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{January 9, 2013}   {Review} Blast From The Past by Lauren Carr

17205597From Goodreads: In this fourth mystery on Deep Creek Lake; Mac Faraday finds himself up to his eyeballs in mobsters and federal agents.

After an attempted hit ends badly with two of his men dead, mobster Tommy Cruze arrives in Spencer, Maryland, to personally supervise the execution of the witness responsible for putting him behind bars—Archie Monday!

Mac Faraday believes he has his work cut out for him in protecting his lady love from one of the most dangerous leaders in organized crime; but when bodies start dropping in his lakeshore resort town, things may be hotter than even he can handle.


Mac Faraday is back in this fast-paced mystery novel by Lauren Carr! Once again, trouble seems to have found its way to Deep Creek Lake, this time, following Archie Monday’s past involvement with the mob, which landed her in the witness protection program many years ago.  Now, I have to say, I’ve always thought Archie’s name was a bit weird, but I chalked it up to author creativity.  Authors can give their characters strange names if they want to.  But, now, knowing what I do about Archie and her name change in the witness protection program, well, I have to wonder if Carr had this planned all along… Ingenious, really.  They say that while an author begins a novel, they’re already two books ahead in their mind, and I think that might just be true of Carr.  For the past few books in the Mac Faraday series, I really did think her true name was Archie Monday.  Really, I’m floored, and I think this is so awesome!

Thus, as you can probably already tell, the fact that this novel focuses on Archie’s past life really intrigued me, and I loved every minute of it.  Archie is a great character, and I’ve always highly enjoyed her.  In past Mac Faraday novels, we’ve learned about her work with Faraday’s mother, her knack for research, and her ability to help uncover mysteries, as well as her refusal to back away from a fight.  She’s a strong female character, making this novel a fun read as she takes care of herself, but still leans on  Faraday and the police force for help, giving readers the full spectrum of intrigue as Faraday, Gnarly, and the rest of the gang I’ve come to love help solve the murder mysteries within this novel.  With mobsters, Gnarly’s doggish antics, the mysterious deaths, undercover hit men, and extreme craziness all around, and this novel takes on a voice of its own, making it an extremely amazing read.

Carr is a very gifted novelist.  Her mystery novels, both the Mac Faraday and Lovers in Crime Series, are phenomenal.  Her ability to keep the reader guessing, as well as her plotlines that flow so effortlessly as they work up to the big reveal, always make her novels a fun endeavor, and I look forward to even more of her work as this year unfolds.  Blast From the Past is a fantastic novel, and if you haven’t read any of Carr’s work, I highly suggest you give this novel a read.  Though part of a series, Carr’s novels do not need to be read in any particular order; they are stand-alones that feature the same great characters and supply the reader with all the background knowledge they need in order to keep up with the fantastic storytelling, and they are truly with the read. Five stars.

5 stars

Acorn Book Services has been extremely gracious in allowing me to read a copy of this novel, via Netgalley.


Lauren Carr says:

Thank you, Book Vacation! Ebook is now available.
Print should be available tomorrow!

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