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Warren A. LewisTop Contributor: Historical Fiction Books
5.0 out of 5 starsIt's Great!
Reviewed in the United States on June 17, 2016
In installment twelve of the Mac Faraday mysteries author Lauren Carr hits a home run out of the ballpark with perhaps her finest book yet. Spencer police chief David O'Callaghan takes his investigative journalist girlfriend out to dinner, but ends up at the town's mayoral debates. Candidate Bill Clark is a brash arrogant bully who is head of the town council. His opponent is Nancy Braxton, a compulsive liar and former murder suspect who is married to a former Super Bowl winning Redskins quarterback (and known womanizer) who is chairwoman of Braxton Charities, an organization with questionable activities. Once the two started name calling the debate turns into a fist fight with Chief O'Callaghan catching a punch when he steps in to break it up causing him to put both into jail overnight. The next morning David becomes so irritated at trying to convince the two that they are too unpopular to keep up these hostilities that he takes his brother's military veteran German Shepard, Gnarly, downtown to register him as an independent candidate for mayor. As Gnarly's popularity soars in the early polls the candidates try to smear him through his secret military service and suddenly old suicides and unsolved murder cases are reopened and each seem to have a connection to this election. A very complex set of story lines develop that the reader will appreciate, especially when the mystery explodes in the final chapter. In the epilogue I don't think I ever laughed so hard at anything I read in a book. It's great. You will not regret reading this book.
5.0 out of 5 starsGnarly is reclassified by the Army
Reviewed in the United States on February 16, 2017
The latest in the Mac Faraday series is absolutely GREAT! Somehow I missed the release last summer and picked up on this and the Thorny Rose and Lovers in Crime series recently.
It was great getting back to Maryland rejoining all of Mac's friends (and enemies) in this novel which featured Gnarly running for Mayor. As always there is always more than one plot involved. This had a guest appearance by the Thorny Rose feature couple Murphy Thornton and Jessica Faraday Thornton. Great story, characters and mystery. Hated to put the book down and finished it quickly.
For a blend of murder, romance, mystery, family and humor, don't miss this latest in the series.
This is called a Mac Faraday Mystery, but really, it's all about Gnarly. In the first chapter of this book, we witness the incident which ended Gnarly's military career. In the next chapter, David is babysitting Gnarly,when he becomes disgusted with the Mayoral race in their town of Spencer, and signs Gnarly up to run. The book proceeds quickly and, at times, comically from there, with a couple of people turning up dead, Gnarly being allegedly a suspect in one of the murders, I always feel funny saying that people getting murdered make a fun romp,but Lauren Carr really makes this happen. Great book, well written, and it was great to have a book mostly about Gnarly!
4.5 A great fan of Mac Faraday stories and Gnarly, the story did not disappoint. It is fast paced with a lot going on, but that only keeps it interesting. David's frustration with the polarized candidates, neither of which are any good, sets in motion further investigations of deaths previously believed to be accidents, as well as the real story behind Gnarly's discharge from the service. And then there's the bill from Gnarly's campaign managers. Action, suspense, and humor - as well as vindication made this a fun read. Although many of the characters are introduced earlier, this could easily be read as a stand alone.
FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in the hopes that I would post an honest review . This has not affected the content of my review in any way.
5.0 out of 5 starsExcellent! Excellent! Excellent!
Reviewed in the United States on July 19, 2016
Another Great Read! I have read all of Lauren Carr's books so far and cannot wait for the next one. Candidate For Murder is another complex, exciting, suspenseful plot with lots of humor and some romance thrown in. I love that most of the characters from her various book series have come together in this story to help each other solve several different murders. It is a fast paced book with a lot going on but you are still able to keep up with the various characters and what each are doing. I love, love Gnarly!! You will be laughing as well as sitting on the edge of your seat. Highly Recommended Reading! Fantastic Author!! Please keep them coming!!
I love the Mac Faraday novels. Gnarly is the BEST. This one solved more murders than the last few books I've read combined. There were so many people running around solving murders I thought I was going to be sick from dizziness. It was fun to get so many people involved in this one. Mac still has it that's for sure. He has such brilliant reasoning. I got a little sick of Dallas's contrived southern talk though. She is the only one that sort of turned me off. Lived in Texas for many years and never heard talk like that before. Was happy to see so many friends and family in it, but did miss the man that ran Spencer Inn. Maybe he had a heart attack after the arrests in the beginning, who knows? Anyway, loved it.
Reviewed in the United States on September 7, 2016
I have read all of Lauren Carr's books. This mystery keeps the reader captured and interested in the story and await for the outcome. In this particular novel; she moves back and forth with different sagas of various actors in the book. Usually it is Mac Faraday or Chief David. Instead she used sons and daughters of the characters that solve the problems and end the issues under dangerous setting. Gnarly, the German Shepard has his character questioned by two opposing candidate for Mayor of Deep Creek Lake. Gnarly comes out on top and his positive reputation is restored in the end. Easy and interesting reading as usual, from Lauren Carr.
This book actually has three stories. The first covers running the dog for mayor and everyone's reaction. Loved this part. Then it goes off on a story about the CIA, which completely wrecked the flow of the plot. Story three goes back to the election and is good. Also, A is married to B, A is the brother of C who is married to D, who is the brother (or sister, it's confusing) of A. I got so tired, I didn't care who anyone was.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 4, 2017
I love Mac Faraday and Knarly and all the family members involved . I don't often buy many ebooks these days as I'm signed up to Kindle Unlimited but I pay good money for these and am happy to do so. I'm never disappointed with anything written by Lauren Carr, I really enjoy her style of writing. I like the humour that's tied in with the mysteries.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 13, 2017
May the best…Dog? Win A dog running for mayor? Well, with two homicidal human candidates, why not? Lauren Carr’s “Candidate for Murder” is a multi-dimensional murder mystery with a continuous strain of humor. To say more about this book would fall into the spoiler category – and the plot, action and characters are too brilliant to deserve having a “spoiler” thrown at them.