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.
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The Murders at Astaire Castle is a fantastic, adventure (and murder packed!) audio book that you don't want to hit pause - you don't want to miss what happens next to Mac Faraday and Gnarly!
This novel was intense, full of mystery and suspense. You need to give the audio book (and I am sure the novel as well) your full attention. There are lots of murders and information that you can easily miss if you are not paying full attention. I found myself going back at some points to ensure I had key figures right (editors, authors, etc..). The story evolved in such a way that I did not expect! What began as a superstition that you thought was easily solved, turned into a cycle of past murders that prompted a new set of murders! Just when you think the story can not possibly make another twist, it did! It was very well written and thought out. The ending was nothing what I expected but was incredible. It literally blew my mind!
Gnarly (you have to give such a cute character some love!), was his usually spunky and hard working dog! He makes me laugh with his antics (garbage dump diving) but is such a hard working, intelligent partner. He played a big part as usual in this novel.
The Murders at Astaire Castle was an intense, suspenseful murder mystery that you will truly love! It is a definite must read.
"Another terrific story from Lauren Carr!"
The more I read of this author, the more I enjoy her. Amusing novels with solid mysteries that always include numerous suspects and bodies alike. The twists and turns this time take us to a haunted castle, unsolved old murders, a missing writer, a mysterious wolf, and more. It’s exciting to explore the castle while trying to figure out who might be the killer. Great fun!
See if you can piece the puzzle together to find a killer. You’ll have fun doing it. Ms. Carr is very clever at hiding the guilty party until the end.
Looking forward to seeing more of Lauren's books on Audible.
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"The Murders at Astaire Castle by Lauren Carr"
Mysterious, Enjoyable, Wonderful
So Mac asked Hector to tour the old castle. David comes by following Mac and Hector. Mac gets out of the jeep and asked what David is doing. Now David commits to being with Mac and tries to protect Mac even though if he does not know if he will be able to.
The author got me intrigued with what it happens at the beginning, but she really does with the wolfman. I could not wait to see what would happen. Who is Wolf man? She put a bit of a supernatural in this book and it a good book for the month of October. I come away with the fact that I wish to know more about this wolfman and whatever happens to him.
"S-o-o-o good! Great ending!"
I listened to this book and the reader is terrific-most important when listening of course. The story is clever, the characters are fleshed out, the dogs are a delight and the writing is good. This is fiction so suspend insistence for perfection and enjoy.
"Another Gnarly Story"
I would have to say that The Murders at Astaire Castle ranks among the top five audio books I have listened to so far. The narrator Dan Lawson did an amazing job pulling me into Lauren Carr's mystery.
My favorite character would have to be Gnarly. Gnarly is a canine character who brings a lot of laughs into this book and the Mac Faraday Mystery series. I love the fact that he is realistically written and yet still very personable.
My favorite scene in the Murders at Astaire Castle would have to be the first time the characters become aware of the wolf man. I liked the addition of a supernatural element to the mystery.
For me the most moving part was when all of the pieces of the puzzle started to come together in my head as I started to solve the mystery for myself. I really loved the moment of suspense between coming up with my own theory and finding out what really happened.
"ABSOLUTELY ASTOUNDING. LOVE THE PLOT."
Another hit from Lauren Carr. I like the plot. Exciting and intriguing. I like that the series continue with all the interesting characters. Mac Faraday and David, his brother continue to work together to help solve crimes. The love lives of the the brothers are also very interesting. There are lots of action and the antagonists are truly evil. Very good series!
"Never tell Mac Faraday not to do something"
Equally as entertaining and engrossing
When the men find themselves locked inside the castle
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.
I was enthralled
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 ten most 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.
"A haunted castle! Gnarly to the rescue!"
Note: Even though this is Book 5 in the series, it works just fine as a stand alone novel.
Set on Spencer Hill, in Deep Creek, Maryland, Mac Faraday won’t balk at exploring his property in full, and that includes the Astaire Castle which has been closed up since his biological mother passed away. It’s haunted and even his own half-brother David O’Callaghan (local police chief) thinks it’s a very bad idea to go exploring the castle. The Astaire Castle is the site of suicides, disappearances, and murders. As Mac Faraday, retired homicide detective, delves into the castle’s history yet more bodies turn up, and he and David are soon forced to reopen the case of the missing horror writer Damian Wagner.
This was an entertaining story, especially for the Halloween season. This tale has the haunted castle, a missing horror writer, and a wolf man! And that’s just the opening few chapters to this book. Mac and David argue like brothers and there’s a real friendship there even if they disagree on things. Hector, the blunt Australian, was a favorite character as well. I liked his (sometimes snarky) humor. Gnarly, the big friendly, food-oriented German shepherd, often stole the show.
