Read our review on book 1 of the Mac Faraday Mystery series by author Lauren Carr.
Disclosure: I received this book to review through iREAD BOOK TOURS, I have volunteered to share my review and all the opinions are 100% my own.
What started out as the worst day of Mac Faraday’s life would end up being a new beginning. After a messy divorce hearing, the last person that Mac wanted to see was another lawyer. Yet, this lawyer wore the expression of a child bursting to tell his secret. This confidence would reveal Mac as heir to undreamed of fortunes, and lead him to the birthplace of America’s Queen of Mystery and an investigation that will unfold like one of her famous mystery novels.
Soon after she moves to Deep Creek Lake, Maryland, Katrina Singleton learns that life in an exclusive community is not all good. For some unknown reason, a strange man calling himself “Pay Back” begins stalking her. When Katrina is found strangled all evidence points to her terrorist, who is nowhere to be found.
Three months later, the file on her murder is still open when Mac Faraday, sole heir to his unknown birth mother’s home and fortune, moves into the estate next door. Little does he know as he drives up to Spencer Manor that he is driving into a closed gate community that is hiding more suspicious deaths than his DC workload as a homicide detective. With the help of his late mother’s journal, this retired cop puts all his detective skills to work to pick up where the local investigators have left off to follow the clues to Katrina’s executer.
Wow, what a story!
I have read a Mac Faraday book previously but clearly, not in order as this is the first time I have read book 1. That should be a good sign that you can read these out of order and not be too lost! (Although I was slightly confused with some things because I have lived in Mac’s future and wasn’t familiar with the beginnings!)
This book held a lot of suspense and mystery – almost too much. I felt there was a lot of action, a lot of going ons, a lot of characters and just – a lot.
I struggled with keeping people and crimes straight which hindered my ability to really think clearly to guess who the killer was (which I love to do).
I was able to figure out Nile’s killer and really thought it was the same killer for both of them although I did have my suspicions about the real killer.
This was a mixed up, tangled web of lies, deceit, backstabbing and all around mystery that kept me hooked.
I look forward to reading more Mac Faraday mysteries!
About the Author
Lauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Mac Faraday, Lovers in Crime, and Thorny Rose Mysteries—over twenty titles across three fast-paced mystery series filled with twists and turns!
Now, Lauren has added one more hit series to her list with the Chris Matheson Cold Case Mysteries. Set in the quaint West Virginia town of Harpers Ferry, Ice introduces Chris Matheson, a retired FBI agent, who joins forces with other law enforcement retirees to heat up those cold cases that keep them up at night.
Book reviewers and readers alike rave about how Lauren Carr’s seamlessly crosses genres to include mystery, suspense, crime fiction, police procedurals, romance, and humor.
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 three dogs on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.