Monday, February 2, 2015

Lauren Carr's Mac Faraday Mystery Series Becomes Fabulous Thriller! Got to Read This One!

While I've been reading Three Days to Forever, my mind began singing over the words, "What's Love Got to Do With It?" It finally hit me while reading a couple of scenes from the book, what had brought these words to me... Now, I have to tell you, if you've not already been a fan of this series, poor Archie and Mac have had a heck of a time trying to get married! You begin to get the feeling that it's never going to happen! It's not because they're not crazy in love with each other... It's not because family is opposed in any way, except maybe Archie's mother, that is...

It's always because murder gets in the way! And this time the guns are blazing anywhere and everywhere! Sooooo, what I'm sayin' is...
What's love got to do with getting married! NOTHING! That's What!
Please Lauren Carr, tell me there's really going to be a Wedding!
Well, back to reading so I won't remain in suspense!

Three Day to Forever:
A Mac Faraday Mystery

By Lauren Carr

author: credecalhoun
The Wedding is to take place on New Year's Eve. Everybody and anybody is heading for Deep Creek Lake and will stay at Spencer Inn... The countdown has begun--3 days to go before Mac and Archie will publicly commit to each other that they will spend the rest of forever with each other...

But what happened there in Deep Creek had already been corrupted, evolving from incidents far away and many months ago... and the constant war with terrorists... and criminals alike...

"Don't you do this kind of backwards, Major?" Marine First Lieutenant Oliver Dean asked as he kept his eyes trained through the night-vision binoculars. He was peering down the mountainside to the terrorist training camp hidden in the valley among the desert caves.
"How is that, Lieutenant?" Major David O'Callaghan pressed the earbud to his ear. He didn't want to miss any confirmations from the members of his special operations team sent out to surround the camp.
"Rubbing elbows with the rich and famous in Deep Creek Lake for eleven months. Then, in the summer, just when the weather gets great and the sexy young things in their barely there bikinis arrive, you come out here into the desert with the smelly, ugly--"...
"Talk about timing," Lieutenant Hallie Bates moved in to take a closer look through her night binoculars. "They just got two truckloads of weapons..."
"Major!" the Charlie leader uttered a harsh whisper across the radio. "Check out the dude that gout of the back of the Humvee. It's Jassem al-Baghdadi!" David could hear him asking the rest of his team. "Isn't that Jassem al-Baghdadi? He's like the leader of their military council...
At the moment, Jassem al-Baghdadi was in Major David O'Callaghan's cross hairs. The terrorist leader was proudly directing their freshly trained terrorist, who were gazing up at him in awe of his accomplishment--masterminding the death of innocent westerners...
He focused in on Jassem al-Baghdadi, lining up his broad chest in the middle of the cross hairs in his scope. Even if al-Baghdadi was wearing a vest, the armor piercing bullet would still end his reign of terror.
"I'm putting the first shot right through his black little heart," David said while waiting for his heartbeat to slow. "Second one is going right between his black eyes."
Between the beats of his heart, he pulled the trigger...

Aside from the planning for the wedding--some of which is outrageously funny, if the events aren't happening to you, Mac has the first murder at his doorstep! A husband of a criminal is blaming Mac for the suicide of his wife who'd been jailed for murder. Mac knew the arrest and punishment was righteous, but the husband could just not accept it and wanted revenge...on Mac! He threatens to take Archie and started sending messages of harassment--until the husband is found murdered. With the evidence piling up that Mac is responsible!

Getting all mixed up in that investigation, individuals who are definitely professional assassins invade the Spencer Mansion! Interestingly, Archie's mother had come to the Mansion while Archie was getting things done for the wedding, and began by telling Mac that she would give their wedding 6 months and then went on complaining just about everything, including Gnarly who she claimed was filled with germs... Joshua and Mac had been scheduled to head for fittings of their Tuxes...

As the gun battle erupts, the men break into the mansion--Joshua is shot, but they all still get out and to Joshua's van...and Escape!

But there are so many bad guys, readers will have no idea who is responsible for what, because wherever Mac's group goes, they are found! They discover that Joshua is on a secret mission and, when he calls into his boss, they send Murphy his son to finish that particular project!

