The Murders at Astaire Castle Audiobook) by Lauren Carr

Book Details:

Book TitleThe Murders at Astaire Castle by Lauren Carr
Category: Adult Fiction / 8 hours
Genre: Mystery / Crime
Publisher: Acorn Book Services
Release date: Sept 5, 2014
Format available for review:  Audible download 
Tour datesOct 3 to 14, 2016
Content Rating: PG-13 (This is murder mystery. There are no sex scenes, but some, very little, foul language. No f-bombs.)

Book Description:

Never tell Mac Faraday not to do something.

Spencer's police chief, David O'Callaghan, learns this lesson the hard way when he orders Mac Faraday to stay away from the south end of Spencer's mountaintop - even though he owns the property. It doesn't take long for Mac to find out what lies on the other side of the stone wall and locked gate, on which hangs a sign warning visitors to Keep Out!

Topping the list of the 10 top haunted places in America, Astaire Castle is associated with two suicides, three mysterious disappearances, and four murders since it was built almost a century ago - and Mac Faraday owns it!
In spite of David's warning, Mac can't resist unlocking the gate to see the castle that supposedly hasn't seen a living soul since his late mother had ordered it closed up after the double homicide and disappearance of Damian Wagner, a world-famous master of horror novels.
What starts out as a quick tour of a dusty old castle turns into another Mac Faraday adventure when Astaire Castle becomes the scene of even more murders. Mac is going to need to put all of his investigative talents to work to sort out this case that involves the strangest characters he has run into yet - including a wolf man. No, we're not talking about Gnarly.

Buy the Book:   Amazon  ~  Audible

Author's Bio:

Lauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Mac Faraday, Lovers in Crime, and Thorny Rose Mysteries. The twelfth installment in the Mac Faraday Mystery series, Candidate for Murder will be released June 2016.

Lauren is a popular speaker who has made appearances at schools, youth groups, and on author panels at conventions. She lives with her husband, son, and four dogs (including the real Gnarly) on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.

Connect with Lauren: Website  ~  Twitter  ~  Facebook

Book Trailer:

Guest Blog: I Didn’t Know Being a Best-Selling Mystery Author Could Be So Scary

Are you afraid of Jessica Fletcher?
Do not tell me that you don’t know who Jessica Fletcher is. Jessica Fletcher was the main character in Murder She Wrote. For over ten years, she was everyone’s aunt. Of course, having Jessica Fletcher, a best-selling mystery author, for your aunt was a guarantee that at some point you’d be accused of a murder that you didn’t commit, but you could also rest assured that Aunt Jessica would prove you innocent in less than an hour. 
As a young woman dreaming the dream of one day being a best-selling mystery writer, I envisioned myself as being like Jessica Fletcher, only younger and hipper. Like her, I would be loved and adored and so … normal.

Seemingly, this is not the case. Some people, I have found, do not see writers who sit around thinking of ways to kill people as normal.
The first time I got a sense of this was while visiting my husband, who is the business manager for a church, at his office. While waiting for my husband to come out of a meeting, a young pastor came up to me and said, with a tinge of fear in his voice, “They tell me that you’re a writer.”
“Yes, I am,” I replied with a proud grin.
“And you write murder mysteries?”
“Yes, I do.”
He swallowed. His voice shaking, he asked, “Do you ever kill people you know?”
“Sometimes,” I said, “and sometimes I kill complete strangers.”
This young pastor transferred to another church out of state not long after that.

Those who know me are aware that the quest for interesting plotlines never ceases and many are more than willing to help me out in the name of research. Sometimes, I can get so caught up in learning a new homicidal detail that I can forget where I am and who I’m with.
One of those circumstances occurred during my son’s dental appointment. My son was in the chair, tilted back, with the dentist’s hands in his mouth when I started eying the instruments on his tray.
“I’m working on a plot where the murderer kills the victim in a crime of passion after leaving the dentist’s office,” I said. “The scalpel is too cliché. What do you suggest she use to kill this guy?”
Excited about an actual writer asking for is advice, the dentist, who was also a fan, stood up—leaving my son back in the chair with all kinds of stuff in his mouth—and picked up one of his tools. From the other side of the dental chair, he held it out across my son to me. “This would make the perfect murder weapon for you.”

Only later did I stop to think about how quickly this dentist was able to come up with a murder weapon from among his instruments. Does he possibly have issues with some of his patients?
My son’s eyes grew wide as the dentist went on to explain in detail how to use this instrument to commit murder.
That was the last time I was allowed to take my son to the dentist. From then on, my husband took him.

Okay, so maybe Jessica Fletcher would have waited for her son to get out of the chair before asking the dentist for advice on how to kill someone using a dental tool and I doubt very much if she ever drove a young pastor to leave the state.
But I assure you, I’ve never had any relatives accused of murder while I was visiting them … yet.

I was treated to the audible edition of this wonderful novel.
The great narration added fantastic depth to an already superb storyline.
Don't worry if you are not reading this series in order. There are enough pieces explained and clues revealed to make you feel up to speed.

What happens when someone tells a strong willed, intelligent and independent man he can't do something? Stand back, out of his way or get run over. He's charging full speed ahead, maybe not using all his intelligence at the time. It also makes for an excellent adventure.

Gnarly and Molly add a romantic twist to the tale, David's love life is a horror story all on its own. A clueless, pushy billionaire provides obstacles and distractions. There is something in this story for all readers. 

Prepare to stay up late reading with the lights on.


  1. Thank you so much for the great review for THE MURDERS AT ASTAIRE CASTLE. I am so glad you enjoyed it. I hope everyone enjoys my guest blog post about how scary it can be being a murder mystery writer. Here's wishing each of your followers luck in the giveaway!


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