Lauren Carr

Summer is over and it's time to get back to work! For authors, or writers aspiring to finish their first books, that means re-devoting yourself to finishing that book!

Never fear! Keeping in the spirit of NaNoWriMo (November National Novel Writing Month), Lauren Carr, in partnership with Lakewood Resort, is hosting a week-long writers retreat right on the shore of Deep Creek Lake, Maryland! Weekend packages are available!

Visit Lauren's Appearance page for all the details!

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 in Shades of Murder, the third book in the Mac Faraday Mysteries. They also make an appearance in The 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.

Order! Order!

Numerous readers have asked the order of Lauren Carr's titles. All of her books are stand alone, but if you want to follow the development of each beloved character, here is the list of Lauren's murder mysteries in chronological order.

The number next to the book title is the number for the order in which it was written. Dead on Ice (Lovers in Crime Mystery) was written after Shades of Murder (Mac Faraday Mystery), which introduced the Lovers in Crime characters. Likewise, if you want to see Murphy Thornton and Jessica Faraday meet and fall in love, you will want to read Three Days to Forever before Kill and Run (the first installment in the Thorny Rose Mysteries (available September 4). 

Joshua Thornton Mysteries:

These first two books were written many years ago--at a different time in Lauren's life. They are heavier and contain a different tone with less humor than her newer books.

1) A Small Case of Murder
2) A Reunion to Die For

Mac Faraday Mysteries:

3) It's Murder, My Son
4) Old Loves Die Hard
5) Shades of Murder (introduces the Lovers in Crime: Joshua Thornton & Cameron Gates)
7) Blast from the Past
8) The Murders at Astaire Castle
9) The Lady Who Cried Murder
10) Twelve to Murder
12) A Wedding and a Killing
13) Three Days to Forever
14) Open Season for Murder 
16) Cancelled Vows (Winter 2015)

Lovers in Crime:

6) Dead on Ice
11) Real Murder

Thorny Rose Mysteries:

15) Kill and Run (Thorny Rose Mystery) (September 4)

What's New!

Lauren has been extremely busy, as always. It's what keeps her out of trouble (usually).

In the next few months, Lauren will be making several personal appearances, and conducting many workshops and seminars on writing and publishing. Check out Lauren's Appearances page to find one near you!

Do you want updates from Lauren Carr about upcoming books or promos? Then join her mailing list now!

Lauren Carr Definitely Has a Winner Here!

"Lauren Carr definitely has a winner here! I have enjoyed Lauren Carr's "Mac Faraday" series for its fast pace and its usual abundance of suspects. In her new Thorny Rose series, Kill and Run steps up several levels into an exciting category all its own. It's thriller, cold case, mystery suspense, and police procedural, all rolled into one exciting novel. Set amidst the political drama that comes with Washington DC and the Pentagon, a current multiple murder becomes a search years in the past. With a young, hot lieutenant assigned to NCIS, and his beautiful new wife, you have all the makings of a bestseller. Nicely done, Ms. Carr!" - Reviewer: Merry Citarella, Mystery Suspense Reviews

"Such a well written mystery that I stayed up hours to finish because it was THAT good. ... Lots of action and the story never gets dull. ... The suspense builds throughout and it's such a real page turner. I like how these series aren't so dark and depressing but still contains a great mystery." 5-Star Review from Myra Ball

"The plot was well thought out and there were no loose ends at the end. The story was fast paced to keep my attention easily. The book is a treat to a reader who loves a mix of genres in their reads. It has the right amount of romance, mystery, action and thrill to keep me satisfied from the start to the end." - Reviewer: The Travelogue of a Book Addict

"If you're in the mood for a thrilling mystery, that will keep you guessing, I highly suggest you pick up a copy of Kill & Run. You won't be disappointed!" Reviewer: Manic Mommy of Two

"I love how Carr writes. She has such great characters, and there is always something happening." - Reviewer: Paij Slater, My Love For Reading Keeps Growing


Five women with seemingly nothing in common are found brutally murdered in a townhome outside Washington, DC. Among the many questions surrounding the massacre is what had brought these apparent strangers together only to be killed. 

Taking on his first official murder case, Lieutenant Murphy Thornton, USN, believes that if he can uncover the thread connecting the victims, then he can find their murderer.

The case takes an unexpected turn when Murphy discovers that one of the victims has a connection to his stepmother, Homicide Detective Cameron Gates. One wintry night, over a dozen years before, her first husband, a Pennsylvania State trooper, had been run down while working a night shift on the turnpike.

In this first installment of the Thorny Rose Mysteries, the Lovers in Crime join newlyweds Murphy Thornton and Jessica Faraday to shift through a web of lies and cover-ups. Together, can the detectives of the Thorny Rose uncover the truth without falling victim to a cunning killer?

Don't miss out on the Kill and Run Virtual Book Tour!
The bus has been booked and is packed full of reviewers and bloggers thanks to iRead Book Tours! 

Lauren Carr is currently on her biggest mystery tour to date and it has been a thrilling success! It's not too late to hope on board!
It's Now

Open Season for Murder!

Another hit! Mac Faraday's latest mystery is to die for!

 "Mac Faraday does it again and I loved every minute!"
says TEXANNE in 5* Review on Amazon

"There is lots of drama, crimes , murders and laughter that surrounds the Diablo Ball. As usual Gnarly is in the middle of everything. Hated to have to keep putting the book down. I loved reading Open Season for Murder." 5* Review from Rhonda Laney, Readalot

 "Robin, it's me, Ashton."

