Lauren Carr

Order! Order!
Numerous readers have asked the order of Lauren Carr's titles. Even though all of her books are stand alone, some readers insist on reading them in order.

So, here they are. 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. So, if you need to read them in order, you will want to read Shades of Murder before you read Dead on Ice.

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

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 (September 2014)

Lovers in Crime:
6) Dead on Ice
11) Real Murder (June 2014)

What's New!

Lauren has been extremely busy, as always. It's what keeps her out of trouble (usually).

In the next few months, Lauren will be making several personal appearances, and conducting many workshops and seminars on writing and publishing. Check out Lauren's Appearances page to find one near you!

Short and Sweet (Well, maybe not sweet!)
For a Quick Mystery Fix!

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. In Lucky 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.

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?
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Mac & His Lady’s Big Day Becomes a Murder Mystery
Now Available for Pre-order!
Scheduled for Release September 13, 2014

When Mac Faraday decides to do something, there’s no stopping him … even murder!

Not wanting to wait until their big day to start their life of wedded bliss, Mac Faraday and his lady love, Archie Monday, decide to elope to the little church where his ancestors had all married—along the tranquil shore of Deep Creek Lake. However, before they can say, “I do,” the sanctuary erupts into chaos when Gnarly finds a body in the church office.

“Of course Mac Faraday can’t get married without a killer making an appearance,” author Lauren Carr says about A Wedding and a Killing, the eighth installment in her best-selling mystery series.

Readers will find that Lauren’s latest whodunit reveals just a touch of sibling rivalry between Mac Faraday and his half-brother, Police Chief David O’Callaghan. When the Deep Creek Lake murder unviels a cold case in New York, Mac Faraday rushes off to clear the name of a local citizen, while David O’Callaghan focuses on the homicide at Spencer Church.

“Characters take on a life of their own, if you let them,” Lauren says. “Readers, and the author, become bored of the character is allowed to stagnate. David O’Callghan has really grown since It’s Murder, My Son. When I first introduced David, he was young. What he lacked in confidence, he made up for in determination. In A Wedding and a Killing, David feels compelled to solve his case on his own when Mac starts making headway in New York—if only to prove to himself that he can.”  

In A Wedding and a Killing, Mac and his team discover more questions than answers. What kind of person walks into a church and shoots a man for no apparent reason? How do you solve the murder of a man who has no enemies in the world? Which of the seemingly kind-hearted church members is really a cold-blooded killer?

Then, there is the all-important question, how long do Mac Faraday and his lady love have to wait to get married?

It's a Hit!
"Goes Down Smoother Than a Chocolate Martini
and Packs the Same Punch!"

When Homicide Detective Cameron Gates befriends Dolly, the little old lady who lives across the street, she is warned not to get lured into helping the elderly woman by investigating the unsolved murder of one of her girls. “She’s senile,” Cameron is warned. “It’s not a real murder.”

Such is not the case. After Dolly is brutally murdered, Cameron discovers that the sweet blue-haired lady’s “girl” was a call girl, who had been killed in a mysterious double homicide.

Meanwhile, Prosecuting Attorney Joshua Thornton is looking for answers to the murder of a childhood friend, a sheriff deputy whose cruiser is found at the bottom of a lake. The deputy had disappeared almost twenty years ago while privately investigating the murder of a local prostitute.

In Real Murder, b
est-selling mystery author Lauren Carr dives deeper into Joshua Thornton and Cameron Gates’ romantic relationship. “The difference between this series and my Mac Faraday mysteries,” Lauren explains, “is that the Lovers in Crime are a couple. While the mystery is the main ingredient, and is always in the forefront, Joshua and Cameron’s romance, and new marriage, is also a key ingredient.”

While they love each other passionately, the newly-wed couple do have adjustments to make—like Joshua’s grown daughter Tracy, who returns home from college for the summer and makes no secret about her hurt feelings over her father’s elopement. Of course, there is also Irving, Cameron’s twenty-five pound Maine Coon cat, who does not like the human male who has stolen his woman’s affections.

Believing that differences is nothing more than spice sprinkled on their new marriage, the Lovers in Crime plunge into investigating Dolly’s viciously brutal murder. Who would want to murder such a sweet old lady? Is it possible that one of Dolly’s girls knew a long-buried secret that some believed was worth killing to keep from being revealed?

Time Is Running Out for Mac Faraday

It's a Hit!


