Best-Selling Mystery Author 

Mac Faraday Mysteries, Lovers in Crime Mysteries, The Thorny Rose 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?

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.

American Election Goes to the Dogs!

Lauren Carr writes internationally best-selling murder mysteries. Each of her critically acclaimed whodunits have made the top-hundred rankings on, as well as their overseas divisions.

Lauren Carr's well-loved Mac Faraday Mysteries takes place in Deep Creek Lake, Maryland. Three Days to Forever is the ninth installment in the Mac Faraday Mystery series. 

In addition to her hit series set on Deep Creek Lake, Lauren Carr has also written the Lovers in Crime Mysteries, which features prosecutor Joshua Thornton with homicide detective Cameron Gates, who were introduced in Shades of Murder, the third book in the Mac Faraday Mysteries. They also make an appearance in The Lady Who Cried Murder. 

Lauren officially launched the Lovers in Crime mystery series in September 2012 with Dead on Ice. Real Murderis the second installment in this series.

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News Update! By popular requests from numerous readers, Lauren has been working with numerous audio producers to release her books in audio! Most are now available in audio on Amazon, Audible, and iTunes! Check out Lauren's Mysteries in Audible Page for audio samples and links for downloads!

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 afterShades 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 (available September 4). 

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

Love and Murder Collide in the latest Lovers in Crime Mystery! 

"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

"Lauren Carr has yet gone it again with another great mystery. I am so loving this series and can't wait for more. I know have to read more of Lauren's books. She is a very talented writer." - Review by Stacey Schneller of Books, Dreams, Life. 

"Mysteries, murder, danger, and memories that threatens their lives keeps the action and suspense at a high level and even when the answers are found, it left me wanting more." - Review by Sherry Fundin of Fundinmental

"Murder, corruption, embezzlement, family drama, fraud, and ghosts. How much more can you pack into one story? ... I found myself alternately laughing and hanging on the edge of my seat." Review by Michelle deGuzman of For Life After

"This book is not only a winner from author Lauren Carr, but her most suspenseful, twisty and multi-layered entry so far! I thought I had it all figured out, and most of my suppositions were correct, but there was so much more going on and even more revelations to be made. Enjoy!" - Review by Deborah Burroughs.

It's election time in Spencer, Maryland, and the race for mayor is not a pretty one. In recent years, the small resort town has become divided between the local year-round residents who have enjoyed their rural 

way of life and the city dwellers moving into their mansions, taking over the town council, and proceeding to turn Deep Creek Lake into a closed gate community—complete with a host of regulations for everything from speed limits to clothes lines.

When the political parties force-feed two unsavory nominees for mayor on the residents of Spencer, Police Chief David O’Callaghan decides to take matters into his own hands and make a political statement—by nominating Gnarly, Mac Faraday’s German shepherd to run as mayor of Spencer!   

What starts out as a joke turns into a disaster when overnight Gnarly becomes the front runner—at which point his political enemies take a page straight out of Politics 101. What do you do when you’re behind in a race? Dig up dirt on the front runner, of course.

Seemingly, someone is not content to rest with simply embarrassing the front runner with his dishonorable discharge from the United States Army, but to throw in a murder for good measure.

With Murder on the ballot, Mac Faraday and the rest of Gnarly’s friends—both current and from past cases as well—dive in to clear Gnarly’s name, catch a killer, and save Spencer!

Visit the Mac Faraday Mysteries page for more information!

Order! Order!

After months of marital bliss, Jessica Faraday and Murphy Thornton are still discovering and adjusting to their life together. Settled in their new home, everything appears to be perfect … except in the middle of the night when, in darkest shadows of her subconscious, a deep secret from Jessica’s past creeps to the surface to make her strike out at Murphy.

When investigative journalist Dallas Walker tells the couple about her latest case, known as the Pine Bridge Massacre, they realize Jessica may have witnessed the murder of a family living near a winery owned by distant relatives she was visiting and suppressed the memory.

Determined to uncover the truth and find justice for the murder victims, Jessica and Murphy return to the scene of the crime with Dallas Walker, a spunky bull-headed Texan. Can this family reunion bring closure for a community touched by tragedy or will this prickly get-together bring an end to the Thorny Rose couple? 

Visit the Thorny Rose Mystery page for more information.

"Intricate mystery. Complicated family. Wonderful novel." says Lindsay in her 5-Star review on Amazon.

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 

The Lovers in Crime were featured inKill and Run, the first installment in her hit new series, The Thorny Rose Mysteries.

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 occasionally conducting workshops and teaching in community education classes. 

Visit the Appearances page for Lauren's upcoming classes and workshops.

Email Lauren to speak at your club or group, or conference.

She lives with her husband, son, and four dogs (including the real Gnarly who she is posing with in his profile pic above) on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.

For Your Quick Mystery Fix ...

If you love Lauren's mystery novels, then you have to check out her mystery shorts!
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Summer has arrived! The Thorntons expected it to be a summer of change and change it does, but not in the way Joshua had expected.

Joshua’s eldest son, Joshua Thornton Jr. (J.J.) has graduated  at the top of his class from law school and is returning home to spend the summer studying for the bar exam. However, to the Thornton’s shock and dismay, J.J. decides to move in with Suellen Russell, a lovely widow twice his age.

The May/December romance, bonded by a love for music, between the symphony conductor and young musical prodigy had bloomed many years earlier. 

The move brings long buried tensions between the father and son to the surface. When a brutal killer strikes, the father and son must set all differences aside to solve the crime before J.J. ends up in the crosshairs of a murderer. 

Visit the Lovers in Crime page for more information!

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

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20) Twofer Murder (Summer 2017)

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