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.

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!

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 (June 2016)

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

Also Look For A New Lovers in Crime Mystery! Coming Summer 2016

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.

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.

Lauren Carr

It was bound to happen sooner or later!
Coming June 20, 2016!

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!

Mark your calendars, mystery fans! Lauren Carr's latest Mac Faraday mystery, Candidate for Murder is scheduled for release on June 20. Gnarly fans are in for a real treat with Lauren's seventeenth Mac Faraday Mystery, in which readers will finally learn the Gnarly's story. In honor of this Gnarly mystery, Lauren is holding a special contest. One lucky Gnarly fan will win a Kindle!

Visit Lauren's Contest Page for all the details!

Order! Order!

Lovers in Crime:

6) Dead on Ice
11) Real Murder 
18) Killer in the Band (Summer 2016)

Thorny Rose Mysteries:

15) Kill and Run (Thorny Rose Mystery) 
19) A Fine Year for Murder (Fall 2016)

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

Lauren Carr

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?

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 beforeKill 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