It’s Murder, My Son, by Lauren Carr
I have just been introduced to another delightful author!
Lauren Carr has a series of mysteries featuring Mac Faraday. This particular book is the first in the series. Her ninth book in the series was released January 19th of this year.
Mac Faraday, leaves the courtroom where his cheating wife still won everything in their divorce, his mind on filing bankruptcy the next day. When he is chased down by another attorney, he wants nothing to do with him. That is, until this lawyer tells him he has just inherited $270 million from the woman who gave him up for adoption at birth. That woman, Robin Spencer, was a famous–and wealthy—author of murder mysteries.
Naturally this begins a lifestyle change for the dedicated, effective homicide detective.
Homicide as a Hobby…
Now we find him retired, living on a lake front estate, still in need of his detective skills. He no sooner moves in than he learns his late neighbor Katrina was murdered a few months earlier. Soon after that his inherited German Shepherd, Gnarly, brings home a gruesome treasure to ‘play’ with.
From then on, Mac is involved and on the case, retired or not. Add in Archie Monday, Robin Spencer’s former assistant, David O’Callaghan, sheriff’s detective, and of course the curious, intelligent and incorrigible Gnarly, and you have the makings of a team that will hopefully show up in future books.
Twists within twists…
The plot of this book is nicely complicated, complete with sub plots, and plenty of suspects. You have to pay attention, which is always the sign of a good story! I caught myself going back a few pages a few times to remind myself of who was who. The fact that several of the suspects are dying off makes the guilty party more difficult to discern. So does the fact that most in their little enclave seems to have motive to kill. Before long murders past and present all come into question.
There are always certain things in a mystery that add to the intrigue to me. For instance, a book written about writers offers an interesting view point. Besides that, this one has a journal kept by Mac’s mother—usually a great way to garner clues. It has the exciting premise of inheriting a fortune. Who wouldn’t enjoy that? There are even secrets hidden within the victim’s house, the possibility of a future relationship, and the lovable Gnarly that takes mischief to a new level.
The series is off to a terrific start. I enjoyed getting to know the characters (even the dog) and watching their relationships develop. The featured characters are quite likable and intelligent, their dialogue well done and entertaining. I’m not sure if it is considered a “cozy” mystery, but it has the ingredients of one. In spite of the murders, it is a gentle, engaging good. I highly recommend it. As a matter of fact, I’m anxious to reading book two, Old Loves Die Hard, to see where their stories will lead.
Get it here on Amazon: It’s Murder, My Son. It’s available on Kindle, in paperback, and even in Audio on Audible.
You can see other selections by Lauren Carr below. I’ve included Book 2 and Book 3 in the Mac Faraday series, and one from her “A Lovers in Crime” series. I can see many of Ms. Carr’s books in my future. Here’s my review of the second book in the series, Old Loves Die Hard.
This book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an unbiased review. She is now a favorite author.