mac’s first wife, Christine, who left him for another man, used to be a Washington Redskin’s
10) Mac doesn’t like to read fiction—noted in It’s Murder, My Son. He had seen the movies made out of Robin Spencer’s books, but never read them. After his inheritance, he begins to read them in order. He prefers non-fiction books about criminal investigation and or true crime books.
About the Author:
Lauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Mac Faraday, Lovers in Crime, and Thorny Rose Mysteries—over twenty titles across three fast-paced mystery series filled with twists and turns!
Now, Lauren has added one more hit series to her list with the Chris Matheson Cold Case Mysteries. Set in the quaint West Virginia town of Harpers Ferry, Ice introduces Chris Matheson, a retired FBI agent, who joins forces with other law enforcement retirees to heat up those cold cases that keep them up at night.
Book reviewers and readers alike rave about how Lauren Carr’s seamlessly crosses genres to include mystery, suspense, crime fiction, police procedurals, romance, and humor.
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 three dogs on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.
Connect with the author: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Instagram
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