“Second in series and actually better than the first. Almost too many characters and subplots to remember getting in the way of enjoying the story. Character development weak except for 3 main characters”Carol D wrote this review Saturday, December 15, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“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 characters in Lauren Carr's books are amazing and so well-developed. None of them are over the top or extremely shallow. Even the ones you learn to hate have depth to them. Her character development makes me envious.
There is a little humor in her works which I love. You read the story and it is not just blood and death. These are people you find yourself drawn to or despising. But the best part of all is that it is a real mystery.
I love watching mystery shows trying to figure out who done it. It drives my family crazy because I figure it out so early in the shows. Lauren Carr keeps me in the dark in such a way that I don't know who did it until right before they reveal the murderer. Do you know how hard that is to do to me? Very!
All of these are set at a pace that is not too fast but far from slow. Typically, I hate it when a writer has to keep explaining a person's past, like how Mac Faraday came to have acquired his wealth after being a cop for many years. In these books, they are done in a manner where a new reader can get the information without rewriting her first book. It's short and sweet but necessary for those new to her works.
Lauren Carr has created a character in Mac Faraday that will go down in murder mystery hall of fames in the homes and hearts of many readers.
My hat off to Lauren Carr who writes entertaining mysteries that will get you hooked from the very beginning and will not release you until you know the full story. If you love murder mysteries, you have to Lauren Carr's books out.
Note: This book was given as part of a book tour with no expectation of a positive review.”
“'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 one that won my heart. I won't mind having him living with me! Even when this dog committed a robbery of a pet store, I loved this dog!
There was enough background in this book to be able to read it without reading the first in the series, ‘It’s Murder, My Son’. I never felt lost because of that. But the story was so complicated that I felt I should have drawn some diagrams to see who is connected to whom. I didn’t count how many suspects there were and after a while I could only tell the main characters apart. If I was talking to the author, I would say that you can really write and develop the characters, but please make the story simpler.
The author did describe the settings beautifully and paid attention to what the characters ate and what clothes they wore. The clothes and food gave clues to the characters’ personalities. There was a bit of humor in the story and each character was very different from the others. But the complexity of the book took some of the enjoyment of the story away from the book.
“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 book and gives you a lot of information about investigations and how the judicial system works.....great research done by the author.
The murderer in this tale is pretty clever and knows a lot about the connections the people she is killing have with each other. The way the story weaves definitely keeps you guessing....is it the judge and his attorney girlfriend....is it the Spanish-speaking maid...is it Mac's murdered ex-wife who got herself killed as well or someone totally out of the blue? When will we find out? They all seem to be guilty. I guess you will have to read OLD LOVES DIE HARD to see. :)
This sequel is first-rate but not as gripping as her first book....it didn't grab me from the first page as much as the first one did, but as it continues it gets intense and good....and ooh la la on the ending....you will love it. It actually is good in a different way from the first book by including more of Mac's previous experiences as a detective and giving insight into the solving of crimes.
For someone who loves twists and turns and suspense up until the last page you won't want to miss this brilliant mystery. I am definitely delighted I found the Mac Faraday mystery series. I love his character and the mysteries. 4/5
Looking forward to Lauren's next book in the series:
SHADES OF MURDER. ”
“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.”Lynn Stadel-Paterson wrote this review Sunday, April 1, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“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 named David who left Mac to handle her on his own. But, what happens next? First, she fawns all over him, cries, weeps and confesses her sins blaming them on someone else. Then, he takes her to his Inn to sleep it off and she walks smack dab into the man who dumped her and his girlfriend threatening to murder him. Well, it gets better. Neatly tucked away in a private sweet with only the staff being able to access her room, he leaves her there to spend the night waiting to deal with her in the morning. That would be ideal but this is Old Loves Die Hard by Lauren Carr and you guessed it: the only thing on the room service menu today is not coffee, tea or eggs just a double murder served up in the true style of a real murder mystery in the suite with tons of not red sauce but blood to go around. So, who are the victims none other than his ex=wife Christine and her ex-lover Stephen. Poor Mac, trying to adjust to his millions and having helped solved multiple murders that resulted in his half=brother becoming Chief of Police in Deep Creek Lake, now this. Our retired detective will now work feverishly to find out who killed these two people in his own Inn, clear his family name and hopefully connect more with Archie.
Mac for the first time is totally unwound, taints the crime scene, sick to his stomach and has to deal with telling his son and daughter about his ex-wife’s murder. Added to that his daughter Jessica stayed at her mom’s home only to find that some broke in. Motive for murder yet to be discovered. Did she really kill Stephen too early to call?
