Before the main text, author Lauren Carr notes that she takes a different path with this entry of the Mac Faraday Mystery series, although she assures there are still crimes to solve, the plot will be thrilling, and bear a terrorism-centric narrative that allegedly has commentary on contemporary issues, although the book itself mercifully strays away from direct political musing, in spite of some religious insight towards the end. She dedicates the novel to the men and women in the American military, and follows with an extensive list of dramatis personae in order of appearance, living and deceased in the story’s chronology.
Following an epigraph that simply includes a Robert Frost quote, the prologue takes the events eighteen months before the primary plotline, in a desert outside Baghdad, Iraq, where soldiers are spying on a terrorist camp where insurgent leader Jassem al-Baghdadi is, the American military unit to take him out known as the Phantoms, similar to the Untouchables in crime. Among the discoveries during the raid is the cadaver of General Affleck, a Muslim who committed suicide and was working secretly for the terrorists. The main text follows, occurring from December 29 to 31 in three parts.
One of the story’s chief settings is Spencer Manor in Deep Creek Lake, a resort area in Western Maryland, home to the late novelist Robin Spencer, whose son, Mac Faraday, occupies her estate, during which prosecuting attorney Joshua Thornton meets an Afghan Muslim writer named Abdul Kochar, who breaks the terroristic Islamic stereotype perpetrated throughout American society. Mac is set to marry a former editor and assistant to his mother, Archie Monday, although several terrorist-centric events occur that threaten these plans. Overall, this is an enjoyable novel that isn’t overly-preachy, and gives good commentary on religious relations towards the end, accounting for a recommended read.
Lauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Mac Faraday Mysteries, which takes place in Deep Creek Lake, Maryland. Open Season for Murder is the tenth installment in the Mac Faraday Mystery series.
In addition to her series set on Deep Creek Lake, Lauren Carr has also written the Lovers in Crime Mysteries, which features prosecutor Joshua Thornton with homicide detective Cameron Gates, who were introduced in Shades of Murder, the third book in the Mac Faraday Mysteries. They also make an appearance in The Lady Who Cried Murder.
Three Days to Forever introduced Lauren Carr’s latest series detectives, Murphy Thornton and Jessica Faraday in the Thorny Rose Mysteries. Look for Kill and Run, the first installment in this series, to be released September 1, 2015.
The owner of Acorn Book Services, Lauren is also a publishing manager, consultant, editor, cover and layout designer, and marketing agent for independent authors. Visit Acorn Book Services’ website for more information.
Lauren is a popular speaker who has made appearances at schools, youth groups, and on author panels at conventions. She also passes on what she has learned in her years of writing and publishing by conducting workshops and teaching in community education classes.
She lives with her husband, son, and three dogs on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.