Lauren Carr

Best-Selling Mystery Author 

Mac Faraday Mysteries, Lovers in Crime Mysteries, The Thorny Rose Mysteries, and Chris Matheson Cold Case Mysteries 

Numerous readers have asked the order of Lauren Carr's titles. All of her books are stand alone, but if you want to follow the development of each beloved character, here is the list of Lauren's murder mysteries in chronological order. 

The number next to the book title is the number for the order in which it was written. Dead on Ice (Lovers in Crime Mystery) was written after Shades of Murder (Mac Faraday Mystery), which introduced the Lovers in Crime characters. Likewise, if you want to see Murphy Thornton and Jessica Faraday meet and fall in love, you will want to read Three Days to Forever before Kill and Run, the first installment in the Thorny Rose Mysteries. 

Joshua Thornton Mysteries:
These first two books were written many years ago--at a different time in Lauren's life. They are heavier and contain a different tone with less humor than her newer books. 

1) A Small Case of Murder
2) A Reunion to Die For

Here's a special holiday treat for mystery lovers who have fallen in love with Gnarly, Mac Faraday's German Shepherd sidekick, from Lauren Carr's Deep Creek Lake Mysteries.

It is Christmas day and Gnarly has been up to his old tricks again. Now he's in the dog house--or rather the boathouse--after stealing the Christmas feast! Moments after Archie and Mac leave Spencer Manor, Gnarly hears a call for help from Rocky, the Maltese down the street. Four assassins for hire have invaded the home of Rocky's elderly owners. While the home invaders wait for instructions from a mysterious caller, Gnarly must plot to stop them. Can Gnarly save Christmas with only the help of an 8-pound Maltese dressed in an elf suit?

Also, in this mini-anthology, Lucky Dog: A Mac Faraday Mystery Short Story.

"Today is going to be your day, you lucky dog," Lance Collins thought while waiting for the Spencer Police to notify him about his estranged wife's sudden death. He has planned the perfect murder to inherit her massive estate.

One thing Lance hasn't planned on was Mac Faraday and his German Shepherd Gnarly. Gnarly hates murderers, especially dog hating murderers.
Today is going to be one lucky dog's day. But which one?

Some mysteries are meant to be read slowly and every clue pondered. Others are meant to be consumed quickly, sometimes serving to give the mystery fan a fast fix.

Lauren Carr's Beauty to Die For and Other Mystery Shorts is her first collection of four short stories that are are sure to keep mystery fans entertained.

Beauty to Die For features the Lovers in Crime, Joshua Thornton and Cameron Gates in a race against the Angel of Death to clear the name of a dying woman's son, who was framed for murdering Miss Pennsylvania.

In Killing Bid, an estate auction turns into a deadly affair after Gnarly's antics cause Mac to purchase a gem of a dress, which isn't his color.
Lauren Carr's third mystery short returns to the Lovers in Crime where Cameron and Joshua try to solve the murder of a young pregnant widow before it happens. 

Last, but not least, mystery fans will see that every dog has his day, especially if that dog is Gnarly. InLucky Dog, Gnarly helps Mac to solve the murder of a wealthy society girl.
As with every Lauren Carr mystery, enjoy these short, but fun-filled mysteries.

Mac Faraday Mysteries:

3) It's Murder, My Son
4) Old Loves Die Hard
5) Shades of Murder (introduces the Lovers in Crime:
Joshua Thornton & Cameron Gates)
7) Blast from the Past
8) The Murders at Astaire Castle 
9) The Lady Who Cried Murder 
10) Twelve to Murder 
12) A Wedding and a Killing 
13) Three Days to Forever
14) Open Season for Murder 
16) Cancelled Vows 
17) Candidate for Murder 

​23) Crimes Past (October 4, 2018)

"this highly entertaining and fast-paced Thorny Rose Mystery will have readers seeing the darker side of perfection."  - The iRead Review

Do You Love Mysteries? Then You'll Fall in Love with Lauren Carr!

Mystery Lovers Will Fall In Love With Chris Matheson & The Geezer Squad!

"Lauren spins an amazing web of lies, murder and love that will have you on the edge of your seat...I love the way Lauren spun this novel - I could not put the book down! I had to know what happened to Sandy and her unborn child and how this disappearance was tied into a string of other murders. I never saw the end coming but it was perfect and suited the novel. A definite must read novel!" 5-Star Review by Carla at Working Mommy Journal

"An enthralling story, ICE follows a former FBI agent who joins forces with a group of retired specialists who solve cold cases. As they search out clues from crimes in the past, dark secrets will finally be brought to light, thawing out cases that were once ice cold.
A dark shadow hangs over Chris Matheson's head as he settles back into the small town he grew up in. The small town the recent widower brought his three girls to thinks he had something to do with the disappearance of Sandy Lipton. Matheson soon makes the acquaintance of a small group of retirees who pride themselves on thawing out cold cases. 
" Disguised as a book club, the self-named Geezer Squad, whose number one rule is to never talk about the squad, boasts a broad set of skills, courtesy of its members, all former law enforcement agents. They welcome Chris, recently retired from the FBI, with open arms, working with him to close numerous cold cases--including, hopefully, Sandy's disappearance.
"ICE will engross readers from beginning to end. The various mysteries are intricately woven together, leaving one guessing and turning pages to find the answers. Chris has a great, distinctive character arc. Readers will want to continue with the series just to find out more about Chris and his involvement with the Geezer Squad. While at times difficult to keep track of, the numerous colorful supporting characters, with compelling backstories and witty humor, added depth to the narrative. There is a nice romantic element that rounds out the story nicely.
"With memorable characters and gripping suspense, ICE will leave readers eagerly awaiting the next installment." 4.5-Star Review of Ice by The iRead Review

