G1076 Book Review of Crimes Past by Lauren Carr
Author: Lauren Carr
Publisher: Acorn Book Services
Part of a Series: Mac Faraday Mysteries
Type of book: Wedding, family secrets, suspects, pets, dogs, cats, humor, hotel, wealth, marriage, history, past
Year it was published: 2018
It’s a bittersweet reunion for Mac Faraday when members of his former homicide squad arrive at the Spencer Inn. While it is sweet to attend the wedding of a late colleague’s daughter, it is a bitter reminder that the mother of the bride had been the victim of a double homicide.
The brutal slaying weighing heavy on his mind, Mac is anxious to explore every avenue for a break in the cold case—even a suggestion from disgraced former detective Louis Gannon that one of their former friends is the killer.
When the investigator is brutally slain, Mac Faraday rips open the cold case with a ruthless determination to reveal which of his friends is a cold-blooded murderer.
The characters include Mac Faraday, a determined former cop who is trying to solve a mystery of a double murder of police to make up to the victims' family. There is also the Mayor of Spencer, Gnarly, a German Shepherd and David O'Callaghan, Mac's half-brother. The tale is also based more on solving a mystery which means that characters' personality change was minimal. (One of the characters did find out a shocking secret about his past and I was sad that another character broke up with him and might not be coming back anytime soon...)
Nothing can be hidden forever
The story is written in third person narrative from a lot of characters' points of view, although the primary ones would be Mac and Tonya. At one point, one of the villains also has a point of view, which is something I wasn't used to in a Lauren Carr novel, but nothing major was given away. The mystery flowed smoothly and there is constant tension as to who and why the murders were done. The ultimate villains are hard to figure out. CRIMES PAST is a novel one definitely wants to keep on reading no matter if you are a new or old fan to Lauren Carr. CRIMES PAST is a bit different than the previous novels by Lauren Carr I have read. How? Normally family members from one or the other side join in solving the mysteries. (I have only read The Thorny Lovers and a Chris Matheson as well as Twofer Murder,) but this one doesn't have neither Jessica nor Murphy nor Tristan nor Murphy's father Joshua Thornton.While these characters aren't in CRIMES PAST, I do get to see more of David as well as find out an interesting family secret about him.
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Meet 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.
Connect with the author: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Instagram
Series wise, this is the first Mac Faraday Mystery I have read; author-wise, CRIMES PAST is the sixth Lauren Carr novel I read. While previous novels were good and are designed as a bait to keep people reading in figuring out what's going on, its very clear that a lot of excitement went into writing CRIMES PAST, which makes me want to read the prequels in learning about Mac's previous years. There are at least three mysteries going on, and how they are tied together as well as solved is designed to knock one's socks off.
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BOOK TOUR SCHEDULE:
Nov 12 - Working Mommy Journal - review of Crimes Past / giveaway
Nov 12 - Corinne Rodrigues - book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 12 - Viviana MacKade - book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Nov 13 - Paulette's Papers - book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 13 - Olio By Marilyn - review of Crimes Past / giveaway
Nov 14 - Elizabeth McKenna Romance Author - book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 14 - My Reading Journeys - review of Crimes Past / guest post / giveaway
Nov 15 - Christa Reads and Writes - review of Crimes Past
Nov 15 - Library of Clean Reads - review of Crimes Past / giveaway
Nov 16 - ebook addicts - book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 16 - Rockin' Book Reviews - review of Crimes Past / guest post / giveaway
Nov 16 - Stormy Vixen's Book Reviews - book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Nov 19 - Working Mommy Journal - review of Spring Thaw / giveaway
Nov 20 - Olio By Marilyn - review of Spring Thaw / giveaway
Nov 21 - Words And Peace - book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 21 - Truly Trendy - review of Crimes Past
Nov 22 - My Reading Journeys - review of Spring Thaw / giveaway
Nov 22 - Library of Clean Reads - review of Spring Thaw / giveaway
Nov 22 - FUONLYKNEW - review of Spring Thaw / giveaway
Nov 23 - Pause for Tales - review of Crimes Past / guest post
Nov 23 - FUONLYKNEW - review of Crimes Past / giveaway
Nov 26 - The Avid Reader - book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Nov 28 - fundinmental - review of Crimes Past / author interview / giveaway
Nov 30 - fundinmental - review of Spring Thaw / giveaway
TBD - Svetlana's Reads and Views - review of Crimes Past
TBD - Read and Review - book spotlight / guest post
AUDIOBOOK TOUR SCHEDULE:
Dec 3 - Library of Clean Reads - kickoff of Spring Thaw audiobook tour / giveaway
Dec 4 - Rockin' Book Reviews - review of Spring Thaw / giveaway
Dec 6 - Kristin’s Novel Café - review of Spring Thaw
Dec 10 - Hall Ways Blog - review of Spring Thaw / giveaway
Dec 10 - Mystery Suspense Reviews - review of Spring Thaw / guest post / giveaway
Dec 10 - Dab of Darkness Book Reviews - review of Spring Thaw / guest post /giveaway
Dec 11 - Locks, Hooks and Books - review of Spring Thaw / author interview / giveaway
Dec 11 - Laura's Interests - review of Spring Thaw / guest post / giveaway
Dec 12 - JBronder Book Reviews - review of Spring Thaw / guest post
Dec 12 - Amy’s Booket List - review of Spring Thaw / giveaway
Dec 12 - Sefina Hawke's Books - review of Spring Thaw
Dec 13 - Kai's Goodread Page - review of Spring Thaw
Dec 13 - Cheryl's Book Nook - review of Spring Thaw / giveaway
Dec 13 - Books for Books - review of Spring Thaw
Dec 14 - Rocksprings Crafts - review of Spring Thaw / guest post / giveaway
Dec 14 - Bound 4 Escape - review of Spring Thaw / giveaway
4 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)