Lauren Carr

Best-Selling Mystery Author 

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

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

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 

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!

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

"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

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's TWOFER MURDER Offers Special Treat for Mystery Fans!

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. 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 is a popular speaker who has made appearances at schools, youth groups, and on author panels at conventions. Visit the Appearances page for Lauren's upcoming classes and workshops.

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

She lives with her husband, son, and three dogs on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.

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Twofer Murder will be a treat for mystery lovers because it will be two mysteries in one novel. This book will contain all of the characters from the Mac Faraday, Lovers in Crime, and Thorny Rose mysteries. The guys go fishing and get embroiled in a murder mystery. Meanwhile, the ladies go off to a murder mystery writers conference and end up wrapped up in their own mystery when an up and coming mystery writer ends up dead! Can’t beat that! Two mysteries for the price of one!

For more information about Lauren Carr's latest release and Twofer Murder's book tour visit the Twofer Murder Page.

Click here to read an excerpt from Twofer Murder!

"The book is intense, compelling, as readers follow the storylines for two different books. Yet the humor, family interactions, and loving relationships in Carr's books keep reading both entertaining and fun... Carr gets better and better in her humorous scenes, as well as snappy dialogue that comes only from within close-knit friends and family... If you aren't reading this author, you are missing much more than an average mystery writer."- Glenda Bixler, Book Readers Heaven
"As always, picking up a Carr isn't just about figuring out the underlying mystery; rather, it's about beginning or building your relationship with each character.  Carr demonstrates a great understanding of human nature by taking the time to help readers get to know each character by creating situations and delving into conversations that the case itself might not benefit from, but the reading experience certainly does." - 5-Star Review at Sahar's Blog

Order! Order!

"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

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

Lauren Carr Mystery Novel

20) Twofer Murder (November 17, 2017)

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