Giveaway & Review: Old Loves Die Hard by Lauren Carr

Title: It’s Murder, My Son {Mac Faraday Mystery #2}

Author: Lauren Carr

Published: May 2011

Synopsis: Old Loves Die Hard and in the worst places. Retired homicide detective Mac Faraday, heir of the late mystery writer Robin Spencer, is settling nicely into his new life at Spencer Manor when his ex-wife Christine shows up and she wants him back! Before Mac can send her packing, Christine and her estranged lover are murdered in Mac’s private penthouse suite at the Spencer Inn, the five-star resort built by his ancestors. The investigation leads to the discovery of cases files for some of Mac’s murder cases in the room of the man responsible for destroying his marriage. Why would his ex-wife’s lover come to Spencer to dig into Mac”s old cases?  With the help of his new friends on Deep Creek Lake, Mac must use all of his detective skills to clear his name and the Spencer Inn’s reputation, before its five-stars and more bodies, start dropping

Status: Read from January 28 to 29, 2012 -I Own A Copy {Courtesy the Author}

My Thoughts:

Lauren Carr has followed up on It’s Murder, My Son with Old Loves Die Hard, placing Mac Faraday squarely in the middle of a murder investigation allegedly committed by his ex wife in the penthouse suite of Mac’s resort hotel. The day Mac’s divorce became final, after his wife had left him for her monied and ambitious lover, was the day that he learnt of his multi million dollar inheritance. Now that her relationship has collapsed it seems his ex-wife wants Mac back and turns up drunk and pleading on the doorstep of his mansion. Mac isn’t interested but can’t simply turn Christine away so he installs her the resort where coincidentally Stephen is also staying with his newest conquest. When Mac discovers the bodies of first Stephen and then his ex-wife he finds himself in the frame as a murder suspect but figuring out who is really responsible won’t be as straightforward as expected.

Old Loves Die Hard is another cleverly plotted and engaging mystery by Carr. Familiar characters including Mac, Archie (will they or won’t they?) and David return along with the irrepressibly charming Gnarly who has learnt a few new tricks.
This story provides us with a bit more background about Mac as he deals with his ex-wife’s death and her family. Mac is very affected by Christine’s death, despite her unreasonable behaviour both during their marriage and after it, yet he had sincerely loved her. Rattled by the circumstances, Mac’s reasoning isn’t as level headed as it usually is, especially when he is excluded from the investigation and considered a possible suspect.
The case is further complicated for Mac by multiple suspects, secrets, and yet more deaths. There seems to be links to Mac’s past as a detective in the city, Christine’s sisters aren’t telling him everything and someone is taking pot shots at him. There are twists and turns as Mac and the police identify and eliminate suspects, following avenues of inquiry that seem to go nowhere and others the go in circles. The story is crowded with overlapping plot threads but they all unravel nicely.
While I thought Carr showed the strength in storyline, pacing and character development that was evident in the first book of the series, I did feel this story lacked the editorial polish of its predecessor. There are instances of awkward phrasing and structural flaws that are distracting and the dialogue and action scenes aren’t quite as tight.

There is danger, intrigue, humour and romance in Old Loves Die Hard, creating an entertaining and engaging mystery. I would recommend you read the first book, It’s Murder, My Son, before this, though Old Loves Die Hard is not unworkable as a stand alone it is enriched by the familiarity with the characters. I know Lauren is planning on releasing the third in the series, Shades of Murder, this year and  I am looking forward to Mac’s next case.

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About the Author

Lauren Carr fell in love with mysteries when her mother read Perry Mason to her at bedtime. The first installment in the Joshua Thornton mysteries, A Small Case of Murderwas a finalist for the Independent Publisher Book Award. A Reunion to Die For was released in hardback in June 2007. Both of these books are in re-release Last year, the first installment of her new series, It’s Murder, My Son was released. It has received only rave reviews from both reviewers and readers. The Mac Faraday Mysteries take place in Deep Creek Lake, Maryland, where Lauren and her family vacation. The second installment is entitled Old Loves Die Hard. In addition to being an active member and director of the Association of Independent Authors, Lauren is a popular speaker who has made speaking appearances at schools, youth groups, and on author panels at conventions. She lives with her husband, son, and two dogs on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.

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9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Patsy Hagen
    Feb 13, 2012 @ 05:23:16

    I loved the first book of this series, It’s Murder, My Son! When I read it, I didn’t know it was going to be a series. Now that I do, I am thrilled!
    I’d like to win a print copy.
    Patsy Hagen, USA
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  2. Carol N Wong (@Carolee888)
    Feb 13, 2012 @ 06:18:26

    I would love to have the print copy of Old Loves Die Hard by Lauren Carr .

    Carol Wong, USA

    +1 I posted this giveaway on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/?ref=tn_tnmn
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  3. Carol N Wong (@Carolee888)
    Feb 13, 2012 @ 06:20:07

    My comment posted before I could add my e-mail address!
    CarolNWong(at)aol(dot)com

    Great review, now I know the book’s strengths and weaknesses.

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  4. katie klein
    Feb 13, 2012 @ 07:37:21

    Thanks for an awesome giveaway. Would love a print copy. USA

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  5. parrish
    Feb 13, 2012 @ 16:59:40

    Please chuck my name in the hat for the electronic version, as the would be an ideal choice for one of my challenges.
    Parrish, UK parrishlantern@yahoo.co.uk

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  6. Yvonne
    Feb 14, 2012 @ 11:41:45

    Sounds great! I’d love to be entered for the electronic version.

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  7. Linda Kish
    Feb 21, 2012 @ 10:06:30

    I would like a print copy, please.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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  8. AnnaZed
    Feb 28, 2012 @ 07:34:25

    I have read so much about Carr, she sounds like a good read.

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