Friday, June 29, 2012

Shades of Murder by Lauren Carr

Can you be murdered more than once and years apart?  That is the question that the police department in Spencer along with Mac Faraday had to figure out, but they didn't know Ilysa Ramsay had been murdered eight years ago and then again in her studio as she finished her final painting.  Someone knew how that could be accomplished, though.   Could as they say......a picture is worth a thousand words be a clue in the revealing of the murderer and other shady dealings?

Ilysa Ramsay, a famous artist and wife of a CEO, was found bludgeoned to death in her studio, and her last painting was stolen.  The stolen painting was mailed by a friend to Mac's mother who had passed away, and he figured something fishy was going on, and so the case was re-opened. 

Re-opened to the tune of new characters and a new murder in another great Lauren Carr mystery.  The familiar characters of Mac, Gnarly, Archie, and David made you feel at home while reading.  The new characters made the read intriguing.  Ms. Carr definitely comes up with great twists and turns and plots that are hard to beat.  And even better is the fact that Mac and Archie finally became romantically involved….we all wanted that to happen…thanks, Lauren.

You will be amazed at how cleverly Ms. Carr put the story together and wove two murders into one.  It is a murder mystery with a storyline that I have never seen before.  This is her third book that I have read, and I enjoyed each one of them....the town, the characters, the ambiance of the Spencer Inn, the creativity, and the surprise endings are worth the reads. 

Keep these mysteries coming, Ms. Carr.  5/5


  1. Thank you so much for the great review, Elizabeth. I am so glad that I made this stop on my tour. My next book Dead on Ice is set in your neck of the woods, Pittsburgh area.

    Your readers can enter the contest to name the murder victim in Dead on Ice and possibly win a prize. Check out the details at my website:

    Best, Lauren

  2. Great review! I just finished reading Shades of Murder and loved it!

  3. I enjoyed the read, a wonderful review of an interesting story.

  4. Thank you, everyone, for stopping by. It's always great to hear from readers who have enjoyed reading my books as much as I have enjoyed writing them. Makes for a mutually beneficial relationship.

  5. I'm putting this on my TBR list - thanks for the review.

  6. Love your site. Defenitely a new follower!

  7. Hello, Everyone! Thank you all for stopping by. I hope you are all safe from the storm and its aftermath. I'm taking a break from charging up my laptop and phones at the church and wanted to thank each of you fro stopping by. Here's to enjoying Shades of Murder!

    Best Regards,

  8. It's a really good premise - and that's have the trick of getting someone to pick it up, so now I shall add it to the list!