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Old Loves Die Hard (Mac Faraday Mystery #2)

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Old Loves Die Hard...and in the worst places. In Old Loves Die Hard, Lauren Carr continues the rags-to-riches story of Mac Faraday, an underpaid homicide detective who inherits two-hundred-and-seventy million dollars and an estate on Deep Creek Lake, Maryland, from his birth mother on the day his divorce becomes final. Mac is settling nicely into his new life at Spencer Ma...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published April 26th 2011 by CreateSpace (first published April 23rd 2011)
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Martha Cheves
Old Loves Die Hard – Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat

“We did have a good marriage,” she choked out. “If I hadn’t made that one mistake—” Clasping her arms around his neck she tried to kiss him.

While diving backwards to dodge her lips, he released her hold on his neck. “You threw me out of my own home.” He folded her hands in her lap.

“You were always such a gentle man.” Each word came out slowly and deliberately in her effort to appear in control.

“Funny,” Mac said, “tha...more
Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
Mac Faraday, Archie Monday, and Gnarly are again working their magic to solve a murder in Spencer.

Spencer, Maryland, was hit again with a double murder inside the penthouse at Mac's Inn. This sequel brought in new characters that included high profile attorneys and judges who may be murderers. The twists and turns involved in the solving of the murder is quite creative. Lauren Carr is a great mystery writer. This book gives you more background about the characters that you loved in her first boo...more
Laurel-Rain
In this sequel to "It's Murder, My Son (A Mac Faraday Mystery)," we meet ex-homicide detective Mac Faraday again as he is settling into his new life, after inheriting millions from his birth mother, Robin Spencer, a famous mystery writer. He had only discovered who his mother was in adulthood, and is still reeling from the changes wrought by his new-found wealth.

So when his ex-wife Christine shows up (inebriated) at his new home, Spencer Manor, he is totally unprepared for her desperate plea for...more
Rhonda
Review:Old Loves Die Hard by Lauren Carr
5 STARS Well now this week have read all 3 Mac Faraday novels and have really enjoyed them. They are full of twists and turns you might guess some but you won't guess all its secrets. They are clean as in no sex scenes or any vulgar langage but a lot of murder. This book Old Loves Die Hard is the second Mac Faraday novel. Mac is enjoying a visit with Archie and his half brother David when his ex-wife knocks at his door drunk asking for a second chance. Ma...more
Fran
Old Loves Die Hard
Author: Lauren Carr
Reviewed by Fran Lewis


What happens when your ex=wife who cleaned you out in your divorce settlement turns up on your doorstep stone drunk and wants you back? Well! If you are millionaire Mac Faraday you handle it with finesse, intelligence and hopefully without too much fanfare. But, that would be in the real world and this is his world filled with one dog named Gnarly who was not happy to see Christine, one close friend named Archie and one police chief name...more
Mary
Mac is settling in to his new life as a multimillionaire after inheriting the estate of his biological mother, famous mystery writer Robin Spencer. It's quite a step up from being on the brink of bankruptcy following his divorce. He loves his new stone and cedar lakefront mansion and has grown quite fond of his mother's editor, Archie, who lives in the guest house. He's even tolerating the rambunctious German shepherd Gnarly reasonably well. Then his ex-wife shows up, drunk, on his doorstep, beg...more
A.
Series: 2nd in the Mac Faraday Mysteries
Main Character: Mac Faraday, former homicide detective who inherited a fortune
Setting: Modern day, Deep Creek Lake, Maryland
Obtained Through: Author for an honest review

Mac is starting to adjust to his new life when his ex-wife, Christine, shows up at his door drunk. I had wondered when the ex would come around now that he had a mansion and the money to keep it. Mac quickly takes her to the Spencer Inn so she is out of his hair. He barely walks in the lobb...more
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
Lauren Carr has followed up on It's Murder, My Son with Old Loves Die Hard, placing Mac Faraday squarely in the middle of a murder investigation allegedly committed by his ex wife in the penthouse suite of Mac's resort hotel. The day Mac's divorce became final, after his wife had left him for her monied and ambitious lover, was the day that he learnt of his multi million dollar inheritance. Now that her relationship has collapsed it seems his ex-wife wants Mac back and turns up drunk and pleadin...more
T.L. Cooper


In Old Loves Die Hard, Lauren Carr continues the adventure of Mac Faraday, retired detective and heir to a fortune, with a story that weaves together past and present. Carr crashes Mac’s past into his future just as he’s getting comfortable with his new role in life. Carr explores how the past created the present and how one can never run from one’s own life experience in this murder mystery where Mac finds himself a suspect in the murders of his ex-wife and her former lover. Threads of identity...more
A.F.
The second book in the Mac Faraday mystery series, Old Loves Die Hard is just as enjoyable as the first. It is another satisfying murder mystery chock full of fascinating characters.