Then Cameron, Joshua's wife, is assigned a high-profile murder case for the Pennsylvania State Police leading to one big mess for her! While an attempt to kidnap Jessica on her way to Deep Creek is made! Are they all tied in? Or, was the news of the big wedding bringing everybody there to settle old scores, of one kind or another?

In the latest publicity blurb from Acorn Publishing it was announced: Within forty-eight hours of its release it was in the top-10 in police procedurals and cozies on Amazon both here in the states and in its overseas markets. It reached No. 1 in Canada in police procedurals.

The reason why this intrigued me was the cross-genres of this latest book! Actually, it has all of my favorites in this beautiful mix: Action, Mystery, Police Procedure, Romantic Suspense, and most of all Thriller. With this book, in my opinion, Lauren Carr has taken a major move in the complexity and diversity of her books. They are certainly not cozies any more, even if still listed that way for purposes of sales...

What is significant for me, however, is that Carr has seamlessly molded all the excitement of a thriller within the construct of that emotional feeling of cozies! We know and love her characters, we are excited when new characters come into play, but still within the family structure. For instance, I was thoroughly pleased when Jessica, Max's daughter, first met Murphy, Joshua's son! With an explosive rescue scene through to the surprise twist later, it was just like watching the relationship of a niece or nephew develop! But this one may be the hottest one ever for the Faraday family... Carr also throws one important secret that readers have known about for years...Now the Deep Creek community in the book will know... Cool!

I think one of the most impressive things about this book is that Carr has obviously done much research and includes more than the norm in helping readers see her perspective of headline events included. It is irrelevant whether the viewpoints differ from yours--the important factor for me is that individual Americans are watching, sharing their concerns!  Yet, this information is so finely woven into the story line, however, that many readers may exclaim--I didn't know that--but not miss a beat to continue quickly reading and turning pages

Carr has joined the outstanding authors who are not afraid to use their fiction to spotlight trouble spots within America and throughout the world. At the same time, within some tense scene, Carr has one of her characters throw out her famous one-liner zings that quickly pulls out a grin from readers and lessens the tension from what has gripped us, as if in reality... I am, bottom line, amazed at the giant step that places Carr comparable to significant authors whose name slips off our tongues like, for instance,Nora Roberts. Watch this author--she's moving quickly to where her goals are headed... Three Days to Forever has to be, in my opinion, the best of her best! Get it!


P.S. I have to add another personal note to this...When I finished the book, my exclamation thought was Holy Moly! But I decided that was too old-fashion to use. Lo and behold I go to Amazon to post my review and see a review title with "Holy Cow"... Now surely that was a reader that enjoyed the book as much as I did! LOL! Do check this one out!

Lauren Carr writes internationally best-selling murder mysteries. Each of her critically acclaimed whodunits have made the top-hundred rankings on, as well as their overseas divisions.
Lauren Carr's well-loved Mac Faraday Mysteries takes place in Deep Creek Lake, Maryland. Three Days to Forever is the ninth installment in the Mac Faraday Mystery series. 
In addition to her hit series set on Deep Creek Lake, Lauren Carr has also written the Lovers in Crime Mysteries, which features prosecutor Joshua Thornton with homicide detective Cameron Gates, who were introduced inShades of Murder, the third book in the Mac Faraday Mysteries. They also make an appearance inThe Lady Who Cried Murder. 
Lauren officially launched the Lovers in Crime mystery series in September 2012 with Dead on Ice. Real Murder is the second installment in this series.
Look for the Lovers in Crime, who will be featured in Kill and Run in Spring 2015.
The owner of Acorn Book Services, Lauren is also a publishing manager, consultant, editor, cover and layout designer, and marketing agent for independent authors. This year, several books, over a variety of genre, written by independent authors will be released through the management of Acorn Book Services, which is currently accepting submissions. Visit Acorn Book Services website for more information.
Lauren is a popular speaker who has made appearances at schools, youth groups, and on author panels at conventions. She also passes on what she has learned in her years of writing and publishing by conducting workshops and teaching in community education classes. 
Visit the Appearances page for Lauren's upcoming classes and workshops.
Email Lauren to speak at your club or group, or conference.
She lives with her husband, son, and three dogs on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.

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