"Twelve to Murder must be one of the more intense novels the author has written, and one readers will not want to put down. Twists and turns keep the plot moving forward at break-neck speed and fans working hard to figure out who killed the Stillman's. As always, it isn’t who we think." - Reviewer: Edie Dykeman, Bellaonline Mystery Editor

"Carr once again delivers a punch with her latest Mac Faraday novel, Twelve to Murder. Like all Carr's other novels, Twelve to Murder kept me glued to its pages from the very start, and while this murder mystery looks like it may be a cut and dried whodunit, Carr's expertise keeps readers guessing while the twist and turns unfold." - Reviewer: Shana Benedict, A Book Vacation

"As always, Lauren Carr brings an action packed story that is almost impossible to put down.  Her mystery plots have so many twists and turns, I didn't know if I was coming or going.  And the action just didn't stop, from the very beginning, till the very end.  If you haven't read any of Lauren's work, I suggest you do she is a great writer and this one didn't disappoint at all.  I look forward to reading more Mac Faraday novels in the future as they always keep me entertained."--Reviewer: Melina Mason, Melina's Book Reviews

"Twelve To Murder
 is a clever blend of comedy, mystery, and sappy love story. 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.
" - Reviewer: Every Free Chance Book Reviews.

Mac Faraday’s plan to spend a quiet weekend home alone with his lady love, Archie Monday, is shattered by murder.

A middle aged couple are brutally murdered in their summer place on Deep Creek Lake. To any other detective, the case would be considered open and shut when it appears as if one of the victims has written her killer’s name in her blood—not so for Mac Faraday, who believes there is more to this case than meets the eye.

Anyone who is near the news can’t help but hear about the fall of one child star or teenybopper idol after another. Miley Cyrus twerking everywhere. Lindsay Lohan going in and out of rehab like it had a revolving door. Has-beens arrested and committing suicide or dying of overdoses. In the eighties, Corey Haim was a very successful child star, became a teen-idol, and ended up dead before he was forty.

For best-selling mystery author Lauren Carr, such stories cause her to ask “What if…”

Such was the germ of inspiration for Twelve to Murder. “What if,” Lauren said, “a very intelligent boy reached his peak before even reaching legal drinking age? What are the emotional effects to an extremely intelligent young man when he realizes he’ll never reach the same level of success that he had when he was a teenager? How does it feel to be a has-been? What would such a person do when suddenly, he is featured on the news again, only this time, it is because he has been accused of a double homicide?”

In Lauren Carr’s latest Mac Faraday Mystery, such is the case of former child-star and teen-idol Lenny Frost when he steps into a pub in Deep Creek Lake to see his face on the television over the bar with the announcement that once again, he’s wanted…for the murder of his agent and her husband!

How does Lenny Frost react to this sudden celebrity? He takes everyone hostage and gives Mac Faraday twelve hours to find the real killer or he’s going to kill everyone in the bar.

March 3-28, 2014: Twelve to Murder Book Tour 

Lauren's Twelve to Murder virtual book tour, coordinated by Pump Up Your Book Tour, is ready to roll. check out the schedule on the Appearances page If you are a blogger or reviewer and you would like Lauren Carr to stop by for a guest blog, interview, or to post a review of Twelve to Murder, then contact Lauren Carr now to set up an appearance.


The Lady Who Cried Murder
It's a Hit!

The Lady Who Cried Murder: A Mac Faraday Mystery was another heart-stopping romp, and while the mystery and path to its solution were wonderful, I always love the characters as much as the suspense. Five stars.

We are swept up into a cat and mouse game in which our heroes and heroines try to stop the killer before he/she attacks again.  But while the reason behind the murders seems clear enough, this is indeed where Carr springs her twist on her readers, flooring us as the truth, the whole truth, becomes known and it turns out not everything was exactly as it seemed.

This fast-paced story will keep readers guessing who murdered the reality star wannabe and for what reason. The usual red herrings and surprise twists and turns are a welcome addition for anyone who likes to try to solve the crime along with the investigators.

The well-developed plot adds to the authenticity of the story giving it a feel of reality. One of those ripped-from-the-headlines types of books that stir emotions and make one wonder if something like this could happen in their city.  Reviewer: Edie Dykeman, BelleOnline, Mystery Editor

Fame comes at a price. Some pay with their privacy. Others pay with their pride. Khloe Everest paid with her life.

Determined to get her pretty face in front of the cameras, Khloe Everest fakes an abduction only to make a grand entrance in the midst of a press conference held by Spencer's Police Chief David O'Callaghan.

