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The Murders at Astaire Castle

(Mac Faraday Mystery #5)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  565 ratings  ·  66 reviews
Never tell Mac Faraday not to do something.

Spencer’s police chief, David O’Callaghan, learns this lesson the hard way when he orders Mac Faraday to stay away from the south end of Spencer’s mountaintop—even though he owns the property. It doesn’t take long for Mac to find out what lies on the other side of the stone wall and locked gate, on which hangs a sign warning visit
Kindle Edition, 249 pages
Published July 19th 2013 by Acorn Book Services
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Aug 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Back in Deep Creek, Maryland, we reconnect with Mac Faraday and his brother, Police Chief David O'Callaghan, for a new adventure. Mac's birth mother, Robin Spencer, was a bestselling mystery author who left him her wealth upon her death. He had never known her in life, but had loved her books. David and Mac shared a father and connected in adulthood.

Our story begins in the prologue, when we are introduced to a housekeeper, Rafaela, who is working for an author named Damian Wagner in a mysterious
David Kinchen
Oct 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing

Lauren Carr will have to work very hard to top the body count in the fifth book in the Mac Faraday series set in Deep Creek Lake, Maryland, "The Murders at Astaire Castle" (Acorn Book Services, available at, CreateSpace, Barnes and Noble and other online book sources and book stores; 284 pages, $12.99, also available as an eBook).

To catch readers up on what's happening with Mac, Archie, David, Gnarly and all the other characters in Maryland's westernmost county I'm including the link
Cindy McDonald
Jul 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Cozy Mystery Sleuth turns darn-right scary!

Castles, murders, and werewolves—My my! What is that Lauren Carr up to now? She’s morphed from her cozy mystery mold into a scary mystery that takes Mac Faraday a haunting situation and Carr’s readers are gonna like!

Turns out the infamous Astaire Castle that is hidden in overgrown brush on the other side of Spencer Mountain is owned by Mac, only the grand estate is cursed—everyone who stays at the castle ends up dead—including a famous author who took u
Jul 22, 2013 rated it really liked it

Last night I was wanting something to read a short story so I would not be tempted to stay up reading, when my kindle showed me there was a new Mac Faraday Mystery out. So of course I downloaded it and got it free on Amazon lending prime. So I stayed up late reading.

The Murders at Astaire Castle is good. Did not want to stop reading. It is a little bit different from the other books in the series. The characters show a little bit different side. At least David and Gnarly do.

The plot has s
Aug 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing

Author: Lauren Carr

Gnarly, Mac and David are in hot pursuit culprits behind the murders at the Astaire Castle. Learning about this castle, never realizing that he owns it, Mac Faraday once again becomes embroiled in more than one murder, suicide and strange disappearances. One housekeeper approaches this huge and magnificent castle with one goal in mind: to clean it. Entering the dark and cold halls she never expects to encounter something that would shake not onl
A Book Vacation
Sep 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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This is Lauren Carr’s first plunge into the world of the paranormal, and I must say, it’s absolutely thrilling! There is never a dull day in the life of retired investigator Mac Faraday, and finding out he owns a haunted castle piques his interest, regardless of what his friends tell him about leaving it well alone. And, with the investigation into the abandoned castle comes the appearance of a wolf man and the murder of two prominent celebrities, fur
Review: The Murders at Astaire Castle by Lauren Carr So far we have got introduced to Mac and Archie and David. We also meet up with Gnarly. It all starts with an old woman disappears from Spencer Inn. Mac wants to know what on the south side of Spencer Mountain.
So Mac asked Hector to tour the old castle. David comes by following Mac and Hector. Mac gets out of the jeep and asked what David is doing. Now David commits to being with Mac and tries to protect Mac even though if he does not
Lauren Carr
Jul 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Fans of the Mac Faraday Mysteries may notice a slight difference in The Murders at Astaire Castle. While this mystery does contain some supernatural elements, I would not classify it as a paranormal.

Halloween has always been a fun time. It is the time to break out and be someone else. As a child, I would pretend to be one of the Bobbsey Twins searching for clues to lead me to a secret treasure. If I was lucky, it was made up of chocolate. As a teenager, I was Nancy Drew. Always, when October ro
Ridiculous, extremely poorly written load of tosh. Terrible dialogue and some cringeworthy nonsense:
1. Using palatable instead of palpable (as in the tension was palatable - I kid you not)
2. Unnecessary explanation about the concept of the "Stepford Wife" - once again I kid you not.
3. Stating that Europe is a generic country. Seriously. The author actually wrote that. Dear author, some general knowledge may be of use to you.
4. A so called billionaire who marries a supposed lingerie model who isn
Black Butterfly
Jul 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: ADULTS
Recommended to Black Butterfly by: GOODREADS
Shelves: mystery-romance
Elizabeth Dodd
Sep 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I haven't read any of the author's other books, but I intend to now.
This is an exciting storyline with "good guys" and not so good guys interacting. There is even a "good guy" dog. And he's great fun; quite a handful.
There is romance, lies, greed, multiple murders (and attempts), and important elements going back over 10 years.
It is engaging and never dull.
And then there is an unexpected touch of the supernatural. A light touch (no vampires with dripping teeth), but important.
I look forward to c
Dec 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
Last book of 2013, and it was a fun one! Yes, a book with an ever increasing body count was fun. Strong characters and a plot that was never dull made this a book I just couldn't put down. often found myself laughing out loud over the antics of the Gnarly, the ever faithful German Shepard companion of Mac, the retired homicide detective main character of the book. (His thievery hit close to home!)I've already lined up the others in this series for my Kindle, hoping they're all just as entertaini ...more
Sep 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book started off strong by setting a spooky tone. Then it changed to your average mystery plot. By the end, though, the Halloween spooky theme was back and even better than the beginning. I wish more of the book had that spooky element, but all in all it was a good read with excellent parts.

