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It's Murder, My Son

(Mac Faraday Mystery #1)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  920 ratings  ·  129 reviews
What started out as the worst day of Mac Faraday’s life would end up being a new beginning.

After a messy divorce hearing, the last person that Mac wanted to see was another lawyer. Yet, this lawyer wore the expression of a child bursting to tell his secret. This covert would reveal Mac as heir to undreamed of fortunes, and lead him to the birthplace of America’s Queen of M
Kindle Edition, 240 pages
Published June 23rd 2010 by Lauren Carr
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Nov 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
After discovering that the famed mystery writer Robin Spencer was his mother, Mac Faraday was shocked to also learn of her death. But the inheriting of her millions which included Spencer Manor and Spencer Inn in the town of Spencer meant Mac would no longer be a penniless ex-homicide detective struggling to survive the results of a messy divorce.

Arriving in town to take up his inheritance, he found that there had been a murder near his new home – Katrina Singleton, wealthy and single, had been
Mar 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: us-rural-crime
I enjoyed reading this complicated mystery set in a wealthy community in Maryland and give it four out of five stars. Mac Faraday has resigned from the Washington, D.C police after receiving a huge inheritance. He puts his police skills to use by solving some murders. The plot is full of red herrings and the characters are well written.
Debbie Oxier
Mar 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The ink isn't even dry on his divorce decree when Mac Faraday learns he's inherited millions of dollars from his biological birth mother, Robin Spencer, a woman he never met. Turns out she's the best selling author of award winning mystery novels and after finally locating the son she gave up for adoption years ago, she's left everything to him. Money, house, her assistant who happens to be a beautiful woman named Archie. When Mac arrives at his new estate in the gated community where his mother ...more
Laura Thomas
Jun 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’ve been reading and loving Lauren’s books for many years. I’m known for jumping into a series anywhere and I first dipped my toes into this series with Cancelled Vows, Book #11. I’ve become very familiar with these characters and grown to love them. I always said I’d go back and meet them from the beginning. And now I have.

You might think the book wouldn’t be as fun as I already know these characters and have read so many of their adventures. Not so. While they did feel familiar, I also felt l
Jul 31, 2010 rated it it was amazing

Meet Mac Faraday. What started out as the worst day of his life ends up being a completely new beginning for this homicide detective. After a messy divorce hearing, the last person that Mac wanted to see was another lawyer. Yet, this lawyer looked very unlawyer-like, wearing the expression of a child who was about to reveal a guarded secret. This covert would reveal Mac as heir to fortunes undreamed of and would lead him to Spencer, Maryland, the birthplace of America's Queen of Mystery
Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
A murder next door to Mac, earlier connected murders, a small town filled with wealthy, cunning residents, a detective who is now a millionaire and also the illegitimate son of a recently deceased mystery-writing author, Robin Spencer, make up part of the "crew" in this well-written, intriguing murder mystery. And.....we can't forget Gnarly, a huge German Shepherd who steals food from anyone he can, causes havoc in the neighborhood, and even helps find clues for the murder investigations.

The cha
Paul Ataua
Mar 10, 2020 rated it it was ok
So many people here have heaped so much praise on “It’s Murder, My Son” that I feel embarrassed about not having anything good to say about it. I guess it’s a matter of taste. For me, it’s a lightweight mystery with a hero who lacks any real depth as a character and who shows little or no development within the story. He is rich and good looking, and he ‘quips’ his way through the action. Unfortunately, I didn’t even find the quips either witty or clever. I think the author has tapped into an ap ...more
Aug 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
New authors are always risky to pick up. You never know what to expect - kind of like a first (blind)date. You don't know if you will be a good fit, but having this niggling feeling in the back of your head that this might not turn out the way you want. That was me going into this book. But I'm happy to say, it turned out great! This book was everything that I wanted and more. It was light, quick yet a bit intricate and even more surprisingly fun.

For me, Gnarly the German Shepherd made the enti
Jul 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It’s Murder My Son
Author: Lauren Carr
Reviewed by Fran Lewis

Imagine being left 270 million dollars, a mansion, hotel and lots of property and an added bonus of one German shepherd who has a definite mind of his own named Gnarly. Added to that you inherited an editor and researched named Archie, one policeman who turns out to be your brother and a family history that you won’t believe. But, what does excite our new millionaire detective and son of a mystery writer, the murder that took place thre
Sherry Fundin
This may be the first book in the Mac Faraday’s mysteries, but I have met the characters before and had to know how they came together.

Gnarly…uproariously funny and lovable Gnarly. Once you meet him, you will never forget him.

