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Old Loves Die Hard (Mac Faraday Mystery #2)

4.10  ·  Rating Details  ·  364 Ratings  ·  49 Reviews
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
Jun 28, 2011 Martha Cheves rated it it was amazing
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
Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
Apr 18, 2012 Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews rated it really liked it
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
Apr 29, 2011 Laurel-Rain rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 08, 2012 Rhonda rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 13, 2011 Fran rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 13, 2011 Mary rated it really liked it
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
Sep 15, 2011 Ariel rated it really liked it
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
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
May 18, 2011 T.L. Cooper rated it liked it

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
Jan 09, 2013 A.F. rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, mysteries
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
'Old Loves Die Hard" by Lauren Carr started off as a page turner but I soon got bogged down. If the author had found a way to cut down on the suspects and the intricate of the crimes, I would be giving this book a much higher rating.

It hurts to do that because I really love the main characters, Mac Faraday who used to be a poor homicide detective and his girlfriend Archie Monday, a mystery writer. But most of all, Gnarly, a 100 pound German Shepherd who was incredibly smart and endearing is the
Glenda Bixler
Sep 04, 2012 Glenda Bixler rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed-books
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
Sep 27, 2011 Maria rated it really liked it
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
A Book Vacation
Jul 07, 2011 A Book Vacation rated it really liked it
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
Jun 29, 2015 Karen rated it liked it
The mysteries in the series are ok, but it's Gnarly, the German Shepard that has me hooked
C.C. Thomas
Mar 21, 2015 C.C. Thomas rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
I read the first installment in this mystery series several years ago and didn't remember much of the backstory. Luckily, that didn't seem necessary. I'm not sure why I had this on my TBR pile, but it didn't live up to any expectations that I'd placed on it.

Mac Faraday is a retired cop, recently wealthy, and trying to enjoy his new life with a new love. His old life comes tearing back when his ex-wife reappears wanting to reconnect. When Mac turns her down, she takes out her vengeance on an old
Karen B.
Good mystery but not as good as the first

In this second Mac Faraday returns with Archie, his half brother, David and of course thieving Gnarly. mac, a former homicide detective went through a horrible divorce, his wife leaving him him for another man and taking him for everything he has. About to declare bankruptcy, he instead he find his birth mother has left him a substantial inheritance and a manor estate. It doesn't take long for Mac to adjust to this comfortable lifestyle before his ex show
Nov 19, 2015 Joanne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A friend loaned me this and I read it not realizing that it was the second book in the series. I really didn't feel like that made a difference, though, because the author did such a good job of setting the stage, as it were.

Mac Faraday was a homicide detective before his life abruptly changed. On the day his divorce from his cheating wife was final, he learns that he has inherited a fortune from his biological mother, a wildly successful mystery writer who put him up for adoption as an infant.
Black Butterfly
Mar 22, 2013 Black Butterfly rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: MYSTERY LOVERS
Recommended to Black Butterfly by: AMAZON
Shelves: mysteries
Lynn Stadel-Paterson
Apr 01, 2012 Lynn Stadel-Paterson rated it it was amazing
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.
Mar 13, 2016 Leanna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 11, 2014 Terry rated it it was amazing
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Sep 07, 2014 Melinda rated it really liked it
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
Nov 03, 2012 TAMMY CUEVAS rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-thriller
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
 Gigi Ann
Jul 24, 2013 Gigi Ann rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 10, 2013 Annette rated it really liked it
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
Rebecca Graf
Nov 03, 2012 Rebecca Graf rated it it was amazing
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
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
Shirley Green
May 20, 2014 Shirley Green rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 11, 2014 Patt Sweet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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