A little romance, a lot of suspects, a few murders, and a smidge of the paranormal; you got yourself a mystery with Shadow of Murder.
Disclosure: I received this book to review through iRead Book Tours, I have volunteered to share my review and all the opinions are 100% my own.
You can’t move to the next chapter of your life, without tying up loose ends in the previous.
True crime blogger, Erica Hart starts a new chapter in her life with a bang when a dark shadow darts into the mountain road to send her SUV off a cliff and to the bottom of Deep Creek Lake. Spencer’s newest addition to the police force, Dusty O’Meara assumes it was a bear. Erica is not so sure.
Soon afterwards, contractors discover Konnor Langston’s body at the bottom of an abandoned swimming pool at the new summer home of Mac Faraday’s son.
With Police Chief David O’Callaghan away on paternity leave, Deputy Chief Dusty O’Meara must lead the investigation in his first murder case since moving to Spencer. Not only does Dusty have to work under the shadow of the legendary Mac Faraday, but he also has to match wits with Erica, who is determined to find justice for Konnor, her childhood friend.
Mac isn’t so difficult. Even Gnarly, the town’s canine mayor, is manageable if his authority is well-respected and he is kept entertained.
Erica Hart, Dusty finds, is more of a challenge. It wouldn’t be so difficult if she wasn’t so irresistible.
“Five Stars for Lauren Carr’s 14th book of the Mac Faraday Murder Mysteries, Shadow of Murder! In this new release, she has recaptured the fun of cute “creatures” with the fast-moving, suspenseful, and captivating mystery, along with her usual touch of romance.” – review by Lu Ann Worley, Rockin’ Book Reviews
“This newest title in the author’s Mac Faraday cozy murder mystery series offers Lauren Carr’s most intricate plot to date – full of twists and turns guaranteed to keep readers up until the wee hours. While still full of the humor, fun critters and touch of romance that are her trademark, the author has also woven in a dark supernatural element that whispers through to the startling ending.” – review by Marilyn R. Wilson, bestselling author, freelance writer, editor, and speaker at Olio by Marilyn.
The suspects. The crimes. The murders. The history. The people. The paranormal. It had it all.
It was a little overwhelming with all the goings on – the different murders; the past coming back to haunt the present; the different theories; all the people – past and present; the players – a whole lot of everything going on, but dang if it didn’t all come together in a neat little package.
There was quite a bit going on Shadow of Murder – a little romance, some murders, a little paranormal activity, some evil, some light – a little bit of everything. It definitely kept me on my toes and kept me turning the page to figure out if any of the theories that the characters and myself were correct. Needless to say, I didn’t figure it out right away and was adamant that I had it down, but like usual, Lauren kept the mystery up until the end.
I have said it before and I will say it again; I love a good puzzling mystery! Shadow of Murder did not disappoint! I didn’t see any of the truth coming until it was revealed – just the way I like it!
I am a huge fan of Lauren Carr and her writing. I have read several Mac Faraday books (and others). My goal is to read all of the books, in order, one day. They are definitely in my top 3 for favorite mysteries!
And who can’t love Gnarly, as well his relationship with Mac.
About the Author
Lauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Mac Faraday, Lovers in Crime, Thorny Rose, Chris Matheson Cold Case Mysteries, and Nikki Bryant Cozy Mysteries—over twenty-five titles across five 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.
The owner of Acorn Book Services, Lauren is also a publishing manager, consultant, and virtual book tour coordinator for independent authors.
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.