"Multiple cases, multiple villains, and a mighty geezer squad to help gather information for the police and the FBI! Carr continues to up the stakes when you read her books. With this book and the number of bodies involved, I didn't even try to determine whodunit! This first in series has set the framework for a wide diversity of future novels. I'm already anxious to move on to the next and this one is not even out! Carr's ability to successfully integrate amazing characters into a solid family and community environment of loving individuals is truly amazing. The unique touches for each character, including the animals, reveals a loving, caring writer that works to ensure her readers are pleased with the world in which they have entered, and when finished, wanting more!" 5-Star Review of Ice by Glenda Bixler, Book Readers Heaven
"Lauren Carr's books are never boring, that's for sure. They entertain, give us a good mystery to dig into, keep the reader guessing, give us a few good laughs and make us eager for the next book. Warning: Lauren Carr's series are addictive, so be ready to read more than just one book!" - Laura Fabiani, Library of Clean Reads

"Carr is a clever weaver of tales,  merged with bits and pieces of humor interspersed to lighten the dark moods as murder and fear of a kidnapped family member drive each into action to do whatever is necessary to bring everybody safely home... Her storylines are unique in each and every book and amazingly grabs and pulls readers into each and every word she writes. You are missing a great writer if you don't read Lauren Carr! Highly Recommended!" 5-Star Review by Glenda Bixler, Book Reader's Heaven 

Chris Matheson Cold Case Mystery:

21) ICE

No Good Deed Goes Unpunished.

When Sandy Lipton and her unborn child disappeared, the court of public opinion found young Chris Matheson guilty. Decades later, the retired FBI agent returns home to discover that the cloud of suspicion cast over him and his family has never lifted.

With the help of a team of fellow retired law enforcement officers, each a specialist in their own field of investigation, Chris Matheson starts chipping away at the ice on this cold case to uncover what had happened to Sandy and her baby and the clues are getting hot!

Lauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Thorny Rose, Mac Faraday, Lovers in Crime, and Chris Matheson Cold Case Mysteries—over twenty titles across four 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.

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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"Lauren Carr's books are never boring, that's for sure. They entertain, give us a good mystery to dig into, keep the reader guessing, give us a few good laughs and make us eager for the next book. Warning: Lauren Carr's series are addictive, so be ready to read more than just one book!" - Review by Laura Fabiani, Library of Clean Reads

"She is an amazing author that draws you into the story, makes you fall in love with the characters (they feel like family!) and keeps you guessing right to the very end." - Review by The Working Mommy Journal

"Lauren Carr does a good job of moving the quirky storyline along nicely with an abundance of witty dialogue.  And you have no idea who the good guys are and who the bad guys are until the end." - Every Free Chance Book Reviews

"With memorable characters and gripping suspense,
​ICE will leave readers eagerly awaiting the next installment."

A missing husband, a secret life, black market organ transplants, and drug addiction are the ingredients that make Murder by Perfection by Lauren Carr a smorgasbord of mystery, suspense, and crime drama.

Washington, D.C. is the perfect location for this novel that has everything, including several murders, an obsessed fan, and family dysfunction. From the very first scene, readers are thrust into the mysterious disappearance of Jessica Faraday’s husband, Murphy Thornton, a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy and a member of the elite team Phantoms. Who would have the knowledge and skills to kidnap this dynamo?

Jessica and Murphy come from very different worlds – she’s from a rich, well-known mogul’s family and he’s a soldier committed to justice and his country’s freedom. Their lives have gotten even more complicated as she embarks on her own journey as a medical student, which means long hours and textbooks everywhere but little time for anything else. But even as they verbally battle over who was supposed to pick up the dry cleaning or the takeout, they strive to make time for each other and their relationship. These two are lovable, and their problems are those that real couples have.

Unfortunately, one date night, they find themselves in Natalie Stepford’s Kitchen Studio looking for a murderer. Through careful plotting, Carr weaves a web of red herrings and misdirections as our intrepid couple tries to uncover the mystery of who killed Murphy’s former classmate, Commander Ross Caldwell. In order to do that, the team must pull back the layers of Stepford’s perfect life. Despite a few hiccups in scene transitions, Carr’s mystery novel reads like a script and her characters could be spying in the dark alleys of a Hollywood movie set.

Along the way, the investigation takes on a life of its own, leading the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) deeper into a cover-up of black-market organ transplants. Carr’s cast of characters keep the plot moving quickly, but their individual personalities make their interactions genuine and engaging. Add to the mix a know-it-all artificial intelligence system named Nigel, and readers will be hooked.

Murder by Perfection by Lauren Carr mixes the police procedural with the spy game, in much the same way that James Patterson does with his Alex Cross novels. Ripping true crime stories from the headlines and weaving her characters into the plotlines, while adding a dash of humor and romance, this highly entertaining and fast-paced Thorny Rose Mystery will have readers seeing the darker side of perfection.
  - by The iRead Review

Lovers in Crime:

6) Dead on Ice
11) Real Murder 
18) Killer in the Band

Thorny Rose Mysteries:

15) Kill and Run
19) A Fine Year for Murder

22) Murder by Perfection

Lauren Carr Mystery Novel

20) Twofer Murder 

Read all about Murder by Perfection at the Thorny Rose page!