Shadow of Murder: A Mac Faraday Mystery by Lauren Carr

You can't move to the next chapter of your life, without tying up loose ends in the previous.

Synopsis - 

True crime blogger, Erica Hart starts a new chapter in her life with a bang when a dark shadow darts into the mountain road to send her SUV off a cliff and to the bottom of Deep Creek Lake. Spencer’s newest addition to the police force, Dusty O’Meara assumes it was a bear. Erica is not so sure.

Soon afterwards, contractors discover Konnor Langston’s body at the bottom of an abandoned swimming pool at the new summer home of Mac Faraday’s son.

With Police Chief David O’Callaghan away on paternity leave, Deputy Chief Dusty O’Meara must lead the investigation in his first murder case since moving to Spencer. Not only does Dusty have to work under the shadow of the legendary Mac Faraday, but he also has to match wits with Erica, who is determined to find justice for Konnor, her childhood friend.

Mac isn’t so difficult. Even Gnarly, the town’s canine mayor, is manageable if his authority is well-respected and he is kept entertained. Erica Hart, Dusty finds, is more of a challenge. It wouldn’t be so difficult if she wasn’t so irresistible.

Review - 

This newest title in the author's Mac Faraday cozy murder mystery series offers Carr's most intricate plot to date - full of twists and turns guaranteed to keep readers up until the wee hours. While still full of the humor, fun critters and touch of romance that are her trademark, the author has also woven in a dark supernatural element that whispers through to the startling ending.

In Shadow of Murder, Mac, Archie and Gnarly (what a great name for a dog) meet a brand new sleuth, "Cold Case Diva" Erica Hart. Erica, who runs a cold case podcast, has decided to move back to Deep Creek Lake after the unexpected death of her husband. She was warned pre-move to be careful as there was a dark threatening presence that could be a danger, and that proved right as she almost ended up at the bottom of the lake while driving up to the family home. I love this new character - and her love interest Dusty and her very unique pets. I hope they continue to make an appearance in future books.

What follows is a plot full of twists and turns that are like a maze where you can only see to the next corner. How Carr keeps all these threads straight and working together I don't know, but she does it beautifully. The dark, supernatural element woven into this story was a total surprise, her first novel featuring it. But don't worry, the fun and romance and full-of-personality pets still hold court.

While Shadow of Murder was a little long for me to consume in one day by reading until three in the morning, I struggled every time to put it down. I wanted to KNOW where it would all end up.

Buy the Book: Amazon

Other book reviews for this author - 
It's Murder My Son HERE!
Killer Deadline HERE!
The Nutcracker Conspiracy HERE!
The Last Thing She Said HERE!
Spring Thaw HERE!
Crimes Past HERE!
Murder by Perfection HERE!
TwoFer Murder HERE!
A Fine Year for Murder HERE!
Killer in the Band HERE!
The Murders At Astaire Castle HERE!
Candidate for Murder HERE!
Cancelled Vows HERE!
Kill and Run HERE!

Meet the Author -
New interview HERE!
2015 interview with author journey HERE!

Lauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Mac Faraday, Lovers in Crime, Thorny Rose, Chris Matheson Cold Case Mysteries, and Nikki Bryant Cozy Mysteries—over twenty-five titles across five fast-paced mystery series filled with twists and turns!

Book reviewers and readers alike rave about how Lauren Carr seamlessly crosses genres to include mystery, suspense, crime fiction, police procedurals, romance, and humor.

The owner of Acorn Book Services, Lauren is also a publishing manager, consultant, and virtual book tour coordinator for independent authors.

Lauren is a popular speaker who has made appearances at schools, youth groups, and on author panels at conventions.

She lives with her husband, and two spoiled rotten German shepherds on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.

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  1. Replies
    1. If you love a book series, you'll be happy to know this is the 14th book in the author's Mac Faraday series and I've read every single one of them. :)

    2. PS be sure to enter the contest above. Maybe you'll win a copy.


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