Lauren Car makes it difficult to figure out the whodunit, but what a wild ride to the conclusion. No question, Lauren is a master when it comes to mystery, suspense, police procedures and romance. Characters to die for, but you have to be careful who you fall for in her nov
Glenda Bixler
Sep 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Everybody by now knows that I thoroughly enjoy series, so it's no surprise that It's Murder, My Son gets a high recommendation from me! But first the storyline and characters have to have grabbed me! And they did!

Mac Faraday found out very recently that he was the son of a famous fiction writer! She had made arrangements to meet him once before she died and then left her entire estate to him. His mother had been involved with a married man, from the town where she lived so that Mac was finding o
Sep 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, mysteries
It’s Murder, My Son by Lauren Carr is an entertaining mystery romp. It’s perfect for a rainy day read or a relaxing weekend.

The first book in the Mac Faraday mystery series, It’s Murder, My Son, begins with a new chapter in former homicide detective Mac Faraday’s life. Recently divorced, he finds himself the heir to a multimillion dollar fortune of a late mystery author, a woman who was the birth mother he never knew. And along with the money and property, he inherits a couple of murders and a w
Rebecca Graf
Nov 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
If you have read any of my other reviews, you'll know that I love Lauren Carr's Mac Faraday mysteries. It's Murder, My Son is no exception.

Mac Faraday has just inherited millions from his mother who had given him up for adoption. Now, he is a retired police officer living it up. The ironic thing is that is exactly what his famous mystery writing mother's character, Forsythe did. Coincidence? I don't it especially when Mac finds himself solving a few murders and exposing many secrets of the town.
Karen B.
Jan 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Not a cosy mystery

This is not a cosy mystery but it felt like one. This was a delight to read. You have your retired homicide detective, more than a few murders, a couple of mobsters, non - explicit sex, many characters who are not what they appear to be, a touch of romance, a bunch of clues that really keep you guessing and one very smart dog. All added together, they make a great read.
Stephanie Jane
Sep 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
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I've already read the second book in Lauren Carr's 'Mac Faraday' mystery series, Old Loves Die Hard, so I appreciated this opportunity to right go back to the series' beginning and discover how Mac found himself living in luxury at Deep Creek Lake. He's just inherited an almost unimaginable fortune, but before he can start to accustom himself to his changed circumstances, Mac embroils himself in a complicated murder investigation.

I was impres
Oct 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing

In this book, It’s Murder, My Son, author Lauren Carr introduces readers to the Mac Faraday Mysteries. Mac comes to the town of Spencer to claim the inheritance left to him by his mother. Immediately he finds out about the tragic murder of one of the town of Spencer’s wealthiest Katrina Singleton and of course being an investigator, he can’t stand by and not get involved in solving this murder.

I love suspense stories so I thoroughly enjoyed this one. Mac is an interesting
Martha Cheves
Aug 31, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It’s Murder, My Son – Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat

A noise outside made her jump out of the recliner. She glanced at the clock. Almost nine. Could Chad have decided to come out when I mentioned my appointment with the divorce lawyer? Maybe he does love my money more than he loves Rachel. She listened. Nothing except the wind signaling the blizzard’s approach. Maybe I should call David? No. It wouldn’t look good if Chad found him here. He’s already suspicious. The Germ
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
May 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
It's Murder, My Son is an engaging murder mystery series debut by author Lauren Carr. Mac Faraday is a newly retired homicide detective whose difficult divorce and subsequent near bankruptcy leaves him at a loose end until he inherits millions from his biological mother, a famously successful mystery novelist. Mac moves into her luxury home in an exclusive gated community greeted by his mother's assistant, Archie and and an ungainly mutt named Gnarly, hoping to get to know his half brother David ...more
Jul 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
This novel introduces the incredibly fortunate Mac Faraday. He's just been rescued from the brink of bankruptcy following a messy divorce by learning that his biological mother, famous mystery writer Robin Spencer, has died and left him millions. Mac buys a fancy sports car and drives to his new estate on exclusive Deer Creek Lake in Spencer, Maryland. In addition to his fabulous new stone and cedar mansion, Mac finds his mother's dog, Gnarly, her editor, Archie, a half-brother David--and a rece ...more
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Jul 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Carr is an exceptional writer, keeping the reader glued to the pages as her murder mystery unfolds. I was drawn into the story from the very first page as it jumps directly into the action with Katrina’s murder. What I really enjoyed about this novel, aside from the thrill and suspense it created, is that Carr created every character with a purpose. There are no space filling characters within the novel at all; each person somehow connects back to the murder in some way and plays a vital role in ...more
Nov 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-thriller
Mac Faraday left his divorce hearing hating all lawyers, but the one who chased him down changed his life forever. As the heir to the Robin Spencer, "America's Queen of Mystery", fortune, he can lead a life of leisure. But as a former homicide detective, he has the skills to unravel the real-life murder mystery that threaten to consume his new life.

