Sunday, February 3, 2013

{Review} Blast from the Past by Lauren Carr

ISBN #: 978-0985726775
Page Count: 258
Copyright: January 10, 2013
Publisher: Acorn Book Services


In this fourth mystery on Deep Creek Lake; Mac Faraday finds himself up to his eyeballs with 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.

Charlene's Review:

Blast from the Past is the next in a series of Mac Faraday mysteries. Mac, a retired homicide detective, and his new love interest, Archie Monday, along with their crime-busting kleptomaniac canine, Gnarly, are once again in the thick of a crime-spree. When Archie's true identity and her involvement with the witness protection program surfaces, Mac and company are kept busy with hit men, mobsters, and people who aren't who they appear. All the commotion is eerily reminiscent of a Keystone Cops episode, but in true Lauren Carr style, the truth is soon revealed.

With all the clandestine encounters occurring on all sides, there is ample intrigue and although a continuation of Mac Faraday novels, the complexity of the story and the constant building on the characters makes this a separate and original work. The long cast of characters seems a bit off-putting at first glance, but the continuity and graceful transitioning keeps you grounded. Ms. Carr's carefully planned plot leaves much to ponder as the story slowly unravels and all the seemingly disjointed murders start making sense. Blast from the Past is another hit for mystery master, Lauren Carr!

*A physical copy of the book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for the great review, Literary R&R. You've made my week!


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