While the men get to do most of the action and decisions for the book, there are a few ladies that stand out. Archie, Mac’s lover, has some role attached to the police department, though the details of which remained a bit fuzzy to me. While the guys often left her behind as they went off to adventure, she did have her moments with her gentle teasing, easing info out of this character or that. Chelsea with her medical condition and her service dog, Molly, also added to the story, specifically as an interesting love interest for one of the characters.
The wolfman was an interesting touch and one I didn’t expect. It definitely added a dimension to the book. The reveal of who did it came as a surprise as well. The wrap up left me wondering if there was a supernatural element to the story after all. All told, my only quibble is that I would have liked the ladies to be a bit more involved. Other than that, it was a pretty fun read.
I received a copy of this audiobook from the author (via iRead Book Tours – thanks!) at no cost.
Narration: Dan Lawson makes a great Mac Faraday. He sounds decisive and also captures the characters fondness (and sometimes exasperation) for Gnarly. His female voices were believable. His voice for David was similar to Mac’s (which makes sense since they are related) and he kept it distinct from Mac’s most of the time.
"Another great Mac Faraday novel"
I received a free copy of the audiobook from the author.
I have read several Mac Faraday books and have enjoyed them all. This one is my favorite so far. I didn't pay attention to what installment The Murders at Astaire Castle was and somewhere along the line, I realized that this book occurred before some of the others I've read. Once I realized that, it was fine because I learned some of the history of the characters that I hadn't known before.
The Murders at Astaire Castle is full of mystery and non-stop action. There are always a lot of characters in Mac Faraday novels, but the more of them I read, the easier it gets to keep them all straight. Gnarly, Mac's dog, has to be my favorite character. He is cute, loveable, and so funny! I could just picture him dumpster diving!
I like Lauren Carr’s writing style because it’s easy to follow and she doesn’t get bogged down with lengthy descriptions. The dialogue is especially enjoyable. The narrator, Dan Lawson, did an excellent job keeping all of the voices separate. The only thing I'd suggest is that if he does any more of these that he make David sound a little less wimpy. He's definitely not a wimp but somehow that is how his voice came across (but I could still tell him apart from everyone else which is most important).
I definitely recommend The Murders at Astaire Castle. I thought I had this one figured out but it has a couple surprises. Best of all, even though it's part of a series, it stands on its own. If you like audiobooks, this one is done well. I enjoyed listening to it in my car.
"Mystery & Suspense...with a Few Spine Tingles"
Mysterious Twists & Turns
Mac Faraday. I think he's always my favorite character besides Gnarly, of course. He's rational, reasonable and has great character chemistry throughout the books.
Listening to the story gave the series a different voice for me. I have read a few of the Mac Faraday mysteries--and; unfortunately, I had voices in my mind for the stories as I read. In my mind, the narrator was female--and I had imagined "voices" for the many characters. The male narrator for this audiobook caused my imagination (and attention) to struggle for a while to settle into the story and even to accept the familiar characters. I listened for a couple of hours--and then listened again. Once I settled into the narration--I was able to focus more on the storyline. (And--this really has nothing to do with the storyline or the narration--it is purely me telling other series readers-turned-listeners that they may not, immediately, feel the same connections they have had to Carr's past stories.)
Carr combines her usual vivid mix of suspense with character interaction. The introduction leads readers to suspect a stronger paranormal spin than readers/listeners will encounter through the book. While the paranormal aspect is less than I had anticipated; readers/listeners will find typical Carr twists, suspense, and character dialogue as they move through the story. Listeners will need to focus on the story. The storyline seemed a little complicated at times. I am not sure if it was simply harder for me to focus on the spoken word--or if I wasn't devoting the proper attention while listening--but, I had to re-listen at times to keep the storyline and characters in order. The story is a good one--but, it did not seem to be as concise and coordinated as previous books in Carr's series.
Expect some chills. Paranormal aspects will rear their heads at times to give readers a few chills along the way. I do think these aspects are more spooky with the spoken narration than they would have been had I read them!
Would I recommend The Murders at Astaire Castle by Lauren Carr? I did like the story and I did enjoy listening to the narration. I don't think I liked this book as much as other books from Carr's series--but, I really wonder if I, personally, wouldn't have liked it more if I had READ it rather than listened..The storyline was a little more difficult to follow than in previous books--and the narration seemed to cause my attention to wander. I liked the story--and I did appreciate the spine-tingles from the occasional, paranormal angle--but, I think I really may have enjoyed the whole story more had I read it! If you are an audiobook fan--you will probably love it. For those "paper-page-holdouts", like I am, you may want to read the book instead!
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