Lauren Carr

Biography

Lauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Thorny Rose, Mac Faraday, Lovers in Crime, and Chris Matheson Cold Case Mysteries—over twenty titles across four fast-paced mystery series filled with twists and turns!

Book reviewers and readers alike rave about how Lauren Carr 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 two spoiled rotten German shepherds on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was a West Virginia farm girl, which is why I include so many animals in my books. I was the youngest of four children and the one nearest my age was my sister, who was four years old. So I spent a lot of time alone as a child. My best friend was our boxer, Jinx. I used to put capes on him and we’d “fly” around the farm pretending to be superheroes. Notice that Emma, Chris Matheson’s youngest daughter dresses their pet rabbit, Thor, up. That’s where that comes from.
My primary motivation was my mother, who saw that I was a writer and believed in me even when I doubted myself. She got me started by taking me to the library every week. She loved books and reading—exclusively murder mysteries. That was the love we shared. She had a string of libraries that she would go to—which is why I support libraries. She devoured murder mysteries to the point that the libraries had to import books in for her because she had literally read they all. Once, when I was visiting her, we went to the library and she took me to the mystery section and she went along the shelf tapping each book. “Read that one … and that one. Loved that one … This was too gory. … This one was slow. Figured out the killer in this one by page fifteen. …”
After she passed away, my brothers, sister, and I were cleaning out her house and I found a stack of library books that needed to be returned and they were overdue. Wouldn’t you know it? The library they belonged to was closed that day. So I put them in the dropbox. When I got home, I called to ask how much was the late fee was and the director said they had read the obituary. She gushed saying that everyone in the libraries all knew and loved her. She was such a supporter of the libraries. Behind her back, they called her “That Beautiful Lady.” Of course, that made me cry.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I've been writing my whole life. I believe writers are born writers. They write all the time. They wake up telling stories, even if only in their heads. And they go to bed thinking about yet another story.
I do remember the first story that I had written with the intention of selling. I was in grade school, not yet a teenager, and had seen that a girl's magazine was holding a writing contest. So I wrote a story and submitted it. It was a kidnapping story. A romance won.
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Meet Lauren Carr - Best-Selling Mystery Writer
Lauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Thorny Rose, Mac Faraday, Lovers in Crime, and Chris Matheson Cold Case Mysteries—over twenty titles across four fast-paced mystery series filled with twists and turns!

Series

The Thorny Rose Mysteries
In the Thorny Rose Mysteries, best-selling mystery author Lauren Carr has delighted her fans by merging the son and daughter of the detectives from her two popular series. Fans were introduced to Murphy Thornton, the son of Joshua Thornton from Lovers in Crime Mysteries, and Jessica Faraday, the daughter of Mac Faraday from the Mac Faraday Mysteries, in the widely-acclaimed and best-selling Three Days to Forever, which was released in January 2015. A perfect match they are! Lauren Carr’s newest series is hot and sexy, like her newest detectives.

Kill and Run

Price: $2.99 USD.

A Fine Year for Murder

Price: $2.99 USD.
The Mac Faraday Mysteries
The worst day of homicide detective Mac Faraday's life was a new beginning. Moments after the judge declared his marriage to his cheating money hungry wife over, Mac inherits a fortune and an estate on Deep Creek Lake from his late birth mother--world-famous mystery author Robin Spencer. With that, the adventure begins as Mac Faraday embarks on a new life filled with mystery.

It's Murder, My Son

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Old Loves Die Hard

Price: $2.99 USD.

Shades of Murder

Price: $2.99 USD.

Blast from the Past

Price: $2.99 USD.
Lovers in Crime
County Prosecutor Joshua Thornton and Homicide Detective Cameron Gates strike out to explore the mysteries of both murder and love! "If you're looking for a mystery with an abundance of comedy, Dead on Ice will more than meet your expectations. I've come to expect great characters and intricate plotting from Lauren Carr," - David Kinchen, Huntington Post In her new series, Lauren Carr teams up her first literary detective with a new and exciting partner. Homicide Detective Cameron Gates has a spunky personality that’s a perfect complement to Joshua Thornton’s logical and responsible nature. “Readers of my first series kept asking when I would bring back Joshua Thornton,” Carr explained. “However, they are going to find that single father Joshua Thornton is not in the same place since we left him in A Reunion to Die For. His children are grown. He’s more independent, and he’s ready for some romance and adventure. That’s where Cameron Gates comes in."