Spring is in the air. In Deep Creek Lake, the burst of blossoms on the trees has the effect of a starting pistol in the race to get the resort area ready in time for the seasonal residents return to Spencer, Maryland.

This year, the Spencer Inn, Mac Faraday's five-star resort, has the added duty of preparing for the Diablo Ball, an annual benefit event that used to kick off Deep Creek Lake's summer season. The exclusive gala has drawn in A-listers from across the country-including suspects and witnesses connected to Ashton Piedmont, a young woman who had disappeared while skinny dipping in Deep Creek Lake five years earlier-days after the last Diablo Ball.

Intrigued by a mysterious phone call from a young woman claiming to be Ashton, retired homicide detective Mac Faraday can't resist diving head first into the cold case. But he's not the only one. Someone behind the scenes has gone to a lot of trouble to bring Ashton Piedmont's friends and enemies to the Diablo Ball-which promises to be a gala event to die for!

That's what readers and reviewers have been saying about
Lauren Carr's Hot New Release!

Top-10 in Police Procedurals & Cozies
on Amazon (both in US & Overseas Markets)
within 48 hours of its release!

Three Days to Forever

"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!" Reviewer: Glenda Bixler, Book Readers Heaven

"Mac Faraday and Archie Monday are planning a wedding – simple enough until you throw in a few seemingly unrelated murders, a cell of terrorists, a heinous plot of mass destruction, bureaucratic cover up, and a new pair of high heeled boots – then, it gets interesting."
Reviewer: Allene Reynolds, Mystery and Me

"This has more of spy thriller mystery feel to it. Dealing with terrorists.  It is exciting, has humor, lots of action, drama , romance and  mystery.  I stayed up till 2:00 am to finish.  It is a fast paced story." Reviewer: Rhonda Laney, Readalot

In this latest Mac Faraday Mystery from best-selling mystery author Lauren Carr, readers will embark on a rollercoaster adventure with old friends (including the Lovers in Crime team of Prosecutor Joshua Thornton and Homicide Detective Cameron Gates), but also meet new ones as Mac Faraday’s daughter Jessica Faraday and Joshua Thornton’s son Murphy Thornton join the team in the race to get the love birds to the altar!

With three days left to the year, Deep Creek Lake is hopping with holiday vacationers and wedding guests pouring into the Spencer Inn for Mac Faraday and Archie Monday’s huge wedding ceremony which is being touted as the social event of the year.

But droopy flowers and guests who failed to RSVP are the least of Mac’s and Archie’s problems when a professional hit squad hits Spencer Manor to send the groom, Joshua Thornton, Archie’s mother, and Gnarly running for their lives.

With time running out to the big day, Mac Faraday and Spencer’s small police force have to sort through the clues to figure out not only who has been targeted for assassination, but also who is determined to stop everything … FOREVER!

Click here to read an excerpt from Lauren Carr's latest hit!

If you love Lauren's mystery novels,
then you have to check out her mystery shorts!

Short and Sweet (Well, maybe not sweet!)
For a Quick Mystery Fix!

Some mysteries are meant to be read slowly and every clue pondered. Others are meant to be consumed quickly, sometimes serving to give the mystery fan a fast fix.

Lauren Carr's Beauty to Die For and Other Mystery Shorts is her first collection of four short stories that are are sure to keep mystery fans entertained.

Beauty to Die For features the Lovers in Crime, Joshua Thornton and Cameron Gates in a race against the Angel of Death to clear the name of a dying woman's son, who was framed for murdering Miss Pennsylvania.

In Killing Bid, an estate auction turns into a deadly affair after Gnarly's antics cause Mac to purchase a gem of a dress, which isn't his color.

Lauren Carr's third mystery short returns to the Lovers in Crime where Cameron and Joshua try to solve the murder of a young pregnant widow before it happens.

Last, but not least, mystery fans will see that every dog has his day, especially if that dog is Gnarly. In Lucky Dog, Gnarly helps Mac to solve the murder of a wealthy society girl.

As with every Lauren Carr mystery, enjoy these short, but fun-filled mysteries.

Here's a special holiday treat for mystery lovers who have fallen in love with Gnarly, Mac Faraday's German Shepherd sidekick, from Lauren Carr's Deep Creek Lake Mysteries.

It is Christmas day and Gnarly has been up to his old tricks again. Now he's in the dog house--or rather the boathouse--after stealing the Christmas feast! Moments after Archie and Mac leave Spencer Manor, Gnarly hears a call for help from Rocky, the Maltese down the street. Four assassins for hire have invaded the home of Rocky's elderly owners. While the home invaders wait for instructions from a mysterious caller, Gnarly must plot to stop them. Can Gnarly save Christmas with only the help of an 8-pound Maltese dressed in an elf suit?

Also, in this mini-anthology, Lucky Dog: A Mac Faraday Mystery Short Story.

"Today is going to be your day, you lucky dog," Lance Collins thought while waiting for the Spencer Police to notify him about his estranged wife's sudden death. He has planned the perfect murder to inherit her massive estate.

One thing Lance hasn't planned on was Mac Faraday and his German Shepherd Gnarly. Gnarly hates murderers, especially dog hating murderers.

Today is going to be one lucky dog's day. But which one?
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