Reviewed by David M. Kinchen

Mac Faraday and Archie Monday are getting married in the biggest social event of the season in Lauren Carr's "Three Days to Forever" (Acorn Book Services, 438 pages, $14.99 print, $0.99 Kindle ebook). There are only three days left in the year and what could possibly go wrong?

 BOOK REVIEW: 'Three Days to Forever': Latest Mac Faraday Mystery Brings Together an Existing Lovers in Crime Team, Adds a New One in a Fast-Paced Thriller

If you've read any of Carr's mysteries, just about everything! (For my reviews of Carr's novels, enter "Lauren Carr" in the Huntington News Network search engine at the upper right hand side of the home page.)

Carr brings together the Lovers in Crime team of Hancock County, WV Prosecutor Joshua Thornton and his second wife Pennsylvania Homicide Detective Cameron Gates in this mystery with a domestic terrorism plot. Jessica Faraday, Mac Faraday's daughter from his previous marriage,  and Joshua's son Murphy Thornton meet cute in a deadly rescue making up a new Lovers in Crime team.

"Three Days to Forever" is the 9th entry in the Mac Faraday series, which takes place in Deep Creek Lake in western Maryland, and which began with "It's Murder, My Son."   (my review: http://www.huntingtonnews.net/23832).

Don't worry: If you are a newbie to the series, everything is explained, including how the formerly penniless Washington, DC homicide detective becomes a multimillionaire when his birth mother, best-selling author Robin Spencer,  dies and leaves him a fortune, along with the luxury Spencer Inn resort and Spencer Manor. Fortunately for readers, Carr provides a comprehensive front-of-the-book cast of characters, so we don't have to page back and forth to learn who's who in Deep Creek Lake and elsewhere in neighboring West Virginia and Pennsylvania.

The military backgrounds of Mac's half brother David O'Callaghan, the chief of Spencer's small police force, and that of Joshua Thornton, are key elements in the novel's  terrorism plot. In the press release accompanying my review copy, Carr issues a disclaimer: "'Three Days to Forever' is fiction. It is not the author's commentary on politics, the media, the military, or Islam. While actual current events have inspired this adventure in mystery and suspense, this fictional work is not meant to point an accusatory finger at anyone in our nation's government."

Be that as it may, "Three Days to Forever" is a fast-paced thriller that solidifies Carr's standing  as a major force in American fiction. As I see it, it's only a matter of time before Hollywood comes a calling and establishes a franchise involving Mac, Archie, David, Joshua, Cameron, Gnarly the German Shepherd and Irving the Maine Coon Cat and all the rest in a big screen translation of Lauren Carr's work. Hollywood producers: Are you getting the message? Robert Ludlum and Tom Clancy are both dead and it's time for a living thriller writer to have her day!

Lauren Carr
Lauren Carr

About the author

Lauren Carr fell in love with mysteries when her mother read Perry Mason to her at bedtime. The first installment in the Joshua Thornton mysteries, A Small Case of Murder was a finalist for the Independent Publisher Book Award.
Carr is also the author of the Mac Faraday Mysteries, which takes place in Deep Creek Lake, Maryland. Released September 2012, "Dead on Ice" introduced a new series entitled Lovers in Crime, which features prosecutor Joshua Thornton with homicide detective Cameron Gates. She lives in Harpers Ferry, WV, where she also runs Acorn Book Services, whose motto is "helping authors publish independently and affordably."