Dead on Ice

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Real Murder

Price: $2.99 USD.

Killer in the Band

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Books

Twofer Murder
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 129,600. Language: English. Published: December 13, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
A treat for fans of best-selling author Lauren Carr’s fast-paced mysteries, Twofer Murder contains the main characters from her three successful series. The guys go away for a fishing weekend and get caught up in the murder of a journalist investigating a timber company. The ladies go to a mystery writers' conference only to get wrapped up in their own mystery when a mystery author gets murdered.
A Fine Year for Murder
Series: The Thorny Rose Mysteries. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 98,450. Language: English. Published: December 13, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
When the Thorny Rose detectives hear about a cold case called the Pine Bridge Massacre, they realize Jessica may have witnessed the brutal murder and suppressed the memory. Determined to uncover the truth, Jessica and Murphy return to the scene of the crime. Can this family reunion bring closure for a community touched by tragedy or will this prickly get-together bring an end to the Thorny Rose?
Kill and Run
Series: The Thorny Rose Mysteries. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 110,880. Language: English. Published: December 13, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
Five women are found brutally murdered in a townhome outside Washington. What brought these apparent strangers together only to be killed? Lt Murphy Thornton believes that if he can uncover the thread connecting these victims, then he can find their murderer. Can newlyweds Murphy and Jessica sift through the web of lies and cover-ups to reveal the truth without falling victim to a cunning killer?
Murder on Deep Creek
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 1,004,160. Language: English. Published: October 2, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Anthologies » Mystery
Murder hit the shores of Deep Creek Lake like a hurricane when Mac Faraday blew into Spencer, Maryland, in his red sports car in Lauren Carr's best-selling Mac Faraday Mysteries. Since then, mystery-lovers have been on a roller coaster of adventure sifting through one clue after another in trying to uncover who-done-it. Dive into mystery with this mega-box set--twelve books in all!
Candidate for Murder
Series: The Mac Faraday Mysteries. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 123,530. Language: English. Published: September 12, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
When the political parties force-feed two unsavory mayoral nominees on the town residents, Police Chief David O’Callaghan makes a political statement by nominating Gnarly, Mac Faraday’s German shepherd, to run as mayor of Spencer. To everyone's surprise, the canine becomes the front-runner overnight! When murder ends up on the ballot, Mac dives in to clear Gnarly’s name and save Spencer!
Shades of Murder
Series: The Mac Faraday Mysteries. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 54,170. Language: English. Published: September 12, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
Mac Faraday is the benefactor of a stolen masterpiece with a murder attached to it. Meanwhile, a world away, Joshua Thornton agrees to solve the one murder wrongly attributed to a convicted serial killer. Little do these detectives know that their respective cases are on a collision course when they follow the clues to a killer with a talent for murder!
Old Loves Die Hard
Series: The Mac Faraday Mysteries. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 74,740. Language: English. Published: September 12, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
Mac Faraday is settling nicely into his new life when his ex-wife shows up. She wants him back! Before Mac can send her packing, she and her estranged lover are murdered in Mac’s private penthouse at the Spencer Inn. With the help of his new friends, Mac must use all of his detective skills to clear his name and the Spencer Inn’s reputation before its 5-stars and more bodies start dropping!
Open Season for Murder
Series: The Mac Faraday Mysteries. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 84,890. Language: English. Published: August 14, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
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!
A Wedding and a Killing
Series: The Mac Faraday Mysteries. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 85,960. Language: English. Published: August 13, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Mac Faraday and his lady love, Archie Monday, decide to elope to the little church where his ancestors had all married. However, before they can say, “I do,” the sanctuary erupts into chaos when Gnarly finds a dead body. Mac and his team discover more questions than answers during their investigation. Which of the seemingly kind-hearted church members is really a cold-blooded killer?
Spring Thaw (A Chris Matheson Cold Case Mystery Novella and Other Mystery Short Stories)
Price: Free! Words: 68,690. Language: English. Published: August 13, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Mystery, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
In today’s hectic world, many whodunit fans don’t have time to get their mystery fix diving into a whole novel. Lauren Carr’s SPRING THAW AND OTHER MYSTERY SHORT STORIES is for these fans—but that doesn’t mean whodunit fans who do have time can’t dive in as well.
Cancelled Vows