Second time around after reading the previous books -
How could my first review have described any part of this book as "your average mystery plot?" Brilliant! Loved it.
Dec 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was an enjoyable book to read; the familiar characters were all there and some new ones were added - some likeable and some definitely not. Plenty of action, some twists, some spookiness. I rated it 4.5 stars.
Leserling Belana
May 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
This refers to the audio version of this book.

This is the fifth book in the Mac Faraday Mystery Series, and the second book I listened to. Like ‚Old Loves Die Hard‚, this can be read as a stand-alone novel. All the characters and their connections are properly introduced, and although it is clear that we’ve moved on in time, I never felt I missed something.

In this book, the focus is more on David and his past, than it is on Mac Faraday. And David has an interesting past, a good deal of which is
Amie's Book Reviews
May 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Listening to the audiobook of THE MURDERS AT ASTAIRE CASTLE was an entertaining treat.

The narrator for this audiobook is Dan Lawson. His voice is perfect for the Mac Faraday books. He is able to modulate his voice so that there is never a doubt which character is speaking. I am impressed with his enunciation and was able to understand every word he said.

The story itself is a well written mystery that spans several decades. I have not read, or listened to the second, third or fourth book in thi
Sherry Lynn
Oct 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
They just keep getting better!
Which is kind of a strange statement since this is book 5 in the series.
I have really enjoyed meeting Lauren Carr and Mac Faraday and of course Gnarly.
The first introduction I had to read this series was with the most recent title Candidate For Murder #12. It was 5 stars!
The Murders At Astaire Castle is just as good as all the others that I've read. In some ways I kind of liked it better. But maybe that is because I've really come to enjoy these characters.
May 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I would have to say that The Murders at Astaire Castle ranks among the top five audio books I have listened to so far. The narrator Dan Lawson did an amazing job pulling me into Lauren Carr's mystery. My favorite character would have to be Gnarly. Gnarly is a canine character who brings a lot of laughs into this book and the Mac Faraday Mystery series. I love the fact that he is realistically written and yet still very personable. My favorite scene in the Murders at Astaire Castle would have to ...more
Marilyn Wilson
Oct 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I've been a big fan of Lauren Carr's mystery books right from the first book I had the privilege to review. Of her many offerings, the Mac Faraday series is probably my favourite. Each book has just the right mix of humour (often courtesy of a large, intelligent dog named Gnarly) , mystery, romance and murder that keeps me turning the pages into the wee hours. The downside of this is I usually consume them in a only a day or two and then have to wait patiently for the next to be released.

The Mur
Jan 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Mac is surprised to find he owns a castle just on the other side of the mountain. A haunted castle, or cursed. Linked to at least three deaths and several disappearances. Not even three hundred million dollars can make life easy for this retired detective.
Apr 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
This was a lot of fun. It had a black widow, a wolf man, a lost love and Gnarly found a love interest. As always there were multiple murders, suspects and red herrings but with just a touch of paranormal.
May 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Full review to be posted for book tour... but I AM VERY obsessed with this series.
Lu Anne CLark
May 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Not bad

Intriguing story. Lots of murders. Interesting characters. Twisting plots. Gnarly was fun as usual. Ready to read the next one
Clemmie Jackson
Aug 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wasn't left disappointed, old gnarly gave some good ha ha moments ...more
Feb 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Murders at Astaire Castle review

The Murders at Astaire Castle is the fifth fast paced action book in the Mac Faraday Mystery series written by author Lauren Carr.
Linda Look
Mar 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Mac Faraday is a detective in a small town. His chief, David, has a history with women and mysteries/murder in the town. This was an enjoyable, fast read, good plot. I rate this a 5.0.
Jeremy Michael Gallen
Oct 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
In the fifth installment of author Lauren Carr’s Mac Faraday mystery series, Spencer police chief David O’Callaghan, son of a former police chief and both Mac Faraday’s friend and half-brother, orders the retired and divorced homicide detective to avoid the southern side of the town’s mountaintop, for therein lies the enigmatic Astaire Castle, ranked as one of the most possessed locations in the United States, what with a number of suicides and murders there. Despite his half-sibling’s admonishm ...more
Oct 07, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016-reads
This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader as part of a Book Tour.
So Mac Faraday stumbles onto a haunted castle where one of his favorite authors was murdered -- as were many others -- that he just happens to own. Shortly after him finding it, more people are murdered. Just what this retired (and seemingly bored) detective needs: a complicated mystery to sink his teeth into.

The investigation brings up a lot of memories for the locals -- most particularly, his half-brother, the Polic
Dhivya Balaji
Oct 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
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