This time around, Mac Faraday’s ex-wife comes calling, bringing a lot of old baggage and some dead bodies, including hers. Mac becomes a suspect in his ex-wife’s murder, but ends up investigating the killing. He delves into his past, both personal and professional, to find answers and the killer.

The charm of the firs...more
Glenda Bixler
Yes, Lauren, I picked up on the irony of Mac thinking he had to wait to payday to replace his grinding brakes... For those of you who did not read the first book in the Mac Faraday series, let me just share that Mac inherited tons of money from his biological mother. She had been a well-known and successful writer of mystery novels before she died. Earlier, she had arranged to meet her son, who had been adopted. Now, though he still was not used to not having to wait for a payday, he lived in a...more
Maria
Old Loves Die Hard is the second book in Lauren Carr's Mac Faraday series. I reviewed the first book earlier - It's Murder My Son. Well, the second book is at least as good as the first! Mac's ex-wife comes shows up, wreaking havoc on the new life he's made in Deep Creek Lake; her death only increases the confusion.

Carr continues to write interesting characters. Some you want to get to know, some you probably don't. She keeps the plot twisting and turning so guessing the bad guy is quite a chall...more
A Book Vacation
The second novel in the Mac Faraday series, Old Loves Die Hard, is a wonderful mystery novel involving the murder of Mac Faraday’s ex-wife. Carr has again created an action packed suspense novel, bringing back the beloved characters of Mac Faraday, Archie, police Chief David O’Callaghan, and the ever-mischievous Gnarly. I absolutely loved the many twists and turns within the novel, keeping me on the edge of my seat as the story unfolded. Carr’s superb characterization causes the reader to feel l...more
Black Butterfly
Mar 22, 2013 Black Butterfly rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: MYSTERY LOVERS
Recommended to Black Butterfly by: AMAZON
Shelves: mysteries
I REALLY EJOYED THIS BOOK I WISH IT HAD MORE ROMANCE BUT THAT DID NOT HURT THE STORY AT ALL. LOVE ALL THE CHARACTERS THEY ARE VERY FUNNY AT TIMES. BUT THE SCENE STEALERS WERE GNARLY & OTIS, GNARLY IS MY FAVORITE CANINE HERO SINCE LASSIE, RIN TIN TIN AND BENJI I'VE ROOTED FOR ALL OF THEM. THE STORY IS FILLED WITH MANY TWIST & TURNS I LOVED TRYING TO FIQURE OUT WHERE THEY WERE HEADED. YEAH GNARLY!!!! EVEN THOUGH I AM A CAT LOVER.
Lynn Stadel-Paterson
This is a great series! In this second book Mac Faraday has to deal with his ex wife who comes to town asking him to take her back after the man she left him for leaves her, then that same man ends up dead in Mac Farady's personal suite at his hotel. Now Mac has to find the killer to clear his name and the reputation of the Spencer Inn where the murders took place.
Terry
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Melinda
More twists and turns with Mac Faraday. Book #2 is just as rivetting as the first book. Right when I think I have figured out what is going on . . . fat chance. Another dead body and it goes in a whole other direction. I love the direction the relationship between Mac and David is going. Speaking of relationships, Archie and Mac get my heart racing. In this book, Christine's sisters made me want to jump right through the pages and give them my two cents. Well, I can't stop now so I am on to book...more
TAMMY CUEVAS
A few months after Mac Faraday received his inheritance from his birth mother, Queen of Mystery Robin Spencer, his ex-wife showed up at his door wanting a reconciliation. When she and the man she "traded up for" are murdered in Mac's penthouse suite at the Spencer Inn, Mac and Chief of Police David O'Callaghan not only have to solve the murder, but clear Mac's name.