While Mac is trying to find out more about the case Stephen’s wife Natasha shows up with her companion. Learning more about his life, his career moves and his financial situation he uncovers some interesting information about what he was investigating and his relationship with his ex-wife. Stephen’s family is rich but he managed to live off of the women he slept with until they ran out of money or he just moved on. Using his federal credit card to pay for his stays at the Inn including his final one, Stephen was man who used women for his own selfish purpose. But, there is much more as we learn about Christine’s financial situation, how Stephen was responsible for depleting it and the fact that Mac did not know she was in Spencer even before she appeared on his doorstep. Questioned by David the Chief of Police brought to light information about the murder, the fact that someone copied her identity and went to a lot of trouble to duplicate her appearance and make it look like she killed Stephen. Dinner in her room, repeatedly calling Stephen’s cell phone and then having him come to her room, where he winds up dead. How convenient for the killer to frame her? How this is done well you need to read that for yourself? Just how depressed was Christine enough that she might have been considered incompetent. But, the plot thickens as the spotlight shines on Stephen himself, his past transgressions, the murders who might have gotten away with and Mac’s in-laws. Everyone wants a piece of what was left of Christine’s meager pie from her sisters who are fighting over a beat up car to a lake house that partly in Mac’s name to anything that is not nailed down. You would think they were not rich, but they are which is one reason that Christine left Mac for greener pastures in order to keep up not with the Jones’s but with her sisters. Added into the mix is the mysterious maid that appears and then disappears without a clue. But, one smart Security chief named Hector solves that puzzle but there is much more. Poor Mac and Archie try to have a quiet evening only to receive the wisdom, unasked for advice of his lawyer and hotel manager. When will he ever have some peace and alone time with Archie?
When Mac is blindsided by a Black SUV and David winds up with a dislocated shoulder and Gnarly once again saves the day, he winds up in the hospital returns home to his in-laws arguing, coming face to face with ex-cop hired for murder and then the pieces begin to fall into place. Throughout the novel one theme is current and strong and that all of the murders are connected to Mac’s old cases. Just how you won’t believe and who is behind them even more startling. Murders allowed going free for more than just technicalities, one man claiming to belong to a rich family and a family caught in a web of lies, deceit, murder, mayhem and old-fashioned vigilante justice. Who is behind this vigilante group? A reviewer’s sources are sacred and kept secret just like those of the police or new reporters. Never reveal your sources, who did it or how you figured or did not figure it out. Let’s just say this is one ending you will never be able to unravel by yourself unless you are Mac Faraday or of course our real sleuth: Gnarly. One smart and clever dog who has a sixth sense and real nose for murder, finding the criminals and remembering their scents, once again author Lauren Carr has created a compelling, humorous, heartfelt, mystery thriller that will throw even Perry Mason or the teams from CSI off the real killer’s trail until she reveals them the truth at the end. Will Spencer, Maryland and the Inn ever be a save place to visit and have dinner? Will poor Mac and Archie ever be alone? Wait until the next novel comes out and maybe you will find out if our retired police detective turned sleuth/ aka Private Eye solves another murder or just enjoys the rich life.
Fran Lewis: Reviewer
This book deserves five more Gnarly’s and one red rose for Archie.
“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, “that’s not what your lawyer told the judge.”
“Stephen told him to say that.” Her tears fell anew. “If he hadn’t seduced me – he made me all these promises and told me how you didn’t treat me right and how I deserved so much better than our little house in the suburbs with its little lawn and…He said that I deserved so much more and that he could give it all to me because I deserved more…” She tried to make her smile as becoming as possible in her condition. “What about us?”
“There’s no us, Christine.”
“You can’t abandon me like this Mac,” she cried. “I’ve lost everything. I’ve got nothing. When Stephen left…” She broke into heavy sobs. “Oh, Mac…” She collapsed into his lap.
Mac Faraday is Christine’s ex-husband. She left him for greener pastures that have now turned brown due to no more money on her part. Stephen Maguire promised Christine the stars but when her money ran out, so did Stephen.
The divorce virtually put Mac on the streets. Christine was awarded their home and everything that went with it. But, to Mac’s surprise, he inherited his birth mother’s estate and everything that went with it. In other words, Mac went from being dirt poor with nothing but a policeman’s salary to becoming filthy rich and retired. Now, Christine wants another chance.
When Christine appeared at Mac’s door, she had had more than enough to drink and he knew he couldn’t just put her out on the streets in her condition so he decides to put her up in the penthouse of the five-star hotel that was part of his inheritance. His plan was to deal with her the next morning after she sobered up. What he didn’t expect was to find not just Christine, but also Stephen–dead in his own private quarters of the hotel.
Old Loves Die Hard was a jewel to read. Mac is the perfect ex-policeman turned wealthy character. Archie, the computer whiz that lives in the guest house, is taking on a more personal role in this Faraday Mystery. But my favorite character has to be Gnarly the Kleptomaniac dog. Gnarly was actually a member of the military that was given a dishonorable discharge for reasons unknown to Mac.
Old Loves Die Hard has everything…murder, suspense, politics, action and humor. As the plot of the story takes you back into the past, I feel the ending will come as much a surprise to you as it did to me. Author Lauren Carr, hooked me with It's Murder My Son so I'm asking her to "Please keep this series going!"
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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 theft, deception, betrayal, ambition, and a warped sense of justice drive the characters in Old Loves Die Hard. Carr creates characters who are neither all bad nor all good causing the reader to be unsure whom to trust and whom to suspect. In one moment the reader may find themselves rooting for someone’s innocence and in the next hoping that same someone is guilty. She creates interpersonal dynamics that are at once complicated and simple. Old Loves Die Hard draws the reader into the characters, their motivations for their actions, and their ability to seemingly not see what they don’t want to see. In an investigation that on the surface seems simple, the motivation behind the murders in Old Loves Die Hard complicates the investigation and keeps the reader wanting to know more.