Authors Showcase: Three Days to Forever by Lauren Carr

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The Book: Three Days to Forever

The Author: Lauren Carr

The Story: In this latest Mac Faraday Mystery from best-selling mystery author Lauren Carr, readers will embark on a rollercoaster adventure with old friends (including the Lovers in Crime team of Prosecutor Joshua Thornton and Homicide Detective Cameron Gates), but also meet new ones as Mac Faraday’s daughter Jessica Faraday and Joshua Thornton’s son Murphy Thornton join the team in the race to get the love birds to the altar!

With three days left to the year, Deep Creek Lake is hopping with holiday vacationers and wedding guests pouring into the Spencer Inn for Mac Faraday and Archie Monday’s huge wedding ceremony which is being touted as the social event of the year.

But droopy flowers and guests who failed to RSVP are the least of Mac’s and Archie’s problems when a professional hit squad hits Spencer Manor to send the groom, Joshua Thornton, Archie’s mother, and Gnarly running for their lives.

With time running out to the big day, Mac Faraday and Spencer’s small police force have to sort through the clues to figure out not only who has been targeted for assassination, but also who is determined to stop everything … FOREVER!

From Lauren Carr:

Lauren Carr
Lauren Carr

Fans of past Mac Faraday and Lovers in Crime mysteries are in for a treat with Three Days to Forever. I have chosen to take a different path with the latest Mac Faraday Mystery. Don’t worry. We have plenty of dead bodies and lots of mystery– as well as intrigue, suspense, and page turning twists.

The key job of a fiction writer is to look at a situation, make observations about how things are and how they work, and then ask, “What if …” Then, the writer twists, turns, and manipulates, while maintaining believability, to make for a thrilling plot.

This is what I have done with Three Days to Forever.

Mac Faraday’s latest adventure plunges him, Archie, David, Gnarly, and the gang head first into a case that brings the war on terror right into Deep Creek Lake. Current political issues will be raised and discussed by the characters involved.

Keep this in mind while you turn the pages–Three Days to Forever is fiction. It is not the author’s commentary on politics, the media, the military, or Islam. While actual current events have inspired this adventure in mystery and suspense, this fictional work is not meant to point an accusatory finger at anyone in our nation’s government.

If, however, future events prove that circumstances in Washington are as I have depicted them in Three Days to Forever … well, keep in mind that you read it here first.

Review by Rhonda:

This has more of spy thriller mystery feel to it. Dealing with terrorists. It is exciting, has humor, lots of action, drama , romance and mystery. I stayed up till 2:00 a.m. to finish. It is a fast paced story.

We get to see a different side to David, the military service. Then 18 months later it is three days to Mac & Archie’s wedding. It is going to be a big social wedding. Then a assassination team hits Mac’s house, with his future Mother-in-law Agnes Douglas, Joshua Thornton and Gnarly of course.

On another front Mac gets threat from a husband of a murder suspect that he put behind bars.

Lot of characters that we have met before in Mac Faraday Mysteries and Lovers in Crime series. Plus we actually get to meet Mac’s two children. Lots of targets for murder.

Mac Faraday inherited 270 million dollars on the day of his divorce. From his birth mother. He is a retired homicide detective. Mac instead of being a rich playboy type, Still helps out by working murder cases by local police department. Mac also inherited Gnarly not your everyday dog.

Gnarly is a fun character. A dog who got a dishonorable discharge from the Military. He is a thief.  I love Gnarly, he brings a lot of humor to the series.

I love this series of books from Lauren. I laugh, like the mystery and don’t put the book down till I have finished and I like to reread the stories too.

Review by Amazon Customer:

The Wedding is to take place on New Year’s Eve. Everybody and anybody is heading for Deep Creek Lake and will stay at Spencer Inn… The countdown has begun–3 days to go before Mac and Archie will publicly commit to each other that they will spend the rest of forever with each other…

But what happened there in Deep Creek had already been corrupted, evolving from an incidents far away and many months ago… and the constant war with terrorists…and criminals alike…

Aside from the planning for the wedding–some of which is outrageously funny, if the events aren’t happening to you, Mac has the first murder at his doorstep! A husband of a criminal is blaming Mac for the suicide of his wife who’d been jailed for murder. Mac knew the arrest and punishment was righteous, but the husband could just not accept it and wanted revenge…on Mac! He threatens to take Archie and started sending messages of harassment–until the husband is found murdered. With the evidence piling up that Mac is responsible!

Getting all mixed up in that investigation, individuals who are definitely professional assassins invade the Spencer Mansion! Interestingly, Archie’s mother had come to the Mansion while Archie was getting things done for the wedding, and began by telling Mac that she would give their wedding 6 months and then went on complaining just about everything, including Gnarly who she claimed was filled with germs… Joshua and Mac had been scheduled to head for fittings of their Tuxes… As the gun battle erupts, the men break into the mansion–Joshua is shot, but they all still get out and to Joshua’s van…and Escape!

But there are so many bad guys, readers will have no idea who is responsible for what, because wherever Mac’s group goes, they are found! They discover that Joshua is on a secret mission and, when he calls into his boss, they send Murphy his son to finish that particular project!

Then Cameron, Joshua’s wife, is assigned a high-profile murder case for the Pennsylvania State Police leading to one big mess for her! While an attempt to kidnap Jessica on her way to Deep Creek is made! Are they all tied in? Or, was the news of the big wedding bringing everybody there to settle old scores, of one kind or another?

What intrigued me was the cross-genres of this latest book! Actually, it has all of my favorites in this beautiful mix: Action, Mystery, Police Procedure, Romantic Suspense, and most of all Thriller. With this book, in my opinion, Lauren Carr has taken a major move in the complexity and diversity of her books. They are certainly not cozies any more, even if still listed that way for purposes of sales…

What is significant for me, however, is that Carr has seamlessly molded all the excitement of a thriller within the construct of that emotional feeling of cozies! We know and love her characters, we are excited when new characters come into play, but still within the family structure. For instance, I was thoroughly pleased when Jessica, Max’s daughter, first met Murphy, Joshua’s son! With an explosive rescue scene through to the surprise twist later, it was just like watching the relationship of a niece or nephew develop! But this one may be the hottest one ever for the Faraday family… Carr also throws one important secret that readers have known about for years…Now the Deep Creek community in the book will know… Cool!

I think one of the most impressive things about this book is that Carr has obviously done much research and includes more than the norm in helping readers see her perspective of headline events included. It is irrelevant whether the viewpoints differs from yours–the important factor for me is that individual Americans are watching, sharing their concerns! Yes, this is so finely woven into the story line, however, that many readers may exclaim–I didn’t know that–but not miss a beat to continue quickly reading and turning pages

Carr has joined the outstanding authors who are not afraid to use their fiction to spotlight trouble spots within America and throughout the world. It is irrelevant whether the viewpoints is something that differs from yours–the important factor for me is that individual Americans are watching, sharing their concerns! ThisAt the same time, within some tense scenes, Carr has one of her characters throw out her famous one-liner zings that quickly pulls out a grin from readers and lessens the tension from what has gripped us, as if in reality…

I am, bottom line, amazed at the giant step that places Carr comparable to significant authors whose name slips off our tongues like, for instance, Nora Roberts. Watch this author–she’s moving quickly to where her goals are headed… Three Days to Forever has to be, in my opinion, the best of her best! Get it!

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