Lauren Carr's first installment in her Mac Faraday series is an engrossing mystery that hooks the reader in the first chapter and doesn't let go unt
T.L. Cooper
Sep 05, 2010 rated it really liked it
Lauren Carr's debut mystery novel, It's Murder, My Son, is an engaging and intriguing story. Carr introduces us to Mac Faraday, a divorced, retired police officer who inherits his biological mother's estate when she dies. As he struggles to accept that his mother was a rich, famous mystery writer and to embrace his new life as a wealthy man, he's drawn to the mystery surrounding a recent murder in his mother's upscale neighborhood. Gnarly, the German Shepard Mac inherits from his mother, was als ...more
Jun 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
It's Murder My Son is a great murder mystery! The author, Lauren Carr, writes a smooth and engaging story that keeps you reading. It's not an easy mystery that you can figure out in ten minutes, it's a novel that gets you thinking.

Mac Faraday is a great main character. His life has turned upside down, first for the worst with his divorce and then for the better with his inheritance. But does a low-key ex-detective know what to do with all that money? It's fun going on the journey with him as he
Mickey Reed
Jul 05, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery fans
Recommended to Mickey by: Lauren Carr
Shelves: 2011, author-review
Full review here!

Big thanks to the author for mailing me the physical copy of this novel. Here is my honest review:

I enjoyed the mystery behind this novel. It was predictable and unpredictable all at the same time. The initial murder created the mystery, but then several other people ended up dead and Mac had to figure it out. Speaking of Mac..

He's just gotten divorced and lost his job, so when he finds out that his biological mother has died and left him $270,000,000 he's just fine. He moves i
 Gigi Ann
Mar 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was drawn to this novel because the setting is Deep Creek Lake, Maryland, about 15 miles from where I grew up. But, once I started reading the mystery, I was drawn into the story, and thoroughly enjoyed the story from the very beginning talking about a severe winter storm to hit around midnight...Oh! how I remember those severe winter storms in that area.

I loved reading about the places I use to visit. I didn't need to try to imagine what these places looked like, I was familiar with each of
Mar 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mac Faraday is a great guy who is left on the ropes by a cheating wife. Just when he thinks his life has gone to the dogs he finds out he is the sole beneficiary to his "Agetha Christy-esc", mothers empire. Even though she gave him up at birth she still leaves him her $200 million dollar life. When he moves into her estate a murder mystery pulls on his detective strings and he is off to the races. Oh, there is a crazy dog too.

This was a pretty good who done it with a interesting plot. A nice st
Nov 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a fast-paced whodunit that keeps you guessing right to the end! I enjoyed the book because I liked the characters right from the start. Mac Faraday is trying to figure out his new life and happens to come across some murder cases that keep him occupied! I was happy for him that he had this case on his door step because I knew it was just what he needed to keep himself busy. And at that moment I realized how well I was connecting with the characters! That makes this a book that I must rec ...more
Lynn Stadel
Mar 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is a great first book in this series! Mac Faraday just lost everything in a divorce and was about to file for bankruptcy when he finds out his mother who put him up for adoption so many years ago and was a famous murder mystery writer has left him millions as well as her home and hotel. Now Mac who used to be a cop moves into her home and finds himself in the middle of a real mystery.

This book will keep you turning pages to see if Mac Faraday can solve this mystery with help from some peop
Aug 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
I thought this was a great little murder mystery. We had red herrings, murders a plenty, questions going no where, and characters that were like a train just had to watch.

Very enjoyable to sit down and read a book that has all my favorite elements. The story was well timed and well written. I sat down with this at 10:30 at night and couldn't put it down. I finished it at 3:30am and then had to drag myself to work today.

I will make a note of this author, as I have just become a fan
Aug 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Love It's Murder, My Son and I am head right straight to the next book in the Mac Faraday series. This book had me inthralled from beginning to end. Just a warning that there are many characters in this story but I like it that way. My favorite character was the four legged one named Gnarly. Another reason I enjoyed this book was the places they mentioned in the book are real which made me feel like I was a part of the story. This is my first Lauren Carr book but I guarentee it is not my last. ...more
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