Three years later, after failing to catapult her notoriety into a long-lasting celebrity, Khloe Everest returns to Spencer upon her mother's sudden death and seemingly finds another weapon to propel her into the spotlight. Unfortunately, someone kills her before she can make this entrance.

Best-Selling mystery author Lauren Carr’s sixth installment in the Mac Faraday Mysteries, The Lady Who Cried Murder contains a unique dedication:

To the arrogant, envious, rude, self-centered, demented, and twisted souls amongst us. For without you, murder mystery writers would be without inspiration.

The Lady Who Cried Murder was inspired by a personal encounter with a neighborhood bully. “Believe it or not, childhood bullies do grow up,” Carr says. “Just like any bully, ours never attacks when my husband is around. He only makes his verbal assaults when I’m alone and for no reason.”

Like any good author, Lauren Carr was inspired by what some would consider to be a minor, yet annoying incident, to write a thrilling murder mystery. “Writers like to analyze people for character development,” Carr explained. “Not knowing anything about this man, including his name, I had to imagine virtually everything about him to come up with a motive for his arrogant behavior, especially toward me. Then, I came to realize that our society is overrun with bullies—not just those who stop their cars and scream at women who happen to be walking their dogs. I was surprised to realize that some areas of our society embrace arrogance. Also, some bullies, due to their power or social positions, are protected by those around them, which allows them to prey on the rest of us.”

In Lauren Carr's sixth mystery, Mac Faraday and his friends come up against reality stars, politicians, has-beens, and wannabes. Mac also finds himself face-to-face with an old foe from his past who had managed to escape arrest during their last encounter. Now, Mac sees that his adversary has only become more powerful, and dangerous, with the passage of time.

Intent to not let this killer escape again, Mac and his friends need to put all of their talents together to put a stop to a cold blooded lady killer. 

The Lady Who Cried Murder is available now on Amazon in ebook or print.

Get your copy today!

Made it up to Number 2
on Amazon in Police Procedurals/Cozies
Mac Faraday's Fifth Mystery Adventure!

"Yep, Lauren Carr has gone from cozy to creepy in her newest Mac Faraday mystery, MURDER AT ASTAIRE CASTLE, and she’s taking the romance up a notch as well. This is a little different format than we are used to seeing from the mystery writer, and that’s a good thing! I love to see authors experiment with their creativity—write outside the box—and throw caution to the wind. Lauren Carr has done just that with this novel and I have only one message for her: 5 STARS!!!!!"
Review on Goodreads

The novel includes the normal cast of characters as it also brings in new visitors to the Inn. As the deaths begin to pile up, everyone close to Mac, including Gnarly, search for clues to find out who is committing the murders. Series regulars will enjoy revisiting their favorites while also meeting new characters as the surprising plot twists move the story forward. New readers will quickly get to know the inhabitants of Spencer Mountain.

Each book in this series provides further insight into the main characters and this time it is David who gets the attention when romantic secrets are exposed. The numerous players in this story could be confusing to readers in the hands of a novice author, but in the capable hands of Lauren Carr the quirky characters add to the mysterious atmosphere of the haunted castle.

The Murders at Astaire Castle is a must read for anyone who is looking for a great adventure. Edie Dykeman, Belleonline Book Reviews, Mystery Editor

Fans of the Mac Faraday Mysteries may notice a slight difference in
The Murders at Astaire Castle.

While this mystery does contain some supernatural elements, I would not classify it as a paranormal.

Halloween has always been a fun time. It is the time to break out and be someone else. As a child, I would pretend to be one of the Bobbsey Twins searching for clues to lead me to a secret treasure. If I was lucky, it was made up of chocolate. As a teenager, I was Nancy Drew. Always, when October rolled around, I craved mysteries with something extra added-something beyond the normal-something supernatural.

As an author, I couldn't resist taking this one Mac Faraday Mystery on a scary Halloween adventure. I hope you enjoy this ride as much as I enjoyed writing it.

For you, my dear readers, The Murders at Astaire Castle is my little Halloween trick-or-treat to you! Enjoy & Happy Reading!

Never tell Mac Faraday not to go someplace.

Spencer’s police chief, David O’Callaghan, learns this lesson the hard way when he orders Mac to not go to the south end of Spencer’s mountaintop —even though he owns the property. It doesn’t take long for Mac to find out what lies on the other side of a stone wall and locked gate with a warning for visitors to keep out.