Series: The Mac Faraday Mysteries. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 101,820. Language: English. Published: July 20, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
Police Chief David O’Callaghan and Chelsea Adams’ wedding day is fast approaching. Unfortunately, David discovers that before he can walk down the aisle—divorce his first wife—and he’s got five days to get it done. When murder throws up a roadblock, it is up to David’s best man, Mac Faraday, and Gnarly, K9-in-waiting, to sort through the clues to get David to the church in time!
Twelve to Murder
Series: The Mac Faraday Mysteries. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 69,640. Language: English. Published: July 14, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Two people are brutally murdered in their summer place on Deep Creek Lake. Suspected of the murders, former child star Lenny Frost takes innocent bystanders hostage in a local pub and demands that Mac Faraday find the killer. Can Mac save the hostages by piecing together the clues in less than twelve hours, or will it be a fatal last call at the stroke of midnight?
It's Murder, My Son
Series: The Mac Faraday Mysteries. Price: Free! Words: 88,770. Language: English. Published: July 9, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
1st book in Mac Faraday Mysteries! Soon after Katrina Singleton moves to her lakefront home, a strange man begins stalking her. Three months after her murder, the investigation into her death has gone cold. Little does Mac Faraday know as he drives up to Spencer Manor that he is driving into a closed gate community hiding more suspicious deaths than his DC workload as a homicide detective.
Real Murder
Series: Lovers in Crime. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 80,160. Language: American English. Published: July 4, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
When Detective Cameron Gates befriends Dolly, the little old lady across the street, she is warned not to get lured into investigating the unsolved murder of one of her girls. “She’s senile,” she's warned. “It’s not a real murder.” Such is not the case. After Dolly is brutally murdered, Cameron discovers that the sweet blue-haired lady’s “girl” had been a call girl murdered in a double homicide.
Dead on Ice
Series: Lovers in Crime. Price: Free! Words: 59,210. Language: American English. Published: July 4, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
1st in Lovers in Crime Mysteries! Cameron Gates and Joshua Thornton are tasked with solving the murder of Cherry Pickens, a legendary porn star whose body turns up in an abandoned freezer. It doesn’t take long for their investigation to reveal that the risqué star’s roots were buried in their rural community. When this starlet came running home from the mob, it proved to be a fatal homecoming.
Three Days to Forever
Series: The Mac Faraday Mysteries. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 112,640. Language: American English. Published: July 3, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
It's three days to Mac Faraday and Archie Monday’s wedding. But droopy flowers are the least of their problems when a hit squad sends the groom, Joshua Thornton, Archie’s mother, and Gnarly running for their lives. With time running out to the big day, Mac has to sort through the clues to figure out not only who is the target, but also who is determined to stop everything … FOREVER!
The Murders at Astaire Castle
Series: The Mac Faraday Mysteries. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 70,100. Language: English. Published: June 20, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
What starts out as a quick tour of a dusty old castle turns into another Mac Faraday adventure when Astaire Castle becomes the scene of even more murders. Mac is going to need to put all of his investigative talents to work to sort out this case that involves the strangest characters he has run into yet—including a wolfman. No, we’re not talking about Gnarly.
Killer in the Band
Series: Lovers in Crime. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 110,530. Language: English. Published: June 20, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
Soon after J.J. rekindles a romance with Suellen the Joshua and Cameron discover that the former leader of a rock band has been keeping a deep dark secret - one that she is ready to bring into the light of day. Yet, when a brutal killer strikes, the Lovers in Crime must work fast to solve the case before Joshua's son ends up in the cross-hairs of a murderer.
Blast from the Past
Series: The Mac Faraday Mysteries. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 65,600. Language: English. Published: June 5, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
Mac Faraday is up to his eyeballs in mobsters and feds after a failed hit on his lady love Archie Monday ends badly with two dead hitmen. Determined to get the assassination done, mobster Tommy Cruze cruises into town only to drop dead before breakfast. Mac and Archie's good luck proves to be one of their most challenging cases yet.
The Lady Who Cried Murder
Series: The Mac Faraday Mysteries. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 75,120. Language: English. Published: June 4, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
Fame comes at a price. Khloe Everest paid with her life.Determined to get her pretty face in front of the cameras, Khloe Everest fakes an abduction. Three years later, after failing to catapult her notoriety into a long-lasting celebrity, Khloe Everest returns to Spencer, and is brutally murdered before she can make her grand entrance.

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