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Candidate for Murder by Lauren Carr - Book Tour & Review + Giveaway


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Book Details:


Book Title: Candidate for Murder by Lauren Carr


Series:  A Mac Faraday Mystery (Volume 12)


Category:  Adult fiction, 464 pages

Genre:  Murder Mystery / Political Satire

Publisher:  Acorn Book Services

Release date:  June 9, 2016

Content Rating: PG-13 - (Lauren
Carr's books are murder mysteries, so there are murders involved.
Occasionally, a murder will happen on stage. There is sexual content,
but always behind closed doors. Some mild swearing (a hell or a damn few
and far between). No F-bombs!

"It is an amusing look at politics and media today.  Appropriate to 

see how the Deep Creek mayoral election relates to current events. 
Dissatisfaction with politicians on many levels often leave us looking 
for extreme change.  It may leave you thoughtful.  It may leave you 
writing Gnarly's name in as your preferred candidate in the next 
election." Reviewer: Merry Citarella, Jaquo.com


"Hilarious, mysterious and full of adventure, Gnarly 
and his human friends will have you on the edge of your seat unable to 
put your book down. Candidate for Murder is well written, played out and
a story that you have just never heard before. I enjoyed every moment 
reading this book!" Reviewer: Working Mommy Journal










Book Description:

It’s election time in Spencer, Maryland, and the race for mayor is not a
pretty one. In recent years, the small resort town has become divided
between the year-round residents who enjoy their rural way of life and
the city dwellers who are moving into mansions, taking over the town
council, and proceeding to turn Deep Creek Lake into a closed-gate
community—complete with a host of regulations for everything from speed
limits to clotheslines. When the political parties force-feed two
unsavory mayoral nominees to the town’s residents, David O’Callaghan,
the chief of police, decides to make a statement—by nominating Gnarly,
Mac Faraday’s German shepherd, to run for mayor of Spencer! What starts
out as a joke turns into a disaster when overnight, Gnarly becomes the
front-runner, and his political opponents proceed to dig into the
canine’s past. When one of the mayoral candidates ends up dead, it
becomes apparent that slinging mud is not enough for someone with a
stake in this election. With murder on the ballot, Mac Faraday and the
gang—including old friends from past cases—dive in to clear Gnarly’s
name, catch a killer, and save Spencer!


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My Review
Candidate for Murder is an intricate, detailed, sometimes convoluted (not in a bad way) murder mystery all centering around a small-town mayoral race. At least it starts that way. It eventually explodes into something completely insane, and I will say I was on the edge of my seat for a lot of this book. And even though there were a lot of characters to keep track of, there's a handy-dandy character list in the front of the book for reference.
The story follows David, the chief of police, as he deals with two super annoying candidates battling it out for mayor. The small town he's from isn't keen on big-city folk messing up their way of life, and so, David decides to nominate Gnarly, a German Shepherd belonging to Mac Faraday, for mayor. Of course, this annoys both human candidates, and things only get worse when Gnarly starts beating them in the polls. Neither candidate is keen on losing to a dog, so they know they have to up their game to try and win over the close-knit community.
Unfortunately, it's not all fun and games. When murder strikes, that's when things start spiraling out of control. Secrets. Lies. Betrayal. Criminal activity. And corruption. It's all within these pages.
The story is a bit on the longer side, being close to 500 pages, but it's worth the read.
I was kept on my toes as I flipped through the pages, curious to see who was bad, who was good, who had secrets, and how everything would all play out.
I really liked a lot of the characters. Dallas was amusing, with her Southern charm. I think she might have been my favorite. But I also liked David, Mac, Jessica, Bogie, and Gnarly.
This story is also political satire, and there are some jabs in there, so...yeah. It didn't bother me at all, but I know some people take politics seriously and may be offended by things. That's just a warning to more sensitive readers. And if characters being intimate (in a tasteful way) and playful with one another (their significant others) bothers you, you may want to skip this one.
Overall, this story is intense. It's a wild ride with a huge mystery that extends out past the small town it's set in, and readers will enjoy trying to unravel every last little detail to figure it all out.
I'm rating it 4 stars!

Also Available for Review:

Go Back to the Beginning to When Mac Met Gnarly.
"Lauren's dialogue is brisk, her setting beautiful and the addition of Gnarly is very clever...It's Murder, My Son is a delightful read and I look forward to more of Carr's Mac Faraday mysteries." --Connie Gregory, Connie's Reviews


"I couldn't put this book down! Lauren Carr

develops the characters and weaves the details of the murder
investigation into a complex storyline that keeps the reader
relentlessly turning pages. She is skilled at teasing you into reading
more. I finished the last page still wanting to read more!" -- Kelly Carpenter, Kelly's Lucky You

"No disrespect to Mac Faraday, Archie Monday, David O'Callaghan, Travis
Turner or any of the multitude of good, bad and ugly characters
populating Lauren Carr's It's Murder, My Son; but to me the most interesting character in the book is a lovable, mischievous, sneaky German shepherd named Gnarly." - David M. Kinchen, Huntington News



Book Details:


Book Title: It's Murder, My Son by Lauren Carr


Series:  A Mac Faraday Mystery (Volume 1)


Category:  Adult fiction (18+), 288 pages

Genre:  Murder Mystery

Publisher:  Acorn Book Services

Release date:  June 23, 2010

Content Rating: PG-13 - (Lauren
Carr's books are murder mysteries, so there are murders involved.
Occasionally, a murder will happen on stage. There is sexual content,
but always behind closed doors. Some mild swearing (a hell or a damn few
and far between). No F-bombs!


