BOOK REVIEW: BLAST FROM THE PAST by LAUREN CARR

ISBN: 0985726776
ISBN-13: 9780985726775
Pub. Date: January 11, 2013



In Blast from the Past, 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 of Spencer, Maryland, things may be hotter than even he can handle.

In this fourth installment in the Mac Faraday Mysteries, readers learn more about Archie Mondays past in a flashas in a gun fight when the syndicate comes to town. “Readers love to be surprised,” mystery author Lauren Carr says. “In Blast from the Past, they are going to be surprised to discover the secret of Archie Mondays past, which threatens her and Macs future.”
Blast from the Past also takes the Mac Faraday Mysteries to a new level as his relationship with Archie Monday moves onto a whole new level. “I do listen to readers,” Carr explains. “They have been clamoring for Mac and Archie to get together for three books.”
What about Gnarly, Mac Faradays canine inheritancethe only German shepherd to be dishonorably discharged from the United States Army? “Its not a Mac Faraday Mystery without Gnarly,” Carr promises. “Lets just say Gnarly kicks things up a notch in his own way.”

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About the Author          

Lauren Carr is the author of the Mac Faraday Mysteries, which takes place in Deep Creek Lake, Maryland. It’s Murder, My Son, Old Loves Die Hard, and Shades of Murder, have all been getting rave reviews from readers and reviewers. Blast from the Past is the fourth installment in the Mac Faraday Mystery series.

Also receiving rave reviews, Dead on Ice, released September 1012, introduced a new series entitled Lovers in Crime, which features prosecutor Joshua Thornton with homicide detective Cameron Gates. The second book in this series, Real Murder will be released Spring 2013.




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Reader review . . .

  
Everyone has a past, even Robin Spencer’s former assistant, Archie Monday.  When Archie’s past comes calling in the form of a newly released mobster, it takes the combined efforts of Mac, David, the Feds, and of course Gnarly to sort things out.
Yes!  A new Mac Faraday mystery!  Although this one is really focused on Archie, a trip to Deep Creek Lake is always good.  The relationship between Mac and Archie continues to grow, and Archie’s story is told for the first time, including how she came to work for Robin.  David and Mac work together again protecting Archie and solving a murder with the help of an attractive federal marshal.  
While all of the repeat characters are still interesting, Gnarly is the star this time.  We find out he’s more than just a pretty (canine) face, even though he does want that appointment at the doggy spa.  He earns his keep in this novel, and we see the working side of Gnarly.  His shining moments are with a little girl named Sari who refuses to talk to people.  
Of the new characters, Sari is the most sympathetic.  Her communication with Gnarly is touching.  The least sympathetic is her mother, Leah.  She is genuinely unlikeable, and at the end of the story, we understand why.
The story moves along at a fast pace and kept me hooked until the end.  Once again, Ms. Carr has written an entertaining mystery with her appealing characters.  I look forward to yet another trip to Deep Creek Lake with Mac, Archie, and Gnarly.
5 stars
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the author. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”  

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2013 A-Z Reading Challenge


Do you love to read? You know I do! Escape with Dollycas Into a Good Book is hosting a reading challenge for 2013.This challenge will run from January 1st, 2012 until December 31st, 2013.

You can join anytime. It’s an alphabet challenge!!! The challenge is to read one book starting with every letter of the alphabet.


So there are two different ways you can set up your own A-Z Reading Challenge.

A – Make a list on your blog from A-Z. Throughout the year, as you go along, add the books you are reading to the list. Towards the end of the year, you can check and see which letters you are missing and find books to fit.

OR

B – Make a list now of 26 books, picking one for each letter of the alphabet. For example: A – The Azalea Assault B- Blue Monday C – Crops and Robbers D – A Deadly Grind etc.

Books can be read in any order and all formats – print – e-book – audio – are acceptable for this challenge!

Ready to join??
Sign up at Escape with Dollycas Into a Good Book and grab the button.

Non-bloggers you can join too! Just keep track any way you wish and enter a link below if available or sign up in the comment section. You can even set up a special shelf on Goodreads to help you keep track!

Need some help finding titles to match the alphabet – Jandy’s Reading Room has a wonderful list to get you started.

Here is my list: 

GOODNIGHT, BRIAN – STEVEN MANCHESTERH
I ICONIC SPIRITS: AN INTOXICATING HISTORY – MARK SPIVAK
J
K KILLER RATINGS – LISA SEIDMAN
L TO LOVE A WOLF – BK WALKER
M MY NAME IS MARY SUTTER – ROBIN OLIVEIRA
N NEVER LET YOU GO – ERIN HEALY
O O! JACKIE – MERCEDES KING
P PERIL: FROM JACKBOOTS TO JACK BENNY – PEARL GOODMAN – 4 STARS
Q QUEEN OF THE AIR: A TRUE STORY OF LOVE AND TRAGEDY AT THE CIRCUS – DEAN JENSEN
R RAISING CUBBY-JOHN ELDER ROBISON
S SECRETLY SMITTEN – COLLEEN COBLE, DENISE HUNTER, KRISTEN BILLERBECK, & DIANN HUNT
T THE POSTMISTRESS-SARAH BLAKE
U UNCONQUERED: THE SAGA OF COUSINS JERRY LEE LEWIS, JIMMY SWAGGART, AND MICKY GILLEY – J.D. DAVIS
V VANISHED-IRENE HANNON – 5 STARS
W
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Z

I will be updating my list and will keep it posted on here. Check back to see what I’ve read, and comment and let me know when you join the challenge. Here’s to a year of good reading!