Book Review: It’s Murder, My Son by Lauren Carr

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This book has everything a murder mystery should have

  • smart, handsome hero that is still humble
  • sexy women that are also confident, powerful, and intelligent
  • beautiful venues that make you wish you could visit
  • enough reveals to keep you “in the game” without giving too much away and letting you figure out the mystery too soon
  • a great dog and a great car :)

The smart, handsome hero in this case, is Mac Faraday.  He’s an ex-cop -  perfect because he has the training and experience to conduct investigations but no longer hampered by paperwork and having to go to work.  He’s divorced – open to love interest, but his wife left him, so we are sympathetic to his condition.  He’s rich – but recently inherited the money from his newly-discovered birthmother and hasn’t been “spoiled” by the money yet.  Mac has a child-like delight in not having to worry about money.

When he visits his mother’s home in Deep Creek Lake that he has just inherited, he finds that a neighbor has been murdered and the case is unsolved.  A challenge!  He partners with his mother’s assistant, improbably named Archie.  Archie is one of my favorite characters.  She’s beautiful, smart, confident and sophisticated but loves going barefoot!  Their third partner turns out to be….. a dog!  Named Gnarly because he’s “extreme” this four-footed detective/thief is not your ordinary dog.

Intrigued?  You will be by this book!


(from the author’s website) “Lauren Carr fell in love with mysteries when her mother read Perry Mason to her at bedtime. From murderous bedtime tales, she grew up to write mysteries for television and the stage. She wrote her first book after giving up her writing career to be a stay-at-home mom.

The first installment in the Joshua Thornton mysteries, A Small Case of Murder was named a finalist for the Independent Publisher Book Award 2005.  Lauren lives with her husband and son on a mountaintop in West Virginia.”


I couldn’t put this book down!  I love the main character, Mac Faraday and can’t wait to read more in this series.  He’s handsome, rich but down-to-earth and funny!  He was headed for bankruptcy court after his ex-wife takes everything in the divorce (undeserved, of course) and running from a lawyer he thinks is looking to collect money he doesn’t have.  It turns out that lawyer is giving him millions that he’s inherited from a birth mother he didn’t know existed.  How can you not love a guy like that?

In addition to the millions, he’s inherited a dog.  Hmm, how to describe this dog…. He’s a super dog that has been discharged dishonorably from the Army.  No, seriously, I’m not making this up!  Including this fascinating dog in the story is such a unique twist.  He’s woven through the mystery and adds humor and interest to the storyline.

Lauren Carr develops the characters and weaves the details of the murder investigation into a complex storyline that keeps the reader relentlessly turning pages.  She is skilled at giving glimpses and glimmers – interesting tidbits of information to tease you into reading more.  I finished the last page still wanting to read more and can’t wait to start the next book!  Which lucky for all of us, was released on May 1, 2011.  Review coming soon!


“A Top-Rate Whodunit.” –’s #1 Reviewer
“An exciting mystery with plenty of intriguing and enigmatic characters, It’s Murder, My Son is not a read that should be missed for mystery fans.” – Midwest Book Reviews




Disclosure: I was sent a copy of the book for review.


  1. 1

    Insightful review of the first in a series of books by author Lauren Carr – sounds like it will be on many a “must -read” list of murder mystery fans.

  2. 2
    alores michael says:

    Just finished reading “It,s Murder My Son”, was great read. I love Lauren,s books.

  3. 3

    Thank you for the great review Kelly. Hope you enjoy Old Loves Die Hard as much. And stay tuned for Color of Murder, the third Mac Faraday mystery coming early next year.

  4. 4

    This does sounds like a great book. I’m not sure I would have even glanced at it until this review. Now adding it to my TBR list :)
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  5. 5

    I love reading murder mysteries! This one sounds like a real winner! Love a book with a great dog :)
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  6. 6

    Sounds like a great read!!
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  7. 7

    I’m putting this on my wishlist! Sounds really good.

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