Book Description:

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 confidence would
reveal Mac as heir to undreamed of fortunes, and lead him to the
birthplace of America’s Queen of Mystery and an investigation that will
unfold like one of her famous mystery novels.

Soon after she moves to Deep Creek Lake, Maryland, Katrina Singleton
learns that life in an exclusive community is not all good. For some
unknown reason, a strange man calling himself “Pay Back” begins stalking
her. When Katrina is found strangled all evidence points to her
terrorist, who is nowhere to be found.

Three months later, the file on her murder is still open when Mac
Faraday, sole heir to his unknown birth mother’s home and fortune, moves
into the estate next door. Little does he know as he drives up to
Spencer Manor that he is driving into a closed gate community that is
hiding more suspicious deaths than his DC workload as a homicide
detective. With the help of his late mother’s journal, this retired cop
puts all his detective skills to work to pick up where the local
investigators have left off to follow the clues to Katrina’s killer.


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Meet the Author:



Lauren Carr is the international 

best-selling author of the Mac Faraday, Lovers in Crime, Chris Matheson 
Cold Case, Thorny Rose Mysteries, and the Nikki Bryant Cozy 
Mysteries—close to thirty titles across five fast-paced mystery series 
filled with twists and turns!



Book reviewers and readers alike 

rave about how Lauren Carr’s seamlessly crosses genres to include 
mystery, suspense, crime fiction, police procedurals, romance, and 
humor.



A popular speaker, Lauren is also 

the owner of Acorn Book Service, the umbrella under which falls iRead 
Book Tours. She lives with her husband and two spoiled rotten German 
Shepherds (including the nephew of the late-great Gnarly! (pictured 
above)) on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.


Connect with the author: Website  ~  Twitter  ~  Facebook  ~  Instagram ~  Pinterest ~ Goodreads


TOUR SCHEDULE:
Aug 31 – Rockin' Book Reviews – audiobook review of It’s Murder, My Son / giveaway

Sep 1 – Dab of Darkness Audiobook Reviews – audiobook review of Candidate for Murder / giveaway

Sep 2 – Books for Books – book review of It’s Murder, My Son

Sep 2 - Blooming with Books - book spotlight of Candidate for Murder / giveaway

Sep 3 – Bound 4 Escape – book review of It’s Murder, My Son / giveaway

Sep 4 – Rockin' Book Reviews – audiobook review of Candidate for Murder / guest post / giveaway

Sep 7 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

Sep 8 – Christa Reads and Writes – book review of It’s Murder, My Son / giveaway

Sep 8 - My Reading Journeys - audiobook review of It's Murder, My Son / giveaway

Sep 9 – My Fictional Oasis – book review of Candidate for Murder

Sep 10 – Confessions of the Perfect Mom – book review of It’s Murder, My Son / giveaway

Sep 11 – Nighttime Reading Center – audiobook review of It’s Murder, My Son / giveaway

Sep 11 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway

Sep 14 – Literary Flits – book review of It’s Murder, My Son / giveaway

Sep 15 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review of Candidate for Murder / giveaway

Sep 16 – Books for Books – book spotlight

Sep 17 – Confessions of the Perfect Mom – book review of Candidate for Murder / giveaway

Sep 18 –My Journey Back - audiobook review of It's Murder, My Son / giveaway

Sep 21 –My Journey Back - audiobook review of Candidate for Murder / giveaway

Sep 22 – Mystery Suspense Reviews – audiobook review of Candidate for Murder / author interview

Sep 23 – Books and Zebras @jypsylynn – book review of Candidate for Murder

Sep 24 – Bound 4 Escape – audiobook review of Candidate for Murder / giveaway

Sep 25 –Buried Under Books - audiobook review of Candidate for Murder / giveaway

Sep 28 – StoreyBook Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

Sep 29 – Sefina Hawke's Books – book spotlight

Sep 30 – Locks, Hooks and Books – audiobook review of Candidate for Murder / giveaway

Sep 30 - Blooming with Books - audiobook review of It's Murder, My Son / giveaway

Oct 1 – Christa Reads and Writes – book review of Candidate for Murder / giveaway

Oct 1 - So Fine Print – book review of Candidate for Murder / giveaway

Oct 2 – Adventurous Jessy – book review of It’s Murder, My Son / giveaway

Oct 5 – Splashes of Joy – book review of It’s Murder, My Son / giveaway

Oct 6 – Literary Flits – book review of Candidate for Murder / giveaway

Oct 6 - Amy's Booket List - audiobook review of Candidate for Murder

Oct 7 – Sylv.net – book spotlight

Oct 7 - My Reading Journeys - audiobook review of Candidate for Murder / guest post / giveaway

Oct 8 - Splashes of Joy – book review of Candidate for Murder / guest post / author interview / giveaway

Oct 9 – Nighttime Reading Center – audiobook review of Candidate for Murder / giveaway

Oct 9 - Adventurous Jessy – book review of Candidate for Murder / giveaway


ENTER THE GIVEAWAY:








2 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for the fabulous review for CANDIDATE FOR MURDER. So glad you enjoyed it. Here's wishing each of your followers luck in the giveaway for the amazon gift card.

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