Topping the list of the ten most haunted places in America, Astaire Castle is associated with two suicides, three mysterious disappearances, and four murders since it was built almost a century ago—and Mac Faraday owns it!

In spite of David’s warning to keep out, Mac can’t resist unlocking the gate to see the castle that supposedly hasn’t seen a living soul since his late mother had ordered it closed up after the double homicide and disappearance of Damian Wagner, a world-famous master of horror novels.

What was supposed to be a quick tour of a dusty old castle turns into another Mac Faraday adventure when Astaire Castle becomes the scene of even more murders. Mac is going to need to put all of his investigative talents to work to sort out this case that involves the strangest characters he has run into yet—including a wolf man. No, we’re not talking about Gnarly.

Welcome to the official website of the critically-acclaimed, best-selling mystery author Lauren Carr.

Lauren Carr is the author of Mac Faraday Mysteries, set in the resort area of Deep Creek Lake in western Maryland. What? You haven't heard about Mac Faraday, the bankrupt detective that inherited $270 million dollars on the very day that the divorce from his ex-wife who left him for another man became final?

Then stop by Mac's page on this website to find out all about this series that reviewers have been calling a hit. While you're there, order your autographed copy of It's Murder, My Son, Old Loves Die Hard, and Shades of Murder.

Her newest series is entitled the Lovers in Crime Mysteries. Dead on Ice will be the first installment of Lauren Carr’s new series (Lovers in Crime) featuring Hancock County Prosecuting Attorney Joshua Thornton and Pennsylvania State Police homicide detective Cameron Gates.  

(Click on Book Cover for Book Excerpt)

Spunky Cameron Gates is tasked with solving the murder of Cherry Pickens, a legendary star of pornographic films, whose body turns up in an abandoned freezer. The case has a personal connection to her lover, Joshua Thornton, because the freezer was located in his cousin’s basement. It doesn’t take long for their investigation to reveal that the risqué star’s roots were buried in their rural Ohio Valley community, something that Cherry had kept off her show business bio. She should have kept her hometown off her road map, toobecause when this starlet came running home from the mob, it proved to be a fatal homecoming.

Do you own a Kindle? Are you an Amazon Prime Member?
If so, then you can read any and all of Lauren's books for FREE!

Lauren Carr's mysteries are part of's Kindle Owners Lending Library. Be sure to take advantage of this great opportunity catch up on both Mac Faraday and Joshua Thornton's adventures.

We invite you to take some time to look around and hope you’ll come back and visit often. Be sure to drop us a line to give us some feedback or ask a question.

Blast from the Past

In this fourth mystery on Deep Creek Lake; Mac Faraday finds himself up to his eyeballs with mobsters and federal agents.

After an attempted hit ends badly with two of his men dead, mobster Tommy Cruze arrives in Spencer, Maryland, to personally supervise the execution of the witness responsible for putting him behind bars—Archie Monday!

Mac Faraday believes he has his work cut out for him in protecting his lady love from one of the most dangerous leaders in organized crime; but when bodies start dropping in his lakeshore resort town, things may be hotter than even he can handle.

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"I must say, I truly enjoyed reading this book! I found myself waking up slightly early for work just to finish a couple chapters! Not only was this book captivating, I found myself laughing at Gnarly, the ever so lovable and rambunctious German Shephard! I look forward to reading the next book by Lauren Carr!" Review by Debbie Hill, Miss Book Lovers.

"It is a fast paced, humorous mystery that will appeal to anyone who enjoys a light hearted mystery and dogs. I appreciated that Carr includes a complete cast of characters at the beginning of her novel. Carr's Mac Faraday Mysteries include: It's Murder, My Son; Old Loves Die Hard; and Shades of Murder. Blast from the Past is the fourth book in the Mac Faraday mystery series."
Review by Lori L. SheTreadsSoftly Book Reviews.

"I loved every minute!" Review by ABookVacation

"Lots of drama,action,murder and humor.
I did not want to put the book down till I had finished it."

Review by Rhonda Laney, Readalot Book Reviews

"The more I read your Mac Faraday books, the more I love all the regular characters and they make for absolutely delightful stories and a good mystery, too." Susan Wasson, Bookworks.

"Lots of dead bodies, lots of mystery, and an assortment of unusual suspects. I have read ALL of the Mac Faraday mysteries, and am happy to recommend this one."
Roberta Karchner, Amazon's Top 50 Reviewer

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