It’s Murder, My Son – Lauren Carr, Author

August 31, 2010 at 11:25 pm (Uncategorized)


It’s Murder, My Son – Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat

A noise outside made her jump out of the recliner.  She glanced at the clock.  Almost nine.  Could Chad have decided to come out when I mentioned my appointment with the divorce lawyer?  Maybe he does love my money more than he loves Rachel.  She listened.  Nothing except the wind signaling the blizzard’s approach.  Maybe I should call David?  No.  It wouldn’t look good if Chad found him here.  He’s already suspicious.  The German shepherd began scratching at the back door.  Not again, you damn dog!  When you aren’t wanting out or in, you’re digging up the back yard.  With a groan, she pulled herself out of the recliner and let the dog out onto the patio.  As long as she was up, she poured herself another martini and admired her reflection in the mirror behind the bar before returning to her seat for another sitcom.  Her mind sucked in by the television, Katrina was unprepared to fight when her killer attacked and pinned her down by her throat.’
“Did you really think I was going to let you leave?” she heard through the roar in her ears while gasping her last breath.

The front foyer of Spencer Manor stretched up two stories to the cathedral ceiling paneled in cedar.  Granite slabs made up the floors throughout the home, including the three steps that led down to the dining room which opened up onto the deck overlooking the lake.  Colorful afghans were draped across leather furniture in the living room, which was twice the size of the one in the home Mac’s ex-wife had won from him thirty days earlier.  Stone fireplaces commanded every room.  Every window and door provided a view of Deep Creek Lake.  This was just a small portion of what Mac Faraday, policeman and illegitimate son of mystery writer Robin Spence, inherited at her death.
When Robin’s solicitor tracked Mac down, he was just getting over a divorce where the court awarded his wife, who was having an affair with the assistant district attorney, their home as well as everything else of value.  Now Mac finds himself with more money than he could ever imagine.  He has become a retired policeman and multi-millionaire overnight.  But that’s not all he has become.  Mac also finds out that he has a ½ brother who not only lives in Spencer but who is also a policeman, as was their father.  And then Mac finds himself to be the owner of Gnarly a German Shepherd retired from the military with a dishonorable discharge.  Oh yeah, he also finds himself working with the police to solve several murders, both old and new.
It’s Murder, My Son was a hard puzzle to put together.  It starts out with one murder which leads to another then another and so on.  But are they all connected or individual crimes?  About half way into It’s Murder, My Son I just knew I had determined who committed at least 2 of the murders.  My suspect had no alibi where everyone else did.  I will tell you that I was wrong.  Author Lauren Carr took this book all the way to the end before allowing you to see the who, the why and the how.  Great Book and I hope to read more Mac Faraday Mysteries.

2010
286 Pages
ISBN# 9781452819433
Review Stir, Laugh, Repeat at Amazon.com

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