Cancelled Vows, by Lauren Carr, A Review

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The Mac Faraday Series, Book 11

With the release of the eleventh book in her popular mystery series, Lauren Carr has begun a new virtual book tour as well.  The tour, sponsored by iRead Book Tours, runs throughout the month of February.  If you head over to her page at the link above you will see her full and busy schedule.

You can read additional reviews, articles by the author, interviews and more. You will be glad you checked it out!

The Story

An unexpected need for a quick divorce take Mac Faraday and his half-brother, David, on a life changing trip to New York. It will put into question the wedding that is only days away and make the men seriously question their choices.

It was a rather inconvenient time for David to learn he was already married! But it happened Vegas. Need we say more?

What starts out as a simple task to accomplish grows more involved with each page of Lauren Carr’s latest novel, Cancelled Vows. First, his “wife” hadn’t known they were married either, but she isn’t as certain she wants a divorce. After all, weren’t they in love?  Since she is a rising media star, she may not want it to come out though either.

Too soon after they arrive, the plot takes a strange twist when Gnarly alerts to something hidden within the wall: A body, sealed in since a remodel a few years ago.

Murder is usually a slippery slope. Once one has killed, it can make further deaths necessary and the decision easier. But just how many do you kill before it is enough?

It was a terrific mystery. Bad cops–among the good ones, political corruption, with the media in the middle of it. When investigative reporters and journalists begin to vie for power and fame, someone is sure to lose. But is this about the journalists or is there a secret someone is wiling to kill to keep?

My Thoughts

Once I started Cancelled Vows, it wouldn’t let me go! The complicated plot kept me anxious to know what would happen next and to whom. There were so many questionable characters, it was hard to tell who would be the guilty party. Thankfully, Ms. Carr includes her regular list at the beginning that tells of each character in the book.  That surely helps to keep everyone in place.

I admit I felt a bit frustrated with David part of the time. As upstanding sheriff and former soldier, used to making wise decisions, his love life did not reflect the same!  Yet as the story progresses and Ms. Carr reveals why, his reasons become understandable. Things do have a way of working themselves out, don’t they?

Lauren Carr has several surprises in store for you too, as you read. If you’ve followed the Mac Faraday series, you won’t want to miss this one.

There are nearly as many sub plots as suspects this time around. Yet, as usual,  the author smoothly pulls them altogether by the end. She has a knack for that!  Of course, you’ll find a lot of bodies along the way.

Very entertaining. I’m already tempted to read it again, to make sure I didn’t miss anything. I’d highly recommend Cancelled Vows.

The Tour

Book Description for Cancelled Vows:

Police Chief David O’Callaghan and Chelsea Adams’ wedding day is fast approaching. Unfortunately, at the last minute, David discovers that there is one small problem to be taken care of before he can tie the knot—divorce his first wife!

Lauren Carr takes fans of the Mac Faraday mysteries to the Big Apple in this nail biting adventure. In Cancelled Vows, David, Mac, and Gnarly, too, rush to New York City to dissolve David’s marriage to an old girlfriend—and he’s got five days to get it done. When murder throws up a road block, it is up to David’s best man, Mac Faraday, and Gnarly, K9-in-waiting, to sort through the clues to get David to the church in time!

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Lauren CarrAuthor’s Bio:

Lauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Mac Faraday and Lovers in Crime Mysteries and the Thorny Rose Mysteries. 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 four dogs (including the real live Gnarly!) on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.

Connect with the author: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook



Merry Citarella, often writing as Merrci, writes on a wide range of topics. Recently relocated to the Oregon Coast in the northwest United States, she frequently writes travel features on the beautiful Pacific Northwest. She specializes in health and aging, Alzheimer’s Disease, food, lifestyle, and book reviews. For more information you can see her on The Writers’Door. You can read more articles here or at her websites Mystery Suspense Reviews .

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  1. Thank you, Merry, for the fabulous review for CANCELLED VOWS. So glad you enjoyed it! I’m sure your followers will enjoy it as well!

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