This is a solid second installment in the Mac Faraday series. The relationship between Mac and Archie is growing and the personalit...more
 Gigi Ann
Old Loves Die Hard...and in the worst places.

In "Old Loves Die Hard," Lauren Carr continues the rags-to-riches story of Mac Faraday, an underpaid homicide detective who inherits two-hundred-and-seventy million dollars and an estate on Deep Creek Lake, Maryland, from his birth mother on the day his divorce becomes final.

Mac is settling nicely into his new life at Spencer Manor when his ex-wife Christine shows up-and she wants him back! Before Mac can send her packing, Christine and her estrange...more
Annette
This is the second book in the Mac Faraday series. And again we get to see how the richer half lives.

Mac is the heir to a huge fortune. He inherited from his birth mother, a very successful mystery author.

Since moving into his mansion in an area populated by only the rich and famous, he has become a celebrity but also an assistant to the chief of police. Mac was a former very knowledgeable homicide detective, so he is a great deal of help. Mac lives with Gnarly, an inherited genius German Shephe...more
Rebecca Graf
I fell in love with Mac Faraday and all his friends in Shades of Murder. So, when the opportunity arose to read more of Lauren Carr's books, I jumped at the opportunity. I picked Old Loves Die Hard and found out what a mess it can be when your ex-wife and her ex-lover are found murdered in your penthouse. It's messy.

Mac Faraday is a great character. I love Columbo, Jessica Fletcher, and Perry Mason, but Mac Faraday is quickly becoming one of the coveted detectives in my book. All of the characte...more
sandra sprenger
Another who done it for faraday

while I enjoyed this book, it had to many characters and way too many plot twists to hold together. it was like what and who else can we throw in? the whole story just kept getting bigger and more cumbersome. while the main characters remain true to themselves, they get lost in the storyline. it's like Carr can't decide where to go next.

this is one of the series that can be skipped and not missed at all. Mac's children come across as being pulled in with nothing to...more
Shirley Green
This was a better book than the last one, they keep getting better and better.

I choose this rating because it was fitting. The stories are so good and I can picture all of these settings and scenery. I love the restaurant, the bar and especially the dog which is the smartest, funniest dog that I have seen in literature. Shirley

Patt Sweet
Good book

my kind of mystery book! no sex scenes or four letter words. the mystery was about the story line and not about how many four letter words or sex scenes the author could put in. writing should be about the talent of the author not how vulgar they are.
Joy Hoover
Another good book

I have been enjoying the Mac Farady mysteries. they are easy reads. the characters a r e an interesting bunch.
kathleen smith
Well written, suspenseful.

good character development, although occasionally difficult to follow. enjoyed the relationships between characters, probably should have had more of children's emotions regarding their mothers death.
4 stars.


Dotty
Second book in the series and just as good as the first. Couldn't put it down.
Julie
Lots of twists and turns in this murder mystery. You think you have it figured out...and then you find out you were wrong.
Jeanie Jackson
After the last book, I mentioned that I didn't really connect with the main character at first, this book brings him the life in a personal way as he addresses a murder that touches his past. Once again complications and coincidences bring enough muddy the investigation but heighten the intrigue of the story. I do wish Mac would get a clue about Gnarly; by now the detective should understand that as frustrating as the dog is, it is because he is so smart. On to the next one.
Joni
Another book I chose purely for the setting. Deep Creek Lake MD is one of my favorite spots in the world. Ms. Carr does it justice. Love the setting, the characters - Mac, Archie and Gnarly - are vivid and the mystery was a corker.
My only issue with this book was the ebook formatting. Not Ms. Carr's fault, but... interfered with my enjoyment. Looking forward to diving in to her next installment!
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Lauren Carr fell in love with mysteries when her mother read Perry Mason to her at bedtime. The first installment in the Joshua Thornton mysteries, A Small Case of Murder was a finalist for the Independent Publisher Book Award.

Lauren is also the author of the Mac Faraday Mysteries, which takes place in Deep Creek Lake, Maryland. It’s Murder, My Son, Old Loves Die Hard, and Shades of Murder, and B...more
More about Lauren Carr...
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